Cork musicians nominated for Ireland's top music prize

Cork musicians nominated for Ireland's top music prize
Talos, fronted by Cork's Eoin French, are in the running for the Choice Music Prize. Photo:Michael Donnelly.

TWO Cork musicians are among the ten nominated for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Album of the Year.

Talos and Marlene Enright are among the finalists for this year's award. The winner will be revealed on March 8.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize has been running since 2005 and recognises the best album released in Ireland or Northern Ireland over the previous twelve months.

Previous winners include the Divine Comedy, Jape, the Gloaming, Two Door Cinema Club and last year's winners, Rusangano Family.

No Cork act has ever claimed the prize, despite a number of nominations over the years.

Talos, the haunting alternative rock act fronted by Cork architect Eoin French, and Bantry singer-songwriter Marlene Enright will be hoping to rectify that.

The nomination caps off a whirlwind year for Talos, whose debut album 'Wild Alee' was released in April 2017. The band has since performed all over Ireland and the UK since, including eye-catching festival slots and a host of sold-out shows at St Luke's Church in Cork.

Marlene Enright has been nominated for her album 'Placemats & Second Cuts'.
Marlene Enright has been nominated for her album 'Placemats & Second Cuts'.

Enright, meanwhile, was previously best known as a member of the Hard Ground. She released her solo debut 'Placemats & Second Cuts' to critical acclaim last February and found herself in quite a number of album of the year lists come the end of 2017.

Tweeting after the announcement, Enright said, "What a Wednesday this has become!! So honoured to be shortlisted amongst these incredible artists for RTÉchoiceprize 2017."

The two will face stiff competition on the night, with Fionn Regan ('The Meeting of the Waters'), James Vincent McMorrow ('True Care'), Lankum ('Beneath the Earth and the Sky') and Otherkin ('OK') all on the list.

Ships ('Precession'), New Jackson ('From Night to Night'), Fangclub ('Fangclub') and Come On Love Long ('In The Still') complete the list.

Notable absentees include U2, the Coronas, Niall Horan, the Script and chart-toppers Picture This.

The winning act will receive a prize of €10,000. A shortlist for Irish Song of the Year will also be announced in the coming weeks.

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