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 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,
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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Sally Cinnamon is a Dublin-based DJ and my cohost on our newly-formed Loose Joints Podcast (Subscribe), where you may have heard some of these tracks previously.

See all the top 10 tracks of 2016 guest selections.


Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Help Me Get There (feat. Kurt Vile)

Only heard it this month and it stopped me in my tracks. Two of the sweetest voices together, Vile & Sandoval are evoking all the sultry passions of Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge’s Help Me Make It Through The Night. This was a late find but makes the list for me.


Lower Dens – Real Thing

Such slick groove from Lower Dens, 80s synthy shoegazey pop at it’s finest. It would certainly fit nicely on the Twin Peaks or Stranger Things soundtrack this year. Check out the video if you’re in the market for a cool new girl crush.


Lisa Hannigan – Lo

Speaking of girl crushes, the long awaited follow up to Passenger did not disappoint. I don’t think Lisa has ever sounded stronger, he voice is sublime throughout. heard this for the first time in Clonmel during the summer in the church with the band and I got shivers. She and the band have nailed something really special here, it needs to be seen live to be believed. Her talent is boundless, she continues to blow my mind more than any other Irish female.


Matt Corby – Sooth Lady Wine

Although nothing else on his album jumped out at me or even sounds like this track, there’s a timelessness to this. It’s so groovy and dreamy I absolutely love it.


James Blake – Love Me In Whatever Way

If ever there was an album proving an artist is going from strength to strength it’s this one. It delivers in every way. I fell in love track after track but ‘Love Me In Whatever Way’ was my first love. He’s just untouchable.


Kaytranada – Lite Spots

Kaytranada and Anderson Paak stole the show for me this year album wise. I was blown away. Cover to cover this delivered entirely. Everyone I gave it to fell for it’s addictive and hooky charms. Many’s a kitchen dance I had to this, what more could you want form an album?


Anderson Paak – Light Weight & Am I Wrong?

Genuinely cannot pick a favourite on the album. I don’t think I enjoyed an album more this year, between this and Kaytranada. It’s an absolute gem form start to finish. Whittled down to these two as they had the most number of plays, in de clurb.


Fatima Yamaha – Love Invaders

Probably the track I played the most at my gigs. It’s got absolutely everything. There’s nothing else you need to say about it. It’s an absolute gem.


Yves Tumor – The Feeling When You Walk Away

Another one I loved from the opening riff. So slick, so sexy. Love this dude’s vibe even though the album was slightly disappointing considering how awesome this track is. Let’s hope he’s got more in him.


Karl Blau – Fallin’ Rain

Exceptional cover of Link Wray’s 1971 track which Blau brings his own magic entirely to. Guest features include Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Laura Veirs. It’s a choric dream from start to finish.The message is heavy and sad but there is something so joyous about it too. I know I’m gonna always love this tune.

Posted on December 13th, 2016


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Before At Swim arrives on Friday’s release day, Lisa Hannigan has revealed another track from the Aaron Dessner-produced album.

‘Ora’ is a piano-lead ballad was inspired by imagery of water. “‘I was adrift and caught in the ropes/ Under a pinhole sky, blowing off course.” begin the lyrics.

“‘Aaron sent me the music, just the piano,’ Lisa says, recalling how the track came about. ‘And the way he played it immediately conjured up in my mind the heave and the haul of oars on water. Next thing the words and the melody had just arrived in my head.’

What begins adrift, closes with hope – ‘You’ll be the boat and/I’ll be the sea / Won’t you come with me?’ Who could resist?’

The video is by Lisa’s brother Jamie Hannigan and it was inspired by a silhouette portrait of the siblings’ mother, Frances as a child. The video was made using hand-turned backlit moving panoramasin the family living room.

The album is streaming on NPR but geoblocked for US audiences only.

Hear also: ‘Prayer For The Dying’.

Posted on August 15th, 2016


Lisa Hannigan is currently on an Irish tour playing some new songs in a live setting and today, she’s given the rest of us a chance to hear some new music.

‘Prayer For The Dying’ is an emotive undulating piece of orchestral music from third album At Swim, Hannigan’s new album out August 19th on Play It Again Sam with Hannigan sounding more elegant than ever before.

The album was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner.

The song was inspired “by the passing of a friend’s parent after an extended illness./”

‘They’d had a very long and happy marriage and the loss was devastating. I wanted to try and express that grief but also pay tribute to their marriage.’

Pre-Order on Vinyl, CD & digital now (on iTunes as of tomorrow) and receive ‘Prayer for the Dying’ instantly.

Lisa Hannigan – At Swim tracklist

1. Fall
2. Prayer For The Dying
3. Snow
4. Lo
5. Undertow
6. Ora
7. We The Drowned
8. Anahorish
9. Tender
10. Funeral Suit
11. Barton

Posted on June 8th, 2016

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Interlude Festival took place last October in the RHA Gallery and this year it’s back and expands to three days over five gallery rooms with an outdoor block party, outdoor courtyard and three stages, food garden, cinema & record store plus a craft beer bar and a cocktail bar. Interlude happens from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June.

Lined up for the event is:

  • Lisa Hannigan
  • Dimitri from Paris
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • Crazy P
  • Booka Brass Band
  • Interskalactic
  • exmagician
  • CC Brez
  • Ships
  • Sample Answer
  • TooFools
  • Kelly-Anne Byrne
  • Buffalo Woman
  • Alison Limerick
  • Billy Scurry
  • Donal Dineen A/V set
  • David Kitt DJ set
  • Cian O’Ciobhain
  • Sally Cinnamon
  • The Disconauts
  • Bon Voyage

Nialler9 will be curating a stage on the Sunday which will include Cian O’Ciobhain, Bad Bones and more.

A limited number of early bird weekend tickets for the festival go on sale this Wednesday at 9am priced €49 plus booking fee from General Weekend tickets priced €69 plus booking fee will go on sale this week from and outlets nationwide.

Posted on April 12th, 2016


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Good news. Lisa Hannigan is gearing up to her third album release later this year with a series of nationwide Irish tour dates starting in Newbridge, Kildare on June 2nd and finishing at Clonmel Junctions Festival on July 9th, taking in Clonakilty, Leap, Belfast, Dundalk, Kilkenny, Naul, Limerick, Dublin’s Interlude Festival, Donegal, Lahinch and more.

Hannigan last released an album Passenger in 2011. It was nominated for the Choice Music Prize and the Mercury Music Prize and she has since toured, contributed to film soundtracks Fury, Gravity and Song of The Sea (also provided voiceover), collaborated with Aaron Dessner, Ray LaMontagne and Ritual and teamed up with Dylan Haskins for the Soundings podcast.

Tickets on sale 9am Wednesday 13th April from the venues and Ticketmaster where available.

Lisa Hannigan tour dates

June 2nd Riverbank Theatre, Newbridge, Kildare
June 3rd Cunninghams, Kildare
June 5th The Black Box, Belfast
June 8th De Barras, Clonakilty
June 9th Connolly’s, Leap
June 10th St Luke’s, Cork
June 11th The White Horse, Ballincollig
June 14th The Set Theatre
June 15th The Spirit Store, Dundalk
June 18th Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
June 19th Balor Theatre, Donegal
June 20th The Greyhound, Kilkee
June 21st Kenny’s, Lahinch
June 23rd The Belltable Theatre, Limerick
June 24th Interlude Festival, Dublin
June 25th Roisin Dubh Galway
July 9th – Clonmel Junctions Festival, Cork

Posted on April 11th, 2016


Turning Pirate’s annual New Year’s Eve shindig is back in Vicar Street on December 31st and this year’s edition features:

Lisa Hannigan, Booka Brass Band, Niamh Farrell (Ham Sandwich), Ye Vagabonds, TooFools, Adam Matthews (Late Fragments) , Joe Hearns, Michael Hopkins (Planet Parade), Old Hannah, The Young Folk AND MC Karl Spain among with special guests promised.

Tickets TBC on sale at 9am on Monday 30th of November from Ticketmaster.

Facebook event.


Posted on November 27th, 2015


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As fans of Lisa Hannigan will know, the lady’s breath-filled voice is one of her main draws. While she’s no stranger to collaboration having started her career with Damien Rice and many others, we’ve never heard her singing over some smooth electronic R&B, which her tones are very suited to.

R I T U A L (yeah those spaces are intentional), are a three-piece band from London who Hannigan joins on their new single ‘Josephine’, a gossamer track which is pitched somewhere between the current trend for electronic R&B (Wet / Woman’s Hour) and smooth emotion like Rhye and London Grammar).

More from R I T U A L, a collaboration with Frances.

Posted on August 5th, 2015

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Sounds from a Safe Harbour is a new festival put together by Cork Opera House’s Mary Hickson with curated lineup by Bryce Dessner of The National taking place around the city of Cork from September 17th to 20th.

Billed as a festival of music, art and conversation, music will come from The Gloaming, Julianna Barwick, My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon, a collaboration between Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner, New York So Percussion and Nadia Sirota, a bunch of Icelandic artist including composer Valgeir Sigurðsson, Amiina, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kjartan Sveinsson, Skúli Sverrisson and the record label Bedroom Community; This Is How We Fly; English organist James McVinnie, Donal Dineen, Crash Ensemble, Eat My Noise and more.

Wave Movements – a new composition by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire will be the focal point of Sounds from a Safe Harbour. It will be performed at Cork Opera House by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and accompanied with film by the celebrated Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Many of the events are inspired by the “harbour environs, themes of waves, water and movement.”

There will be screenings of Sigur Ros’ ‘Heima’ and The National’s ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ with conversations and a music trail to be announced. Cork Opera House, The Everyman Palace Theatre, UCC, Port of Cork, Triskel Christchurch, Firkin Crane, Crawford Art Gallery, Wandesford Quay Gallery and Sternview Gallery are some of the venues involved.

Tickets on sale from May 21 with more announcements in June.

“Sounds from a Safe Harbour has grown exponentially from my initial conversation with Mary Hickson into a huge, imaginative celebration and contextualisation of the initial idea alongside the port aspects of Cork,” says curator Bryce Dessner. “Rolling with the water, wave and sea themes, we decided to look to the river, the harbour and the port in making Sounds from a Safe Harbour. I’m especially looking forward to bringing ‘Wave Movements’ to Cork and performing it along with another composition of mine entitled ‘St. Carolyn by the Sea’, which myself and my brother Aaron will perform live the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.

“Collaboration is a huge part of my own practice and I enjoy very much exploring cross genre engagement. We have injected this energy into our festival and will be presenting music, art, film, conversation, dance and food across the weekend. The unifying factor being the music, this is the special glue that brings Sounds from a Safe Harbour home.”

Posted on May 7th, 2015


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Lisa Hannigan has teamed up with An Postto raise funds for the Dublin Simon Community via Lisa singing a cover of ‘The Christmas Waltz’ as sung by Frank Sinatra in 1954. The song is featured on the ad for An Post and all €1 purchases of the track go towards Simon.

On a similar tip, the Lost Brothers’ regal harmonic folk is perfect for Christmas as is evident here on their charity single ‘Little Angel’. All proceeds go towards UNICEF from the sale of the track or you can donate directly.

The track was first written in demo form, seven years ago in Portland until the pair wrote it on a rocky trip across the Irish sea. It was recorded with Sean Coleman at Gavin Glass’s Orphan Studios with The Frames’ Graham Hopkins on drums, Michael Buckley and Ronan Dooney on brass (Glen Hansard’s band) arranging the brass, bass by Keith Farrell and The Lost Brothers on vocals and guitars. The B-side ‘St. Christopher’ is equally festive, an ode to Liverpool.

See also: Listen/Watch: Villagers, Fight like Apes, Bouts, Spring Break, Land Lovers & So Cow perform charity single ‘Christmas Is In Your Heart’

Posted on December 9th, 2014


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Turning Pirate’s Mix Tape Party happens every year in Vicar Street on New Year’s Eve in a all-in-one show featuring a large lineup of local talent playing together in celebratory style.

This year’s lineup has been revealed and includes:

Lisa Hannigan, Booka Brass Band, Richie Egan, Declan O’Rourke, The Young Folk, Camille O’sullivan, Ye Vagabonds, Interskalactic,Gavin Glass, The Lost Brothers, Stephen James and Adam Matthews.

Tickets are €35 plus fee go on sale Monday 24th November available from & usual outlets nationwide.

Posted on November 21st, 2014

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The National Concert Hall have announced its summer schedule which covers events from June 24th – August 9th.

It includes a farewell concert from Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Paul Brady, Tinariwen and The Art of the Song: David Bowie featuring Lisa Hannigan, Duke Special, Jape and Caoimhín ó Raghallaigh.

NCH schedule

Tues. 24 June: Rodrigo y Gabriela – Tickets: €37
Tues. 1 July: 
Tinariwen Tickets: €30/35
Sat. 19 July: 
Altan Tickets: €30/35
Sat. 26 July:
 The Art of the Song: David Bowie Tickets: €25

Sat. 2 August: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Tickets:€45-65
Sat. 9 August: 
Paul Brady Tickets: €35

Posted on May 21st, 2014

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Printer Clips is Paul Noonan’s new project where he teams up with Joan As Policewoman, Lisa Hannigan, Martha Wainwright, Gemma Hayes, Amy Millan, Julia Stone, Danielle Harrison, Cathy Davey, Maria Doyle Kennedy & Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh for new music.

A self-titled album is coming on May 23rd but before that there’ll be two EPs featuring the tracks, The Left Sleeve EP (digital – 25th April) and The Right Sleeve EP – (Digital 16th May).

‘Apparatchik’ is the first track from the project and the title references the term used for an unwavering loyal subordinate, and Hannigan providing her ever-recognisable voice on duet. Noonan references the Banksy stencil “laugh now but one day we’ll be in charge.” and it sounds like Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh on the fiddle.

It’s not the first time Hannigan and Noonan have dueted but that song will be with Julia Stone on the album.

Printer Clips will get its live debut at The National Concert Hall on Saturday 24th May.

Printer Clips album Tracklist

  1. Apparatchik – with Lisa Hannigan
  2. If I Had Your Grace – with Amy Millan
  3. The Snowman – with Gemma Hayes
  4. The Cartographer – with Maria Doyle Kennedy
  5. Mrs Winchester – with Martha Wainwright
  6. The Dolphins & The World’s Tallest Man – with Cathy Davey
  7. My Rome Is Burning – with Danielle Harrison
  8. Vapour Trail – with Joan As Policeman
  9. Some Surprise – with Julia Stone

Posted on April 8th, 2014

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Paul Noonan will take a break from Bell X1 with a new project called Printer Clips, an album of duets with Joan as Policewoman, Martha Wainwright, Lisa Hannigan, Gemma Hayes, Julia Stone, Amy Milan, Cathy Davey, Danielle Harrison & Maria Doyle Kennedy.

The songs were recorded in hallways, basements & bedrooms in Montreal, New York, Dublin & London. They’ll get their live premiere at The National Concert Hall on 24th May. The live show will feature Paul with Lisa Hannigan, Gemma Hayes, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Cathy Davey, Danielle Harrison & Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh. Music will be streamed online soon.

Pic by Rich Gilligan.

Posted on February 26th, 2014

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The music TV show, Other Voices had a whirlwind of activity in the last year: extending itself far beyond its Dingle enclave to take in jaunts to Derry and London. To three locations, a few dozen international artists travelled to participate in the series.

2013 for the series has been about growth and extending into other mediums not just places as Other Voices’ online content became much more visible and the team dipped into a tech angle for the next series. Before that happens though, the music remains number one and as such, Deezer have two volumes of live recordings from the series for you to listen to featuring songs from Series 10. Volume 1 features Cherry Ghost, Frank Turner, Band of Skulls, Iarla Ó Lionáird, We Cut Corners (I particularly like Triur’s ‘Feabhra’) while Volume 2 features The Frames, Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery, Edwyn Collins, Ham Sandwich, Ambience Affair, Fred and more. There’s also volumes from the previous series‘ up on the platform too.

Vol 1

Volume 2 …&rarr’

Posted on September 27th, 2013


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