The 2018 Folking Awards

Welcome to the 2018 Folking Awards and thank you again to everyone who participated last year. The nominations, in eight categories, come from our ever-expanding team of writers and were wrangled into shape with considered argument and arm-wrestling by the Folkmeister and the Editor.

There are five nominees in each category, all of whom have impressed our writers during 2017.

As with the format last year, all are winners in our eyes, as are quite a few who didn’t make the short list. However, it’s not just down to what we think, so again, there will be a public vote to decide the overall winner of each category.

*The Public Vote for each category will close at 9.00pm on Sunday 1st April (GMT+1).


Soloist Of The Year

 Jon Boden
Ange Hardy
Daria Kulesh
Richard Thompson
Chris Wood


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Best Duo

Kate & Raphael
O’Hooley & Tidow
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp
Winter Wilson


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Best Band

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys
Merry Hell
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner
Police Dog Hogan
The Unthanks


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Best Live Act

CC Smugglers
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Fairport Convention
Lau
Merry Hell


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Best Album

Bring Back Home – Ange Hardy
Pretty Peggy – Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys
Long Lost Home – Daria Kulesh
A Pocket Of Wind Resistance – Karine Polwart/Pippa Murphy
Strangers – The Young ‘Uns


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Best Musician

Kevin Crawford
Seth Lakeman
Richard Thompson
Karen Tweed
Ryan Young


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


Rising Star

Sam Brothers
Siobhan Miller
Jack Rutter
Sound Of The Sirens
The Trials Of Cato


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!!

 


Best International Artist

Rodney Crowell
Anna Coogan
Michael McDermott
Le Vent Du Nord
The Wailin’ Jennys


Public Vote

*And the winner is: Open envelope!

 


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Folkies 2018

ANNA COOGAN – The Lonely Cry of Space & Time (AC004)

Lonely CryThe Lonely Cry Of Space And Time by Anna Coogan was released on April 28th but I’ve only just had a copy to review. Is there a genre for Indie-Goth-Opera (IGO perhaps?) [I’d prefer IGOR – ed.]. There ought to be because I’ve no idea otherwise how to give a feel in words for the sound-experience of listening to this album. My only other option was to take you back to 1978 and first listening to The Kick Inside, that sense that no-one else is doing music like this and making it work.

Coogan is American but her music reflects the classical opera training she had at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg before she returned to America. This is her fifth ‘solo’ release – solo in inverted commas as her previous work has been collaborative and The Lonely Cry Of Space And Time is a two person effort featuring Willie B (Brian Wilson) on drums and moog bass alongside Coogan’s electric guitar and three-octave soprano vocals. Below you can listen to ‘Wishing Well’ played live where the haunting quality of Coogan’s voice against the gentle playing behind her are ‘shiver-down-the spine’ good. But then keep listening until the end for the operatic violence of ‘By Morning’ which follows, as it does on the album.

It’s an album where I’ve listened to the sound rather than the lyrics, but when you do spend time to take in the words you discover imagery and metaphors which transcend the immediacy of the song they are in: “Keep on swimming until you find the shore”, “Let the oceans rise/To the shining skies/I will burn for you”, “My eyes are wide open/But my vision is hazy”.

Coogan has a European Tour coming up in October but if you want to see her in the UK you have only three dates to choose from The Sound Lounge in South London (19th), Bovey Tracey in Devon, and Farndale in North Yorkshire – all appropriately off the beaten track and at least two of them in areas of mercurial beauty. Like this album.

Mike Wistow

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Artist’s website: https://annacoogan.com/#home-section

‘Wishing Well’ – live:

Anna Coogan and Daniele Fiaschi Release The Nowhere, Rome Sessions

It is often said that music is a universal language that transcends culture, borders, and boundaries. For Anna Coogan and Daniele Fiaschi, who don’t share a language, much less a culture or even a time zone, music is the only language. She is a New Englander, from the East Coast of the USA, a former opera singer and biologist turned touring songwriter. He is a Roman whose Etruscan roots go as far back as anyone can remember, raised  on classic rock and touring with some of Italy’s biggest pop acts. Introduced by producer JD Foster in 2010, they embarked on a journey that spanned two continents, numerous snowstorms, and stages of every size, often held together by little more than an Italian-English dictionary and a mutual love of The Beatles. “The frustrating and often hilarious communication problems we have are part of our story.” Coogan explains. “We really have to work by feel, nuance, and mood, because words aren’t going to cut it.” One Dutch venue described it as one of the best shows in their history, and another described them as “a match made in heaven.” Audiences adored the passionate sound and immediately began clamouring for a record that mirrored the live show – no production, no distractions, just the two of them.

Convening with thousands of other pilgrims during Holy Week, Coogan and Fiaschi recorded The Nowhere, Rome Sessions at Nowhere Studios in Rome on April 6 and 7 2012, and mixed it the next day. The result is a gorgeous snapshot of that weekend: sunshine, cigarette smoke, red wine, espresso, laughter – and the sheer joy they experience playing together.

Nowhere was recorded with minimal overdubs and even fewer edits, often recording each song seven times in a quest for the perfect take. A collection of their six most popular songs and three previously unreleased songs, the record aches with emotion and the raw energy the two have become known for.  Also included is a live track from their much heralded performance at the 2011 Roepaen Festival in Ottersum, Holland.

If you would like to order a copy of an album (CD or Vinyl format), download a copy or just listen to snippets of selected tracks then click below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website (use the left and right arrows below to scroll along or back to see the full selection).

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Artist web link: www.annacoogan.com

Seattle singer-songwriter, Anna Coogan … new album ‘The Wasted Ocean’

Beautifully crafted and oddly unsettling, Anna Coogan’s new release The Wasted Ocean places her incomparable voice front and centre. Driving banjos, soaring guitars, and swelling strings fuse Coogan’s indie-pop sensibilities with her Americana roots. Coogan’s most complex and engaging work to date, The Wasted Ocean is produced by Evan Brubaker (Rachel Harrington)and features Eyvind Kang (Bill Frisell, Laura Veirs), Edie Carey, (Shawn Mullins) Darrin Watkins (Vicki Martinez), and Colby Sander (Rachel Harrington), as well as long time collaborators Eric Hastings, Brooks Miner, and Daniele Fiaschi.

The Wasted Ocean was inspired by a childhood immersed in the musical traditions of maritime New England, as well as years spent on water, first as a whitewater kayaker and then as a fisheries biologist. The evocative imagery woven throughout The Wasted Ocean alternates between joyous and melancholy: streamers lifting in the western wind, Spanish flags and conquistadors haunting the ocean floor, threadbare sails and nets forever left to dry, lust and longing so powerful it could turn the tide.

The Wasted Ocean was released on September 26 in the UK and Europe, almost ten years to the day that Coogan walked away from a promising career singing opera. By now not even a trace of classical training remains in her voice. What has emerged in the intervening years is wholly different – more fragile, plaintive, and pure – it is, in the words of  The Missoulian (Montana): “touched by twang, drenched in sunshine.” The sunshine certainly shines through on this powerful new collection of material.

If you would like to order a copy of an album (CD or Vinyl format), download a copy or just listen to snippets of selected tracks then click below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website (use the left and right arrows below to scroll along or back to see the full selection).

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Artist Web Link: www.annacoogan.com