SAY Award announce 2019 Longlist

CHVRCHES, Katheryn Joseph, and The Twilight Sad are among the artists named in the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) longlist.

The 20 albums that have made it on to the longlist for the prestigious prize, which is run by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), have been revealed.

Other artists named on the longlist include Edwyn Collins, Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert, C Duncan and Mastersystem.

Since its inception in 2012, the SAY Award has become Scotland’s most coveted music award with winners receiving a £20,000 and the nine runners up taking home £1000 each.

The Awards celebrate Scotland’s most outstanding albums across all genres.

The SAY Award 2019 longlist is as follows:

Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert – Here Lies The Body
Aidan O’Rourke – 365: Vol. 1
Andrew Wasylyk – The Paralian
Auntie Flo – Radio Highlife
Brìghde Chaimbeul – The Reeling
C Duncan – Health
Carla J. Easton – Impossible Stuff
CHVRCHES – Love Is Dead
Edwyn Collins – Badbea
Fatherson – Sum Of All Your Parts
Fergus McCreadie Trio – Turas
Free Love – Luxury Hits
Graham Costello’s Strata– Obelisk
Karine Polwart with Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson– Laws of Motion
Kathryn Joseph – From When I Wake The Want Is
Kinnaris Quintet – Free One
Mastersystem – Dance Music
Niteworks – Air Fàir an Là
Sean Shibe – softLOUD
The Twilight Sad – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

On 12 August a 72-hour public vote will open and then closes on 14 August before the shortlist is announced on 15 August as part of a special BBC Radio Scotland show from 9pm.

The award ceremony takes place in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms on 6 September.

Robert Kilpatrick, general manager, SMIA, said: ‘Each year, the announcement of The SAY Award Longlist allows us to take a step back and feel proud of our cultural identity as a nation. It gives us a chance to both shout about and reflect on who we are, as well as celebrate the passion, creativity and vibrancy of Scottish music; in all its incredible diversity and glory.

‘With the Longlist having been selected from the votes of 100 impartial music industry Nominators, it truly is the product of an extraordinary nationwide consultation and showcases 20 incredible Scottish records to the world that are both important and valued artistic works.

‘A huge congratulations to each of this year’s Longlisted artists on fantastic album releases.’

Kathryn Joseph commented: ‘I am so proud to be on The SAY Longlist and so proud to be part of this small beautiful country that makes so much great and beautiful noise. Thank you and thank you.’

The Twilight Sad said: ‘Every year Scotland produces some of my favourite records, for such a small nation we consistently produce exciting and important music. For our new record to be included in the Longlist for The SAY Award with so many other amazing Scottish artists is something we’re incredibly proud of. The album as an art form is very important to us; it’s a snapshot of who we are at a certain point of our lives, a documentation of who we are. For it to be celebrated is an amazing thing. Celebrating music and helping music reach new people is important for both listeners and artists. Thank you to The SAY Award for helping spread the word about all the brilliant music our country produces and thank you for including us.’