"Diary of a Lost Girl" has made it to the first stage of SAY - The Scottish Album of the Year Award. Developed by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), the SAY award is one of Scotland's most ambitious and lucrative arts prizes. The longlist will be announced in April: 20 albums being promoted over a four-week period, before being subsequently reduced to a shortlist of 10 (9 are decided by an independent panel of judges and the 10th by the public). www.sayaward.com
There are times when I think I am lost in music. Caught in a trap, even. Then there are times when I think I might be tripping over musical clichés and times when I wonder how anybody gets through life, or a gig at least, without alcohol. So it was that my now vulnerable consciousness encountered the many wonders of Louise Rutkowski.