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Latest episode: Raynor Winn and the Gigspanner Big Band on the South West Coast Path

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Raynor Winn’s best-selling book “The Salt Path” tells how she and her husband Moth became homeless just as he was diagnosed with a terminal neuro-degenerative disease. Despite this, they set off to walk the 630 challenging miles of the South West Coast Path which stretches from Minehead in Somerset along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall to Poole Harbour in Dorset. The redemptive story of their dogged determination, loving relationship and close connection with the natural world made the book a best seller.

And now Raynor has teamed up with Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band (featuring Hannah Martin and Philip Henry of Edgelarks, John Spiers of Bellowhead, guitarist Roger Flack and percussionist Sacha Trochet) to create a new show called Saltlines - which combines traditional music from the South West Coast with new words about the area. In this episode, host Matthew Bannister gets the great privilege of attending rehearsals in a village hall near Exmouth, and then walking the Coast Path with Raynor.

Follow Raynor Winn at https://twitter.com/raynor_winn

Find out more about the Gigspanner Big Band at https://www.gigspanner.com/gigspanner-big-band

Previous episode: Grace Petrie in Leicester

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Grace Petrie sometimes introduces herself on stage as “a socialist, feminist, lesbian protest singer”. Her acutely observed songs range from political and passionate to personal and profound.  She’s also been known to turn her hand to comedy. In this walk through her home city of Leicester she tells Matthew Bannister about her childhood and musical journey, reflects on what it means always to be on “The Losing Side” in politics and reveals the poignant story behind a visit to IKEA.

Find out more about Grace at https://gracepetrie.com/

Official Folk Albums Chart Show—3rd May 2022

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This month’s Official Folk Albums Chart Show from Folk on Foot features Iona Lane, John Smith, Chris Brain, Michael Weston King, Hanging Stars, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage and Passenger. Plus the latest gig news and the announcement of an exciting new episode of Folk on Foot. 

Official Folk Albums Chart of the Year Show 2021

A very special event streamed live from Cecil Sharp House, the show looks back at the highlights of 2021, the very first full year of The Official Folk Albums Chart.

Hosted by Matthew Bannister with guest co-host Kitty Macfarlane, the show features live performances and interviews with artists that have featured in the chart over the past year.

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The four Folk on Foot Festivals have raised an astonishing £327,000 for musicians during the COVID 19 lockdowns. Half the money has been donated to the charity Help Musicians and the rest was divided equally between the scores of performers who took part.

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