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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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 and HANNAH MARTIN RELEASE NEW ALBUM MYND

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. Of course, an Albion Band wouldn’t be The Albion Band without the inclusion of at least a couple of trad arr: songs/tunes and in this regard they don’t disappoint with re-workings of “Adieu To Old England” and the downright shanty-rock anthem treatment of “One More Day” where the trademark Stratocaster sound (once provided by Sir Simon Nicol) will leave any festival-going audience with a smile a mile wide. The rest of the band; Blair Dunlop (guitars), Benjamin Trott (lead guitar), Tom Wright (drums) and Tim Yates (bass/melodeon) really are a great ‘engine room’ providing rock solid rhythms and I’d say in conclusion that the band’s name and music is in safe hands. In the words of the great David (we are not worthy) Essex ”Rock On”! PETE FYFE

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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