A scratchpad to note stuff that I’m currently listening to. Right now, this is the music that’s inspiring me to keep doing what I’m doing…
Karine Polwart 'Laws Of Motion'
Latest album from one of my favourite artists and someone that I've neither met nor seen live (must rectify that soon). I could listen to her voice all day....in fact I regularly do.
Hannah Read 'Way Out I'll Wander'
Perfect example of a contemporary cross-over sound that seems to tip its hat to tradition in perfect proportions.
Jack Harris 'The Wide Afternoon'
I just love Jack's songwriting and as a live performer he's fantastically entertaining. I've played this and his previous album to death. 'The Bird in the Broken Clock' is brilliant.
STOLEN HORSE 'WHAT ARE YOU DREAMING OF?'
Don't know a heap about these guys, but they sent me this to have a listen to it's right up my street! Nice bit of edgy folk-pop. Like it!
I'd sort of heard of this band, but hadn't really listened to them until I saw them at Cambridge Folk Festival. Blew me away. I've played 'Hold Your Head Up High' on repeat...
The Jellyman's Daughter 'Dead Reckoning'
Exquisite record. Created with predominantly acoustic instruments and has some country overtones, but truthfully doesn't sit firmly in any kind of genre. Wonderful songwriting, wonderful vocals, clever instrumentation; one of my favourite albums of 2018.
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage 'Awake'
I loved their last album and this is even better. Warm, detailed production and stunning performances. Listening to 'I Met A Man' felt like Hannah was telling me the story over a cup of coffee. 'Reaching' is beautiful.
Assynt 'Road to The North'
Discovered this as a result of the incredible music resource that is Folk Radio. "Refreshingly contemporary in their approach, while staying true to their Highland influences both in performance and in composition"
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar 'Utopia and Wasteland'
Not withstanding the fact that I had some involvement in the visual side of this release, it's a fantastic album. 'Seven Hills' is the standout, but there's not a weak song or tune in there. 'Walter' has got a lot of press attention, rightly so...wonderful song and story. Overall a fine example of how strong and fresh the UK folk scene is right now...
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin 'Edgelarks'
I like listening music that's 'cinematic' in feeling and that's what I'm rewarded with when I listen to Phil and Hannah. When I talk about artists who make something that's traditional in it's foundation but then make it cool and contemporary, these guys are a perfect example (I really like the artwork by Elly Lucas as well)...
Glen Hansard 'Between Two Shores'
Received mixed reviews, but I really like it. Sure, it's not the best stuff he's ever recorded, but it's still a damn fine listen. Hansard's voice is killer...
BLUE ROSE CODE 'The Water Of Leith'
Still one of my favourite artists bar none. Each album Ross releases is progressively more stunning than the last. This one is magnificent; 'Sandaig' in particular. The Skinny's Scottish Album of the Year 2017 and for good reason.
Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys 'Pretty Peggy'
Another album that I have some personal connection with, but putting that aside it's just a bloody phenomenal album. Hard to pick out favourite tracks because everything is great. If I was forced to choose it would probably be 'Shy Guy's Serve'; bangin' tune (in the folky sense obvs :-).
Kitty Macfarlane 'Namer Of Clouds'
Kitty doesn't sound like anyone else I've listened to. This album is wonderful...lyrically thought provoking and fantastically produced. Quality.
Not coming from a folky background, I was quite hesitant for a few years about whether I could get into music that's entirely instrumental. If there's one album that convinced me, it's this one. Completely blew me away when I first listened to it and ever since then it's been one of my favourite driving albums. 'The Millhouse' is fantastic. I was also fortunate to meet them for a chat at Cambridge Folk Festival last year...
Courtney Marie Andrews 'Honest Life'
Seems like everyone I know is into this album. If you haven't heard it and you think you might like the sound of slightly retro sounding Americana/country...check it out. I love it.