Singer/songwriter Kathryn Joseph has become the seventh winner of the annual BAMS Award.

The accolade, voted for by a collective of Scottish music writers, bloggers and broadcasters, went to Joseph for her debut long-player, ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me, And Blood I’ve Spilled’.

The album, released on the Hits The Fan label, turned out to be a convincing winner after early challenges from C Duncan’s ‘Architect’ and Young Fathers’ ‘White Men Are Black Men’ – although in the end both were pipped for second placed by Miaoux Miaoux’s ‘School Of Velocity’.


2013 winners Chvrches again had a strong showing finishing just behind the leading group in fifth.

In all 31 writers this year voted for 160 albums with 11 selecting Kathryn in their top 10s.

Although Scottish acts filled the BAMS’ top 5 slots the remainder of the top 10 was very much an international affair.

When contacted by the BAMS with news of her win, Kathryn said: “It feels amazing!”

Comparing the accolade to her SAY award win – which rather than £20,000, gets the singer-songwriter a bottle of vintage Buckfast – she said: “It has honestly been the best year of my life. All of the things I’ve got to do, all of the people I’ve got to meet, and all of the other music I’ve got to hear.

Kathryn also made mention of her favourite acts of last year – namechecking Babe, Bossy Love and Jockrock’s own list-topper, A Mote of Dust.

The 2015 BAMS Top 20 in full:

1 Kathryn Joseph Bones You Have Thrown Me, And Blood I’ve Spilled
2 Miaoux Miaoux School Of Velocity
3 C Duncan Architect
4 Young Fathers White Men Are Black Men
5 Chrvches Open Every Eye
6 Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
7 Kendrick Lamar  To Pimp a Butterfly
8 Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
9 Wolf Alice My Love Is Cool
10 Public Service Broadcasting The Race For Space
11 Belle & Sebastian Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance
12 Julia Holter  Have You in My Wilderness
13 Best Girl Athlete Carve Every Word
14 Lonelady Hinterland 63 4
16 Garden Of Elks A Distorted Sigh
17 CARBS Joyous Material Failure
18 Stoor – Stoor
19 Sleater-Kinney  No Cities To Love
20 Prehistoric Friends Prehistoric Friends