We are delighted to announce that 'Siren Serenade' by Emily Mae Winters and 'Magnified' by Beatrix Players joinly win our LCM award for 2017 'debut album of the year'. The award this year was chosen by our LCM core team. Huge congratulations to Emily, Amy. Jess & Amanda.
The multi-award winning Emily Mae Winters is one of the fast rising stars of UK Folk and Americana and one of our LCM 'Ones To Watch' in 2017. Already establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with, she has been included in many 2016 'end of year' award nominations. Her wonderful debut EP 'Foreign Waters' released last year produced by the multi award winning Ben Walker announced her arrival. Her new debut album 'Siren Serenade' creates a new watershed moment. A album full of high quality crafted music with the rich promise of more excellent music to come in the future. The album is a wonderful fusion of Irish Traditional folk, Contemporary Folk, Country and Americana. It's a combination of self-penned and traditional folk songs which draw inspiration from poetry, myths and stories of love, loss, fate and memory.
Beatrix Players are a London-based all-female trio who make florid, adventurous music that operates at the interface between folk, singer-songwriter acoustica, prog and quasi-classical baroque chamber pop. There is a light, translucent quality to the music, and yet when it is not being hushed and reverent, it has the attack and thrust, the surging dynamism, of rock. It can be soft and intimate, but it can also be fiery and intense, epic and immense. There are tempestuous passages in their music that you can imagine being delivered by traditional rock instrumentation but it is the very absence of guitars and drums that means that there is nobody out there quite like Beatrix Players.
2017 has been an excellent year for music and we would also like to give recognition to other wonderful independently released debut albums which also featured strongly this year
- The Beauty Of This Life - Lauren Housley
- Wildfire - Elles Bailley
- A Polyphonetic Life - Tobias Ben Jacob
- She & I - Kirsty Merryn
- 100 Years - Allman Brown
- The Beautiful & The Actual - Rosie Hood
- Matt Tighe - Matt Tighe