Every year since 1986 fRoots magazine has polled experts in the UK and worldwide to decide the 'Album Of The Year' in the fields of folk, roots and world music. With over 300 writers, broadcasters and activists on the panel, the fRoots Critics Poll is long established as the most extensively researched and prestigious annual poll of its kind, the de facto flagship industry award.
Now in its 26th year, separate poll categories have been added for Reissues & Compilations and more recently a Best Packaged Album category. Click here to view past winners from down the years.
This year's nominees for 'Best New Album' and 'Best Reissue/Compilation' have now been revealed, the winners will be announced exclusively by BBC Radio 3 in a special edition of World On 3 broadcast from 11pm on Friday 2 December, hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy.
Nominees for Best New Album 2011 are listed below, who would you pick to win?
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
University of Gnawa
June Tabor & Oysterband
City Of Refuge
The Harrow & The Harvest