Ships has been announced as the winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year2017 for the album Precession (Ships Music label). The judging panel, made up of Irish music media professionals, deliberated at length tonight before choosing the winning album.
Ships received a cheque for €10,000, a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) – as well as a specially-commissioned award.
The winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced and Chasing Abbey won the prize for their song “That Good Thing”. Decided by the public via the RTÉ and Choice Music Prize websites, fans got behind their favourite song in big numbers.
The sold-out event in Vicar Street was hosted by RTÉ 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott and was broadcast live on the station on a specially extended Louise McSharry show.
RTÉ2will broadcast a one-hour TV highlights programme of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize featuring performances from the acts and interviews by Bláthnaid Treacy on Sunday March 18th at 11pm.
Earlier during the day, the inaugural “Conversations” took place at the Morrison Hotel, a music forum attended by international and Irish industry.
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One of our new Irish music initiatives on 2fm is called ‘2fm Rising’. Each week we choose a number of tracks that receive daytime airplay and depending on listener reaction make it to our regular 2fm playlist. The quality this year so far has been nothing short of outstanding.
Here’s 5 of the current batch that we are really excited about.
Well what an unbelievable weekend of music content on RTÉ2fm! Friday saw arguably the world’s biggest music star Ed Sheeran co-present our drive show in a one hour special with Eoghan McDermott. On Sunday U2, in a world exclusive premiered their 2017 version of “Red Hill Mining Town” on the Dave Fanning show to commemorate The Joshua Tree’s 30th anniversary.
Bank Holiday Monday saw 2fm broadcast a new batch of music documentaries, one on Irish singer/songwriter Gavin James and another on “Cork Rocks”, looking back on the Cork music showcases of the 90’s. Finally 2fm as part of Cruinniú na Cásca, a Creative Ireland initiative presented by RTÉ broadcast live from Smithfield Square in Dublin with live performances from a whole host of new Irish acts including The Academic, Soulé, Aine Cahill & many more.
The excitement continues this week with 2fm Live – Jenny Greene & RTÉ Concert Orchestra performing this Friday night at Dublin’s 3 Arena!!