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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 • 49 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.

    Folk on Foot Trailer

    Folk on Foot Trailer

    What is the multi-award-winning Folk on Foot all about? The Telegraph calls it “a restorative breathing space in sound”.  In this sampler, host Matthew Bannister shares beautiful extracts from episodes featuring Karine Polwart on Fala Moor, Eliza Carthy and family at Robin Hood’s Bay, Jenny Sturgeon in Shetland, Richard Thompson in Muswell Hill, Duncan Chisholm at Sandwood Bay, The Unthanks on the Northumberland Coast, Robert Macfarlane and Johnny Flynn at Wandlebury, Peggy Seeger in Iffley and The Young’uns in Hartlepool. Dip your toe in the water here before diving into all our glorious episodes. 

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    • 29 min
    The Dance of the Commons at the Englefield Estate

    The Dance of the Commons at the Englefield Estate

    On a hot August day, scores of walkers in weird, wacky and wonderful costumes inspired by old English traditions, accompanied by morris dancers and musicians, set off to stage a peaceful and joyful mass trespass.  Led by Herne the Hunter (Book of Trespass author Nick Hayes) and singer Sam Lee, they targeted the Englefield Estate near Reading, thousands of acres owned by Lord Benyon, the government minister for rural affairs. In this episode, we hear them dance into the estate, explain why they demand the right to roam and share their ceremony celebrating nature under the shade of a mighty oak.

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    You can choose your level and get great rewards, ranging from a stylish Folk on Foot badge to access to our amazing and ever expanding Folk on Foot on Film video archive of more than 150 unique performances filmed on our travels.

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    Find out more about Nick Hayes and the Right to Roam movement at righttoroam.org.uk.

    • 52 min
    Bonus Episode: Maddy Prior and Peter Knight in conversation at Cecil Sharp House

    Bonus Episode: Maddy Prior and Peter Knight in conversation at Cecil Sharp House

    Singer Maddy Prior and violinist Peter Knight were at the heart of the success of folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span. In this candid interview with Matthew Bannister on stage at the Indoor Festival of Folk at Cecil Sharp House, they recall the heady days of rock n roll excess during the 1970s and movingly describe the role of music in their lives. Peter reveals he once appeared on Top of the Pops dressed as a Womble and Maddy describes the gig where they dropped thousands of pound notes onto the heads of the audience. The band is famous for having countless different line ups and they speak about the rows that often led to one or more members departing.  A fascinating conversation with two legendary names of the folk world.

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    You can choose your level and get great rewards, ranging from a stylish Folk on Foot badge to access to our amazing and ever expanding Folk on Foot on Film video archive of more than 150 unique performances filmed on our travels.

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    Find out more about Maddy Prior at https://stonesbarn.co.uk/

    Find out more about Peter Knight at https://www.peterknight.net/

    • 48 min
    Official Folk Albums Chart Show—6th September 2022

    Official Folk Albums Chart Show—6th September 2022

    This month’s Official Folk Albums Chart Show from Folk on Foot features an interview with Bernard Butler about his stunning number one album with Jessie Buckley “For All Our Days That Tear The Heart”. “We made this album for love,” Bernard tells host Matthew Bannister as he reveals the recording process started at his kitchen table and continued in his attic. There’s also music from Manran, Bellowhead, The Wilderness Yet, Katie Doherty and the Navigators and Rusty Shackle. Plus all the latest gig news and details of a new Folk on Foot episode featuring a mass trespass.

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    Delve deeper into the Folk on Foot world and keep us on the road by becoming a Patron—sign up at patreon.com/folkonfoot.
    You can choose your level and get great rewards, ranging from a stylish Folk on Foot badge to access to our amazing and ever expanding Folk on Foot on Film video archive of more than 150 unique performances filmed on our travels.

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    Follow us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @folkonfoot

    • 53 min
    Fay Hield at the Soundpost Weekend in Dungworth

    Fay Hield at the Soundpost Weekend in Dungworth

    The singer, songwriter and academic Fay Hield invites us to a Soundpost Singing Weekend in the village of Dungworth on the outskirts of Sheffield. Guests include Sean Cooney of the Young’uns and Rowan Rheingans who wrote special songs for the event. But mostly we walk in the surrounding countryside with Fay and her dog, hearing her sing, learning about her life in music and debating the big issues like “what is folk music?” and “why does it matter?”

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    Delve deeper into the Folk on Foot world and keep us on the road by becoming a Patron—sign up at patreon.com/folkonfoot.
    You can choose your level and get great rewards, ranging from a stylish Folk on Foot badge to access to our amazing and ever expanding Folk on Foot on Film video archive of more than 150 unique performances filmed on our travels.

    Sign up for our newsletter at www.folkonfoot.com

    Follow us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @folkonfoot

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    Find out more about Fay Hield at https://www.fayhield.com/

    Find out more about Soundpost at https://www.soundpost.org.uk/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Musical Village of Pathhead, Midlothian

    The Musical Village of Pathhead, Midlothian

    Join us on a walk around the unassuming village of Pathhead, Midlothian, just south of Edinburgh, which is home to a whole galaxy of Scottish musicians.

    We start with singer songwriter Karine Polwart, who takes us to meet pianist Dave Milligan and his partner the harpist Corrina Hewat. Then it’s round the corner to see singer and multi-instrumentalist Inge Thomson, her partner Martin Green (of Lau) and their son Ewen, who plays mandolin. They hand us on to bass player Tom Lyne who also creates music using the sounds of the natural world. After a walk with Tom (spotting three mad March hares along the way) we go to his home to meet his wife, the jazz singer Sophie Bancroft. A knock on the door heralds the arrival of fiddle player Amy Geddes who invites us all back to her place for a feast. Joined in Amy’s sitting room by drummer Tom Bancroft and fiddle player Jenny Gardner, the assembled group pay an emotional musical tribute to local pipe maker Nigel Richard who died last year.

    You will hear beautiful performances, meet some extraordinary talents and gain an insight into the true meaning of community spirit when you listen to our longest episode yet.

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    Delve deeper into the Folk on Foot world and keep us on the road by becoming a Patron—sign up at patreon.com/folkonfoot. You can choose your level and get great rewards, ranging from a stylish Folk on Foot badge to access to our amazing and ever expanding Folk on Foot on Film video archive of more than 150 unique performances filmed on our travels.

    Sign up for our newsletter at www.folkonfoot.com

    Follow us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @folkonfoot

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

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.

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!!

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