Friday 6 December 2019

Revealed: Shortlist for RTE Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year

Photo by Robbie Reynolds of All Tvvins, Soulé, Tracy Clifford and Eoghan McDermott.
Photo by Robbie Reynolds of All Tvvins, Soulé, Tracy Clifford and Eoghan McDermott.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2017 has been revealed.

The prize, in association with IMRO and IRMA was announced today on 2FM by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel.

The 13th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate and acknowledge 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 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.

Here are the ten finalists:

Come On Live Long - In The Still (self released)

Marlene Enright - Placemats and Second Cuts (self released)

Fangclub – Fangclub (Universal)

Lankum - Beneath the Earth and the Sky (Rough Trade)

James Vincent McMorrow - True Care (Faction Records)

New Jackson - From Night to Night (All City)

Otherkin – OK (Rubyworks)

Fionn Regan - The Meetings of the Waters (Abbey Records)

Ships – Precession (Ships Music)

Talos - Wild Alee (Feel Good Lost)

RTÉ is celebrating today with an All Irish Music Day running until midnight including a two-hour special programme on the Irish Album of the Year shortlist from 8-10pm this evening on RTE 2FM.

You can listen to all the albums in full at and on

The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 8th March 2018.

As part of the partnership with RTÉ, the event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize TV programme, approximately one week later.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and online priced €28.00 including booking fee.

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