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Apr 13, 2018

Oz Hardwick is a writer, he is author of six collections of poetry. His most recent volume was published in 2017 entitled 'The House of Ghosts and Mirrors'. He is also a Professor of Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University.

A keen collaborator with other artists, Oz has had work performed by classical musicians in UK concert halls, by flamenco musicians in Italian villas, and with experimental sound and film artists in an Australian cinema.

In this podcast, along with fellow poet Jon Bickley, he discusses influences, publishing, live readings and offers advice for aspiring poets.

For further info go to https://ozhardwick.co.uk/

Apr 13, 2018

Oz Hardwick is a writer, he is author of six collections of poetry. His most recent volume was published in 2017 entitled 'The House of Ghosts and Mirrors'. He is also a Professor of Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University.

A keen collaborator with other artists, Oz has had work performed by classical musicians in UK concert halls, by flamenco musicians in Italian villas, and with experimental sound and film artists in an Australian cinema.

In this podcast, along with fellow poet Jon Bickley, he discusses influences, publishing, live readings and offers advice for aspiring poets.

For further info go to https://ozhardwick.co.uk/

Apr 13, 2018

For this podcast the Invisible Folk Club took an away day down the M4 to Bracknell for a session with contemporary folk band All Things Considered. In Part 1 the band introduce themselves and discuss the compositional and recording processes.

Emma Baldwin - vocals
Gethin Webster - violin
Adrian Holden - acoustic guitar
Andrew Richardson - cello, double bass
Phil Daniels - percussion

For more info visit: http://allthingsconsidered.org.uk/

Apr 13, 2018

Part 2 of the podcast session with contemporary folk band All Things Considered.

Host Jon Bickley steers the conversation with Phil & Adrian as they discuss Artree, their folk & roots promotions operation. Vocalist Emma reveals her influences and an interesting approach to lyric writing.

Emma Baldwin - vocals
Gethin Webster - violin
Adrian Holden - acoustic guitar
Andrew Richardson - cello, double bass
Phil Daniels - percussion

For more info visit: http://allthingsconsidered.org.uk/

Mar 31, 2018

Folk/Prog band Pagan Harvest take inspiration from the English landscape, that sense of place that can be found in Shakespeare’s forests and moors, Wordsworth’s mountains and streams, and even on Westminster Bridge.

On 1st February 2018 they released their second album. Entitled 'Sacred River' it is a bold artistic statement encompassing the myths, legends and magic of London and the River Thames.

In this episode Pagan Harvest continue to discuss their second album Sacred River. Since the first album their cinematic music has evolved into something darker and unsettling. Jon Bickley, Lawrence Reed & Steve Daymond discuss the process of composition and the influences at play.

The featured song from the album on this podcast is 'Chant'

The album is available to download from https://paganharvest.bandcamp.com/album/sacred-river

For further information go to
https://invisiblefolkclub.com/pagan-harvest/

Mar 27, 2018

Guitarist Bob Templeman and singer Annette Burrows dropped into the Invisible Folk Club for a session of songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley. Bob's intricate guitar is the perfect foil for Annette's exquisite vocals as they perform a carefully chosen mix of quality songs. The set balances material from the traditional folk and jazz singer canons with songs you might not expect to hear in this context. No clues I'm afraid, just listen. I guarantee a few eyebrows will be raised along the way. 

When not performing Bob & Annette are leading lights at Chesham Folk Club. Annette also runs sessions at The Half Moon, Wilstone (Hertfordshire) on the third Sunday evening of every month. Everybody is welcome, just turn up and join in with the songs and tunes. Until fairly recently Bob was involved in the running of Chesham Folk Club. In the podcast he gives us an interesting insight to the processes involved in selecting and booking artists.

This is the first episode of three.

Mar 27, 2018

Guitarist Bob Templeman and singer Annette Burrows dropped into the Invisible Folk Club for a session of songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley. Bob's intricate guitar is the perfect foil for Annette's exquisite vocals as they perform a carefully chosen mix of quality songs. The set balances material from the traditional folk and jazz singer canons with songs you might not expect to hear in this context. No clues I'm afraid, just listen. I guarantee a few eyebrows will be raised along the way. 

When not performing Bob & Annette are leading lights at Chesham Folk Club. Annette also runs sessions at The Half Moon, Wilstone (Hertfordshire) on the third Sunday evening of every month. Everybody is welcome, just turn up and join in with the songs and tunes. Until fairly recently Bob was involved in the running of Chesham Folk Club. In the podcast he gives us an interesting insight to the processes involved in selecting and booking artists.

This is episode two of three.

Mar 26, 2018

Guitarist Bob Templeman and singer Annette Burrows dropped into the Invisible Folk Club for a session of songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley. Bob's intricate guitar is the perfect foil for Annette's exquisite vocals as they perform a carefully chosen mix of quality songs. The set balances material from the traditional folk and jazz singer canons with songs you might not expect to hear in this context. No clues I'm afraid, just listen. I guarantee a few eyebrows will be raised along the way.

When not performing Bob & Annette are leading lights at Chesham Folk Club. Annette also runs sessions at The Half Moon, Wilstone (Hertfordshire) on the third Sunday evening of every month. Everybody is welcome, just turn up and join in with the songs and tunes. Until fairly recently Bob was involved in the running of Chesham Folk Club. In the podcast he gives us an interesting insight to the processes involved in selecting and booking artists.

This is the final episode of three.

Mar 1, 2018

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Grae J Wall and violinist Andy Keeble dropped into the Invisible Folk Club to trade songs and stories with host Jon Bickley.

Grae and Andy deliver their passionate brand of country, blues and folk where the songs get to the heart of the matter. Yes there is the sadness of murder ballads and bar room melancholy, but celebration, humour, passion, a smile and a wink are never far away. Andy is a long time collaborator whose skillful and intuitive violin playing is a key factor in creating the atmosphere.

As well as performing solo Grae fronts the Trailer Trash Orchestra, a raucous 6 piece where country-noir meets trash rock ‘n’ roll meets punk meets The Pogues! Then there is Los Chicos Muertos, a slimmed down ensemble for smaller venues. Songs of love and loss, the plight of the downtrodden, anti-fascist skiffle, tales from the road, tales from the backroom bar and all points in between. If these guys come to your town make sure you are there.

The excellent Los Chicos Muertos album 'Quinze Petites Morts' is available from https://graejwall.bandcamp.com/album/quinze-petites-morts

Mar 1, 2018

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Grae J Wall and violinist Andy Keeble dropped into the Invisible Folk Club to trade songs and stories with host Jon Bickley.

Grae and Andy deliver their passionate brand of country, blues and folk where the songs get to the heart of the matter. Yes there is the sadness of murder ballads and bar room melancholy, but celebration, humour, passion, a smile and a wink are never far away. Andy is a long time collaborator whose skillful and intuitive violin playing is a key factor in creating the atmosphere.

As well as performing solo Grae fronts the Trailer Trash Orchestra, a raucous 6 piece where country-noir meets trash rock ‘n’ roll meets punk meets The Pogues! Then there is Los Chicos Muertos, a slimmed down ensemble for smaller venues. Songs of love and loss, the plight of the downtrodden, anti-fascist skiffle, tales from the road, tales from the backroom bar and all points in between. If these guys come to your town make sure you are there.

The excellent Los Chicos Muertos album 'Quinze Petites Morts' is available from https://graejwall.bandcamp.com/album/quinze-petites-morts

Mar 1, 2018

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Grae J Wall and violinist Andy Keeble dropped into the Invisible Folk Club to trade songs and stories with host Jon Bickley.

Grae and Andy deliver their passionate brand of country, blues and folk where the songs get to the heart of the matter. Yes there is the sadness of murder ballads and bar room melancholy, but celebration, humour, passion, a smile and a wink are never far away. Andy is a long time collaborator whose skillful and intuitive violin playing is a key factor in creating the atmosphere.

As well as performing solo Grae fronts the Trailer Trash Orchestra, a raucous 6 piece where country-noir meets trash rock ‘n’ roll meets punk meets The Pogues! Then there is Los Chicos Muertos, a slimmed down ensemble for smaller venues. Songs of love and loss, the plight of the downtrodden, anti-fascist skiffle, tales from the road, tales from the backroom bar and all points in between. If these guys come to your town make sure you are there.

The excellent Los Chicos Muertos album 'Quinze Petites Morts' is available from https://graejwall.bandcamp.com/album/quinze-petites-morts

Feb 28, 2018

Folk/Prog band Pagan Harvest take inspiration from the English landscape, that sense of place found in Shakespeare’s forests and moors, Wordsworth’s mountains and streams, and even on Westminster Bridge. 

On 1st February 2018 they released their second album. Entitled 'Sacred River' it is a bold artistic statement encompassing the myths, legends and magic of London and the River Thames.

In this podcast Pagan Harvest continue the discussion about the evolution of a music that evokes the atmosphere and spirit of the multi-cultural city that is London.

The featured song from the album on this podcast is 'Calling All The Angels'

The album is available to download from https://paganharvest.bandcamp.com/album/sacred-river

For further information go to
https://invisiblefolkclub.com/pagan-harvest/

Feb 12, 2018

Folk/Prog band Pagan Harvest take inspiration from the English landscape, that sense of place that can be found in Shakespeare’s forests and moors, Wordsworth’s mountains and streams, and even on Westminster Bridge.

On 1st February 2018 they released their second album. Entitled 'Sacred River' it is a bold artistic statement encompassing the myths, legends and magic of London and the River Thames.

In this podcast Pagan Harvest talk to Invisible Folk Club producer Steve Yarwood about the evolution of music that evokes an atmosphere of London in the time of Charles Dickens and much further back into ancient history.

The featured song from the album on this podcast is 'The Beast Sits Down'

The album is available to download from https://paganharvest.bandcamp.com/album/sacred-river

For further information go to
https://invisiblefolkclub.com/pagan-harvest/

Jan 3, 2018

Momentum is potentially one of the most effective agents for change to have emerged in UK politics for many years. A team formed to support Jeremy Corbyn's successful Labour Party leadership campaign stayed together and became a grass roots organisation galvanising the youth of England to engage in politics in a new way.

Philip Brown is a leading light in the Watford Branch of Momentum and he came into the Invisible Folk Club studio to tell us his personal story and his hopes for the future.

The podcast session is in 3 episodes each of approximately 45 minutes with each bookended by hard hitting songs performed by Jon Bickley.

This is Episode 1 opening with 'The Flames of Grenfell Tower' and closing with 'It's the Poor Who Make the Songs' both written by Jon Bickley

Jan 3, 2018

Momentum is potentially one of the most effective agents for change to have emerged in UK politics for many years. A team formed to support Jeremy Corbyn's successful Labour Party leadership campaign stayed together and became a grass roots organisation galvanising the youth of England to engage in politics in a new way.

Philip Brown is a leading light in the Watford Branch of Momentum and he came into the Invisible Folk Club studio to tell us his personal story and his hopes for the future.

The podcast session is in 3 episodes each of approximately 45 minutes with each bookended by hard hitting songs performed by Jon Bickley.

This is Episode 2 opening with 'Come Stand By Me' and closing with 'Sweet Liberation' both written by Jon Bickley

Jan 3, 2018

Momentum is potentially one of the most effective agents for change to have emerged in UK politics for many years. A team formed to support Jeremy Corbyn's successful Labour Party leadership campaign stayed together and became a grass roots organisation galvanising the youth of England to engage in politics in a new way.

Philip Brown is a leading light in the Watford Branch of Momentum and he came into the Invisible Folk Club studio to tell us his personal story and his hopes for the future.

The podcast session is in 3 episodes each of approximately 45 minutes with each bookended by hard hitting songs performed by Jon Bickley.

This is Episode 3, opening with 'Stable and Strong' written by Jon Bickley and closing with 'The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood' words Richard Fariña, music trad arr Jon Bickley.

Dec 19, 2017

It's the final podcast of 2017 and it's the Invisible Folk Club Christmas special.

We asked our network of musicians, friends & families to record Christmas or Winter songs and send them to us. From this material hosts Jon Bickley & Steve Yarwood have curated a wildly eclectic mix of sounds. They also take a look back over 2017 and talk about future plans. It's been a great first year for the Invisible Folk Club, please stay with us in 2018 and tell your friends.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All the information you need to know can be found at our Website.
Go to www.invisiblefolkclub.com

Dec 13, 2017

Singer/guitarist Pete Nutkins trades songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley.

As a custodian of the tradition Pete reflects on how folk music and its song writing styles have evolved through the periodic revivals. He also discusses the current state of protest songs and whether they are still as potent and relevant today as they were in their 1960s heyday.

Dec 13, 2017

Singer/guitarist Pete Nutkins discusses morris dancing and a general passion for the English tradition with Invisible Folk Club host Jon Bickley.

Pete is also a member of the committee running Watford Folk Club and gives a fascinating insight into how the machine works. He talks frankly and informatively about dealing with the finances and the artists themselves.

Dec 1, 2017

Host Jon Bickley trades songs and stories with two very talented artists in session at the Invisible Folk Club. Singer/songwriters Alison Raymond (guitar/harmonica) and Tim Brooks (violin/guitar) perform a mix of original and traditional material. Jon added to the diversity by digging into his formidable back catalogue as well as airing some new material.

As befits the experience of the folks around the table the conversation covered some interesting ground, in particular the highs and lows of running a folk club and staging live events. There was much sound advice on offer for ambitious listeners.

Alison is a former committee member at Watford Folk Club as well as organiser of their prestigious annual song contest.

Tim, together with others, has recently revived Herga Folk Club in Harrow after the original club in Pinner closed back in June 2017. He is also heavily involved in the 'Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts' a unique series of eclectic Sunday afternoon concerts that take place in February, March, October & November each year. In our podcasts Tim talks about the ethos and organisation of these popular events.

This is podcast 1 of 3

YouTube links for Alison Raymond:
Who's To Say (At the End of the Day) - https://youtu.be/illOgzQtnC4
The Neutrino - https://youtu.be/5BgL4cx6lao
One Thousand Trees - https://youtu.be/PI_tnCmL1Ho

Links for Tim Brooks:
Personal web site (includes Abbots Langley concerts) - http://www.oldtimetim.com/
Herga Folk Club website - http://herga.club/
Herga Folk Club Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HergaFolk/

Dec 1, 2017

Host Jon Bickley trades songs and stories with two very talented artists in session at the Invisible Folk Club. Singer/songwriters Alison Raymond (guitar/harmonica) and Tim Brooks (violin/guitar) perform a mix of original and traditional material. Jon added to the diversity by digging into his formidable back catalogue as well as airing some new material.

As befits the experience of the folks around the table the conversation covered some interesting ground, in particular the highs and lows of running a folk club and staging live events. There was much sound advice on offer for ambitious listeners.

Alison is a former committee member at Watford Folk Club as well as organiser of their prestigious annual song contest.

Tim, together with others, has recently revived Herga Folk Club in Harrow after the original club in Pinner closed back in June 2017. He is also heavily involved in the 'Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts' a unique series of eclectic Sunday afternoon concerts that take place in February, March, October & November each year. In our podcasts Tim talks about the ethos and organisation of these popular events.

This is the second podcast of three.

YouTube links for Alison Raymond:
Who's To Say (At the End of the Day) - https://youtu.be/illOgzQtnC4
The Neutrino - https://youtu.be/5BgL4cx6lao
One Thousand Trees - https://youtu.be/PI_tnCmL1Ho

Links for Tim Brooks:
Personal web site (includes Abbots Langley concerts) - http://www.oldtimetim.com/
Herga Folk Club website - http://herga.club/
Herga Folk Club Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HergaFolk/

Dec 1, 2017

Host Jon Bickley trades songs and stories with two very talented artists in session at the Invisible Folk Club. Singer/songwriters Alison Raymond (guitar/harmonica) and Tim Brooks (violin/guitar) perform a mix of original and traditional material. Jon added to the diversity by digging into his formidable back catalogue as well as airing some new material.

As befits the experience of the folks around the table the conversation covered some interesting ground, in particular the highs and lows of running a folk club and staging live events. There was much sound advice on offer for ambitious listeners.

Alison is a former committee member at Watford Folk Club as well as organiser of their prestigious annual song contest.

Tim, together with others, has recently revived Herga Folk Club in Harrow after the original club in Pinner closed back in June 2017. He is also heavily involved in the 'Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts' a unique series of eclectic Sunday afternoon concerts that take place in February, March, October & November each year. In our podcasts Tim talks about the ethos and organisation of these popular events.

This is the final podcast of three.

YouTube links for Alison Raymond:
Who's To Say (At the End of the Day) - https://youtu.be/illOgzQtnC4
The Neutrino - https://youtu.be/5BgL4cx6lao
One Thousand Trees - https://youtu.be/PI_tnCmL1Ho

Links for Tim Brooks:
Personal web site (includes Abbots Langley concerts) - http://www.oldtimetim.com/
Herga Folk Club website - http://herga.club/
Herga Folk Club Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HergaFolk/

Nov 6, 2017

Coming from a musical family singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Alan Garmonsway learned piano from an early age. He played keyboards in various bands from the age of 15 during which time he also taught himself guitar and started playing in folk clubs and college venues around his native Sunderland and Durham. This brought him into contact with a wide range of north east musicians including bands such as Prelude and Hedgehog Pie as well as a young Dave Stewart (later to form the Eurythmics).

Following university Alan's musical activity took a back seat for a while after moving away from the north east. He later emerged as part of a 4 piece band called Badgers’ Sett. They started life in folk clubs going on to play a wide range of venues across south east England over the next 15 years. Gigs were plentiful, rubbing shoulders with Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick, Show of Hands, Jake Thackeray, Julie Felix and others. After Badgers’ Sett went their separate ways Alan focussed on solo gigs (keyboard, 12-string & vocals) and spent time in his home studio recording the large number of songs he had written over the years.

Lots of Alan’s material can be found on his 'Best Room Songs' YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNHJZBeYeDpV-nqzvOFHng/videos
He has also been recording a new album, this time with a few old friends contributing. Amongst those old friends is Invisible Folk Club's very own Anne Cunningham who contributes lead vocals.
Alan's Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/alan.garmonsway

Nov 6, 2017

Coming from a musical family singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Alan Garmonsway learned piano from an early age. He played keyboards in various bands from the age of 15 during which time he also taught himself guitar and started playing in folk clubs and college venues around his native Sunderland and Durham. This brought him into contact with a wide range of north east musicians including bands such as Prelude and Hedgehog Pie as well as a young Dave Stewart (later to form the Eurythmics).

Following university Alan's musical activity took a back seat for a while after moving away from the north east. He later emerged as part of a 4 piece band called Badgers’ Sett. They started life in folk clubs going on to play a wide range of venues across south east England over the next 15 years. Gigs were plentiful, rubbing shoulders with Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick, Show of Hands, Jake Thackeray, Julie Felix and others. After Badgers’ Sett went their separate ways Alan focussed on solo gigs (keyboard, 12-string & vocals) and spent time in his home studio recording the large number of songs he had written over the years.

Lots of Alan’s material can be found on his 'Best Room Songs' YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNHJZBeYeDpV-nqzvOFHng/videos
He has also been recording a new album, this time with a few old friends contributing. Amongst those old friends is Invisible Folk Club's very own Anne Cunningham who contributes lead vocals.
Alan's Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/alan.garmonsway

Nov 6, 2017

Coming from a musical family singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Alan Garmonsway learned piano from an early age. He played keyboards in various bands from the age of 15 during which time he also taught himself guitar and started playing in folk clubs and college venues around his native Sunderland and Durham. This brought him into contact with a wide range of north east musicians including bands such as Prelude and Hedgehog Pie as well as a young Dave Stewart (later to form the Eurythmics).

Following university Alan's musical activity took a back seat for a while after moving away from the north east. He later emerged as part of a 4 piece band called Badgers’ Sett. They started life in folk clubs going on to play a wide range of venues across south east England over the next 15 years. Gigs were plentiful, rubbing shoulders with Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick, Show of Hands, Jake Thackeray, Julie Felix and others. After Badgers’ Sett went their separate ways Alan focussed on solo gigs (keyboard, 12-string & vocals) and spent time in his home studio recording the large number of songs he had written over the years.

Lots of Alan’s material can be found on his 'Best Room Songs' YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNHJZBeYeDpV-nqzvOFHng/videos
He has also been recording a new album, this time with a few old friends contributing. Among those old friends is Invisible Folk Club's very own Anne Cunningham who contributes lead vocals.
Alan's Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/alan.garmonsway

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