The Mike Harding Folk Show – Podcast #242

Here is the 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 that focuses on the Settle Folk Gathering at the end of this month. Its a free festival so all you have to do it turn up! Details here

Playlist: for PODCAST: 13 August 2017

01 My Johnny Was A Shoemaker – Tan Yows – Undipped

02 Bed Of Straw – The Duncan McFarlane Band – All Rogues & Villains

03 Red Rocking Chair – Zoe Mulford – Bonfires

04 Black And White Rag – Steve Hicks – The Rag Trade

05 Nashville Cats – Michelle Holding & Bonz – Live At The Globe

06 Bits Of Paper – Mic And Susie Darling – Soon Will Be Too Late

07 The Cottager’s Reply – Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith – Let The Wind Blow High Or Low

08 The Grey Funnel Line – Tan Yows – Undipped

09 Byker Hill – The Wilson Family – The Wilson Family Album

10 Hush Hush – Hicks And Goulbourn – Immortal

11 Keep Your Hand On The Plough – Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith – Let The Wind Blow High Or Low

12 Walking In The Footsteps Of Giants – Harp And A Monkey – All Life Is Here

13 Killing The Blues – Elaine & Sam Bracken – Elaine & Sam Bracken

14 Starry Night – Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley – Last Night’s Fun

15 Hey Mister – Karin Grendel-Parkes/Karl Robins – The Snows They Melt The Soonest

16 The Ace And Deuce Of Pipering – The Doonans – Demos

17 Pomona – Jennifer Reid – Gradely Manchester

18 Miners Lifeguard – The Wilson Family – A Grey Lock Or Two

19 Cocaine – Holy Moly & The Crackers – Lilly

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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