Shortlist for Irish Album of Year announced

by Aishling Conway
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The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2023, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced this week.

The shortlist is as follows:

  • Grian Chatten – Chaos For The Fly (Partisan Records)
  • CMAT – Crazymad, For Me (CMATBABY/AWAL)
  • John Francis Flynn – Look Over The Wall, See The Sky (River Lea Recordings)
  • Kojaque – PHANTOM OF THE AFTERS (Soft Boy Records)
  • Lankum – False Lankum (Rough Trade Records)
  • Rachael Lavelle – Big Dreams (Rest Energy)
  • Soda Blonde – Dream Big (Overbite Records)
  • The Murder Capital – Gigi’s Recovery (Human Season Records)
  • The Scratch – Mind Yourself (Perrystown Music Limited)
  • Ezra Williams – Supernumeraries (Ezra Williams / AWAL)

As part of RTÉ’s continued commitment to promoting Irish music, 2FM again celebrates the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule today with All Irish All Day from 6am to Midnight. 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show will continue to broadcast a week of Choice Music Prize announcements and activities, including further details on the additional prizes and Irish Song of the Year.

Irish Artist of the Year – shortlist Tues 9th January
(winner announced 7th March at Vicar St)

Irish Breakthrough Artist – shortlist Wed 10th January
(winner announced 7th March at Vicar St)

Classic Irish Album – further details Thurs 11th January
(winner announced a week or so before the live event)

Irish Song of the Year 2023 – shortlist Fri 12th January
(winner announced 7th March on 2FM daytime)

The public vote for SOTY will open on Friday 12th January.

Commenting, Adam Fogarty, Head of Music, RTÉ 2FM, said: “2FM is delighted to continue our partnership with the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for the 8th year running. The RTÉ Choice Music Prize is an important annual event in the wider Irish music landscape, and we’re delighted to be able to continue to celebrate all that is great about Irish music and Irish artists. The inclusion of the ‘Irish Artist of the Year’, ‘Irish Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ and ‘Classic Irish Album’ categories for the 2nd year running, coupled with the longstanding ‘Irish Song of the Year’ and the preeminent ‘Irish Album of the Year’ prizes allow us to more broadly represent the incredible past, present and exciting future of Irish music. 2FM will continue its support as the flagship partner station with content and promos across our platforms over the coming months, and this will be reflected more widely across the entire organisation as we get closer to the awards night.”

The Irish Album of the Year 2023 will be announced live from Vicar St on RTÉ 2FM in a special show 7-11pm on Thursday 7th March. The show will feature live performances from some of the shortlisted acts, further details on the line-up to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now via

The 19th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music. The Prize has become one of the music-industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of eleven Irish music media professionals and industry experts. The list of judges is available via

The winning Album of the Year act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.

RAAP, Culture Ireland, First Music Contact, Minding Creative Minds and Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet are also official project partners of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize.

Through its funding of the Music From Ireland programme, Culture Ireland’s support of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize will be directed towards shortlisted artists, as well as assisting the RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations”.

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