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Feb 15, 2020

Jack Harris is a Welsh born London based singer/songwriter. His career was off to a flying start in 2005 when aged 19 he won the prestigious New Folk Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival (Texas).

These days he's an older, wiser, more reflective man. His literate and compassionate songs rooted in Folk and Blues traditions frequently navigate into less charted lyrical areas and the darker sides of life. As a live act his fluid guitar style, engaging personality and dry humour have served him well whether opening for well known artists or playing solo at venues and festivals across the UK and Europe.

A key early influence was Randy Newman, as was an enlightening Christmas present consisting of Joni Mitchell's Blue, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and Tom Waits' Heartattack and Vine. Sacred texts had been brought down from the mountain and the news was good!

Feb 15, 2020

Jack Harris is a Welsh born London based singer/songwriter. His career was off to a flying start in 2005 when aged 19 he won the prestigious New Folk Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival (Texas).

These days he's an older, wiser, more reflective man. His literate and compassionate songs rooted in Folk and Blues traditions frequently navigate into less charted lyrical areas and the darker sides of life. As a live act his fluid guitar style, engaging personality and dry humour have served him well whether opening for well known artists or playing solo at venues and festivals across the UK and Europe.

A key early influence was Randy Newman, as was an enlightening Christmas present consisting of Joni Mitchell's Blue, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and Tom Waits' Heartattack and Vine. Sacred texts had been brought down from the mountain and the news was good!

Feb 12, 2020

It's catch up time. This Invisible Folk Club radio show went out live to four community stations across England. Jon Bickley was curator/presenter, Steve Yarwood producer.

Nothing in the broad church of folk related music is off limits, there's many shades of folk, ours is an eclectic mix. There's some famous names and some not so famous names, they all deserve your attention. There's something for everybody, we'll continue to be predictably unpredictable!

If you want more information please visit our website https://invisiblefolkclub.com/

This week's line-up:
Blánid - Raglan Road
Blánid - The Wild Swans on the Lake
Blánid - The Parting Glass
Heidi Kaplan - American Folk Tune
Wolf People - Kingfisher
June Tabor & Oysterband - Judas Was a Red Headed Man
Waterboys - The Hosting of the Shee
Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman Blues
Robert Johnson - Love in Vain
Robert Johnson - Travelling Riverside Blues
Robert Johnson - Stop Breaking Down
Donovan - Peregrine
Donovan - Hurdy Gurdy Man
Donovan - Overgrown Gardens of Dream

Feb 6, 2020

The Invisible Folk Club radio show goes out live to four community stations across England. Jon Bickley is curator and presenter, Steve Yarwood is Producer. Nothing in the broad church of folk related music is off limits, there's many shades of folk, ours is an eclectic mix. There's some famous names and some not so famous names, they all deserve your attention. There's something for everybody, we'll continue to be predictably unpredictable!

If you want more information please visit our website https://invisiblefolkclub.com/

This week's line-up:
Man the Lifeboats - Doomed
Man the Lifeboats - My Westferry Sweetheart
Man the Lifeboats - Molly
Steve Warner - America
Sascha Osborn - Looking Out and After
Sascha Osborn - Take a Moment
Sascha Osborn - Could It Be You?
Paul Mosley - All People Are Idiots
Paul Mosley - We All Sing the Same Song
Paul Mosley - Skylark Above Me
Anna Howie - In Your Shoes
Anna Howie - Pull Up a Chair
Townes van Zandt - Colorado Girl
Townes van Zandt - Nothin'
Townes van Zandt - Only Him or Me

Jan 28, 2020

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.

In this episode we have many shades of folk, profundity is everywhere you look. There are some big names, there are some who could be big.

David Gunawardana - Figures and Faces
David Gunawardana - Cloth
Pippa Letsky - Feather on the Water
Nigel Moorcroft - Annan Waters
Bob Dylan - The Death Of Emmett Till
Bob Dylan - Tomorrow is a Long Time
Waterboys - Drunken Head Ghost of Rimbaud Blues
Waterboys - The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues
Alison Cotton - 36 Dramatic Situations
The Left Outsides - All That Remains
Bert Jansch - Blues Run the Game

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

Jan 20, 2020

Sascha Osborn is a London based singer/songwriter. Her reflective songs of life experience are coloured by folk and jazz influences. Early in her career a vocal fold cyst stopped her singing for 6 months, but a potentially dark period became one for learning musical theory, honing technique and absorbing new music. The artist that emerged had found her stylistic voice, a real triumph out of adversity.

Sascha's first album 'Looking Out and After' (2018) was produced by the talented Patrick Wood who also contributed guitar & piano along with Roy Dodds (drums) and Simon Edwards (double & electric bass).
There is also an earlier EP 'Love Finds You' (2015)
All recordings are available from https://saschaosborn.co.uk

Sascha is a regular live performer around London & the South East as well as occasional support slots around the UK. She performs solo (with guitar) or as a duo with Andy Hamill (double bass, bass guitar)

Jan 20, 2020

Sascha Osborn is a London based singer/songwriter. Her reflective songs of life experience are coloured by folk and jazz influences. Early in her career a vocal fold cyst stopped her singing for 6 months, but a potentially dark period became one for learning musical theory, honing technique and absorbing new music. The artist that emerged had found her stylistic voice, a real triumph out of adversity.

Sascha's first album 'Looking Out and After' (2018) was produced by the talented Patrick Wood who also contributed guitar & piano along with Roy Dodds (drums) and Simon Edwards (double & electric bass).
There is also an earlier EP 'Love Finds You' (2015)
All recordings are available from https://saschaosborn.co.uk

Sascha is a regular live performer around London & the South East as well as occasional support slots around the UK. She performs solo (with guitar) or as a duo with Andy Hamill (double bass, bass guitar)

Dec 20, 2019

2019 was a good year for Invisible Folk Club.
- We worked hard producing 55 podcast episodes
- We clocked up 7700 podcast downloads
- We produced a radio show every week.
We're very happy with that level of progress. Please keep listening.

This podcast is a re-run (Part 1) of the 2019 Invisible Folk Club Christmas radio show. We reached out to our ever widening network of artists for contributions and were delighted with the response. There is a varied selection of well known songs plus some impressive originals getting a first outing. Remember you heard them here first! Many many thanks to the artists who contributed.

Thea Gilmore - Sol Invictus
Anna Howie - Come Over for Christmas
Andy Evans - Jesus In Disguise
Sascha Osborn - One Day
Mike Carter-Jones - White Christmas Blues
Anne Cunningham - Song for a Winter’s Night
Alan Garmonsway - Winter Song
Paul Mosley - Wintertide
The Left Outsides - Gower Wassail
Pete Castle - Down in Yon Forest
Mark Blanchard - Keep The Christmas Peace
Gemma Khawaja - The Babe Of Bethlehem
Emma Scarr - Christmas in Paradise

 

Dec 20, 2019

2019 was a good year for Invisible Folk Club.
- We worked hard producing 55 podcast episodes
- We clocked up 7700 podcast downloads.
- We produced a radio show every week.
We're very happy with that level of progress. Please keep listening.

This podcast is a re-run (Part 2) of the 2019 Invisible Folk Club Christmas radio show. We reached out to our ever widening network of artists for contributions and were delighted with the response. There is a varied selection of well known songs plus some impressive originals getting a first outing. Remember you heard them here first! Many many thanks to the artists who contributed.

Lizzy Hardingham - Common Christmas
Stout Brothers - My Merry Rough Christmas
Alison Raymond - Manger Babe
Mike Carter-Jones - As the Snow Came
Mike Nacey - In Dulci Jubilo
Jack in a Barrel - Sans Day Carol
Jack in a Barrel - Hail Smiling Morn
Jack in a Barrel - Curly Hark
Hamish Currie - Wife of Ushers Well
Emma Scarr - Oh Joseph
Jon Bickley - Merry Christmas Baby
Petrichor - Only a Winter's Tale
Petrichor - Mary Did You know?
Alison Raymond - Angles and Angels
Barry Goodman - Stir Up Sunday
Paul Mosley - Wintersun

Dec 9, 2019

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

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

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

Dec 9, 2019

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

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

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

Nov 25, 2019

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

Nov 25, 2019

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

Nov 25, 2019

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

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

Nov 25, 2019

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

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

Nov 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

Oct 6, 2019

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

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

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

Oct 6, 2019

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

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

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

Oct 6, 2019

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

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

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

Sep 20, 2019

From time to time we select a past Invisible Folk Club radio show to air on the podcast channel. Jon Bickley curates and presents the show. Nothing in the broad church of folk related music is off limits. 

On our podcast channel you'll find shows where the songs might be longer, where the music is allowed to stretch and breathe. Maybe something a little more challenging. 

We know our podcast listeners have the time, space and inclination to play the long game, to allow something to evolve. 

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

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

Sep 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 15, 2019

From time to time we select a past Invisible Folk Club radio show to air on the podcast channel. Jon Bickley curates and presents the show. Nothing in the broad church of folk related music is off limits.

On our podcast channel you'll find shows where the songs might be longer, where the music is allowed to stretch and breathe. Maybe something a little more challenging.

We know our podcast listeners have the time, space and inclination to play the long game, to allow something to evolve.

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

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

Jul 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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