Boston’s Whitehaus has long been an epicenter of the city’s underground folk-music scene. With its rotating crew of residents and traveling artists passing through for basement and living-room shows, the house has hosted “folk” sounds of all varieties — anti-folk, folk-punk, psych-folk, dream-folk — not to mention Appalachian and traditional. Mostly, though, it’s the sort of space where a folk-oriented ethos sets the standard, regardless of particular musical differences, through its open-door, non-pretentious, community-centric vibes. So it’s no surprise that you all would vote one of Whitehaus’s own, Chris North, as the best folk act in the city. Last summer, North released a nine-track LP, The Story of My Life, followed up in January by the equally ethereal Lovedream, and just this month, Near Far All We Are. All three are marked by his emotive voice and chilling poetry.
RUNNERS-UP: Kingsley Flood, Gracious Calamity, Caleb Groh