Joshua Burnside, is the winner of the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017.
He was presented with the award at a special event on Saturday, November 11th at the Mandela Hall, Belfast. The singer songwriter’s debut album, ‘Ephrata’ was selected as the best release by a selection of music industry and media figures.
Previous NIMP winners are:
2016 – Ciaran Lavery – Let Bad In
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 and PPL. The event is the culmination of a ten-day celebration of gigs, showcases, workshops and community events called Sound of Belfast.
Charlotte Dryden, CEO of Oh Yeah said: “ It’s brilliant that a debut record can pick up the award. Joshua’s rise over the last year has been astounding and this album is an inspired piece of work full of influences from as far as Columbia, Eastern Europe and North America. Massive congratulations to Joshua on winning, and to his manager Lyndon Stephens and Champion Sound on two successful years in a row. Well done also to all the nominees, it was a brilliant shortlist. It makes you proud to be from Northern Ireland.”
Joshua Burnside has had a busy year clocking up two million plays on Spotify, with two sell out London shows, appearances at International festivals including Reeperbahn and The Great Escape. He has also had extensive radio play and support from the likes of Guy Garvey, Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart. Joshua will also be performing at this year’s Atlantic Sessions in Portstewart, as well as the music trail for Other Voices in Dingle in December. He releases a deluxe edition of his album this coming Friday.
The Belfast event at the Mandela Hall also saw the presentation of a special Oh Yeah Legend Award to Vivian Campbell. This was presented by Stuart Fleming from PRS for Music, who sponsored the award. Vivian was then joined by his band Last In Line for a blistering finale to the evening.