Folk, electronica and old school rock `n’ roll are all represented on the shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017, which was announced today.

This is the 13th year of the €10,000 prize which celebrates the best in Irish recorded music. The winning album is chosen from a shortlist of ten releases by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

The album of the year will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

The Irish Album of the Year 2017 shortlist is as follows:

Come On Live Long - In The Still (self released)

Marlene Enright - Placemats and Second Cuts (self released)

Fangclub – Fangclub (Universal)

Lankum - Beneath the Earth and the Sky (Rough Trade)

James Vincent McMorrow - True Care (Faction Records)

New Jackson - From Night to Night (All City)

Otherkin - OK (Rubyworks)

Fionn ReganThe Meetings of the Waters (Abbey Records)

Ships – Precession (Ships Music)

Talos - Wild Alee (Feel Good Lost)

The €10,000 prize fund is provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will also receive a specially commissioned award.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017, is run in association with IMRO and IRMA, and this year’s shortlist was announced on Wednesday on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel.

RTÉ 2FM is celebrating the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule all day on Wednesday with All Irish Music All Day from 6.00am to midnight, as well as a two-hour special on this year's RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017 shortlist, presented by Louise McSharry from 8.00pm to 10.00pm on Wednesday evening.

The shortlisted albums can be heard in full on the RTÉ Choice Music Prize website and via 2FM

The Vicar Street event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended programme from 7.00pm to 11.00pm and on RTÉ2 as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize TV programme, one week later.

The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2017 will be announced on Wednesday 31st January 2018. 

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event on 8th March are available at all Ticketmaster outlets priced €28.00 including booking fee. Stay up-to-date with the latest RTÉ Choice Music Prize news by following @choiceprize, @rte2fm, @rte and @rte2 on Twitter and Facebook and @explorerte and @rte2fm on Instagram using #rtechoiceprize. For Snapchat updates, follow @rte2fm.