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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

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 'Contacts' page on invisiblefolkclub.com

Jul 6, 2018

Based in Northamptonshire (England) hazeyjane are Chris Brown (guitar/vocal) & Kevin T Ward (fretless bass), their signature sound has been described as chilled electro-acoustic. Nick Drake, mid period Joni Mitchell (with Jaco) and John Martyn are obvious influences but hazeyjane sound like hazeyjane.

Chris writes the songs, often using unusual tunings. Kev's snaking bass lines drive the songs while his ringing harmonics enhance the atmosphere.

Since 2016 Britanny based percussionist David Hopkins has augmented the line-up for some gigs (not this podcast) adding rhythm and textures to the live sound and subsequent studio recordings. The trio will be playing some dates in England and mainland Europe in 2018.

If you are anywhere near the prestigious Stables venue in Wavendon (Milton Keynes) on Saturday 14th July you must catch the trio in concert. For tickets and more information about this gig go to https://stables.org/event/hazeyjane

For more information and sounds go to http://www.hazeyjanemusic.co.uk/index.shtml

Jul 6, 2018

Based in Northamptonshire (England) hazeyjane are Chris Brown (guitar/vocal) & Kevin T Ward (fretless bass), their signature sound has been described as chilled electro-acoustic. Nick Drake, mid period Joni Mitchell (with Jaco) and John Martyn are obvious influences but hazeyjane sound like hazeyjane. 

Chris writes the songs, often using unusual tunings. Kev's snaking bass lines drive the songs while his ringing harmonics enhance the atmosphere. 

Since 2016 Britanny based percussionist David Hopkins has augmented the line-up for some gigs (not this podcast) adding rhythm and textures to the live sound and subsequent studio recordings. The trio will be playing some dates in England and mainland Europe in 2018. 

If you are anywhere near the prestigious Stables venue in Wavendon (Milton Keynes) on Saturday 14th July you must catch the trio in concert. For tickets and more information about this gig go to https://stables.org/event/hazeyjane 

For more information and sounds go to http://www.hazeyjanemusic.co.uk/index.shtml

Jul 6, 2018

The third and final episode of this session was slightly different from the others.

After a lot of interesting conversation we realised time was running out, but the guys still had lots more great material ready to go. The simple solution was to turn Episode 3 of this podcast into a mini gig. It was a nice 40 minute snapshot of what hazeyjane are all about plus host Jon Bickley got to play his best known song 'Calling All The Angels.'

Many thanks to Chris & Kev, two of the most accomplished musicians we've had the pleasure to welcome to the Invisible Folk Club.

For more information and sounds go to http://www.hazeyjanemusic.co.uk/index.shtml

Jun 27, 2018

Are you aware that Invisible Folk Club has a weekly radio presence? From time to time selected shows will be featured on our podcast channel.

Invisible Folk Club radio goes out in late night slots on 3 community stations across England. Host Jon Bickley creates a nice relaxed atmosphere and spins the discs.

If you aren’t around when the weekly shows are broadcast you can catch-up via our Mixcloud page where all the shows are archived.

The radio show came about almost by accident when a new station CRMK (Milton Keynes) launched in our part of the world in Spring 2017. They liked the sound of our podcasts and gave us the chance to transfer it to the radio. We soon found that Community Radio was a great place to be, especially when Sine FM from Doncaster and later Radio St Austell Bay down in Cornwall also came calling.

Playlist (originally broadcast 3rd June 2018):
Copper Family - Seasons Round
Copper Family - My Father Had an Acre of Land
PJ Harvey - An Acre of Land
PJ Harvey - Ministry of Defence
Ry Cooder - Nobody's Fault But Mine
Ry Cooder - Prodigal Son
Anna & Elizabeth - Mother in the Graveyard
Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw - Be Bop a Lula Too-Rye-Ay
Jon Bickley - Flames of Grenfell Tower
Odette Michell - Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
Alan Garmonsway - Song for Sue
Pete Castle - A Doctor's Life
Stick in the Wheel - Weaving Song

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

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