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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.

May 29, 2019

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.

Martin Olyett - M25 Corridor
Skinner and T'witch - Offshore
Billy Bragg & Wilco - The Jolly Banker
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Christ For President
Catherine Earnshaw & storywheel - Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood
Catherine Earnshaw & storywheel - Promised Land
Bob Dylan - The Death Of Emmett Till
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'
Bob Dylan - Ballad Of Hollis Brown
Jon Bickley - Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood
Jon Bickley - Eyes On The Prize
Steve Earle - A Rich Man's War

If you want more information about our podcasts or radio shows please visit our website

May 18, 2019

Bedfordshire based Ragged Staff are Ned Lawton (uilleann pipes, whistles, percussion & vocals), Caroline Riches (violin & vocals) & Mike Nacey (tenor guitar & percussion). Ned formed the band in 2008 driven by a passion for English and Irish acoustic music.

The music is energetic with dynamics that can move from a whisper to a roar. Over a number of years Ragged Staff built up a considerable following, eventually calling it a day in 2016 to pursue other projects. Invisible Folk were delighted to persuade them to reform for this podcast session.

Ned is active in musical theatre having written shows based on life in the 1800s incorporating traditional and contemporary folk songs.

Caroline is an occasional solo performer, on this session she plays one of her own songs while accompanying on hammered dulcimer. She is also part of the Bonnet & Belt Theatre Company currently performing 'Canals of Old England' which celebrates the heritage of English canals in music, song and verse.

To obtain a copy of Ragged Staff's most recent album 'Kiss The Shore' please contact Ned via ned.raggedstaff@hotmail.co.uk

May 18, 2019

Bedfordshire based Ragged Staff are Ned Lawton (uilleann pipes, whistles, percussion & vocals), Caroline Riches (violin & vocals) & Mike Nacey (tenor guitar & percussion). Ned formed the band in 2008 driven by a passion for English and Irish acoustic music.

The music is energetic with dynamics that can move from a whisper to a roar. Over a number of years Ragged Staff built up a considerable following, eventually calling it a day in 2016 to pursue other projects. Invisible Folk were delighted to persuade them to reform for this podcast session.

Ned is active in musical theatre having written shows based on life in the 1800s incorporating traditional and contemporary folk songs.

Caroline is an occasional solo performer, on this session she plays one of her own songs while accompanying on hammered dulcimer. She is also part of the Bonnet & Belt Theatre Company currently performing 'Canals of Old England' which celebrates the heritage of English canals in music, song and verse.

To obtain a copy of Ragged Staff's most recent album 'Kiss The Shore' please contact Ned via ned.raggedstaff@hotmail.co.uk

Apr 30, 2019

Welshman Mike Carter-Jones is a singer/guitarist and prolific songwriter, Liverpool's Mike Nacey is a talented instrumentalist on tenor guitar and mandolin. Nowadays based in Bedfordshire (England) both are a long way from their roots but are still enjoying the music they make. They are an experienced duo mixing folk and jazz influences at local acoustic sessions and folk clubs.

In our session Mike C-J performs some of his songs and Mike N plays some beautifully arranged instrumental pieces. Host Jon Bickley plays some newly written material from a song cycle marking the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Luton Peace Day riots.

Mike C-J has lots of songs on YouTube.
Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/MikeCarterJones/videos

Apr 30, 2019

Welshman Mike Carter-Jones is a singer/guitarist and prolific songwriter, Liverpool's Mike Nacey is a talented instrumentalist on tenor guitar and mandolin. Nowadays based in Bedfordshire (England) both are a long way from their roots but are still enjoying the music they make. They are an experienced duo mixing folk and jazz influences at local acoustic sessions and folk clubs.

In our session Mike C-J performs some of his songs and Mike N plays some beautifully arranged instrumental pieces. Host Jon Bickley plays some newly written material from a song cycle marking the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Luton Peace Day riots.

Mike C-J has lots of songs on YouTube.
Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/MikeCarterJones/videos

Apr 21, 2019

In a return to the successful '3 Songwriters' format first used back in January 2017 host Jon Bickley trades songs and conversation with David Gunawardana and Martin Olyett.

This second session dates from August 2018 where the guys had lots of new material to play and discuss. Indeed they had so much to discuss they reconvened for a third session 4 months later, but more of that another day.

Dissecting songwriters' methods tells us much about how some people perceive and interpret the world around them and turn that view into a musical artform. In our small way Invisible Folk Club are trying to see behind the curtain and achieve a deeper understanding. We'll continue to dissect more songwriters!!!

Both guests have recently released albums.
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.

Apr 21, 2019

In a return to the successful '3 Songwriters' format first used back in January 2017 host Jon Bickley trades songs and conversation with David Gunawardana and Martin Olyett.

This second session dates from August 2018 where the guys had lots of new material to play and discuss. Indeed they had so much to discuss they reconvened for a third session 4 months later, but more of that another day.

Dissecting songwriters' methods tells us much about how some people perceive and interpret the world around them and turn that view into a musical artform. In our small way Invisible Folk Club are trying to see behind the curtain and achieve a deeper understanding. We'll continue to dissect more songwriters!!!

Both guests have recently released albums.
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.

Apr 11, 2019

Of The Clay are Joe Potter (voc/gtr) & Niamh Bury (voc/gtr & Shruti box), they sing traditional folk songs or songs in the traditional idiom.

They have recently relocated to Dublin but when Invisible Folk came calling they were still living in north Norfolk, that land of eerie shorelines, low horizons and big skies. They had certainly absorbed much of the history and atmosphere of the area, it was reflected in their songs.

Singer/composer Peter Bellamy, a man who spent his formative years in Norfolk, is clearly a significant influence and much discussion ensued about this enigmatic character. Joe & Niamh perform a striking acapella version of Al Stewart's 'Nostradamus' a song also performed by Peter Bellamy.

The beautifully arranged performances captured in this session are mesmerising and intense.

See also https://oftheclay.bandcamp.com/

Apr 11, 2019

Of The Clay are Joe Potter (voc/gtr) & Niamh Bury (voc/gtr & Shruti box), they sing traditional folk songs or songs in the traditional idiom.

They have recently relocated to Dublin but when Invisible Folk came calling they were still living in north Norfolk, that land of eerie shorelines, low horizons and big skies. They had certainly absorbed much of the history and atmosphere of the area, it was reflected in their songs.

Singer/composer Peter Bellamy, a man who spent his formative years in Norfolk, is clearly a significant influence and much discussion ensued about this enigmatic character. Joe & Niamh perform a striking acapella version of Al Stewart's 'Nostradamus' a song also performed by Peter Bellamy.

The beautifully arranged performances captured in this session are mesmerising and intense.

See also https://oftheclay.bandcamp.com/

Apr 3, 2019

Odette Michell is an English Folk Singer/Songwriter with a fine voice that hints at Sandy or Joni, which is no bad thing! Her finely tuned songwriting is sometimes so convincing that you'll believe it's a traditional song.

Odette found her feet as a performer in and around Cambridge, she even made a couple of appearances on the Club Stage at the prestigious folk festival. Things really began to take off with her first EP By Way of Night in March 2018 which attracted many positive reviews and radio plays. She has since gone on to open for folk legends Phil Beer (Show of Hands) and Martin Carthy, and is embarking on her first national solo tour.

Odette's first full length album The Wildest Rose, produced by Stu Hanna from award winning folk duo Megson, will be out in April 2019 and features musical contributions from Phil Beer and Toby Shaer.

Music video for the single Bless The Ground You Grow On filmed on location at the Chalk Horse and Dragon Hill in Uffington in Oxfordshire can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gc5OXec5hM

For up to date info go to https://www.odettemichell.com/

Apr 3, 2019

Odette Michell is an English Folk Singer/Songwriter with a fine voice that hints at Sandy or Joni, which is no bad thing! Her finely tuned songwriting is sometimes so convincing that you'll believe it's a traditional song.

Odette found her feet as a performer in and around Cambridge, she even made a couple of appearances on the Club Stage at the prestigious folk festival. Things really began to take off with her first EP By Way of Night in March 2018 which attracted many positive reviews and radio plays. She has since gone on to open for folk legends Phil Beer (Show of Hands) and Martin Carthy, and is embarking on her first national solo tour.

Odette's first full length album The Wildest Rose, produced by Stu Hanna from award winning folk duo Megson, will be out in April 2019 and features musical contributions from Phil Beer and Toby Shaer.

Music video for the single Bless The Ground You Grow On filmed on location at the Chalk Horse and Dragon Hill in Uffington in Oxfordshire can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gc5OXec5hM

For up to date info go to https://www.odettemichell.com/

Apr 3, 2019

Odette Michell is an English Folk Singer/Songwriter with a fine voice that hints at Sandy or Joni, which is no bad thing! Her finely tuned songwriting is sometimes so convincing that you'll believe it's a traditional song.

Odette found her feet as a performer in and around Cambridge, she even made a couple of appearances on the Club Stage at the prestigious folk festival. Things really began to take off with her first EP By Way of Night in March 2018 which attracted many positive reviews and radio plays. She has since gone on to open for folk legends Phil Beer (Show of Hands) and Martin Carthy, and is embarking on her first national solo tour.

Odette's first full length album The Wildest Rose, produced by Stu Hanna from award winning folk duo Megson, will be out in April 2019 and features musical contributions from Phil Beer and Toby Shaer.

Music video for the single Bless The Ground You Grow On filmed on location at the Chalk Horse and Dragon Hill in Uffington in Oxfordshire can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gc5OXec5hM

For up to date info go to https://www.odettemichell.com/

Mar 27, 2019

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 30th September 2018:
Gillian Welch - Scarlet Town
Gillian Welch - The Way It Goes
Gillian Welch - The Way The Whole Thing Ends
Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
Gillian Welch - Red Clay Halo
Gillian Welch - Pocahontas
Gillian Welch - White Freightliner Blues
Gillian Welch - White Rabbit
Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw - Black Muddy River
Jon Bickley & Only Human - The Leaving
Kris Kristofferson - Quinn The Eskimo
The Band - I Shall Be Released

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

Mar 26, 2019

Gemma Khawaja is a singer based in Norfolk (England) playing traditional songs of the British Isles. The arrangements emphasise the universal stories and themes drawing out the richness and beauty of the old melodies. These are mesmerising and intense performances.

Gemma also creates her own songs inspired by rural poets, mythology and folklore. In particular she has used the words of 17th century English poet Robert Herrick to great effect. To stream or purchase Gemma's music go to https://gemmakhawaja.bandcamp.com/

Gemma is also a professional puppeteer based at the Norwich Puppet Theatre where she is involved in both performance and the creation of puppets. As well as performing at a nationally unique venue dedicated to puppetry the company tour regularly. The touring aspect of Gemma's profession has a spin-off in that it creates opportunities for her to visit and perform at local folk clubs across the UK.

Of the 8 songs performed at this session 3 are Gemma with guitar, the remainder are unaccompanied.

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