The best folk music albums of 2016
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1: SONGS OF SEPARATION COLLECTIVE: SONGS OF SEPARATION (NAVIGATOR RECORDS)
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2: CIARAN ALGAR: THE FINAL WALTZ (FELLSIDE)
There are some really fine tracks on Ciaran Algar’s debut solo album, especially Popcorn Behaviour and Morrison’s. The fiddle player has the ability to capture a song and makes it whirl. He is ably supported on the album by Sam Kelly (vocals and guitar) and Toby Shaer. Flute player Shaer and Algar blend with great skill on The Final Waltz. It’s good to see Algar growing in musical canada goose outlet miami ambition, and on his debut he also plays mandolin, banjo, guitars, bouzouki and percussion and canada goose jacket outlet uk takes lead vocals on one of the four songs he has written.
3: MORTAL TIDES: LIGHT IN/LIGHT OUT (WILD SOUND RECORDINGS)
The musicians that make up Mortal Tides are still teenagers and there is an unspoilt musical enthusiasm to their debut album. Lead singer Noah Bevington has a trace of Sting’s voice to his strong delivery and he gels well with drummer George Brignal, with whom he has played canada goose outlet store uk music with since primary school days. Jed Bevington canada goose jacket outlet sale has a nice tone to his violin playing and Fergus Quill, on bass, helps things hum along. Miriad showcases the band’s harmony skills and the album, produced by Polly Paulusmas, is a gently stirring affair. And Naiad II sounds like it must be a cracking one to hear live. A promising debut.
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5: BOREAS: AHOY HOY (ISLE MUSIC SCOTLAND)
Ahoy Hoy is an enchanting musical union of Scotland and Norway, featuringLori Watson (fiddle and vocals), Britt Pernille Frholm (Hardanger and fiddle), Irene Tillung (accordion)and Rachel Newton (Scottish harp, vocals and electroharp). The driving beat of the trackBjrnen drops into the graceful Is Truagh Nach Robh Mi Cmhla Riut, showcasing Newton’s elegant playing. There is fine instrumental playing, Gaelic singing and the sheer gaietyofHappy Set.
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9: FLATS SHARPS: KING OF MY MIND (MOVE YOUR HANDS RECORDS)
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11: LEVERET: IN THE ROUND (ROOTBEAT RECORDS)
Barcelona have Messi,Suarez and Neyma;Leveret have Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron. This trio gel in the same free flowing, improvisational way and In the Round is elegant and vibrant folk music, blendingfiddle, accordion and concertina with such empathy for the music. There are waltzes, slip jigs and even a Methodist hymn, and traditional songs sit well alongside clever Harbron originals such as Dundas and Not Basingstoke. A must for folk fans.
12: FAY HIELD THE HURRICAN PARTY: OLD ADAM (SOUNDPOST RECORDS)
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16: PILGRIMS’ WAY: RED DIESEL (FELLSIDE)
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