Sacred Paws have been announced as winners of the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award for 2016-17 for their album ‘Strike A Match’.

At a ceremony at Paisley Town Hall, the duo – vocalist and guitarist Rachel Aggs and drummer Eilidh Rodgers – picked up the £20,000 first prize plus a unique Paisley-inspired winners trophy, created by local jeweller Lisa Crockard, winner of the The Say Design Commission.

The band, who formed in 2014, released their album, ‘Strike A Match’ in January on Mogwai’s Rock Action Records. It followed up their EP, 2015’s ‘Six Songs’.

In winning the award Sacred Paws fought of competition in the shortlisted ‘top 10’ from the likes of Mercury nominee C Duncan, Honeyblood, their label bosses Mogwai, Meursault, previous SAY winner RM Hubbert, and public vote winner The Pictish Trail.

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