Awards over­load al­ready! Which one is the Choice Mu­sic Prize again?

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The goal of the Choice Mu­sic Prize is to pro­vide ex­po­sure for 10 Ir­ish acts ev­ery year, both inside and out­side Ire­land.

The win­ning act will re­ceive ¤10,000, pro­vided by the Ir­ish Mu­sic Rights Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IMRO) and the Ir­ish Recorded Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion (IRMA). The win­ner will also re­ceive a spe­cially com­mis­sioned award, cour­tesy of the Recorded Artists and Per­form­ers Ltd (RAAP).

The short­list was se­lected by a panel of a dozen men and women, true and fair, from the Ir­ish mu­sic me­dia.

The over­all 2007 Album of the Year will be se­lected by the judg­ing panel at the Choice Mu­sic Prize event at Vicar Street, Dublin, on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 27th.

Tick­ets for the live event are on sale from all Tick­et­mas­ter out­lets (¤27, in­clud­ing book­ing fee). Most of the nom­i­nees will pre­form. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.choice­mu­sicprize.com

The short­list Act: Adrian Crowley Album: Long Dis­tance Swim­mer

The kind of sub­tle, el­e­gant but quite ten­sile singer­song­writer ma­te­rial that gives singer-song­writ­ers a very good name.

Act: Cathy Davey Album: Tales of Sil­ver­sleeve

Fresh, sprightly songs culled from the dream­time of one of Ire­land’s most charm­ing fe­male singers.

Act: Deloren­tos Album: In Love With De­tail

All colours in the rock’n’roll rain­bow are ef­fi­ciently high­lighted here, cour­tesy of a band that can sort out the chaff from the wheat in jig-time.

Act: Dry County Album: Un­ex­pected Falls

Dry by name but not by na­ture, this lot fuse res­o­nant mu­si­cal pas­sages with lyrics that make sense.

Act: The Flaws Album: Achiev­ing Vague­ness

Melodies to beat the op­po­si­tion, gui­tar chords that square the cir­cle, and a vo­cal­ist that sounds like Scott Walker in his 1960s hey­day. What’s not to love?

Act: David Ger­aghty Album: Kill Your Dar­lings

Ger­aghty takes time off from his long-stand­ing po­si­tion in BellX1 and cre­ates an ex­cel­lent pop/rock record that sur­prises again and again.

Act: Kila Album: Gam­bler’s Bal­let

And can some­one tell me how the flippin’ heck this lot are on the list? Per­sonal tastes aside, this is an amal­gam of trad from hell rhythms and roots shenani­gans of the nois­i­est or­der.

Act: Róisín Mur­phy Album: Over­pow­ered

The for­mer Moloko singer dons the gar­ments that sway this way and that while si­mul­ta­ne­ously fash­ion­ing songs that epit­o­mise a life­time (or at least sev­eral years) of swig­ging cham­pagne.

Act: Stan­ley Su­per 800 Album: Louder & Clearer

In­ven­tive, su­per-soar­away sounds from the out­side bet in the Choice bunch. It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for, you know.

Act: Su­per Ex­tra Bonus Party Album: Su­per Ex­tra Bonus Party

Did we say the quiet ones? Make way for th­ese rowdy types. If they don’t win, we pre­dict a riot.

Su­per Ex­tra Bonus Party (top) and Róisín Mur­phy

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