Kate Rusby

New Kate Rusby EP – Live at the BBC

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Kate Rusby joins the illustrious list of folk artists to feature in the Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions series. Her new live BBC EP is out now. Kate dropped by the BBC’s Salford studios back in November last year to play three songs from her latest album ‘Ghost’. She was joined by husband Damien O’Kane and Steven Iverson on guitars, Duncan Lyle on double bass, and Nick Cooke on accordion. The Outlandish Knight, performed live here, opens the Barnsley singer’s 11th solo album. No stranger to accolades and acclaim (having been nominated for the Mercury Prize back in 1999 and having picked…

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3 Daft Monkeys – BBC session out now

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Following hot on the heels of Luke Daniels’ release comes The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions: 3 Daft Monkeys. “Who are these 3 Daft Monkeys you speak of?” They are Richie, Lucas, Athenie and Tim…(daft indeed!) On the 26th of November last year they performed 3 songs live for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show from their 2013 album ‘Of Stones and Bones’ and the album that preceded it ‘The Antiquated and the Arcane’. There are rumours of a new album due out later this year but in the meantime this live session is available to stream and download worldwide. iTunes: Amazon: The…

Luke Daniels

Luke Daniels Live BBC Session – out 23rd Feb

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2014 saw some of the world’s finest folk talent descend on Salford to play their music in an intimate setting to a global audience. The BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, hosted by Mark Radcliffe, goes out live every Wednesday night from 7pm and over the past two years has welcomed the likes of Fairport Convention, Julie Fowlis, Seth Lakeman, Anais Mitchell, John Smith,  Nancy Kerr, and many more folk-trad-acoustic luminaries, to play live. Many of these sessions have been released via Delphonic Music, along with two albums of live highlights (The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions 2013 / The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions…


9Bach – The Proust Playlist

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Today’s Proust Playlist comes from Lisa of Welsh outfit 9Bach.   9Bach feature on The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions 2014 – the annual compilation of live highlights from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. This extraordinary collection of intimate live performances from some of the finest folk and roots musicians playing today has been compiled by Mark Radcliffe and his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show production team and is available worldwide now!   iTunes: Amazon: Spotify: 9Bach, who were formed in 2005 by Lisa and Martin, brought their wonderfully distinctive sound – which infuses traditional styles with modern sounds and arrangements – to the Folk Show on the…


Jane Harbour – The Proust Playlist

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The sixth artist to compile their Proust Playlist is Jane Harbour of the west-country based folk outfit Spiro. We’ve been asking artists who feature on the BBC Radio 2 Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions 2014 album some deceptively simple questions – with a nod to the original questionnaire famously answered by Marcel – with all answers coming in song form. The album is available worldwide now! iTunes: Amazon: Jane met Jason, Alex and John at a session playing Irish, Scottish and Eastern European folk music. Noticing the scarcity of English traditional music on the circuit they teamed up to bring the sounds of Northumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire etc….

Ewan McLennan

Ewan McLennan – Proust Playlist

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Here is The Proust Playlist as chosen by Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist Ewan McLennan. He is one of 20 artists who feature on the BBC Radio 2 Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions 2014 – available worldwide now! In 2011 Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist Ewan McLennan won the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – an accolade also won by fellow MRFS14 artists Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, and Nancy Kerr. Just as the aforementioned have done, he too has gone on to become one of the great names in contemporary folk. In October he performed music from…

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Hannah Martin – Proust Playlist

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The next artist from the Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions 2014 album to undertake the Proust Playlist, following in the footsteps of Julie Fowlis, Adam Holmes and Nancy Kerr, is Hannah Martin who performs with Phillip Henry. The Lancastrian duo won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award earlier this year and were on the show in April playing songs from their latest album Mynd – an old English word which translates as memory or memorial. Here’s a clip of their track Silbury Hill… “It came out of a couple of things – mainly a wonderfully atmospheric visit to West Kennet Long Barrow, looking…

Adam Holmes & The Embers

Adam Holmes – The Proust Playlist

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Yesterday Nancy Kerr became the latest folk artist to provide us with their Proust Playlist and in it she heralded the Adam Holmes & The Embers song ‘Oh My God’ as her favourite of the year. It seems fitting therefore that Adam should be next up to answer these deceptively simple questions through music… It’s been an exciting year for Edinburgh’s Adam Holmes. In January the singer-songwriter released his debut album – the John Wood (Nick Drake, John Martyn, Richard Thompson) produced Heirs and Graces – to much critical acclaim. In his live session, recorded in April, Adam, along with Alex Hunter, Douglas Kay,…

Nancy Kerr

The Proust Playlist – Nancy Kerr

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The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions 2014 is finally here! iTunes: Amazon: The annual celebration of the very best performances from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show features some of the most exciting artists on the folk scene today and we’ve been asking them to partake in our playlist based questionnaire The Proust Playlist… The Proust Playlist is the musical answer to The Proust Questionnaire, where great thinkers and luminaries would answer deceptively simple questions to help shed some light on their psyche. Our first folk music luminary to compile their Proust Playlist was Julie Fowlis. Now is the turn of Nancy…

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Julie Fowlis – The Proust Playlist

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In celebration of the impending release of The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions 2014 we are asking artists who feature on the album to provide us with their personal Proust Playlists.  The Proust Questionnaire was devised in the late 19th Century, providing a means for writers to learn more about themselves and for readers to discover new things about old friends. Many great thinkers, writers and academics have since undertaken the task of addressing these searching questions, but had only archaic things like words and sentences with which to respond. Now we have Spotify and Youtube. Our musicians will answer similarly probing questions via…