when the readers went to vote. Both Delorentos and The Lost Brothers pulled in a good deal of votes from readers in various categories, especially Best Band, Best Irish Act and Best Album.
There was also section wins for Leonard Cohen ( Popular Problems was your choice for Best Roots’ album), Blue Eyed Hawk (the choice of jazz fans for Under the Moon), Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin (best classical album for their recording of Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas) and David Bowie’s Sue (Or In a Season Of Crime) for Video of the Year.
As you’d expect, there was a broad range of answers when it came to the readers’ moment of the year. When it came to music, live shows by The Gloaming at St Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny and Portishead at the Electric Picnic garnered the most mentions overall, the rest of the entries reflected the broadest possible sweep of what made you smile, punch the air and go “yes” in 2014. Leaving aside the mentions of engagements, weddings, births and protest marches, here’s a selection of your highlights from the past 12 months.
Ceiliúradh at London’s Royal Albert Hall; Ed Sheeran on the Toy Show; Bob Dylan singing Long & Wasted Years at Dublin’s O ; Flying Lotus at Forbidden Fruit; Love/Hate (including Nidge’s runners); James Vincent McMorrow at Electric Picnic; Annie Mac at Electric Picnic; John Grant; “Apple providing me with a wonderful free U2 album”; “U2 realising that people do not want their rubbish even if it’s free”; Adebisi Shank’s farewell; Damien Rice’s comeback; The National at Dublin’s Iveagh Garden; Young Fathers at Dublin’s IMMA; “meeting Harry Styles”; Panti Bliss’s speech; Printer Clips at Dublin’s NCH; Ensemble Eriu live. Many thanks to all who voted. And the winners are . . .
Diego Fasciati Niall McCole, Ellen Flanagan, David Grehan, Christina Guiry, Roisín Geraghty
ÓRaghallaigh BESTTRADITIONALALBUM TheGloaming TheGloaming BESTROOTSALBUM PopularProblems LeonardCohen BESTJAZZALBUM UndertheMoon BlueEyedHawk BESTCLASSICALALBUM Beethoven:CelloSonatas StevenIsserlis/ RobertLevin BESTVIDEO DavidBowie Sue(OrInaSeasonOfCrime) MOMENTOFTHEYEAR Love/Hateseasonfive
Dermot Heslin, Bernard Clarke Emer Breen, Roisin Thornhill
Rob Anderson Laura Murtagh