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Cambridge Folk Festival: Celebrating 50 Years

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The world’s famous Cambridge Folk Festival reaches the grand age of 50 this year, so to mark this extraordinary milestone we are releasing a truly special live compilation album featuring 50 of the very best live tracks ever recorded at the event. Cambridge Folk Festival: Celebrating 50 Years, will be available to stream and download worldwide from Sunday the 27th July – a week before this year’s festival gets underway. In 1960 a documentary called Jazz on a Summer’s Day was made covering the Newport Jazz Festival which had begun just six years previously in Rhode Island. It featured performances from many of…

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The Proust Playlist: Steve Tilston

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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. The questions were not actually devised by Proust he was simply the first to answer them. 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. The great debate over which is better, words or Youtube, will continue to rage regardless – but in an attempt to…

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The Proust Playlist – Belinda O’Hooley

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There are now four new additions to our Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions series – our first live folk releases from 2014 – and that’s fantastic news. The most recent artists to have made their live performances from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show (Wednesdays 19:00 GMT) available worldwide, joining an illustrious list of folk luminaries, are Jim Causley, Éamonn Coyne & Kris Drever, Oysterband and O’Hooley & Tidow. In celebration of the fact, we have asked some of the artists from the series to provide us with their personalised Proust Playlists… What’s the Proust Playlist? The Proust Playlist is musical spin-off of…

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The Return of the Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions

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The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions are back!  The first set of live releases from this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show are available worldwide to stream and download. The sessions are taken from live sets recorded on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show which goes out live every Wednesday evening at 7pm (GMT). In 2013 performances from… 1. Blair Dunlop 2. Eliza Carthy 3. Fairport Convention 4. Faustus 5. Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar 6. Geordie Mackeeman & His Rhythm Boys 7. Heidi Talbot 8. Jackie Oates 9. John Kirkpatrick 10. John Smith 11. Lisa Knapp 12. Mike Heron & The Trembling Bells 13. Olivia Chaney 14. Sarah Savoy & The Francadians 15. Show of Hands 16. The Spooky Men’s…

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The BBC Folk Awards 2014 Preview

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It’s a mere two days away. On Wednesday, while the pop world heads for the bright lights of the O2 Arena, the Albert Hall will play host to the biggest night in folk music. The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards will be held at the venue for the first time in the event’s illustrious 15 year history and it looks set to be another fantastic evening of stunning performances, surprise guests and life changing accolades. Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis will again be at the helm with the whole show being broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and on the red button. What a…

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New Folk Sessions – Out Monday!

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On Monday (18th November) we release four brand new folk sessions recorded live for the BBC Radio 2 folk show. You can preview the tracks below. SHOW OF HANDS Devon folk sensations Show of Hands recorded a live session on the 9th of October 2013, playing the tracks ‘Haunt You’ (co-written by Seth Lakeman), ‘Company Town’ and ‘Coming Home’ – all of which feature on their album Wake the Union. Formed in 1991, Show of Hands have become one of the biggest acts on the British folk scene, earning fans and plaudits for their forceful songs and rousing live sets.  This session…

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The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions: Lisa Knapp

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The latest live release in The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions series comes from the ‘avant-folk’ singer Lisa Knapp. These three extraordinary tracks, originally recorded for BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show, are available to stream and download now. Lisa combines the folk tradition, as heard on ‘Hunt The Hare’, which is based on the song ‘Rocky Road to Dublin’, with contemporary, surreal and ethereal sounds, as on ‘Shipping Song’ – her vocals fluctuating from whispering and child-like to soaring and powerful. ‘Ruler of the Rest’, with its beautiful piano (Gerry Diver) and eerie dulcimer (Kate Arnold), is a hypnotic lament to…

Martin Carthy Live in Whitby 1984

Martin Carthy: Live in Whitby, 1984

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First there was St Albans…   Then there was Sidmouth…   Now, it’s Whitby…   This is… Martin Carthy With A Vengeance / Martin Carthy: The Man Kicks The Hornet’s Nest / The Carthy Ultimatum / Martin: The Dark Carthy Rises / Martin Carthy 3: The Rescue / Martin Carthy: The Return of the (King/Jedi) / Carthy: This Time It’s Personal / Carthy: The Rise of the Machines / Martin Carthy and The Last Crusade… …AKA Martin Carthy: Live in Whitby, 1984 – the final installment of the epic three part saga.     Coming to online music stores & streaming sites…

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The Folk Show: Show of Hands

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Tonight’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show (9/10/13) features a live interview and session with one of British Folk’s great grass roots success stories – Show of Hands. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer met as teenagers while playing in different bands in Exeter, Devon, where they grew up. Since then, they have built a huge following that has resulted in three sell out shows at the Albert Hall and numerous accolades. Show of Hands won the Best Live Act award at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.  At the 2005 awards they were nominated for Best Duo and were part…

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Richard Hawley & Marry Waterson on The Folk Show

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Tomorrow’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show sees Mark speaking to Richard Hawley and Marry Waterson about Bright Phoebus, the classic album by Marry’s late mother and uncle, Lal and Mike Waterson. Richard and Marry will soon be joined by Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Jarvis Cocker, Norma Waterson and John Smith for a series of concerts titled Bright Phoebus Revisited – celebrating the 1972 album which memorably blended folk and Beatles-esque elements with the special North Yorkshire atmosphere of Lal and Mike’s original songwriting.  This was the only album of Lal and Mike’s to feature original rather than traditional songs. The record…