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A hand-gathered harvest of music and poetry for the season.
Take a walk with us from September to December,
through Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night.

Presented and produced by Phil Widdows
featuring readings by Babba and Phil.

Running time: 1hr18min

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Oh, hello! Good to see you again.
Grab your boots, we're going for a walk through a blazing autumn to kick up the leaves,
gather firewood  and search the hedgerows for berries.
For this is the Autumn Crackler, from FolkCast.

(Did anybody bring a hip flask?)

Golden Sun by Phil Manzenera
from the album "Vozero"

“That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done,
obligations gathering, books and football in the air...
Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning,
as if last year's mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.”

Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Silver And Gold by Kim Lowings & The Greenwood
from the album "This Life"

Out Of Season by John Conolly
from the album "Send Us A Postcard"

Small High Whistle From A Bird by Maia
from the EP "Finite World"

“Autumn is Nature's last party of the year. And dressing for the occasion, forests don their brightest attire,
while the creatures follow suit with plush coats of fur.
As the birds savor their final flights in the waning embers of light,
Nature's children scamper about in search of manna for their winter pantries,
pausing long enough to frolic in the heaps of newly fallen leaves."

Debra Welsh, Autumn Suppers

September Road by Jane Thomason
from the album "September Road"

Harvest Moon by Peter Lacey
from the album "Last Leaf"

“The autumn comes, a maiden fair
In slenderness and grace,
With nodding rice-stems in her hair
And lilies in her face.
In flowers of grasses she is clad;
And as she moves along,
Birds greet her with their cooing glad
Like bracelets' tinkling song.”
Autumn by Kālidāsa

Summer Fades
by Smoke Fairies
from the album "Through Low Light And Trees"

The Man In Green
by Show Of Hands
from the album "Lie Of The Land"

“I am made for autumn. Summer and I have a fickle relationship, but everything about autumn is perfect to me.
Wooly jumpers, Wellington boots, scarves, thin first, then thick, socks.
The low slanting light, the crisp mornings, the chill in my fingers, those last warm sunny days before the rain and the wind.
Her moody hues and subdued palate punctuated every now and again by a brilliant orange, scarlet or copper goodbye. She is my true love.”

Alys Fowler

Trees Turn To Fire
by Jon Budworth
from the album "Trees Turn To Fire"

Autumn Sounds
by The Vessels
from the album "The Vessels"

“Autumn Days
Yellow, mellow, ripened days,
Sheltered in a golden coating;
O'er the dreamy, listless haze,
White and dainty cloudlets floating;
Winking at the blushing trees,
And the sombre, furrowed fallow;
Smiling at the airy ease,
Of the southward flying swallow.
Sweet and smiling are thy ways,
Beauteous, golden Autumn days.”
Autumn Days by Will Carleton

England's Skies
by David Gibb & Elly Lucas
from the album "Up Through The Woods"

Setting Sun
by Salt House
from the album "Lay Your Dark Low"

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty,
as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
Lauren DeStefano

by Ninebarrow
from the album "When The Blackthorn Burns"

Autumn Leaves
by Feast Of Fiddles
from the album "Still Live"

“Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.
But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.
I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?
Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.
Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who's to say where
The harvest shall stop?”
Gathering Leaves by Robert Frost

Autumn Leaves
by Deborah Rose
from the album "Soul Be My Soul"

by Nick Cook
from the album "Mistaken"

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup.
October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins.
O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”

Rainbow Rowell

October Sky
by Taylor Brown Trio
from the album "Notebook"

"Autumn: Darkness coming a little earlier every day, and the evening sky looking like the belly of a dead mackerel.
And the lads prepare for Halloween by dressing up in old rags, turning their jackets inside out and blackening their faces.
They go from door to door, singing a song and rattling a few pennies in a cocoa tin.
'Molly dancers kicking up a row, kicking up a row, kicking up a row! Molly dancers kicking up a row, my fair lady.
Cheese and bread, the old cow's dead, roast it in a lantern! A bit for you and a bit for me and a bit for the Molly dancers...'."

Halloween Chant by Ewan MacColl

Soul, Soul
by John Kirkpatrick
from the album "Every Mortal Place"

We'll Be Ghosts
by Brooke Bentham
single release

The Ghost On The Moors
by Ange Hardy
from the album "Bare Foot Folk"

"No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -
November by Thomas Hood

 Penny For The Guy
by Danny Carnahan and Robin Petrie with The Missing Pieces
from the album "Cut And Run"

A Cob-Coaling Medley
by The Oldham Tinkers
from the album "Best O' T' Bunch"

“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile.”
William Cullen Bryant

December Snow
by The Moody Blues
from the album "December"

Thanks for joining me for the Autumn Crackler from FolkCast.
Enjoy the autumn, and keep focused on all year round.

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