On Saturday, in an exciting live-streamed ceremony, 26-year-old Liverpudlian Jamie Webster took the coveted Number 1 spot with his debut studio album We Get By in the very first Official Folk Albums Chart compiled by the Official Charts Company.
Hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show presenter, Mark Radcliffe, the event was live-streamed from HOME in Manchester in front of a small audience and watched by hundreds music lovers around the world Interviews, live performances and a special announcement ran alongside a thrilling run-down of the top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums.
Jamie Webster’s self-released album of stories of working-class life hit number one in the Folk Album Charts just weeks after reaching Number 6 in the mainstream Official Albums Chart.
Speaking to the Manchester Folk Festival earlier in the day he said: “I grew up listening to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Johnny Cash…Whilst growing up I didn’t actually know that it was folk that I was listening to, I just liked the real-life stories that were being told in the songs. It was later on that I realised that it’s the stories & realities told which makes the songs folk songs. I’ve always tried to tell stories in my music and talk about real life issues, I think that’s the only way to do it. And to officially get recognition in this way is something I’m really proud of…. thank you to everyone who made this possible by showing their support… It means more than anything.”
An examination of chart entries released in the current chart period, 24 August – 22 September, demonstrates perfectly the depth and breadth of the music within the folk genre.
See the top 20, below…