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May 18, 2019

Bedfordshire based Ragged Staff are Ned Lawton (uilleann pipes, whistles, percussion & vocals), Caroline Riches (violin & vocals) & Mike Nacey (tenor guitar & percussion). Ned formed the band in 2008 driven by a passion for English and Irish acoustic music.

The music is energetic with dynamics that can move from a whisper to a roar. Over a number of years Ragged Staff built up a considerable following, eventually calling it a day in 2016 to pursue other projects. Invisible Folk were delighted to persuade them to reform for this podcast session.

Ned is active in musical theatre having written shows based on life in the 1800s incorporating traditional and contemporary folk songs.

Caroline is an occasional solo performer, on this session she plays one of her own songs while accompanying on hammered dulcimer. She is also part of the Bonnet & Belt Theatre Company currently performing 'Canals of Old England' which celebrates the heritage of English canals in music, song and verse.

To obtain a copy of Ragged Staff's most recent album 'Kiss The Shore' please contact Ned via ned.raggedstaff@hotmail.co.uk

May 18, 2019

Bedfordshire based Ragged Staff are Ned Lawton (uilleann pipes, whistles, percussion & vocals), Caroline Riches (violin & vocals) & Mike Nacey (tenor guitar & percussion). Ned formed the band in 2008 driven by a passion for English and Irish acoustic music.

The music is energetic with dynamics that can move from a whisper to a roar. Over a number of years Ragged Staff built up a considerable following, eventually calling it a day in 2016 to pursue other projects. Invisible Folk were delighted to persuade them to reform for this podcast session.

Ned is active in musical theatre having written shows based on life in the 1800s incorporating traditional and contemporary folk songs.

Caroline is an occasional solo performer, on this session she plays one of her own songs while accompanying on hammered dulcimer. She is also part of the Bonnet & Belt Theatre Company currently performing 'Canals of Old England' which celebrates the heritage of English canals in music, song and verse.

To obtain a copy of Ragged Staff's most recent album 'Kiss The Shore' please contact Ned via ned.raggedstaff@hotmail.co.uk

Apr 30, 2019

Welshman Mike Carter-Jones is a singer/guitarist and prolific songwriter, Liverpool's Mike Nacey is a talented instrumentalist on tenor guitar and mandolin. Nowadays based in Bedfordshire (England) both are a long way from their roots but are still enjoying the music they make. They are an experienced duo mixing folk and jazz influences at local acoustic sessions and folk clubs.

In our session Mike C-J performs some of his songs and Mike N plays some beautifully arranged instrumental pieces. Host Jon Bickley plays some newly written material from a song cycle marking the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Luton Peace Day riots.

Mike C-J has lots of songs on YouTube.
Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/MikeCarterJones/videos

Apr 30, 2019

Welshman Mike Carter-Jones is a singer/guitarist and prolific songwriter, Liverpool's Mike Nacey is a talented instrumentalist on tenor guitar and mandolin. Nowadays based in Bedfordshire (England) both are a long way from their roots but are still enjoying the music they make. They are an experienced duo mixing folk and jazz influences at local acoustic sessions and folk clubs.

In our session Mike C-J performs some of his songs and Mike N plays some beautifully arranged instrumental pieces. Host Jon Bickley plays some newly written material from a song cycle marking the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Luton Peace Day riots.

Mike C-J has lots of songs on YouTube.
Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/MikeCarterJones/videos

Apr 21, 2019

In a return to the successful '3 Songwriters' format first used back in January 2017 host Jon Bickley trades songs and conversation with David Gunawardana and Martin Olyett.

This second session dates from August 2018 where the guys had lots of new material to play and discuss. Indeed they had so much to discuss they reconvened for a third session 4 months later, but more of that another day.

Dissecting songwriters' methods tells us much about how some people perceive and interpret the world around them and turn that view into a musical artform. In our small way Invisible Folk Club are trying to see behind the curtain and achieve a deeper understanding. We'll continue to dissect more songwriters!!!

Both guests have recently released albums.
For David Gunawardana's Figures & Faces go to https://www.davidgunawardana.com/
For Martin Olyett's Strawman album please go to https://invisiblefolkclub.com/contact/ and leave us a message. We'll ensure Martin receives your communication.

Apr 21, 2019

In a return to the successful '3 Songwriters' format first used back in January 2017 host Jon Bickley trades songs and conversation with David Gunawardana and Martin Olyett.

This second session dates from August 2018 where the guys had lots of new material to play and discuss. Indeed they had so much to discuss they reconvened for a third session 4 months later, but more of that another day.

Dissecting songwriters' methods tells us much about how some people perceive and interpret the world around them and turn that view into a musical artform. In our small way Invisible Folk Club are trying to see behind the curtain and achieve a deeper understanding. We'll continue to dissect more songwriters!!!

Both guests have recently released albums.
For David Gunawardana's Figures & Faces go to https://www.davidgunawardana.com/
For Martin Olyett's Strawman album please go to https://invisiblefolkclub.com/contact/ and leave us a message. We'll ensure Martin receives your communication.

Apr 11, 2019

Of The Clay are Joe Potter (voc/gtr) & Niamh Bury (voc/gtr & Shruti box), they sing traditional folk songs or songs in the traditional idiom.

They have recently relocated to Dublin but when Invisible Folk came calling they were still living in north Norfolk, that land of eerie shorelines, low horizons and big skies. They had certainly absorbed much of the history and atmosphere of the area, it was reflected in their songs.

Singer/composer Peter Bellamy, a man who spent his formative years in Norfolk, is clearly a significant influence and much discussion ensued about this enigmatic character. Joe & Niamh perform a striking acapella version of Al Stewart's 'Nostradamus' a song also performed by Peter Bellamy.

The beautifully arranged performances captured in this session are mesmerising and intense.

See also https://oftheclay.bandcamp.com/

Apr 11, 2019

Of The Clay are Joe Potter (voc/gtr) & Niamh Bury (voc/gtr & Shruti box), they sing traditional folk songs or songs in the traditional idiom.

They have recently relocated to Dublin but when Invisible Folk came calling they were still living in north Norfolk, that land of eerie shorelines, low horizons and big skies. They had certainly absorbed much of the history and atmosphere of the area, it was reflected in their songs.

Singer/composer Peter Bellamy, a man who spent his formative years in Norfolk, is clearly a significant influence and much discussion ensued about this enigmatic character. Joe & Niamh perform a striking acapella version of Al Stewart's 'Nostradamus' a song also performed by Peter Bellamy.

The beautifully arranged performances captured in this session are mesmerising and intense.

See also https://oftheclay.bandcamp.com/

Apr 3, 2019

Odette Michell is an English Folk Singer/Songwriter with a fine voice that hints at Sandy or Joni, which is no bad thing! Her finely tuned songwriting is sometimes so convincing that you'll believe it's a traditional song.

Odette found her feet as a performer in and around Cambridge, she even made a couple of appearances on the Club Stage at the prestigious folk festival. Things really began to take off with her first EP By Way of Night in March 2018 which attracted many positive reviews and radio plays. She has since gone on to open for folk legends Phil Beer (Show of Hands) and Martin Carthy, and is embarking on her first national solo tour.

Odette's first full length album The Wildest Rose, produced by Stu Hanna from award winning folk duo Megson, will be out in April 2019 and features musical contributions from Phil Beer and Toby Shaer.

Music video for the single Bless The Ground You Grow On filmed on location at the Chalk Horse and Dragon Hill in Uffington in Oxfordshire can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gc5OXec5hM

For up to date info go to https://www.odettemichell.com/

Apr 3, 2019

Odette Michell is an English Folk Singer/Songwriter with a fine voice that hints at Sandy or Joni, which is no bad thing! Her finely tuned songwriting is sometimes so convincing that you'll believe it's a traditional song.

Odette found her feet as a performer in and around Cambridge, she even made a couple of appearances on the Club Stage at the prestigious folk festival. Things really began to take off with her first EP By Way of Night in March 2018 which attracted many positive reviews and radio plays. She has since gone on to open for folk legends Phil Beer (Show of Hands) and Martin Carthy, and is embarking on her first national solo tour.

Odette's first full length album The Wildest Rose, produced by Stu Hanna from award winning folk duo Megson, will be out in April 2019 and features musical contributions from Phil Beer and Toby Shaer.

Music video for the single Bless The Ground You Grow On filmed on location at the Chalk Horse and Dragon Hill in Uffington in Oxfordshire can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gc5OXec5hM

For up to date info go to https://www.odettemichell.com/

Apr 3, 2019

Odette Michell is an English Folk Singer/Songwriter with a fine voice that hints at Sandy or Joni, which is no bad thing! Her finely tuned songwriting is sometimes so convincing that you'll believe it's a traditional song.

Odette found her feet as a performer in and around Cambridge, she even made a couple of appearances on the Club Stage at the prestigious folk festival. Things really began to take off with her first EP By Way of Night in March 2018 which attracted many positive reviews and radio plays. She has since gone on to open for folk legends Phil Beer (Show of Hands) and Martin Carthy, and is embarking on her first national solo tour.

Odette's first full length album The Wildest Rose, produced by Stu Hanna from award winning folk duo Megson, will be out in April 2019 and features musical contributions from Phil Beer and Toby Shaer.

Music video for the single Bless The Ground You Grow On filmed on location at the Chalk Horse and Dragon Hill in Uffington in Oxfordshire can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gc5OXec5hM

For up to date info go to https://www.odettemichell.com/

Mar 27, 2019

Each month we select a past Invisible Folk Club radio show to air on the podcast channel. Jon Bickley curates and presents the show. Nothing in the broad church of folk related music is off limits.

On our podcast channel you'll find shows where the songs might be longer, where the music is allowed to stretch and breathe. Maybe something a little more challenging.

We know our podcast listeners have the time, space and inclination to play the long game, to allow something to evolve.

Original radio broadcast 30th September 2018:
Gillian Welch - Scarlet Town
Gillian Welch - The Way It Goes
Gillian Welch - The Way The Whole Thing Ends
Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
Gillian Welch - Red Clay Halo
Gillian Welch - Pocahontas
Gillian Welch - White Freightliner Blues
Gillian Welch - White Rabbit
Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw - Black Muddy River
Jon Bickley & Only Human - The Leaving
Kris Kristofferson - Quinn The Eskimo
The Band - I Shall Be Released

If you want more information about our podcasts or radio shows please go to the website https://invisiblefolkclub.com/

Mar 26, 2019

Gemma Khawaja is a singer based in Norfolk (England) playing traditional songs of the British Isles. The arrangements emphasise the universal stories and themes drawing out the richness and beauty of the old melodies. These are mesmerising and intense performances.

Gemma also creates her own songs inspired by rural poets, mythology and folklore. In particular she has used the words of 17th century English poet Robert Herrick to great effect. To stream or purchase Gemma's music go to https://gemmakhawaja.bandcamp.com/

Gemma is also a professional puppeteer based at the Norwich Puppet Theatre where she is involved in both performance and the creation of puppets. As well as performing at a nationally unique venue dedicated to puppetry the company tour regularly. The touring aspect of Gemma's profession has a spin-off in that it creates opportunities for her to visit and perform at local folk clubs across the UK.

Of the 8 songs performed at this session 3 are Gemma with guitar, the remainder are unaccompanied.

Mar 26, 2019

Gemma Khawaja is a singer based in Norfolk (England) playing traditional songs of the British Isles. The arrangements emphasise the universal stories and themes drawing out the richness and beauty of the old melodies. These are mesmerising and intense performances.

Gemma also creates her own songs inspired by rural poets, mythology and folklore. In particular she has used the words of 17th century English poet Robert Herrick to great effect. To stream or purchase Gemma's music go to https://gemmakhawaja.bandcamp.com/

Gemma is also a professional puppeteer based at the Norwich Puppet Theatre where she is involved in both performance and the creation of puppets. As well as performing at a nationally unique venue dedicated to puppetry the company tour regularly. The touring aspect of Gemma's profession has a spin-off in that it creates opportunities for her to visit and perform at local folk clubs across the UK.

Of the 8 songs performed at this session 3 are Gemma with guitar, the remainder are unaccompanied.

Mar 26, 2019

Gemma Khawaja is a singer based in Norfolk (England) playing traditional songs of the British Isles. The arrangements emphasise the universal stories and themes drawing out the richness and beauty of the old melodies. These are mesmerising and intense performances.

Gemma also creates her own songs inspired by rural poets, mythology and folklore. In particular she has used the words of 17th century English poet Robert Herrick to great effect. To stream or purchase Gemma's music go to https://gemmakhawaja.bandcamp.com/

Gemma is also a professional puppeteer based at the Norwich Puppet Theatre where she is involved in both performance and the creation of puppets. As well as performing at a nationally unique venue dedicated to puppetry the company tour regularly. The touring aspect of Gemma's profession has a spin-off in that it creates opportunities for her to visit and perform at local folk clubs across the UK.

Of the 8 songs performed at this session 3 are Gemma with guitar, the remainder are unaccompanied.

Mar 26, 2019

Jack in a Barrel are a seven piece acapella group based in Bedfordshire, England. They perform a range of traditional and 'traditional sounding' songs, from standards like John Ball to more reflective numbers such as John Tams’ Devonshire Carol, taking in the odd sea shanty and music hall number along the way.

Acapella trio Coope, Boyes & Simpson have certainly been a stylistic influence and the songs of Peter Bellamy feature significantly in JIAB's repertoire.

They weave a rich musical tapestry with multi part harmonies and sophisticated arrangements. They can create an exhilarating wall of sound, but they are equally at home with the dynamics of more subtle material. 

http://jackinabarrel.co.uk/

Mar 26, 2019

Jack in a Barrel are a seven piece acapella group based in Bedfordshire, England. They perform a range of traditional and 'traditional sounding' songs, from standards like John Ball to more reflective numbers such as John Tams’ Devonshire Carol, taking in the odd sea shanty and music hall number along the way.

Acapella trio Coope, Boyes & Simpson have certainly been a stylistic influence and the songs of Peter Bellamy feature significantly in JIAB's repertoire.

They weave a rich musical tapestry with multi part harmonies and sophisticated arrangements. They can create an exhilarating wall of sound, but they are equally at home with the dynamics of more subtle material.

http://jackinabarrel.co.uk/

Mar 14, 2019

Melodeon player Elye Cuthbertson is a young man who is going places. At the time of this recording he was 14 having first picked up a melodeon aged 9 at an EFDSS workshop. Elye performs either as a soloist or with a variety of other musicians.

In 2018 he was a finalist in the prestigious New Roots competition for young musicians under the age of 25. He is a member of the National Youth Folk Ensemble with whom he will be playing at the prestigious Sidmouth Folk Festival (Sunday 4th August 2019). He has taken part in performance and compositional workshops run by award winning English folk musicians such as Andy Cutting and Sam Sweeney.

Elye's website has his latest news including details of a solo gig at Lewes folk club on Saturday 23rd March 2019

Music can be streamed from his Soundcloud page.

Mar 14, 2019

Melodeon player Elye Cuthbertson is a young man who is going places. At the time of this recording he was 14 having first picked up a melodeon aged 9 at an EFDSS workshop. Elye performs either as a soloist or with a variety of other musicians.

In 2018 he was a finalist in the prestigious New Roots competition for young musicians under the age of 25. He is a member of the National Youth Folk Ensemble with whom he will be playing at the prestigious Sidmouth Folk Festival (Sunday 4th August 2019). He has taken part in performance and compositional workshops run by award winning English folk musicians such as Andy Cutting and Sam Sweeney.

Elye's website has his latest news including details of a solo gig at Lewes folk club on Saturday 23rd March 2019

Music can be streamed from his Soundcloud page.

Feb 28, 2019

Each month we select a past Invisible Folk Club radio show to air on the podcast channel. Jon Bickley curates and presents the show. Nothing in the broad church of folk related music is off limits.

On our podcast channel you'll find shows where the songs might be longer, where the music is allowed to stretch and breathe. Maybe something a little more challenging. 

We know our podcast listeners have the time, space and inclination to play the long game, to allow something to evolve. 

Original radio broadcast 11th Nov 2018:
Trimdon Grange Explosion - Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Comus - All the Colours of Darkness
Trimdon Grange Explosion - Twenty-Four Hours
Elkhorn - The Black River
Alison Cotton - A Tragedy In The Tithe Barn
Alison Cotton - The Bells Of St Agnes
The Lords of Thyme - Bruton Town
The Lords of Thyme - The Bird It Sang
Alison Raymond - Let Angels stand

If you want more information about our podcasts or radio shows please go to the website https://invisiblefolkclub.com/

Feb 26, 2019

Singer Hamish Currie grew up on the east coast of Scotland. Folk music was always part of the landscape but it was on moving south after university and discovering English folk music that his performing really took off. Nowadays his repertoire draws on the traditions from both sides of the border, laced with some original and contemporary material.

As well as being a performer Hamish runs the Berkhamsted Campaign for Real Music, promoting acoustic music rooted in tradition. Their venue is the Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted's premier arts centre. The tagline is 'Professional acts, performing with integrity, style and showmanship.' Go to http://www.bcfrm.com/ to find out when the next event takes place.

Hamish also has an interesting sideline called the Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players (BURP) for ukulele players of all abilities. They sing quite a lot too. It sounds great fun, go to http://www.hamishcurrie.me.uk/burp/index.htm

Feb 26, 2019

Singer Hamish Currie grew up on the east coast of Scotland. Folk music was always part of the landscape but it was on moving south after university and discovering English folk music that his performing really took off. Nowadays his repertoire draws on the traditions from both sides of the border, laced with some original and contemporary material.

As well as being a performer Hamish runs the Berkhamsted Campaign for Real Music, promoting acoustic music rooted in tradition. Their venue is the Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted's premier arts centre. The tagline is 'Professional acts, performing with integrity, style and showmanship.' Go to http://www.bcfrm.com/ to find out when the next event takes place.

Hamish also has an interesting sideline called the Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players (BURP) for ukulele players of all abilities. They sing quite a lot too. It sounds great fun, go to http://www.hamishcurrie.me.uk/burp/index.htm

Feb 12, 2019

David Gunawardana is a young singer/songwriter who is gradually and deservedly making a name for himself. He is an interesting personality equally happy talking about, folk music, films or philosophy

In January 2019 David released a 6 track EP entitled 'Figures and Faces' now available on Amazon, iTunes etc. Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley was asked to write the sleeve notes, this is what he had to say:
'It’s hard to say where David comes from. His family is from Sri Lanka and he comes from London but when you listen to his songs there is an other-worldly quality to them. It might be because of his mellifluous voice. It might be his light touch on his Martin guitar. Or it might be his beguiling tales of far-off forest glades, caves and towers, happy tribes challenged or dancing spirits. With the whispers of Gillian Welch and Anne Briggs hovering around him, he casts a spell with every performance. There is a disarming brightness about his presence and his devotion to his craft is clear for all to hear.'

https://www.davidgunawardana.com/
https://www.facebook.com/davidgunawardanamusic/

Feb 11, 2019

David Gunawardana is a young singer/songwriter who is gradually and deservedly making a name for himself. He is an interesting personality equally happy talking about, folk music, films or philosophy

In January 2019 David released a 6 track EP entitled 'Figures and Faces' now available on Amazon, iTunes etc. Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley was asked to write the sleeve notes, this is what he had to say:
'It’s hard to say where David comes from. His family is from Sri Lanka and he comes from London but when you listen to his songs there is an other-worldly quality to them. It might be because of his mellifluous voice. It might be his light touch on his Martin guitar. Or it might be his beguiling tales of far-off forest glades, caves and towers, happy tribes challenged or dancing spirits. With the whispers of Gillian Welch and Anne Briggs hovering around him, he casts a spell with every performance. There is a disarming brightness about his presence and his devotion to his craft is clear for all to hear.'

https://www.davidgunawardana.com/
https://www.facebook.com/davidgunawardanamusic/

Feb 10, 2019

Martin Olyett is a talented singer/songwriter whose observational material ranges from intimate to cinematic in its scope. He has been a longstanding and valued friend of Invisible Folk Club from the earliest days and was part of the original 3 Songwriters podcast that is still our most popular to date. In this new podcast, amongst many other things, Martin chats to host Jon Bickley about two subjects very close to his heart, namely guitars and Beatles. Amen to that!

At the end of 2018 Martin put out a 5 track EP entitled 'Strawman' which comes highly recommended. The review in Unicorn magazine says 'the tracks demonstrate Martin playing some tasty finger picked and strummed steel sting guitar, singing thoughtful and well-articulated lyrics.'
If you wish to get hold of a copy please go to https://invisiblefolkclub.com/contact/ and leave us a message.
We'll ensure Martin receives your communication.

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