I perceive English folk music as being somewhat in the doldrums at present. It's all a bit bland. It has lost the sense of danger and the edge that Spiers and Boden, Kate Rusby and the Carthy clan brought to it a decade or so ago. Hopefully it's just a phase. In the meantime if you want a folk tradition that is both rooted and experimental I suggest you check out the Scandinavian scene. There is some really good music coming from the northern lands at the moment of which the new album by the Goodland Trio entitled "Skogen I Staden" is a prime and fine example.