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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

Oct 4, 2017

In this show Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley hosts a session with the Delta Ladies. They are a London duo featuring Vicky Martin on guitar and Dee Stone on violin, the music is a fusion of world, roots, folk & blues. Somebody once described their sound as the place where old-time Americana meets the Velvet Underground! 

That sound covers a lot of bases and the standards of musicianship are very high. Apart from their own songs they accompany Jon Bickley on all of his, all they need is the key, a few bars and it's like they've been playing together for years! 

The Delta Ladies are hard working musicians generally performing live at least twice a week at venues across south east England plus the occasional continental trip. Every Tuesday they host sessions at Black Gull Books, Finchley (London) where a variety of guests come along to trade songs and to jam. Jon Bickley has performed there, he had a tremendous time and came out with some recordings that you really need to hear if you get the chance! 

The Ladies have been around the London music scene for many years. Along the way they have met some very famous musicians, a certain Jimi Hendrix amongst them. There are some great stories in this podcast, the major players were so much more accessible back in the late 60s.

This is the first podcast of three. For more info go to http://www.deltaladies.com/

Oct 4, 2017

In this show Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley hosts a session with the Delta Ladies. They are a London duo featuring Vicky Martin on guitar and Dee Stone on violin, the music is a fusion of world, roots, folk & blues. Somebody once described their sound as the place where old-time Americana meets the Velvet Underground! 

That sound covers a lot of bases and the standards of musicianship are very high. Apart from their own songs they accompany Jon Bickley on all of his, all they need is the key, a few bars and it's like they've been playing together for years! 

The Delta Ladies are hard working musicians generally performing live at least twice a week at venues across south east England plus the occasional continental trip. Every Tuesday they host sessions at Black Gull Books, Finchley (London) where a variety of guests come along to trade songs and to jam. Jon Bickley has performed there, he had a tremendous time and came out with some recordings that you really need to hear if you get the chance! 

The Ladies have been around the London music scene for many years. Along the way they have met some very famous musicians, a certain Jimi Hendrix amongst them. There are some great stories in this podcast, the major players were so much more accessible back in the late 60s.

This is the second podcast of three. For more info go to http://www.deltaladies.com/

Oct 4, 2017

In this show Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley hosts a session with the Delta Ladies. They are a London duo featuring Vicky Martin on guitar and Dee Stone on violin, the music is a fusion of world, roots, folk & blues. Somebody once described their sound as the place where old-time Americana meets the Velvet Underground!

That sound covers a lot of bases and the standards of musicianship are very high. Apart from their own songs they accompany Jon Bickley on all of his, all they need is the key, a few bars and it's like they've been playing together for years!

The Delta Ladies are hard working musicians generally performing live at least twice a week at venues across south east England plus the occasional continental trip. Every Tuesday they host sessions at Black Gull Books, Finchley (London) where a variety of guests come along to trade songs and to jam. Jon Bickley has performed there, he had a tremendous time and came out with some recordings that you really need to hear if you get the chance!

The Ladies have been around the London music scene for many years. Along the way they have met some very famous musicians, a certain Jimi Hendrix amongst them. There are some great stories in this podcast, the major players were so much more accessible back in the late 60s.

This is the final podcast of three. For more info go to http://www.deltaladies.com/

Sep 1, 2017

In this show we look at the partnership between Only Human aka Sheffield based musician Tom Bickley and his father singer/songwriter Jon Bickley.

Their first album under the name Only Human was ‘Brain of Leaves’ and is still available on iTunes. This was followed by 'Wayfaring Stranger' (credited to Jon Bickley) produced by Tom and a collection of traditional and original songs sung by Jon. The third album ‘The Only Human Circus’ is part 1 of a folk-opera credited to Jon Bickley & Only Human. ‘The Singer becomes the Song’ is part 2 of the story and will be launched at their Watford Folk Club gig on 19th January 2018.

This is the first podcast of two, it features songs from all their four albums as a duo. It examines the musical roots and influences that forge the distinctive sound mixing accordion, guitar and close harmony vocals.

Jon Bickley and Only Human are booking folk club and festival dates. Contact via www.invisiblefolkclub.com
The song 'Wayfaring Stranger' from this podcast is on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6UxtRe4GrI

Aug 31, 2017

In this show we look at the partnership between Only Human aka Sheffield based musician Tom Bickley and his father singer/songwriter Jon Bickley.

Their first album under the name Only Human was ‘Brain of Leaves’ and is still available on iTunes. This was followed by 'Wayfaring Stranger' (credited to Jon Bickley) produced by Tom and a collection of traditional and original songs sung by Jon. The third album ‘The Only Human Circus’ is part 1 of a folk-opera credited to Jon Bickley & Only Human. ‘The Singer becomes the Song’ is part 2 of the story and will be launched at their Watford Folk Club gig on 19th January 2018. 

This second show features songs from all their four albums as a duo. It continues the examination of musical roots and influences that forge the distinctive sound of accordion, guitar and close harmony vocals.

Jon Bickley and Only Human are booking folk club and festival dates. Contact via www.invisiblefolkclub.com
The song 'Lord Franklin/Erebus' from this podcast is on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg_gW9HelV0

Aug 9, 2017

Folk singers perform at the Chiltern Open Air Museum throughout the year and many have been recorded by the Invisible Folk Club. On the weekend of this recording the weather was good so all performances were in the great outdoors, it was literally a field recording! The music was enjoyed by visitors and singers alike. 

Many thanks to the featured artists.
In order of appearance:
Anne Cunningham, Steve Last, Linda Birmingham, Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw, Jon Bickley, Liz Lawley, Mary & John Maw, Steve McClennon

https://invisiblefolkclub.com/

The Chiltern Open Air Museum rescues traditional buildings that would otherwise have been demolished. Around 30 historic buildings have now been saved and rebuilt at the 45 acre site in Buckinghamshire. The collection covers 2000 years of history from the Iron Age to the Second World War and focuses on the houses and workplaces of ordinary people. It's well worth a visit. 

For further information visit the museum website https://www.coam.org.uk/

Jul 4, 2017

Folk/Prog band Pagan Harvest plan to release their second album in October 2017 so ahead of that event we're revisiting their 2015 self-titled debut. Invisible Folk Club producer Steve Yarwood talks to singer/songwriter Jon Bickley about the history of the band and the making and meaning of that first album. It’s dark folk on an epic scale!

At the core of Pagan Harvest's music is a deep love of the myths and legends of English folklore, in particular those emanating from darker less travelled paths. The trio comprise Lawrence Reed (composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist), Jon Bickley (singer/songwriter) and Steve Daymond (electric bass).

The album is available from Amazon and iTunes.
The band have made 3 short YouTube films based around music from the album.
Damascus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu0FgQQ7B7Q
Rebecca Falls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7KsGTgD0MU
The third film is entitled 'Rebecca Falls - the forensics' which adopts a 'Classic Albums' documentary approach to explore the evolution and forensics of the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwKN_jPvfoA

For further information or to contact us please go to www.invisiblefolkclub.com

Jun 4, 2017

On 18th April 2017 UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap General Election for 8th June 2017. Within 24 hours all ongoing plans at the Invisible Folk Club were put on hold as we embarked on our first Podcast of Protest.

Was the protest song still alive and kicking? A couple of days later the word went out: 'It's time to get angry, we want hear your protest songs! Raise your pen, raise your voice, raise the roof, this country belongs to me and you!'

Material soon arrived and producer Steve Yarwood curated a podcast forged in that pre-election climate of uncertainty and fake news.

Artists featured are Sixpenny Wayke, Oz Hardwick, Martin Olyett, Grae J. Wall & Los Chicos Muertos, Julian Mount, Linda Birmingham, Jon Bickley, Niamh Mahon, Black_Scarr, Dave Artus, Alison Raymond, Tom Bickley (Only Human), Delta Ladies

If you want further information about these fabulous artists please go to www.invisiblefolkclub.com or email invisiblefolkclub@btinternet.com

Jun 4, 2017

On 18th April 2017 UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap General Election for 8th June 2017. Within 24 hours all ongoing plans at the Invisible Folk Club were put on hold as we embarked on our first Podcast of Protest.

Was the protest song still alive and kicking? A couple of days later the word went out: 'It's time to get angry, we want hear your protest songs! Raise your pen, raise your voice, raise the roof, this country belongs to me and you!'

Material soon arrived and producer Steve Yarwood curated a podcast forged in that pre-election climate of uncertainty and fake news.

Artists featured are Sixpenny Wayke, Oz Hardwick, Martin Olyett, Grae J. Wall & Los Chicos Muertos, Julian Mount, Linda Birmingham, Jon Bickley, Niamh Mahon, Black_Scarr, Dave Artus, Alison Raymond, Tom Bickley (Only Human), Delta Ladies

If you want further information about these fabulous artists please go to www.invisiblefolkclub.com or email invisiblefolkclub@btinternet.com

May 16, 2017

This podcast is episode 1 of 2 featuring singer and song collector Chris Lawley. An eclectic mix of traditional folk, English music hall and First World War soldiers' songs from the mid 19th to early 20th century.

Chris has made sporadic appearances in folk clubs down the years but serious interest in traditional folk music is a relatively recent development. The subsequent discovery of music hall produced another rich source of songs, then the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1 gave further inspiration and material.

Chris and his younger brother Mark (also featured in this podcast) have been making a name for themselves as the uniformed duo The Pals who re-enact 'trench songs' about soldiers' experiences. The gallows humour found in these songs is part of the coping mechanism necessary on those hellish battlefields.

For a brief YouTube film of The Pals in action go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoN2X_wUMsU
Film courtesy of Tim Frost, Vision & Technology.

May 16, 2017

This podcast is episode 2 of 2 featuring singer and song collector Chris Lawley. An eclectic mix of traditional folk, English music hall and First World War soldiers' songs from the mid 19th to early 20th century.

Chris has made sporadic appearances in folk clubs down the years but serious interest in traditional folk music is a relatively recent development. The subsequent discovery of music hall produced another rich source of songs, then the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1 gave further inspiration and material.

Chris and his younger brother Mark (also featured in this podcast) have been making a name for themselves as the uniformed duo The Pals who re-enact 'trench songs' about soldiers' experiences. The gallows humour found in these songs is part of the coping mechanism necessary on those hellish battlefields.

For a brief YouTube film of The Pals in action go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoN2X_wUMsU
Film courtesy of Tim Frost, Vision & Technology

Apr 4, 2017

This is the final episode of 3 podcasts featuring three very different songwriters discussing their songs, their inspiration and how the writing process works for them. Songwriter and host Jon Bickley is joined at the Invisible Folk Club by David Gunawardana and Martin Olyett. In this entertaining and enlightening series we have an opportunity to look behind the curtain and achieve a deeper understanding of songwriters and their craft.

Apr 4, 2017

This is episode 2 of 3 podcasts featuring three very different songwriters discussing their songs, their inspiration and how the writing process works for them. Songwriter and host Jon Bickley is joined at the Invisible Folk Club by David Gunawardana and Martin Olyett. In this entertaining and enlightening series we have an opportunity to look behind the curtain and achieve a deeper understanding of songwriters and their craft.

Apr 4, 2017

This is episode 1 of 3 podcasts featuring three very different songwriters discussing their songs, their inspiration and how the writing process works for them. Songwriter and host Jon Bickley is joined at the Invisible Folk Club by David Gunawardana and Martin Olyett. In this entertaining and enlightening series we have an opportunity to look behind the curtain and achieve a deeper understanding of songwriters and their craft.

Mar 9, 2017

This is Part 2 of an Invisible Folk Club podcast hosted by singer/songwriter Jon Bickley and featuring singer/songwriter Liz Lawley.

Liz is a talented songwriter with a very individual style singing either unaccompanied or with ukulele. In conversation with Jon she talks about musical and songwriting influences as well as a range of other subjects. Jon also plays a selection of his own songs.

Mar 9, 2017

This is Part 1 of an Invisible Folk Club podcast hosted by singer/songwriter Jon Bickley and featuring singer/songwriter Liz Lawley.

Liz is a talented songwriter with a very individual style singing either unaccompanied or with ukulele. In conversation with Jon she talks about musical and songwriting influences as well as a range of other subjects. Jon also plays a selection of his own songs.

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