Sunday 18 March 2018

Villagers song wins prestigious music prize

Conor O'Brien with his gong at the Ivor Novello Awards
Conor O'Brien with his gong at the Ivor Novello Awards
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

AN Irish musician has won a prestigious Ivor Novello award at a ceremony in London.

Conor O'Brien, from Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, was presented with the award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for the track 'Becoming a Jackal', taken from his debut album of the same name.

"What a surreal experience; to accept an award in front of Elton John, Jimmy Page and Rolf Harris," said O'Brien, speaking at the event in Grosvenor House, Park Lane, last night.

The 28-year-old gained wider exposure for his song with an appearance on BBC2's 'Later With Jools Holland' last year.

O'Brien, who records under the band name Villagers, beat off stiff competition from Manchester-based group Everything Everything and their song 'MY KZ UR BF', as well as 'Spanish Sahara', a track from Welsh indie outfit Foals.

Currently touring the UK, Villagers play their biggest headline show to date at Marlay Park in Dublin on Saturday July 23 as part of the @The Park series of concerts, with support acts Beach House and Stornoway.

Irish Independent

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