A year when the Bristol sound came to prominence. The Prize was won by Portishead, who were joined on the shortlist by fellow West Country musical mavericks, Tricky and PJ Harvey. 1995 was also the year when a new generation of young British bands came to the fore led by Oasis with their debut 'Definately Maybe' and Supergrass with their infectious long player, 'I Should Coco'. At the other end of the musical spectrum 'Seven Last Words From the Cross', a passionate choral work by Scottish composer James Macmillan, was also on the shortlist. At the Mercury show Van Morrison, shortlisted for 'Days Like This' thrilled everyone with a great performance of 'Moondance' in a rendition that featured Georgie Fame and fellow shortlisted artist, the trumpeter Guy Barker.