Folk Roots Radio Episode 418: The Best of 2018 – The Next 15

Folk Roots Radio Episode 418: The Best of 2018 - The Next 15

There are no interviews on Episode 418 of Folk Roots Radio as we check out more of our favourite albums of the year. We’ve already released The Top 10 on Episode 417 of Folk Roots Radio. This time around we check out The Next 15, featuring 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 throughout the next year. Listen to tracks from The Next 15 and check out the full playlist below.

As always, this is a very subjective and personal selection, and putting them in order is more about having fun and creating suspense than anything else. They’re also a fun way to reflect on a year gone by, and hopefully get people to check out some great music they may not have realized they like.

This list also only includes those albums that were received from October 1, 2017 until October 31 2018. We’ve previously used September 30 as the cut off for Best of the Year consideration, but with so much great music dropping in October this year, we decided to push the cut off back a month, from now on. If there are albums, you think I should have included, get in touch. Maybe they didn’t make them on to my radar, or perhaps I never received a copy of something I just have to listen to. Enjoy!

That’s all we have time for, this time around. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have a lot of great music and interviews to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us!


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The Next Fifteen

Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2018, self)

Noah Zacharin
This First Dawn
A Startle Of Wings (2018, Self) CDN

Kim Beggs
The Prettiest Flowers
Said Little Sparrow (2017, Self) CDN

Jon Brooks
The Wow! Signal
No One Travels Alone (2018, Borealis Records) CDN

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
Gonna Find It
Run To Me (2018, Gypsy Soul Records / Fontana North) CDN

Lonesome Ace Stringband
When the Sun Comes Up (2018, Self) CDN

David Graff
I Love My Truck
Supposed To Fly (2018, Self) CDN

Dana Sipos
Fine Line
Trick Of The Light (2018, Roaring Girl Records) CDN

David Milton
The Last Long Ship
Songs From The Bell Man (2018, Story Records)

Big Little Lions
Alive And Well (2018, Far Flung) CDN

The Ennis Sisters
Wasted On The Way
Keepsake (2018, Self) CDN

Erin Costelo
All In Your Head
Sweet Marie (2018, Venue Records) CDN

Jory Nash
A Good Good Day
Wilderness Years (2018, Thin Man Records) CDN

Blame It On The Devil
Heartbreak Song For The Radio (2018, Self) CDN

Madeleine Roger
Sweet Little Lies
Cottonwood (2018, Self) CDN

Jay Aymar
Alive In The Shadows (feat. Alejandra Ribera)
Your Perfect Matador (2018, Self) CDN

The Top 10

1. Jesse Matas, Tamarock
2. Pharis & Jason Romero, Sweet Old Religion
3. Melanie Brulée, Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind
4. Steve Dawson, Lucky Hand
5. Carly Dow, Comet
6. Annie Lou, End Zone
7. Kaia Kater, Grenades
8. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Soar
9. Lucy Wainwright Roche, Little Beast
10. The Young Novelists, In City & Country

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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