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

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#1

I like Marissa Nadler, Julie Byrne, Aldous Harding, Tiny Ruins, Lisa Hannigan, Sharon van Etten, etc, etc.


#2

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


#3

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


#4

The new Marika Hackman is very very good. Not sure if it falls under the ‘folk’ banner though


#5

Big Thief are worth checking out. Plenty folk in there


#6

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


#7

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


#8

Probably more lo-fi/alternative than folk but I’m a big fan of Julien Baker, Sea Lion and Sorcha Richardson


#9

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


#10

sort of


#11

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


#12

Kathryn Joseph?


#13

Circuit des yeux


#14

Joan Shelley


#15

Meg Baird - Dear Companion

One of the best folk records out in the last decade or so. A beautiful album.


#16

Definitely and she’s even better live, there’s an intensity about her that puts her above every other songwriter around just now.


#17

To add to my list above:

Laura Gibson - Empire Builder


#18

How recent - do you know Blue Roses?


#19

Julia Jacklin’s album from this year is really good


#20

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.