Month: December 2020

The Quiet Revolution favourite albums of the year – addendum

It’s almost guaranteed that soon after I’ve hit publish for my favourite album releases of the year I hear a record I hadn’t listened to before perhaps because it had escaped my attention (yes sadly that happens) or hadn’t yet been released. I don’t want to miss out on these so here are three additions to be read in conjunction with my existing list of 82 albums.

Terra Spencer – Chasing Rabbits

Tobias Ben Jacob – Refuge

Diana Jones – Song to a refugee

20 December 2020 playlist – end of year favourite releases part 1

Bonny Light Horseman The Roving from Bonny Light Horseman (2020 37do3d)

www.bonnylighthorseman.com 

Evangeline Gentle The strongest people have tender hearts from Evangeline Gentle (2020 Sonic Unyon)

www.evangelinegentlemusic.com

Mary Chapin Carpenter Between the dirt and the stars from The Dirt and the Stars (2020 Lambent Light Records)

www.marychapincarpenter.com

Clem Snide Roger Ebert from Forever just beyond (2020 Ramseur Records)

www.clemsnide.de 

Salt House All shall be still from Huam (2020 Hudson Records)

www.salthousemusic.com

Arborist A Northern View from A Northern View (2020 Arborist)

www.arboristmusic.com

The Rheingans Sisters The Photograph from Receiver (2020 Bendigedig Records)

www.rheinganssisters.co.uk 

Richard J. Birkin with the London Contemporary Orchestra Boats from matterlightblooming (2020 Reveal Records)

www.rjbirkin.co.uk

Rose Cousins The Lullaby (My oldest love) from Bravado (2020 Outlaw Music)

www.rosecousins.com

Norma MacDonald One man band from Old Future (2020 Noyes Records)

www.normamacdonald.com 

Ned Roberts Slower than the sea from from Dream Sweetheart (2020 Aveline Records)

www.nedroberts.co.uk

Kirsty Merryn Our bright night from Our bright night (2020 Kirsty Merryn)

www.kirstymerryn.com

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards Typhoon from Bitterbetter (2020 Compass Records)

www.lauracortese.com 

Emily Barker Machine from A dark murmuration of words (2020 Thirty Tigers)

www.emilybarker.com

Jerry Joseph Dead confederate from The beautiful madness (2020 Decor Records)

www.jerryjoseph.com

Austin Lucas Already dead from Alive in the Hot Zone (2020 Cornelius Chapel Records)

www.austinlucas.com 

The Lone Bellow Illegal immigrant from Half moon light (2020 Dualtone Music)

www.thelonebellow.com

Charlie Dore Collateral from Like Animals (2020 Black Ink Music)

www.charliedore.com

The Mammals What it all is from Nonet (2020 Humble Abode Music)

www.themammals.love 

Sam Carter Fly the flag from Home Waters (2020 Captain Records)

www.samcartermusic.co.uk

Robert Vincent Conundrum from In this town you’re owned (2020 Thirty Tigers)

www.robertvincentmusic.com

Dan Whitehouse The state of the English from Dreamland Tomorrow (2020 Reveal Records)

www.dan-whitehouse.com 

Serious Child Long slow distance from Time in the trees (2020 One Left Foot)

www.seriouschild.com

Tom Houston Child on a plane from Gap in the fence (2020 Imaginary People Productions)

www.tomhouston.org

Marin Patenaude Sight Unseen, Part 2 from Sight Unseen (2020 Still Records)

www.marinpatenaude.com 

Katy Rose Bennett Where does it hurt? from Where does it hurt? the best of Katy Rose Bennett (2020 Katy Rose Bennett)

www.katyrosebennett.com

Damien Jurado Birds tricked into trees from What’s new tomboy? (2020 Loose Music)

www.damienjurado.com 

Hannah White & the Nordic Connections Man without men from Hannah White & the Nordic Connections (2020 Hannah White & the Nordic Connections)

www.hannahwhitemusic.com

Kris Drever Where the world is thin from Where the world is thin (2020 Reveal Records)

www.krisdrever.com

John Moreland I’m learning how to tell myself from LP5 (2020 Thirty Tigers)

www.johnmoreland.net 

Peter Oren Loading page from The greener pasture (2020 Western Vinyl)

www.peteroren.com

I’m Kingfisher Children’s atom bomb from The past has begun (2020 Fading Trails Recordings)

www.imkingfisher.com

Our Man in the Field I’ll be gone from from The company of strangers (2020 Rootsy Music/Rocksnob)

www.ourmaninthefieldmusic.com 

Laura Veirs End times from My Echo (2020 Raven Marching Band/Bella Union)

www.lauraveirs.com 

8 December 2020 playlist

Jeremy Tuplin Happiness from Happiness EP (2020 Trapped by Animals)

www.jeremytuplin.com 

Katherine Priddy Still Winter, Still Waiting digital download single (2020 Katherine Priddy)

www.katherinepriddy.co.uk

Robert Lane and Emily Ewing Season bright single (2019 Robert Lane/Emily Ewing)

www.robertlanemusic.co.uk

http://www.emilyewingmusic.bandcamp.com

James Yorkston & the Second Hand Orchestra Struggle from The Wide, wide river (2021 Domino Records)

www.jamesyorkston.co.uk 

John Patrick Elliott Ebb and flow (Yuletide!) from December Songs (2020 John Patrick Elliott)

www.johnpatrickelliott.bandcamp.com

Lady Maisery & Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith Hope is before us from Awake arise: a winter album (2019 Lady Maisery and Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith)

www.ladymaisery.com 

www.jimmyandsidduo.com

The Sea The Sea track from Stumbling home for the holidays EP (2020 The Sea The Sea)

www.theseathesea.com 

Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy (featuring Bill Mackay) Deacon blues digital download single (2020 Drag City)

www.billcallahan.bandcamp.com

www.bonnieprincebilly.bandcamp.com 

www.billmackay.com 

Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie Prince Billy Christmas eve can kill you digital downloand single (2012 Drag City)

www.dawnmccarthy.bandcamp.com

Jess Morgan Christmas Eve digital download single (2014 Amateur Boxer Records)

www.jessmorgan.co.uk 

Emily Barker track from Machine EP (2020 Everyone Sang)

www.emilybarker.com 

My Girl the River Christmas in July from Cardinal in the snow (2020 Super Tiny Records)

www.supertinyrecords.com

Sam Baker Snow from Cotton (2009 Music Road Records)

www.sambakermusic.com

Terra Spencer In the city from Chasing Rabbits (2020 Terra Spencer)

www.terraspencer.ca

Hidden Agenda Deluxe & Oh Susanna Christmas time in Washington from Angels in the snow: a Christmas album (2018 Continental Song City)

www.hiddenagendadeluxe.com

www.ohsusanna.com

Track Dogs How Christmas was meant to be digital download single (2011 Mondegreen Records)

www.trackdogsmusic.com

Our Man In The Field Great White Hope digital download single (2020 Rocksnob)

www.ourmaninthefieldmusic.com

Police Dog Hogan First Christmas alone digital download single (2020 Police Dog Hogan)

www.policedoghogan.com

James Summerfield I’ll try not to ruin Christmas from Doubt (2018 James Summerfield)

www.jamessummerfieldmusic.com 

Boo Hewerdine Christmas morning digital download single (2020 Reveal Records)

www.boohewerdine.net

Loudon Wainwright III Christmas morning from Social Studies (1999 Rykodisc)

www.lw3.com

Annie Dressner & The Last Dinosaur Wonderful Christmastime single (2020)

www.AnnieDressner.com

www.thelastdinosaur.co.uk

Blue Rose Code  (featuring Karine Polwart) I wish you peace in your heart from I wish you peace in your heart EP (2020 Ronachan Songs)

www.bluerosecode.com 

www.karinepolwart.com

Hem Peace at last from Peace at last EP (2007 Hem Music)

www.hemmusic.com 

Marin Patenaude Cold front from Sight Unseen (2020 Still Records)

www.marinpatenaude.com

Paul Mosley and the Red Meat Orchestra Is it enough? (Merry Christmas) from Wintertide EP (2017 Paul Mosley)

www.paulmosley.com

Proscecco Socialist This dog’s just for Christmas (not for life) digital download single (2017 Gypsy Chicken Box)

Bella Hardy I would bring you the moon from I would bring you the moon EP (2013 Noe Records)

www.bellahardy.com

Phoebe Bridgers Christmas song digital download single (2018 Dead Oceans)

www.phoebebridgers.bandcamp.com 

Paper Aeroplanes In the bleak midwinter from Time to Be EP (2012 My First Records)

The Albion Christmas Band December in New York from Magic Touch (2016 Talking Elephant Records)

www.albionchristmasband.co.uk

Over The Rhine If we make it through December from Blood oranges in snow (2014 Great Speckled Dog)

www.overtherhine.com

Karine Polwart Merry Christmas Everybody digital download single

www.karinepolwart.com 

My 41 songs of the year

Having posted my favourite albums of the year I felt it was high time I listed my songs of the year. As you’d expect most are taken from my albums of the year which I hope you’ve had a chance to explore.

So these are the songs I’ve listened to most through the year on the show and at home. Just to note, although I’ve numbered them, this is purely for ease of reading and is in no way meant to indicate an order of preference. That’s an impossible task! Have fun investigating these songs.

Since originally posting have made it 41 songs of the year!

  1. Bonny Light Horseman – The Roving
  2. The Lone Bellow – Illegal immigrant
  3. Emma Swift – The soft apocalypse
  4. Salt House – All shall be still
  5. Norma MacDonald – One man band
  6. Arborist – A Northern View
  7. Iris DeMent – Going down to sing in Texas
  8. Serious Child – Long slow distance
  9. Kirsty Merryn – The deep/the wild/the torrent
  10. Sam Carter – Fly the flag
  11. Charlie Dore – Collateral
  12. Clem Snide – Roger Ebert
  13. The Mammals – What it all is
  14. Peter Oren – Loading page
  15. Rose Cousins – The Lullaby (My oldest love)
  16. Jerry Joseph – Dead confederate
  17. Evangeline Gentle – The strongest people have tender hearts
  18. Austin Lucas – Already dead
  19. Robert Vincent – Conundrum
  20. Mary Chapin Carpenter – Between the dirt and the stars
  21. Slow Jane (Katherine Priddy, Jon Wilks, Lukas Drinkwater, Jon Nice) – Northern Sky
  22. Ned Roberts – Slower than the sea
  23. Kirsty Merryn – The wild/the deep/the torrent
  24. Marin Patenaude – Sight Unseen, Part 2
  25. Tom Houston – Child on a plane
  26. Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards – Typhoon
  27. Richard J. Birkin with the London Contemporary Orchestra – Boats
  28. Hannah White & the Nordic Connections – Man without men
  29. Our Man in the Field – I’ll be gone
  30. Matt Hill – Stone and bone
  31. The Rheingans Sisters – The Photograph
  32. Kris Drever – Where the world is thin
  33. Bill Callahan – Pigeons
  34. Laura Veirs – End times
  35. Katy Rose Bennett – Where does it hurt?
  36. Steve Adams and the French Drops – My brother the racist
  37. I’m Kingfisher – Children’s atom bomb
  38. Damien Jurado – Birds tricked into trees
  39. John Moreland – I’m learning how to tell myself
  40. Dan Whitehouse – The state of the English
  41. Emily Barker – Machine