Been listening to lots of Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, and Marketa Irglova lately. If you don't know who they are, I highly suggested you make a completely uninformed purchase off of Amazon's MP3 store right now and get to listening -- I can't imagine you would regret it.
Been working on a lot of my own songs lately, too. It's slow coming (as it always is), but I should have some stuff to put up on my own myspace soon. The one song I've recently recorded can be found on youtube, and unfortunately that's the only was I can offer it, as I do not have an MP3 of my own.
I'm thinking about experimenting with the instrumentation I consider using, but I am pretty inept at playing anything besides guitar and saxophone. If anyone is feeling in the mood to get some folk music on, and you have the ability to work on it via the internets and old school mail, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to start working on a super, super casual project with interested parties.