The Mike Harding Folk Show – Podcast #228

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 the latest instalment after all that heraldry…


Playlist: for PODCAST: 7 May 2017

01 Introduction – “Spider” John Koerner – Stargeezer

02 Jack Of Diamonds – “Spider” John Koerner – Stargeezer

03 The North Sea Ground  – Harbottle And Jonas – Anna Is A Dancer

04 Fair Jane / Graham Townsend’s / Captain White’s – Skylark – All Of It

05 Sowain Tul – Isembard’s Wheel – Common Ground

06 I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound – Tom Paxton –  Rambling Boy

07 Liverpool Lullaby – Judy Collins – In My Life

08 I Ain’t Marching Anymore – Phil Ochs – I Ain’t Marching Anymore

09 Way Back In The 1960s – Incredible String Band – The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion

10 The Gypsies – Michelle Burke – Step Into My Parlour

11Smugglers Song – Feast Of Fiddles – Sleight Of Elbow

12 Same Kind Of Blue – Sam Baker – Land Of Doubt

13 Colored Aristocracy – Fats Kaplin – Fats Kaplins’ World Of Wonder-Downunder

14 Harvest Of The Homeland – Skipinnish – The Seventh Wave

15 Isabella Gunn – Miranda Sykes – Borrowed Places

16 Coalhole Cavalry – Mike Billington – Imbolc

17 Rap Her To Bank – Teeside Fettlers – Landmarks

18 Old Miner – Canny Fettle – Still Gannin’ Canny

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PHILLIP HENRY & HANNAH MARTINFast-rising Devon musicians and singer songwriters Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (who recently clinched the Best Duo title in the recent 2013 Spiral Awards) are now out on tourThe Exeter pair also recently won the Best Folk Act title in the South West Music Awards.

They were originally “discovered” by Show of Hands front-man Steve Knightley who first encountered the duo busking on the seafront during Devon’s Sidmouth Folk Week. He describes their sound as “textured, hypnotic and utterly captivating”. Continue reading PHILLIP HENRY & HANNAH MARTIN RELEASE NEW ALBUM "MYND" THIS AUTUMN

THE ALBION BAND – Vice Of The People (Powered Flight Music POWFCD02)

The stark acapella ‘calling-on song’ “A Quarter Hour Of Fame” takes a knowing pop at the industry known as ‘pop’ for, if Simon Cowell were to take even the slightest interest in a ‘folk’ band I’m sure he wouldn’t know what to do with them. So, in a track that lasts a mere 44 seconds it would appear the new line-up of The Albion Band mean business much like their predecessor. Forthright views conveyed with a passion were always part of the original band’s make-up thanks due in no small part to the lyrics of John Tams and I’m pleased to say Katriona Gilmore (fiddle) and Gavin Davenport (guitar/concertina) continue in that spirit. Continue reading THE ALBION BAND – Vice Of The People (Powered Flight Music POWFCD02)

KYLE CAREY – Monongah (Self-Released)

A bit like President Obama I feel that Ms Carey is a ‘nice’ person. It’s not that I know her personally of course but judging her on the merits of this album I feel that all is right with the world. This could also have something to do with the fact that Lunasa’s Donogh Hennessy is sitting in the producer’s chair and in company with a guest list of musicians including Trevor Hutchinson (Bass), Aoife Clancy (harmony vocals), Neil Fitzgibbon (string driven things) and the crisply tuneful glissando mandolin of John Kirk this album really is something of a gem. If I said that the recording should be played relentlessly on BBC Radio 2 then I hope that there are enough producers out there to take note to steer the album in the direction of Mike Harding and Aled Jones etc. Continue reading KYLE CAREY – Monongah (Self-Released)

DAVID GIBB & ELLY LUCAS – Old Chairs To Mend (Hairpin Records 002)

David Gibb and Elly Lucas are an exciting young duo who play a mixture of original and re‐worked traditional folk material. They hail from Derbyshire in the Midlands and have previously toured the UK extensively as part of David Gibb & The Pony Club.

David plays the guitars, melodeon and sings; Elly plays fiddle, viola and also sings. From these minimal resources, the twosome produce distinctive vocal leads, haunting harmonies and a quite dense instrumental sound. Their singing is simple and unadorned ‐ check out Elly’s wistful vocal on ‘Blacksmith’ from their début album ‘Old Chairs To Mend’ below: Continue reading DAVID GIBB & ELLY LUCAS – Old Chairs To Mend (Hairpin Records 002)

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