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Jan 27, 2023

Experimental Scottish folk duo Burd Ellen are Debbie Armour and Gayle Brogan. They have carved out a sonically adventurous niche informed by a deep love and respect for traditional song. Combining drones, electronica and distinctive vocals, their sound is hypnotic, stark and uneasy. 

We talk to singer Debbie (on the...


Jan 26, 2023

Avant-folk producer Fiona Soe Paing is a Scottish vocalist and sound artist. Combining multi-layered vocals with dark electronica, field recordings, archive material and traditional instruments, her music creates atmospheric and often unsettling songscapes.

Sand, Silt, Flint (released November 2022) is Fiona's second...


Jan 16, 2023

Amy Hopwood is an Exeter based folk singer and songwriter. She is also a qualified Leadership and Management Coach, Song Therapist and Natural Voice Practitioner.

Amy's Songwriting Project is a fun activity online or in the community, building confidence, creativity and social connection, and supporting participants’...


Nov 27, 2022

In this episode Jon talks to Tom Jones, historian in the town of Olney and trustee of the Cowper and Newton Museum. We talk about John Newton's life; what brought him to Olney, his life as a preacher and hymn writer, his relationship with Cowper and his journey from slave trader to abolitionist. This episode was recorded...


Nov 26, 2022

In this episode Jon talks to James Walvin OBE Professor Emeritus in History at York University. James is a world renowned authority on the subject of the transatlantic slave trade and has written extensively on the subject. As a young man John Newton was a sailor and rose to be captain of a ship transporting enslaved...