There has never been a better time to be a folk musician, a genre that thrives on the live circuit and word of mouth. In a world of mp3s and internet cottage industries there are an extraordinary set of artists making extraordinary music right now, and many of them are from one branch of folk or another. Artists that aren't afraid to make themselves available directly to not only their fans, but everyone with an internet connection. I have heard more excellent folk albums this year already than I have in the past five, and Rachel Unthank's is amongst the very, very best.
Listen - Rachel Unthank - Blackbird
Listen: Rachel Unthank - White Thorn