Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award Longlist Unveiled
Twenty outstanding Scottish albums were unveiled as The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award Longlist to a crowd of eager music fans at the O₂ ABC in Glasgow.
Now in its sixth year, The SAY Award is Scotland’s most popular and prestigious music prize, boasting a lucrative £20,000 prize for the winner and nine runners-up prizes of £1,000 each.
‘Live at the Longlist’, a new ticketed event introduced to this year’s SAY Award campaign, saw music fans from across the country gather to enjoy exceptional live sets from previously Longlisted acts Steve Mason, Admiral Fallow and Mungo’s Hi Fi.
As the expectant audience held its breath, respected journalist and broadcaster Nicola Meighan announced The SAY Award Longlist for 2017, with all twenty albums showcasing the extraordinary strength and diversity of Scotland's musical output.
The SAY Award 2017 Longlist is as follows (in alphabetical order):
Adam Holmes and The Embers - Brighter Still
C Duncan - The Midnight Sun
Ela Orleans - Circles of Upper and Lower Hell
Fatherson - Open Book
Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack
Honeyblood - Babes Never Die
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy
King Creosote - Astronaut Meets Appleman
Konx-om-Pax - Caramel
Meursault - I Will Kill Again
Modern Studies - Swell To Great
Mogwai - Atomic
Pictish Trail - Future Echoes
Rachel Newton - Here’s My Heart Come Take It
RM Hubbert - Telling The Trees
Sacred Paws - Strike A Match
Starless - Starless
Teenage Fanclub - Here
TeenCanteen - Say It All With A Kiss
Vukovi - Vukovi
The public can listen to and learn more about each album on The SAY Award Longlist by visiting www.sayaward.com where there will be two featured albums every day from Monday 29th May.
Chosen from almost 300 eligible albums, the 20 strong Longlist was narrowed down by 100 impartial industry 'Nominators'. The Longlist will be whittled down to a shortlist of 10 - one chosen by the public via a 72-hour online vote (12-14 June) and the other 9 chosen by an independent panel of judges (see Notes for Editors for full list of judges).
The SAY Award Shortlist will be announced on June 15th as part of a special BBC Radio Scotland Quay Sessions, before the award ceremony itself takes place on June 28th in the elegant surroundings of Paisley Town Hall in support of Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.
The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize - provided by long-term Award partner Creative Scotland - with the nine runners-up each receiving £1,000. All ten shortlisted artists will also be awarded an exclusively designed artwork created by the winner of The SAY Design Commission.
The SAY Award is produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), in partnership with Paisley for UK City of Culture 2021, Creative Scotland, Black Bottle, TicketWeb and PPL. The award, which was launched in 2012, celebrates, promotes and rewards the most outstanding Scottish albums released each year.
Respected by artists and valued by the industry, The SAY Award is responsible for a surge in musical discovery and an explosion of impassioned debate on social media. Previous SAY Award winners are Anna Meredith (2016), Kathryn Joseph (2015), Young Fathers (2014), RM Hubbert (2013) and Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat (2012).
Robert Kilpatrick, Projects and Operations Manager, Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), said: “What an incredibly strong, diverse and important list of contemporary Scottish records, all being championed and celebrated through The SAY Award. The announcement of The Longlist is one of the most exciting parts of The SAY Award campaign, and is without doubt when the award is at its most potent.
"It was great to introduce ‘Live at the Longlist’ this year to allow fans to come along and join us in celebrating the successes of 20 outstanding Scottish albums. Those attending got to hear some great live music from three homegrown and previously long-listed acts.
"On behalf of the Scottish Music Industry Association, I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s long-listed artists on fantastic album releases.”
Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “The SAY Award is a fantastic celebration of Scottish talent and we are pleased Paisley will host the SAY Award ceremony for the second time.
"Paisley is a town already synonymous with talent, so to have The SAY Award winner announced in Paisley’s magnificent town hall is a significant boost to the town and its bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
"My congratulations go to all acts on The Longlist. We can’t wait to see who will make it to the shortlist and join us in Paisley next month.”
Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, said: “This year’s SAY Award ranges from acts who burst onto the scene in the 1980s such as The Jesus And Mary Chain to TeenCanteen, who performed as part of Creative Scotland's showcase at The Great Escape only last week. And that’s one of the wonderful things about this prize – emerging artists such as Vukovi, Sacred Paws and Fatherson find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder with Scottish icons such as King Creosote, Mogwai and Teenage Fanclub.
"It proves that there’s legacy in the music we make here, as these albums reach out to different generations of fans but pull everyone together for one big celebration of Scottish talent.”
Emma Casey, Global Marketing Manager for Black Bottle, said: “We’re delighted to be an official partner of The SAY Award this year. We’re proud of our roots in Scotland and passionate about doing things differently, so it’s great to celebrate the work of these talented Scottish musicians who have all created their own unique sounds.”
Jonathan West, Director of Marketing & Artist Services, TicketWeb, said: “It’s great to be back supporting The SAY Award for the 2nd year. This year’s list really shows the enduring quality of contemporary Scottish music.
"Alongside new releases from legendary artists like Teenage Fanclub, Mogwai & The Jesus & Mary Chain you’ve also got amazing bands like TeenCanteen doing it for the very first time. Whoever ends up taking the crown it’s going to be a cracking record that wins."