THE shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year Award has been unveiled ahead of next month’s award ceremony in Edinburgh. The ten albums sum up the diversity of Scotland’s music scene, crossing genres and styles from electro to singer-songwriter.
View the full shortlist below:
Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert – Here Lies The Body
Andrew Wasylyk – The Paralian
Auntie Flo – Radio Highlife
C Duncan – Health
Cara J. Easton – Impossible Stuff
Fergus McCreadie Trio – Turas
Free Love – Luxury Hits
Karine Polwart with Steven Polwart & Inge Thomson – Laws of Motion
Kathryn Joseph – From When I Wake The Want Is
Mastersystem – Dance Music
Speaking about the Shortlist, Robert Kilpatrick General Manager of the Scottish Music Industry Association said, “A huge congratulations to the ten albums making up The SAY Award Shortlist for 2019. This year’s Shortlist presents an incredibly exciting and eclectic snapshot of the strength of Scotland’s recorded output, and we’re delighted to celebrate, promote and reward the incredible works of Scottish artists as we approach this year’s ceremony at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.
“Best of luck to each of the Shortlisted albums. It’s with great pride that through The SAY Award we can shine a light on truly incredible pieces of artistic works that play a key part in our cultural identity as a nation.”
Following the 72 hour public vote earlier this month, twenty became ten with an exceedingly number of votes cast by the nation’s music fans. Grabbing the title of public vote winner was the stunning ‘Dance Music’ by Mastersystem.
Each shortlisted album has won a guaranteed minimum prize of £1,000 thanks to the award’s partner Creative Scotland, with the winner of the lucrative £20,000 and the SAY Award being unveiled on Friday 6th September at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms. The winner will join the likes of Young Fathers, Anna Meredith, Sacred Paws and more in the award’s impressive alumni.
Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland said, “Congratulations to all the brilliant musicians behind these albums. Now that the focus has closed in on the shortlist, the buzz about who will be this year’s winner is growing louder. However, the SAY Award isn’t just about competition, it’s also about celebration of an outstanding year for Scottish music. Each of these shortlisted albums is a gateway to a huge range of other recordings that soundtrack our lives and make Scotland such an exciting place to be.”
Find out more about the SAY Award here