RTE Choice Music

RTE Choice Music

Welcome to the shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2017 with your chance to vote for your favourite song below. If you want a reminder of the tracks, just scroll to the end of the page to listen.
The RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event takes place at Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 8th March 2018

The Academic – Bear Claws

Hailing from Mullingar, The Academic have spent the last few years releasing singles and building up a strong live reputation. They released their debut album, “Tales From The Backseat”, in January 2018 and will play the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin this summer, their biggest show to date.

Áine Cahill – Plastic

This pop single enjoyed a lot of radio play in 2017 and brought Aine’s voice and song-writing to a wider audience. A relatively new artist, Aine comes from Cavan and discovered a love of music at 16.

Chasing Abbey: That Good Thing

Tullamore group Chasing Abbey bring a unique pop and hip-hop style to the fore with this single. Receiving a big amount of airplay in 2017 helped them sell out the Academy and increase their touring profile both here and abroad.

Tandem Felix: Were You There (When they Crucified the Birthday Boy)?

Recorded in Lamplight Studios by Stephen Dunne, this single was released in September and the band played a sold-out show in Whelans the following month. The single was brought to people’s attention by a clever video which used a simple Skype call to carry the narrative. The band have plans to release an album this year.

Niall Horan – Slow Hands

A man who doesn’t need any introduction, Niall launched his solo career in 2017 and this single was the second from his debut album Flicker. And his Flickertour2017 saw him selling out big venues around the world.The song was written by Horan, Alexander Izquierdo, John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Ruth Anne Cunningham and Tobias Jesso Jr.

Gavin James – I Don’t Know Why

From the 2015 album Bitter Pill, Gavin has been touring relentlessly for the last few years. Gavin played the 3Arena in 2017 and many festivals abroad. The Danny Avila remixed single has been streamed millions of times on Spotify.

Dermot Kennedy – Glory

Glory” is the third single released from Kennedy’s debut EP, Doves & Ravens. A huge Spotify artist, Dermot has sold-out shows around the country and beyond. This single solidified Dermot’s status as a vocal powerhouse with equal parts grit and grace. In his childhood he ‘started to fall in love with music by David Gray, Glen Hansard, songwriters, and it grew from there’.

The Script – Rain

One of Ireland’s biggest bands both here and abroad, the Dubliners released their fifth studio album Freedom Child last September. They will be touring arenas in 2018. “We wanted to change our sound a push our sound a bit. It’s either adapt, change or die in this industry. It’s very difficult in this industry”.

Wyvern Lingo: I Love You Sadie

From Bray, this all-female trio will release their debut album in March. This single was released as a taster last year. Their indie pop harmonies were heard across the airwaves last year. The band performed in the Church at Other Voices Dingle last December.

Soulé – Good Life

This is Soulé’s second Choice Music Prize nomination. The rising Irish RnB singer sang Spice Girls songs with her mother in Balbriggan when she was younger. Her streaming figures alone are impressive. The next year is very exciting, she is just back from showcasing at Eurosonic in the Netherlands and it is only January.