The shortlist for this year's RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2021, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTÉ 2FM's Tracy Clifford Show by Jim Carroll, chairman of the judging panel.

The shortlist is as follows:

Bicep – Isles (Ninja Tune)

Mick Flannery & Susan O'Neill - In the Game (Rosaleen Records / Rosa Productions)

For Those I Love - For Those I Love (September Recordings)

Orla Gartland - Woman on the Internet (New Friends Music)

HousePlants - Dry Goods (Bone China Records)

Kojaque - Town's Dead (Soft Boy Records)

Elaine Mai – Home (Elaine Mai)

Saint Sister - Where I Should End (Saint Sister)

Soda Blonde - Small Talk (Velveteen Records)

Villagers - Fever Dreams (Domino)

As part of RTÉ's continued commitment to promoting Irish music, RTÉ 2FM again celebrates the announcement of the shortlist throughout the day with All Irish Music All Day from 6am to midnight.

The Irish Album of the Year 2021 will be announced live from Vicar St on RTÉ 2FM in a special show from 7-11pm on Thursday 3rd March. The show will feature live performances from some of the shortlisted acts, with tickets on sale from this Friday, 7th January. A special RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights programme will be broadcast on RTÉ2 television the following week.

The Song of the Year shortlist will be announced on 26th January.

Listen to the shortlisted albums below, via Spotify:

Bicep - Isles

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Mick Flannery & Susan O'Neill - In the Game

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For Those I Love - For Those I Love

Orla Gartland - Woman on the Internet

House Plants - Dry Goods

Kojaque - Town's Dead

Elaine Mai - Home

Saint Sister - Where I Should End

Soda Blonde - Small Talk

Villagers - Fever Dreams