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    Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year 2015 Shortlist Announced

    Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year 2015 Shortlist Announced

    06 January, 2016

    The Choice Music Prize shortlist for Irish Album of the Year 2015, in association with IMRO and IRMA, was announced this afternoon.

    The overall winning Album of the Year will be selected by the judging panel at the Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar St, Dublin on Thursday March 3rd. The Live Event will be broadcast live on Today FM in a special four hour extended programme during the Paul McLoone show.

    The 11th annual Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate, acknowledge & promote the best in Irish recorded music. The prize has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar since its inception in 2005 and is awarded to the Irish Album of the Year, as chosen from a shortlist of ten releases by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

    The shortlist is as follows (artists listed in alphabetical order):

    Girl Band
    Holding Hands with Jamie 
    (Rough Trade)

    Ham Sandwich
    Stories From The Surface 
    (Route 109A Records)

    Gavin James
    Bitter Pill
    (Warner Music Ireland)

    This Chemical Sea 
    (Faction Records)

    Le Galaxie
    Le Club 
    (Universal Music Ireland)

    Colm Mac Con Iomaire
    And Now The Weather

    Roisin Murphy
    Hairless Toys 
    (Play It Again Sam)

    Before We Forgot How To Dream   (Rough Trade)

    Darling Arithmetic 

    Young Wonder
    (Feel Good Lost)


    Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are on sale now from all Ticketmaster outlets and from http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €25.50 including booking fee.

    The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially-commissioned award, courtesy of IMRO and IRMA.Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of key overseas delegates at the event while RAAPand Music Week are also official project partners. HMV are the official Retail Partners of the Choice Music Prize.


    “IMRO is delighted to once again sponsor this year’s Choice Music Prize – the prestigious award for Ireland’s best music releases in 2015. The Choice Prize provides a great opportunity for new Irish writers and performers to showcase their creativity to such a wide audience and winning such an award provides real career impetus both within and outside of Ireland”
    – Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive.

    Willie Kavanagh Chairman of IRMA said:
    “IRMA is delighted to continue to support the Meteor Choice Music Prize in highlighting the breadth and quality of Irish musicians and artists who make this country such a rich and eclectic source of contemporary talent.”

    The Shortlist for The Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year 2015 will be announced on Wednesday January 27th. A Special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of The Year nominees will be held at The Workman’s Club, Dublin on January 27th.

    The Choice Music Prize in Association with IMRO & IRMA. Project Partners are: Today FM, RAAP, HMV, Culture Ireland and Music Week.