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Mar 19, 2020

Through spoken word and folk music we celebrate the rich heritage and social history of the English counties. This is one of an occasional series called The Ballad of Bedfordshire. We'll look at the county's history, its industries, and its people, be they ordinary, famous or infamous.

From the early 20th Century Brickmaking was a major industry in Bedfordshire. This was due to the accessibility of the Oxford Clay in Marston Vale south west of Bedford. Formed in 1900 the London Brick Company became the leading manufacturer. By the early 1970s LBC had absorbed all their competitors and were the main producers of English made bricks. There were a number of factories in Marston Vale, at its peak the Stewartby site was actually the biggest brick factory in the world employing 2000 people producing 500 million bricks a year.

David Szymanski is a man steeped in the history of the brick industry. He grew up in Stewartby, had university sponsorship from the London Brick Company during his engineering degree and rose to senior management positions within the company.

Songs are performed by 3 Bedfordshire folk groups Life & Times, Jack in a Barrel and Marisa,Jack&Davy. All songs were written by Graeme Meek apart from one written by his musical partner Barry Goodman.

Songs in order of performance:
1. Jack in a Barrel - Brickmaking
2. Life & Times - Bedfordshire Brickmakers
3. Jack in a Barrel - The Last Hoffmans
4. Marisa,Jack&Davy - The Pits That Scar the Land
5. Life & Times - Little Italy (Barry Goodman)
6. Life & Times - Marston Vale
All composed by Graeme Meek unless stated.

Mar 19, 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/

Music from many corners of the globe this week, England, America, Canada, Ireland, India, South Africa and the Middle East. It's a virtual world tour from the comfort of wherever your listening device happens to be!

Winter Wilson - Orange Trees and Dusty Roads
Leonard Cohen - Susanne
Patricia de Mayo - The Miller's Song
June Tabor - Soldiers Three
Steeleye Span - False Knight on the Road
The Pogues - Thousands are Sailing
Ravi Shankar - Sarve Shaam
Sharnbrook Community Choir - Indodana
Mamas and Papas - Creeque Alley
Crosby,Stills,Nash & Young - Long May You Run
Catherine Earnshaw & storywheel - I Am Stretched On Your Grave
Catherine Earnshaw & storywheel - False False
Jon Bickley,John Maw & Bob Templeman - Jazz

Mar 11, 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:
Navaro - Always
Navaro - Sing Out Loud
Navaro - Blackbird
Carus Thompson - Shakespeare Avenue
Carus Thompson - Land's End
Paul Hutchinson - Admiral Mitchel's Reel
Paul Hutchinson - Sally Kelly
Salt House - Union of Crows
Salt House - The Same Land
Ben Reel - All in Good Time
Ben Reel - Borrowed Time
Jon Bickley/Delta Ladies - Wayfaring Stranger
Gillian Welch - Georgia Road

Mar 4, 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:
Breabach - Prince's Strand
Breabach - Winter Winds
Breabach - Knees Up
Breabach - Òran Bhràigh Rùsgaich
Bob Dylan - Oh Sister
Steeleye Span - Black Jack Davy
Ryan Adams - Invisible Riverside
Jon Bickley/John Maw - Magpie
Odette Michell - Lakes of Ponchartrain
Dave Artus - Railwayman
Donovan - Sand and Foam
Anne Briggs - Fire and Wine
Winter Wilson - Merciful Father
Winter Wilson - Metagama

Feb 24, 2020

Niamh Mahon is an Irish actress, writer and storyteller. Listen to her stories, hear about the art of storytelling.

...and when she spoke time stood still
worlds came and went
the sun rose and set in an hour
kings reigned and great forests grew
blossomed and died
dragons rose and fell

Feb 24, 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:
Patricia de Mayo - Tree Song
Patricia de Mayo - Why Don't You Talk to Me
Patricia de Mayo - Nightingale
Joan Baez - Seven Curses
Rory Gallagher - Don't Know Where We're Going
Jack Harris - Vanishing Birds
Jack Harris - Bells
Jack Harris - Love In Vain
Jon Bickley - There's a Place
Robin Williamson - Since Words Can Fly Invisible
Bill Fay - Garden Song
Bridget St John - Fly High
Comus - All the Colours of Darkness

Feb 22, 2020

Who are the people responsible for the Invisible Folk Club? How did we get where we are today? Now is your chance to find out.

DJ/interviewer/musician Jon Bickley and producer Steve Yarwood were invited along to Radio Dacorum in Hemel Hempstead to have a chat about the story so far. The genial Leslie Tate was master of ceremonies and asked us about things visible and invisible.

We were able to select four songs to play during the show:
Lizzy Hardingham - Cheshire Man
Odette Michell - The Wildest Rose
Jon Bickley - Butterfly Girl
Craig Joiner - Lolly Song

Feb 20, 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:
Steeleye Span - Hard Times of Old England
Steeleye Span - Lovely on the Water
Steeleye Span - Gaudete
Steeleye Span - New York Girls
Liz Lawley - Summer Clouds
Liz Lawley - Trouble
Liz Lawley - The Man with the Fairy Lights On
Liz Lawley - Dark Horse
June Tabor/Martin Simpson - Le Roi Renaud
The Band - Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos
The Band - Don't Ya Tell Henry
The Band - I Shall Be Released
The Band - The Weight

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/

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