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Shortlist for SAY Award

Debut albums in running for music prize

Paolo NutiniDebut albums by Kathryn Joseph and the Dumfriesshire duo Happy Meals are among those shortlisted for a top award.

The newcomers will compete for this year’s Scottish album of the year award against established names such as Paolo Nutini (left) and Belle and Sebastian.

Last year’s winner, Young Fathers, who went on to claim the Mercury Prize, are again in the running, although they have since split up.

The award, now in its fourth year, will be announced at a ceremony at the O2 ABC, Glasgow, hosted by broadcasters Janice Forsyth and Vic Galloway on 17 June.

The creator of the winning album will receive £20,000 while the nine runners-up each receive £1,000.

Mogwai, Idlewild, the Phantom Band, King Creosote and the Twilight Sad are among the longlisted acts that failed to make the final ten.

Stewart Henderson, chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association, said: “Reducing The SAY Award longlist to a shortlist of 10 is never an easy task but by all accounts this year’s process has been particularly painful. We can only wish the remaining titles the very best of luck and congratulate them on emerging from such an extraordinary crop of albums.”

Shortlisted acts and albums:

Belle and Sebastian: Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

Errors: Lease of Life

Happy Meals: Apero

Honeyblood: Honeyblood

Kathryn Joseph: Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled

Paolo Nutini: Caustic Love

Paws: Youth Culture Forever

Slam: Reverse Proceed

The Amazing Snakeheads: Amphetamine Ballads

Young Fathers: Dead

The judges were: Craig Connor (Solid Audioworks); Vicky Carroll (deputy editor, The big Issue); Bob Last (film producer); Rachael Fulton (STV journalist/presenter); Amanda Stanley (TYCI); Cora Bissett (theatre actor and director); Jade Hewat (festival manager, Celtic Connections); David Francis (Trad Music Forum, co-chair Scottish Jazz Federation); Keith Harris (Director Performer Affairs PPL, Artist Manager); Sean Adams (Editor, Drowned in Sound); Neil MacDonald (Open Ear).


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