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Dec 9, 2019

Anna Howie is a country singer/songwriter whose storytelling words and gorgeous melodies add up to a whole lot more than 3 chords and the truth.

In late Summer 2019 Anna released her first EP 'An Idiot's Guide To Love' which hit the dizzy heights of No5 in the UK Country Charts! Recorded in Nashville it showcases her classy 'UK meets Americana' material in the company of top local session players. How cool is that!

On this podcast Anna is joined by guitar player and songwriter Andy Evans who also helps out on backing vocals.
The EP 'An Idiot's Guide To Love' is available via http://smarturl.it/oauf0u

Dec 9, 2019

Anna Howie is a country singer/songwriter whose storytelling words and gorgeous melodies add up to a whole lot more than 3 chords and the truth.

In late Summer 2019 Anna released her first EP 'An Idiot's Guide To Love' which hit the dizzy heights of No5 in the UK Country Charts! Recorded in Nashville it showcases her classy 'UK meets Americana' material in the company of top local session players. How cool is that!

On this podcast Anna is joined by guitar player and songwriter Andy Evans who also helps out on backing vocals.
The EP 'An Idiot's Guide To Love' is available via http://smarturl.it/oauf0u

Nov 25, 2019

Malcolm Hobbs is a solo singer accompanying himself on bouzouki and tenor mandola performing a mix of traditional and contemporary songs. He is also responsible for artist bookings at Redbourn Folk Club (Herts) where they have a fortnightly guest slot. Malcolm talks to host Jon Bickley about the processes involved. How does it work? What are the pressures?

Nov 25, 2019

Malcolm Hobbs is a solo singer accompanying himself on bouzouki and tenor mandola performing a mix of traditional and contemporary songs. He is also responsible for artist bookings at Redbourn Folk Club (Herts) where they have a fortnightly guest slot. Malcolm talks to host Jon Bickley about the processes involved. How does it work? What are the pressures?

Nov 25, 2019

Veteran folk multi-tasker Barry Goodman is a singer, musician, songwriter, dance caller and folk arts educator. He is an energetic and inspirational communicator. With school children he champions the delights of folk dancing, with adults he encourages discussion about the music and to question where it's coming from. English folk is constantly evolving, we allow outside influences, we appreciate the joy of discovery.

In this podcast Barry talks eloquently about his long musical career which ran in parallel with teaching primary school children for many years. He finally became a professional musician on retirement from full time teaching. He will be known to many as the melodeon playing half of folk duo Life & Times along with singer/songwriter Graeme Meek. Since Life & Times ceased operation in 2015 Barry has developed a wide ranging and successful solo career. Details of the breadth of his activities can be found on his Website at http://www.barrygoodmanfolk.co.uk/

Nov 25, 2019

Veteran folk multi-tasker Barry Goodman is a singer, musician, songwriter, dance caller and folk arts educator. He is an energetic and inspirational communicator. With school children he champions the delights of folk dancing, with adults he encourages discussion about the music and to question where it's coming from. English folk is constantly evolving, we allow outside influences, we appreciate the joy of discovery.

In this podcast Barry talks eloquently about his long musical career which ran in parallel with teaching primary school children for many years. He finally became a professional musician on retirement from full time teaching. He will be known to many as the melodeon playing half of folk duo Life & Times along with singer/songwriter Graeme Meek. Since Life & Times ceased operation in 2015 Barry has developed a wide ranging and successful solo career. Details of the breadth of his activities can be found on his Website at http://www.barrygoodmanfolk.co.uk/

Nov 5, 2019

Pete Castle is a folk singer and storyteller who first came to the attention of Invisible Folk during research for Bedfordshire folk songs. Pete is a former resident of the county (1976-87) who collected around 70 songs of local origin and deposited them at Luton Wardown Museum. 20 of these songs were released by Pete on cassette in 1981, some of the songs in this podcast come from that collection.

The recording took place during Brickworks Day at The Higgins, Bedford (25th May 2019) an event supporting the 'From Bunyan to Brickworks' exhibition at the museum. Invisible Folk curated a mini folk festival which ran throughout the day in the courtyard with 10 artists/groups. It was a glorious day and the music was great. Pete Castle was the final act, it was the first time he had performed in his former home county for many years.

Song Titles:
1 Bedfordshire May Song
2 The Duke of Bedford
3 Watercresses
4 As I Came Home
5 A Spinning We Will Go
6 My Son John
7 Poor Tom Brown
8 Over The Hill

Invisible Folk are delighted to be able to make this special event available to our podcast listeners. For more information visit Pete's comprehensive Website at https://petecastle.co.uk/

Oct 6, 2019

Paul Mosley is a multi talented songwriter/composer/arranger equally at home playing his songs on Ukulele or with a 16 piece orchestra. He arrived at the Invisible Folk Club with his piano and ukulele, but without the 16 piece orchestra! His songs are infectious, funny, moving, and various other complimentary adjectives in between.

Paul's new album 'You're Going To Die' was released on 11th October 2019. It is his most personal and striking album to date but don't be put off by the title. Far from being dour and contemplative it is in fact a life affirming kaleidoscope of beauty and joy!

Album available from https://paulmosley.bandcamp.com/

Oct 6, 2019

Paul Mosley is a multi talented songwriter/composer/arranger equally at home playing his songs on Ukulele or with a 16 piece orchestra. He arrived at the Invisible Folk Club with his piano and ukulele, but without the 16 piece orchestra! His songs are infectious, funny, moving, and various other complimentary adjectives in between.

Paul's new album 'You're Going To Die' was released on 11th October 2019. It is his most personal and striking album to date but don't be put off by the title. Far from being dour and contemplative it is in fact a life affirming kaleidoscope of beauty and joy!

Album available from:
https://paulmosley.bandcamp.com/

Oct 6, 2019

Paul Mosley is a multi-talented songwriter/composer/arranger equally at home playing his songs on Ukulele or with a 16 piece orchestra. He arrived at the Invisible Folk Club with his piano and ukulele, but without the 16 piece orchestra! His songs are infectious, funny, moving, and various other complimentary adjectives in between.

Paul's new album 'You're Going To Die' was released on 11th October 2019. It is his most personal and striking album to date but don't be put off by the title. Far from being dour and contemplative it is in fact a life affirming kaleidoscope of beauty and joy!

Album available from:
https://paulmosley.bandcamp.com/

Sep 20, 2019

From time to time 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. 

Waterson:Carthy - May Morning
Waterson:Carthy - The Old Churchyard
Liz Lawley - Borderlands
Liz Lawley - Long Velvet Night
Black*Scarr - Drunken Generation
Black*Scarr - The Change
Black*Scarr - Thank God for the NHS
John Stewart - Armstrong
Bert Jansch - Jack Orion
Roy Harper - Me and My Woman 

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

Sep 9, 2019

Singer/songwriter Mark Blanchard has two musical lives. He is a solo performer (with guitar), he is also half of the duo Footsore Pilgrims (with bass player Michel Duvoisin). The two entities are radically different even though they often perform the same songs.

Mark's view of his musical world:
Solo = head
Duo = heart

At the start of this solo session Mark says 'The thing that really fascinates me (apart from the music) is the whole process of creativity, I'm absolutely passionate about it.' Indeed the passion pours out of him throughout. The conversation with host Jon Bickley is probably the most in-depth analysis of songwriting tools and techniques we've had to date.

Mark's fabulous song 'Fool In Me' is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtcnpwSNuik

Footsore Pilgrims have an album entitled 'Damascus Lights & Blackpool Illuminations' details at https://www.discogs.com/Footsore-Pilgrims-Damascus-Lights-Blackpool-Illuminations/release/9809551

Sep 9, 2019

Singer/songwriter Mark Blanchard has two musical lives. He is a solo performer (with guitar), he is also half of the duo Footsore Pilgrims (with bass player Michel Duvoisin). The two entities are radically different even though they often perform the same songs.

Mark's view of his musical world:
Solo = head
Duo = heart

At the start of this solo session Mark says 'The thing that really fascinates me (apart from the music) is the whole process of creativity, I'm absolutely passionate about it.' Indeed the passion pours out of him throughout. The conversation with host Jon Bickley is probably the most in-depth analysis of songwriting tools and techniques we've had to date.

Mark's fabulous song 'Fool In Me' is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtcnpwSNuik

Footsore Pilgrims have an album entitled 'Damascus Lights & Blackpool Illuminations' details at https://www.discogs.com/Footsore-Pilgrims-Damascus-Lights-Blackpool-Illuminations/release/9809551

Sep 9, 2019

Singer/songwriter Mark Blanchard has two musical lives. He is a solo performer (with guitar), he is also half of the duo Footsore Pilgrims (with bass player Michel Duvoisin). The two entities are radically different even though they often perform the same songs.

Mark's view of his musical world:
Solo = head
Duo = heart

At the start of this solo session Mark says 'The thing that really fascinates me (apart from the music) is the whole process of creativity, I'm absolutely passionate about it.' Indeed the passion pours out of him throughout. The conversation with host Jon Bickley is probably the most in-depth analysis of songwriting tools and techniques we've had to date.

Mark's fabulous song 'Fool In Me' is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtcnpwSNuik

Footsore Pilgrims have an album entitled 'Damascus Lights & Blackpool Illuminations' details at https://www.discogs.com/Footsore-Pilgrims-Damascus-Lights-Blackpool-Illuminations/release/9809551

Aug 15, 2019

From time to time 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.

Anna & Elizabeth - Black Eyed Susan
Anna & Elizabeth - John of Hazelgreen
Gemma Khawaja - Annan Water
Liz Lawley - The White Shepherd
Catherine Earnshaw & storywheel - I Am Stretched On Your Grave
Brazen Thieves - Salisbury Plain
Jon Bickley - House Carpenter
Marisa,Jack & Davy - Nottamun Town
Gemma Khawaja - Icarus
Bob Dylan - Scarlet Town

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

Jul 21, 2019

In the latest '3 Songwriters' podcast Jon Bickley once again trades songs and conversation with David Gunawardana and Martin Olyett.

There is further discussion around songwriting methodologies and approaches to recording. There was an abundance of new material on show from our guests much of which can be found on David's 'Figures and Faces' EP and Martin's full length album 'Strawman.' What you hear in this podcast is one of the best collections of songs we've recorded in a single session.

For David Gunawardana's Figures & Faces go to https://www.davidgunawardana.com/

For Martin Olyett's Strawman album please go to https://invisiblefolkclub.com/contact/ and leave us a message. We'll ensure Martin receives your communication.

Jul 21, 2019

In the latest '3 Songwriters' podcast Jon Bickley once again trades songs and conversation with David Gunawardana and Martin Olyett.

There is further discussion around songwriting methodologies and approaches to recording. There was an abundance of new material on show from our guests much of which can be found on David's 'Figures and Faces' EP and Martin's full length album 'Strawman.' What you hear in this podcast is one of the best collections of songs we've recorded in a single session.

For David Gunawardana's Figures & Faces go to https://www.davidgunawardana.com/

For Martin Olyett's Strawman album please go to https://invisiblefolkclub.com/contact/ and leave us a message. We'll ensure Martin receives your communication.

Jul 21, 2019

In the latest '3 Songwriters' podcast Jon Bickley once again trades songs and conversation with David Gunawardana and Martin Olyett.

There is further discussion around songwriting methodologies and approaches to recording. There was an abundance of new material on show from our guests much of which can be found on David's 'Figures and Faces' EP and Martin's full length album 'Strawman.' What you hear in this podcast is one of the best collections of songs we've recorded in a single session.

For David Gunawardana's Figures & Faces go to https://www.davidgunawardana.com/

For Martin Olyett's Strawman album please go to https://invisiblefolkclub.com/contact/ and leave us a message. We'll ensure Martin receives your communication.

Jul 17, 2019

In the first episode of an occasional series entitled 'The Ballad of Bedfordshire' Jon Bickley tells the story of the Luton Peace Day riots in words and music.

At the end of the First World War in November 1918 Prime Minister Lloyd George promised his government would 'make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in.' Sadly this failed to materialise.

By Summer 1919 Luton ex-servicemen were unhappy with unemployment and other grievances, in particular the high handed attitude of Henry Impey the Mayor of Luton. A single incident lit the fuse and the disenfranchised men took matters into their own hands. In the ensuing riots Luton Town Hall was burned down in a fervour of protest.

A century later Jon Bickley performs his own original songs about the events that occurred in the town centre between 19th - 21st July 1919. He is joined by a number of other musicians regularly heard on the Invisible Folk Club Radio Show.

The songs:
John McCormack - Keep the Home Fires Burning
Jon Bickley - Keep Your Heads Down
Jon Bickley - Shiny Buttons and Badges
Jon Bickley - We Will March
Jon Bickley - Treat Him Like a Dog
Jon Bickley - Mayor Henry Impey
Jon Bickley - Luton Town
Jon Bickley - If Justice Had Wings

The musicians:
Jon Bickley - lead vocal, guitar
Neil Stanton - violin
John Maw - cigar box slide guitar & mandolin
Bob Templeman - guitar
Annette Burrows - backing vocals
Lizzy Hardingham - backing vocals
Mandy Hardingham - backing vocals

Jun 29, 2019

Each month we select a past Invisible Folk Club radio show to air on the podcast channel. This show is a special edition combining selected parts of two recent shows.

The Rickmansworth Folk Festival takes place on Saturday 13th of July and we have been invited to curate the Invisible Folk Club Stage. It is a great honour.

The stage is in the garden of The Feathers pub on Church Street where we have a fabulous line-up of artists all of whom are featured in this broadcast. Please lend them your ears.

Appearing will be:
Craig Joiner, Odette Michell, Lizzy Hardingham, Jon Bickley, Dave Artus, David Gunawardana, Chris Lawley

If you make it to Rickmansworth please come over and say hello, we'll be at the merch table where you can purchase CDs by the artists.

Jun 23, 2019

Stout Brothers are an acoustic duo comprising Stewart Murdoch (guitar/ukelele) and Neil Stanton (violin/mandolin).

Scotsman Stewart came relatively late to music discovering the art of guitar well beyond the first flush of youth. In the course of learning his chosen instruments (ukelele added along the way) song writing seemed to come naturally, most of the songs on this session are Stewart's compositions.

Neil had been playing electric guitar in various bands for many years as well as being proficient on mandolin and banjo. Through the encouragement of a musician friend he became involved in violin restoration and rebuild. It was almost inevitable that Neil would learn to play the instrument, we're glad he did!

The guys first met at a low key folk event and a mutual love of acoustic rootsy music lead to the Stout Brothers. They are gradually raising their profile in south east England and who knows where beyond. Honesty and authenticity abound.

Jun 23, 2019

Stout Brothers are an acoustic duo comprising Stewart Murdoch (guitar/ukelele) and Neil Stanton (violin/mandolin).

Scotsman Stewart came relatively late to music discovering the art of guitar well beyond the first flush of youth. In the course of learning his chosen instruments (ukelele added along the way) song writing seemed to come naturally, most of the songs on this session are Stewart's compositions.

Neil had been playing electric guitar in various bands for many years as well as being proficient on mandolin and banjo. Through the encouragement of a musician friend he became involved in violin restoration and rebuild. It was almost inevitable that Neil would learn to play the instrument, we're glad he did!

The guys first met at a low key folk event and a mutual love of acoustic rootsy music lead to the Stout Brothers. They are gradually raising their profile in south east England and who knows where beyond. Honesty and authenticity abound.

Jun 13, 2019

Doug Jenner is an Australian fiddle singer resident in England for the last 20 years. He started his musical career in Sydney with bush bands driven by a passion for Aussie folk music. Since moving to the UK he has continued to champion the music of his roots. Australian writer and bush poet Henry Lawson has been a profound influence. Bush songs depict the life, character and scenery of the Australian bush and Lawson's words feature significantly in this podcast. Doug, in partnership with musician and song collector Martyn Wyndham-Read, has developed and performed 'Voice of a New Nation' a reworked version of Chris Kempster’s acclaimed show about Henry Lawson's life and works.

Doug has been a major driving force behind the Kimpton Folk Festival. Now in its 4th year and with Doug as its Folk Events Chairman this excellent one day festival has gone from strength to strength. This year it takes place on Saturday 6th June with an impressive line-up of established names along with stars of the future.

Jun 13, 2019

Doug Jenner is an Australian fiddle singer resident in England for the last 20 years. He started his musical career in Sydney with bush bands driven by a passion for Aussie folk music. Since moving to the UK he has continued to champion the music of his roots. Australian writer and bush poet Henry Lawson has been a profound influence. Bush songs depict the life, character and scenery of the Australian bush and Lawson's words feature significantly in this podcast. Doug, in partnership with musician and song collector Martyn Wyndham-Read, has developed and performed 'Voice of a New Nation' a reworked version of Chris Kempster’s acclaimed show about Henry Lawson's life and works.

Doug has been a major driving force behind the Kimpton Folk Festival. Now in its 4th year and with Doug as its Folk Events Chairman this excellent one day festival has gone from strength to strength. This year it takes place on Saturday 6th June with an impressive line-up of established names along with stars of the future.

Jun 13, 2019

Doug Jenner is an Australian fiddle singer resident in England for the last 20 years. He started his musical career in Sydney with bush bands driven by a passion for Aussie folk music. Since moving to the UK he has continued to champion the music of his roots. Australian writer and bush poet Henry Lawson has been a profound influence. Bush songs depict the life, character and scenery of the Australian bush and Lawson's words feature significantly in this podcast. Doug, in partnership with musician and song collector Martyn Wyndham-Read, has developed and performed 'Voice of a New Nation' a reworked version of Chris Kempster’s acclaimed show about Henry Lawson's life and works.

Doug has been a major driving force behind the Kimpton Folk Festival. Now in its 4th year and with Doug as its Folk Events Chairman this excellent one day festival has gone from strength to strength. This year it takes place on Saturday 6th June with an impressive line-up of established names along with stars of the future.

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