A HAWICK musician in the running to win the inaugural Scottish Album of the Year Award will find out early next week if his band is among the shortlist of ten with a chance of claiming the £20,000 first prize.
Former Burnfoot and high school pupil Ziggy Campbell, who fronts Edinburgh-based band FOUND, is already “absolutely flattered” that the album Factorycraft, released in March, has been longlisted for the Scottish version of the Mercury Music prize.
But Ziggy and Co. could claim £1,000 and move a step closer to claiming the top prize if on Monday they are named among the ten candidates for the first ever SAY Award.
“Factorycraft is our biggest record to date and got us a lot of attention when it was released last March. This is like a second peak of interest, and I’m absolutely flattered that it has been longlisted for the SAY award,” said Ziggy, who left Hawick aged 17 to attend art school, where he met the trio with whom he presented art exhibitions and formed the band.
He added: “I think the award itself could reignite people’s enthusiasm and pride in all the amazing music that comes out of Scotland – music which unfortunately doesn’t always reach the audience it should.”
A public vote will be held on Monday to decide which ten acts will go forward to the final – each picking up £1,000 – before a winner is announced from the shortlist.
Ziggy and his bandmates have performed at the well-known American music festival South By South West, as well as T in the Park, and a busy 2012 lies ahead – including a gig with King Creosote in Hawick.
“In June we’ll be recording the follow-up to Factorycraft in the hills of Kinross-shire in our own makeshift studio,” explained the Teri vocalist and guitarist. “It should come out early next year and we will be going on tour in China in October.
“Also, we’ll be touring a collaborative project at the end of the year with Mercury Music Prize nominee King Creosote and we plan on bringing that show to Hawick. So all in all, we are nice and busy.”
To vote in the SAY Award on May 14, visit sayaward.com and to hear Found, go to www.foundtheband.com