Waxahatchee Singer’s no star from Great Thunder EP (2018 Merge Records)

www.waxahatchee.com 

Gilmore and Roberts On the line from A problem of our kind (2018 Gilmore Roberts Records)

www.gilmoreroberts.co.uk

Hamish Napier featuring Finlay Napier The world came in  by rail from The Railway (2018 Strathspey Records)

www.hamishnapier.com

Kitty MacFarlane Man, friendship from Namer of clouds (2018 Navigator Records)

www.kittymacfarlane.com 

Rachel Newton Jolene from West (2018 Shadowside Records)

www.rachelnewtonmusic.com

The Band of Love (vocals from Hannah Martin) Young hearts run free from Folk Fever (2018 Mighty Village Records/Universal Records)

www.facebook.com/folkfevermusic/

Phillip Henry True North from True North (2018 Dragonfly Roots Records)

www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk 

Grace Petrie Northbound from Queer as folk (2018 Grace Petrie)

www.gracepetrie.com 

Dan Webster Joe from Devil Sky (2018 Paper Plane Records)

www.danwebstermusic.com 

Jesse Matas Tamarack from Tamarack (2018 SnoNote Records)

www.jessematas.com 

Me for Queen Loose end from Loose End (2018 Me for Queen)

www.meforqueen.com 

Toby Hay Bear’s dance from The Longest Day (2018 The State51 Conspiracy)

www.tobyhay.com 

Loudon Wainwright III Things from Years in the making (2018 Storysound Records)

www.lw3.com 

Vanessa Peters Carnival barker from Foxhole Prayers (2018 Idol Records)

www.vanessapeters.com

Annie Oakley If I were a ghost from Words we mean (2018 Horton Records)

www.annieoakley.com

MG Boulter and The Froe Giving up the ghost from Blood Moon EP (2018 Hudson Records)

www.mgboulter.co.uk 

John Smith Hummingbird from Hummingbird (2018 Commoner Records)

www.johnsmithjohnsmith.com

Richard Thompson The storm won’t come from 13 Rivers (2018 Proper Records)

www.richardthompson-music.com

Annie Dressner Kentucky from Broken into pieces (2018 Annie R Dressner)

www.anniedressner.com 

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith Hope and Glory from Many a thousand (2018 Ear Trumpet Music)

www.jimmyandsidduo.com

Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou Fair Lady London from Fair Lady London (2018 Maiden Voyage Recording Company)

www.tmandhl.com

Tom Waits Bella Ciao (Goodbye beautiful) from Marc Ribot – Songs of Resistance 1942-2018 (2018 Anti)

www.marcribot.bandcamp.com/album/songs-of-resistance-1942-2018 

Nathan Bell A day like this (alternate version) from Love Bones and Stars (2018 Angry Stick Recording)

www.nathanbellmusic.com 

Ben Kunder Better human from Better Human (2018 Comino Music)

www.benkundder.com 

Lera Lynn (featuring Rodney Crowell ) Crimson underground from Plays well with others: a duets album (2018 Single Lock Records)

www.leralynn.com 

MG Boulter and the Froe Blood Moon from Blood Moon EP (2018 Hudson Records)

www.mgboulter.co.uk

Tuung Battlefront from Songs you make at night (2018 Full Time Hobby Records)

www.tuung.co.uk

Vanessa Peters Fight from Foxhole Prayers (2018 Idol Records)

www.vanessapeters.com 

Grace Petrie A young woman’s tale from Queer as folk (2018 Grace Petrie)

www.gracepetrie.com

Shake the chains (Nancy Kerr, Hannah Martin, Findlay Napier, Greg Russell, Tim Yates) from Shake the Chains (2017 Quercus Records)

www.shakethechains.com

Reg Meuross England green & England grey from Reg Meuross (2018 Stockfisch Records)

www.regmeuross.com

 Dan Webster freedom in suburbia from Devil Sky (2018 Paper Plane Records)

www.danwebster.co.uk 

Treetop Flyers Needle from Treetop Flyers (2018 Loose Music)

www.treetopflyers.co.uk

Jess Morgan Leytonstone digital download single (2018 Drabant Music)

www.jessmorgan.co.uk 

Ben Kunder Better Human from Better Human (2018 Ben Kunder)

www.benkunder.com 

Erin Rae June Bug from Putting on airs (2018 Single Lock Records)

www.erinraemusic.com  

Lindi Ortega Afraid of the dark from Liberty (2018 Shadowbox Music)

www.lindiortega.com 

Sweet Billy Pilgrim Asking for a friend from Wapentak (2018 Sweet Billy Pilgrim)

www.sweetbillypilgrim.com

Jackie Oates The joy of living from The joy of living (2018 ECC Records)

www.jackieoates.co.uk

Amanda Shires Leave it alone from To the sunset (2018 Silver Knife Records)

www.amandashiresmusic.com 

Northern Flyway No barriers, no borders from Northern Flyway (2018 Hudson Records)

http://www.facebook.com/northernflyway

Karine Polwart Ophelia digital download single (2018 Hudson Records)

www.karinepolwart.com

Me for Queen Jessica from Loose Ends (2018 Me for Queen)

www.meforqueen.com 

Curse of Lono And it shows from As I fell (2018 Submarine Cat Records)

www.curseoflonoband.com

Sons of Bill Easier (featuring Molly Parden) from Oh God Ma’am (2018 Loose Music)

www.sonsofbill.com

Drew Morrison and the Darkwood Always from Electric-Notes Wild (2018 Storm Cloud Agency Records)

www.facebook.com/drewmorrisonandthedarkwood

Orpan Colours Goodnight California from All on Red (2018 At the Helm Records)

www.orphancolours.com 

The Milk Carton Kids Unwinnable war from All the things that I did and all the things that I didn’t do (2018 Anti Records)

www.themilkcartonkids.com 

Jason McNiff The Midnight Shift from Joy and Independence (2018 At The Helm Records)

www.jasonmcniff.com

 Israel Nash Hillsides from Lifted (2018 Loose Music)

www.israelnash.com

Terra Lightfoot Ruthless from New Mistakes (2017 Sonic Unyon)

www.terralightfoot.com 

Olivia Chaney Dragonfly from Shelter (2018 Nonesuch Records)

www.oliviachaney.com

Ana Egge White tiger from White Tiger (2018 Storysound Records)

www.anaegge.com 

Tobias Ben Jacob Your sweet smiling face from A Polyphonic Life (2017 Tobias Ben Jacob)

www.tobiasbenjacob.com

Elephant Micah Life B from Genericana (2018 Western Vinyl)

www.elephantmicah.com 

Kacy & Clayton A certain kind of memory from The Siren’s Song (2017 New West Records)

www.kacyandclayton.com 

Ninebarrow Overthrown from The waters and the wild (2018 Winding Track)

www.ninebarrow.co.uk 

Cowboy Junkies The things we do to each other from All That Reckoning (2018 Proper Records)

www.cowboyjunkies.com 

Letitia VanSant  Gut it to the studs from Gut it to the studs (2018 Letitia VanSant)

www.letitiavansant.com 

Trampled by Turtles Thank you John Steinbeck from Life is good on the open road (2018 Banjodad Records)

www.trampledbyturtles.com 

Lori McKenna The fixer from The Tree (2018 CN Records/Thirty Tigers)

www.lorimckenna.com 

The Shackleton Trio Down into the sea from Fen, Farm and Deadly Water (2018 The Shackleton Trio)

www.shackletontrio.co.uk

Christy Moore How long from This is the day (2001 Sony Music)

www.christymoore.com

Pete Morton Disobedience from Economy (2010 Annson Records)

www.petemorton.com 

Adam Beattie The Same Sea from The Road Not Taken (2016 Adam Beattie)

www.adambeattie.com

Ned Roberts Drifting Down from Outside my mind (2016 Aveline Records)

www.nedroberts.bandcamp.com 

Samantha Whates Icicle from Folk and Honey presents Sonic Blooms: UK Alt-Folk and New Roots Rising (2017 Folk and Honey)

www.samanthawhates.com 

Steve Tilston A pretty penny from Distant days: solo acoustic recollections (2018 Riverboat Records)

www.stevetilston.com 

Jess Vincent The Way it is from Lions den (2018 Kostenurka Records)

www.jessvincentsings.com 

Jess Vincent Ghosts from Lions Den (2018 Kostenurka Records)

www.jessvincentsings.com 

Reg Meuross Good with his hands from Reg Meuross (2018 Stockfisch Records)

www.regmeuross.com

Trampled by Turtles The middle from Life is good on the open road (2018 Banjodad Records)

www.trampledbyturtles.com

Jess Morgan Leytonstone digital download single (2018 Drabant Music)

www.jessmorgan.co.uk 

Kenneth J Nash and Fran Taylor And around again (live)

Kenneth J Nash and Fran Taylor Gitane (live)

Kenneth J Nash and Fran Taylor Explorer (live)

Fran Taylor Like you did back then (live)

Kenneth J Nash and Fran Taylor Slow burn (live)

www.kennethjnash.com 

www.frantaylor.bandcamp.com 

Dawn Landes Travelling digital download single (2018 Yep Roc Records)

www.dawnlandes.com 

Jeremy Tuplin Long Hot Summer digital download single (2018)

www.jeremytuplin.com 

Letitia VanSant The field from Gut it to the studs (2018 Letitia VanSant)

www.letitiavansant.com

Elephant Micah Fire A from Genericana (2018 Western Vinyl Records)

www.elephantmicah.com

Lori McKenna The lot behind St Mary’s from The Tree (2018 CN Records)

www.lorimckenna.com 

Kerry Devine Holme Fen from Away from the mountains (2018 Trapped Animal)

www.kerrydevine.org

Jess Morgan Gold and blind digital download single (2018 Drabant Music)

www.jessmorgan.co.uk

Amanda Shires Parking lot pirouette from To the sunset (2018 Silver Knife Records)

www.amandashiresmusic.com 

Iron & Wine What hurst worse digital download single (2018 Sub Pop Records)

www.ironandwine.com

Eliza Gilkyson Solitary singer from Seculare (2018 Red House Records)

www.elizagilkyson.com

Alden Patterson and Dashwood The time song from By the night (2018 Alden Patterson and Dashwood)

www.aldenpattersonanddashwood.com

The Shackleton Trio The fashionable farmer from Fen farm and deadly water (2018 The Shackleton Trio)

www.theshackletontrio.co.uk 

The Innocence Mission Buildings in flower from Sun on the square (2018 Bella Union Records)

www.theinnocencemission.com 

Luluc Spring from Sculptor (2018 Sub Pop Records)

www.lulucmusic.com 

Cowboy Junkies When we arrive from All That Reckoning (2018 Proper Records)

www.cowboyjunkies.com 

Alden Patterson and Dashwood By the night from By the night (2018 Alden Patterson and Dashwood)

www.aldenpattersonanddashwood.com

Hatful of Rain Oh the night from Songs of the lost and found (2018 Long Way Home Music)

www.hatfulofrain.co.uk

The Innocence Mission Records from your room from Sun on the square (2018 Bella Union Records)

www.theinnocencemission.com 

Olivia Chaney A tree grows in Brooklyn from Shelter (2018 Nonesuch Records)

www.oliviachaney.com

Lachlan Bryan & the Wilde’s In New York from Some girls quite like country music (2018 Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes)

www.lachlanbryanandthewildes.com

River Whyless Born in the right country from Kindness, a rebel (2018 Roll Call Records)

www.riverwhyless.com 

Gilmore & Roberts Poison digital download single with Dr James (2013 Navigator Records)

www.gilmoreandroberts.co.uk

Luluc Sculptor from Sculptor (2018 Sub Pop Records)

www.lulucmusic.com

Jason McNiff Amanda from Joy and Independence (2018 At The Helm Records)

www.jasonmcniff.com

Toby Hay Leaving Chicago from The Longest Day (2018 State51 Conspiracy)

www.tobyhay.com 

The Milk Carton Kids Younger years from All the things that I did and all the things that I didn’t do (2018 Anti Records)

www.themilkcartonkids.com

Rab Noakes Gently does it from Welcome to Anniversaryville (2018 Neon Records)

www.rabnoakes.com 

Megan Henwood Brexit blues digital download single (2017 Dharma Records)

www.meganhenwood.com

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker Bathed in light from Seedlings All (2018 Rough Trade Records)

www.josienneandben.com

Juliana Daugherty Light from Light (2018 Western Vinyl Records)

www.julianadaugherty.bandcamp.com 

Bennett Wilson Poole Hide behind a smile from Bennett Wilson Poole (2018 Aurora Records)

www.bennettwilsonpoole.com

The Self Help Group Smile club from Dead Stars (2015 Union Music Store)

www.theselfhelpgroup.com

Serious Child You wear the smile from Empty Nest (2018 TCR Music)

www.seriouschild.com 

Faeland Strings from At My Swim (2018 Green Sage Records)

www.faeland.co.uk

Gretchen Peters The boy from Rye from Dancing with the beast (2018 Scarlet Letter Records)

www.gretchenpeters.com

Hadley McCall Thackston Butterfly from Hadley McCall Thackston (2018 Wolfe Island Records)

 www.wolfeislandrecords.com 

Anna Egge Last Ride from White Tiger (2018 Story Sound Records)

www.anaegge.com 

This is the third and final instalment of my favourite releases from January to June. Keep an eye out on my blog for the rest of the year in December.

Mishaped Pearls – Shivelight 

Ry Cooder – Prodigal Son

Modern Studies – Welcome Strangers

Ana Egge – White Tiger

The Jellyman’s Daughter – Dead reckoning

Hadley McCall Thackson – Hadley McCall Thackston

Suburban Dirts – I want blood

Jennifer Castle – Angels of death

Lucy Ward – Pretty warnings

Erin Rae – Putting on airs

Juliana Daugherty – Light

Here’s the second part of my blog charting favourite releases from January to June 2018.

Laura Veirs – The Lookout

Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage – Awake

Oliva Chaney – Shelter

Blair Dunlop – Notes from an island

Jill Jackson – Are we there yet?

Hatful of Rain – Songs of the lost and found

The Fugitives – The promise of strangers

Gretchen Peters – Dancing with the beast

Ray Cooper – Between the golden age and the promised land

Israel Nash – Lifted

Hayley Henderickx – I need to start a garden

Simone Felice – The Projector

Duotone – A life re-appearing

Courtney Marie Andrews – May your kindness remain

Mary Chapin Carpenter – Sometimes just the sky

Cath and Phil Tyler – The Ax and the Ox

Darlingside – Extra life

Birds of Chicago – Love in wartime