The shortlist for this year's RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel. The shortlist is as follows:
Come On Live Long - In The Still (self released)
Marlene Enright - Placemats and Second Cuts (self released)
Fangclub – Fangclub (Universal)
Lankum - Beneath the Earth and Sky (Rough Trade)
James Vincent McMorrow - True Care (Faction Records)
New Jackson - From Night to Night (All City)
Otherkin – OK (Rubyworks)
Fionn Regan - The Meetings of the Waters (Abbey Records)
Ships – Precession (Ships Music)
Talos - Wild Alee (Feel Good Lost)
RTÉ 2FM will mark the announcement of the shortlist this week and beyond through a mix of airplay of tracks from the shortlisted albums, interviews with this year’s shortlisted artists and live performances.
The 13th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate and acknowledge the best in Irish recorded music. The prize has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar since its inception in 2005 and is awarded to the Irish Album of the Year, as chosen from a shortlist of ten releases by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.
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.
The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 8th March 2018. As part of the partnership with RTÉ, the event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize TV programme, approximately one week later.