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The fRoots Critics Poll
Albums Of The Year

Every year fRoots polls a panel of hundreds of experts, in the UK and internationally, to decide the Album Of The Year in the fields covered in the magazine – world folk and roots music. Since we first began our Critics Poll in 1986, it has become established as the most extensively researched and prestigious annual poll of its kind, recognised as such by being incorporated into the BBC Awards For World Music for the seven years they ran.

Since 1991 we've had separate sections for Reissues/Compilations, and in 2006 we added a Best Packaged Album category.

Here are all the winners down the years…

2013

Album Of The Year

Album cover
CATRIN FINCH & SECKOU KEITA Clychau Dibon
Runners Up
BASSEKOU KOUYATÉ & NGONI BA Jama Ko
LISA KNAPP Hidden Seam
ANAIS MITCHELL & JEFFERSON HAMER Child Ballads

Re-issue/Compilation
THE YOUNG TRADITION Oberlin 1968

Best Packaged Album
LAL WATERSON Teach Me To Be A Summer’s Morning

Editor’s Choice Album
THREE CANE WHALE Holts And Hovers

For full details see here


2012

Album Of The Year

Album cover
SAM LEE Ground Of Its Own
Runners Up
JIM MORAY Skulk
LAU Race the Loser
EMILY PORTMAN Hatchling

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS The Voice Of The People: I’m A Romany Rai

Best Packaged Album
BELLOWHEAD Broadside

Editor’s Choice Album
HLADOWSKI & JOYNES The Wild Wild Berry

For full details see here
Download a PDF of how the individual panellists voted.


2011

Album Of The Year

Album cover
JUNE TABOR & OYSTERBAND Ragged Kingdom
Runners Up
FATOUMATA DIAWARA Fatou
RY COODER Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
JUJU In Trance

Re-issue/Compilation
HEDY WEST Ballads & Songs From The Appalachians

Best Packaged Album
VARIOUS Opika Pende: Africa At 78 rpm

For full details see here
Download a PDF of how the individual panellists voted.


2010

Album Of The Year

Album cover
BELLOWHEAD Hedonism
Runners Up
ALI FARKA TOURE & TOUMANI DIABATE Ali & Toumani
AFROCUBISM AfroCubism
ELIZA CARTHY & NORMA WATERSON Gift

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS Africa – 50 Years Of Music

Best Packaged Album
NATALIE MERCHANT Leave Your Sleep

For full details see here
Download a PDF of how the panel voted


2009

Album Of The Year

Album cover
STAFF BENDA BILILI Très Très Fort
Runners Up
BASSEKOU KOUYATE & NGONI BA I Speak Fula
OUMOU SANGARE Seya
MARTIN SIMPSON True Stories

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS Three Score & Ten: A Voice To The People

Best Packaged Album
VARIOUS Three Score & Ten: A Voice To The People

For full details see here
Download a PDF of how the panel voted


2008

Album Of The Year

Album cover
JIM MORAY Low Culture
Runners Up
TOUMANI DIABATE The Mandé Variations
ROKIA TRAORE Tchamantché
UMALALI The Garifuna Women’s Project

Re-issue/Compilation
FRANCO & LE TPOK JAZZ Francophonic

Best Packaged Album
FRANCO & LE TPOK JAZZ Francophonic

For full details see here
Download a PDF of how the panel voted


2007

Album Of The Year

Album cover
BASSEKOU KOUYATE & NGONI BA Segu Blue
Runners Up
ANDY PALACIO & THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE Watina
TINARIWEN Aman Iman
ORCHESTRA BAOBAB Made In Dakar

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS ARTISTS The Very Best Of Ethiopiques

Best Packaged Album
VARIOUS ARTISTS Authenticité – The Syliphone Years

For full details see here
Download a PDF of how the panel voted


2006

Album Of The Year

Album cover
ALI FARKA TOURE Savane
Runners Up
BELLOWHEAD Burlesque
TOUMANI DIABATE'S SYMMETRIC ORCHESTRA Boulevard De L'Independance
LILA DOWNS La Cantina: "Entre Copa Y Copa…"

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS ARTISTS Golden Afrique Vol 3

Best Packaged Album
BELLOWHEAD Burlesque

Download a PDF of how the panel voted


2005

Album Of The Year

Album cover
AMADOU & MARIAM Dimanche A Bamako
Runners Up
ALI FARKA TOURE & TOUMANI DIABATE In The Heart Of The Moon
SALIF KEITA M'Bemba
THIONE SECK Orientation

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS ARTISTS Golden Afrique Vol 1

Download a PDF of how the panel voted


2004

Album Of The Year

Album cover
YOUSSOU N'DOUR Egypt
Runners Up
TINARIWEN Amassakoul
LHASA The Living Road
ANDREW CRONSHAW Ochre

Re-issue/Compilation
ALI FARKA TOURE Red & Green

Download a PDF of how the panel voted


2003

Album Of The Year

Album cover
ROKIA TRAORE Bowmboi
Runners Up
JOHN SPIERS & JON BODEN Bellow
OI VA VOI Laughter Through Tears
ABYSSINIA INFINITE Zion Roots

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS ARTISTS The Festival In The Desert


2002

Album Of The Year

Album cover
ORCHESTRA BAOBAB Specialist In All Styles
Runners Up
SALIF KEITA Moffou
ELIZA CARTHY Anglicana
YOUSSOU N'DOUR Nothing's In Vain

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS ARTISTS Desert Blues 2


2001

Album Of The Year

Album cover
BAABA MAAL Missing You/Mi Yeewnii
Runners Up
ORLANDO 'CACHAITO' LOPEZ Cachaito
SUSHEELA RAMAN Salt Rain
MANU CHAO: Proxima Estacion Esperanza

Re-issue/Compilation
ORCHESTRA BAOBAB: Pirate's Choice


2000

Album Of The Year

Album cover
ROKIA TRAORE Wanita
Runners Up
NORMA WATERSON Bright Shiny Morning
JOHN TAMS Unity
RUBEN GONZALEZ Chanchulo

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS ARTISTS: Musica Negra In The Americas


1999

Album Of The Year

Album cover
TAJ MAHAL & TOUMANI DIABATE Kulanjan
Runners Up
KATE RUSBY Sleepless
CHEIKH LÔ Bambay Gueej
SNAKEFARM Songs From My Funeral

Re-issue/Compilation
PETER BELLAMY Wake The Vaulted Echoes


1998

Album Of The Year

Album cover
ELIZA CARTHY Red Rice
Runners Up
MARTIN CARTHY Signs Of Life
LUCINDA WILLIAMS Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
ERNEST RANGLIN In Search Of The Lost Riddim

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS ARTISTS The Voice Of The People Series


1997

Album Of The Year

Album cover
BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Buena Vista Social Club
Runners Up
KATE RUSBY Hourglass
WATERSON:CARTHY Common Tongue
JUNE TABOR Aleyn

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS ARTISTS Harry Smith’s Anthology Of American Folk Music


1996

Album Of The Year

Album cover
NORMA WATERSON Norma Waterson
Runners Up
CHEIKH LÔ Ne La Thiass
DICK GAUGHAN Sail On
OUMOU SANGARE Worotan

Re-issue/Compilation
ALI FARKA TOURE Radio Mali


1995

Album Of The Year

Album cover
KATE RUSBY & KATHRYN ROBERTS Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts
Runners Up
SALIF KEITA Folon
EMMYLOU HARRIS Wrecking Ball
TOUMANI DIABATE Djelika

Re-issue/Compilation
ALTAN The First Ten Years


1994

Album Of The Year

Album cover
WATERSON:CARTHY Waterson:Carthy
Runners Up
ALI FARKA TOURE & RY COODER: Talking Timbuktu
BAABA MAAL Firin' In Fouta
TOUMANI DIABATE, KETAMA Songhai 2

Re-issue/Compilation
VARIOUS ARTISTS Hidden English


1993

Album Of The Year

Album cover
RY COODER & V.M. BHATT A Meeting By The River
Runners Up
ALTAN Island Angel
BAJOUROU Big String Theory
=ANDREW CRONSHAW The Language Of Snakes
=OYSTERBAND Holy Bandits

Re-issue/Compilation
BRASS MONKEY The Complete Brass Monkey


1992

Album Of The Year

Album cover
BAABA MAAL Lam Toro
Runners Up
ALTAN Harvest Storm
CARTHY & SWARBRICK Skin & Bone
=JUNE TABOR Angel Tiger
=TARIKA SAMMY Fanafody

Re-issue/Compilation
NIC JONES Penguin Eggs


1991

Album Of The Year

Album cover
FOUR MEN & A DOG Barking Mad
Runners Up
RICHARD THOMPSON Rumour And Sigh
KATHRYN TICKELL BAND Kathryn Tickell Band
ASTER AWEKE Kabu

Re-issue/Compilation
BOB DYLAN The Bootleg Series 1-3


1990

Album Of The Year

Album cover
ROBERT JOHNSON The Complete Recordings
Runners Up
JUNE TABOR & THE OYSTER BAND Freedom And Rain
MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK Life And Limb
SCAN TESTER I Never Played To Many Posh Dances

1989

Album Of The Year

Album cover
BAABA MAAL & MANSOUR SECK Djam Leelii
Runners Up
THE NEVILLE BROTHERS Yellow Moon
CAPERCAILLIE Sidewaulk
DICK GAUGHAN Call It Freedom

Album Of The ‘80s
DICK GAUGHAN Handful Of Earth


1988

Album Of The Year

Album cover
RICHARD THOMPSON Amnesia
Runners Up
TOUMANI DIABATE, KETAMA & DANNY THOMPSON Songhai
MICHELLE SHOCKED Short Sharp Shocked
JUNE TABOR Aqaba

1987

Album Of The Year

Album cover
SALIF KEITA Soro
Runners Up
DE DANNAN Ballroom
THE DEIGHTON FAMILY Acoustic Music To Suit Most Occasions
10,000 MANIACS In My Tribe

1986

Album Of The Year

Album cover
PAUL SIMON Graceland
Runners Up
THE OYSTER BAND Step Outside
THE HOME SERVICE Alright Jack
JALI MUSA JAWARA Jali Musa Jawara

 

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