The Mike Harding Folk Show – Podcast #238

We thought it was high time we started sharing the excellent 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.

Here is last weeks instalment after all that heraldry…

Playlist: for PODCAST: 16 Jul 2017

01 The Ghost Of Hobo Bill – Charlie Roth – Oh My Stars

02 Rufford Park Poachers – Martin Simpson – Trails & Tribulations

03 Erin – Martyn Bennett – Martyn Bennett

04 The Fair Maiden – Madigan – Uncorked

05 We Are Everywhere (A Tramplin’) – Commoners Choir – Commoners Choir

06 Be Low From London – Commoners Choir – Commoners Choir

07 The Manchester Rambler – Ewan MacColl – Black & White: The Definitive Ewan MacColl Collection

08 Lover’s Ghost – Niamh Parsons – Loosely Connected

09 She Moved Through The Fair – Cara Dillon – The Hill Of Thieves

10 The Bay Of Biscay – Karan Casey & John Doyle – Exiles Return

11 Grey Gallito – Salsa Celtica With Eliza Carthy – Wayward Daughter [Disc 1]

12 The Company Says – David Stoddard – Get Off My Lawn

13 Manchester Street – Mancunia – Turn Towards The Sun

14 Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning – Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell – Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell

15 The Parson And The Pig – Mick Ryan – The Passing Hour

16 Pastures Of Plenty – JSD Band – Pastures Of Plenty

17 Journey’s End – Jim Mageean and Pat Sheridan – Hard Aground

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Copperplate Podcast 212 – Presented by Alan O’Leary

Copperplate Podcast 212
presented by Alan O’Leary
June  2017

1. Paddy Glackin: Top It Off. Glackin
2.Le Cheile: Seanamhach Tube Station/Jui’s/Munster Buttermilk. Out Of The West
3. Micheal O’Raghallaigh: The Stoney Steps/Hut In The Bog/Merry Days of Easter. The Nervous Man
4. Rita Gallagher: Erin’s Green Shore. The Heathery Hills
5. Mick O’Brien & Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh: The Lass of Caracastle/Morning Dew/Geese in the Bog. Deadly Buzz
6. Donncha O’Brien:The Maple Leaf/Man of Arran. Irish Music on Tin Whistle
7. Mick Sands: The Slaves Lament. The Ominous & Luminous
8. Willie Clancy:The West Wind/ Sean Reid’s. The Gold Ring McCarthy Family: An Buachail Dreoite/Kitty Got A Clinking. The Family Album Bobby & Sean Casey:Farewell to Miltown/Star of Munster.Spirit of West Clare
9. Des Donnelly:The Spey in Spate/Bonnie Kate. Remember Des Donnelly
10. Eilis Kennedy:The Elk River Dam. Westward Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman: The Crosses of Annagh/Cousin Sally Brown. Living Roots
11. Angelina Carberry & Martin Quinn: Connie The Soldier/Humours of Ballingarry/Moloney’s Wife. Angelina Carberry & Martin Quinn
12. Kevin Crawford: Repeal of the Union/The Ivy Leaf/Hut In The Bog. Carry The Tune
13. Des Donnelly:The Flogging Reel/Maud Miller/Sean Maguire’s. Remember Des Donnelly
14. Tony MacMahon & Noel Hill: Humours of Castlefinn/Templehouse. Knock na Gree

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 Continue reading Scattering The Roots with Dan Ogus

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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