At a special ceremony in the Mandela Hall on Saturday 15th November, Robyn G Shiels walked away with the Northern Ireland Music Prize for 2014. His biography claims it’s all about “decent tunes for decent folk” and a collection of movers and shakers from the NI music scene seemed to agree and awarded him the top prize.
Perhaps a surprising win for some considering the intense competition from other heavyweights & touted favourites for the award; Mojo Fury & More Than Conquerors. His win was for the release of his much anticipated second album, The Blood of the Innocents. Remarkably it was completed way back in 2008 but for various reasons only saw the light of day in June of this year via No Dancing Records. It is a release following with dark undercurrents, which should be obvious even from the song titles alone.
If you want to hear our thoughts on all the albums nominated you can listen to our special NI Music Weekly show or alternatively you can visit the official Northern Ireland Music Prize website to discover more about the albums and the panel of judges who voted.