THE line-up for the Live at the Longlist will include a Scottish Album of the Year Award alumni and Glasgow talent, C Duncan.

The event will feature live performances from some of Scotland’s best creative talent ahead of the announcement of the twenty albums which are in the running for the coveted award this year.

The final winning artist will collect a £20,000 cash prize and nine runners up will each be awarded £1000.

Following the announcement, the longlist will be whittled down to a shortlist of 10 albums, one of which will be chosen by music fans via an online public vote and the others decided by The SAY Award judging panel.

Also performing will be Kobi Onyame and a special collaboration between Idlewild’s Rod Jones and Modern Studies.

Rod Jones, of Idlewild, said of the event: “I’m really excited to be collaborating with Modern Studies. I’m a big fan of their ‘Welcome Strangers’ album and the way they interweave folk, classical and pop.

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“I look forward to seeing what we can bring to each other’s songs…”

Announced in front of a live audience by hosts Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan, Live at the Longlist ensures music fans are the first to know which albums make up this year’s coveted list.

The live gig will be raising funds for Help Musicians Scotland – The SAY Award’s charity partner for 2019 – ensuring it is a night of celebration, recognition and inclusivity for all in the Scottish music industry.

Now in its eighth year, The SAY Award will move to the capital city for the first time.

Live at the Longlist gets things under way with an incredible bill of previously nominated artists including C Duncan, Kobi Onyame plus a special collaboration between Idlewild’s Rod Jones and Modern Studies.

Shortlisted in both 2016 and 2017 for his albums ‘Architect’ and ‘The Midnight Sun’, C Duncan will perform following the release of his third album ‘Health’ earlier this year.

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‘Health’ saw the Scottish multi-instrumentalist step out of his bedroom studio and work with other producers, engineers and musicians for the first time.

Warm and harmonically rich, C Duncan delightfully juxtaposes the vibrant and wholesome aesthetic of the album with an often-darker lyrical undertone, pushing himself to refine and explore new ways of writing. ‘Health’ sees C Duncan evolve and expand his parameters in mesmerising fashion meaning his performance at Live at the Longlist will be incredibly special.

C Duncan said: “It’s an amazing award that celebrates not only the more established artists living and working in Scotland, but also the up and coming ones. It celebrates every genre and style, which is so important in showcasing ­Scotland’s varied and eclectic musical landscape.

“Every musician needs help at some point or another in their career, and raising funds for Help Musicians Scotland will ensure they get the support they need and deserve.

“The SAY award nominations for my previous albums has helped boost my career in Scotland and beyond. Not only with regards to radio play, shows, sales etc, but also in helping me gain confidence to create whatever I like. It has introduced me to lots of other artists and opened my eyes/ears to other amazing music coming out of Scotland.”

Fresh from an appearance at The Great Escape earlier this month, Scottish-based Ghanaian artist Kobi Onyame will perform material from his ‘GOLD’ LP, which was Shortlisted for The SAY Award last year.

Previous winners of The SAY Award include Young Fathers ‘Cocoa Sugar’ (2018), Sacred Paws ‘Strike A Match’ (2017), Anna Meredith ‘Varmints’ (2016), Kathryn Joseph ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’ (2015), Young Fathers ‘Tape Two’ (2014), RM Hubbert ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’ (2013) and the inaugural winner Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ (2012).

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Submissions for the Scottish Album of the Year Award close at midnight tonight.