SAY Award: Live at the Longlist – C Duncan, Kobi Onyame and more to perform

This year’s SAY Award: Live at the Longlist event will take place at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, and will include a special performance with Idlewild guitarist Rod Jones and Modern Studies

Article by Jamie Dunn | 30 May 2019
  • Kobi Onyame live at Kelburn Garden Party 2018

The SAY Award has today announced the acts playing its annual Live at the Longlist, at The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh on 26 July, and it’s a mouth-watering lineup.

Glasgow multi-instrumentalist C Duncan, no stranger to the SAY Award having been nominated in 2016 and 2017, will perform alongside fellow SAY alumnus Kobi Onyame – the Glasgow-based rapper was nominated for last year’s GOLD.

The night will also feature a one-off performance featuring Idlewild’s Rod Jones and Modern Studies. “I’m really excited to be collaborating with Modern Studies,” said Jones. “I’m a big fan of their Welcome Strangers album and the way they interweave folk, classical and pop. I look forward to seeing what we can bring to each other’s songs…” The live gig will be raising funds for Help Musicians Scotland – The SAY Award’s charity partner for 2019.

As well as the live acts above, the night will feature a DJ set from our Music Editor, Tallah Brash, and hosts Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan will announce the list of albums that have been nominated for the Award, narrowed down from over 200 eligible records. This Longlist will be 20 albums strong, which will then be pared-back further to a Shortlist of ten, from which one will be crowned Scottish Album of the Year. The winning artist collects a £20,000 cash prize, and nine runners up are each awarded £1000.

Previous winners of The SAY Award include Young Fathers for both Cocoa Sugar (2018) and Tape Two (2014), Sacred Paws for Strike a Match (2017), Anna Meredith for Varmints (2016), Kathryn Joseph for Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled (2015), RM Hubbert for Thirteen Lost & Found (2013) and inaugural winners Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat for Everything’s Getting Older (2012).

Album submissions close at midnight tomorrow (31 May). For tickets and more information, head to

The SAY Award: Live at the Longlist, 26 Jul, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh