Copperplate Podcast 220 – 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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1. Paddy Glackin: Top It Off. Glackin
2. Gatehouse: Jimmy Giblin’s/The Gneegullia Reel/The Casagh Reel. Tus Nua
3. Dermot Byrne: Mulhaire’s/ Yellow Tinker/Daly’s Reel . Dermot Byrne
4. Brid Harper: Jig For Johnny/Finn from Fairymount. Brid Harper
5. Open The Door 43/Pat Broaders: Carrig Water. The Joyful Hour
6. Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello: Richie Dwyer’s/McFadden’s Handsome Daughter. Grace Bay
7. Tommy Guihen: The Killeigh/A Builder of Bridges. The Torn Jacket
8. Rita Gallagher: On The Banks of A River. The Heathery Hills. Dermot Byrne: Paddy’s Rambles Through The Park.
9. Brian Hughes: The Fly By Night/The Tailor’s Twist. 20 Years From Now
10. Dan Bruder & Angelina Carberry : The Kerry Reel/McFadden’s Own/ The Convent Reel: A Waltz for Joy
11. Colum Sands: The Piper In The North Country. Turn The Corner
12. Cillian Vallely: The Bull’s March. The Raven’s Rock
13. Kevin Crawford: Repeal Of The Union/The Ivy Leaf/The Hut In The Bog. Carrying The Tune
14. We Banjo 3: The Bunch of Green Rushes/Salt Creek. Live in Galway
15. Paddy Glackin: Top It Off/The Sunny Banks. Glackin

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The Final Mike Harding Folk Show – Sunday 22 October

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

15 Closing Time – Mike Harding – Plutonium Alley

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Scattering The Roots with Dan Ogus

Dan Ogus has been co-hosting Scattering The Roots with Shep Woolley since early 2011. Recently, when Shep retired, Dan decided to fly solo, and in’s opinion, has started the assent to take the show to new heights.

I want to present the kind of weekly programme that I’d enjoy listening to myself, showcasing music I’m enthusiastic and passionate about – folk, roots, blues, Americana, retro, unplugged, singer/songwriter with a nod and wink to other styles, along with occasional studio guests and interviews.  With that in mind, on Scattering The Roots you’re just as likely to hear John Hiatt, Pink Floyd, Suzanne Vega, Nick Cave, Big Star and Robert Plant, for example, as well as other folkier music. Dan Ogus

We think it’s great music for a Sunday afternoon, so why not make a note to listen Sunday afternoons, 4-6 p.m, 93.7FM if you are in the Portsmouth area, or online below:

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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 Winners Announced

Lifetime Achievement Awards for Don McLean and The Dubliners

Four Awards for June Tabor & Oysterband

Good Tradition Awards for Ian Campbell and Bill Leader

Broadcast from The Lowry in Salford for the first time Continue reading BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 Winners Announced

Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 give Lifetime Achievement Awards to…

Folk legends Don McLean and The Dubliners will both be given Lifetime Achievement Awards at BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards 2012, to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday 8th February.

Presenter Mike Harding announced the recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards on the Radio 2 Folk Show on Wednesday 18 January (7-8pm).

Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2 and 6 Music said: Continue reading Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 give Lifetime Achievement Awards to…


“For me it was a pinnacle in 40 years of broadcasting. I counted it a privilege and still do.” John Tams – music director

“The social documentary nature of the Radio Ballads and their attempt to honour those very experiences is precisely what folk song is all about.” Karine Polwart – musician

A brand new Radio Ballad entitled ‘The Ballad of the Miners’ Strike’ will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday 2nd March, marking the 25th anniversary of the end of that bitter year-long dispute. With specially commissioned new songs from John Tams, Julie Matthews, Ray Hearne and Jez Lowe and featuring musicians such as Andy Cutting, Barry Coope, Bob Fox and Andy Seward, its transmission has been highly anticipated.

To coincide with this, Delphonic Records are proud to announce the digital reissue of all six Radio Ballads (each one an hour long) that made up the 2006 series:

THE SONG OF STEEL : the decline of Sheffield and Rotherham steel industries
THE ENEMY THAT LIVES WITHIN : modern stories of people living with HIV/AIDS
THE HORN OF THE HUNTER : both sides of the story of hunting with hounds
SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS : the travelling people who run Britain’s fairgrounds
THIRTY YEARS OF CONFLICT : sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland
THE BALLAD OF THE BIG SHIPS : shipyards of Tyne & Wear and Clyde

A stunning and important documentation of modern British history and culture, the 2006 Radio Ballads were a year in the making, the process beginning when producer John Leonard, tape editor Annie Grundy and interviewers Vince Hunt and Sara Parker selected six issues that had dominated the half-century since the original groundbreaking Radio Ballads of Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker (father of Sara) and Peggy Seeger were broadcast on the BBC Home Service in the late 1950’s.

The original eight documentaries had been masterpieces of radio, weaving the voices of rarely heard communities with songs written from and about the recorded experiences of the interviewees. With a similar modus operandi for the 2006 Radio Ballads, Hunt and Parker began visiting steelworks, shipyards and fairgrounds, crossed the countryside with fox and hare hunters, talked to musicians who had been caught up in the Troubles and to people living with HIV/AIDS, and gathered location atmosphere and sound effects, eventually speaking to hundreds of people

These interviews were subsequently edited into themes, with layers of recollections and memories, which were then sifted by Leonard and arranged into groupings for songs to be written. Musical director John Tams assembled a team of professional musicians drawn mostly from the current folk scene (including Karine Polwart, Julie Matthews, Jez Lowe, Ray Hearne and Ian McMillan), and they gathered at his studio to work out parts and hone the songs while Leonard edited each new stage into the overall Ballad. As this Ballad series was commissioned as part of the BBC’s Voices project, the musicians used dialect, slang and shared experience to inform their songs. Long days and weeks of studio production resulted in the six-part series originally transmitted from February to April 2006.

“The original Radio Ballads are a crossroads in radio history as pioneering broadcasts that remain forever the benchmark for any documentary maker who has a care for working lives – culture – music. Fifty years on we made the 2006 Radio Ballads. I hope we honoured the originals but moreover those ‘life-tellers’ who gave us their stories. The series is theirs. I was just a part of their storytelling. I count my blessings that I was invited to their tables. These ballads remain for others to come after. But for me and I know for the writers, musicians, recordists and everyone involved they hold a special significance. For me it was a pinnacle in 40 years of broadcasting. I counted it a privilege and still do.” John Tams – music director

“I’m a huge fan of the original Radio Ballads recordings and the quality of songwriting and innovative broadcasting that they represent, so I felt very privileged to be involved in contributing to the 2006 series. It’s a considerable responsibility to draw upon other people’s experiences and stories in any kind of writing or creative work, without getting in the way of what people are perfectly able to say for themselves in their own words. To me, the social documentary nature of the Radio Ballads and their attempt to honour those very experiences is precisely what folk song is all about and why it remains a relevant, powerful and contemporary form of expression.” Karine Polwart – musician

“The Radio Ballads are a triumph of honesty. They take memory, music, atmosphere and imagination and create a special environment where emotions told true are amplified by the music and the personal experience is the absolute focus of attention. It was a dream come true for a reporter, tracking storytellers down through word of mouth and good old fashioned legwork. My instructions were simply to keep going until I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: once there all I had to do was get the treasure home. Sometimes I’d be in a chicken coop on top of a hill near Huddersfield; in a tiny village near Newry; in the middle of a council estate in Sheffield or in a Glasgow hotel, with a corridor-full of burly Scottish shipbuilders queuing up to tell me their stories. Gathering the interviews for the Radio Ballads was an unbelievable year, and I think we made a radio series that sounds like no other.”

Vince Hunt – interviewer

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