This close to the end of the year, labels and artists tend to hold off releasing albums while the music press turn their attention towards retrospectives and end of year lists. Some award ceremonies have already happened; some will have their shortlists announced soon.
This years British Composer Awards will take place on 4 December. Among the nominees are a libretto created entirely from music by forgotten female composers and written by Carol Ann Duffy, also Tom Green’s first opera The World’s Wife. Also up for an award is Laura Bowler’s A Damned Mob of Scribbling Women, which celebrates American women writers, beginning with Louisa May Alcott through to Gertrude Stein and Patti Smith, with texts both sung and spoken by the performers.
The F-Word music section has never created it’s own End of Year List but it seems futile to fight against the prevailing tide. As such, in a concession to the season, here is an overview of the artists and music we’ve featured on The F-Word in 2018.
While many folk are holding their releases back until January and February, there are still plenty of artists on tour this month and in the coming months.
Thea Gilmore will be bringing her Christmas Party Tour to Storyhouse in Chester on Sunday 9 December. The eclectic and exciting Orielles are currently on tour, and up and coming folk duo Ferris & Sylvester will be supporting rising singer/songwriter Jade Bird at Southampton Engine Rooms on 8 December and at Exeter Cavern on 9 December. Brooding singer/songwriter Juanita Stein will be completing her UK dates with a free gig at Bristol’s Hy-Brasil Music Club on 5 December and a (we presume not free) gig at Southampton Joiners on 6 December. The Knife collaborator Jenny Wilson will be touring her solo material in early December, supporting The Cardigans.