SAY Award shortlist announced as Paisley prepares to host

The shortlist for The Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY Award) was announced at the BBC’s The Quay Sessions last Thursday.

THE banks of the Clyde played host to the event which featured performances from 2015 SAY Award winner Kathryn Joseph, and upcoming alt-rock trio Fatherson.

Vic Galloway anchored proceedings and announced the full shortlist as follows.

  • Anna Meredith – Varmints
  • Auntie Flo Theory Of Flo
  • C Duncan – Architect
  • CHVRCHΞS – Every Open Eye
  • Emma Pollock – In Search Of Harperfield
  • FFS – FFS
  • Lau – The Bell That Never Rang
  • Steve Mason – Meet The Humans
  • The RevengeLove That Will Not Die
  • Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

The list, whittled down from a 20 strong industry-nominated longlist by a public vote, features some heavyweight names.

2014 SAY Award and Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers, synth chart-topping trio CHVRCHΞS and the Mercury Prize nominated C Duncan will be among the favourites to scoop the SAY Award for their albums released this past year.

Singer-songwriters Anna Meredith and Emma Pollock should fancy their chances after releasing stunning albums Varmints and In Search of Harperfield respectively.

Edinburgh trio Young Fathers won the award in 2014 for Tape Two and are nominated again.
Young Fathers won the award in 2014 for Tape Two and are shortlisted again for White Men Are Black Men Too.

The SAY Award 2016 winner will be decided by judges John Williamson and co, and handed out at Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 29th June as part of the town’s bid for the 2021 City of Culture.

The great and the good of the music industry will gather at the invite-only event for a spectacular night of live music displaying the best that Scotland has to offer.

The winner of the award will receive a £20,000 prize with each of the nine runners-up netting £1,000 each alongside national the national exposure that the SAY Award brings.

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