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Welcome to Folk On Foot

Latest episode: Katie Spencer at Spurn Point

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Come to “The Edge of the Land” with the wonderful singer, songwriter and guitarist Katie Spencer. She was born and brought up in East Yorkshire. In this episode she takes us to one of her favourite places: Spurn Point, a narrow spit of land that stretches three miles out into the sea. As we head for the lighthouse at the end, she sings some of her gorgeous songs on the beach and talks about her musical inspiration, but will we be cut off by the tide?

Find out more about Katie at https://www.katiespencer.net/

Previous episode: Jon Wilks in Birmingham

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Jon Wilks is singlehandedly bringing folk music to a wider audience, through his excellent TradFolk website and Old Songs Podcast and of course by singing and playing the music itself. In this episode, he takes us for a walk around the stomping grounds of his youth in the centre of Birmingham, sharing his fascinating insights into the history of music making in the city and performing songs on the very spot where they were originally collected. Oh, and then there’s the sausage roll incident in Greggs!

Find out more about Jon at https://jonwilks.online/

Official Folk Albums Chart Show—7th November 2023

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This month’s Official Folk Albums Chart Show from Folk on Foot features an interview with Martin Simpson about “Nothing But Green Willow”, his trans-Atlantic collaboration with Thomm Jutz and a host of amazing singers. Plus there’s music from Matthew and the Atlas, Track Dogs, Chris Brain, The Breath, Finbar Furey, Skinny Lister and The Mary Wallopers. 

Subscribe to the Folk Forecast to explore all the gigs and album news we ran through in the show: https://thefolkforecast.substack.com/

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Folk on Foot on Film is an amazing – and growing – archive of more than 250 unique performances of songs filmed on location during our walks, featuring many of the artists showcased in our podcasts.

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The Folk on Foot Big Walk 2023

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This year Matthew embarked on his biggest walk yet; 186 miles in 2 weeks, from Wickham Festival in Hampshire to Folk East in Suffolk, raising £18,014 for the charity Help Musicians.

Each evening, he met a musician in a pub for some rejuvenating music to keep his spirits up. See his route, watch the films of those performances and listen to the story of the walk here.

The Big Walk

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