Tracks old and new from the likes of Jon Boden, Le Vent Du Nord, Tilly Moses, O’Hooley & Tidow plus many more.


1 – Bee Sting by Jon Boden

Bee Sting,  is the third single to be taken from Boden’s recent solo album Afterglow, released via Hudson Records on October 6th, 2017Afterglow is Boden’s first studio release since calling an end to Bellowhead, a 12-year project that culminated in a quarter of a million album sales and worldwide sell-out shows including the Royal Albert Hall.

Read our review of ‘Afterglow’ here

2 – Footprints by Tilly Moses

Last year the immensely talented young singer-songwriter released her album Alight and Adrift, an uncanny masterpiece that will shake you to the core.

Read our review of ‘Alight and Adrift’ here

3 – Be The Man by The Young’Uns

It’s been quite a ride so far for North Eastern trio The Young’uns. Twice BBC Radio Folk Award winners for Best Group, a feat quite remarkable for what is primarily an a capella act – and now four albums in, these guys have built a reputation on incredible vocal arrangements, solid storytelling and bags of character in their performances, and rightly sit at the top table in the genre at this current time.
We’ve chosen what we think is the stand out track from the lastest album ‘Strangers’

Read our review of ‘Strangers’ here

4 – This Day by Daudi Matsiko

Daudi Matsiko has made a quiet name for himself in recent years after releasing two Eps and getting signed very quickly to bring the best of them to life for his debut album An Introduction to Failure which has finally hit our shelves early in 2017.

Read our review of ‘An Introduction to Failure’ here

5 – Johnny Gets A Gun by Thea Gilmore

Thea Gilmore is still one of the most breath-taking and spellbinding performers on the music circuit today. Her last album Ghosts and Graffiti was arguably one of the best albums of 2015 and 2017 saw the release of her follow-up album Counterweight.

Read our review of ‘Counterweight’ here

6 – A Ballad For Katherine Of Aragon by Martin Simpson

This track is taken from Simpson’s latest album Trails and Tribulations, a soothing and tender collection of songs that will wash you in a warming, golden glow.

Read our review of Trails and Tribulations here

7 – Greenland Whale by Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

Greenland Whale is taken from the dynamic new album ‘Pretty Peggy’ from BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning Cornwall-based singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, Sam Kelly, with full band in tow and special guest appearances from Cara Dillon, Geoff Lakeman, Damien O’Kane and Michael McGoldrick.

Buy the album here

8 – Gone Tomorrow by The Staves

The Staves are an English folk rock trio of sisters Jessica, Camilla and Emily Staveley-Taylor from Watford, Hertfordshire. This track is taken from their 2012 debut album Dead and Born and Grown.

But the album here

9 – Ode To Whittaker Brown by Lucy Ward

Taken from the 2015 album I dreamt I Was A Bird.  The album is musically compelling, and as usual with a fine group of singers and instrumentalists, including a welcome contribution from Anna Esslemont – a really underrated fiddle player in my opinion. As you would expect as well, the vocals play a big part in this. Lucy’s voice is steeped in the tradition, steeped  in her native Derbyshire but with contemporary leanings in the mix – it is a powerful tool and few singers today can bring out the emotion that is oozing from the performances on this record.

Read our review of ‘I dreamt I Was A Bird’ here

10 – Leaving Of Liverpool by Maz O’Connor

The key to the success of her debut 2012 album Upon a Stranger Shore isn’t simply her deeply striking sea-faring vocals, but the unique patchwork that she has created that runs throughout the album like an ocean map. Not simply a case of using the likes of South Australia and Leaving of Liverpool on the album itself; but by interspersing these classics with her own meaningful songs such as the cheerful travelling tune of Rambling Free she gives her work more power, allowing it to nestle in the midst of the greats.

Read our review of ‘Upon A Stranger Shore’ here

11 – Lark in the Clear by karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy

Taken from the new album ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ (“warm, wise, compelling” The Observer 5*****) written in collaboration with sound-designer Pippa Murphy, is the musical accompaniment to the theatre show was selected as BEST ALBUM 2017 by Songlines Magazine and BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction.

Buy the album here

12 – The Ghost Of You Walks by Richard Thompson

Celebrated guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson released Acoustic Classics Vol. II on his own Beeswing record label, distributed via Proper, on August 11 2017.  Acoustic Classics Vol. II is exactly what it says on the tin; it’s a set of some of Thompson’s most iconic tunes that have been stripped right back to their core but retained all the power and beauty they had in their original form. It is an album that is as breath-taking as a sunset but as powerful as a storm.

Read our review of ‘Acoustic Classics Vol. II’ here

13 – Colne Valley Hearts by O’Hooley & Tidow

O’Hooley & Tidow are quite frankly a match made in heaven as their smooth, soulful voices match one another perfectly. Sweet and tender, yet hard and earnest there is a rich passion and honesty in their voices that can melt you, sooth you and leave you totally at ease, ready to let their words into your heart. The duo have a soulful and contemporary sound that has allowed them to create an album that is hugely versatile, evocative and mesmerising.
This track is one of my favourites from an album full of greats, they’re also one of the best live duos on the scene – a must to see live, you won’t be disappointed.

Read our review of ‘Shadows’ here

14 – Le Souhait by Le Vent Du Nord

The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement.  The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.
This track is taken from the phenomenal 2012 album Tromper Le Temps

Buy the album here

15 – Reynard and the Goose by The Trials of Cato

The Trials of Cato are a band who understand that things take time. Nothing happens overnight and they are more than happy to put in the time and the effort to ensure that what they produce is breathtaking. Formed in Beirut back in 2015, the band roamed the country tweaking and adjusting their music according to their tastes until they settled on a sound that is unarguably their own. Close to two formative years later the band released their debut self-titled EP which is four tracks of pure joy for any folk fan.

Read our review of ‘The Trials Of Cato’ here

16 – Cecilia by Gilmore & Roberts

The track ‘Cecilia’ is opening track from the 2016 album Conflict Tourism, with it’s ability to defy genres, by no means in a rebellious way, but a musically exciting way that makes this album ‘Conflict Tourism’ such a good listen.

Read our review of ‘Conflict Tourism’ here

17 – Cities by Apple Of My Eye

‘Cities’ is taken from the 2014 album Seven Tides, the band’s second album. It draws on traditional folk themes such as love, loss, adventure, ruin and (most importantly) the sea. If you want deep, beautiful melodies then this is the album for you. If you want a rich and tender series of harmonies then this is once again the album for you.

Buy the album here

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