Folk Roots Radio Episode 293: More Favourite Albums of 2016

On this episode we take a look at more of our favourite albums of 2016. One of the best things about doing a radio show is getting loads of fabulous music to audition each week. Narrowing all that great music down to our favourite twenty-five albums of the year was quite the challenge. It’s never an easy thing to do, but we managed it. You can check out our “Top Ten” albums of 2016 on Episode 291 HERE. This time around we tackle ‘The Next Fifteen’, bringing you some of our favourite tracks from those albums. It’s a great privilege to bring lots of great music and interviews to you each week on Folk Roots Radio, something we’re looking forward to continuing to do throughout 2017.

Like all Best of the Year lists, these choices are very subjective and very personal. To make things easier, I only included albums I’ve received from October 1st, 2015 – September 30th, 2016 which is why you may recognize several 2015 releases in this list.

Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you again for listening. We have a lot of great music to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us! If there are albums, you think I should have included, get in touch. Maybe they didn’t make on my radar, or perhaps I never received a copy of something I just have to listen to.

You can listen to this episode again on Soundcloud by following the link below. You can also listen to episodes of Folk Roots Radio, on demand, via iTunes, Mixcloud, Stitcher and Tune-in Radio. (Click on the highlighted link to reach your chosen platform.)

Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (expected 2016)

Chris Coole
The Tumbling River
The Tumbling River (2016, Northern) CDN

David Francey
Holy Ground
Empty Train (2016, Lake Music) CDN

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin
Coal Not Dole
Auprès du poêle (2016, Self) CDN

Donovan Woods
They Don’t Make Anything in That Town
Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled (2016, Meant Well) CDN

Arnie Naiman
Playin’ Jane
My Lucky Stars (2016, Merriweather Records) CDN

Duane Rutter
Will I Ever Learn
Crazy Things (2015, Busted Flat Records) CDN

Big Little Lions
Just Say Hello
Just Keep Moving (2016, Far Flung) CDN

Bentall Taylor Ulrich
Chased By The Devil
Tightrope Walk (2016, Borealis Records) CDN

Ken Dunn
Mermaid of Avila
Live at Heartwood (2016, Self) CDN

Coco Love Alcorn
Wonderland 2016 Self CDN

Julian Taylor Band
Set Me Free
Desert Star (2016, Aproria Records) CDN

The Small Glories
Time Wanders On
Wondrous Traveler (2016, Self) CDN

Never Look Back
Voices (2016, Goatskin Records)

Scott Shea
(Gone) Too Young
Pendulum (2016, Self) CDN

Mark Brown
See You Next Time
Skin And Bone (2015, Self)

The Best Albums of 2016: The Top Ten
1. Corin Raymond – Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams
2. Kaia Kater – Nine Pin
3. The Andrew Collins Trio – And It Was Good
4. Noah Zacharin – Strange Rider
5. Erin Costelo – Down Below, The Status Quo
6. Benjamin Dakota Rogers – Whiskey & Pine
7. Dione Taylor – Born Free
8. Lizanne Knott – Excellent Day
9. Free The Honey – Fine Bloom
10. Gary & Whit – Matches

Check out The Top Ten HERE

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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