Tell me some great female folk/acoustic records or artists of recent years

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

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Big Thief are worth checking out. Plenty folk in there

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Saw Rozi Plain playing bass or maybe second guitar for This is the Kit last year in Leeds. Properly brilliant.

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She is. This Is The Kit are pretty good too.

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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

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Julien Baker’s “sprained ankle” is one of the best records released in recent years.


Kathryn Joseph?


Circuit des yeux

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Joan Shelley


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.

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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.

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Some great shouts in this thread. Good work DiS.

Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America
Laura J Martin - On the Never Never
Liz Green - Haul Away!
Alela Diane - About Farewell