My favourite releases of 2017

I’ll begin by saying this blog about my favourite releases of the year isn’t in order of preference, the numbers are there just to make it more readable .  It’s certainly going  to appeal to those who like lists though as it’s a record of my favourite releases of the year, many of which you will have heard on the Quiet Revolution through 2017. Some have appeared in this year end list but I may not, yet, have played a track on the show. This is either because I’ve come to the record some time after release or it’s just been released very recently.

fullsizeoutput_abaAs with any year end list there will inevitably be the 2 or 3 albums that are released just after the blog has been published. C’est la vie!

I’d also recommend checking out my songs of the year blog where you can hear many of the songs from these albums that have especially resonated with me.

  1. Neil McSweeney – A coat worth wearing
  2. Edgelarks – Edgelarks
  3. Jeremy Tuplin – I dreamed I was an astronaut
  4. Courtney Marie Andrews – Honest life
  5. Reg Meuross – Faraway People
  6. David Ramirez – We’re not going anywhere
  7. Caroline Spence – Spades and Roses
  8. Billy Bragg – Bridges not walls EP
  9. Jon Boden – Afterglow
  10. Kacy and Clayton – The Siren’s Song
  11. This is the Kit – Moonshine Freeze
  12. Adam Holmes and the Embers – Midnight Milk
  13. Kris Delmhorst – The Wild
  14. Jim White – Waffles, Triangles and Jesus
  15. Kenneth J Nash – Luna
  16. Charlie Dore – Dark Matter
  17. Randy Newman – Dark Matter
  18. Anna Tivel – Small believer
  19. The Weather Station – The Weather Station
  20. Jeffrey Martin – One go around
  21. Findlay Napier – Glasgow
  22. Martha Tilston – Nomad
  23. Peter James Millson – Mobile
  24. David Rawlings – Poor David’s Almanac
  25. Anna Coogan – The lonely cry of space and time
  26. Ned Roberts – Outside my mind
  27. The Harmed Brothers – The Harmed Brothers
  28. The Barr Brothers – Queens of the breakers
  29. Norrie McCullough – Bare branches
  30. The Worry Dolls – Endless Road
  31. Julie Byrne – Not even happiness
  32. Martin Simpson – Trails and tribulations
  33. The August List – Ramshackle Tabernacle
  34. Daria Kulesh – Long Lost Home
  35. Luke Tuchsherer – Always be true
  36. The Small Glories – Wondrous Traveller
  37. Otis Gibbs – Mount Renraw
  38. Rose Cousins – Grace
  39. Jennifer Crook – The year, she turns
  40. John Smith – Headlong
  41. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  42. The Little Unsaid – Imagined hymns and changing mantras
  43. Joana Serratt – Dipping springs
  44. Police Dog Hogan – Wild by the side of the road
  45. Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
  46. Benjamin Folke Thomas – Copenhagen
  47. Rachel Baiman – Shame
  48. Ian Felice – In the kingdom of dreams
  49. Kate Ellis – Carve me out
  50. Jack Harris – The Wide Afternoon
  51. Boo Hewerdine – Swimming in mercury
  52. David Hosking – Butterfly net
  53. Shake the Chains – Shake the chains
  54. Hiss Golden Messenger – Hallelujah anyhow
  55. Amelia Curran – Watershed
  56. Romantica – Let the light go through you
  57. Josh Ritter – The Gathering
  58. Sophia Marshall – Bye bye
  59. Heather Lynne Horton – Don’t mess with Mrs Murphy
  60. William the Conqueror – Proud disturber of the peace
  61. Emily Mae Winters – Siren Serenade
  62. Penguin Cafe – The Imperfect Sea
  63. Bedouine – Bedouine
  64. Emma Langford – Quiet giant
  65. Zervas and Pepper – Leave no trace
  66. Chip Taylor – A song I can live with
  67. Devon Sproule – The Gold String
  68. Paul McClure and the Local Heroes – Paul McClure and the Local Heroes EP
  69. Chris Tye – Stronger in numbers
  70. Luke Daniels – Singing ways to feel more junior
  71. Robert Vincent – I’ll make the most of my sins
  72. Chris Wood – So much to defend
  73. Dan Clews – While Middle England mows its lawn
  74. Nathan Bell – Love and fear (24 hours in traitor land)
  75. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  76. Daniel Gadd – As if in a dream I drifted at sea
  77. Joan Shelley – Joan Shelley
  78. Will Stratton – Rosewood Almanac
  79. Terra Lightfoot – New Mistakes
  80. Offa Rex – Queen of hearts
  81. Iron and Wine – Beast epic
  82. Ags Connolly – Nothin’ Unexpected
  83. Ryan Driver – Careless thoughts
  84. Roving Crows – Bury me naked
  85. Ocotillo – Songs from the City and the desert
  86. Steph Cameron – Daybreak over Jackson Street
  87. Danny and the Champions of the World – Brilliant light
  88. Co-Pilgrim – Moon Lagoon
  89. Charlie Fink – Cover my tracks
  90. Simone White – Genuine fake
  91. Alice Howe – You’ve been away so long EP
  92. Gareth Davies-Jones – The beauty and the trouble
  93. Bella Hardy – Hey Sammy
  94. Hans Chew – Open sea
  95. Chuck Johnson – Balsams
  96. Yvonne Lyon – Metanoia
  97. Ange Hardy – Bring back home
  98. Peter Oren – Anthropocene
  99. Daisy Chapman – Good luck songs
  100. Karine Polwart and Pippa Murphy – A pocket of wind resistance
  101. The Bara Bara Band – The seeds inside (the grapes upon the vine)
  102. The Winterlings – American son
  103. Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards – California Calling
  104. Adrian Crowley – Dark eyed messenger
  105. Sumie – Lost in light
  106. Anthony Toner – Ink
  107. Dan Michaelson – First light
  108. Fran Taylor – Pipedream
  109. Adrian Nation – Anarchy and love
  110. Robb Johnson – Songs from the last seven years
  111. Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker – The Birds EP
  112. Julien Baker – Turn out the lights
  113. Saskia Griffiths Moore – Night and day
  114. The Deep Dark Woods – Yarrow
  115. The Penny Black Remedy – Maintaining dignity in awkward situations
  116. Richard Warren – Disentangled
  117. Blue Rose Code – The water of Leith


Author: Adam Wilson

I'm a radio presenter with a taste for folk, americana, alt-country, world and blues. I broadcast a fortnightly long running show called The Quiet Revolution on HFM Radio, the local community radio station for Market Harborough, South Leicestershire and North Northamptonshire in the UK East Midlands. You can also listen to the show on 102.3 FM if you live in our transmission area, through your smart speaker and via the HFM Radio and Tune In Radio apps or online at

6 thoughts on “My favourite releases of 2017”

    1. Minnie Birch John? I don’t have a copy yet of the new album. Loved the last one. There’s always a release I haven’t heard but as soon as I have a copy AirPlay can be expected on future shows.


  1. Wow! This is quite a list! Awesome! (I shall be thumbing through it for new discoveries myself!)

    Thank you so much for including ‘Bring Back Home’ …it really is hugely appreciated and I’m over the moon that you are enjoying it. As always, Thank you for your continued support.

    Much love Ange x


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