I recently discovered Kate Rusby and my family has listened to her 'Awkward Annie' all year! Even my seven yr old dd knows the words and tunes.
I love her mix if old and more modern and the gentleness of her sound.
I'm stuck as to where to go next. I love trad folk tunes and their history but also need good family listenining for the car!!
Few ideas....?Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman? Is Steeleye Span to old fashioned? Mumford and Sons? and I know the Carthys are a big deal in folk.....which is their best album? What would you recommend by Norma Waterson? (Excuse me getting any names wrong)
Please do recommend the artists best album as money's tight.
If you only buy one folk album, get Penguin Eggs by Nic Jones. It's completely fantastic, and a huge influence on a lot of today's folk singers. Sadly his other albums are out of print owing to a copyright dispute, and he never made another record since Penguin Eggs after being terribly injured in a car crash.
Shirley & Dolly Collins made a series of brilliant and strange albums in the early 70s starting (I think) with Anthems In Eden. They've been reissued on one CD and I love them, but the unusual arrangements take a bit of getting used to -- they are not at all twee or pretty.
A recent album I really like is Orfeo by Fay Hield & the Hurricane Party.
June Tabor and Anne Briggs are definitely worth checking out too.