5. MARTYN JOSEPH - WHEN WE GET THROUGH THIS
One of the first songs that I heard that was written about the Coronavirus pandemic, When We Get Through This was characteristically Martyn Joseph. Relevant, resilient with a hopeful eye on a better future. On the Ep he added his NHS song Nye and along with another new song and a few different versions and here was an EP for the time.
4. DEACON BLUE - THE LOCK INN SESSION EP
Some stripped own reworks of one of my all time favourite songs as well as two from their 2020 album City Of Love were all great but an almost Gospel feel to Nick Lowe's What's So Funny 'Bout Peace and Love Understanding was my very favourite.
3. BEN GLOVER - WILD SWEET LILY
Ben Glover played live Shelter Sessions the entire way through the pandemic, mostly in Nashville but latterly in Glenarm. With no intentions to release music in 2020 he used the downtime productively. A co-write with Gretchen Peters Arguing With Ghosts is a beautiful song and the other three are of equal quality. My personal favourite was Fireflies.
2. COWBOY JUNKIES - GHOSTS
I so loved All That Reckoning and an EP of 8 songs so close after was a bonus. These are cathartic , inspired by the loss of most of the band's mother. Comes in the most beautiful cover.
1. SNOW PATROL - THE FIRESIDE SESSIONS EP
Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody was one of the first to respond to the Covid-19 lockdown by social media sessions from his apartment in LA. When he suggested writing songs with the fans I thought he was mad BUT here is the most amazing of results. EP of the year for its sheer audacity, Iain Archer's work on producing the songs, the remarkable quality of the songs and the money raised for Trussell Triust's work with the homeless. A plethora of good!