The Gloaming win coveted Meteor Choice Music Prize Album of the Year, The Script bag Song of the Year
The Gloaming have trounced the competition to win the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2014 for their stunning self-titled album.
The trad folk supergroup is an alliance of Irish musicians Iarla O’Lionaird, Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Americans Dennis Cahill and producer Thomas Bartlett.
The group, fresh from a hugely successful three-night residency at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, are certainly worthy recipients of a prize that celebrates home-grown talent.
It’s no mean feat considering they were up against Hozier, who had a phenomenally successful year and whose self-titled album charted at number two in America and number five in the UK and in Ireland it of course shot straight to number one.
The Gloaming, who have bagged the tidy €10,000 prize, were up against the cream of Irish talent and an eclectic mix at Vicar Street tonight including the legendary U2, Sinead O'Connor, James Vincent McMorrow, We Cut Corners, Delorentos, Aphex Twin, The Riptide Movement, and Damien Rice.
Dublin pop rockers The Script, meanwhile, were honoured with Irish Song of the Year 2014 for Superheroes from their album No Sound Without Silence.
The category winners were judged by a select group of music industry professionals including journalists, broadcasters, programmers, bloggers and other experts in the field of critically appraising and reviewing Irish music.
Performances came courtesy of DJ Kormac with a rousing opening, Little Hours, The Minutes, The Riptide Movement, We Cut Corners, James Vincent McMorrow and Delorentos closed the show.
Singer songwriter McMorrow earned a standing ovation from the crowd for his haunting performance towards the end of the evening.