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The 30th Annual fRoots Critics Poll 2015

Albums Of The Year Nominees

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, the de facto flagship industry award.

Along the way, we added a separate poll category for Reissues & Compilations and more recently a Best Packaged Album category. Here are all the winners down the years.

We're now pleased to reveal, in alphabetical order, the top nominees for the New Album and Best Reissue/Compilation for 2015.

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, and here from 8th December.

Nominees for New Album Of 2015
(listed alphabetically)

Album Of The Year Nominees Album cover
Album cover
Anna & Elizabeth
Anna & Elizabeth
(Free Dirt)
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Quaranta 40
Album cover
Album cover
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Ba Power
Sam Lee & Friends
The Fade In Time
(Nest Collective)
Album cover
Album cover
New Anything
Emily Portman
Album cover
Album cover
The Rheingans Sisters
Already Home
Simpson, Cutting & Kerr
Album cover
Album cover
Stick In The Wheel
From Here
(From Here)
Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin
(Six Degrees)

Nominees for Reissue/Compilation Album Of 2015
(listed alphabetically)

Reissue/Compilation Album Of The Year Nominees Album cover
Album cover
Buena Vista Social Club
Lost And Found
(World Circuit)
Bob & Ron Copper
Traditional Songs From Rottingdean
Album cover
Album cover
Lead Belly
The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
(Smithsonian Folkways)
E.T. Mensah & The Tempos
King Of Highlife
Album cover
Album cover
Youssou N’Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar
Fatteliku – Live In Athens 1987
(Real World)
Amara Touré
1973 – 1980
(Analog Africa)

The winner of Best Packaged Album Of 2015 will be announced on 4th December.

See the 2014 poll results

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