We were recently delighted to discover that our album “Shake Off Your Troubles” has been included in the initial Eligible Album List for this year’s SAY Award (Scottish Album Of The Year). This was especially pleasing when we know we didn’t nominate it or put it forward ourselves! So thanks to those of you who have nominated our record – it is listed here!
Once all the eligible albums have been collated, 100 impartial ‘Nominators’, chosen from press, radio, music venues, jazz, classical, traditional folk, retail and elsewhere in the arts, will consider titles from The SAY Award’s Eligible Album List, nominating their five favourite albums and ranking them in order of preference. The 20 highest scoring albums will make up The SAY Award Longlist for 2017, announced on May 24th. The Longlist will be further whittled down to a shortlist of 10 albums, one of which will be chosen by the public during a 72-hour public vote (12-14 June) and the others decided by a panel of prestigious judges.
The SAY Award 2017 Shortlist will be announced on June 15th as part of a BBC Quay Sessions show, with the award ceremony then taking place on June 28th in the surroundings of Paisley’s elegant Town Hall, in support of Paisley’s bid for Paisley to become UK City of Culture 2021. The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize, provided by long term Award partner Creative Scotland. The 9 runners up will each be awarded a £1,000 prize, as well as an exclusively designed piece of artwork from the SAY Award Design Commission.
So while we have no expectations of progressing any further we will cross our fingers and toes nonetheless and see what happens in the meantime…either way it’s nice to see that even with only being out a few weeks the record seems to be striking a chord with some people.