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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.

Folk on Foot Matthew Bannister

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    • 4.9 • 43 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.

    Sam Sweeney at Swift's Hill

    Sam Sweeney at Swift's Hill

    The wonderful English fiddle player Sam Sweeney has been a key member of Bellowhead, Leveret, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band and many other collaborations. He’s also made two acclaimed solo albums and was the inaugural artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble.


    We start this episode with some rousing tunes in the Prince Albert Pub in Stroud, featuring Rob Harbron on concertina and Miranda Rutter on fiddle. Then it’s off for a walk at Stroud Slad Farm which inspired Sam to write many tunes.


    We end up at the top of Swift’s Hill, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and Sam playing the tune of the same name.  Along the way he tells stories of his hero Dave Swarbrick, his unfinished First World War violin and learning to play the bagpipes in six weeks.


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    Access six exclusive films of Sam 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


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    • 53 min
    Official Folk Albums Chart Show – 8th June 2021

    Official Folk Albums Chart Show – 8th June 2021

    The Official Folk Albums Chart Show from Folk on Foot (out on Tuesday June 8th at 1900) will feature an interview with the Irish singer, songwriter and guitarist Declan O’Rourke who tells Matthew Bannister he could have been a painter like his grandfather if things had turned out differently. He also talks about working with Paul Weller who produced his new album “Arrivals” and explains how the birth of his first child inspired one of the songs on it. Plus there’ll be a special performance by Bobby Lee and music from Johnny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane, Jim Ghedi, The Unthanks, Bwncath, Lauren Housley and Laura Marling. Watch on the Folk on Foot YouTube channel or listen to the podcast.


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    • 57 min
    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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    Access four exclusive films of Jim 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


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    • 54 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.


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    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


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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. 


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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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

V. Campbell ,

Folk musicians will enjoy this!

These conversations with the UK’s best folk musicians are simply priceless. If you are a folk enthusiast you’ll enjoy this well-produced and in-depth podcast which dives into this rich body of music and songwriting, and those who perpetuate and create it! Very nicely done, Matthew Bannister!

Amelia Hedgepath. ,

Folk on Foot

This entire series is a balm for the modern age. A reminder of why artists do what they do. Thank you Matthew for these incredible conversations. I look forward to every new release!!

Beltainefiddler ,

Pilgrimage To Sandwood

Wow...there’s very few words that come to mind that could do justice to the character of Duncan Chisholm, but this podcast interview with him at Sandwood Bay in the far Northwest of Scotland will give you a peak inside his creative process, patience, presence, and love of nature and how he opens himself up as a conduit for inspiration to flow from the physical realm to the emotional and spiritual realm and back again. I don’t have to tell anyone about his talent as a fiddle player. It only takes about 4 or 5 notes and you hear the tone, the vibrato, the emotion and perfect intonation of his playing and it sets your mind on a relaxing journey to wherever the music will take you. I’ve been listening to Duncan’s music for years and I was absolutely thrilled to listen to this podcast. The stories he tells, from his favourite poet to the viking history of Sandwood Bay will hold your interest steady from start to finish. The best thing about Scottish Folk Music (aside from the obvious beauty) is the rich, rich history behind it all. So much has happened in such a small country in the last 1200 years and I personally think that this wonderful, dynamic, and sometimes even brutal history has played a major role in how the music has evolved. Whether it’s a triumphant pipe tune celebrating a hero, or a sad lament commemorating a terrible event and the scars it left, Scotland’s past has definitely had a special role to play in shaping the sound of her Traditional Music. Duncan Chisholm is a master at soundscaping a story and he has an absolutely unbending integrity and character in his playing. He paints quite a picture with his violin, and that’s exactly what he did with his latest album Sandwood. What masterpiece, what an artist, what a person. Not much more I can say...listen to this episode and then go buy Duncan Chisholm’s music!!!

All The Best,

Zac

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