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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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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.

    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
    Rachel Newton at the Isle of Skye Festival of Small Halls

    Rachel Newton at the Isle of Skye Festival of Small Halls

    The Edinburgh-born harpist, fiddle player and singer Rachel Newton was Radio 2’s Musician of the Year in 2017. She sings in both English and Gaelic and is a member of The Shee, The Furrow Collective and the Lost Words Spell Songs. We walked with her on the Isle of Skye in November 2019 where she was taking part in the wonderful Festival of Small Halls, in which top Scottish musicians come together to tour the community halls of the island. So, as well as our walk by the Fairy Pools, where Rachel plays and sings with the water bubbling behind her, you’ll hear extracts from packed gigs in the village hall at Glendale and the Old Inn at Carbost. And there’s even a cameo appearance by our old friend the fiddle player and composer Duncan Chisholm.

    • 51 min
    Bonus Episode: Front Room Festival Highlights

    Bonus Episode: Front Room Festival Highlights

    On Easter Bank Holiday Monday, April 13th 2020, we organised the Folk on Foot Front Room Festival - seven and a half hours of wonderful folk music from 15 top artists playing in their front rooms, linked by Matthew Bannister from his. Bella Hardy, Beth Porter and the Bookshop Band, Jon Boden, Julie Fowlis and Éamon Doorley, Karine Polwart, Kerry Andrew/You are Wolf, Kris Drever, Lisa Knapp, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Peggy Seeger, Rachel Newton, Sam Lee, Seth Lakeman and Steve Knightley all played sets of around 30 minutes. The festival raised thousands of pounds for musicians unable to work during the coronavirus lockdown. Here are some of the highlights of an amazing day.

    • 2 hrs 12 min
    Bella Hardy in Edale

    Bella Hardy in Edale

    The singer, songwriter and fiddle player Bella Hardy was Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year in 2014. She takes Matthew for a rain-sodden walk through the majestic countryside of the Edale Valley in the Peak District where she was brought up and has now returned to live. Undaunted by the weather, they go to the Penny Pot café, the 1811 Methodist Chapel where Bella teaches a singing group and on to her mother’s cottage where they stop for very welcome tea, biscuits and songs, including a local Castleton carol and Bella’s own compositions “Sleeping Beauty” and “Tequila Moon”. On their way back up the valley they cross Broadlee Bank, inspiration for Bella’s haunting instrumental tune and are interrupted by a sheepdog rounding up his flock.  

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 Ratings

petervet45 ,

Wonderful podcast

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

JObK2 ,

Folk on foot

I’d listen to this podcast just for the theme tune. Conversations with folk musicians that ease and lift my soul.

Winscombe Folk ,

Love Folk; Love Walking:

Gradually catching up with all past episodes and looking forward to the front room sofa concert on Easter Monday. Might even open the doors, sit on the back garden grass, with a beer, close my eyes and imagine......thank you Folk on Foot.

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