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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.

This is episode two of three.

Mar 26, 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.

This is the final episode of three.

Mar 1, 2018

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Grae J Wall and violinist Andy Keeble dropped into the Invisible Folk Club to trade songs and stories with host Jon Bickley.

Grae and Andy deliver their passionate brand of country, blues and folk where the songs get to the heart of the matter. Yes there is the sadness of murder ballads and bar room melancholy, but celebration, humour, passion, a smile and a wink are never far away. Andy is a long time collaborator whose skillful and intuitive violin playing is a key factor in creating the atmosphere.

As well as performing solo Grae fronts the Trailer Trash Orchestra, a raucous 6 piece where country-noir meets trash rock ‘n’ roll meets punk meets The Pogues! Then there is Los Chicos Muertos, a slimmed down ensemble for smaller venues. Songs of love and loss, the plight of the downtrodden, anti-fascist skiffle, tales from the road, tales from the backroom bar and all points in between. If these guys come to your town make sure you are there.

The excellent Los Chicos Muertos album 'Quinze Petites Morts' is available from https://graejwall.bandcamp.com/album/quinze-petites-morts

Mar 1, 2018

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Grae J Wall and violinist Andy Keeble dropped into the Invisible Folk Club to trade songs and stories with host Jon Bickley.

Grae and Andy deliver their passionate brand of country, blues and folk where the songs get to the heart of the matter. Yes there is the sadness of murder ballads and bar room melancholy, but celebration, humour, passion, a smile and a wink are never far away. Andy is a long time collaborator whose skillful and intuitive violin playing is a key factor in creating the atmosphere.

As well as performing solo Grae fronts the Trailer Trash Orchestra, a raucous 6 piece where country-noir meets trash rock ‘n’ roll meets punk meets The Pogues! Then there is Los Chicos Muertos, a slimmed down ensemble for smaller venues. Songs of love and loss, the plight of the downtrodden, anti-fascist skiffle, tales from the road, tales from the backroom bar and all points in between. If these guys come to your town make sure you are there.

The excellent Los Chicos Muertos album 'Quinze Petites Morts' is available from https://graejwall.bandcamp.com/album/quinze-petites-morts

Mar 1, 2018

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Grae J Wall and violinist Andy Keeble dropped into the Invisible Folk Club to trade songs and stories with host Jon Bickley.

Grae and Andy deliver their passionate brand of country, blues and folk where the songs get to the heart of the matter. Yes there is the sadness of murder ballads and bar room melancholy, but celebration, humour, passion, a smile and a wink are never far away. Andy is a long time collaborator whose skillful and intuitive violin playing is a key factor in creating the atmosphere.

As well as performing solo Grae fronts the Trailer Trash Orchestra, a raucous 6 piece where country-noir meets trash rock ‘n’ roll meets punk meets The Pogues! Then there is Los Chicos Muertos, a slimmed down ensemble for smaller venues. Songs of love and loss, the plight of the downtrodden, anti-fascist skiffle, tales from the road, tales from the backroom bar and all points in between. If these guys come to your town make sure you are there.

The excellent Los Chicos Muertos album 'Quinze Petites Morts' is available from https://graejwall.bandcamp.com/album/quinze-petites-morts

Feb 28, 2018

Folk/Prog band Pagan Harvest take inspiration from the English landscape, that sense of place 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 continue the discussion about the evolution of a music that evokes the atmosphere and spirit of the multi-cultural city that is London.

The featured song from the album on this podcast is 'Calling All The Angels'

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

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

Feb 12, 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 talk to Invisible Folk Club producer Steve Yarwood about the evolution of music that evokes an atmosphere of London in the time of Charles Dickens and much further back into ancient history.

The featured song from the album on this podcast is 'The Beast Sits Down'

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

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

Jan 3, 2018

Momentum is potentially one of the most effective agents for change to have emerged in UK politics for many years. A team formed to support Jeremy Corbyn's successful Labour Party leadership campaign stayed together and became a grass roots organisation galvanising the youth of England to engage in politics in a new way.

Philip Brown is a leading light in the Watford Branch of Momentum and he came into the Invisible Folk Club studio to tell us his personal story and his hopes for the future.

The podcast session is in 3 episodes each of approximately 45 minutes with each bookended by hard hitting songs performed by Jon Bickley.

This is Episode 1 opening with 'The Flames of Grenfell Tower' and closing with 'It's the Poor Who Make the Songs' both written by Jon Bickley

Jan 3, 2018

Momentum is potentially one of the most effective agents for change to have emerged in UK politics for many years. A team formed to support Jeremy Corbyn's successful Labour Party leadership campaign stayed together and became a grass roots organisation galvanising the youth of England to engage in politics in a new way.

Philip Brown is a leading light in the Watford Branch of Momentum and he came into the Invisible Folk Club studio to tell us his personal story and his hopes for the future.

The podcast session is in 3 episodes each of approximately 45 minutes with each bookended by hard hitting songs performed by Jon Bickley.

This is Episode 2 opening with 'Come Stand By Me' and closing with 'Sweet Liberation' both written by Jon Bickley

Jan 3, 2018

Momentum is potentially one of the most effective agents for change to have emerged in UK politics for many years. A team formed to support Jeremy Corbyn's successful Labour Party leadership campaign stayed together and became a grass roots organisation galvanising the youth of England to engage in politics in a new way.

Philip Brown is a leading light in the Watford Branch of Momentum and he came into the Invisible Folk Club studio to tell us his personal story and his hopes for the future.

The podcast session is in 3 episodes each of approximately 45 minutes with each bookended by hard hitting songs performed by Jon Bickley.

This is Episode 3, opening with 'Stable and Strong' written by Jon Bickley and closing with 'The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood' words Richard Fariña, music trad arr Jon Bickley.

Dec 19, 2017

It's the final podcast of 2017 and it's the Invisible Folk Club Christmas special.

We asked our network of musicians, friends & families to record Christmas or Winter songs and send them to us. From this material hosts Jon Bickley & Steve Yarwood have curated a wildly eclectic mix of sounds. They also take a look back over 2017 and talk about future plans. It's been a great first year for the Invisible Folk Club, please stay with us in 2018 and tell your friends.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All the information you need to know can be found at our Website.
Go to www.invisiblefolkclub.com

Dec 13, 2017

Singer/guitarist Pete Nutkins trades songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley.

As a custodian of the tradition Pete reflects on how folk music and its song writing styles have evolved through the periodic revivals. He also discusses the current state of protest songs and whether they are still as potent and relevant today as they were in their 1960s heyday.

Dec 13, 2017

Singer/guitarist Pete Nutkins discusses morris dancing and a general passion for the English tradition with Invisible Folk Club host Jon Bickley.

Pete is also a member of the committee running Watford Folk Club and gives a fascinating insight into how the machine works. He talks frankly and informatively about dealing with the finances and the artists themselves.

Dec 1, 2017

Host Jon Bickley trades songs and stories with two very talented artists in session at the Invisible Folk Club. Singer/songwriters Alison Raymond (guitar/harmonica) and Tim Brooks (violin/guitar) perform a mix of original and traditional material. Jon added to the diversity by digging into his formidable back catalogue as well as airing some new material.

As befits the experience of the folks around the table the conversation covered some interesting ground, in particular the highs and lows of running a folk club and staging live events. There was much sound advice on offer for ambitious listeners.

Alison is a former committee member at Watford Folk Club as well as organiser of their prestigious annual song contest.

Tim, together with others, has recently revived Herga Folk Club in Harrow after the original club in Pinner closed back in June 2017. He is also heavily involved in the 'Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts' a unique series of eclectic Sunday afternoon concerts that take place in February, March, October & November each year. In our podcasts Tim talks about the ethos and organisation of these popular events.

This is podcast 1 of 3

YouTube links for Alison Raymond:
Who's To Say (At the End of the Day) - https://youtu.be/illOgzQtnC4
The Neutrino - https://youtu.be/5BgL4cx6lao
One Thousand Trees - https://youtu.be/PI_tnCmL1Ho

Links for Tim Brooks:
Personal web site (includes Abbots Langley concerts) - http://www.oldtimetim.com/
Herga Folk Club website - http://herga.club/
Herga Folk Club Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HergaFolk/

Dec 1, 2017

Host Jon Bickley trades songs and stories with two very talented artists in session at the Invisible Folk Club. Singer/songwriters Alison Raymond (guitar/harmonica) and Tim Brooks (violin/guitar) perform a mix of original and traditional material. Jon added to the diversity by digging into his formidable back catalogue as well as airing some new material.

As befits the experience of the folks around the table the conversation covered some interesting ground, in particular the highs and lows of running a folk club and staging live events. There was much sound advice on offer for ambitious listeners.

Alison is a former committee member at Watford Folk Club as well as organiser of their prestigious annual song contest.

Tim, together with others, has recently revived Herga Folk Club in Harrow after the original club in Pinner closed back in June 2017. He is also heavily involved in the 'Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts' a unique series of eclectic Sunday afternoon concerts that take place in February, March, October & November each year. In our podcasts Tim talks about the ethos and organisation of these popular events.

This is the second podcast of three.

YouTube links for Alison Raymond:
Who's To Say (At the End of the Day) - https://youtu.be/illOgzQtnC4
The Neutrino - https://youtu.be/5BgL4cx6lao
One Thousand Trees - https://youtu.be/PI_tnCmL1Ho

Links for Tim Brooks:
Personal web site (includes Abbots Langley concerts) - http://www.oldtimetim.com/
Herga Folk Club website - http://herga.club/
Herga Folk Club Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HergaFolk/

Dec 1, 2017

Host Jon Bickley trades songs and stories with two very talented artists in session at the Invisible Folk Club. Singer/songwriters Alison Raymond (guitar/harmonica) and Tim Brooks (violin/guitar) perform a mix of original and traditional material. Jon added to the diversity by digging into his formidable back catalogue as well as airing some new material.

As befits the experience of the folks around the table the conversation covered some interesting ground, in particular the highs and lows of running a folk club and staging live events. There was much sound advice on offer for ambitious listeners.

Alison is a former committee member at Watford Folk Club as well as organiser of their prestigious annual song contest.

Tim, together with others, has recently revived Herga Folk Club in Harrow after the original club in Pinner closed back in June 2017. He is also heavily involved in the 'Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts' a unique series of eclectic Sunday afternoon concerts that take place in February, March, October & November each year. In our podcasts Tim talks about the ethos and organisation of these popular events.

This is the final podcast of three.

YouTube links for Alison Raymond:
Who's To Say (At the End of the Day) - https://youtu.be/illOgzQtnC4
The Neutrino - https://youtu.be/5BgL4cx6lao
One Thousand Trees - https://youtu.be/PI_tnCmL1Ho

Links for Tim Brooks:
Personal web site (includes Abbots Langley concerts) - http://www.oldtimetim.com/
Herga Folk Club website - http://herga.club/
Herga Folk Club Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HergaFolk/

Nov 6, 2017

Coming from a musical family singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Alan Garmonsway learned piano from an early age. He played keyboards in various bands from the age of 15 during which time he also taught himself guitar and started playing in folk clubs and college venues around his native Sunderland and Durham. This brought him into contact with a wide range of north east musicians including bands such as Prelude and Hedgehog Pie as well as a young Dave Stewart (later to form the Eurythmics).

Following university Alan's musical activity took a back seat for a while after moving away from the north east. He later emerged as part of a 4 piece band called Badgers’ Sett. They started life in folk clubs going on to play a wide range of venues across south east England over the next 15 years. Gigs were plentiful, rubbing shoulders with Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick, Show of Hands, Jake Thackeray, Julie Felix and others. After Badgers’ Sett went their separate ways Alan focussed on solo gigs (keyboard, 12-string & vocals) and spent time in his home studio recording the large number of songs he had written over the years.

Lots of Alan’s material can be found on his 'Best Room Songs' YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNHJZBeYeDpV-nqzvOFHng/videos
He has also been recording a new album, this time with a few old friends contributing. Amongst those old friends is Invisible Folk Club's very own Anne Cunningham who contributes lead vocals.
Alan's Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/alan.garmonsway

Nov 6, 2017

Coming from a musical family singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Alan Garmonsway learned piano from an early age. He played keyboards in various bands from the age of 15 during which time he also taught himself guitar and started playing in folk clubs and college venues around his native Sunderland and Durham. This brought him into contact with a wide range of north east musicians including bands such as Prelude and Hedgehog Pie as well as a young Dave Stewart (later to form the Eurythmics).

Following university Alan's musical activity took a back seat for a while after moving away from the north east. He later emerged as part of a 4 piece band called Badgers’ Sett. They started life in folk clubs going on to play a wide range of venues across south east England over the next 15 years. Gigs were plentiful, rubbing shoulders with Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick, Show of Hands, Jake Thackeray, Julie Felix and others. After Badgers’ Sett went their separate ways Alan focussed on solo gigs (keyboard, 12-string & vocals) and spent time in his home studio recording the large number of songs he had written over the years.

Lots of Alan’s material can be found on his 'Best Room Songs' YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNHJZBeYeDpV-nqzvOFHng/videos
He has also been recording a new album, this time with a few old friends contributing. Amongst those old friends is Invisible Folk Club's very own Anne Cunningham who contributes lead vocals.
Alan's Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/alan.garmonsway

Nov 6, 2017

Coming from a musical family singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Alan Garmonsway learned piano from an early age. He played keyboards in various bands from the age of 15 during which time he also taught himself guitar and started playing in folk clubs and college venues around his native Sunderland and Durham. This brought him into contact with a wide range of north east musicians including bands such as Prelude and Hedgehog Pie as well as a young Dave Stewart (later to form the Eurythmics).

Following university Alan's musical activity took a back seat for a while after moving away from the north east. He later emerged as part of a 4 piece band called Badgers’ Sett. They started life in folk clubs going on to play a wide range of venues across south east England over the next 15 years. Gigs were plentiful, rubbing shoulders with Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick, Show of Hands, Jake Thackeray, Julie Felix and others. After Badgers’ Sett went their separate ways Alan focussed on solo gigs (keyboard, 12-string & vocals) and spent time in his home studio recording the large number of songs he had written over the years.

Lots of Alan’s material can be found on his 'Best Room Songs' YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNHJZBeYeDpV-nqzvOFHng/videos
He has also been recording a new album, this time with a few old friends contributing. Among those old friends is Invisible Folk Club's very own Anne Cunningham who contributes lead vocals.
Alan's Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/alan.garmonsway

Oct 4, 2017

In this show Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley hosts a session with the Delta Ladies. They are a London duo featuring Vicky Martin on guitar and Dee Stone on violin, the music is a fusion of world, roots, folk & blues. Somebody once described their sound as the place where old-time Americana meets the Velvet Underground! 

That sound covers a lot of bases and the standards of musicianship are very high. Apart from their own songs they accompany Jon Bickley on all of his, all they need is the key, a few bars and it's like they've been playing together for years! 

The Delta Ladies are hard working musicians generally performing live at least twice a week at venues across south east England plus the occasional continental trip. Every Tuesday they host sessions at Black Gull Books, Finchley (London) where a variety of guests come along to trade songs and to jam. Jon Bickley has performed there, he had a tremendous time and came out with some recordings that you really need to hear if you get the chance! 

The Ladies have been around the London music scene for many years. Along the way they have met some very famous musicians, a certain Jimi Hendrix amongst them. There are some great stories in this podcast, the major players were so much more accessible back in the late 60s.

This is the first podcast of three. For more info go to http://www.deltaladies.com/

Oct 4, 2017

In this show Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley hosts a session with the Delta Ladies. They are a London duo featuring Vicky Martin on guitar and Dee Stone on violin, the music is a fusion of world, roots, folk & blues. Somebody once described their sound as the place where old-time Americana meets the Velvet Underground! 

That sound covers a lot of bases and the standards of musicianship are very high. Apart from their own songs they accompany Jon Bickley on all of his, all they need is the key, a few bars and it's like they've been playing together for years! 

The Delta Ladies are hard working musicians generally performing live at least twice a week at venues across south east England plus the occasional continental trip. Every Tuesday they host sessions at Black Gull Books, Finchley (London) where a variety of guests come along to trade songs and to jam. Jon Bickley has performed there, he had a tremendous time and came out with some recordings that you really need to hear if you get the chance! 

The Ladies have been around the London music scene for many years. Along the way they have met some very famous musicians, a certain Jimi Hendrix amongst them. There are some great stories in this podcast, the major players were so much more accessible back in the late 60s.

This is the second podcast of three. For more info go to http://www.deltaladies.com/

Oct 4, 2017

In this show Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley hosts a session with the Delta Ladies. They are a London duo featuring Vicky Martin on guitar and Dee Stone on violin, the music is a fusion of world, roots, folk & blues. Somebody once described their sound as the place where old-time Americana meets the Velvet Underground!

That sound covers a lot of bases and the standards of musicianship are very high. Apart from their own songs they accompany Jon Bickley on all of his, all they need is the key, a few bars and it's like they've been playing together for years!

The Delta Ladies are hard working musicians generally performing live at least twice a week at venues across south east England plus the occasional continental trip. Every Tuesday they host sessions at Black Gull Books, Finchley (London) where a variety of guests come along to trade songs and to jam. Jon Bickley has performed there, he had a tremendous time and came out with some recordings that you really need to hear if you get the chance!

The Ladies have been around the London music scene for many years. Along the way they have met some very famous musicians, a certain Jimi Hendrix amongst them. There are some great stories in this podcast, the major players were so much more accessible back in the late 60s.

This is the final podcast of three. For more info go to http://www.deltaladies.com/

Sep 1, 2017

In this show we look at the partnership between Only Human aka Sheffield based musician Tom Bickley and his father singer/songwriter Jon Bickley.

Their first album under the name Only Human was ‘Brain of Leaves’ and is still available on iTunes. This was followed by 'Wayfaring Stranger' (credited to Jon Bickley) produced by Tom and a collection of traditional and original songs sung by Jon. The third album ‘The Only Human Circus’ is part 1 of a folk-opera credited to Jon Bickley & Only Human. ‘The Singer becomes the Song’ is part 2 of the story and will be launched at their Watford Folk Club gig on 19th January 2018.

This is the first podcast of two, it features songs from all their four albums as a duo. It examines the musical roots and influences that forge the distinctive sound mixing accordion, guitar and close harmony vocals.

Jon Bickley and Only Human are booking folk club and festival dates. Contact via www.invisiblefolkclub.com
The song 'Wayfaring Stranger' from this podcast is on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6UxtRe4GrI

Aug 31, 2017

In this show we look at the partnership between Only Human aka Sheffield based musician Tom Bickley and his father singer/songwriter Jon Bickley.

Their first album under the name Only Human was ‘Brain of Leaves’ and is still available on iTunes. This was followed by 'Wayfaring Stranger' (credited to Jon Bickley) produced by Tom and a collection of traditional and original songs sung by Jon. The third album ‘The Only Human Circus’ is part 1 of a folk-opera credited to Jon Bickley & Only Human. ‘The Singer becomes the Song’ is part 2 of the story and will be launched at their Watford Folk Club gig on 19th January 2018. 

This second show features songs from all their four albums as a duo. It continues the examination of musical roots and influences that forge the distinctive sound of accordion, guitar and close harmony vocals.

Jon Bickley and Only Human are booking folk club and festival dates. Contact via www.invisiblefolkclub.com
The song 'Lord Franklin/Erebus' from this podcast is on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg_gW9HelV0

Aug 9, 2017

Folk singers perform at the Chiltern Open Air Museum throughout the year and many have been recorded by the Invisible Folk Club. On the weekend of this recording the weather was good so all performances were in the great outdoors, it was literally a field recording! The music was enjoyed by visitors and singers alike. 

Many thanks to the featured artists.
In order of appearance:
Anne Cunningham, Steve Last, Linda Birmingham, Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw, Jon Bickley, Liz Lawley, Mary & John Maw, Steve McClennon

https://invisiblefolkclub.com/

The Chiltern Open Air Museum rescues traditional buildings that would otherwise have been demolished. Around 30 historic buildings have now been saved and rebuilt at the 45 acre site in Buckinghamshire. The collection covers 2000 years of history from the Iron Age to the Second World War and focuses on the houses and workplaces of ordinary people. It's well worth a visit. 

For further information visit the museum website https://www.coam.org.uk/

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