Lee 'Scratch' Perry films acceptance speech...
Forest Swords

Set up to honour new music in the Merseyside area, the annual GIT Award always contains an impressive array of entrants.

This year is no exception. Held in the city's Kazimier venue on Friday (April 11th) the evening saw Forest Swords scoop the trophy with his 'Engravings' full length (Clash review HERE).

The shy and retiring producer gave organisers a message to read out, before making way for a video broadcast from dub legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

"I'm very pleased and honoured to be this year's recipient of the GIT Award," he said. "I feel proud to live and work on Merseyside which has such a rich culture of music and art right now, and which every musician in Liverpool - shortlisted for this award or not - contributes to."

Continuing, the producer said: "I was lucky enough for the legendary Lee 'Scratch' Perry to remix of a track of mine earlier in the year. I was uncomfortable with the idea of doing my own acceptance video for this award, so I asked the master himself to do it for me. I know he also feels a love for Liverpool. Thank you so much."

(via Liverpool Echo)

Related: In Conversation: Forest Swords

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