Shire Folk – Album of 2018




Moore, Moss Rutter – III


Yes it’s that time of year again. Time to take stock and wonder why folk music is absent from just about every musical ‘best of the year’ lists. Well, not here at Shire Folk it isn’t! This is our opportunity to celebrate the wide diversity of music that can be labelled ‘folk’ and to wonder at just how many albums Tom Moore, Archie Churchill-Moss and Jack Rutter can play on in one year.

So, here it is. The votes are in and we’ve put away our abacus for another year. They said it couldn’t be done, but an all-instrumental album has been voted our album of the year. Take a bow … Moore, Moss Rutter! It was an incredibly close-run thing, but the trio’s third album, prosaically named III (obvs.) is a well-deserved and worthy winner.

So what’s the full top ten, we hear you ask? Well, seeing as you ask so nicely, here you go:

1. Moore Moss Rutter – III

2. Stick in the Wheel – Follow Them True

3. Kitty MacFarlane – Namer of Clouds

4. Jackie Oates – The Joy of Living

5. Alden, Patterson and Dashwood – By the Night

6. Salt House – Undersong

7. Karine Polwart – Laws of Motion

8. False Lights – Harmonograph

9. The Kimberleys – The Kimberleys

10. John Smith – Hummingbird

Once again over 50 albums were nominated, so these 10 really are the tops of the pops. A word too for The Kimberleys. Admittedly below the Shire Folk radar, but the power of social media (well votes from Twitter anyway) saw them secure a place in our Top 10. In what has become the time-honoured tradition, here are the Top 5’s of your Shire Folk editors. Do we have our finger on the pulse of all things folky? We’ll let you decide.

Graham Hobbs

1. Salt House – Undersong

2. Trials of Cato – Hide and Hair

3. Jackie Oates – The Joy of Living

4. Hamish Napier – The Railway

5. Moore Moss Rutter – III


Jonathan Roscoe

1. Stick in the Wheel – Follow Them True

2. False Lights – Harmonograph

3. Northern Flyway – Northern Flyway

4. Annie Dressner – Broken Into Pieces

5. Melissa Laveaux – Radyo Siwel

So that’s it for another year. And what a year it’s been. We’re unlikely to see another one like it. Well not for another few weeks anyway. Heaven only knows what 2019 has in store for us all, but one thing is sure, we’ll be here bringing you the best of folk, roots and acoustic music (and occasionally music that doesn’t fit any of those categories!) Unless we get a better offer.

Until we see you on the side – stay folky!

Jonathan Roscoe


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