For Those I Love’s self-titled album has been named Irish Album of the Year by the RTÉ Choice Music Prize tonight.
The artist, whose real name is David Balfe, was announced as the winner by presenter Tracy Clifford live from Vicar Street in front of a live audience.
Upon accepting the award, Balfe said: “This is for my best friend Paul. I would trade all of that just to get him back.”
On the release of the self-titled album in March 2021, the Dublin native opened up about how the songs were written after the death of his close friend Paul Curran and the impact his friend’s death had on his life and music afterwards.
For those I love, he remembers Paul, but also strives to glorify the other people close to Balfe’s heart with songs he composed in “my shed”.
The album was written and recorded in 2019 but was only officially released 12 months ago.
There were live performances by eight acts nominated for Album of the Year by nominees including Elaine Mai, The Villagers, HousePlants, For Those I Love, Soda Blonde, Kojaque, Orla Gartland, Saint Sister and Bicep.
Dermot Kennedy received the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for Irish Song of the Year with “Better Days”.
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Song of the Year Better Days was chosen from a shortlist of 10 from fans who voted for their favorite Irish song of the last year.
Dermot’s tune was confirmed as the winner by Danny O’Donoghue of The Script on 2FM on Thursday.
“I feel very good. It’s a big deal, it means a lot to me, thank you so much,” Dermot said in response to the message.
“Nice! The fact that it was also a public vote… that the song has meant a lot to people lately and how difficult things have been. So, thank you,” Dermot said.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-news/for-those-i-love-wins-rte-choice-music-prize-irish-album-of-the-year-as-dermot-kennedys-better-days-lands-best-song-41409684.html For Those I Love wins RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year as Dermot Kennedy’s “Better Days” for Best Song