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Pete Lawrence - 14 Nov 2016


Every year since 1986, fRoots magazine has polled experts in the UK and worldwide to decide the Album Of The Year in the fields of music which we champion – folk, roots and world music. With hundreds of writers, broadcasters and activists on the panel, the fRoots Critics Poll For Albums Of The Year is long established as the most extensively researched and prestigious annual poll of its kind, the de facto flagship industry award. This year is the 31st!!

Here are all the winners down the years.

In alphabetical order, here are the top nominees for the New Album and Best Compilations, Re-issues & Historic Album for 2016.


Nominees for New Album Of 2016 (listed alphabetically)


Aziza Brahim : Abbar El Hamada (Glitterbeat)

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker : Overnight (Rough Trade)

Shirley Collins : Lodestar (Domino)

The Furrow Collective : Wild Hog (Hudson)

The Gloaming : 2 (Real World)

Leyla McCalla : A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey (Jazz Village)

Jim Moray : Upcetera (NIAG)

Maarja Nuut : Une Meeles (Maarja Nuut)

Refugees For Refugees : Amerli (Muziekpublique)

Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis : Nyn (Riverboat)


Nominees for Reissue/Compilation Album Of 2016 (listed alphabetically)


Bitori : Legend Of Funana – The Forbidden Music Of The Cape Verde Islands (Analog Africa)

Sandy Denny : I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn (Island)

Various Artists : Khmer Rouge Survivors – They Will Kill You If You Cry (Glitterbeat)

Various Artists : Music Of Morocco From The Library Of Congress, Recorded By Paul Bowles 1959 (Dust To Digital)

Various Artists : Space Echo – The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed  (Analog Africa)

Various Artists : Urgent Jumping! (Stern’s)


The winner of Best Packaged Album Of 2016 will be announced on 25th November.

This year’s winners will exclusively be revealed by BBC Radio 3 during their World On 3 broadcast from 11 pm on Friday 25th November, presented by Kathryn Tickell, and in the Jan/Feb 2017 double issue of fRoots magazine from 6th December.


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