15 December 2022

Podwireless Best Of 2022

The 50 favourite CDs from more than 350 new releases that made it through selection for Podwireless play in 2022.

Scroll down for the Best Of 2022 Podcast Playlist and Playlink, a one hour selection from the very best of the year.





The Sorrow Songs (Topic)


2. Nick Hart : Sings Ten English Folk Songs (Roebuck)

3. Oumou Sangaré : Timbuktu (World Circuit)

4. Joan Shelley : The Spur (No Quarter)

5. Lady Maisery : Tender (Lady Maisery

6. Eliza Carthy & The Restitution : Queen Of The Whirl (Hem Hem)

7. Leyla McCalla : Breaking The Thermometer (Anti-)

8. Meïkhâneh : Chants Du Dedans, Chants Du Dehors (Buda)

9. Glenn Jones : Vade Mecum (Thrill Jockey)

10. Folkatomik : Polaris (Italysona)




Joe Strummer 002 (Dark Horse)

2. Various Artists : Excavated Shellac (Dust To Digital)

3. Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard : Pioneering Women Of Bluegrass (Smithsonian Folkways)

4. Son House : Forever On My Mind (Easy Eye Sound)


The Rest Of The Best (CDs, alphabetically)

 Will Allen : English Fiddle (Scribe)

Antonis Antoniou : Throisma (Ajabu)

Bird In The Belly : After The City (GF*M)

Janice Burns & Jon Doran : No More The Green Hills (JanAndJon)

Bush Gothic : Beyond The Pale (Fydle)

Ettore Castagna : Eremìa (Alfa Music)

 Antonio Castrignano & Taranta Sounds : Babilonia (Ponderosa)

Ablaye Cissoko & Cyrille Brotto : Instant (MaCase)

Tamsin Elliott : Frey (Penny Fiddle)

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita : Echo (Bendigedig)

Elsie Franklin : Miss Rhythm (Waxy)

 Lily Henley : Oras Dezaoradas (Lior Editions)

Horzines Stara : Bordes De Terre – Dubhe (Vlad Productions)

Michael Hurley : The Time Of The Foxgloves (No Quarter)

Simon Jones : How Things Work (Simon Jones)

Kinnaris Quintet : This Too (Kinnaris Quintet)

Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee : Bamanan (Real World)

Dafné Kritharas : Varka (Lior Editions)

Su-a Lee : Dialogues (Sky Child)

Mama's Broke : Narrow Line (Free Dirt)

Delbert McClinton : Outdated Emotion (Hotshot)

Ben McElroy : How I Learnt To Disengage From The Pack (Slow Music Movement)

Jackie Oates : Gracious Wings (Needle Pin)

Okra Playground : Itku (Nordic Notes)

Emily Portman & Rob Harbron : Time Was Away (Emily & Rob)

Pharis & Jason Romero : Tell 'Em You Were Gold (Smithsonian Folkways)

Sophia Djebel Rose : Métempsycose (Oracle)

Peter Rowan : Calling You From My Mountain (Rebel)

Cory Seznec : Eyes On The Rise (Captain Pouch)

Rev Simpkins : Saltings (Antigen)

Spöket I Köket : Kurbits & Flames (Gammalthea)

Sproatly Smith : River Wye Suite (Weirdshire)

Sam Sweeney : Escape That (Hudson)

Topette!! : Bourdon (Topette!!)

Vieux Farka Touré : Les Racines (World Circuit)

The Wilderness Yet : What Holds The World Together (Scribe)



plus… 5 download or vinyl-only releases, mentioned in despatches

1. Various : Spirit Of Clive (Isolation Jams)

2. Various : Crossroads Kenya (Nowahala Sounds)

3. Noori & His Dorpa Band : Beja Power! (Ostinato)

4. Fred McDowell : Live In New York (Oblivion)

5. Marlais : Stream Of Forms (Kin-Ship)


This playlink is to Mixcloud streaming: you can also download the podcasts from Podomatic

 A one hour special podcast of the very best of the year!


1. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros : Bhindi Bhagee from the 4CD set Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years (Dark Horse) Website

2. Sears Orchestra : Bela Aurora from the 4CD box Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History Of The World's Music (Dust To Digital) Website

3. Angeline Morrison : Black John from the CD The Sorrow Songs (Folk Songs Of Black British Experience) (Topic) Website

4. Nick Hart : Lemany from the CD Nick Hart Sings Ten English Folk Songs (Roebuck) Bandcamp

5. Oumou Sangaré : Kélé Magni from the CD Timbuktu (World Circuit) Website

6. Joan Shelley : Home from the CD The Spur (No Quarter) Bandcamp

7. Lady Maisery : Tender from the CD Tender (Lady Maisery) Bandcamp

8. Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard : Who's That Knocking? from the CD Pioneering Women Of Bluegrass: The Definitive Edition (Smithsonian Folkways) Website

9. Son House : Forever On My Mind from the CD Forever On My Mind (Easy Eye Sound) Website

10. Eliza Carthy & The Restitution : Two Tears from the CD Queen Of The Whirl (HemHem) Website

11. Leyla McCalla : Vini Wé from the CD Breaking The Thermometer (Anti) Bandcamp

12. Meïkhâneh : Chaque Jour Nouveau from the CD Chants Du Dedans, Chants Du Dehors (Buda) Website

13. Glenn Jones : Kathy Maltese from the CD Vade Mecum (Thrill Jockey) Bandcamp

14. Folkatomik : Lu Trainu from the CD Polaris (ItalySona) Website

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