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:
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
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/