Last night on the show, I played tracks from seven of the ten nominated albums in next week’s Choice Music Prize. We also spoke to Jim Carroll, Dave Geraghty and Tosh from Stanley Super 800 over the phone.
I’ve been looking forward to the Choice Prize awards since the shortlist was announced in early January, and indeed long before that, but last night was the first time that I got really, really excited about it.
Talking to Jim, Dave and Tosh, and playing through tracks from some of the nominees, I think the anticipation started to really sink in. It’s an eclectic shortlist, and there is no way at all of knowing who is going to walk away with the gong by the end of next Wednesday night, even though the bookies think they’ve got it down.
Jim painted a wonderful picture of the judges room, where on the night of the Choice Prize, the 12 judges are in a room battling it out for their favourite album. He said that in the last two years, the most gratifying thing was to hear and watch the judges get so passionate about Irish music. I would absolutely love to be in that room, to be involved in a heated debate about Irish music, a debate of which kind rarely happens.
Who do you think will win? It’s a strong, mixed-bag of a list, and I have found it very hard to pick what I think is the best out of the lot. My favourite album and Irish band of last year is Super Extra Bonus Party, and I would be truly over the moon if they won. But I think the gong belongs to Adrian Crowley, and I would love for his album Long Distance Swimmer to be duly recognised.
Any predictions from your good selves?
Until I get the podcast from last night’s show up and ready, here are a few older indie hour interviews with some of the Choice Music Prize nominees to whet your appetite.
Super Extra Bonus Party – Super Extra Bonus Party LP
Dry County – Unexpected Falls
Dry County live wires
The Flaws – Achieving Vagueness
Adrian Crowley – Long Distance Swimmer
Cathy Davey – Tales of Silversleeve
Delorentos – In Love With Detail
Delorentos on a beach looking mean. They’re lovely really though.