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Welcome to our monthly Mainly Folk programme

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We go out on the first Monday of each month and feature music and interviews from the world of folk plus a dash of country and Americana. We highlight local gigs in Surrey, London and the South East and welcome news and requests. Check our Facebook page!

To get in touch with the show please email Bev Harris. And you can follow us on Twitter - @MainlyFolk


February's Mainly Folk is crammed full of news and interviews and great music.
Mixcloud February 2017

Pitmen Poets We caught up with Bob Fox and Jez Lowe at last summer's Sidmouth Festival.
They had showcased some new material that was going to be part of 2017's tour of the Pitmen Poets. Next week on February 15th Kings Place in London will be hosting the latest performance of the show that Kings Place initiated.

It is therefore timely to transmit what was a great conversation with Jez and Bob, including some of the songs from the show. Bev is joined by Hamish Burgess from Hawaii's Maui Celtic Radio whose listeners are just as keen to hear from Bob and Jez.


Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakema Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman are great favourites of Mainly Folk and they are about to go on a major tour, We have two chances to catch them in our area, They are on at the Ram Club in Thames Ditton on February 10th and Landmark Arts, Teddington on March 30th.
In the second part of the first hour you can hear Kathryn and Sean telling us about what to expect, illustrated with tracks from their last album. it will certainly whet your appetite to go and see them live !

Siobhan Miller Siobhan Miller has won Scots Singer Of The Year award twice, When you hear songs from her great new album "Strata" you will appreciate why.

In the last part of the second hour of the show you will get a chance to do this and learn about Siobhan's journey from singing to her grandparents as a young girl to performing at Celtic Connections and on to the international stage.



Because we have so much to cram in tonight's show we have had to cut down on the Americana section but that will be back to its full glory next month. We manage to get the February Gig Guide into the programme but this month its straight after the Americana tracks.

If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday February 6th, 8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday February 11th 10-12 midnight plus Tuesday 7th November 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday March 6th at 8.0 pm.


January's Mainly Folk gives another chance to hear two great features which certainly deserve another airing.

John Renborn John Renbourn was one of the most innovative and technically accomplished acoustic guitarist emerging from the 1960's folk revival. Alongside Bert Jansch he developed a "folk baroque" finger style which inspired a whole generation of players. As John's wife Judy Horton was in a unique position to witness the development of this remarkable performer.
Judy fills in the details of the journey that John took from being a fellow student at Kingston Art School, to a regular performer at Soho's Les Cousins; then forming Pentangle with Bert, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox.
This in turn took them from a residency in Tottenham Court Road to America and beyond.

Brian Willoughby and Cathryn and Craig Session In the second hour we have a fantastic live session from
Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby. Cathryn has sung with many of Nashville's greats, including Nanci Griffith and The Righteous Brothers. Brian is best known for being a member of the Strawbs but has played with performers ranging from Mary Hopkin to Monty Python (!). Together they make a lovely sound with classy vocals and dazzling guitar work.
They were also the organisers of the Folk for Peace single Rumours of Rain which features many of the famous performers they have worked with over the years, Videos of tracks from this session are available on the Mainly Folk YouTube channel.

First broadcast on Monday January 2nd, 8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday January 7th, 10-12pm plus Tuesday 3rd January 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday February 6th 2017 at 8.0 pm.
December's Mainly Folk.
winter scene It's customary at this time of year to look back over the highlights of the last 12 months and we at Mainly Folk are no different. There is a slight twist, however, in that tonight's compilation has been selected by Will, our engineer.
Like you we are interested to see what he chooses.

If the pre Christmas rush means you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday December 5th, 8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday December 10th 10-12pm plus Tuesday 6th December 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday January 2nd, 2017 at 8.0 pm.


November's Mainly Folk.
We welcome back two great acts in this month's double feature.

merry hell Merry Hell have just released their fourth album, Bloodlines and it is even better than their last release. Catchy tunes and perceptive lyrics are Merry Hell's stock in trade but as we find out when we talk to the band's John Kettle they are not afraid to deal with contemporary difficult issues.

See what you think when we preview the album in the first hour of the show. And if you get a chance to see them live, grab it. You will be assured of a great evening out.

Brooks Williams Brooks Williams has just come back from a long tour of the States and is straight away starting on a UK tour to support the release of his new album, My Turn Now.

He will be playing a local date, the Ram Club in Thames Ditton on Friday December the 9th. We caught up with a not too jet lagged Brooks to find out more about the new material which he will be spotlighting in his tour set.
Needless to say they feature great songs supported by smooth vocals and of course his trademark dexterous playing which also now includes the use of a cigar box guitar.

It's always a pleasure to chat to Brooks and I think you will agree when you tune in to the second hour of tonight's show.

Besides all this we have the latest Folk and Americana releases plus our local gig guide. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday November 7th,8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday November 12th 9-11pm plus Tuesday 8th November 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday December 5th at 8.0 pm.

October's Mainly Folk.
This autumn is a season of bounty and not just in things to eat, for there are a fine crop of new releases. Two of which are from the guests on tonight's show.

Nancy Kerr Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the busiest duos working in today's folk scene.
Last time I saw them Nancy had added extra musicians to deliver a storming set at Sidmouth Folk Week. Now she has just released a new CD, "Instar", with her Sweet Visitor band. Needless to say it features fine singing from Nancy and excellent musicianship. What it also shows is how her writing of topical songs has evolved into her being a writer of considerable skill. We catch up with Nancy in the first hour of the programme and share her enthusiasm for what is a great new album.

Chris Wood Chris Wood is a songwriter whose work always repays close attention. His lyrics tackle the smaller, often overlooked details of everyday life and he places them in unique musical contexts. His latest album "So Much To Defend" is due for release and is a strong statement of where he is now musically. His current weapon of choice is a semi acoustic guitar. Usually the preserve of jazz musicians, in Chris's hands it becomes a rich tonal palette in service to these new folk based compositions. Chris launches a new nationwide tour to support the album's release which commences on November 5th at the Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington.
Tune in to hear Chris talk about how he got to make this groundbreaking new album in the second hour of the show.

As usual we have our Americana section, Fish Record's CD of the month plus our local gig guide. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday October 3rd,8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday October 8th, 9-11pm plus Tuesday 4th October 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday November 7th at 8.0 pm.
September's Mainly Folk.
September's Mainly Folk is slightly different. We have our main Americana feature in the first hour in order to dedicate the second hour of the show to a very special interview with a major folk performer !

Eve Selis Eve Selis' name on an album is always a sign of of something good to look forward to. Her latest, "See Me With Your Heart" is no exception. We took advantage of Eve touring over here recently and she told us the story behind the very now sound of this CD which combines the best elements of Americana, Rock and Country.

"See Me With Your Heart" marks a big step forward in terms of lyrical depth and variety from slow burn ballads to foot tapping country pop. See if you don't agree with us when we talk to Eve in the first half of the show.


Paley and Sonp One of the joys of making Mainly Folk is that we get to meet some great people and in this case someone who really is that overused term "living legend". Tom Paley was a founder player of the original folk revival of the 1950's and is still working today. We caught up with him at this year's Sidmouth Folk Week where he played quite a few sets with his son Ben (Long Hill Ramblers). No mean feat for an 88 year old !

Tom tells us about artists he knew, including those with whom he worked. Players such as Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Pete and Peggy Seeger and of course Mike Seeger and John Cohen in the ground breaking New Lost City Ramblers. Tom has been cited as an influence by so many people, most notably by a certain young folksinger called Bob Dylan. Tune in to hear our special extended feature which is illustrated by some great music, Tom has a lovely dry sense of humour and Ben is happy to join in with his Dad in this unique interview.

As usual we have our our local gig guide plus Fish Record's CD of the month. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday September 5th, 8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday February 10th, 8-10pm plus Tuesday 6th September 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday October 3rd at 8.0 pm


August's Mainly Folk.
Tonight's programme is our second curtain raiser for Sidmouth Folk Week which is this very week !
Philip and Hannah Phil Henry and Hannah Martin
We have seen Phil and Hannah several times at Sidmouth and each time they have gone down even better than the time before. Theirs is a true Sidmouth story as they were "discovered" when busking by Folk Week patron Steve Knightley of Show of Hands.
This year they will be appearing with their new Watershed band from their new album of the same name. We caught up with Phil just before the festival to find out more and play tracks from this excellent CD.

Blair Dunlop Blair Dunlop
Today's folk scene has strong links to the original 60's folk boom, not least through the children of the first wave of artists following in their parents' footsteps. Names such as Thomson, Wainwright and of course Carthy come to mind.

Blair Dunlop is making his own unique contribution in the same way his parents, Judy Dunlop and Ashley Hutchings did before him. He has just released a new album, "Gilded" and it is one of the best CDs we are likely to hear this year.
He is a talented songwriter and guitarist and this album really does him justice with sympathetic accompanying musicians. In the second hour of the show Blair guides us through his latest work and plans to take it on the road.

Lucy Farrel Lucy Farrell
As many of the clubs are closed in August we have dropped the gig guide for this edition. This gives us a chance to repeat last month's interview with Lucy as she talks about what to expect from her performance this year at Sidmouth Folk Week.

It also includes some great music from some of the bands she has worked with.



Besides all the above we have managed to squeeze in our Americana slot plus of course our Fish Record's CD of the month. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday August 1st, 8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday August 6th, 8-10pm plus Tuesday 2nd August 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday September 5th at 8.0 pm


July's Mainly Folk.
Tonight's programme is a curtain raiser for Sidmouth Folk Week which starts at the end of this month. We feature two of the artists who will be at Sidmouth, plus an extended gig guide in which we will play a selection from some of the many great acts that are playing this year.

Lucy Farrell We last caught up with Lucy Farrell at Sidmouth in 2012 when she was in a duo with Jonny Kearney. Since then she has been involved in a number of projects and bands, including the Furrow Collective.
Its time for Lucy to take centre stage and she will be previewing her latest solo material this year at Sidmouth.
In the first hour of the show Lucy updates us on what she has been up to and what we can expect to hear from her at the festival.
Plus of course we play a good selection of tracks from Lucy's varied discography.


Alice Jones Alice Jones last played at Sidmouth with the legendary Pete Coe on music collected by Frank Kidson project. They are both back at Sidmouth this year but in very different roles.
Alice has just released her first solo album "Poor Strange Girl". We think its one of the best new releases this or any other year. See what you think when we play tracks from it and talk to Alice about its making.
Alice has always been involved in the wider aspects of the folk scene and this year is no different as she will also be working backstage at the Ham concert area during Folk Week.
Join us for an insight into Alice's adventures in all things folk !


Besides our extended gig guide we haven't forgotten our Americana slot plus of course our Fish Record's CD of the month. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday July 4th, 8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday July 9th, 8-10pm plus Tuesday 5th July 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday 1st August at 8.0 pm


June's Mainly Folk.
This month's Mainly Folk features the creators of two great album releases.
Jim Causley In the first hour we speak to Jim Causley about his great new CD "Forgotten Kingdom". Jim always has a number of projects on tt to find out what is next in the busy Causley music schedule.


Megson Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of As fRoots Magazine puts it "if you don't like the music here then you have a problem".


They have just brought out a grs year.



As usual we have a fine selection of the latest releases, including Fish Record's CD of the month, the local gig guide and our Americana slot. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.


First broadcast on Monday June 6th, 8-10pm with a repeat on SaturdayJune 11th, 8-10pm plus Tuesday 7th June 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday 4th July at 8.0 pm


May's Mainly Folk.
Kris Drever Kris Drever celebrates his first decade as an acclaimed solo artist and songwriter with a brand new studio album If Wishes Were Horses. The album is his first for six years (during which time his band Lau have established themselves as the most widely acclaimed and musically progressive trio in British folk music). If Wishes Were Horses is a collection of semi-biographical songs covering the diverse themes of education, politics, sex, love, ennui, self-employment, social migration and Shetland. Drever's recent outpouring of songs stems from a move back to the Northern Isles. Shetland this time rather than his native Orkney. We talk to Kris about the making of this great new album and play tracks which we are sure you will enjoy.

West My Friend West My Friend Since West My Friend was conceived in a Victoria café in 2009, they've emerged as a unique voice in the city's music scene. Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, their acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies challenges the conventions of popular music to create a performance that is both engaging and innovative. We caught up with this fine Canadian group at the start of their European tour to promote their new album Quiet Hum and they managed to squeeze in an excellent live session for us. You can hear the result in the second hour of the show. You won't be disappointed !

Besides all this we have our Americana section, Fish Record's CD of the month plus our local gig guide. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday May 2nd, 8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday May 7th, 8-10pm
plus Tuesday 3rd May 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday 6th June at 8.0 pm


April's Mainly Folk.
Trinity Logo April is the time we look forward to the Summer and one early Summer event is
the Trinity Folk Festival in Guildford on the 6th and 7th of May. The Trinity Festival is now in its fourth year and in the first hour of this month's show we talk to its founders Carolyn and Paul Graham. This year the festival is in more venues and has even more top notch players, including Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, the Luke Jackson Trio, Ninebarrow and Kelly Oliver. Carolyn and Paul give us an insight into what is involved in running this popular event and to whet your appetite we play music from some of the featured artists.

Sam Carter Sam Carter is one of the most talented and original writers on today's folk scene and an exceptional guitarist, both acoustic and electric. Having worked in London for ten years, including artist in residence at the South Bank, he has now produced a great new album which is heavily influenced by the city itself. "How The City Sings" has great acoustic tracks plus others which build on the electric songs that featured in last year's False Lights collaboration with Jim Moray. You can get a chance to hear these in the second hour of the show when we talk to Sam.
Plus we have a special competition where you can win a pair of tickets to see Sam in concert at The Landmark in Teddington on Friday April 22nd, which is part of their special weekend Guitar Festival.

This month our Americana section is back, plus of course Fish Record's CD of the month and also our local gig guide. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday April 4th, 8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday April 9th, 8-10pm plus Tuesday 5th April 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday May 2nd at 8.0 pm
March's Mainly Folk.
We have a lot to squeeze in this month. Besides the latest releases and gig guide we have a very special hour long feature in part two of the programme

Nuala Kennedy Scottish-based Irish traditional singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy celebrates ten years as a solo recording artist in 2016 with the launch of her fourth solo album and her first album release on her own label Under the Arch Records. "Behave the Bravest" was recorded over six months on three continents while on tour as "Nuala Kennedy Band" in Sydney Australia, Los Angeles California and in her longtime home of Edinburgh, Scotland. We caught up with her in California as she is currently on an extensive tour to support this fine album. You can hear Nuala talk about her career so far and hear tracks from the album in the first hour of the show.

John Renbourn John Renbourn was one of the most innovative and technically accomplished acoustic guitarist emerging from the 1960's folk revival. Alongside Bert Jansch he developed a "folk baroque" finger style which inspired a whole generation of players. As John's wife Judy Horton was in a unique position to witness the development of this remarkable performer. Judy fills in the details of the journey that John took from being a fellow student at Kingston Art School, to a regular performer at Soho's Les Cousins; then forming Pentangle with Bert, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox which in turn took them from a residency in Tottenham Court Road to America and beyond.

She also lets us know about the proposed memorial concert for John at Cecil Sharp House in September and the sale of his vast collection of instruments that is on at Chandlers Guitars in Kew.

If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday 7th 8-10 pm, Tuesday 8th 3am and Saturday 8-10 pm.
Next edition on Monday April 4th at 8.0 pm

February's Mainly Folk.
We have two very special features in this month's programme.

Fellside Logo Fellside Records is celebrating 40 years in the business and was formed by Paul Adams and Linda Adams in 1976 in Workington, Cumbria, and still run by them. Fellside have over 130 titles still in print, including albums by Spiers and Boden, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Dr Faustus, A. L. Lloyd, Peter Bellamy, James Keelaghan, Clive Gregson, The Queensberry Rules, Jez Lowe, Last Orders, Bram Taylor, and Grace Notes. Their anthologies have included songs by Maddy Prior, Richard Thompson, Frankie Armstrong, John Kirkpatrick and Martin Carthy.
Most of the Fellside catalogue was recorded and produced by Paul Adams which is an amazing achievement. The label has won many awards including 12 For Excellence from the Music Retailers Association. Paul is widely regarded as one of the best recording engineers for acoustic music of his generation and you can hear him telling us about how Fellside got to forty in the first hour of tonight's programme.

Fay Hield

Fay Hield's first two solo albums, Looking Glass (2010) and Orfeo(2012), won many accolades as well as a nomination for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Her latest album Old Adam is one of the best folk music CDs we have heard in a long time.

We caught up with Fay just before she goes out on tour to support its release and she gives us the story behind how it was made. Besides being an outstanding performer Fay also lectures at the University of Sheffield and we find out more about what this involves.

As usual we have our Americana section, Fish Record's CD of the month plus our local gig guide.
If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday February 1st ,8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday February 6th, 8-10pm plus Tuesday 2nd February 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.
Next edition on Monday March 7th at 8.0 pm

January's Mainly Folk.
A new year brings great crop of new releases to this month's programme plus two excellent special features.

Barluath Barluath are a young energetic group fronted by Ainsley Hamill, who handles songs from the Gaelic tradition as well as from traditional Scots, contemporary folk and Americana sources.
The six band members all come from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and their music makes good use of fiddle, pipes, whistle, bouzouki, guitar and harmonium. We caught up with them after a storming set at the Sidmouth festival and play tracks from their debut and latest album.



Merry Hell This programme has been a long term supporter of Merry Hell, a brilliant English folk rock band from Wigan, Lancashire, Their music combines wit and dexterity and is downright catchy. They have released 3 great albums so far but to see them live is even better. To get a flavour of what this is like they have just released a live DVD, "A Grand Night Out" recorded at a sell out gig at The Grand, Clitheroe. In the second hour of the show we play tracks from this and talk to their hard working manager, Damian Liptrot. Join us for what is a good way to shake off any mid winter blues !

Besides all this we have the latest releases in our Americana section, Fish Records CD of the month plus our local gig guide.
If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday January 4th, 8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday January 9th, 8-10pm plus Tuesday 5th January 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.
Next edition on Monday February 1st at 8.0 pm.

December's Mainly Folk.
This month's programme has a definite seasonal feel to it.

Maddy Prior Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span has recently released a "catch up " album of highlights from their long career supported by a UK tour of their latest line up.

We caught up with founder member Maddy Prior at the start of the tour who brings us up to date with all things Steeleye and other folk related events in her life.

Plus we give an advanced play of a new version of "Somewhere Along The Road" taken from the new CD.

Albion
In the second hour of show we talk to Simon Care of
The Albion Christmas Band and play tracks from their albums.
The Albion Christmas Show is a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance and is the perfect way to start festivities.
They are currently on tour and you can get a flavour of what to expect in our conversation.

As usual we have our Americana section, Fish Records CD of the month plus our local gig guide.
If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday December 7th ,8-10pm with a repeat on Saturday December 12th, 8-10pm plus Tuesday 8th December 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.
Next edition on Monday January 4th at 8.0 pm.

November's Mainly Folk.
It might be a bit early but you can expect antipodean and Canadian based musical fireworks in our two featured bands this month.
The James Brothers The James Brothers are in fact not brothers and only one of them is called James. James Fagan is Australian and is also one half of Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (musically and maritally).
The other outlaw is New Zealander Jamie McClennan who is also in a duo with Emily Smith to whom he is also married.
Together the "Brothers" make great acoustic music drawing on both of their traditions plus creating music which is uniquely their own. We caught up with James at Sidmouth Folk Week and think you will find our conversation and music captures the enthusiasm of this exciting new venture.

Bill Wood and the Woodies When we first played a track from Canada's Bill Wood and The Woodies we knew they would be the ideal group to play a live session at Brooklands Radio. We could not believe our luck when we heard they were coming over here this autumn and even more incredibly could squeeze in some time with us on their busy touring schedule. You can hear the result in the second hour of the show. Live they are even better than we hoped for. Great self penned songs and the kind of playing you only get from years of solid live performances. All in all this is one not to miss !

Besides these two great features we have the best of the latest folk and Americana releases, local gig guide and of course Fish Records CD of the month.

If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.
First broadcast on Monday November 2nd at 8pm and repeated on Tuesday November 3rd at 3pm for our Transatlantic listeners and on Saturday 7th November at 8pm.
Next edition on Monday December 7th at 8 pm.

October's Mainly Folk.
has a special album feature in the first hour and a great live session in the second.

Gilmore and Robers
Having already made a name for themselves on the UK acoustic circuit,
Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts are known as much for their exceptionally dynamic live shows as they are for their prize-winning songs. With international tours and a formidable new album "Conflict Tourism" the duo are racing from strength to strength. You can catch up with them in the first hour of the show and enjoy some great music.



The Galleons The Galleons are a 6 piece Indie-Folk band from Brighton. Equally at home playing in a darkened, candle-lit cellar as they are in a sunny (or more often rainy) festival field, their music takes the audience from catchy, foot stomping folk-rock to mellow, mysterious lullabies and back. They've been on numerous live radio sessions including the BBC, sold out venues such as the world famous Stables and even recorded in a dungeon! Three of the band played a brilliant live acoustic session for us recently, with music from their last album "Cloud Physics" plus some songs in preparation for their next. Don't miss out on hearing them in the second hour of the programme.



As usual we have the latest releases in Folk and Americana, our local gig guide and Fish Records CD of the month.
If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.
First broadcast on Monday October 5th at 8 pm and repeated on Tuesday October 6th at 3pm for our Transatlantic listeners and on Saturday 10th October at 8pm.
Next edition on Monday November 2nd at 8 pm.

September's Mainly Folk.
The first hour of this month's show features music and conversation from this year's Sidmouth Folk Week.

Kirsty Bromley
Kirsty Bromley launched her debut album, "Time Ashore" at Sidmouth and shares with us some highlights from it and how she got involved in the folk scene. She is currently on tour with the Spooky Men's Chorale and has made a good start on what we think will be a long career.


Jo Freya
Jo Freya continues to develop her innovative approach to music. She is not only a singer but more unusually she is also a folk saxophonist and put these skills to full use in the new trio Moirai who played some great music at Sidmouth. They have a new album called"Sideways" and tracks from it illustrate an enjoyable discussion we had with Jo.


Ross Ainslie

In the second hour we have our usual Americana section which has some excellent new September releases. This is followed by a special feature with Ross Ainslie, stalwart of the Glasgow session scene and member of Treacherous Orchestra. Ross has produced his second solo album, "Remembering". Its his first foray into songwriting and you won't be disappointed by the result.


As usual we have our local gig guide and Fish Records CD of the month, which also happens to be Will, our engineer's pick of the month.
If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.
First broadcast on Monday September 7th at 8 pm and repeated on Tuesday September 8th at 3pm for our Transatlantic listeners and on Saturday 12th September at 8pm.
Next edition on Monday October 5th at 8 pm.

August's Mainly Folk features some of the headliners from this year's Sidmouth Folk Week.

Paul Sartin
In the first hour we talk to Paul Sartin of Bellowhead, Faustus and Belshazzar's Feast who plans to be at Sidmouth for the whole week culminating in playing a rousing set with Faustus in the Ham on Friday night. At the end of the month he will be in one of Bellowhead's farewell performances at Towersey Festival, so there is a lot to talk about !


Vin Garbutt
The legendary Vin Garbutt tops the bill Monday night at Sidmouth. Vin gives us insights into what has made him such a firm favourite over the years and we feature songs from his latest album "Synthetic Hues".



Chris and Kellie While
In the second hour we are in conversation with
Chris and Kellie While who are doing a short tour to promote their new CD "Indigo".We caught up with them at their recent gig at
The Ram Club, Thames Ditton.



As most of the clubs are closed for August there is no Gig Guide this month, which gives us a chance to squeeze in some more music and conversation including a track from Kirsty Bromley's debut album "Time Ashore" which she is launching at Sidmouth. We also have as usual Fish Records CD of the month and our engineer Will's pick of the bunch.

If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.
First broadcast on Monday August 3rd at 8 pm and repeated on Tuesday August 4th at 3pm for our Transatlantic listeners and on Saturday 8th August at 8pm.
Next edition on Monday September 7th at 8 pm.

July's Mainly Folk

John Braithwaite
July's Mainly Folk is a curtain raiser for this year's Sidmouth Folk Week which starts on July 31st.

Sidmouth is Britain's longest running festival and is famed for its vast range of activities. This year is no exception and in the first hour of the show John Braithwaite, the festival's director, gives us the lowdown on some of the artists appearing and a flavour of some of the 700 events that will be taking place.



Emily POrtman
One of the artists appearing at Sidmouth is Emily Portman and in the second hour she talks to us about the festival and making her new album Coracle. Emily won the BBC best original folk song award in 2013 and Coracle is further evidence of why she won.



As usual we have the latest releases, Fish Records CD of the month, local gig guide and of course our engineer Will's pick of the month.

If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.
First broadcast on Monday July 6th 8 pm and repeated on Tuesday July 7th at 3pm for our Transatlantic listeners and on Saturday 11th July at 8pm.
Next edition on Monday August 3rd at 8 pm.


June's Mainly Folk

Poozies
Sally Barker last year came to national attention as Tom Jones' finalist in BBC TV's "The Voice". She is better known on the folk scene as a long standing solo performer and founding member of The Poozies. In June's Mainly Folk she tells us about her latest work, including The Poozies new album, " Into The Well" their appearance at this year's Sidmouth Folk Week plus news about singing with the reformed Fotheringay.

Barrule
One of the breakthrough band's at last year's Sidmouth was the Manx trio, Barrule. They have just released a brand new CD and are going on tour to support its release. We catch up with Tom Callister to hear what they have been up to and play tracks from "Manannan's Cloak", which builds on the dynamism of their debut with some terrific arrangements.


Merry Hell We have been fans of Wigan's Merry Hell since their first recordings and at last managed to catch up with the band on one of their rare forays to London. In fact they are now touring all over the place and are showcasing their great new album, The Ghost In Our House And Other Stories". Members of the band generously took time off just before going on stage to talk to us about all things Merry Hell


In addition to all this we have the local gig guide and the latest releases, including a preview track from Richard Thompson's "Still" which comes out at the end of this month.
Plus, of course, our Fish Records CD of the month and last, but not least, our engineer Will's special selection.

If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday June 1st 8 pm and repeated on Tuesday June 2nd at 3pm for our Transatlantic listeners and on Saturday 6th June at 8pm.

Next edition on Monday July 6th at 8 pm.


May's Mainly Folk has a bumper crop of new releases and two special artist features.

Emily Smith
In the first hour we talk to Emily Smith, who is about to go on a nationwide tour as well as starring at this summer's Sidmouth Folk Week. We play tracks from her recent album "Echoes" which includes collaborations with fellow players from the Transatlantic Sessions, Jerry Douglas and Aoife O'Donovan.



Fabian Holland
In the second hour Fabian Holland returns after his live session for us in December 2013 last year He has a brand new album which is getting great reviews for its memorable songs and great arrangements. Fabian gives us the story behind its making and lets us know what he is up to next.


As usual we have Fish Records CD of the month plus our local gig guide. Plus a new feature where our engineer Will Goodwin gives us his new musical discovery of the month. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday May 4th 8 pm and repeated on Tuesday May 5th at 3pm for our Transatlantic listeners.

Next edition on Monday June 1st at 8 pm.


As Bev is recuperating from an eye operation, April's Mainly Folk is a fine compilation from some of our past programmes selected by Will Goodwin, the show's engineer. If you missed them the first time round you have another chance to hear the following interviews and sessions:

West My Friend West My Friend - Originally broadcast February 2015
Sean Lakeman Sean Lakeman and Kathryn Roberts - Originally broadcast July 2014
Brooks Williams Brooks Williams - Originally broadcast May 2012
Nancy Kerr Nancy Kerr and James Fagan - Originally broadcast July 2013
First broadcast on Monday April 6th, 9-11pm and repeated on Saturday April 11th, 8-10pm

In the first hour of March's Mainly Folk we catch up with one of our all time heroes, Stefan Grossman, before he sets off for his UK tour.

Grossman
Stefan is a foremost authority on the blues guitar and got to meet and learn from many of the greats who are now sadly no longer with us.

He was introduced to the English folk scene of the mid sixties by Eric Clapton and Stefan gives us a fascinating insight into that world and his continued championship of all things connected to playing folk blues guitar.



The Kennedys
In the second hour we talk to an American duo who are also about to tour over here.
The Kennedys are the finest exponents of American Folk Rock currently playing today. Their new album "West" is about to be released and it is their best yet. We play tracks from it and Pete and Maura gives us the stories behind the music.


Dan Walsh

Finally Dan Walsh is also bringing out a new CD, "Incidents and Accidents" and is embarking on a major tour to support its release. Dan first came to prominence as one half of the award winning Walsh and Pound. He tells us what it is like to be a solo banjo player on tour and his simultaneous musical adventures as a new member of the Urban Folk Quartet.

If that isn't enough we also have a selection of the latest releases,our gig guide and of course Fish Records CD of the month.
Join us this Monday 2nd March 9-11pm, with a repeat on Saturday 7th March 8-10pm,
plus Tuesday 3rd March 3-5am for our transatlantic listeners.


February's Mainly Folk has special features on musicians from Scotland, America and Canada

Skerryvore
Besides the latest releases we talk to the award winning Skerryvore who are one of Scotland's leading folk rock bands. We talk to Alec Dalglish about their latest release, "Chasing The Sun" which is a fine, stirring addition to their catalogue and paves the way for their 10th anniversary in May.



Drew
Drew Holcomb. and his band The Neighbours are no strangers to these shores. Drew is based in Nashville and writes songs that not only get good airplay in the States but are also used in popular American TV series such as House and How I Met Your Mother. Drew's new album, "Medicine", is released this month and he and the band are over here to support it. Drew gives us a preview and provides insights into its making



West My Friend

Folk based Canadian band West My Friend are on their first tour of Europe. They are getting great reviews and we are very pleased to announce that they have taken time out to visit our studios to play a live session in the second hour of the show.



Finally we have Fish Records CD of the month plus our local gig guide. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday February 2nd , 9-11pm and repeated on Saturday February 7th, 8-10pm

Next edition on Monday March 2nd at 9.0 pm.


It's a new year and January's Mainly Folk has plenty of new music.

Kathryn and Sean
Besides the latest releases we talk to the award winning duo,
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman about their new album. which is in our opinion their best yet. Kathryn and Sean are just about to embark on an extensive tour to promote this fine collection of new material.

Kevin Dempsey
In the second hour we have our Americana section followed by a career retrospective with Kevin Dempsey. Originally in the legendary Dando Shaft, Kevin went on to work with a host of talented musicians including members of Fairport Convention and most notably Dave Swarbrick. Today he is best known for his duo with Rosie Carson with whom he will be touring with Fairport this spring. Kevin tells what life is like working with so many people across the years.


As usual we have Fish Records CD of the month plus our local gig guide. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday January 5th , 9-11pm and repeated on Saturday January 10th, 8-10pm

Next edition on Monday February 2nd at 9.0 pm.


December's Mainly Folk is brimful with goodies

Merry Hell
Damian Liptrot from one of our favourite folk rock group's Merry Hell, plays tracks from their new EP and gives us all the band's latest news.

Chris and Julie
Last seen in the company of the top Nashville stars on Bob Harris' recent TV show, Chris While has just released a new album with Julie Matthews. We think it's their best yet. See what you think and listen to their account of how it came together in the second hour of the show. You won't be disappointed.




As usual we have Fish Records CD of the month plus all the latest seasonal releases and our local gig guide. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Wednesday,December 3rd, 8-10pm and repeated on Saturday December 6th, 8-10pm

Next edition on Monday January 5th at 9.0 pm.


November's Mainly Folk    Click Here for Playlist

Mae Trio
This month's Mainly Folk will brighten up your November with some treats recorded at this Summer's Sidmouth Festival.
We meet exciting new performers from Australia, The Mae Trio

Derek Schofield
Talk to leading authority on the folk scene, Derek Schofield

Tony McManus
And have an in depth interview with music from virtuoso guitarist Tony McManus

All this plus the latest releases, including Fish Records album of the month and a very full local gig guide. If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.



First broadcast on Monday November 3rd , 9-11pm and repeated on Saturday November 8th, 8-10pm.
Next edition on Monday December 1st at 9.0 pm


October's Mainly Folk

Brooks Williams
Brooks Williams is one of the finest and hard working performers on today's folk scene. In this month's programme he tells us about his new album recorded on his recent American tour, which captures all the immediacy of him playing live.

Willows
We also talk to Ben Savage of rising new band The Willows and play tracks from their latest release, a great example of their high standards of playing and harmony.



As usual we have the Fish Records CD of the month, plus the latest releases and our local Gig Guide.
Finally listen out for this month's competition to win tickets to see Cara Dillon at G-Live on November 9th.
If you miss any of the show it will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday October 6th , 9-11pm and repeated on Saturday October 11th 8-10pm.

Next edition on Monday November 3rd at 9.0 pm


September's Mainly Folk

We're back from our summer holiday at Sidmouth Folk Week with a clutch of interviews that we will be broadcasting in the next couple of programmes.


Kris Drever
First up is Kris Drever who gave a great performance with Eamonn Coyne at Sidmouth and you can win a chance to hear him play in London this month if you tune in to our competition.

Thomas McCarthy
In the second hour we talk to Thomas McCarthy about Traveller traditional music and the launch of his new album, Herself and Myself.


Calan
Plus exciting Welsh band Calan and their manager Huw Williams, who was previously with Tony Williams and now tours with Fairport's Martin Allcock.



All this plus the latest new releases and the local gig guide in September's Mainly Folk.
If you miss any of it the show will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday September 1st, 9-11pm and repeated on Saturday September 6th 8-10pm.

Next edition on Monday October 6th at 9.0 pm


August's Mainly Folk

Sandra Kerr
The first hour of August's programme is dedicated to Sidmouth's Folk Week's 60th.

Besides tracks from some of this year's performers we talk to Sidmouth favourite Sandra Kerr about her varied career and involvement with the Festival. Our conversation is illustrated by some outstanding music reflecting Sandra's enthusiastic contribution and support for the folk tradition.

Please Note: You can also find features and music from many of Sidmouth Folk Week's performers past and present on our Mixcloud and YouTube channels. Just click on the link above.

Berkley

In the second hour we have a live session from Berkley,Hart,Selis and Twang. This is a special project in which Americana star Eve Selis and long time member of her band, Marc Twang have joined up with Berkley Hart, the melodic folk rock duo. Together they write not only great songs but also produce harmonies which easily compare to The Eagles and Crosby, Stills and Nash.


To finish up with, in collaboration with Fish Records, we play a track from our album of the month. Hope you enjoy this month's varied programme. If you miss any of it the show will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk after transmission.

First broadcast on Monday August 4th, 9-11pm and repeated on Saturday August 9th 8-10pm.

Next edition on Monday September 1st at 9.0 pm


July's Mainly Folk

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

July's Mainly Folk features in the first hour an interview with Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman who we caught up with just before a recent outstanding performance at the Half Moon in Putney. We play tracks from their albums and find out what they are up to next.




Krista Detor

In the second hour we have conversation and live music from singer songwriter Sarah McQuaid. Sarah holds dual US and Irish citizenship and lives in rural England when she is not extensively touring. Her session will also be available on our YouTube channel after transmission.



As usual we squeeze in some of the latest releases plus our local gig guide.
We also launch a new feature, in association with Fish Records, our album of the month. Plus a chance to win a signed copy of Maz O'Connors new CD. After transmission the programme will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk.

First broadcast on Monday July 7th, 9-11pm and repeated on Saturday June 12th 8-10pm.
Next edition on Monday August 4th at 9.0 pm


June's Mainly Folk

Stu and Hanna of Megson

On June's Mainly Folk we talk to Stu and Debbie Hanna of Megson and play tracks
from their new album "In A Box", which is attracting rave reviews.






Krista Detor

In the second hour we have an excellent live session from American singer songwriter
Krista Detor. As a bonus this will also be available on our YouTube channel after transmission.


All this plus the latest releases and our local gig guide will make you feel summer has finally arrived ! After transmission the programme will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk.

First broadcast on Monday June 2nd 9-11pm and repeated on Saturday June 7th 8-10pm.

Next edition on Monday July 7th at 9.0 pm


May's Mainly Folk

The Long Hill Ramblers Ben Paley grew up surrounded by folk music. (His father is the legendary Tom Paley).

Ben and his band The Long Hill Ramblers are playing at this year's Sidmouth Folk Week
and we catch up with him in the first hour.


Josienne Clark You can also hear from two performers who are playing locally this month.

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

They are both classically trained and this lends a special difference to their music.



Brian Willoughby
In the second hour we have a fantastic live session from Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby.

Cathryn has sung with many of Nashville's greats, including Nanci Griffith and The Righteous Brothers. Brian is best known for being a member of the Strawbs but has played with performers ranging from Mary Hopkin to Monty Python (!). Together they make a lovely sound with classy vocals and dazzling guitar work.

Folk for Peace single Rumours of Rain

Hear and see for yourself as after transmission this session will be available on the Mainly Folk YouTube channel.

In addition we have the regular local gig guide and new releases. Last, but not least, this month we have a competition to win a pair of tickets to see Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman at the Half Moon in Putney on June 4th.
Entries must be with bev@brooklandsradio.co.uk by 28th May. Best of luck.

After transmission the programme will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk.

First broadcast on Monday May 5th 9-11pm and repeated on Saturday May 10th 8-10pm.
Next edition on Monday June 2nd at 9.0 pm


April's Mainly Folk is a curtain raiser for Sidmouth Folk Week's 60th anniversary festival.
We talk to 2 of the headlining acts.

Roy Bailey In the first hour it's Roy Bailey, including touching on the work he did with the late Tony Benn.

roybailey.net




Chris Wood In part two we feature the award winning Chris Wood. chriswoodmusic.co.uk

We also have a competition to win tickets to see Hannah James and Sam Sweeney play a final date at the Riverhouse Arts Centre on April 23rd, plus all the latest CDs and gig guide.



After transmission the programme will be available 24/7 on www.mixcloud.com/Mainly_Folk.

First broadcast on Monday 7th April at 9.0 pm and repeated on Saturday 12th April at 8.0 pm.
Next edition on Monday May 5th at 9.0 pm


In March's Mainly Folk, Bev Harris presents music and interviews from the world of folk plus a dash of country and Americana with the latest CDs, gig guide and a whole lot more including announcing the winner of our competition to win 2 free tickets to see The Oysterband performing at G-Live on Sunday 9th March.

Dave Oddy
In the first hour luthier David Oddy talks about his wide ranging work for artists
such as Show of Hands and Chris Wood






the Black Feathers And in part two we have a live session from an exciting new duo who have already played
The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville,

The Black Feathers. Produced by Will Goodwin.

After broadcast you can see videos of the Black Feathers' live session on www.youtube.com/MainlyFolk


To get in touch please contact bev@brooklandsradio.co.uk.

R – First broadcast on Monday at 9.0 pm and repeated on Saturday at 9.0 pm. Next edition on Monday 7th April at 9.0 pm.


In February's Mainly Folk we talk to long term folk club favourite Dave Burland,

Dave Burland providing the perfect excuse to remind us what a great singer he is.






The Furrow Collective In the second hour Lucy Portman introduces her latest project – The Furrow Collective.
This brings together the Emily Portman Trio and Alasdair Roberts
to play traditional gems from both sides of the English/Scottish border.



As usual we have the latest releases and gig guide but in addition we have a new competition.
You can win 2 free tickets to see The Oysterband performing at G-Live on Sunday 9th March.

Join us on Monday 3rd February from 9 - 11pm, with a repeat on Saturday 8th at 9pm.
And an extra repeat for our Transatlantic listeners on Tuesday 4th from 3 - 5am UK time.


January's Mainly Folk has not one but three interview features.

Wizz JonesIn the first hour we talk to a founding father of the folk revival, admired by many rock guitarists such as Keith Richards, the legendary Wizz Jones.





Annabelle ChvostekIn the second hour we catch up with ex Wailin' Jenny's Canadian singer Annabelle Chvostek prior to her UK tour and then .....



Drew Holcomb and .... to Nashville's Drew Holcomb who is also coming over here with his band, The Neighbors.




All this plus the latest releases and gig guide, Monday 6th January from 9 - 11pm,
with a repeat on Saturday 11th at 9pm.
And an extra repeat for our Transatlantic listeners on Tuesday 7th from 3 - 5am UK time.



** Mainly Folk Special Feature: Martin Harley and Sam Lewis Live Session**
      Saturday 14th December at 9.00pm

Martin Harley & Sam LewisIn this Mainly Folk Live Session we welcome two fantastic singer songwriters to our studios - local boy Martin Harley and from Nashville, Sam Lewis. The pair are currently on tour together and Bev talks to them about how they met and their collaborations, and they play some fantastic live tracks in our studios.


For information about tour dates and their latest albums, be sure to check out their websites - links above.

You can also check out the live performance videos on our new Mainly Folk Live Sessions YouTube channel.



Martin CarthyOn December's Mainly Folk we talked to leading
exponent of the Folk Scene, Martin Carthy .....





Fabian Holland...... and had a live session from rising star, Fabian Holland.


This session is also available on our
new YouTube Mainly Folk channel


All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see above.
And if you miss any of the broadcasts it will also be available after transmission on Mixcloud.



November... This month's Mainly Folk featured interviews and music from two of today's leading performers.

Lester SimpsonIn the first hour we talked to Lester Simpson including,
with Remembrance Sunday fast approaching, his
commemorative work of those who fought in the First World War.




Jim MorayThe  award  winning Jim Moray   is  performing  a  sell-out  special  concert  on 9th November at Union Chapel to mark the 10 anniversary re-release of his seminal album "Sweet England". In the second hour he talked about how his career has developed since its release.




All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see above.
And if you miss any of the broadcasts it will also be available after transmission on Mixcloud.



** Mainly Folk Special **       Sunday 20th October, 10.00pm  (repeated Tuesday 22nd, 8.00pm)

Stacey Kent

Stacey KentA best-selling member of the Blue Note roster of recording artists,
Stacey has had eight best-selling albums, a string of awards, and a
fan base that enables her to sell out concert halls around the world.

Stacey's album, 'Breakfast On the Morning Train', went platinum in
France, gold in Germany, and was also nominated for a 2009
Grammy Award. Bev Harris caught up her with prior to a rare UK performance
at the Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington on November 9th.

This Brooklands Radio Special includes tracks from her new album The Changing Lights
which is being released in over 30 countries and which she is currently promoting on a
world wide tour.



Nancy Kerr and James Fagan October's Mainly Folk features an interview and live music from –

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan recorded at the Sidmouth festival.




Brook Williams In the second hour Brooks Williams plays tracks from
his great new album, live in the studio.


You can also see the songs he plays on our new YouTube Mainly Folk channel


All this plus a packed gig guide and the latest folk and Americana releases -
next Monday, 7th October from 9 – 11pm,
with a repeat on Saturday at 9pm.
And one for our Transatlantic listeners on Tuesday from 3 - 5am UK time.


** Mainly Folk Special **        Friday 20th September, 11.00pm

What have Joan Baez, Janis Ian, Peter, Paul & Mary, Nanci Griffith,
Garth Brooks and Art Garfunkel all have in common?

Bob & Maggie WoodThey have all covered songs by, or worked with, today's guest Buddy Mondlock.

In this Brooklands Radio Mainly Folk Special, Buddy talks to Bev Harris about
his long career in music and plays live in session with bass player Mike Lindauer.

You can also check out the live performance videos on our new
Mainly Folk Live Sessions YouTube channel.



September's Mainly Folkis an aural postcard from Sidmouth Folk Week.

FlookWe have conversation and music from Irish super group Flook .....

Faustus

                   Paul Sartin from Faustus previews their new album and .....  



Sarah McQuaid Sarah McQuaid plays live before embarking on
her 3-month UK and American tour.




All this plus a packed gig guide and the latest releases Monday 2nd September 9-11pm
and Saturday 7th at the same time.
Plus a repeat on Tuesday 3rd at 3 am for our Transatlantic listeners.
And if you miss any of the broadcasts it will also be available after transmission on Mixcloud.


August's Mainly Folk features artists connected with this month's Sidmouth FolkWeek.

James Findlay
We kick off with fine West Country singer, James Findlay.



Jim Causley
Then we talk to Jim Causley about the
Poetry of Charles Causley production
that is being performed at the festival.



Jon Cleave
Finally, in the second hour Jon Cleave of
Fisherman's Friends previews their new album.







All this plus the latest releases and local gig guide - next Monday, 5th August from 9 - 11pm,
with a repeat on Saturday from 9 - 11pm.
And one for our Transatlantic listeners on Tuesday from 3 - 5am UK time.


Woody MannIn the first hour of July's Mainly Folk we speak to
New York singer songwriter Woody Mann.
Woody was taught by Rev Gary Davis and in turn
given lessons to a range of players, including Paul Simon.


In part 2 - Chris While and Julie Matthews talk about the 20 years While & Matthews
they have been performing, including with the Albion Band,
their recent duo album and life on the road.






All this plus the latest releases and local gig guide - next Monday, 1st July from 9 - 11pm,
with a repeat on Saturday from 9 - 11pm.
And one for our Transatlantic listeners on Tuesday from 3 - 5am UK time.


In June's Mainly Folk the spotlight is on those who make the folk scene possible.

First up we talk to John Braithwaite, Director of The UK's oldest Festival, Sidmouth,
about what to expect in this year's week-long extravaganza.

Bob & Maggie Wood Then it's the turn of Bob and Maggie Wood going behind
the scenes of our local BBC Folk Awards winning Ram Club,
plus of course some live songs from Bob.



Dana & Susan RobinsonFinally Dana and Susan Robinson are coming over here
on a tour that includes TwickFolk. They discuss and play
tracks from their latest album for your enjoyment.



All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see above.


Sam Carter May's Mainly Folk plays host to two unique artists who are playing in our area this month.

In the first hour Bev talks to Sam Carter
whose last album attracted rave reviews.



Clive Gregson

In part two Clive Gregson shares highlights from
his career and we play tracks from his new CD.


All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see above.


Karine Polwart On April's Mainly Folk we have three very different songwriters.


First up we speak to Karine Polwart about her latest album.


Josh Rouse
                 Then Nashville folk pop singer Josh Rouse tells us about his new CD prior to
                                     his UK tour in May.
Rebecca Pronsky

And finally, we have a live session from Brooklyn's Rebecca Pronsky.




All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see above.


Lori LiebermanMarch's Mainly Folk included a half hour special with Lori Lieberman.
Lori was the first person to record Killing Me Softly With His Song and she talks about this, her career and her latest album and tour.

As usual we featured a bunch of new releases, which this month
included Richard Thompson and Karine Polwart.



All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see above.
Copy of the March programme Playlist on pdf here.


Geraldine Hollett, The Once February's Mainly Folk had a strong transatlantic flavour. In the first half we talked to Geraldine Hollett of Canada's The Once, who are currently on tour.


Caroline Herring

In the second hour we featured American singer songwriter Caroline Herring (http://www.carolineherring.com/), and talk to her about her latest album. 




All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see above.
Copy of the February programme Playlist on pdf here.


Rex Preston, Melanie SykesIn the first part of January's Mainly Folk we talked to a very talented duo whose latest tour takes in some local dates.

Miranda Sykes is well known as the third member of Show of Hands. Rex Preston has a reputation as a fine, imaginative mandolin player on the British Bluegrass scene Together they form a rare fusion of double bass & mandolin making for one of the most exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene.
Sue Graves
In the second hour of the show, there was an interview with some live and recorded music from local folksinger, Sue Graves, including tracks with Soiree and Voiceover.  (drawing by Alban Low)

All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see above.
Copy of the January programme Playlist on pdf here.


Steve Knightley In December's Mainly Folk we talked to Steve Knightley,
lead singer and songwriter for the award-winning Show of Hands.



Bev Harris & Benny Gallagher

The second half of the show was a one-hour special with Benny Gallagher. Benny talked about
his  career  spanning  his  time  with  Apple  (The Beatles not Steve Jobs!),  McGuinness Flint,
Ronnie Lane, Art Garfunkel and of course, Gallagher and Lyle.


All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see above.
Copy of the December programme Playlist on pdf here.


November's Mainly Folk had not just the latest CDs in Folk and Americana and our gig guide but also a whole lot more!

Gregory Alan Isakov Mary GauthierWe had music and interviews with
American folksinger Gregory Alan Isakov...

                                                                 ... and Alt Country performer Mary Gauthier.



Show of HandsWe also talked to Show of Hand's Phil Beer.
Show of Hands have sold out the Albert Hall four times.


All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see above.


Rab Noakes Kate RusbyOur October Show had an unreleased track by Gerry Rafferty
and Rab Noakes, an interview and new music with Rab himself,
at Folk at G-Live, Guildford special.

                                                      Plus a competition for 2 tickets for Kate Rusby's
                                                                                        October concert at G-Live.



All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see above.
Copy of the October programme Playlist on pdf here.


Our September show had 3 great interviews with music.
Andy Roberts on Plainsong's farewell tour, the band that features the familiar voice of Ian Matthews.
Steve Ashley is at Thames Ditton's Ram Club in a few weeks time. His songs have been covered by many performers - you will be able to hear why.
Finally, we talked to a real living legend, Peggy Seeger, on her groundbreaking new album.

All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see below.
Copy of the September programme Playlist on pdf here.

Our August show featured an interview with legendary Canadian singer songwriter, Bruce Cockburn who is touring the UK the end of August and September in support of his latest release, "Small Source of Comfort".
Bruce has produced over 20 best selling albums and has travelled the world as a humanitarian activist. His honours include being one of the few living artists who have been represented on a Canada Post stamp. www.brucecockburn.com

Darrell Scott
We also spoke to Darrell Scott, who has played in the Transatlantic Sessions, Celtic Connections and more recently Robert Plant's Band of Joy. He is also an accomplished solo performer and talks about his latest album, "Long Ride Home". www.darrellscott.com

All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see below.
Copy of the August programme Playlist on pdf here.



Our July show featured interviews and music from two of the leading families in folk. We talked to Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman and played tracks from their new album, "Hidden People".

In the second half of the programme James Fagan told us about the Fagan Family and their involvement in the Australian folk revival and his very successful partnership with Nancy Kerr.

All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see below.
Copy of the July programme Playlist on pdf here.

Our June show featured a live session with the premier American guitarist and songwriter, Brooks Williams (www.brookswilliams.com).

We also had an interview with Nate Borofsky from Girlyman (www.girlyman.com) and played tracks from their latest album, "Supernova".

Last, but not least, we were talking to Lucy Wainwright Roche, (www.lucywainwrightroche.com) whose recent album "Lucy" does her family proud!

All interviews can be listened to via Feedburner - see below.
Copy of the June programme Playlist on pdf here.




You may want to check out the following gigs/venues –

Anchor Folk Club, Byfleet Anvil Arts, Basingstoke Bracknell Folk Club, Windlesham King's Place, London N1 9AG
Cecil Sharp House The Cellar Upstairs, Euston NW1 Dorking Folk Club Grayshott Folk Club, Hindhead
Farnham Maltings G-Live, Guildford Green Note, Camden NW1
Half Moon, Putney SW15 The Music Institute, Guildford The Ram Club at Thames Ditton Reading Folk Club
River house Barn Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell EC1 Twickenham Folk Club

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