Ciaran Lavery Awarded The Northern Ireland Music Prize 2016
Ciaran Lavery, is the winner of the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2016. He was presented with the award at a special event on Friday, November 11th at the Mandela Hall, Belfast. The singer songwriter’s second album, Let Bad In was selected as the best release by a selection of music industry and media figures from Northern Ireland.
Previous NIMP winners are:
2015 – SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
2014 – Robyn G Shiels – The Blood Of The Innocents
2013 – Foy Vance – Joy of Nothing
The NI Music Prize In Association With Blue Moon is produced by the Oh Yeah music centre, Belfast’s dedicated music hub, and is also supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The event is the culmination of a nine-day celebration of gigs, showcases, workshops and community events called Sound of Belfast.
Charlotte Dryden, CEO of Oh Yeah said: “The shortlist was outstanding again this year, but Ciaran Lavery is such a worthy winner. Northern Irish artists are doing us proud, locally, nationally and internationally making an impact. The Sound of Belfast festival programme continues to promote the great potential and celebrated names of NI Music from grassroots to celebrated names. Ciaran Lavery is an artist to be celebrated and we think he has an amazing future ahead of him.
2016 has been an incredible year already for Ciaran, from clocking up over 56 million streams on Spotify, to performing at Willie Nelson’s range as part of South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, as well as touring the USA, Canada and Europe. He is currently recording his third record and plans to release a live album on 09 December.
The Belfast event at the Mandela Hall also saw the presentation of a special Oh Yeah Legend Award to Ash. This was presented by Stuart Fleming from PRS for Music, who sponsored the award. Ash who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut 1977 performed the album in full to a rapturous and sold out Mandela.
The Sound of Belfast programme featured 31 events in 9 days and involved 10 different locations.