Gary Flockhart: Young Fathers scoop album of year

Young Fathers. Pic: Comp

Young Fathers. Pic: Comp

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A FEW months back, here in this space, I was saying how the live music scene in Edinburgh is in rude health at the moment, with a plethora of young bands and solo artists all capable of breaking into the mainstream.

Confirmation of this came last week when Young Fathers scooped the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award.

The Edinburgh band picked up the award and £20,000 cheque for ‘Tape Two’ at a ceremony at Barrowlands last week – and worthy winners they are.

Much like the Mercury Music Prize, the SAY Award acknowledges the ‘most outstanding albums’ released by Scottish artists in the past 12 months, and Young Fathers beat a host of big names to the prize – including Biffy Clyro, Edwyn Collins, Mogwai and Chvrches.

Speaking after the big announcement, Stewart Henderson, chair of award organiser the Scottish Music Industry Association said: “On behalf of the SMIA I’d just like to say how delighted we are for Young Fathers.

‘Tape Two’ is an extraordinary album and a deserving winner out of a phenomenally strong shortlist.”

Having been chosen as one of 100 ‘nominators’ for this year’s SAY Award, I was intrigued to find out who the winners were going to be, and though I didn’t nominate Young Fathers myself, I can’t begrudge them the honour.

This is a young band who have been on my radar for a number of years now, and I’ve always said the alternative hip-hop trio were destined for big things.

Young Fathers are just starting to make waves overseas and this prize couldn’t come at a better time for the lads.

Winning the SAY Award is only going to add to their momemtum, and I fully expect to see them taking things to the next level now.

It’s not only fantastic news for the band – but for the Edinburgh music scene as a whole.