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Here's the shortlist for the best Irish album of 2021

The winner is to be announced on 3 March at a special broadcast from Vicar Street.

THE SHORTLIST FOR the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2021 has been released this afternoon, featuring artists from across the country.

The overall winner is set to be announced during a special RTÉ 2FM broadcast live in Vicar Street on Thursday 3 March. The show is set to feature performances from some of the artists shortlisted today.

Here is the shortlist:

Bicep – Isles

Bicep_Isles_album Cover

Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill – In The Game

Mick Flannery and Susan O'Neill_In the Game_album cover

For Those I Love – For Those I Love

For Those I Love_For Those I Love_album cover

Orla Gartland – Woman on the Internet

Orla-Gartland-–-Woman-On-The-Internet album

HousePlants – Dry Goods

House Plants_Dry Goods_Album Image

Kojaque – Town’s Dead

Kojaque_Towns Dead_Album cover

Elaine Mai – Home

Elaine Mai_Home_Album Image

Saint Sister – Where I Should End

Saint Sister album packshot

Soda Blonde – Small Talk

Soda Blonde_Small Talk_Album Cover

Villagers – Fever Dreams


The shortlist was announced earlier today on RTÉ’s Tracy Clifford Show by Jim Carroll, chairman of the judging panel.

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Commenting on the shortlist, Head of Music at RTÉ 2FM, Adam Fogarty, said: “The sheer quality of this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize shortlist highlights the incredible standards now being reached routinely by musicians and artists in Ireland across a range of genres.”

“While it has been an extremely challenging year for the music industry, so many Irish artists, not just those who have made the shortlist, have used this time, much of it in the absence of live shows, to produce some incredible music.”

Next week, a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights programme will be broadcast RTÉ2 television.

The Irish song of the year shortlist is set to be announced on 26 January.

This is the 17th annual Choice Music Prize, with the album of the year being decided by a panel of 11 Irish music media professionals and industry experts. 

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