56 episodes

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.

Folk on Foot Matthew Bannister

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    • 4.8 • 347 Ratings

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.

    Jim Ghedi (and Friends) in Crookes and the Moss Valley

    Jim Ghedi (and Friends) in Crookes and the Moss Valley

    A finger style guitarist with a uniquely impassioned vocal style, Jim Ghedi was born and brought up in the Crookes area of Sheffield. He takes Matthew Bannister to his Nan and Grandad’s terraced house where he spent his early childhood. There was always music in the house, much of it Irish and often the Dubliners. Jim rejected folk music at first, but found his way back to it as a teenager. Now he’s steeped in the tradition, citing the guitar playing of Bert Jansch and the singing of Norma Waterson as influences. At a beautiful vantage point at the top of one of Sheffield’s seven hills, we are joined by his friends dbh (on fiddle) and Neil Heppleston (on double bass). And when we head for the Moss Valley on the outskirts of the city, dbh and Neil come too, creating a first for Folk on Foot – the joy of lifting a double bass over a stile. We discuss the importance of the right to roam and the pioneers who staged mass trespasses to secure it. There’s also time to share our love of the film “Kes” and for Jim to explain that the true inspiration for his songs can sometimes reveal itself to him months after he has written them.
     
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    • 54 min
    Official Folk Albums Chart Show—4th May 2021

    Official Folk Albums Chart Show—4th May 2021

    This month’s Official Folk Albums Chart Show from Folk on Foot features an interview with Peggy Seeger (is the First Farewell really her last ever solo album?) plus music from John Spillane, Polly Paulusma, Stick In The Wheel, Ray Cooper, John Smith, Declan O’Rourke and Flyte.
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    • 53 min
    Germa Adan in the Sandwell Valley

    Germa Adan in the Sandwell Valley

    The singer, fiddle, guitar and ukulele player Germa Adan was born in Haiti, grew up in Florida and now lives in the UK. She says the RSPB reserve in the Sandwell Valley has been her place of calm during the lockdowns – where she goes to contemplate and recharge. As the sounds of early spring surround us, she sings a Haitian folk song; her personal take on the English folk song “The Lark In The Morning”; a new piece written in response to the death of George Floyd in the USA (which reveals “the open wound” caused by police brutality against black people, she says); and a song called “Going Home” (“home is where I am right now”).  Germa is a rising star on the folk scene with a beguiling and original style. Join us for a thought provoking and uplifting walk.
     
    Access five exclusive films of Germa performing along our walk, along with over 100 other performances from dozens of artists, by signing up to Folk On Foot On Film: https://www.folkonfoot.com/watch
    We rely entirely on support from our listeners to make Folk on Foot. So please consider becoming a patron. You’ll make a small monthly contribution and get great rewards. Find out more at www.patreon.com/folkonfoot.
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    • 50 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. 
    We rely entirely on support from our listeners to make Folk on Foot. So please consider becoming a patron. You’ll make a small monthly contribution and get great rewards. Find out more at www.patreon.com/folkonfoot.Sign up for our newsletter at www.folkonfoot.comFollow us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @folkonfoot

    • 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
     
    The Folk on Foot podcast relies entirely on contributions from its listeners to keep going, so why not become a patron – make a small monthly contribution and get great rewards? More details here: www.patreon.com/folkonfoot.
     
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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
     
    The Folk on Foot podcast relies entirely on contributions from its listeners to keep going, so why not become a patron – make a small monthly contribution and get great rewards? More details here: www.patreon.com/folkonfoot.
     
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    • 1 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
347 Ratings

347 Ratings

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Brian Finnigan

Brian Finnigans ‘wounds on skin’
WOW! Incredible instrumental piece, truly loved it thank you

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.

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