The 30th Annual fRoots Critics Poll 2015

The nominees for Album of the Year and Reissue/Compilation Album Of 2015 in the fRoots Critics Poll 2015 have been announced today and we’re pleased to see that many of the nominees are distributed by Proper. Nominated artists that we distribute include Sam Lee & Friends, Leveret, The Rheingans Sisters, Simpson Cutting & Kerr, Stick in the Wheel, Bob & Ron Copper and Amara Touré.

You can find the full list of nominees in each category below.

Every year since 1986 fRoots 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 over 300 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. Along the way, they’ve also added separate polls for Reissues & Compilations and more recently a Best Packaged Album category.

This year’s winners will be revealed by BBC Radio 3 during World On 3 broadcast from 11pm on Friday 4th December, hosted by Lopa Kothari.

Album of the Year 2015

Anna & Elizabeth – Anna & Elizabeth
(Free Dirt)

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Quaranta 40
(Ponderosa)

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Ba Power
(Glitterbeat)

Sam Lee & Friends – The Fade In Time
(Nest Collective)

Leveret – New Anything
(RootBeat)

Emily Portman – Coracle
(Furrow)

The Rheingans Sisters – Already Home
(RootBeat)

Simpson, Cutting & Kerr – Murmurs
(Topic)

Stick In The Wheel – From Here
(From Here)

Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin – Touristes
(Six Degrees)

Reissue/Compilation Album Of 2015

Buena Vista Social Club – Lost And Found
(World Circuit)

Bob & Ron Copper – Traditional Songs From Rottingdean
(Fledg’ling)

Lead Belly – The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
(Smithsonian Folkways)

E.T. Mensah & The Tempos – King Of Highlife
(RetroAfric)

Youssou N’Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar – Fatteliku – Live In Athens 1987
(Real World)

Amara Touré – 1973 – 1980
(Analog Africa)