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The Mike Harding Folk Show – Sunday 17 September

Here is the latest folk show that English singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet, folk broadcasting and all-round entertainment Leg-end Mike Harding (aka ‘The Rochdale Cowboy’) puts together every Sunday.

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Playlist: for 17 September 2017

01 Will It Ever Stop Raining? – The Saw Doctors – Songs From Sun Street.
02 Stockyard Hill – Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes – Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes.
03 The Ivy Leaf – Kevin Crawford – Carrying The Tune.
04 This Boy – The Jeremiahs – The Femme Fatale Of Maine.
05 Song Of The Jay – Edgelarks – Edgelarks.
06 Dance Around The Gallows Tree – Magpie Lane – Three Quarter Time.
07 The Crow On The Cradle – Tan Yowes – Hefted.
08 Lord Of The Dance – Maddy Prior – Lovely In The Dances – Songs Of Sydney Carter.
09 John Ball – The Young’uns – Never Forget.
10 Bold Riley – Peter Knight’s Gigspanner – The Wife Of Urban Law.
11 Dancing In The Factorys – The Deadly Winters – Ravynstoun.
12 The Day They Dredged The Liffey / The Banks Of Montauk / The Road To Santa Fe – Tom Russell – Folk Hotel.
13 Lord Thomas And Fair Ellender – Paul Brady – Unfinished Business.
14 Cold Missouri Waters – Richard Shindell / Dar Williams / Lucy Kaplansky – Cry Cry Cry.
15 82 Fires – The East Pointers – What We Leave Behind.
16 Eli Greene’s Cakewalk/Little Judique – George Penk, Clyde Curley & Susan Songer – A Portland Selection: Contra Dance Music In The Pacific Northwest.
17 Turpin Hero – Pilgrims’ Way – Stand & Deliver.
18 The Wild Mountain Thyme – Paper Circus – 4 Track Demo.
19 Byker Hill – Emerald Hill – The Lark, The Mermaid And Molly.

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Rory Ellis – One Skin

Its hard to believe that the “Big Man”, RORY Ellis is now on his eighth album. The new album is called “One Skin” and celebrates a new chapter in his life with many of the songs inspired by the love for his partner.

“This is an album that I hope will awaken the spirits of the listener,” he said. “It is important to me as with all my albums, to have situations that will occur to other people. It may not always be apparent straight away, but when they listen to it, it becomes real to the point where the listener can often put themselves into the song.. The beauty of song writing is not to always hit somebody over the head with a message, it’s often about delicately filtering a message through the songs.”

Ellis takes listeners on an Americana journey that’s inter-woven with country, blues and folk and the ever-present chromatic harmonica.

“Americana doesn’t lock you into one genre; you’re not a blues or rock or country artist,” Ellis said. “I can take the styles I love; being country, blues and folk, and meld them all into one.”

Ellis wrote Livin’ The Dream about the farm he lives on with his partner and all the aspects that go with it.

“It’s about the things that can often go wrong and conversely the funny things that also happen all in one day sometimes,” he said. “It is an idyllic and honest lifestyle, but the song is about all the associated hardships, pests, machinery breakdowns, and all the things that come with living in an old farmhouse and having that kind of lifestyle, all new to me.”

Ellis wants to highlight serious issues that he’s witnessed, too. Who’s Your Daddy is a hard-hitting song that focuses on the effects that estranged fathers have on their partners and kids and the yearning from all to know why he isn’t there, and his realisation that he has been removed from their hearts, often by his own hand. He also tackles the issue of domestic violence.

“Another Woman Down is about the overwhelming presence of domestic violence in our communities, and the treatment of women in that situation. We see it in the news more and more and it’s one of those things that just shouldn’t happen. This is a song for the women who have been subjected to this.”

The North Coast Australian singer-songwriter has toured the world, playing festivals in Europe and the UK over many years, but has made his home on a farm near Kempsey, New South Wales, in Australia

For more information about Rory, visit his website HERE

Jon Boden shares new single ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight’

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Jon Boden, former front-man of the progressive folk eleven-piece Bellowhead, has announced details of ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out’, the new single to be taken from his forthcoming solo album Afterglow, set for release via Hudson Records on October 6, 2017. Afterglow is Boden’s first studio release since calling an end to Bellowhead, a 12-year project that culminated in a quarter of a million album sales and worldwide sell-out shows including the Royal Albert Hall.

Afterglow follows on from Boden’s 2009 solo concept-album ‘Songs From The Floodplain’ which lead him to be named as Folk Singer Of The Year at the BBC Folk Awards. Whereas Floodplain largely dealt with the rural setting, Afterglow looks to juxtapose this and immerse the listener within a post-apocalyptic, post peak-oil street carnival – a location of decaying buildings, burning oil drums and homemade fireworks, in which Boden tells the story of two lovers trying to find one another.

Speaking about ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out’, Boden says: “Without easy access to electric light and with a shortage of oil, our lives will again become bounded by the astronomical cycle of the universe, and our relationship with the stars will become closer, uninhibited by artificial light pollution. I wanted the stars to have a big presence in the album, particularly Orion who, as a ‘hunter’, is someone who our hero identifies with as he searches the city for a girl he knew once but hasn’t seen for many years.”

Across his career Boden has been awarded a record-breaking 12 BBC Folk Awards, earned through his work with Bellowhead and Spiers & Boden. Now touring as both a solo artist and with his band The Remnant Kings, Jon will perform in both incarnations again this autumn. Commencing with his solo tour at Pocklington’s Arts Centre on November 6, Jon will perform at intimate venues across the UK before ending at Ludlow’s Assembly Rooms on November 14. From here Boden will tour with The Remnant Kings, beginning at Gateshead’s Sage on November 17 and taking in a date at London’s Scala on November 22.

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Copperplate Podcast 215 – Presented by Alan O’Leary brings you the latest podcast from that aficionado of Irish music, yes you guessed it, the one and only Mr. Alan O’Leary with his regular monthly instalment of Copperplate goodies.

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September Playlist:

1. Paddy Glackin: Top It Off. Glackin

2. Dave Sheridan & Co:Mulhaire’s/Kiss The Maid Behind the Barrell. Sheridan’s Guest House 

3. Raw Bar Collective: Chaffpool Post/Gan Ainm. The Millhouse Measures 

4. Time Dennehy: A Winter’s Tale. Old Boots & Flying Sandals  Peter McAlinden: Anach Cuan/Kilavil Jig/Morning Dew.Happy to Meet

5. Gerry O’Connor: Thomond Bidge/Sean Ryan’s. No Place Like Home

6. Kevin Crawford: Repeal of the Union/The Ivy Leaf/Hut in the Bog. Carrying The Tune

7. Rita Gallagher: Early, Early.  The Heathery Hills
 Gerry Harrington: The Ladies of Leinster/The Contradiction. At Home

8. Micheal O’Raghallaigh: The Quilty Shore/Grogan’s/Kitty’s Rambles. The Nervous Man 

9. Tommy Guihen: Darby’s Farewell/Father O’Grady’s/The Baltimore Salute. The Torn Jacket

10. Tony Reidy: Black Pudding Music. The Coldest Day in Winter Creagh/Coffey/Daly: Quinn’s Polka/The Church Polka.   Island to Island

11. The Hydes: Green & Blue.  Green & Blue

12. The Drunken Gaugers: Contentment is Wealth/The Old Morning Dew. The Drunken Gaugers

13. Burke/Conway.Dolan: The Luck Penny/The Pipe on the Hob.   A Tribute to Andy McGann

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Portland’s John Craigie Announces October UK Tour Dates

Portland-based songwriter John Craigie has announced a UK tour this October; following the release of new record No Rain, No Rose earlier in the year. The extensive tour includes shows in Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield and London’s Green Note on October 19th.

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.

If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a child, the resulting product would resemble something very close to singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to John Prine, with the humour and wit of Mitch Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It’s no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage.

Almost an ode to Portland, Craigie’s fifth studio album, No Rain, No Rose boasts two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, “Highway Blood” and “I Am California”; the latter of which quickly cracked 200K Spotify streams and counting. The album is inspired by the folk torch bearers of the sixties and seventies, attempting to follow in the footsteps of the era. Craigie strives for the quality of the informal recording style of the era that more closely mirrors his heart as a performer.

The vagabond troubadour has charmed audiences in all 50 US states and throughout Europe, with a DIY spirit seldom seen these days. While touring solo and with the likes of Jack Johnson, Todd Snider, Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, Craigie has taken the stage at festivals; sold out venues, intimate house concerts, centre camp at Burning Man and even Gregory Alan Isakov’s farm. Craigie’s true home is on the road, and just like that he’s on to the next town, playing and singing and telling stories to everyone who wants to listen.

“It is the job of the Folksinger to present to the audience that is relatable. To dissolve the wall between performer and listener as much as possible. People want to hear your story that in turn, is their story too. Music is not about making you feel better. It’s about making you feel that you’re not alone.” JOHN CRAIGIE


Tuesday 3rd October – The Running Horse, Nottingham
Wednesday 4th October – The Caledonia, Liverpool
Thursday 5th October – Clarks on Lindsay Street, Dundee
Saturday 7th October – Old Cinema Launderette, Durham
Sunday 8th October – Oporto, Leeds
Monday 9th October – The Castle Hotel, Manchester
Tuesday 10th October – Cafe #9, Sheffield
Wednesday 11th October – The Stables 2, Wavendon
Thursday 12th October – The Guildhall, Norwich
Friday 13th October – Thimblemill Library, Smethwick
Saturday 14th October – Unit 23, Totnes
Sunday 15th October – The Vaults at the Golden Farm Inn, Cirencester
Monday 16th October – The Greys, Brighton
Tuesday 17th October – The Sound Lounge, Tooting
Wednesday 18th October, – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone
Thursday 19th October – Green Note, London
Saturday 21st October – The Smokehouse, Ipswich
Sunday 22nd October – Union at the Con Club, Lewes

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