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“Modest people, playing gorgeous music, speaking articulately about areas they love. Fabulously calming” – one listener’s description of this multi-award-winning podcast in which Matthew Bannister goes walking with top folk musicians in the landscapes that have inspired them. “A restorative breathing space in sound” – The Telegraph. “Immaculately produced” – The Times
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    • 4.8 • 58 Ratings

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“Modest people, playing gorgeous music, speaking articulately about areas they love. Fabulously calming” – one listener’s description of this multi-award-winning podcast in which Matthew Bannister goes walking with top folk musicians in the landscapes that have inspired them. “A restorative breathing space in sound” – The Telegraph. “Immaculately produced” – The Times
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    Megson on Teesside

    Megson on Teesside

    Our wettest episode ever features the wonderful duo Megson (Stu and Debs Hanna) walking, talking and playing along the River Tees between Stockton and Middlesborough. This is where Stu and Debs grew up, began making music and fell in love. Their powerful songs tell vivid stories about the industrial heritage of the area through the eyes of the people who live there. With instruments wrapped in bin bags and recording gear hidden under producer Natalie’s all-encompassing poncho, we head for the Tees Barrage - pausing under bridges and even on a bandstand for Stu and Debs to perform. Then Stu tells Matthew that if he claps his hands, a seal will arrive. He does - and, amazingly, up it pops!
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    • 52 min
    Official Folk Albums Chart Show—7th May 2024

    Official Folk Albums Chart Show—7th May 2024

    Matthew Bannister’s guest on this month’s Official Folk Albums Chart Show from Folk on Foot is the great Martin Simpson. He’ll be telling the fascinating stores behind some of the songs on his acclaimed album “Skydancers”. There’s a live performance from This Is The Kit filmed at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, plus music from Daisy Rickman, India Electric Co., Phil Odgers and John Kettle and Dana Gavanski.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Jackie Oates with John Spiers on the Thames Path at Wallingford

    Jackie Oates with John Spiers on the Thames Path at Wallingford

    The singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates is joined by the squeezebox maestro John Spiers for a walk along the mighty River Thames in Oxfordshire. Between a song or two from the lace making industry, and a gorgeous “Lament To The Moon” Jackie talks about her passion for folk song and her recent training as a music therapist which took her into a hospice to help those nearing the end of their lives capture memories in song. She also recalls her folk-style wedding while John muses on the best way to make dandelion wine. It’s a fascinating walk with two of England’s finest folk musicians.
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    • 59 min
    Bonus Episode: The Outdoors Fix with Matthew Bannister

    Bonus Episode: The Outdoors Fix with Matthew Bannister

    A chance to hear one of our favourite podcasts: The Outdoors Fix, presented by hiker and journalist Liv Bolton and featuring an interview with Matthew Bannister. Liv’s aim is to inspire you to get outside and make the outdoors a bigger part of your life. An idea which – as you know – we’re very much in favour of.
    Normally the Outdoors Fix is recorded – well – outdoors. But that wasn’t possible during the Covid lockdowns. So, when Matthew was a guest in 2020, he connected with Liv online. If you’ve ever wondered what inspired Matthew to start Folk on Foot or what it feels like to record some of the most spectacular episodes, here’s your chance to find out.
    The Outdoors Fix is available wherever you get your podcasts. They’re on Instagram @‌theoutdoorsfix with loads of lovely videos and photos of their adventures in the great outdoors. Or you can find them at theoutdoorsfix.com

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    • 37 min
    Malin Lewis on Eilean Shona

    Malin Lewis on Eilean Shona

    The trans pipe and fiddle player Malin Lewis grew up on a magical island off the West coast of Scotland. There were no roads or cars and their family were the only permanent residents. Home schooled till the age of seven, Malin had an idyllic childhood roaming the forests, building dens and splashing in the shallows on the white sand beaches. In this episode this rising star of the Scottish folk scene - with a hotly anticipated debut album about to be released - makes an emotional return to the island to play on the shore and stage a homecoming concert in the abandoned village hall.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Bonus Episode: Joe Boyd and John Wood in conversation at Cecil Sharp House

    Bonus Episode: Joe Boyd and John Wood in conversation at Cecil Sharp House

    Joe Boyd and John Wood were the producer and sound engineer behind some of the greatest folk rock albums of the 1960s and 70s. They worked with Pink Floyd on their first single Arnold Layne, with Fairport Convention on Unhalfbricking and Liege and Lief and with Nick Drake on Five Leaves Left, Bryter Later and Pink Moon. John produced John Martyn’s Bless The Weather and Solid Air while Joe worked with the Incredible String Band. In this conversation with Matthew Bannister on stage at the Indoor Festival of Folk, they tell the extraordinary stories behind the creation of these classic albums.
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Gooodlee ,

Idyllic and wonderful

The host has a magnificent way of describing the surroundings so you barely notice that it’s all audio. It reminds me of another time when this was most folks’ only window to far off places.
The music is of course beautiful but I really appreciate the stories: whether it’s reminiscences of the early days on the folk scene with Richard Thompson or Maddy Prior, or the songwriting journey of Johnny Flynn (+Robert MacFarlane).

JRygel ,

My favorite podcast

Excellent podcast. Such a great introduction to new music and beautiful places. I love to travel along with the artists and see the world through their eyes.

dcbrow2 ,

Thank you for this!

This podcast is a true gem. Beautiful, often touching human stories intertwined with travel sounds and music from great musicians. It’s a good way to get out of a Covid bubble and travel a bit without leaving home.

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