Acts battle it out for album award
Dublin singers Imelda May and Cathy Davey are among the acts battling it out for the title of Irish Album of the Year 2010.
The 10 finalists shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize include the band Villagers, alternative rock group Fight Like Apes and singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow.
Others up for the accolade are albums by Wexford trio Adebisi Shank, Waterford group O Emperor, the Dublin band Halves and Northern Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club. The album Chariot, by Dublin rockers The Cast of Cheers, is only available via download.
The shortlist was selected by a panel of 11 Irish music media professionals representing print, radio, online and TV.
The winning album will be announced at the Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar Street, Dublin, on Thursday March 3.
The Choice Music Prize was established six years ago to highlight, promote and showcase the work of Irish artists. It focuses on the music and does not consider sales or airplay.
Previous winners include Julie Feeney (2005); The Divine Comedy (2006); Super Extra Bonus Party (2007); Jape (2008); and Adrian Crowley (2009).
The project is organised by David Reid, while Irish Times music critic Tony Clayton-Lea is the chairman of a judging panel which includes DJs Ray Darcy, Michelle Doherty and Dave Fanning.
The winning act will receive 10,000 euro, 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 also receive a specially commissioned award, courtesy of the Recorded Artists Actors & Performers Ltd (RAAP).