The Choice Music Prize is this year the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for the first time and the announcement of the 10 Irish albums were revealed a short time ago on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel.

The 10 albums shortlisted by the judges for Irish album of the year are:

Shortlisted albums

All Tvvins – IIVV (Warner Music)
Bantum – Move (Self Released)
Wallis Bird – Home (Mount Silver / Caroline International)
The Divine Comedy – Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim (Hoop Recordings)
Katie Kim – Salt (Art For Blind Records)
James Vincent McMorrow – We Move (Faction Records)
Overhead, The Albatross – Learning to Growl (Self Released)
Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)
We Cut Corners – The Cadences Of Others (Delphi)

A Spotify playlist of all albums

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. RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners.

2FM has promised to play Irish music all day from 6am to midnight today to mark the announcement along with live cessions from SOAK and Delorentos and a two-hour special on this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2016 shortlist, presented by Conor Behan from 8-10pm.

Live event

Shortlisted albums will also be featured throughout in the lead up to the live choice prize event on Thursday March 9th in Vicar Street.
Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €26.50 including booking fee.

Judging Panel

Louise Bruton – Freelance & Irish Times
Brian Coney – Editor, The Thin Air
Maire Dineen – Súgradh Productions (Imeall TG4/Body & Soul)
Suzanne Doyle – Music, Film & Television Consultant
Dan Hegarty – 2FM
Paddy McKenna – Editor, Joe.ie
Cathal Murray – RTE Radio 1
Barbara Nic D – Classic Hits 4FM
Colm O’Regan – Hot Press
Niall Power – Head of Music Beat FM
Eva Short – Deputy Editor, Trinity News

Irish Song of The Year 2016

The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016 will be announced on Wednesday 1st February, 2017. A Special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin that evening in the Workman’s Club.

Previous winners of the Choice Music Prize

2015: Soak
2014: The Gloaming
2013: Villagers
2012: Jape
2011: Delorentos
2010: Two Door Cinema Club
2009: Adrian Crowley
2008: Jape
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party
2006: The Divine Comedy
2005: Julie Feeney

Posted on January 11th, 2017

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James Vincent McMorrow just released a deluxe version of We Move, which featured alternative and demo versions of the album’s songs.

For his performance on Jimmy Kimmel on US TV last night, he stuck to the original version of ‘Get Low’ but gave it a bit more bite with his band for the cameras.

Tour dates

Thursday January 26th – Opera House, Cork
Saturday January 28th – Ulster Hall, Belfast

Posted on December 7th, 2016

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Girl Band announced a special gig in aid of Pieta House for Vicar Street on February 17th 2017 earlier this month.

Today, they’ve announced their guests and they are:

Lynched, Rusangano Family & DJ sets by James Vincent McMorrow, Geoff Travis (Rough Trade) & Aisling O’Riordan.

Solid.

Tickets priced €30 are on sale now Ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.

Posted on November 30th, 2016

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James Vincent McMorrow is to follow the release of his new album We Move this month with a deluxe edition featuring early recordings and alternate versions of the songs on the album.

The album features demos and alternate versions of each track to be released in a boxset, limited to 500 hand-numbered units, which combines the original album on both CD & coloured vinyl with a bonus coloured LP of ‘We Move: Early Recordings and Alternate Versions,’ and a reproduction of his notebook where he handwrote the original lyrics and compositions to the songs.

McMorrow says:

While I was working on ‘We Move,’ the whole time I kept track of where the songs began, with the intention of putting something together that would serve as a separate artifact as to how it all came together. That’s what this version is. Not solo versions, but alternate versions and initial ideas. They’re raw, plain spoken, unadulterated, so that people could listen and hear the songs at the core of the production, the initial idea, the initial thought. Then when they listen to the full album, my hope is that they’ll have a little more insight into what it means to make a record like this, the journey it can take.

The deluxe version is released on November 25th:

Here’s a different version of ‘Get Low’ recorded in LA:

Posted on November 7th, 2016

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James Vincent McMorrow appeared on Later With Jools Holland last night with his new band alongside Twin Atlantic, Tom Chaplin and Madeleine Peyroux.

He performed ‘Rising Water’ from new album We Move. Lovely.

McMorrow plays Dublin’s National Stadium on Friday and Black Box Galway tonight. Tickets are sold out for Dublin but available for Galway.

Posted on October 5th, 2016

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James Vincent McMorrow’s ‘Rising Water’ is a intriguing entry into album number three We Move for the musician.

With production by Drake producer Nineteen85 and a promise of more honest soul-bearing, McMorrow might be in a creative peak or the start of one. Today, the video for the track by David M. Helman debuted.

James says:
“I didn’t tell David what I wanted to see in this video, I just told him what the song meant to me and why I wrote it. Beyond that he was free to go with whatever instinct he had. The idea he came back with was perfect, it was everything I could have hoped for. To me, he’s made a video about the things we will do in order to move through loss. I’ve said this before, one of the bedrock ideas I built this album on was that dancing and heavy heartedness don’t need to be mutually exclusive things, that the response to sadness doesn’t have to only be slow tempos and minor keys. That’s the video David has made, one that reflects the absurdity, beauty, comedy and tragedy, of life.”

Posted on August 10th, 2016

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Update: gigs and album title also announced.

James Vincent McMorrow’s new album We Move is done and dusted and coming out on September 2nd and with some recent teasing, and a European tour announced including new dates at Black Box, Galway (October 5th) and National Stadium, Dublin (October 7th), James appeared on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio One show tonight to debut the recorded version of ‘Rising Water’ as the Hottest Record In The World.

The song is R&B soul-inspired with new textures in the form of throwback synths, a motorik bassline. McMorrow’s falsetto remains but there’s a refreshing vitality to it.

James told Annie that the song was produced by Nineteen85, who produced Drake records like ‘One Dance’ and ‘Hotline Bling’ along with OVO acts dvsn and Majid Jordan. Production also comes from Two Inch Punch and Frank Dukes.

He also told Annie about how he ended up on a Drake record and how this record is his most direct due to his co-collaborators. Also, nice 3FE cap James.

WE MOVE TRACKLIST


1. Rising Water
2. I Lie Awake Every Night
3. Last Story
4. One Thousand Times
5. Evil
6. Get Low
7. Killer Whales
8. Seek Another
9. Surreal
10. Lost Angles

Tickets for the Galway show are €30 for members, €32.50 for non-members, and tickets for the Dublin show are €36.50 including booking fee.

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Posted on July 4th, 2016

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Sigur Rós are coming to Dublin town to play the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Sunday June 26th with support from James Vincent McMorrow.

Tickets are €49.50 + fee each but I have 3 pairs of tickets to giveaway this week. Just register and follow the steps below for more entry chances.

Win tickets to Sigur Ros / James Vincent McMorrow – June 26

Heres the now three-piece band at Primavera last week:

Posted on June 13th, 2016

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