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Latest episode: Fay Hield at the Soundpost Weekend in Dungworth

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The singer, songwriter and academic Fay Hield invites us to a Soundpost Singing Weekend in the village of Dungworth on the outskirts of Sheffield. Guests include Sean Cooney of the Young’uns and Rowan Rheingans who wrote special songs for the event. But mostly we walk in the surrounding countryside with Fay and her dog, hearing her sing, learning about her life in music and debating the big issues like “what is folk music?” and “why does it matter?”

Find out more about Fay Hield at https://www.fayhield.com/

Find out more about Soundpost at https://www.soundpost.org.uk/

Previous episode: The Musical Village of Pathhead, Midlothian

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Join us on a walk around the unassuming village of Pathhead, Midlothian, just south of Edinburgh, which is home to a whole galaxy of Scottish musicians.

We start with singer songwriter Karine Polwart, who takes us to meet pianist Dave Milligan and his partner the harpist Corrina Hewat. Then it’s round the corner to see singer and multi-instrumentalist Inge Thomson, her partner Martin Green (of Lau) and their son Ewen, who plays mandolin. They hand us on to bass player Tom Lyne who also creates music using the sounds of the natural world. After a walk with Tom (spotting three mad March hares along the way) we go to his home to meet his wife, the jazz singer Sophie Bancroft. A knock on the door heralds the arrival of fiddle player Amy Geddes who invites us all back to her place for a feast. Joined in Amy’s sitting room by drummer Tom Bancroft and fiddle player Jenny Gardner, the assembled group pay an emotional musical tribute to local pipe maker Nigel Richard who died last year.

You will hear beautiful performances, meet some extraordinary talents and gain an insight into the true meaning of community spirit when you listen to our longest episode yet.

Official Folk Albums Chart Show—2nd August 2022

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This month’s Official Folk Albums Chart Show from Folk on Foot is presented by Matthew Bannister from the Sidmouth Folk Festival and features an interview with Bella Hardy about her new album “Love Songs” plus music from Kim Carnie, Martyn Joseph, David Ford and Annie Dressner, Will Allen, Damien O’Kane and Ron Block, Kathryn Williams and Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler.

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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