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#Villagers

# villagers - Saturday 27 April, 2019

WATCH: Which classic folk song deserves to be called Ireland's favourite?

Artists including singer Niamh Farrell and Villagers who perform tracks chosen by the public.

# villagers - Friday 27 July, 2018

From The Daily Edge 7 of the most unmissable songs to hear at All Together Now Festivals

7 of the most unmissable songs to hear at All Together Now

The best choons from Fleet Foxes to Kelela to Villagers

# villagers - Tuesday 19 April, 2016

Three burnt alive in their home in India over human sacrifice rumours

The head of the family was accused of being a sorcerer.

Irish musician nominated for prestigious Ivor Novello award

Chief songwriter in Villagers, Conor O’Brien, was there for the announcement today.

# villagers - Wednesday 1 April, 2015

From The Daily Edge David O'Doherty 'interviewed' Conor from Villagers and it was everything

# villagers - Saturday 6 December, 2014

Here's Ireland's answer to the Band Aid single, in aid of the homeless

The song features members of Villagers and Fight Like Apes, amongst others.

# villagers - Thursday 8 May, 2014

From The Daily Edge Fish rainfall surprises residents of Sri Lankan village Fish For Dinner

Fish rainfall surprises residents of Sri Lankan village

It’s raining fish! Hallelujah, it’s raining fish…

# villagers - Saturday 1 March, 2014

Villagers, Mein Kampf, and swine flu: The week in numbers

Plus: How much did Irish politicians disclose in donations for last year?

# villagers - Thursday 27 February, 2014

From The Daily Edge And the winner of the Meteor Choice Music Prize for album of the year is... Meteor

And the winner of the Meteor Choice Music Prize for album of the year is...

Drumroll, please… unless you already guessed from the photograph.

# villagers - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

James Blake wins Mercury Prize with Overgrown

He beat the likes of David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and our own Villagers.

# villagers - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

Villagers and Bowie on Mercury Music Prize shortlist

It’s the second nomination for the Dublin-based indie-folk group, however Bowie is favourite to win for his comeback ‘The Next Day’.

# villagers - Sunday 24 June, 2012

From The Daily Edge Brollies, pirates... and a camel: the Body and Soul festival in pics Body And Soul This post contains images

Brollies, pirates... and a camel: the Body and Soul festival in pics

Festival goers braved the changeable weather to make the most of the Ballinlough Castle event.

# villagers - Thursday 19 May, 2011

From The Daily Edge Villagers frontman Conor O'Brien scoops songwriting award Good News

Villagers frontman Conor O'Brien scoops songwriting award

O’Brien has won a prestigious Ivor Novello prize for the title track of his band’s acclaimed album Becoming A Jackal.

# villagers - Wednesday 12 January, 2011

From The Daily Edge Fight Like Apes favourite to scoop Choice Prize 2010 Choice Music Prize

Fight Like Apes favourite to scoop Choice Prize 2010

Organisers release a ten-strong shortlist – including the likes of Imelda May – to win the gong for 2010′s best Irish album.

# villagers - Wednesday 8 September, 2010

From The Daily Edge Mercury Music Prize turns xx-rated Mercury Prize This post contains videos

Mercury Music Prize turns xx-rated

Minimalist indie trio The xx win the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for their eponymous debut album, beating off stiff competition.

# villagers - Tuesday 20 July, 2010

DUBLIN BAND VILLAGERS have made the shortlist for this year’s Mercury Prize, completing a remarkable year for the outfit.

The group – essentially a one-man show, fronted by Conor J O’Brien – appear in the twelve-strong shortlist just a month after seeing debut album Becoming A Jackal hit number 1.

The album’s success came on the back of an astonishing performance on Later With Jools Holland, and having become the first Irish band to join the prestigious Domino Records label in 2009.

The award, established in 1992, is seen as one of the world’s most influential and respected prizes, and is awarded to the best album of the year to be released in the UK or Ireland.

Irish entrants on the shortlist are rare; previously the only the likes of U2, Van Morrison and Lisa Hannigan have made the cut.

The overall prizewinner will be announced in September.

The Mercury Prize shortlist in full:

  • Biffy Clyro, Only Revolutions (14th Floor)
  • Corinne Bailey Rae, The Sea (EMI)
  • Dizzee Rascal, Tongue N’ Cheek (Dirtee Stank)
  • Kit Downes Trio, Golden (Basho)
  • Foals, Total Life Forever (Transgressive)
  • I Am Kloot, Sky At Night (Shepherd Moon/EMI)
  • Laura Marling, I Speak Because I Can (Virgin)
  • Mumford And Sons, Sigh No More (Island)
  • Paul Weller, Wake Up The Nation (Island)
  • Villagers, Becoming A Jackal (Domino)
  • Wild Beasts, Two Dancers (Domino)
  • The XX, xx (XL)

Bookmakers William Hill consider the band rank outsiders to win the prize, however, with the longest odds of 14/1. The XX are 2/1 favourites.

It is widely speculated that the prize will be awarded to a slightly more mainstream act this year, given criticism that more prominent albums have been overlooked in recent years.