Longlist announced for Scottish Album of the Year Award

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The Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY) has announced the longlist of contenders for the award of “Scottish Album of the Year”. It will take place at Albert Halls in Stirling for the first time ever next month.

The list includes 20 albums and was announced in a Twitter thread. It was compiled from the total of 369 nominations which met the criteria.

  • AiiTee – ‘Better Days’
  • Andrew Wasylyk – ‘Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia’
  • Annie Booth – ‘Lazybody’
  • Bemz – ‘M4’
  • C Duncan – ‘Alluvium’
  • Callum Easter – ‘System’
  • Constant Follower – ‘Neither Is, Nor Ever Was’
  • Declan Welsh and the Decadent West – ‘It’s Been A Year’
  • Duncan Lyall – ‘Milestone’
  • Fergus McCreadie – ‘Forest Floor’
  • Hamish Hawk – ‘Heavy Elevator’
  • Hen Hoose – ‘Equaliser’
  • Kathryn Joseph – ‘For You Who Are The Wronged’
  • Kobi Onyame – ‘Don’t Drink The Poison’
  • The Ninth Wave – ‘Heavy Like a Headache’
  • Niteworks – ‘A’Ghrian’
  • Proc Fiskal – ‘Siren Spine Sysex’
  • Rebecca Vasmant – ‘With Love, From Glasgow’
  • Seonaid Aitken Ensemble – ‘Chasing Sakura’
  • Walt Disco – ‘Unlearning’
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The successful competitor and the nine runners up will all receive monetary reward. The winner will receive £20,000 whilst the other runners up will receive £1,000 each and a special award, which has been designed by a local artist.

The longlist will be shortened to a shortlist of 10 nominations following a public vote, opening on October 3.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Cllr Gerry McGarvey, congratulated all the “amazing artists” who have made the longlist.

“To reach this stage in the competition is an achievement in itself and it’s fantastic to have so many Stirling-based artists, and artists that have their roots in The Tolbooth’s Music Development workshops, in the final 20, demonstrating the area’s dynamic and diverse music scene.”

Robert Kilpatrick, who is the Creative Director of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) / The SAY Award, explained that the awards are meant “to celebrate the cultural impact and contribution of our nation’s recorded output.”

Commenting specifically on this year’s longlist, Kilpatrick said the list “presents a dynamic and diverse collection of albums which spans multiple genres and showcases both established and rising talent from across the country.”

For more information about the awards, you can visit The Scottish Album of the Year Award website here.

Featured Image Credit: The Scottish Album of the Year Award

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