2016

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

The NI Music Prize In Association With Blue Moon is produced by the Oh Yeah music centre
and is also supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The Shortlist


The Bonnevilles
Arrow Pierce of My Heart


Ciaran Lavery
Let Bad In


David C Clements
The Longest Day in History


Documenta 
Drone Pop #1


Exmagician
Scan The Blue


Foy Vance
The Wild Swan


Girls Names
Arm Around A Vision


Jealous of the Birds
Parma Violets


Michael Morchema
LOFi LiFE


PORTS
The Devil is A Songbird


Ryan Vail 
For Every Silence


Sea Pinks
Soft Days

The Longlist

Aaron Shanley
Metal Alligator

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