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Nov 29, 2018

Songs From The Front is a collection of original songs by Jon Bickley & Alan Garmonsway inspired by letters and diaries of serving soldiers in the First World War. The songs tell of the bravery, the humour and the loss of these volunteers soldiers, as well as the love of those left behind.

To mark the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice Jon and Alan were joined by singers Anne Cunningham and Drew Thomas to perform a special concert at Chesham Folk Club on 26th November 2018.

Songs (with composers) in order of performance:
We're The Tommies You've Heard About (Jon Bickley)
Kitty Don't Cry (Alan Garmonsway & Paul Cawte)
Front Line (Alan Garmonsway & Paul Cawte)
Now We're In France (Alan Garmonsway & Paul Cawte)
We've Come To Hell To Kill The Devil (Jon Bickley)
Beautiful Words (Alan Garmonsway & Paul Cawte)
Calling All The Angels (Jon Bickley)
Are We The Spiders? (Jon Bickley)
Harvest Of The Drum (Alan Garmonsway & Drew Thomas)
Order Out Of Chaos (Alan Garmonsway & Paul Cawte)
Choose Peace (Jon Bickley)
Poppies For Sale (Jon Bickley)

For further information mail to invisiblefolkclub@btinternet.com 

Nov 29, 2018

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 22nd July 2018:
Alasdair Roberts - Riddle Me This
Alasdair Roberts - The Flying of Grief & Joy
Alasdair Roberts - A Lyke Wake Dirge
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Knight's Ghost
John & Mary Maw - St James Infirmary Blues
Jon Bickley - A Raven Overhead
Pete Castle - Buckworth May Song
Eliza Carthy - Dr.McMBE
Bob Dylan - Pretty Sarro
If you want more information about our podcasts or radio shows please go to the website https://invisiblefolkclub.com/

Nov 28, 2018

It's heartening to come across younger people playing country blues and we were alerted to the talents of singer/guitarist Kelvin Davies. He works in a guitar shop which can be a blessing and curse! Consider the quandary, your working life is spent selling the thing you love but you can't stop buying them yourself. In may be a strain on Kelvin's bank balance but ultimately we feel the benefit, he is a great blues and ragtime picker. 

At his gigs Kelvin is frequently accompanied by veteran harmonica player Gary Jones. On this set Gary's skilful and sympathetic playing enhances the atmosphere of the songs. All but one of the songs performed were originally recorded between 1927-29 by Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Frank Stokes or Blind Blake. Kelvin and Gary create their own world of 1920s country blues in the 21st Century, and it feels good. In addition to the older material watch out for a great ragtime version of John Martyn's 'Over The Hill' showing that a good song is a good song no matter the style in which it is played. 

Songs played by Kelvin & Gary in this episode:
Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor (Mississippi John Hurt)
Shake It And Break It (Charley Patton)
Downtown Blues (Frank Stokes)

If you like this you can find more at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lowD_J6sR0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwL2FGdOvpY

Kelvin's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/KelvinDaviesMusic

Nov 28, 2018

It's heartening to come across younger people playing country blues and we were alerted to the talents of singer/guitarist Kelvin Davies. He works in a guitar shop which can be a blessing and curse! Consider the quandary, your working life is spent selling the thing you love but you can't stop buying them yourself. In may be a strain on Kelvin's bank balance but ultimately we feel the benefit, he is a great blues and ragtime picker.

At his gigs Kelvin is frequently accompanied by veteran harmonica player Gary Jones. On this set Gary's skilful and sympathetic playing enhances the atmosphere of the songs. All but one of the songs performed were originally recorded between 1927-29 by Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Frank Stokes or Blind Blake. Kelvin and Gary create their own world of 1920s country blues in the 21st Century, and it feels good. In addition to the older material watch out for a great ragtime version of John Martyn's 'Over The Hill' showing that a good song is a good song no matter the style in which it is played.

Songs played by Kelvin & Gary on this episode:
Over The Hill (John Martyn)
Frankie (Mississippi John Hurt)
Police Dog Blues (Blind Blake)
I'm Goin' Home (Charley Patton)

If you like this you can find more at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lowD_J6sR0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwL2FGdOvpY

Kelvin's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KelvinDaviesMusic

Oct 17, 2018

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.

It's another very English playlist (original radio broadcast 29th April 2018):
Shirley Collins - Awake Awake/Split Ash Tree/May Carol/Southover
Shirley Collins - Sweet England
Shirley Collins - The Cruel Mother
Shirley Collins/Albion Band - Murder of Maria Marten
Marisa, Jack & Davy - Nobleman's Wedding
Wolf People - Banks of Sweet Dundee Part 2
Badgers Sett - Hard Times Of Old England
Badgers Sett - Lowlands of Holland
Roy Bailey - In The Park
Jon Bickley - Free Man Of England
If you want more information about our podcasts or radio shows please go to the website https://invisiblefolkclub.com/

Oct 14, 2018

Geraldine Pearson-Green writes and performs songs about her native Bedfordshire. Accompanying herself on guitar she sings of the wisdom and good works of John Bunyan, the Cardington airships (especially the ill-fated R101), Stewartby brickworks, Luton hats, Bedfordshire lace, and even Brussel sprouts!

Geraldine's compositions are well constructed and researched. They are not just restricted to local history, the session also includes heartfelt songs touching on many of our hopes and fears.

If you want more information about Geraldine and her music please leave a message via the Contact page on the Invisible Folk Club website

Oct 14, 2018

Geraldine Pearson-Green writes and performs songs about her native Bedfordshire. Accompanying herself on guitar she sings of the wisdom and good works of John Bunyan, the Cardington airships (especially the ill-fated R101), Stewartby brickworks, Luton hats, Bedfordshire lace, and even Brussel sprouts!

Geraldine's compositions are well constructed and researched. They are not just restricted to local history, the session also includes heartfelt songs touching on many of our hopes and fears.

If you want more information about Geraldine and her music please leave a message via the Contact page on the Invisible Folk Club website

Oct 14, 2018

Geraldine Pearson-Green writes and performs songs about her native Bedfordshire. Accompanying herself on guitar she sings of the wisdom and good works of John Bunyan, the Cardington airships (especially the ill-fated R101), Stewartby brickworks, Luton hats, Bedfordshire lace, and even Brussel sprouts!

Geraldine's compositions are well constructed and researched. They are not just restricted to local history, the session also includes heartfelt songs touching on many of our hopes and fears.

If you want more information about Geraldine and her music please leave a message via the Contact page on the Invisible Folk Club website

Oct 13, 2018

Marisa, Jack & Davy breathe life into lesser known traditional folk songs. They all sing, play guitar and percussion. Their 3 part harmonies and arrangements are inventive and original, occasionally channelling the Young Tradition. They cite Peter Bellamy and Nic Jones as key influences and feature two of Bellamy's songs in this set.

Since 2015 Marisa, Jack & Davy have run occasional acoustic folk nights and promoted concerts in and around Bedford under the name Mill Race Folk. They have featured such artists as Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Anna & Elizabeth, Stick in The Wheel. 

Mill Race Folk look for venues that reflect the history and aesthetics of the local area. Shows have been held in the 18th century Bromham watermill, the John Bunyan Museum, the John Bunyan Community Boat and the 15th century timber-framed Elstow Moot Hall.

Jack Sharp is also singer/songwriter/guitarist with popular psych folk/rock band Wolf People.

Oct 13, 2018

Marisa, Jack & Davy breathe life into lesser known traditional folk songs. They all sing, play guitar and percussion. Their 3 part harmonies and arrangements are inventive and original, occasionally channelling the Young Tradition. They cite Peter Bellamy and Nic Jones as key influences and feature two of Bellamy's songs in this set.

Since 2015 Marisa, Jack & Davy have run occasional acoustic folk nights and promoted concerts in and around Bedford under the name Mill Race Folk. They have featured such artists as Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Anna & Elizabeth, Stick in The Wheel. 

Mill Race Folk look for venues that reflect the history and aesthetics of the local area. Shows have been held in the 18th century Bromham watermill, the John Bunyan Museum, the John Bunyan Community Boat and the 15th century timber-framed Elstow Moot Hall. 

Jack Sharp is also singer/songwriter/guitarist with popular psych folk/rock band Wolf People.

Oct 13, 2018

Marisa, Jack & Davy breathe life into lesser known traditional folk songs. They all sing, play guitar and percussion. Their 3 part harmonies and arrangements are inventive and original, occasionally channelling the Young Tradition. They cite Peter Bellamy and Nic Jones as key influences and feature two of Bellamy's songs in this set.

Since 2015 Marisa, Jack & Davy have run occasional acoustic folk nights and promoted concerts in and around Bedford under the name Mill Race Folk. They have featured such artists as Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Anna & Elizabeth, Stick in The Wheel. 

Mill Race Folk look for venues that reflect the history and aesthetics of the local area. Shows have been held in the 18th century Bromham watermill, the John Bunyan Museum, the John Bunyan Community Boat and the 15th century timber-framed Elstow Moot Hall. 

Jack Sharp is also singer/songwriter/guitarist with popular psych folk/rock band Wolf People.

Oct 13, 2018

Marisa, Jack & Davy breathe life into lesser known traditional folk songs. They all sing, play guitar and percussion. Their 3 part harmonies and arrangements are inventive and original, occasionally channelling the Young Tradition. They cite Peter Bellamy and Nic Jones as key influences and feature two of Bellamy's songs in this set.

Since 2015 Marisa, Jack & Davy have run occasional acoustic folk nights and promoted concerts in and around Bedford under the name Mill Race Folk. They have featured such artists as Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Anna & Elizabeth, Stick in The Wheel.

Mill Race Folk look for venues that reflect the history and aesthetics of the local area. Shows have been held in the 18th century Bromham watermill, the John Bunyan Museum, the John Bunyan Community Boat and the 15th century timber-framed Elstow Moot Hall.

Jack Sharp is also singer/songwriter/guitarist with popular psych folk/rock band Wolf People.

Sep 25, 2018

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 the radio 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.

This is a very English playlist, apart from Mr Dylan of course! (original radio broadcast 8th April 2018):

John Martyn - She Moved Through The Fair
John Martyn - Glistening Glyndebourne
John Martyn - Over The Hill
Pentangle - Lord Franklin
Pentangle - Jack Orion
Pentangle - I Saw An Angel
Jon Bickley - St James Infirmary Blues
Pagan Harvest - Rebecca Falls
Craig Joiner - Mr O
Bob Dylan - Went To See The Gypsy
Show of Hands - Hambledon Fair
Robert Plant - Carry Fire

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

Sep 25, 2018

Graeme Morrell is a fine guitarist and excellent singer. In this podcast he talks to host Jon Bickley about how the discovery of his musical hero, veteran English singer/songwriter Michael Chapman, shaped his own guitar style and musical outlook.

Graeme performs a selection of Chapman's best songs doing full justice to their gritty beauty and talks about the man and his music. He is occasionally joined by his old friend and previous Invisible Folk Club guest singer/guitarist David Artus.

Michael Chapman first became known on the London and Cornish folk circuits in the mid 60s playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical songs with a distinctive finger picking guitar style. His earlier albums were released on the highly respected Harvest label of which Fully Qualified Survivor (1970) is probably the best known. Although he never really made the big time he has always had an enthusiastic and loyal following. He is still touring and recording, his talent remains undiminished.

Sep 25, 2018

Graeme Morrell is a fine guitarist and excellent singer. In this podcast he talks to host Jon Bickley about how the discovery of his musical hero, veteran English singer/songwriter Michael Chapman, shaped his own guitar style and musical outlook.

Graeme performs a selection of Chapman's best songs doing full justice to their gritty beauty and talks about the man and his music. He is occasionally joined by his old friend and previous Invisible Folk Club guest singer/guitarist David Artus.

Michael Chapman first became known on the London and Cornish folk circuits in the mid 60s playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical songs with a distinctive finger picking guitar style. His earlier albums were released on the highly respected Harvest label of which Fully Qualified Survivor (1970) is probably the best known. Although he never really made the big time he has always had an enthusiastic and loyal following. He is still touring and recording, his talent remains undiminished.

Sep 25, 2018

Graeme Morrell is a fine guitarist and excellent singer. In this podcast he talks to host Jon Bickley about how the discovery of his musical hero, veteran English singer/songwriter Michael Chapman, shaped his own guitar style and musical outlook.

Graeme performs a selection of Chapman's best songs doing full justice to their gritty beauty and talks about the man and his music. He is occasionally joined by his old friend and previous Invisible Folk Club guest singer/guitarist David Artus.

Michael Chapman first became known on the London and Cornish folk circuits in the mid 60s playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical songs with a distinctive finger picking guitar style. His earlier albums were released on the highly respected Harvest label of which Fully Qualified Survivor (1970) is probably the best known. Although he never really made the big time he has always had an enthusiastic and loyal following. He is still touring and recording, his talent remains undiminished.

Sep 25, 2018

Ray Butler is a folk singer, he is also a canal and narrowboat enthusiast. Invisible Folk Club host Jon Bickley and producer Steve Yarwood traveled to the Grand Union Canal at Harefield (Borough of London) excited at the prospect of a first field recording. Or to be completely accurate it was a waterborne recording! 

Ray welcomed us aboard Pisces and we sat in the small cabin at the rear of the boat listening his unaccompanied songs about the lives and times of hard working boatmen. Between songs Ray took us through a fascinating history of British canals. As well as the singing and conversation we also captured the ambient sounds of a stretch of canal still used by working boats.

The narrowboat Pisces was built in Northwich (Cheshire) by WJ Yarwood & Sons in 1935. In 1942 she was requisitioned by the Ministry of War Transport as a fire boat based in the Surrey Commercial Docks. Since the mid 60s she has been owned by the London Borough of Hillingdon as a youth outreach facility and latterly the Hillingdon Narrowboats Association for leisure activities.

For more info visit the Hillingdon Narrowboats Association website http://www.hna.org.uk/. While you're there check the details of the Grand Charity Concert on October 13th 2018 to mark 50 years community service by Pisces.
For general canal information https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/

Sep 25, 2018

Ray Butler is a folk singer, he is also a canal and narrowboat enthusiast. Invisible Folk Club host Jon Bickley and producer Steve Yarwood traveled to the Grand Union Canal at Harefield (Borough of London) excited at the prospect of a first field recording. Or to be completely accurate it was a waterborne recording!

Ray welcomed us aboard Pisces and we sat in the small cabin at the rear of the boat listening his unaccompanied songs about the lives and times of hard working boatmen. Between songs Ray took us through a fascinating history of British canals. As well as the singing and conversation we also captured the ambient sounds of a stretch of canal still used by working boats.

Narrowboat Pisces was built in Northwich (Cheshire) by WJ Yarwood & Sons in 1935. In 1942 she was requisitioned by the Ministry of War Transport as a fire boat based in the Surrey Commercial Docks. Since the mid 60s she has been owned by the London Borough of Hillingdon as a youth outreach facility and latterly the Hillingdon Narrowboats Association for leisure activities.

For more info visit the Hillingdon Narrowboats Association website http://www.hna.org.uk/. While you're there check the details of the Grand Charity Concert on October 13th 2018 to mark 50 years community service by Pisces.
For general canal information https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/

Aug 27, 2018

Each month we select a past Invisible Folk Club radio show to release on the podcast channel. Jon Bickley is curator and presenter, nothing in the broad church of folk related music is off limits.

Radio shows on our podcast channel are often those where the songs are 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.

There is definite Canadian feel to this playlist (original radio broadcast 5th August 2018): 

Joni Mitchell - Refuge of the Roads
Joni Mitchell - Moon At The Window
Joni Mitchell - For The Roses
Joni Mitchell - Judgement of the Moon and Stars
Joni Mitchell - Woodstock
Joni Mitchell - The Last Time I Saw Richard
Joni Mitchell - The Circle Game
Neil Young - New Mama
Jon Bickley & Di Stone - Not In My Name
Odette Michell - Mockingbird
Neil Young - Old Man

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

Aug 27, 2018

As is often the case when family members sing together Lizzy & Mandy Hardingham's intuitive harmonies are a delight. In this podcast they play a varied selection of songs and chat with host Jon Bickley about their influences, songwriting, choirs, opportunities for young folk artists, studying music production at university, and much more.

Lizzy is a young musician playing traditional or self-composed acoustic music. Earlier this year (2018) she was a finalist in the prestigious New Roots competition for young musicians under the age of 25. On the back of this success Lizzy has a number of gigs coming up, see latest info at https://www.facebook.com/lizzyhardingham/

Lizzy's mum Mandy is an experienced performer singing regularly at Watford Folk Club with a mix of traditional and contemporary songs.

Aug 27, 2018

As is often the case when family members sing together Lizzy & Mandy Hardingham's intuitive harmonies are a delight. In this podcast they play a varied selection of songs and chat with host Jon Bickley about their influences, songwriting, choirs, opportunities for young folk artists, studying music production at university, and much more.

Lizzy is a young musician playing traditional or self-composed acoustic music. Earlier this year (2018) she was a finalist in the prestigious New Roots competition for young musicians under the age of 25. On the back of this success Lizzy has a number of gigs coming up, see latest info at https://www.facebook.com/lizzyhardingham/

Lizzy's mum Mandy is an experienced performer singing regularly at Watford Folk Club with a mix of traditional and contemporary songs.

Jul 25, 2018

Catherine Earnshaw has previously performed as an unaccompanied singer, here she collaborates with storywheel and together they perform folk songs of the British Isles.

Catherine's beautiful emotive vocals float over music that mixes Middle East and North African influences. Storywheel (aka Keith Clouston, formerly of Transglobal Underground) creates the atmosphere with Oud (Arab lute), voice, percussion and occasional drones.

From 1996-2013 Keith worked first as musician and later as composer for theatre productions at the Old Vic, Barbican, National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

For further information go to:
https://www.catherineearnshawmusic.com/
http://www.storywheelmusic.co.uk/

Jul 25, 2018

Catherine Earnshaw has previously performed as an unaccompanied singer, here she collaborates with storywheel and together they perform folk songs of the British Isles.

Catherine's beautiful emotive vocals float over music that mixes Middle East and North African influences. Storywheel (aka Keith Clouston, formerly of Transglobal Underground) creates the atmosphere with Oud (Arab lute), voice, percussion and occasional drones.

From 1996-2013 Keith worked first as musician and later as composer for theatre productions at the Old Vic, Barbican, National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

For further information go to:
https://www.catherineearnshawmusic.com/
http://www.storywheelmusic.co.uk/

Jul 18, 2018

Each month we'll 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 the radio 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. 

Playlist (originally broadcast 27th May 2018):

Anna & Elizabeth - Margaret
Anna & Elizabeth - Jeano
Anna & Elizabeth - Ripest of Apples
Anna & Elizabeth - Irish Patriot
Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw - Black Muddy River
Jon Bickley - She Said Drive
Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw - A-Beggin’ I Will Go
Bob Dylan - Girl From The North Country
Bob Dylan - The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar 

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

Jul 14, 2018

Jon Bickley hosts a session with John & Mary Maw, classically trained musicians with a love of folk & roots music.

John studied violin & viola at the Royal Academy of Music (London). After graduation he opted to become a violin bow maker later moving on to commercial photography. Nowadays his instruments of choice are octave mandola and cigar box guitar. He is a member of the London Mandolin Ensemble, a small chamber orchestra with a repertoire covering a wide range of classical music. Over the years John has honed his instrument building skills and has created a number of unique instruments including the guitar he plays on this session. He is an expert slide player generating eerie tones from his cigar box model utilising his own blue 'Harveys Bristol Cream' bottleneck.

Mary currently plays cello (using a bow made by John) with the West London Sinfonia and is also trained on piano. She has accompanied many singers and has been part of various choirs. On this session she has left the instrumental duties to John so she can concentrate on the songs. She has come to traditional folk singing relatively recently and is accompanied by John's mandola or cigar box slide guitar.

For further information please visit John Maw's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/john.maw.uk?fref=pb&hc or send us a message via the 'Contact' page at invisiblefolkclub.com

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