Scotland Album of the Year longlist revealed after record number of submissions

Organizers of the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) awards say they have received a “record” number of entries from artists this year.

The goy album was shortlisted from 369 entries by 100 dispassionate candidates in the music industry.

The winner will receive a £20,000 prize at a ceremony at Stirling’s Albert Halls on 20 October.

Among those on the long list are Declan Welsh and Decadent West with their album It’s Been A Year, and Kathryn Joseph with For You Who Are The Wronged.

A special exhibition featuring the 20 finalists will be held in the city’s Tollbooth.

The long list will be reduced to 10 and music fans will then be able to choose the ultimate winner in an online poll from October 3 to 5.

Robert Kilpatrick, creative director of the Scottish Music Industry Association/SAY Awards, said: “As Scotland’s country music award, the SAY Awards exist to celebrate the cultural impact and contribution of recording products of our country.

“The long list of 2022 presents a diverse and dynamic collection of albums that span multiple genres and showcase both established and rising talent from across the country.


Declan Welsh has been shortlisted for Album of the Year in Scotland. (Material / PA)

“Despite the recent ups and downs, the lasting impact and resonance of the album format remains. As vehicles of self-discovery and connection with others, their power to ground, inspire, and unite us is perhaps more important than ever.

“As we move into the 2022 ceremony at Stirling’s Albert Hall next month, we look forward to championing Scotland’s ever-evolving music scene and unique cultural identity; realize the value and magic of music in our lives”.

Gerry McGarvey, who convenes Stirling Council’s community planning and regeneration committee, said: “Congrats to all the amazing artists from across Scotland who have been shortlisted for the prestigious music award. this.

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“To reach this stage in the competition is already an achievement and it is fantastic to see so many Stirling-born artists and artists who have originated from Tolbooth’s Music Development workshops, among the final 20. , showcasing the dynamic and diverse music of the region. stage.

“To celebrate the announcement of the long list, we have created a special interactive exhibition in Tolbooth where people can try the best of Scotland in 2022.

“Just over a month away, one of these incredible records will be recognized as Album of the Year at Scotland’s Albert Halls Stirling, and today’s milestone signals the countdown to an exciting night and inspirational.”

List of SAY Awards for 2022:

AiiTee – Better days
Andrew Wasylyk – Balgay Hills: Morning at the Magnolia
Annie Booth – The Lazy
Bemz – M4
C Duncan – Alluvium
Callum Easter – System
Constant Followers – No, Nor Never
Declan Welsh and the Decadent West – It’s been a year
Duncan Lyall – Milestones
Fergus McCreadie – Forest Floor
Hamish Hawk – Heavy Elevator
Hen Hoose – Equalizer
Kathryn Joseph – Because you’re in the wrong
Kobi Onyame – Do not drink poison
Ninth Wave – Heavy as a headache
Niteworks – A’Ghrian
Proc Fiskal – Siren Spine Sysex
Rebecca Vasmant – With love, from Glasgow
Seonaid Aitken Ensemble – Chasing Sakura
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