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Joshua Burnside was presented with the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017 at a special event on Saturday, November 11th at the Mandela Hall, Belfast. Meanwhile leading guitarist Vivian Campbell was the latest to receive the prestigious Oh Yeah Legend Award.
Singer-songwriter’s Burnside’s debut album Ephrata was selected as the best release by a selection of music industry and media figures.
Joshua Burnside said:
It’s a massive honour to win this award especially as the quality of the albums this year has been so high. I’m absolutely chuffed so thank you to everyone who voted for me. Also a big thank you to everyone involved in making the album and to my manager Lyndon Stephens who never stops working!
Previous winners of the Northern Ireland Music Prize include Ciaran Lavery (Let Bad In, 2016), SOAK (Before We Forgot How To Dream, 2015), Robyn G Shiels (The Blood Of The Innocents, 2014) and Foy Vance (Joy of Nothing, 2013).
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.
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.
Vivian Campbell is one of the leading names in rock from Northern Ireland. His story is one of global success that began with Sweet Savage, a band considered to one of the most influential of the ‘New Wave of British Metal’, writing music that influenced the likes of Metallica, who went on to cover a Sweet Savage song.
Campbell has since written, performed, toured and worked with some of the biggest names in rock including Thin Lizzy, DIO, White Snake, Riverdogs, and Lou Gramm (ex-foreigner). In 1992 he found a permanent home with British rock legends Def Leppard and this year he celebrates 25 years with the band.
Vivian had this to say about the award:
I’ve been very fortunate that my life’s work has also been my passion. It’s an honour to be recognised for that, and especially so when that recognition comes from my fellow countrymen.