The Northern Ireland Music Prize awards are fast approaching and Northern Irish Connections is previewing three of the 12 shortlisted acts each week ahead of the awards ceremony on 11 November 2017.
More than 70 judges voted for their favourite local album of the last 12 months. A second round of voting will take place ahead of the November event at the iconic Mandela Hall in Belfast.
Last week we looked at Arborist, The Devine Comedy and Invaderband. This week it’s the turn of Our Krypton Son, Arvo Party & Gross Net.
Our Krypton Son – Fleas & Diamonds
Our Krypton Son is singer–song–writer Chris McConaghey from Londonderry/Derry. Fleas & Diamonds is his second album and it has a bit of an interesting backstory. As part of his creative process, McConaghey spent three days camping inside an abandoned building in the small village of Creeslough in Co. Donegal alone with his daughter’s toy guitar. McConaghey describes the album as “a song cycle about rebirth, the first growl of love and it’s final wheeze.” Plenty of excellent reviews.
Gig dates here.
Arvo Party – Arvo Party
Arvo Party’s self–titled album was released 7 July 2017. It is a beautifully composed, intricate arrangement of ambient electronic sounds. It is the creative outpouring of Belfast–based musician and producer, Herb Magee who describes the process of making music as ‘a form of meditation’. Best listened to with a good set of headphones.
Gross Net – Quantitative Easing
Gross Net is the solo industrial/electronic alias of Philip Quinn who is part of Belfast four–piece, Girls Names. Released on local independent label, Touch Sensitive, ‘Quantitative Easing’ is definitely on the more experimental side of this year’s shortlist.
To catch a gig, check here.
Oh Yeah Legend Award
Rock royalty, Vivian Campbell is the 2017 recipient of the Oh Yeah Legend award and will perform on the night with one of his current bands, Last In Line.
Campbell has written, performed and toured with some of rock’s biggest names including Thin Lizzy, DIO, Whitesnake, Riverdogs and Lou Gramm (ex–foreigner). This year the Belfast guitarist celebrates 25 years with Def Leppard.
We’ll be previewing three shortlisted acts every week in the lead up to the NI Music Prize which takes place on the 11 November at Mandela Hall in Belfast. Tickets here.