Anna Meredith is the winner of the fifth Scottish Album of the Year award, with her third long-player, ‘Varmints’.
At a ceremony at Paisley Town Hall, the London born, Edinburgh raised electronic producer was awarded the £20,000 first prize ahead of a shortlist of artists including FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks), Emma Pollock, C Duncan, Chvrches and Steve Mason.
Each of the nine shortlisted bands were awarded £1,000 prize and a ceramic bell produced by Glasgow School of Art graduate Karen Hanvidge.
The evening also featured performances from the 2015 SAY award winner Kathryn Joseph, plus Bossy Love (just back from their Glastonbury debut, White, and Treacherous Orchestra.
Tribute was also paid to two figures from the Scottish music scene who sadly passed away in the past year – Camera Obscura’s Carey Lander, and radio production legend Stewart Cruickshank.
The winner, a former composer-in-residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, said: “It has been a total honour and a privilege to be on the longlist and shortlist for the SAY award. It has been great getting to know all of the other albums and during these politically difficult times to see positivity, creativity and spirit coming out of the longlist and shortlist. Thank you to all of those artists. Huge thanks to the SAY award and my long suffering and hugely talented band who helped me make this real labour of love.”