So it was a surprise for many, if only for the fact that Jape had won it three years earlier, but the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2011 was indeed won by Richie Egan and Jape for the album Ocean Of Frequency.
It was a shock victory on the night with many punters on the night declaring Cashier no.9, We Cut Corners and Lisa Hannigan the favourites but that’s never how these things transpire. The victory was a deserved one and Egan looked flummoxed arriving on stage to accept the award and the €10,000 cheque.
The winner was chosen by a panel of media judges who debated the merits of each nominees’ album in private while the live event took place. All ten nominees performed on the night while Royseven won the first ever 2011 Irish Song of the Year, a new category seemingly introduced at the behest of a new corporate sponsor, although they were not given the opportunity to thank people on the night as it happened.
Photo: James Goulden.
The full shortlist of nominated albums was as follows (albums in alphabetical order):
And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs
BellX1 – Bloodless Coup
Cashier No.9 – To The Death of Fun
Lisa Hannigan – Passenger
The Japanese Popstars – Controlling Your Alliegance
Jape – Ocean Of Frequency
Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands – Golden Syrup
Pugwash – The Olympus Sound
Tieranniesaur – Tieranniesaur
We Cut Corners – Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards