I like Marissa Nadler, Julie Byrne, Aldous Harding, Tiny Ruins, Lisa Hannigan, Sharon van Etten, etc, etc.
Lisa O’Neill - Pothole in the Sky
Nadia Reid - Preservation
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker (any album, but particularly Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour)
Laura Marling - Semper Femina
Rozi Plain - Joined Sometimes Unjoined
Rachael Dadd - We Resonate
Stealing Sheep - Into The Diamond Sun
Anais Mitchell - Hadestown (ok, there’s some lads on it)
Laura Veirs - July Skies
The new Marika Hackman is very very good. Not sure if it falls under the ‘folk’ banner though
Big Thief are worth checking out. Plenty folk in there
Saw Rozi Plain playing bass or maybe second guitar for This is the Kit last year in Leeds. Properly brilliant.
She is. This Is The Kit are pretty good too.
Probably more lo-fi/alternative than folk but I’m a big fan of Julien Baker, Sea Lion and Sorcha Richardson
the baird sisters - until you find your green
brigid mae power - s/t
house and land - s/t (out this week?)
maybe this too?: tara jane o’neil - s/t
Julien Baker’s “sprained ankle” is one of the best records released in recent years.
Circuit des yeux
Meg Baird - Dear Companion
One of the best folk records out in the last decade or so. A beautiful album.
Definitely and she’s even better live, there’s an intensity about her that puts her above every other songwriter around just now.
To add to my list above:
Laura Gibson - Empire Builder
How recent - do you know Blue Roses?
Julia Jacklin’s album from this year is really good
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire
Marissa Nadler - Strangers
If you want to check out old classic stuff, then Laura Nyro, Karen Dalton and Vashti Bunyan are amazing.