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Latest episode: Jamie Webster in Liverpool

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“My city, my people, my heart” – Jamie Webster loves his home city of Liverpool – and Liverpool loves Jamie Webster. The young singer and songwriter started out performing chants for fans of Liverpool FC, which led to a gig in front of 60,000 at the Champions League Final and a meeting with manager Jurgen Klopp. Now his songs of working-class life have made Jamie a local hero with two hit albums under his belt.

In this episode he takes us to a community centre called “the Florrie” where he volunteers. In the centre’s food bank, he expresses his anger that so many people in a wealthy country like the UK can’t afford to feed themselves. Then it’s off to the Beatles statue, the Liver Building and the Cavern Club where Jamie has just joined the illustrious list of performers with their names written on bricks outside.

Find out more about Jamie Webster at https://www.jamiewebstermusic.com/

Previous 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. The redemptive story of their dogged determination, loving relationship and close connection with the natural world made the book a best seller.

Now Raynor has teamed up with Peter Knight’s brilliant Gigspanner Big Band to create a new show which combines traditional music from the South West Coast with words about the area. In this atmospheric episode, host Matthew Bannister goes to rehearsals in a village hall near Exmouth, and then walks 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

Official Folk Albums Chart Show—7th June 2022

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What advice would Kate Rusby give to her younger self? Find out on this month’s Official Folk Albums Chart Show from Folk on Foot as she joins host Matthew Bannister to celebrate her 30 years on the road. There are also special performances by Angeline Morrison, Heidi Talbot and Bryony Griffith and Alice Jones plus music from Katie Spencer, Nick Hart and Guise.

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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