Shire Folk Top 10 Albums of 2015



Rura – Despite the Dark

Well, the runes have been cast, the great and good consulted, and out of the 34 (count ‘em!) albums voted for by our contributors and readers as album of the year, we’re proud to announce that this year’s Shire Folk Album of the Year is … drum roll please … Rura with Despite the Dark! This is the young Scottish group’s second album and features Shire Folk favourite Adam Holmes on vocals (going one better than the second place for his solo album last year).


Here’s the Top 10 in full:

1. Rura – Despite the Dark

2. Urban Folk Quartet – Escape

3. India Electric Company – The Girl I Left Behind

4. Jackie Oates – The Spyglass & the Herringbone

5. Mawkin – The Ties That Bind

6. Simpson, Kerr & Cutting – Murmurs

7. Nancy Kerr – Sweet Visitor

8. Bella Hardy – With The Dawn

9. Leveret – New Anything

10. Mairearad & Anna – Best Day

A word of congratulations too for Nancy Kerr and Andy Cutting, who both have two albums in the Top 10. Andy is also a member of Leveret. Just in case you were wondering how out of step your editors are with popular folk taste, we thought we’d give you an insight into their personal Top 5s (as you’ll see, one is perhaps a little more out of step than the other!)


Graham Hobbs

1. India Electric Company – The Girl I Left Behind

2. Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble

3. Simpson, Kerr & Cutting – Murmurs

4. Jackie Oates – The Spyglass & The Herringbone

5. The Alan Kelly Gang – The Last Bell


Jonathan Roscoe

1. Stick in the Wheel – From Here

2. Keston Cobblers Club – Wildfire

3. LAU – The Bell That Never Rang

4. Jackie Oates – The Spyglass & the Herringbone

5. Megan Henwood – Head Hand Heart


So there you have it. The best thing about ‘album of the year’ lists is the discussion they provoke, so let us know what you think on Twitter @folkshire



Rura – Despite the Dark