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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.

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.

Mar 26, 2019

Jack in a Barrel are a seven piece acapella group based in Bedfordshire, England. They perform a range of traditional and 'traditional sounding' songs, from standards like John Ball to more reflective numbers such as John Tams’ Devonshire Carol, taking in the odd sea shanty and music hall number along the way.

Acapella trio Coope, Boyes & Simpson have certainly been a stylistic influence and the songs of Peter Bellamy feature significantly in JIAB's repertoire.

They weave a rich musical tapestry with multi part harmonies and sophisticated arrangements. They can create an exhilarating wall of sound, but they are equally at home with the dynamics of more subtle material. 

http://jackinabarrel.co.uk/

Mar 26, 2019

Jack in a Barrel are a seven piece acapella group based in Bedfordshire, England. They perform a range of traditional and 'traditional sounding' songs, from standards like John Ball to more reflective numbers such as John Tams’ Devonshire Carol, taking in the odd sea shanty and music hall number along the way.

Acapella trio Coope, Boyes & Simpson have certainly been a stylistic influence and the songs of Peter Bellamy feature significantly in JIAB's repertoire.

They weave a rich musical tapestry with multi part harmonies and sophisticated arrangements. They can create an exhilarating wall of sound, but they are equally at home with the dynamics of more subtle material.

http://jackinabarrel.co.uk/

Mar 14, 2019

Melodeon player Elye Cuthbertson is a young man who is going places. At the time of this recording he was 14 having first picked up a melodeon aged 9 at an EFDSS workshop. Elye performs either as a soloist or with a variety of other musicians.

In 2018 he was a finalist in the prestigious New Roots competition for young musicians under the age of 25. He is a member of the National Youth Folk Ensemble with whom he will be playing at the prestigious Sidmouth Folk Festival (Sunday 4th August 2019). He has taken part in performance and compositional workshops run by award winning English folk musicians such as Andy Cutting and Sam Sweeney.

Elye's website has his latest news including details of a solo gig at Lewes folk club on Saturday 23rd March 2019

Music can be streamed from his Soundcloud page.

Mar 14, 2019

Melodeon player Elye Cuthbertson is a young man who is going places. At the time of this recording he was 14 having first picked up a melodeon aged 9 at an EFDSS workshop. Elye performs either as a soloist or with a variety of other musicians.

In 2018 he was a finalist in the prestigious New Roots competition for young musicians under the age of 25. He is a member of the National Youth Folk Ensemble with whom he will be playing at the prestigious Sidmouth Folk Festival (Sunday 4th August 2019). He has taken part in performance and compositional workshops run by award winning English folk musicians such as Andy Cutting and Sam Sweeney.

Elye's website has his latest news including details of a solo gig at Lewes folk club on Saturday 23rd March 2019

Music can be streamed from his Soundcloud page.

Feb 28, 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 11th Nov 2018:
Trimdon Grange Explosion - Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Comus - All the Colours of Darkness
Trimdon Grange Explosion - Twenty-Four Hours
Elkhorn - The Black River
Alison Cotton - A Tragedy In The Tithe Barn
Alison Cotton - The Bells Of St Agnes
The Lords of Thyme - Bruton Town
The Lords of Thyme - The Bird It Sang
Alison Raymond - Let Angels stand

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

Feb 26, 2019

Singer Hamish Currie grew up on the east coast of Scotland. Folk music was always part of the landscape but it was on moving south after university and discovering English folk music that his performing really took off. Nowadays his repertoire draws on the traditions from both sides of the border, laced with some original and contemporary material.

As well as being a performer Hamish runs the Berkhamsted Campaign for Real Music, promoting acoustic music rooted in tradition. Their venue is the Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted's premier arts centre. The tagline is 'Professional acts, performing with integrity, style and showmanship.' Go to http://www.bcfrm.com/ to find out when the next event takes place.

Hamish also has an interesting sideline called the Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players (BURP) for ukulele players of all abilities. They sing quite a lot too. It sounds great fun, go to http://www.hamishcurrie.me.uk/burp/index.htm

Feb 26, 2019

Singer Hamish Currie grew up on the east coast of Scotland. Folk music was always part of the landscape but it was on moving south after university and discovering English folk music that his performing really took off. Nowadays his repertoire draws on the traditions from both sides of the border, laced with some original and contemporary material.

As well as being a performer Hamish runs the Berkhamsted Campaign for Real Music, promoting acoustic music rooted in tradition. Their venue is the Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted's premier arts centre. The tagline is 'Professional acts, performing with integrity, style and showmanship.' Go to http://www.bcfrm.com/ to find out when the next event takes place.

Hamish also has an interesting sideline called the Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players (BURP) for ukulele players of all abilities. They sing quite a lot too. It sounds great fun, go to http://www.hamishcurrie.me.uk/burp/index.htm

Feb 12, 2019

David Gunawardana is a young singer/songwriter who is gradually and deservedly making a name for himself. He is an interesting personality equally happy talking about, folk music, films or philosophy

In January 2019 David released a 6 track EP entitled 'Figures and Faces' now available on Amazon, iTunes etc. Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley was asked to write the sleeve notes, this is what he had to say:
'It’s hard to say where David comes from. His family is from Sri Lanka and he comes from London but when you listen to his songs there is an other-worldly quality to them. It might be because of his mellifluous voice. It might be his light touch on his Martin guitar. Or it might be his beguiling tales of far-off forest glades, caves and towers, happy tribes challenged or dancing spirits. With the whispers of Gillian Welch and Anne Briggs hovering around him, he casts a spell with every performance. There is a disarming brightness about his presence and his devotion to his craft is clear for all to hear.'

https://www.davidgunawardana.com/
https://www.facebook.com/davidgunawardanamusic/

Feb 11, 2019

David Gunawardana is a young singer/songwriter who is gradually and deservedly making a name for himself. He is an interesting personality equally happy talking about, folk music, films or philosophy

In January 2019 David released a 6 track EP entitled 'Figures and Faces' now available on Amazon, iTunes etc. Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley was asked to write the sleeve notes, this is what he had to say:
'It’s hard to say where David comes from. His family is from Sri Lanka and he comes from London but when you listen to his songs there is an other-worldly quality to them. It might be because of his mellifluous voice. It might be his light touch on his Martin guitar. Or it might be his beguiling tales of far-off forest glades, caves and towers, happy tribes challenged or dancing spirits. With the whispers of Gillian Welch and Anne Briggs hovering around him, he casts a spell with every performance. There is a disarming brightness about his presence and his devotion to his craft is clear for all to hear.'

https://www.davidgunawardana.com/
https://www.facebook.com/davidgunawardanamusic/

Feb 10, 2019

Martin Olyett is a talented singer/songwriter whose observational material ranges from intimate to cinematic in its scope. He has been a longstanding and valued friend of Invisible Folk Club from the earliest days and was part of the original 3 Songwriters podcast that is still our most popular to date. In this new podcast, amongst many other things, Martin chats to host Jon Bickley about two subjects very close to his heart, namely guitars and Beatles. Amen to that!

At the end of 2018 Martin put out a 5 track EP entitled 'Strawman' which comes highly recommended. The review in Unicorn magazine says 'the tracks demonstrate Martin playing some tasty finger picked and strummed steel sting guitar, singing thoughtful and well-articulated lyrics.'
If you wish to get hold of a copy please go to https://invisiblefolkclub.com/contact/ and leave us a message.
We'll ensure Martin receives your communication.

Jan 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. 

Original radio broadcast 14th Oct 2018:
Ralph McTell - Streets of London
Anti-Nowhere League - Streets of London
Amazing Blondel - Celestial Light
Magna Carta - My Son's a Prawn
Pentangle - The Trees they Do Grow High
Trees - Glasgerion
Comus - The Herald
Graeme Morrell - Kodak Ghosts
Kelvin Davies - Step It Up and Go
Marisa, Jack & Davy - Oak,Ash and Thorn
Jon Bickley - We've Come to Hell to Fight the Devil
Nick Drake - Harvest Breed

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

Jan 29, 2019

Pete Castle is a folk singer and storyteller nowadays based in Belper, Derbyshire. He works all over the country in folk clubs, on the storytelling circuit, in schools and libraries and with the wider public. He first came to the attention of Invisible Folk when we were researching Bedfordshire folk songs. Pete is a former resident of the county (1976-87) and 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 and the first song in this podcast comes from that collection.

We met Pete at the Strutts Community Centre in Belper and talked about his life as a professional musician. His repertoire is mainly traditional English songs and ballads but he has branched out into world music working with a Bengali musician in the late 1980s and Romanian folk musicians in the mid 1990s. He was main organiser of the Luton Folk Festival from 1976-82, and from 1981-87 he ran the folk show on Chiltern Radio (UK independent local radio).

Pete is a veteran performer and over the years has met and become friends with many well known musicians, most notably Peter Bellamy about whom he talks in the podcast.

For more information visit the comprehensive Website at https://petecastle.co.uk/

Jan 29, 2019

Pete Castle is a folk singer and storyteller nowadays based in Belper, Derbyshire. He works all over the country in folk clubs, on the storytelling circuit, in schools and libraries and with the wider public. He first came to the attention of Invisible Folk when we were researching Bedfordshire folk songs. Pete is a former resident of the county (1976-87) and 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 and the first song in this podcast comes from that collection.

We met Pete at the Strutts Community Centre in Belper and talked about his life as a professional musician. His repertoire is mainly traditional English songs and ballads but he has branched out into world music working with a Bengali musician in the late 1980s and Romanian folk musicians in the mid 1990s. He was main organiser of the Luton Folk Festival from 1976-82, and from 1981-87 he ran the folk show on Chiltern Radio (UK independent local radio).

Pete is a veteran performer and over the years has met and become friends with many well known musicians, most notably Peter Bellamy about whom he talks in the podcast.

For more information visit the comprehensive Website at https://petecastle.co.uk/

Jan 29, 2019

Pete Castle is a folk singer and storyteller nowadays based in Belper, Derbyshire. He works all over the country in folk clubs, on the storytelling circuit, in schools and libraries and with the wider public. He first came to the attention of Invisible Folk when we were researching Bedfordshire folk songs. Pete is a former resident of the county (1976-87) and 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 and the first song in this podcast comes from that collection.

We met Pete at the Strutts Community Centre in Belper and talked about his life as a professional musician. His repertoire is mainly traditional English songs and ballads but he has branched out into world music working with a Bengali musician in the late 1980s and Romanian folk musicians in the mid 1990s. He was main organiser of the Luton Folk Festival from 1976-82, and from 1981-87 he ran the folk show on Chiltern Radio (UK independent local radio).

Pete is a veteran performer and over the years has met and become friends with many well known musicians, most notably Peter Bellamy about whom he talks in the podcast.

For more information visit the comprehensive Website at https://petecastle.co.uk/

Dec 19, 2018

So this is Christmas and what have we done?
Well, Invisible Folk Club worked hard producing 62 podcast episodes during 2018, now it's time for the seasonal special.

We are very fortunate indeed to have a number of songs that were recorded specially for our Christmas radio show. The theme was Christmas or Winter so the atmosphere is in turns celebratory, frosty, and sometimes rather dark. Many many thanks to the artists who contributed.

This podcast is a re-run of the 2018 Invisible Folk Club Christmas radio show plus the added bonus of a knockabout 'Afterparty' that kicked-off when tapes were left rolling after the live broadcast had finished. In a moment of spontaneous combustion DJ Jon Bickley reeled off a whole bunch of Christmas oldies from when your parents were young. A mighty fine time is guaranteed. We hope you enjoy the sleigh ride!

THE CHRISTMAS RADIO SHOW
Catherine Earnshaw - Remember the Poor
The Left Outsides - Gower Wassail
MarisaJack&Davy - March, March
A Winter Union - The King
Craig Joiner - Sleeping Under Stars
Jack Sharp - Christmas is Now Drawing Near at Hand
Kelvin Davies - Silent Night
Gemma Khawaja - Christmas is Now Drawing Near at Hand
Lizzy Hardingham - Christmas Common
Skinner & T'witch - Silent, the Night
The Boxwood Chessmen - Jack be Nimble (Christmas mix)
Mike Reinstein - King of Snow
Sharnbrook Community Choir - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

followed by

THE AFTERPARTY
Lightnin' Hopkins - Merry Christmas
Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas
Keith Richards - Run Run Rudolph
Frank Sinatra - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Dean Martin - Let It Snow
Bessie Smith - At the Christmas Ball
Leadbelly - On a Christmas Day
Jon Bickley - Merry Christmas Baby
Steve Earle - Christmas in Washington
Bob Dylan - Must be Santa
Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is Coming to Town

 

Nov 29, 2018

Songs From The Front is a collection of original songs by Jon Bickley & Alan Garmonsway inspired by letters and diaries of serving soldiers in the First World War. The songs tell of the bravery, the humour and the loss of these volunteers soldiers, as well as the love of those left behind.

To mark the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice Jon and Alan were joined by singers Anne Cunningham and Drew Thomas to perform a special concert at Chesham Folk Club on 26th November 2018.

Songs (with composers) in order of performance:
We're The Tommies You've Heard About (Jon Bickley)
Kitty Don't Cry (Alan Garmonsway & Paul Cawte)
Front Line (Alan Garmonsway & Paul Cawte)
Now We're In France (Alan Garmonsway & Paul Cawte)
We've Come To Hell To Kill The Devil (Jon Bickley)
Beautiful Words (Alan Garmonsway & Paul Cawte)
Calling All The Angels (Jon Bickley)
Are We The Spiders? (Jon Bickley)
Harvest Of The Drum (Alan Garmonsway & Drew Thomas)
Order Out Of Chaos (Alan Garmonsway & Paul Cawte)
Choose Peace (Jon Bickley)
Poppies For Sale (Jon Bickley)

For further information mail to invisiblefolkclub@btinternet.com 

Nov 29, 2018

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 22nd July 2018:
Alasdair Roberts - Riddle Me This
Alasdair Roberts - The Flying of Grief & Joy
Alasdair Roberts - A Lyke Wake Dirge
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Knight's Ghost
John & Mary Maw - St James Infirmary Blues
Jon Bickley - A Raven Overhead
Pete Castle - Buckworth May Song
Eliza Carthy - Dr.McMBE
Bob Dylan - Pretty Sarro
If you want more information about our podcasts or radio shows please go to the website https://invisiblefolkclub.com/

Nov 28, 2018

It's heartening to come across younger people playing country blues and we were alerted to the talents of singer/guitarist Kelvin Davies. He works in a guitar shop which can be a blessing and curse! Consider the quandary, your working life is spent selling the thing you love but you can't stop buying them yourself. In may be a strain on Kelvin's bank balance but ultimately we feel the benefit, he is a great blues and ragtime picker. 

At his gigs Kelvin is frequently accompanied by veteran harmonica player Gary Jones. On this set Gary's skilful and sympathetic playing enhances the atmosphere of the songs. All but one of the songs performed were originally recorded between 1927-29 by Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Frank Stokes or Blind Blake. Kelvin and Gary create their own world of 1920s country blues in the 21st Century, and it feels good. In addition to the older material watch out for a great ragtime version of John Martyn's 'Over The Hill' showing that a good song is a good song no matter the style in which it is played. 

Songs played by Kelvin & Gary in this episode:
Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor (Mississippi John Hurt)
Shake It And Break It (Charley Patton)
Downtown Blues (Frank Stokes)

If you like this you can find more at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lowD_J6sR0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwL2FGdOvpY

Kelvin's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/KelvinDaviesMusic

Nov 28, 2018

It's heartening to come across younger people playing country blues and we were alerted to the talents of singer/guitarist Kelvin Davies. He works in a guitar shop which can be a blessing and curse! Consider the quandary, your working life is spent selling the thing you love but you can't stop buying them yourself. In may be a strain on Kelvin's bank balance but ultimately we feel the benefit, he is a great blues and ragtime picker.

At his gigs Kelvin is frequently accompanied by veteran harmonica player Gary Jones. On this set Gary's skilful and sympathetic playing enhances the atmosphere of the songs. All but one of the songs performed were originally recorded between 1927-29 by Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Frank Stokes or Blind Blake. Kelvin and Gary create their own world of 1920s country blues in the 21st Century, and it feels good. In addition to the older material watch out for a great ragtime version of John Martyn's 'Over The Hill' showing that a good song is a good song no matter the style in which it is played.

Songs played by Kelvin & Gary on this episode:
Over The Hill (John Martyn)
Frankie (Mississippi John Hurt)
Police Dog Blues (Blind Blake)
I'm Goin' Home (Charley Patton)

If you like this you can find more at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lowD_J6sR0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwL2FGdOvpY

Kelvin's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KelvinDaviesMusic

Oct 17, 2018

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.

It's another very English playlist (original radio broadcast 29th April 2018):
Shirley Collins - Awake Awake/Split Ash Tree/May Carol/Southover
Shirley Collins - Sweet England
Shirley Collins - The Cruel Mother
Shirley Collins/Albion Band - Murder of Maria Marten
Marisa, Jack & Davy - Nobleman's Wedding
Wolf People - Banks of Sweet Dundee Part 2
Badgers Sett - Hard Times Of Old England
Badgers Sett - Lowlands of Holland
Roy Bailey - In The Park
Jon Bickley - Free Man Of England
If you want more information about our podcasts or radio shows please go to the website https://invisiblefolkclub.com/

Oct 14, 2018

Geraldine Pearson-Green writes and performs songs about her native Bedfordshire. Accompanying herself on guitar she sings of the wisdom and good works of John Bunyan, the Cardington airships (especially the ill-fated R101), Stewartby brickworks, Luton hats, Bedfordshire lace, and even Brussel sprouts!

Geraldine's compositions are well constructed and researched. They are not just restricted to local history, the session also includes heartfelt songs touching on many of our hopes and fears.

If you want more information about Geraldine and her music please leave a message via the Contact page on the Invisible Folk Club website

Oct 14, 2018

Geraldine Pearson-Green writes and performs songs about her native Bedfordshire. Accompanying herself on guitar she sings of the wisdom and good works of John Bunyan, the Cardington airships (especially the ill-fated R101), Stewartby brickworks, Luton hats, Bedfordshire lace, and even Brussel sprouts!

Geraldine's compositions are well constructed and researched. They are not just restricted to local history, the session also includes heartfelt songs touching on many of our hopes and fears.

If you want more information about Geraldine and her music please leave a message via the Contact page on the Invisible Folk Club website

Oct 14, 2018

Geraldine Pearson-Green writes and performs songs about her native Bedfordshire. Accompanying herself on guitar she sings of the wisdom and good works of John Bunyan, the Cardington airships (especially the ill-fated R101), Stewartby brickworks, Luton hats, Bedfordshire lace, and even Brussel sprouts!

Geraldine's compositions are well constructed and researched. They are not just restricted to local history, the session also includes heartfelt songs touching on many of our hopes and fears.

If you want more information about Geraldine and her music please leave a message via the Contact page on the Invisible Folk Club website

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