Winner – Ciaran Lavery 

Album - Let Bad In


Twelve albums were shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize in association with Blue Moon 2016. The winner was announced at a special awards night at the Mandela Hall  on November 11th.

Performances on the night came from PORTS, Jealous of the Birds and Girls Names. Co Antrim, singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery was awarded the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2016.

The artist’s second album, ‘Let Bad In’ was selected as the best release by a selection of music figures from Northern Ireland. More than 70 judges were contacted from the NI music industry and music media. They were invited to cast their votes for the best album of the last 12 months.

“It was a tremendous surprise. To be nominated amongst a host of great albums is in itself worthy enough of celebrating. The bar is set very high in terms of musical quality coming out of Northern Ireland at the moment. It’s a real blast to be a part of that.” – Ciaran Lavery




Allez Bartoli - Everything.Forever

Amanda St John - Grow

Best Boy Grip - Best Boy Grip

Cathal O’Neill - Inherited

Ciaran Lavery - Let Bad In

Ciara O’Neill - The Ebony Trail

Damien O’Kane - Areas of High Traffic

David C Clements - The Longest Day In History

Documenta - DronePop #1

exmagician - Scan The Blue

Foy Vance - The Wild Swan

Irontown Diehards - Irontown Diehards

Jason O’Rourke - The Northern Concertina

Jealous Of The Birds - Parma Violets

Josie Nugent - Modal Citizen

Kaz Hawkins - Feelin’ Good

Gascan Ruckus - Narrow Defeats And Bitter Victories

Girls Names - Arms Around A Vision

Making Monsters - Bad Blood

Michael Mormecha - LOFi LiFE

Heliopause - How Can We Laugh After This

O’Hanlon’s Horsebox - Songs and Stories of the Border

Pauline Scanlon - Gossamer

Pixie Saytar - In Hindsight

Ports - The Devil Is A Songbird

Realta - Clear Skies

Runaway[GO] - Alive

Ruth McGinley - Reconnection

Ryan Vail - For Every Silence

Sea Pinks - Soft Days

The Bonnevilles - Arrow Pierce My Heart

The Host - Esalen Lectures

TUSKS - Embers

VerseChorusVerse & David Lyttle - Have Some Soul

Zlatanera - Legerdemain