Mercury Prize 2012
Earlier this month the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year were announced.
Covering a diverse range of styles and genres, the twelve Mercury Prize albums share a common sense of adventure, pushing music in fresh and dynamic directions.
Alt-J 'An Awesome Wave'
Ben Howard 'Every Kingdom'
Django Django 'Django Django'
Field Music ‘Plumb’
Jessie Ware ‘Devotion’
Lianne La Havas ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’
Michael Kiwanuka ‘Home Again’
The Maccabees ‘Given to the Wild’
Plan B ‘Ill Manors’
Richard Hawley ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’
Roller Trio ‘Roller Trio’
Sam Lee ‘Ground of its Own’
We’d like to congratulate all of the nominees
...especially London folk singer Sam Lee who has volunteered in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, is involved in EFDSS’ Education activities and, as part of The Nest Collective, curates the Folk Rising series at Cecil Sharp House.
His debut album 'Ground of its Own', released in June, sees him re-interpret eight traditional folk songs drawn from across the British Isles, a number of them from gypsy and traveller communities.
Announcing his Mercury nomination, the judges saluted the "unadorned singing" and "adventurous instrumentation" that made up what they described as "an album of singular charm and beauty".
The Mercury prize will be awarded on 1 November at the Roundhouse in London. The winner will receive £20,000, along with an expected boost in sales.