The shortlist for Ireland’s answer to the Mercury Prize was announced yesterday. Of the ten 2011 Choice Music Prize nominees, only Lisa Hannigan and the Annie Tierney-fronted tieranniesaur are in with a chance of being the Prize’s first female winner since Julie Feeney scooped the inaugural award in 2005. Lisa Hannigan’s Sea Sew lost out in 2008 to her good friend Jape (Richie Egan), who is also among this year’s nominees. Full list below
And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs
Bell X1 – Bloodless Coup
Cashier No.9 – To the Death Of Fun
Lisa Hannigan – Passenger
The Japanese Popstars – Controlling Your Allegiance
Jape – Ocean Of Frequency
Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands – Golden Syrup
Pugwash – The Olympus Sound
tieranniesaur – tieranniesaur!
We Cut Corners – Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards
The awards take place at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on March 8. Whoever wins gets a cheque for €10,000!