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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/

Jun 23, 2018

Singer/songwriter Dave Artus trades songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley. Dave is an articulate and interesting guest. It was an immensely enjoyable afternoon talking about the craft of songwriting, playing live, choosing songs to cover, recording with professional producers, helping to run a successful folk club (Uxbridge), running a folk festival (Rickmansworth). We covered a lot of ground!

Dave features songs from his recently released album 'Viewpoints' but also performs a number of songs unavailable elsewhere.

'Viewpoints' is available on CD via djnamusic@gmail.com or download from iTunes or Amazon.

Rickmansworth Folk Festival is 14th July, the action takes place at the Feathers pub, Batchworth Lock and the Conservative Club.

To see what is happening at Uxbridge Folk Club go to https://sites.google.com/view/uxbridgefolkclub/

Jun 23, 2018

Singer/songwriter Dave Artus trades songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley. Dave is an articulate and interesting guest. It was an immensely enjoyable afternoon talking about the craft of songwriting, playing live, choosing songs to cover, recording with professional producers, helping to run a successful folk club (Uxbridge), running a folk festival (Rickmansworth). We covered a lot of ground!

Dave features songs from his recently released album 'Viewpoints' but also performs a number of songs unavailable elsewhere.

'Viewpoints' is available on CD via djnamusic@gmail.com or download from iTunes or Amazon.

Rickmansworth Folk Festival is 14th July, the action takes place at the Feathers pub, Batchworth Lock and the Conservative Club.

To see what is happening at Uxbridge Folk Club go to https://sites.google.com/view/uxbridgefolkclub/

Jun 23, 2018

Singer/songwriter Dave Artus trades songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley. Dave is an articulate and interesting guest. It was an immensely enjoyable afternoon talking about the craft of songwriting, playing live, choosing songs to cover, recording with professional producers, helping to run a successful folk club (Uxbridge), running a folk festival (Rickmansworth). We covered a lot of ground!

Dave features songs from his recently released album 'Viewpoints' but also performs a number of songs unavailable elsewhere.

'Viewpoints' is available on CD via djnamusic@gmail.com or download from iTunes or Amazon.

Rickmansworth Folk Festival is 14th July, the action takes place at the Feathers pub, Batchworth Lock and the Conservative Club.

To see what is happening at Uxbridge Folk Club go to https://sites.google.com/view/uxbridgefolkclub/

Jun 17, 2018

Back in February 2017 singer Anne Cunningham was featured artist on the very first Invisible Folk Club podcast. 16 months later she has made a welcome return, this time in the company of singer/songwriter Alan Garmonsway who also had his own podcast feature in November 2017.

For over 10 years Alan and Anne were part of Badgers Sett a quartet that began life in folk clubs going on to play a wide range of venues across south east England. More recently Anne has contributed lead vocals to many of the songs on Alan's 2017 solo project 'Ridgeway' and they perform 6 songs from that album on this podcast session.

Host Jon Bickley also contributes a number of his more recent compositions.

Lots of Alan’s material can be found on his 'Best Room Songs' YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNHJZBeYeDpV-nqzvOFHng/videos
For Alan's latest news go to his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/alan.garmonsway

Jun 17, 2018

Back in February 2017 singer Anne Cunningham was featured artist on the very first Invisible Folk Club podcast. 16 months later she has made a welcome return, this time in the company of singer/songwriter Alan Garmonsway who also had his own podcast feature in November 2017.

For over 10 years Alan and Anne were part of Badgers Sett a quartet that began life in folk clubs going on to play a wide range of venues across south east England. More recently Anne has contributed lead vocals to many of the songs on Alan's 2017 solo project 'Ridgeway' and they perform 6 songs from that album on this podcast session.

Host Jon Bickley also contributes a number of his more recent compositions.

Lots of Alan’s material can be found on his 'Best Room Songs' YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNHJZBeYeDpV-nqzvOFHng/videos
For Alan's latest news go to his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/alan.garmonsway

Jun 1, 2018

Folk/Prog band Pagan Harvest take inspiration from the English landscape, that sense of place that can be found in Shakespeare’s forests and moors, Wordsworth’s mountains and streams, and even on Westminster Bridge.

On 1st February 2018 they released their second album. Entitled 'Sacred River' it is a bold artistic statement, a hybrid of dark folk, classical and progressive rock influences encompassing the myths, legends and magic of London and the River Thames.

Songwriter Jon Bickley talks to Invisible Folk Club producer Steve Yarwood about the lyrical themes which evoke an atmosphere of ancient London in the time of Charles Dickens and much much earlier.

The album is available to download from https://paganharvest.bandcamp.com/album/sacred-river

For further information go to https://invisiblefolkclub.com/pagan-harvest/

May 30, 2018

Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw have been performing as a duo since early 2017. Their set is an even mix of Ady's passionate and powerful original songs along with carefully chosen covers and traditional material.

Ady is an experienced performer having played in bands and solo around the Watford area for many years. His songs reflect the ups and downs of life, he wears his heart on his sleeve.

Jill has a choral background and provides lovely arrangements, great harmonies plus occasional colour with glockenspiel, recorder and percussion.

May 30, 2018

Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw have been performing as a duo since early 2017. Their set is an even mix of Ady's passionate and powerful original songs along with carefully chosen covers and traditional material.

Ady is an experienced performer having played in bands and solo around the Watford area for many years. His songs reflect the ups and downs of life, he wears his heart on his sleeve.

Jill has a choral background and provides lovely arrangements, great harmonies plus occasional colour with glockenspiel, recorder and percussion.

May 30, 2018

Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw have been performing as a duo since early 2017. Their set is an even mix of Ady's passionate and powerful original songs along with carefully chosen covers and traditional material.

Ady is an experienced performer having played in bands and solo around the Watford area for many years. His songs reflect the ups and downs of life, he wears his heart on his sleeve.

Jill has a choral background and provides lovely arrangements, great harmonies plus occasional colour with glockenspiel, recorder and percussion.

May 12, 2018

East London duo Black Scarr are Emma Scarr (vocal/violin) & Johnny Black (vocal/guitar).

Emma's poetic yet earthy lyrics reflect her own experiences and those of people 'not that good at normal life' especially when the ageing process has kicked in. Yes the songs are serious but Emma's wry sense of humour ensures there are times when you will laugh and cry in the same verse! Johnny's tunes are rooted in folk and Americana with great choruses. Believe me there is humour and fun all over the place!

The session, hosted by Jon Bickley, was an immensely enjoyable afternoon spent chatting about music, songwriting and life, and sharing some songs. They tell it like it is, warts and all, you won't be disappointed. 

All you need to know about Black Scarr can be found at http://www.18tilidie.com/

May 11, 2018

East London duo Black Scarr are Emma Scarr (vocal/violin) & Johnny Black (vocal/guitar).

Emma's poetic yet earthy lyrics reflect her own experiences and those of people 'not that good at normal life' especially when the ageing process has kicked in. Yes the songs are serious but Emma's wry sense of humour ensures there are times when you will laugh and cry in the same verse! Johnny's tunes are rooted in folk and Americana with great choruses. Believe me there is humour and fun all over the place!

The session, hosted by Jon Bickley, was an immensely enjoyable afternoon spent chatting about music, songwriting and life, and sharing some songs. They tell it like it is, warts and all, you won't be disappointed.

All you need to know about Black Scarr can be found at http://www.18tilidie.com/

May 3, 2018

Folk/Prog band Pagan Harvest take inspiration from the English landscape, that sense of place that can be found in Shakespeare’s forests and moors, Wordsworth’s mountains and streams, and even on Westminster Bridge.

On 1st February 2018 they released their second album. Entitled 'Sacred River' it is a bold artistic statement encompassing the myths, legends and magic of London and the River Thames.

In this podcast Pagan Harvest discuss the process of composition that created their 2018 album Sacred River. Lawrence Reed talks in depth about his approach to writing the music and how his recent Masters degree in composition has been influential in developing his
distinctive style.

The featured song from the album on this podcast is 'Thorney Island'

The album is available to download from https://paganharvest.bandcamp.com/album/sacred-river

For further information go to
https://invisiblefolkclub.com/pagan-harvest/

Apr 27, 2018

Professional musician Craig Joiner and host Jon Bickley trade songs and discuss the craft of songwriting. Craig plays selections from his recently released album Art Of Landing. As well as being a songwriter he also composes incidental music for film, television and radio. He explains the workings behind the industry that creates what is known as library music.

Art Of Landing is Craig's first solo album. It is a collection of songs with contemporary folk and country influences. Inspiration is drawn from a wide variety of artists from John Denver to John Martyn to Rush!

To purchase a copy of Art of Landing and for further information go to http://www.craigjoinermusic.com/

Apr 27, 2018

Craig Joiner talks about his experiences with 80s rock band Romeo's Daughter and working with big name producers such as Mutt Lange & John Parr. Craig and host Jon Bickley also discuss recording and performing as solo acoustic artists.

Art Of Landing is Craig's first solo album. It is a collection of songs with contemporary folk and country influences. Inspiration is drawn from a wide variety of artists from John Denver to John Martyn to Rush!

To purchase a copy of Art of Landing and for further information go to http://www.craigjoinermusic.com/

Apr 27, 2018

In the final episode of this podcast Craig Joiner and Invisible Folk Club host Jon Bickley discuss their experiences of recording and performing as solo artists after long periods spent in bands.

Art Of Landing is Craig's first solo album. It is a collection of songs with contemporary folk and country influences. Inspiration is drawn from a wide variety of artists from John Denver to John Martyn to Rush!

To purchase a copy of Art of Landing and for further information go to http://www.craigjoinermusic.com/

Apr 13, 2018

Oz Hardwick is a writer, he is author of six collections of poetry. His most recent volume was published in 2017 entitled 'The House of Ghosts and Mirrors'. He is also a Professor of Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University.

A keen collaborator with other artists, Oz has had work performed by classical musicians in UK concert halls, by flamenco musicians in Italian villas, and with experimental sound and film artists in an Australian cinema.

In this podcast, along with fellow poet Jon Bickley, he discusses influences, publishing, live readings and offers advice for aspiring poets.

For further info go to https://ozhardwick.co.uk/

Apr 13, 2018

Oz Hardwick is a writer, he is author of six collections of poetry. His most recent volume was published in 2017 entitled 'The House of Ghosts and Mirrors'. He is also a Professor of Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University.

A keen collaborator with other artists, Oz has had work performed by classical musicians in UK concert halls, by flamenco musicians in Italian villas, and with experimental sound and film artists in an Australian cinema.

In this podcast, along with fellow poet Jon Bickley, he discusses influences, publishing, live readings and offers advice for aspiring poets.

For further info go to https://ozhardwick.co.uk/

Apr 13, 2018

For this podcast the Invisible Folk Club took an away day down the M4 to Bracknell for a session with contemporary folk band All Things Considered. In Part 1 the band introduce themselves and discuss the compositional and recording processes.

Emma Baldwin - vocals
Gethin Webster - violin
Adrian Holden - acoustic guitar
Andrew Richardson - cello, double bass
Phil Daniels - percussion

For more info visit: http://allthingsconsidered.org.uk/

Apr 13, 2018

Part 2 of the podcast session with contemporary folk band All Things Considered.

Host Jon Bickley steers the conversation with Phil & Adrian as they discuss Artree, their folk & roots promotions operation. Vocalist Emma reveals her influences and an interesting approach to lyric writing.

Emma Baldwin - vocals
Gethin Webster - violin
Adrian Holden - acoustic guitar
Andrew Richardson - cello, double bass
Phil Daniels - percussion

For more info visit: http://allthingsconsidered.org.uk/

Mar 31, 2018

Folk/Prog band Pagan Harvest take inspiration from the English landscape, that sense of place that can be found in Shakespeare’s forests and moors, Wordsworth’s mountains and streams, and even on Westminster Bridge.

On 1st February 2018 they released their second album. Entitled 'Sacred River' it is a bold artistic statement encompassing the myths, legends and magic of London and the River Thames.

In this episode Pagan Harvest continue to discuss their second album Sacred River. Since the first album their cinematic music has evolved into something darker and unsettling. Jon Bickley, Lawrence Reed & Steve Daymond discuss the process of composition and the influences at play.

The featured song from the album on this podcast is 'Chant'

The album is available to download from https://paganharvest.bandcamp.com/album/sacred-river

For further information go to
https://invisiblefolkclub.com/pagan-harvest/

Mar 27, 2018

Guitarist Bob Templeman and singer Annette Burrows dropped into the Invisible Folk Club for a session of songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley. Bob's intricate guitar is the perfect foil for Annette's exquisite vocals as they perform a carefully chosen mix of quality songs. The set balances material from the traditional folk and jazz singer canons with songs you might not expect to hear in this context. No clues I'm afraid, just listen. I guarantee a few eyebrows will be raised along the way. 

When not performing Bob & Annette are leading lights at Chesham Folk Club. Annette also runs sessions at The Half Moon, Wilstone (Hertfordshire) on the third Sunday evening of every month. Everybody is welcome, just turn up and join in with the songs and tunes. Until fairly recently Bob was involved in the running of Chesham Folk Club. In the podcast he gives us an interesting insight to the processes involved in selecting and booking artists.

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