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Matthew Bannister goes walking with a leading folk musician in a landscape that has inspired them. They sing and play exclusive acoustic songs on location.

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Matthew Bannister goes walking with a leading folk musician in a landscape that has inspired them. They sing and play exclusive acoustic songs on location.

    Official Folk Albums Chart Show—6th April 2021

    Official Folk Albums Chart Show—6th April 2021

    This month's show features an interview with Jon Boden about his album “Last Mile Home” (and the joys of wild swimming). There’s also a beautiful track from Ninebarrow recorded in the historic St James’s Church in Poole, an amazing video from Brian Finnegan shot all over the world plus music from High Kings, Harbottle and Jonas, John Smith, Blackmore’s Night and The Staves. And we showcase the extraordinary hula hooping skills of Laura Lamn.”
     
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Cosmo Sheldrake in Boulsbury Wood

    Cosmo Sheldrake in Boulsbury Wood

    The multi talented musician, producer and lover of the natural world Cosmo Sheldrake takes Matthew Bannister for a walk in the wood near his home. As well as creating electronic music from the song of endangered bird species and the sounds of deep sea creatures, he demonstrates his skill as a beat boxer, Mongolian overtone chanter and bones player; climbs halfway up a tree to sing in the wonderful acoustic of a clearing and covers a Tom Waits song. Along the way he’s full of observations about the interaction of humans and nature and we learn more about his inspirations. 
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    • 49 min
    Festival of LOVE: The Original Songs

    Festival of LOVE: The Original Songs

    The UK’s top folk artists performing beautiful original love songs. For the Folk on Foot Festival of LOVE on Valentine’s Day, 23 amazing folk acts each performed an original love song, a traditional love song and a cover version of someone else’s love song. They did it to raise money for musicians who’ve lost their livelihoods during the pandemic. You can donate at www.folkonfoot.com/festival. Now we’ve distilled the Festival into three podcast episodes. This one brings together all the original love songs. So, settle down with a drink and some snacks and get in the romantic mood. Here are the tracks:
     
    Heidi Talbot: Easter Snow
    Seth Lakeman: The White Hare
    Lady Nade: Sweet Honey Bee
    Kris Drever: When We Roll In The Morning
    O’Hooley and Tidow: Blanket
    Chris Wood: The Sweetness Game
    Nancy Kerr and James Fagan: Seven Notes
    Bella Hardy: Redemption
    Sam Lee: Sweet Girl Macree
    Rachel Newton: An Hour With Thee (words: Sir Walter Scott)Eliza Carthy
    Night Swimming
    Beth Porter and the Bookshop Band: The 5th Knight and the Moon Princess
    Gwilym Bowen Rhys: Clychau ‘r gog
    Lisa Knapp and Gerry Diver: Ruler of the Rest
    Martin Simpson: An Englishman Abroad
    Seckou Keita: Kana-sila
    Peggy Seeger: Autumn Wedding
    Kitty Macfarlane: Avona
    The Breath: For You
    Steve Knightley: You’re Mine
    Karine Polwart: The Light On The Shore
    Jon Boden: Honeysuckle Halo
     
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Festival of LOVE: The Traditional Songs

    Festival of LOVE: The Traditional Songs

    The UK’s top folk performers singing beautiful traditional love songs. For the Folk on Foot Festival of LOVE on Valentine’s Day, 23 amazing folk acts each performed an original love song, a traditional love song and a cover version of someone else’s love song. They did it to raise money for musicians who’ve lost their livelihoods during the pandemic. You can donate at www.folkonfoot.com/festival. Now we’ve distilled the Festival into three podcast episodes. This one brings together all the traditional songs. So, settle down with a drink and some snacks and get in the romantic mood. Here are the tracks:
     
    Nancy Kerr and James Fagan: The Streams of Lovely Nancy
    Heidi Talbot: The Blackest Crow
    Seth Lakeman: Portrait of My Wife
    Lady Nade: Good Looking/Hank Williams
    Kris Drever: Westlin’ Winds
    O’Hooley and Tidow: Lullabies for Flynn
    Chris Wood: A Cornish Young Man
    Bella Hardy: Low Down In The Broom
    Sam Lee: Blanafanen
    Rachel Newton: For Love
    Eliza Carthy: Bottle
    Beth Porter and the Bookshop Band: Tuesday Morning
    Gwilym Bowen Rhys: Gwen Iliw’r lili
    Lisa Knapp and Gerry Diver: Rolling In The Dew plus tunes
    Martin Simpson: Donal Og
    Kerry Andrew: Pleasant and Delightful / The Loyal Lover
    Seckou Keita: Toubaka
    Peggy Seeger: Wedding  Dress Song
    Kitty Macfarlane: The Snow It Melts The Soonest
    The Breath: Brid Bhan
    Steve Knightley: Courting is A Pleasure (arr Nic Jones)
    Karine Polwart: Ae Fond Kiss (Burns)
    Jon Boden: Live Not Where I Love
     
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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Festival of LOVE: The Covers

    Festival of LOVE: The Covers

    The UK’s top folk performers singing their unique versions of classic love songs. For the Folk on Foot Festival of LOVE on Valentine’s Day, 23 amazing folk acts each performed an original love song, a traditional love song and a cover version of someone else’s love song. They did it to raise money for musicians who’ve lost their livelihoods during the pandemic. You can donate at www.folkonfoot.com/festival. Now we’ve distilled the Festival into three podcast episodes. This one brings together all the cover versions. So, settle down with a drink and some snacks and get in the romantic mood. Here are the tracks:
     
    Heidi Talbot: I Love You/Tom Waits and Allelujah/First of a Million Kisses/Fairground Attraction
    Seth Lakeman: Beeswing/Richard Thompson
    Lady Nade: I Remember Everything/John Prine
    Kris Drever: Michelle/The Beatles
    O’Hooley and Tidow: Teardrop/Massive Attack
    Chris Wood: I Second That Emotion/Smokey Robinson
    Bella Hardy: And I Love You So/Don Maclean
    Sam Lee: Dream A Little Dream of Me/Mamas and Papas
    Rachel Newton: I Will/The Beatles
    Eliza Carthy: Colorblind/Irving Berlin
    Beth Porter and the Bookshop Band: Under the Boardwalk/The Drifters
    Gwilym Bowen Rhys: Pueblito Viejo/Jose Alejandro Morales
    Lisa Knapp and Gerry Diver: The Look of Love/Bacharach and David
    Martin Simpson: Buckets of Rain/Bob Dylan
    Kerry Andrew/You Are Wolf: Tender/Blur
    Seckou Keita: No Woman No Cry/Bob Marley
    Peggy Seeger: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face/Ewan MacColl
    Kitty Macfarlane: Song To The Siren/Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett
    The Breath: Lay Lady Lay/Bob Dylan
    Steve Knightley: Romeo and Juliet/Dire Straits
    Karine Polwart: Carey/Joni Mitchell
    Jon Boden: I Want To Dance With Somebody/Whitney Houston
    Nancy Kerr and James Fagan: You’ve Got A Friend/Carole King
     
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    • 1 hr 55 min
    The Rheingans Sisters in Grindleford

    The Rheingans Sisters in Grindleford

    Come with us to the back garden of a house in the Peak District village of Grindleford. There, in a magical atmospheric workshop with fiddles, banjos and drying gourds hanging from the ceiling, we find the Rheingans Sisters and their Dad Helmut, who makes all their instruments. Rowan and Anna Rheingans grew up surrounded by music – and are now one of the most innovative and talented duos on the folk scene. In this episode they tell us about their creative childhood, describe how they have been influenced by French and Scandinavian music and explain their love of dancing all night. Oh, and they perform their beautiful, haunting, rhythmic music sitting on stools in the workshop before we walk along the valley in the rain.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
329 Ratings

329 Ratings

steve gogledd ,

A beacon of hope

I love this programme. Moving to north Wales from Wiltshire meant that folk music was much more difficult to find. Matthew B is a great presenter, and he lets the musician’s character shine. It is lovely to hear these familiar songs stripped of production and percussion!!

sloejane ,

I always look forward to this podcast

This podcast is consistently fascinating. Whether interviewing one of my favourite artists, or someone I’m less familiar with, Bannister finds interesting stories. Placing the interviews in a place makes these interviews unique. I always look forward to the episode.

Duncaf31 ,

I’ve taken a while to get here

Drawn in finally to this podcast series (which I’d heard about ages ago) by Matthew’s walk in Dorset with the excellent Ninebarrow, I now know what all the fuss is about. Mr Bannister is a radio pro and a true fan of folk music. Like me he came to it (for a second time) quite late, and like me he loves not just the music but the traditions; the lacing together of the personal with the place, the music with the landscape. I’ve now done Cara and Seth too. I intend to make my way through all those I already know, and then use the rest to introduce me to new acts. Lovely stuff. Keep going.

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