11 episodes

Inspiring life stories from amazing people you've, probably, never heard of.

Jo chinwags with guests from diverse backgrounds and delves into their lives so far. Guests include actors, adventurers, comedians, dancers, artists, singers, filmmakers, foster carers, authors, entrepreneurs, linguists and more.

Who would we be without our stories? Sharing, listening and learning about our experiences is the essence of being human.

Real Folk with Jo Burke Jo Burke

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

Inspiring life stories from amazing people you've, probably, never heard of.

Jo chinwags with guests from diverse backgrounds and delves into their lives so far. Guests include actors, adventurers, comedians, dancers, artists, singers, filmmakers, foster carers, authors, entrepreneurs, linguists and more.

Who would we be without our stories? Sharing, listening and learning about our experiences is the essence of being human.

    10. Lynn Rae - Make-up artist, physical therapist and pilates instructor

    10. Lynn Rae - Make-up artist, physical therapist and pilates instructor

    Grab a cuppa and join Lynn and Jo for a life affirming chat. Starting with Lynn's background as a make-up artist in the 80's, why she became a physical therapist and how she continues to manage her breast cancer diagnosis received in 2008. Find out what her biggest life lessons are and why she believes beauty truly is an inside job. Check out her website www.lynnrae.co.uk

    • 51 min
    9. David Shackleton - Linguist, actor, teacher

    9. David Shackleton - Linguist, actor, teacher

    Linguist, actor and teacher, David Shackleton, chats candidly with Jo about attempting to take his own life, being a gay man in the 1960's, he also picks Jo up on a few of her own language faux pas. A fascinating journey into language, life and being true to yourself.

    • 28 min
    8. Pam Jones - Foster carer for 30 years, set up local charity to help the homeless.

    8. Pam Jones - Foster carer for 30 years, set up local charity to help the homeless.

    Unstoppable, Pam Jones, popped into Custard HQ in Folkestone, to share the highs and lows of life as a foster carer for more than thirty years. Plus how and why she set up a local charity 'Helping the Homeless and Vulnerable' donations and details on Facebook. Prepare to fall in love...

    • 37 min
    7. Lee and Hartmut - Theatre entrepreneurs crowdfunding for the arts

    7. Lee and Hartmut - Theatre entrepreneurs crowdfunding for the arts

    Lee and Hartmut set up Central Tickets in 2017. Like so many of us in the arts they were hit hard by Covid19. Incredibly, during the toughest of times, the dynamic duo went to enormous lengths to help performers, producers and theatre technicians to survive. Have a listen to how it all started and what they did, with the help of all their amazing members, to help the arts in 2020...

    • 22 min
    6. Kate Sheppeard - Australian opera singer, jewellery designer & teacher

    6. Kate Sheppeard - Australian opera singer, jewellery designer & teacher

    Hilarious natter with Australian opera singer, jewellery designer (KTCD Jewellery on Etsy) and teacher, Kate Sheppeard. They shoot the breeze about nightmare performances, imposter syndrome, anxiety, working at ENO and Sydney Opera House plus so much more...

    • 34 min
    5. Andy Elias - Indie filmmaker, actor, vlogger and teacher

    5. Andy Elias - Indie filmmaker, actor, vlogger and teacher

    Join Jo for a natter with Andy about his love of the horror film genre, his indie film company 'Ciao Handy', the making of his award winning short, 'Life's a Bench' and how vlogging helped him recover from illness.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

I,Robart ,

More Uplifting than Coffee

They say to smile if you're performing with only your voice, as it comes through to the listeners - and Jo's sunny disposition comes straight through to my ears. She has a natural interviewing style that extracts the best from her guests and Real Folk, even those you meet in the street, all have their own stories. Let there be many more!

Philthekite ,

Love it

I love these. Hearing about people just like yourself and what they’ve managed to achieve. A real inspiration. Favourite so far is Joff and his journey around the world on his penny farthing! Jo makes you feel like you’re catching up with old friends. It’s so easy to listen to.

Sebastianinlondon ,

Brilliant and uplifting stories

Love these- Jo is a brilliant hostess, I have listened to the first 4 now and can’t wait to listen to the rest.

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