40 episodes

Come for a walk with Matthew Bannister and the UK's top folk musicians as they create unique performances in the landscapes that have inspired them.

Folk on Foot Matthew Bannister

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    • 4.9, 259 Ratings

Come for a walk with Matthew Bannister and the UK's top folk musicians as they create unique performances in the landscapes that have inspired them.

    Frank Turner on the Holloway Road

    Frank Turner on the Holloway Road

    On the surface Frank Turner is a man of contrasts: the old Etonian who became a punk; the heavy metal fan who became a folk-influenced singer songwriter. On this walk through his old haunts on the Holloway Road in North London he reveals the inspiration for his change in musical direction, calling in at the venue Nambucca where “the scales fell from my eyes” and he discovered the power of “three chords and the truth”. In the empty venue he plays the songs he wrote about the creative scene there, before heading down the road to The Garage, where his passion for punk was ignited. Along the way he reflects on the history of the area, his own sofa-surfing experiences, his tattoos and his relationship with his mother.  

    • 53 min
    Season 5 Trailer

    Season 5 Trailer

    A delicious taster of some of the amazing new episodes coming your way in season 5 of Folk on Foot. Recorded before the lockdown, we’ve been walking with Kitty Macfarlane on the Somerset Levels, Chris Wood in Faversham and Frank Turner on the Holloway Road in North London. In this trailer you’ll hear some short extracts and details of three additional episodes we’re planning to record in summer 2020.

    • 12 min
    Bonus Episode: Seven Songs from Season 4

    Bonus Episode: Seven Songs from Season 4

    Here’s a chance to re-visit some of the musical highlights of season 4 of Folk on Foot – complete and uninterrupted.
    It features “Queen of Waters” by Nancy Kerr, “Scapa Flow 1919” by Kris Drever, “Sleeping Beauty” by Bella Hardy, “I’m a Woman on Wheels” by Peggy Seeger, “The Token” by Rachel Newton, “Walking Through Ithonside” by John Jones and the Reluctant Ramblers and The Melrose Quartet singing “Bright New Year”.  Transport yourself to simpler, happier times as you enjoy these unique on location recordings. Then stand by for season 5 which will launch very soon.

    • 30 min
    Bonus Episode: Front Room Festival 2 Highlights

    Bonus Episode: Front Room Festival 2 Highlights

    On Monday 25th May – Spring Bank Holiday in the UK – we staged the Folk on Foot Front Room Festival 2 with an astonishing line up of artists. The show lasted for eight hours – but we have distilled it down to two hours of highlights, featuring: Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman, Chris Wood, Duncan Chisholm, Eliza Carthy, Frank Turner and Jess Guise, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, John Smith, Johnny Flynn, Kate Rusby and Damien O’Kane, Kathryn Tickell, Kitty Macfarlane, O’Hooley and Tidow, Richard Thompson and Zara Phillips, Rioghnach Connolly and Ellis Davies – all playing from their front rooms (and gardens). Plus the online premiere of a behind the scenes film of the Unthanks on their recent “unaccompanied” tour. It was a remarkable and emotional day which raised loads of money for musicians who can’t work during the lockdown – enjoy!

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Bonus Episode: Jarlath Henderson at the Isle of Skye Festival of Small Halls

    Bonus Episode: Jarlath Henderson at the Isle of Skye Festival of Small Halls

    Jarlath Henderson has been described as the “Jimi Hendrix of the uilleann pipes”.  He is also a fine singer and accomplished player of the whistle. At the age of 17 he became the youngest ever winner of the Radio 2 Young Folk award. He comes from Northern Ireland but has now made his home in Scotland where he combines his musical career with working as a doctor in emergency medicine. This episode was recorded last November while he was taking part in the Isle of Skye Small Halls Festival and long before he started to play his part in tackling Covid 19.

    • 30 min
    Bonus Episode: Su-a Lee at the Isle of Skye Festival of Small Halls

    Bonus Episode: Su-a Lee at the Isle of Skye Festival of Small Halls

    Another episode recorded at the Isle of Skye Festival of Small Halls in November 2019. Su-a Lee is a classically trained cellist and a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, but she loves breaking down musical barriers. With the group Mr McFall’s Chamber she’s played contemporary classical music in night clubs and she regularly collaborates with Scotland’s leading folk players, as she did at the Festival.  She is also a keen walker and bagger of Munros. Sitting on a rock by the river at Sligachan, she tells Matthew Bannister the poignant story of climbing Ben Nevis with her cello on her back to pay musical tribute to her late husband shortly after he died. Then she unveils her secret weapon...

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
259 Ratings

259 Ratings

PineGroveCharlie ,

Beautiful Tone

What a wonderful podcast. Can it be bettered? Great music, lovely people with seemingly excellent pro social and pro nature values. Thanks a million. I will spread the word. Thanks also to the Guardian for alerting me to the podcast.

The real JimboJones ,

Brilliant Introduction to Folk

I’ve only recently started to dig into Folk music and this is a great way to begin. Snapshots of different musicians and a way of conjuring up images of wonderful scenery as the participants walk and talk

petervet45 ,

Wonderful podcast

Matthew has pulled together a wonderful podcast - never a bad episode but capped off by the inspirational Su-a Lee!

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