So, with December 2015 almost upon us, it is time to kick off the season-of-lists. I'm not really convinced how important this all is despite the fact that so many of us take part in it. My rather simple reason is that it helps me take stock of the year and also that I rather enjoy putting the effort into doing the same.
I was going to keep this back for the start of December but since it was essentially complete I thought that I would share it now.
There are no systemic changes from last year. The acts in each list are grouped in alphabetical order and the number of entries in each list is ten. There is no attempt to 'rank' acts in each list, or indeed between lists (there will be at least three such lists of LPs). One thing that has changed not a jot is the influence that music I have seen live during 2015 or previously has had on the overall outcome but then perhaps remarkably there are actually four in this list that I have never seen live. Needless to say all those are very much in my sights in 2016.
- Danni Nicholls - Mockingbird Lane
- Don Gallardo - Hickory
- Flo Morrissey - Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful
- Free the Honey - Fine Bloom
- Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf
- Hattie Briggs - Red & Gold
- The Honeycutters - Me Oh My
- Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
- Lindi Ortega - Faded Gloryville
- Marika Hackman - We Slept At Last
Here are the photos that I promised - one each of four artists that I took at four different festivals this summer.
If you wish to look further into the music of 2015 that is in my mind then, following on from these and as I promised, here is Tracks of 2015 #3.
The second selection of LPs will likely be preceded by a selection of EPs and mini-albums sometime later this week.