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Scottish Album of the Year Longlist unveiled

The longlist for the most coveted music prize in Scotland has been unveiled, kicking off a process that will culminate in a winning album picking up a £20,000 first prize while nine shortlisted titles receive £1,000 each, making the award ceremony at Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 29 June one of the most lucrative in UK music.

Scottish Album of the Year Longlist unveiled

The longlist features a wealth of talent including a host of internationally renowned Scottish bands and exceptional ‘artists to watch’ across all genres including hip-hop, classical, rock, electronic, indie, electro-pop and trad/folk.

Primal Scream, FFS, CHVRCHES, Emma Pollock and Steve Mason feature alongside Isle of Lewis born trad musician Iain Morrison, Edinburgh-raised composer Anna Meredith, Celtic piper Jarlath Henderson and award-winning baroque ensemble Dunedin Consort in an extremely strong lineup which also features previous winners Young Fathers and a first time nod to Mercury Music Prize 2015 nominee C Duncan.

Run by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), previous SAY winners are Kathryn Joseph (2015, pictured above at Paisley Abbey), Young Fathers (2014), RM Hubbert (2013) and Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat (2012).

The full SAY Award 2016 longlist is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Admiral Fallow - Tiny Rewards
Anna Meredith - Varmints
Auntie Flo - Theory of Flo
C Duncan - Architect
CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
Django Django - Born Under Saturn
Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata
Emma Pollock - In Search Of Harperfield
FFS - FFS
Hector Bizerk - The Waltz Of Modern Psychiatry
Hudson Mohawke - Lantern
Iain Morrison - Eas
Jarlath Henderson - Hearts Broken, Heads Turned
Lau - The Bell That Never Rang
Steve Mason - Meet The Humans
Miaoux Miaoux - School Of Velocity
Primal Scream - Chaosmosis
Rachel Sermanni - Tied To The Moon
The Revenge - Love That Will Not Die
Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too

From Monday 16 May for four weeks, fans will be able to stream one of the 20 nominated albums each day at www.sayaward.com, catching up on that week’s five albums over the weekend if you’ve missed out. Monday’s featured album will be C Duncan’s ‘Architect’.

Music fans will also get their say with the 72-hour public vote which will run from 13th – 15th June. The album with the most public votes will secure an automatic place on The SAY Award Shortlist of 10; with the other nine titles chosen by an independent panel of judges (see Notes for Editors for full list of judges).

The SAY Award winner will be unveiled on Wednesday 29 June at a ceremony in Paisley Town Hall hosted by Vic Galloway and Janice Forsyth.

Last year’s Scottish Album of the Year winner, Kathryn Joseph said: “Winning the SAY Award has given me extra confidence. I felt very lucky and it’s nice to think that the music matters.

"Before, I didn’t really feel that my music was good enough, or that I was the kind of person who would be able to do the things needed to get a record heard. Winning the SAY award has definitely made me better at handling everything that’s required in the industry.”

Caroline Cooper of The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) said: “We’re delighted to be taking the SAY Award into its fifth year with another incredibly strong longlist. Now established as one of the most significant music prizes in the UK, The SAY Award highlights the exceptional breadth of music being produced in Scotland.

"The Album Of The Day format gives the public the opportunity to listen to all twenty albums and hopefully to discover some new favourites along the way. On behalf of the Scottish Music Industry Association I’d like to congratulate all of the longlisted artists.’

Leonie Bell, Director, Arts and Engagement, Creative Scotland, said: “For the fifth year, this long list once again proves the outstanding quality and range of music produced in Scotland from electronic and indie to hip-hop and piping.

"Having firmly established itself as one of the most important events in the Scottish music industry calendar The SAY Award is a fantastic way of supporting and raising the profile of these talented musicians in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

"We are delighted to be able to support the fifth year of the Awards and are looking forward to the 2016 ceremony hosted in Paisley Town Hall.”

Sam Isles, Managing Director, TicketWeb: "We’re really excited to support the Scottish Album Of The Year Award in 2016. Since TicketWeb began in 1999 Scottish artists have produced some of the most ground-breaking records and live shows.

"Over the past 12 months we’ve enjoyed working with an incredibly talented new wave of Scottish artists including Prides, Fatherson, Stanley Odd, Model Aeroplanes, Kloe & White.

"It’s awesome that The SAY Award exists to provide a credible platform to recognise contemporary Scottish music."

Peter Leatham, CEO PPL, said: “Scotland has an incredibly rich music history and is home to thousands of very talented performers as today’s longlist clearly demonstrates. It is a huge honour for PPL to continue our support of

"The SAY Award as it massively helps to recognise and reward Scotland’s artists. PPL works hard to support Scotland’s music community, be they a session musician, a member of a budding band or established singer and we strongly believe that everyone who invests their time in making recorded music should be paid fairly for the use of their recordings.

"On behalf of everyone at PPL, I would like to wish all performers and artists who made the longlist the best of luck and look forward to celebrating Scotland’s musical success at the award ceremony in June.”

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, and one of the judges for the 2016 SAY Award, added: "Paisley has earned itself a reputation as a hub of creativity over the centuries, having produced so much great music, from the work of Robert Tannahill up to the present day. So it is fitting the town should be the home of The SAY Award for the next two years.

"The longlist is being announced on the same day as we launch the For Paisley 2021 campaign to get the community to show their support for the bid, so this is a really exciting day all round and I am really looking forward to being part of it."

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council leader and chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, said: "We are thrilled to be hosting one of the most important dates in the Scottish musical calendar here in Paisley.

"The town already has close links with the award, having hosted gigs by each of the four previous winners during the town's annual Spree festival each October.

"Paisley has a rich musical heritage, from Gerry Rafferty and Paolo Nutini, to the thriving music scene in our venues today, and that will be a key feature in our bid for UK City of Culture 2021, to be lodged next year.

"That bid is all about shining a spotlight on everything the town has to offer - and being able to attract an event as prestigious as The SAY Award shows we are firmly establishing ourselves as a key destination on Scotland's musical map."