Singer/songwriter Foy Vance has been named the winner of the first Northern Ireland Music Prize for his second album The Joy Of Nothing.
Vance was honoured last night (Tuesday, November 12) at the Belfast Music Week award ceremony which exists to recognise “the great wealth” of diverse music that hails from the region.
The Bangor-born Vance released The Joy Of Nothing via Glassnote Records at the end of August.
Amongst the 14 albums shortlisted were releases from Tired Pony, Axis Of, A Plastic Rose, Girls Names and Two Door Cinema Club.
The ceremony was backed by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and held at the Mandela Hall in south Belfast.
Vance, who is touring in the US, said: "We are all very proud to have been nominated, let alone to have received the award for best album.
"I'm gutted I couldn't be there on the night but the award has been collected by the people who made it possible – so justice has been served."
An academy of music industry professionals connected to Northern Ireland created the final shortlist of 14 albums.
Among the judges were Sunday Life's John McGurk, Paul McCarthy from Aiken Promotions and broadcasters Ralph McClean and Pete Snodden.
Source: Belfast Telegraph