The Official Folk Albums Chart for June 2024 artwork is a collage of album covers taken from this month's five new entries. Richard Thompson's album 'Ship To Shore' is in the top left hand corner. The artwork features a painting of Richard wearing an orange hat and coat, with a seagull sat on each shoulder. Bernard Butler's album 'Good Grief' is top middle. It is a portrait photo of Bernard looking off to the corner. Linda Thompson's 'Proxy Music' is top right. It is a parody picture of Roxy Music's self titled album featuring Linda sitting on the floor in a white and blue dress. Landless' Luireach is in the bottom left. It is a botanical greyscale image. Blair Dunlop is bottom middle. It is a portrait photo of the singer. The Official Folk Albums Chart logo and month is in the bottom right corner. Text ends.

OFFICIAL FOLK ALBUMS CHART JUNE 2024

There are five new releases in this month’s chart, including a brand new No.1!

Richard Thompson’s twentieth solo album Ship To Shore (New West) takes the No. 1 spot this month. Recorded at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, New York, the twelve-track album draws from the broad roots of Thompson’s influences, from English folk through jazz, country, classical and more. Mojo says of the album, ‘It is a record about defeat, despair and humiliation delivered with an unsettling avuncular twinkle.’

Also, a new top ten entry for June, is another exceptional guitarist and songwriter, Bernard Butler, formerly of Suede, with Good Grief (355 Recordings), landing at No. 4. Butler’s folk influences go back through his career including many performances with folk guitarist Bert Jansch as well as producing albums for Sam Lee. The album marks a return to solo work after two and a half decades.

New at No. 5. is Linda Thompson’s Proxy Music (StorySound). Her first album in over a decade, it features guest vocals from Teddy and Kami Thompson, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, The Unthanks, Eliza Carthy and more. Launched at City Winery in New York on 30th June, the album title reflects Linda’s vocal challenges caused by the rare condition spasmodic dysphonia and therefore her call out to her ‘proxies’ to lend their singing to the project. The impressive album guest list also includes Richard Thompson on guitars.

In at No. 13 is Luireach (Glitterbeat) by all-female Irish vocal quartet Landless. Produced by John ‘Spud’ Murphy (Lankum, ØXN) and featuring Cormac MacDiarmada from Lankum (fiddle, viola, banjo), The Guardian describes Landless as, ‘a deliciously doomier Clannad’. Hot Press describes the album as, ‘sinister and hypnotic, with harmony being the weapon of choice for the band.’

Out Of The Rain (Gilded Wings), the fifth album from Blair Dunlop comes in at 23. Produced by Jim Moray, Spiral Earth says the album is ‘a celebration of spring, newness and freedom. Songs of metamorphosis and wide screen road trips prevail.’ KLOF magazine says, ‘this is a glorious welcome re-energised return that should comfortably reinstate Dunlop among folk rock’s upper echelons.’

View the full chart HERE.

View the Folk Chart Of The Year 2023 HERE.

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