Boohoo – here is the very last Mike Harding Folk Show. The English singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet, folk broadcasting and all-round entertainment Leg-end has announced that after 20 years of presenting 1000 folk shows (with the last 5 years on the web from a stone shed in Yorkshire) that it’s goodnight from him.
Mike has thanked the many thousands across the world that have kept the faith and has said that the previous folk show archive will remain online until at least September 2018.
So let’s all raise a glass to Mike in thanks before we click the play button below and listen to the final show.
Playlist: for 22 October 2017
01 Angeline The Baker – Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys – Pretty Peggy
02 Snake Oil – State Of The Union – Snake Oil
03 The Wind That Shakes The Barley/The Ladies Pantalettes – Steve Tilston – The Greening Wind
04 Carrickmannon Lake – Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp – The Poacher’s Fate
05 Beautiful City – Davy Graham – Large As Life And Twice As Natural
06 The Mickey Dam – Daoiri Farrell – The First Turn
07 Pat Rainey – Daoirí Farrell – True Born Irishman – Daoirí Farrell
08 Bogie’s Bonny Belle – Daoiri Farrell – 2 Track Single
09 Fire & Wine – O’Hooley & Tidow – Winterfolk
10 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning – Hot Rock Pilgrims – Squirrel Hunting
11 The Four Marys/Gaelic Waltz – Tim Edey – The Sleeping Tunes
12 The Birds Are Drunk – Kirsty Merryn – She & I
13 Poor Little Ellen – Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones – Sweet Memories Never Leave
14 Never Tire Of The Road – Andy Irvine – Rain On The Roof
Taken from the critically acclaimed album, Diversions Vol. 4 – The Songs And Poems Of Molly Drake, The Unthanks release Do You Ever Remember? The accompanying film includes Super 8 footage of the Drake family, much of which has never been seen before, except live during the recent tour by The Unthanks of their Molly Drake project.
It is thought that the footage, which centres around Nick Drake’s christening at the age of three, was recorded by a professional, and not by husband and father Rodney Drake, who recorded the songs Molly wrote in the sitting room of their home, inspiring The Unthanks to produce some of their best interpretive work yet, alongside Gabrielle Drake, whose voice can be heard reciting the poetry of her mother towards the end of the single.
Final Molly Drake show:
The Unthanks have just announced what is to be their last Molly Drake show for the foreseeable future, in a grand Spiegeltent, in the grounds of the beautiful Piece Hall, Halifax, December 22nd.
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Toronto-based duo Harrow Fair; Miranda Mulholland (formerly Great Lake Swimmers) and Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players) are excited to announce their return to the UK this autumn with a string of live dates throughout October / November, concluding at London’s Green Note on Wednesday 8th November, 2017.
The band recently set up shop in Toronto’s Revolution Studio recording covers of iconic Chris Isaak song Wicked Game, released earlier this year, plus the new stunning cover of Memphis Minnie track When The Levee Breaks, also made famous by Led Zeppelin.
One part stomping songs that echo early country and rock ‘n’ roll, the other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. The duo released their debut full-length album Call To Arms in the summer of 2016, with tracks from their rapidly expanding collection of songs, including the kick-drum booming opener of Hangnail setting the tone for this soulful country album filled with guitar hooks and southern charm.
You hear it a lot these days – the idea that something is greater than the sum of its parts – and yet there’s really no better way to describe the musical essence of the Good Lovelies.
Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore, and Caroline Brooks – immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right; however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony – powerful and pure, organic and inspiring – that elevates the Good Lovelies from impressive to peerless.
2015’s Burn The Plan may have solidified their so-called musical destiny as a ‘folk trio’ but it also demonstrated a adventurous new spirit with stand out tracks including the delicate electronic touched In The Morning, to the up-tempo, shimmering keyboard-laced Waiting For You that would fit comfortably alongside the soft pop throwback of HAIM.
Over the course of their decade-plus career, the band has covered plenty of stylistic ground, adding tinges of pop, roots, jazz, and even hip-hop to their country folk core at various points. Through it all, the unmistakable sound of their intertwined voices has been the sonic anchor, and that remains true as the Good Lovelies now look to push further into the mainstream with a new record set for UK release next year.
The new material offers a perfect balance between a more modern production style and the wholesome musical influences that have made them a household name over the years. Both lyrically and musically, the new album is very much a snapshot of a specific time in the live of these three musicians and the group they comprise. The band, who are known for their mesmerising live performances, will be showcasing some of the new material on this tour, whilst also performing live favourites. This is a tour not to be missed!
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Karine Polwart – five-time winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – will release her new album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance via Hudson Records on November 17, 2017. Written in collaboration with the Scottish sound designer Pippa Murphy, ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ is the musical accompaniment to Polwart’s critically acclaimed theatrical debut (“Poignant, unflinching and beautiful” ***** – The Telegraph). The production, which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016, was written, musically directed and performed by Polwart, winning her the Best Music and Sound Award at the 2017 CATS. Alongside three other nominations, it also placed Polwart on the shortlist for the Best Actor ‘Scottish Oscar’ in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards. In-line with the album’s announcement, Polwart is streaming the first single to emerge from the album, ‘Labouring and Resting’.
For Karine, the ‘Wind Resistance’ project took seed from a close hand view of the annual migration of over two thousand pink-footed geese to Fala Flow, a tiny peat bog close to Polwart’s home just south of Edinburgh. Watching the geese’s constantly shifting skeins – in which the birds take turns to create pockets of wind resistance to aid each other’s flight – prompted Karine to consider the ways in which humans depend upon each other, whether or not we form skeins of our own. The airborne phenomena & its role in Fala Flow’s delicate ecology – explored in beautiful detail by Polwart on ‘Labouring and Resting’ – resonated particularly with Polwart’s own recent experience of becoming a mother and protecting a family of her own.
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Speaking about the album, Karine says;
“It’s a meditation on the ways in which we, as humans, protect and care for one another, and for all life, by stepping up, falling back, labouring and resting in our own fashion. In particular, it’s a hymn to mothers and birthing, to the proffering of sanctuary, to the miracle of medicine, and a reminder, a warning, about the consequences of isolating and forgetting.”
‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ – the follow-up to her 2012 Scottish Album of The Year-nominated ‘Traces’, produced by Chvrches’ Iain Cook – is the latest in a series of collaborative projects from Polwart which combine music and art with science, environment and politics. Following her BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning 2005 debut ‘Faultlines’, Polwart collaborated on the naturalist-inspired ‘The Darwin Song Project’ in 2009 and last year’s all-female ‘Songs Of Separation’ release with Eliza Carthy, alongside ‘Sea Change’ in 2013, written as a response to climate change. Karine has also collaborated with indie composer RM Hubbert, co-written with members of Portishead for Martin Green’s EIF/Barbican production ‘Flit’, and co-directed and worked on life novelist James Robertson’s ‘Pilgrimer’ production.
Following a run of shows through October, Polwart will be performing ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ as part of a residency at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh between November 3-11, 2017.
October 10, 2017 | Belfast International Festival, The Mac, Belfast
October 11, 2017 | Belfast International Festival, The Mac, Belfast
October 12, 2017 | Dublin Theatre Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
October 13, 2017 | Dublin Theatre Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
October 14, 2017 | (Matinee) – Dublin Theatre Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
October 14, 2017 | Dublin Theatre Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
November 3, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 4, 2017 | (Matinee) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 4, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 7, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 8, 2017 | (Matinee) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 8, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 9, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 10, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 11, 2017 | (Matinee) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 11, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
We were recently treated to the hatching of Edgelarks (the new name for duo Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin) at the Southdowns Folk Festival in Bognor Regis last Sunday evening. The name change also spearheads the launch of the new album by the same name that is released 6.10.17.
The definition of Edgelark is “to sing about or from the margins”.
So its no surprise that the album focus on transitional spaces, minimal places, people, refugees and times. It looks at boundaries and thresholds; crossroads and borderlands. There is a travelling theme that runs through the new album which spans stories of transition from old to new, all documented in song and wonderful music to a backdrop of shades of early morning light contrasted with the last ebb of light at the end of the day.
Edgelarks describe this further as:
The idea that, despite often being places of marginalisation, these are also places of change – and therefore places of hope. That when social norms break down, when you are between two established worlds, there is a chance for new perspectives. That in the end, we have far more in common than things that divide us.
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The Edgelarks Launch Tour 2017
*with very special guest The Little Unsaid
**with very special guest Tobias ben Jacob
05/10 Marlborough Folk Roots*
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street, Marlborough, SN8 1AA