THE enigma that is Aphex Twin - Richard D James - is, by our estimation, just the second act ‘from Limerick’ to make the Meteor Choice Prize list for album of the year.
It is not a well known fact, but James was born here, so qualifies for the list for Irish album of the year - for Syro - by dint of that fact.
After Windings - narrowly beaten in 2013 - James makes up just Limerick’s second ever shortlisted nominee for the prize, which will be announced at a live event in Vicar Street on March 5 on the tenth anniversary of the prize, that took some inspiration from the Mercury in the UK.
The other nominees are Delorentos, The Gloaming, Hozier - a red hot favourite - James Vincent McMorrow, Sinead O’ Connor, Damien Rice, The Riptide Movement, U2 and We Cut Corners.
There was no nod for MynameisjOhn, God Knows and MuRli for Rusangano/Family, one of the albums of the year in 2014, which we expected to at least make the shortlist.
The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by IMRO and IRMA. The Meteor Choice Music Prize – Song of the Year 2014 shortlist will be announced later this month.
Lisa Comerford, Meteor’s Consumer Marketing Director, said: “The celebration of ten years of Ireland’s finest albums, singers and songwriters is quite an achievement, and Meteor is delighted to continue to support the very best in home-grown music through the Meteor Choice Music Prize.
“The competition is always fierce for the coveted ‘Irish Album of the Year’ title and this year is certainly no different. As always, our esteemed judges have a difficult task ahead, and given the caliber of shortlist I certainly don’t envy their task!”
The Meteor Choice Music Prize event will be broadcast live on Today FM in a special four hour extended programme during the Paul McLoone show.
RTE will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the awards on Sunday March 8, on RTE Two. Tickets for the event are on sale now from Ticketmaster.
For more see www.choicemusicprize.com.