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FolkCast 060 - April 2011 Listen to FolkCast 059 A show packed with quality items from the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots-based music. Babba tells The Story Behind The Diggers Song, and poet Dave Alton tells a tale of gold rush fever and watery shennanigans. Music comes from: Pilgrims' Way - Mary Jane - Jim Causley - Dom Duff - Peter Webster - Dahm The Bard - Lauren MacColl - FolkLaw - Chumbawamba - Iain Thomson - Hadrian's Union - Fay Brotherhood - Gentry Morris.
FolkCast Interview 006 - Show Of Hands Listen to FolkCast 059 A relaxed chat with Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes about the many and varied projects associated with one of England's hardest working folk and roots bands - Show Of Hands. With music from: Show Of Hands - Jenna Witts - Luke Jackson - Miranda Sykes.
FolkCast 059 - March 2011 Listen to FolkCast 059 Phil and Ken play music by: Debra Cowan - June Tabor - Phillip Hartley - Mark Handley - Battlefield Band - Alan Reid - Steve Knightley - Linney Magic - Trembling Bells - Pilgrims' Way - Gavin Davenport - Ken Nicol. There's news of Ken's tour of New Zealand and Babba looks at hiring fairs and Late On Lady Day by Decameron in The Story Behind The Song.
Blast 005 (February 19 2011) Listen to FolkCast Blast 005 Hot new folk-inspired music from Keston Cobblers Club - Stephen Young and The Union - The A Train.
FolkCast 058 - February 2011 Listen to FolkCast 057 Ken Nicol joins Phil in the studio to review new recordings from: Abigail Washburn - Andy Nicholls - Josienne Clarke - Culbeag - Dan Wilde - The Sandman's Orchestra - na-mara - Acoustra - Mike Viola and Kelly Jones. There's also a new folklore poem, The Twins, from Dave Alton, plus a double dose of folk history as Babba examines the Story Behind The Song of Wat Tyler by Fairport Convention and Ruairidh Anderson from the Songs From The Howling Sea project tells us all about one of the most disgusting neighbourhoods in London, Old Nichol, and the people who made it home.
Blast 004 - RNLI SOS Special - January 2011 Listen to FolkCast 057 Four songs reflecting the work of FolkCast's chosen charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Songs of the sea and rivers from Josienne Clarke - Philip Butler - Show Of Hands - Acoustra.
The show is released to raise awareness of and money for the RNLI's SOS Day 2011. Please donate to the RNLI - see the show's details for a link to the charity.
FolkCast 057 - January 2011 - Phil's Pick of 2010 Listen to FolkCast 057 Phil's personal selection of his favourite artists featured on FolkCast in 2010. Music from: Matthew Ord - The Sea Kings - Arnwyn - Zeptepi - Circus Envy - Barricades Rise - Catherine Howe - Raurri Joseph - 3 Daft Monkeys - Galley Beggar - Ed and Will - Chris While and Julie Matthews - The Demon Barbers - Whalebone - The Urban Folk Quartet - The Duncan McFarlane Acoustic Band - Black Rat
Blast 003 (New Year's Eve Special 2010) Listen to FolkCast Blast 003 - New Year's Eve Special 2010 A short, smooth blast of folk music that is just right for the end of the year with New Year's songs from Lisa Redford, Amy Dixon Kolar and The Albion Band.
FolkCast Festive Selection Box V (2010) Not Available
Re-released at Christmas annually
Our festive special for 2010 features music from: Tennessee Ernie Ford - B.E. Taylor - Damh The Bard - Jon London - Keith Ahern - Monte Selby - Eric Reed - The Magical Christmas Tree Tour
featuring Pete Morton, Maggie Boyle and Chris Parkinson - Aine Furey - Brave Combo - Blabbermouth - Michael Silvestri - Stig Denson - Pink Martini - Durbin Elf - Natalie McCool - Tim & Kathy Mahoney - Joemy Wilson - The Lancashire Hotpots - The Columba Minstrels - Triangle - Ken Nicol - Joglaresa - Rusty Bladen - The cast of A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol - The Swing Cats - Pittsburgh Symphony Brass.
Blast 002 (December 12 2010) Listen to Blast 002 Edition 2 of the FolkCast Blast features three songs from young singer-songwriters with a folk flavour. Music from: ahab - Gibson Bull - Kinzli & The Kilowatts
056 - December 2010 December brings a show full of fabulous music, a chilling ghost story from Dave Alton, and the Story Behind The Song looks at Wassail and Wassailing. Music from: Duncan McFarlane Acoustic Band - Zeptepi - Seat Of The Pants - Alasdair Roberts - Lara Conley - Clem Leak - Nigel Eaton - Adam Barnes - Elijah Wolfenheart - Chris Wood - Whalebone - Tom Gamble - The Albion Band - Magpie Lane - Tattie Jam - Shirley Collins.
Blast 001 (November 18 2010) Listen to FolkCast Blast 001 The FolkCast Blast is an explosive blast of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots-based music, that's about 15 minutes long. In this debut edition there's music from: The Urban Folk Quartet - Crispy - Other Roads.
055 - November 2010 Listen to FolkCast 055 Ken joins Phil in the studio for a podcast full of great new releases. Music comes from: Bellowhead - Jon Boden - Blabbermouth - Heidi Talbot - Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts - The Legendary 10 Seconds - Rodney Brannigan - Linda Scanlon - Seize The Day - Chuck Owston - Stig Denson - Paul and Storm. Babba concludes his Story Behind The Song about The Black Death, and there's a stormy poem from William Topaz McGonnagall.
054 - October 2010 Listen to FolkCast 054 Phil returns after the long summer break with the FolkCast Harvest Festival, sharing with you a crop of great new releases. Music comes from: Leatherat - 3 Daft Monkeys - Raurri Joseph - The Demon Barbers - Acoustic Earth - Chris While and Julie Matthews - Chris and Siobhan Nelson - Mike Katz and Mike Whellens - Galley Beggar - Jez Lowe And The Bad Pennies - Billy Teare - Kathleen O'Sullivan - Will & Ed - Chuck Owston - Black Rat. Our folk poet Dave Alton tells the story of Old Sykes, His Wife And Their Gold, and Babba unlocks the door on the most devastating event in British history ... the Black Death!
053 - June 2010

Listen to FolkCast 053

FolkCast 053+ : Ken Quits Steeleye!

Poet Dave Alton tells the strange, haunting tale of Joseph And The Red Weaver, and Babba is on the battlefield to tell the Story Behind The Song Hearts Of Glory. Plus music from: Kindred Spirit - Steeleye Span - Silverwood - Tom Hitt - Jaime Leigh - Benita Johnson - Catherine Howe and Vo Flethcer - Barricades Rise - Matt Stevens - Ghosts I've Met - Lizzie Nunnery - Tommy Sands - Craig Herbertson - Steven Alverado.

PLUS: Ken makes a shock announcement!
052 - May 2010 - The Summer Sizzler Listen to FolkCast 052 The Summer Sizzler means maximum music and minimum chat - a soundtrack to enjoy again and again all summer long! Music from: Circus Envy - Tinkerscuss - Andy Raven - Hot Buttered Rum - Duane Andrews - Andy Patterson - Dala - Michael Wark - Maria Dunn - Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga - She Swings She Sways - Clive Gregson - Roy Jay - Spiral Dance - David Wilcox - Jesse Manno - RM Hubbert - Rebecca Blackman - Joe Holtaway - Dahm The Bard.
051 - April 2010 Listen to FolkCast 051

Music from: Zeptepi - Them Pastoral Pilots - Richard Koechli - Johnny Bertram & The Golden Bicycles - Chris Ricketts and Mark Willshire - Peter Lacey - The Barracks Band - Mike Collins - Rick Wakeman - Craig & Willoughby - Jess Morgan - April Maybe May. Our folk poet Dave Alton tells the story of Arthur Draws The Sword From The Stone, and Babba digs up the Resurrection Men, with the help of a new song by Chuck Owston.

050 - March 2010 Listen to FolkCast 050 Our fiftieth monthly show but the recipe stays the same - great music from the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots. Featured this month: The Rowan Amber Mill - The Naughty Step - O'Hooley And Tidow - Braebach - Horse Feathers - Rebecca Blackman - William Coulter And Friends - Kim Robertson - Sarah McQuaid - Tina McKevitt and Matt Hegarty - Tomoko Sugawara - Lisa Redford - Robin Grey - Barleyjuice - Chumbawamba. Dave Alton tells the tale of The Enchanting Of Coleen, and Babba seeks out the Story Behind The Song of Here's To The Grog.
049 - February 2010 Listen to FolkCast 049 - Feb 2010 Music from: Ewan Dobson - Damh The Bard - Letters To The Front - Stew Simpson - David Oakes - The Imagined Village - Bellevue Rendezvous - The Sea Kings - Kathryn Tickell - Bombadeal - Ian A. Anderson. Our folk poet, Dave Alton, tells the inspiring tale of the Free Trade Inn (with music by Nigel Eaton) and Babba tells the story behind The Springhill Mining Disaster.
048 - January 2010 Listen to FolkCast 048 The start of Year Five of FolkCast is full of great music and the return of Ken Nicol, who takes the chance to tell us about his year on the road with Steeleye Span, and about his new album with Ashley Hutchings. Music from: Jo Hamilton - Battlefield Band - Chris Ricketts - Gerry Wall - Elijah Wolfenheart - The Existence Of Harvey Lord - Steeleye Span - Ashley Hutchings and Ken Nicol - Potato Potato - Laura Catlow - Matthew Ord.
Sir Guy The Seeker - The FolkCast Guiser Play Sorry - not currently available
Sorry - not currently available.
A recreation of the British folk tradition of the guiser or mummers play - an entertainment of great renown, featuring the finest theatrical talent and music both rare and excellent! Music from:
The Christmas Revels - Peter Calo - The Oxford Waits.
Festive Selection Box 2009 Not Available
Re-released at Christmas annually

Seasonal songs, tunes and readings in a hand-picked mix of some of the very best alternative music for the Christmas period.

Featuring: Roger Pontare - Steve Fulton - Undercover Christmas - Adrienne Pierce - Ann Sweeten - The GrooveBarbers - US Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants - Magpie Lane - Clearance - Asleep At The Wheel - Would Be Goods - The Tinsel Tones - Triangle - Dan Baraszu and Joseph Patrick Moore - Bill Furner - The Lancashire Hotpots - Torquestra (featuring Jobee) - Amy Marie - Anna Wilson - Janyse - The Swingle Singers - Kites With Lights - Kitty Robbins - Steeleye Span

047 - December 2009
Listen to FolkCast 047 Our end-of-year retrospective, picking out a few of the artists from 2009 we think you should hear more of. Music from: Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts - Malinky - Wheeler Street - Jacanda - The QP - Jackie Oates - Show Of Hands - Steeleye Span - Snehasish Mozumder - Kate Doubleday - Philip Butler - The Sea Kings - Little Johnny England - The Lancashire Hotpots. Also, Babba, Rach and John tell the story behind Mummers' Plays and the song Righteous Joseph.
046 - November 2009 Listen to FolkCast 046 No gimmicks, no themes, just great music and features. Music from: The Sea Kings - Linda Cricklair - Broken Dove - Jimmy Wahlsteen - Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox - Juan Medrano Cotito - Peter Bradley Adams - Stone Folke - Roy Jay - Hollyann and The Katie Winter. There's the tale of The Silver Whistle from folk poet Dave Alton, and Babba stands and delivers the truth about Turpin Hero in The Story Behind The Song.
Interview 005 - Phil Beer Listen to FolkCast Interview 005 with Phil Beer Phil Beer from Show Of Hands is our special interview guest. He tells us about his voyage as a member of the crew of a tall ship, about the latest album and tour and about their problems with their songs being misinterpretted by various political factions. Plus there is lots of great music from Show Of Hands.
045 - October 2009 Listen to FolkCast 045 The Halloween-themed edition of FolkCast features music from: Mary Jane - Jerry Joy - Maggie Sansone - Show Of Hands - The Echo Session - Chuck Owston - The Hare And The Moon - Hollywood Haunts - Vic Chestnut - Angel Tavira - Carosel - Sam Harmon - Little Johnny England - Stephen Lynch. There's the tale of The Deugar from folk poet Dave Alton and the Story Behind The Song looks at the horrific Long Lankin.
044 - September 2009 Listen to FolkCast 044 This edition is jam-packed with good stuff - folk poetry with the tall tale of Lang Jack, the story behind the traditional song The Blue Cockade, the chance to get a free copy of Maverick Magazine and music, music, music, from artists including: Maggie Sand and Sandragon - Rubus - 1651 - Bella Hardy - Gadelle - Glenn Jones - Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore - Tim Buckley - N.E.D. - Red Shoes - Jackie Oates - Triangle - Edward Bell. Oh, and Ken Nicol drops in between tours with Steeleye Span.
043 - August 2009 Listen to FolkCast 042 Music from: Battlefield Band - Phillip Hartley - Fairport Convention - Aidan O'Rourke - Chris Leslie - Magpie Lane - Dave Shepherd and Becky Price - Julie Murphy - Tim Van Eyken & Robert Harbron - Debashish Bhattacharya - Nick Cook - The Bounty Hounds - Paul Clayton - Myers and Garforth - Martin Simpson. Folk Poet Dave Alton tells the tale of Satan Over Bacup, and Babba digs down the back of the sofa of time to reveal the Story Behind The Song of Lillibullero.
042 - July 2009 Listen to FolkCast 042 Jo joins the cast to give her views on the music we play, which this month comes from: Kate Doubleday - Davie Lawson - Hobbyhorse - Ian Bland - James Llewellyn - Jess Morgan - Heather Woodhead - Mary Jane - Snehasish Mozumder - Spiro - Steeleye Span. Babba relates the Wonder-ous tale that lies behind the Morris Dance tune Kemp's Jig.
041 - June 2009 - The Summer Sizzler Listen to FolkCast 041 It's the Summer Sizzler - a solid slab of fab summery tunes to burn to CD or play on your iPod ... all summer long! We play more music from old friends and find new music by new guests.
Music comes from: Andi Neate - John Scullion - Butch Baldassari & David Schnaufer - Noah Zacharin - Erick Turnbull - Dr Robert - The Snake, The Cross, The Crown - Sean Rowe - Dave Gleeson - Kiss The Mistress - Mark Shillaker - Jonathan Croose - Al Petteway - John Connolly - Tom Taylor - Damh The Bard - Maggie Sansone - The Kittiwakes - The QP - The Demon Barbers - Jody McKenna - Iona Leigh - John Statz.
040 - May 2009 Listen to FolkCast 040

Phil's flying solo this month, but there is still the usual mix of great music and special items. Music this month comes from Ella Edmondson - The Biblecode Sundays - Steve Knightley - Adam Balbo - John McNair - No Fixed Abode - Bob Fox - Hallelujah Chicken Run Band - The McDades - John Dory - Damien Barber & Mike Wilson - Craig D'Andrea. Our folk poet Dave Alton tells the tale of Bringing The Tide To Morpeth, accompanied by Italian guitarist Pino Forastiere, and Babba tells the story behind the song of The Plains Of Waterloo.

039 - April 2009 Listen to FolkCast 039 - April 09 Ken makes a triumphant return and we've also got a new member of the Cast - our Folk Laureate Dave Aston. There's music from Kiss The Mistress - Simon Todd - thefancydressparty - Tom Biller - Graham Holland - Wheeler Street - Jacanda - The QP - Philip Butler - Jon Boden - Stephen Fearing. And this month's Story Behind The Song is the history of The Flowers Of The Forest, told as even by Babba.
038 - March 2009 Listen to FolkCast 038 Ken's still away, so with Phil this month is his wife Jo, who sits in as guest presenter. We've music from - Mark Shillaker - Marc Filmer - Chris & Siobhan Nelson - Iona Leigh - Felix Fables - Noah Zacharin - Rockridge Brothers - Josiah Altschuler - Mariel Trimaglio - Kathryn Tickell - Megson - The Snake The Cross The Crown - The Two Sisters - Da Camara - Finbar Furey. And Babba tells the amazing story of General George Monck, the man who inspired the Morris tune, General Monck's March.
037 - February 2009 - Comedy Edition Listen to 037 Ken's away on tour, and the Story Behind The Song crew have all rung in sick, so that just leaves Phil. To cheer himself up, he delves into his record collection to produce a show full of comedy songs and novelty numbers, with a few quality instrumentals to break up the laughs. Music from - The Houghton Weavers - The Lancashire Hotpots - Bernard Wrigley - The Ian McMillan Orchestra - Tom Paxton - David Ippolito - Big Al Whittle - Graham Holland - Bill Furner - Robin Bullock - Bill Bates - Les Barker - John Conolly - Ashley Hutchings - Jez Lowe - Show Of Hands - Ken Nicol - Phil Cool - Phillip Hartley - The Rawmarsh Mashers.
Interview Special
Ashley Hutchings - My Land Is Your Land
Listen to FolkCast Interview 04 - Ashley Hutchings/My Land Is Your Land Ashley Hutchings is in the studio to talk about his latest album project, My Land Is Your Land, which is a co-production with Italian songwriter Ernesto de Pascale.
036 - January 2009 Listen to 036 Lots of new music, including songs and tunes from: Malinky - Natalie Bays - Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts - Noah Zacharin - John Dossi - Steve Freeman - Sambistas - Aidan O'Rourke - Kris Drever - Drever, McCusker, Woomble - The Chair - Jo Hamilton - John Tams. And Babba unveils the true history behind the nursery rhyme London Bridge Is Falling Down.
Festive Selection Box 08 Not Available
Re-released at Christmas annually
Seasonal songs, tunes and readings in a hand-picked mix of some of the very best alternative music for the Christmas period. Music from: The Christmas Revels - Al Pettaway and Amy White - Lee Harris And Country Sunshine - Blitzen Trapper - Ian Whitcomb - Bill Kahler - Chris Goddard - Doug Astrop - Kitka - Pittsburgh Symphony Brass - The Tequila Mockingbirds - Jars Of Clay - Jennifer Avalon - Al Stravinsky - Simon Bernard-Smith - Maeron English Folk Music - Damh The Bard - The Klezmatics - Chris and Siobhan Nelson - James Edwards - Helene Blum - Mike Fred - Howell-Freundlich Orchestra - Neil Murray - Martin Sexton - Ken Nicol.
035 - December 2008 Listen to FolkCast 035 Our end-of-year review with new songs from some of our favourite artists featured on FolkCast in 2008 - Paul Liddell - The Duncan McFarlane Band - Phonix - Ian McKone - Nick Cook - Ruth Theodore - Steve Tilston - Andy Mullen - Jackie Oates - Red Ruth - Fotheringay. Plus listeners' feedback and Babba stripping the skins from the musical onion that is Auld Lang Syne.
034 - November 2008 Listen Female vocalists are to the fore this month, with music from Ani DiFranco - Chris While and Julie Matthews - Jo Freya - Catherine MacLellan - The Maerlock - Fotheringay and Patrice O'Neill. Plus songs from the chaps, too: The John Henrys - Robin Tymm - The Buena Vista Social Club - Nicol & Cool - Al Petteway. And Babba tells the gruesome story behind the broadside ballad The Murder Of Maria Marten.
033 - October 2008
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A stack of new releases, tour news and Babba tells the history of Australian anti-hero Ned Kelly. Music from: Dave Pegg and PJ Wright - Steve Tilston - Black Rat - Broken Poets - Bellowhead - Red Ruth - Genticorum - Bella Hardy - Mary Hampton - Kate Doubleday - Box Club - Zoe Conway - The Story.
Summer Sizzler 2008
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Music all the way with this collection of new-to-us songs from some of the great artists we have played on FolkCast over the past 12 months or so. Featuring: Kerfuffle - Leatherat - Mike Hanrahan - Here Be Dragons - Nuada - Steve Gifford - Steve Robinson - Dahm The Bard - The Wyrd Sisters - Patrick Briscoe - Chris Millington - Jon London - Jez Lowe - 1549 - Jackie Oates - Eliza Carthy - Ralf Weirauch - Malthouse Passage - Andy Mullen - 3 Daft Monkeys.
032 - August 2008
Part One
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Part One of an extended edition features news of Steeleye Span's tour plans for next year, and music from - The Simon Hopper Band - The Demon Barbers - Aiden Jolly - Ruth Theodore - The Parson Red Heads - Peter Bradley Adams - Jim Averitt - Embertime - Andy Patterson.

Part Two features Babba with The Story Behind The Song of Bedlam Boys, and music from - Zywiolak - Chris Hardy - Hilary James - Corrina Hewat - Mike Silver.

Part Two
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031 - July 2008
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In a tribute show to Woven Wheat Whispers (RIP), Jo joins Phil to present music from: The Horses Of The Gods - Steve Tilston - Reg Meuross - Lisa Redford - The Purple Minds Of Lazeron - Dave Malloy - Marie Crehan - Sharron Shannon & Steve Earle - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - Comrade Down - Steve O'Connor - Show Of Hands - The Story. Babba examines the true history of the naval Press Gang in the Story Behind The Song for All Things Are Quite Silent.
030 - June 2008

Music from: Telling The Bees - Black Fortress Of Opium - Blackheart - John Haydon - Andy Mullen - Eliza Carthy - One More Grain - Eduard Iniesta - Lizzie Nunnery - Lawn Jockey - Steamchicken - The Duncan McFarlane Band. Babba reveals the myth and magic behind The Blacksmith, and Phil opens his Folk Files.

029 - May 2008

Music from: Plunkett Stormy Mondays - Twelve Thousand Days - Temple Music - Kiss The Mistress - Trouble At'Mill - Zoox - The Albion Band - The Battlefield Band - Kila - Tanglefoot - Jahrtal - Phillip Hartley - Scullion John - SixPeopleAway. The subject of the Story Behind The Song is Transporation to Australia in The Black Velvet Band.

028 - April 2008
Listen 028 - April 2008
Music from: Bruce Shimabukuru - Yve And Devora - Jackie Oates - Ceca - Nick Cook - Phil James - David Wilcox - Nelsons Wake - Chumbawamba - Rob St John - KC Mackenzie - Ralf Weihrauch - Damh The Bard. Babba reveals the tale of crime and punishment that created "Van Diemen's Land" in The Story Behind The Song.
027 - March 2008


Music from John Parkes - Tom Palmer - Enter The Haggis - Mark Ellis - Matt Stephens - Singladies - Ken Nicol - Steeleye Span - Paul Howard - Ray Bradfield - The Kittiwakes - The Left Outsides. Babba reveals the twisted royal bloodline behind Sir Patrick Spens in The Story Behind The Song.
026 - February 2008

Listen 026 - Feb 2008

Music from The Levellers - 3 Daft Monkeys - Ian McKone - Brian Mazzaferri - Alan Prosser - Magicfolk - Malthouse Passage - Marianne Segal featuring Circulus - Pig's Ear - Neal Hellman and Friends - Cruel Folk - Nick Cook - Gary Stewart Band - Starless & Bible Black. We sail down to Old Maui with Babba in The Story Behind The Song.
025 - January 2008

Listen to FolkCast 025

New music from Kerfuffle - Nuada - Paul Liddell - Mieka Pauley - Phonix - The Mountain Firework Company - The Gala Band - Robin Allender - Andy McKee - James Dewdney - Abra Moore - Caroline Lavelle - Alistair Christl - The Duncan McFarlane Band. Babba tells the story behind Parcel Of Rogues, and there is a chance to win CDs from Dreamboat Records.
FolkCast Festive Selection Box 2007

Not Available
Re-released at Christmas annually

No talk, just music. A journey through mid-Winter into Yule, Christmas and New Year, ending with a look to the far distant summer.
Featuring: Pig's Ear- Chris and Siobhan Nelson - Venereum Arvum - Philip G. Martin - Stonefield Tramp - Bernie Stocks - Christian Hoffman - Dahm The Bard - Pumajaw - Steeleye Span - The Numbskulz - The Bully Wee Band - Songs From The Blue House - Craig Cardiff - Erik Darling - Hank Stone - Lee Rosemere - Jim Goodrich - The Moonrakers - Ken Nicol - Rachel & John Bowyer - Flowman - The Volume Brothers - Magpie Lane - Abbie Lathe - Pig's Ear - Tracy Jane Comer -The Owl Service - Show Of Hands

Mother Of All Morris
with Ashley Hutchings


We talk to Ashley Hutchings about the release of the latest - and last - of the Morris On albums, The Mother Of All Morris. And there's lots of music from the album, too.
Featuring: The Morris On Band - Chris Leslie - Ruth Angel - The Gloworms - Jim Causley - Ken Nicol

024 - December 2007


An end of year review with new songs from some of our favourite artists featured on FolkCast since January - Charlotte Kendrick - Debbie Cassell - Rev Hammer - Lau - Naughty Jack - Jon London - Oysterband - Dahm The Bard - Leatherat - Silver Dogs - Steve Knightley - Nick Cook - Sarah McQuaid. Plus, there's a festive special song from Babba, and we end with music from The Morris On Band.
023 - November 2007


Music from: Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer - Vequinox - Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll - The Gala Band - Eoghan Coglan - Abbie Lathe - Chris Millington - Andy Whittle - Luka Bloom - Martyn Joseph - The Owl Service - The Imagined Village - Dyonisis.
Babba examines Green Grow The Rushes, O.
Interview Special with
Abbie Lathe


Interview with singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singing teacher Abbie Lathe, featuring songs from her latest album, Low Summer.
022 - October 2007
featuring interview with Ernesto de Pascale


We talk to Italian musician Ernesto de Pascale about his new album, Morning Manic Music, and hear songs from the record. Babba reveals the astonishing story of John Churchill, better known as Lord Marlborough, in The Story Behind The Song, and there's music from Kate Bramley - Jez Lowe - Songs From The Blue House - Marina Florence - Paolo Giorgi - Mike Hanrahan - 3 Daft Monkeys.

021 - September 2007
featuring Interview with Chopper from Oysterband


We talk to Chopper from Oysterband and play music from their latest studio album, Meet You There. Babba raises a glass of ale to John Barleycorn in The Story Behind The Song, and there's music from Nick Cook - Legendary Ten Seconds - Jon Croose - Charlotte Kendrick - The Stanley Brothers - Martin Ansell - Round Mountain -The Clap - Leatherat.
020 - August 2007
featuring Mark Coyle of Woven Wheat Whispers interview


We talk to Mark Coyle of Woven Wheat Whispers about the new compilation of "Dark British Folk": John Barleycorn Reborn. Babba goes to sea to tell The Story Behind... The Mary Stanford Of Rye. Music from: Faith, Folk & Anarchy - Jenna - John Statz - The Owl Service - Sharron Kraus - Tinkerscuss - Drohn - The Story - Phil Hare - Sarah McQuaid - Meet On The Ledge.

FolkCast Interview Special - Maddy Prior - July 2007


The full version of our exclusive interview with folk goddess Maddy Prior. No music.
019 - July 2007
including Maddy Prior interview excerpt


We talk exclusively with Maddy Prior about her career and the new Spanfest event at the end of this month. Babba goes back down the pit to report on the tragic history of The Blantyre Explosion, Phil opens his Folk Files to reveal what's new in the shops, on the stage, and online, and there's our usual selection of handpicked music, which this month comes from: Lau - Navan - The Men They Couldn't Hang - Swill And The Swaggerband - Benita Johnson - Exelby - Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span - Jon Redfern - Heavy Mellow - Peatbog Faeries - 1549 - Naughty Jack.
018 - June 2007


Babba digs up the history of the Blackleg Miner in The Story Behind The Song, there's details of next month's Spanfest and Phil opens the Folk Files to see what's coming soon in the record stores. Music from - Kris Drever - Steve Knightley - Seth Glier - The School Of Trobar - Wizz Jones - Maddy Prior & Simon Friend - Daniel Patrick Quinn - John MacRae - Maria Daines - Derek Clegg - Sand Snowman - Steve Tilston - Gordon Scott - Dahm The Bard.
017 - May 2007


Phil and Ken welcome the summer with a musical journey through the seasons, Babba discovers the history of Trelawny in The Story Behind The Song, and there is Feedback from listeners from around the world. Music from - Puzzlejug - Fairport Convention - Paul Castle - JD and The Longfellows - Causeway - Blackwaterfoot - Robert Bray - Dark Captain Light Captain - Andy Clarke - The Horses Of The Gods - Matthew Boyle - Black Rat - Jon London.
016 - April 2007


Solid entertainment with music from Leatherat - Bleeding Hearts - Silver Dogs - David Kilpatrick - Andy McKee - Debbie Cassell - Wistman's Wood - Megson - Ceili Moss - Luigi Cappel - Carolyn Anona Scott - Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts - Feast Of Fiddles - Show Of Hands. Babba examines The Banks Of Claudy to find The Story Behind The Song, and Phil highlights some of the many folk festivals happening around the UK this year.

015 - March 2007 - Part 1

015 - March 2007 - Part 2

Part 0ne

Part Two

In a bumper edition of FolkCast we bring you top quality new music from the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots, Ken takes us into his Guitar Workshop to show us how to do finger exercises to improve playing technique, and Babba delves into the bawdy history behind the folk song Cam Ye O'er Frae France. In fact, the show is so full of great things we have split it into two parts, so make sure you get both downloads.

Featuring: Oliver Paine - Will Derryberry - Alun Parry - Biltone - Charlie Roby - Andreas Aase - Damh The Bard - Sand Snowman - The Joy Of Nature - Harmony Glen - Doolin - Dave Pegg & PJ Wright - Fairport Convention - Singladies - divineMAGgees
014 - February 2007
featuring Ashley Hutchings Interview part 2


Part two of the Ashley Hutchings interview. Music from Iona - Kira - Nick Cook - Patrick Briscoe - The Wyrd Sisters - The Rainbow Chasers - The Albion Band - The Morris On Band - Plunkett - The Goodbye Plot. Babba's Story Behind The Song uncovers the amazing history of Lord Franklin.

013 - January 2007
featuring Ashley Hutchings Interview part 1


Part one of our interview with Ashley Hutchings. Music from Dust Rhinos - Scotland Barr And The Slow Drags - Peter London - The Owl Service - Pete Barrett - The Wailin' Jennys - Railroad Earth - Don Ross - Daughters Of Elvin - Pipe Major Roderick Deans - Commander Kean - Amy Martin - The Albion Band. Plus the final instalment of Babba's FolkNotes Calendar.
012 - Festive FolkCast - December 2006
Full Show
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Re-released at Christmas annually
Christmas Section Only
This month we present songs and tunes by: Never Mind The Bocs - Winter Flowers - David Stevenson and Nigel Hobbins, and all our regular features... Babba's FolkNotes Calendar examines the folk traditions of December and the midwinter festivals, and in Ken's Guitar Workshop we discover the one thing that has revolutionised Chris Whiles playing.

Then, to brighten any year end celebration, we present the Festive FolkCast - no talk from us, just great music from Puzzlejug - The Hipcola - Dan Edwards - 3 Blind Mice - Pete Dodds - Clive Gregson - Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle - The Christmas Jug Band - Gary - gidgets ga ga - The Albion Band ... and something saucy and spicy from Big Al Whittle
(Warning - contains rude words! Adult listening only!)

011 - November 2006
featuring Bob Fox Interview


Interview with Bob Fox. Songs and tunes from David Gunn - Sarah Aubrey - Linda Coogan - Bob Fox - Jordan Ogg - John Meed - Ian Cutler - Mark Clinton - Never Mind The Bocs - Minnie Moosika. Plus a FolkCast exclusive first play from Steeleye Span's new album!
Babba's FolkNotes Calendar examines the folk traditions for the month of November and in Ken's Guitar Workshop we learn a little of the mysteries of different tunings.

010 - October 2006
featuring Chris While Interview


Interview with Chris While. Plus, Ken talks to luthier Roger Bucknall about setting up a guitar for easiest playing. Win a copy of Ralph McTell's new album. Babba's FolkNotes Calendar for Halloween. Music from Chris While & Julie Matthews - Black Rat - Pavlov's Cat - Ralph McTell - Graham Bellinger - Caroline Lavelle - Piefinger - Shira Kammen and Andy Smyth.
009 - September 2006


Songs and tunes from Mary Jane - Last Fair Deal - Chris Millington - The Runaway Days - Show Of Hands - The Undercover Hippy - Ian Knapp - Trebuchet - Heavy Mellow - Serious Kitchen - The Demon Barbers - Makar. Plus Babba's FolkNotes Calendar, Ken's Guitar Bit and listener feedback. Also features the most dangeroustest song in the world!
008 - August 2006


Songs and tunes from: The Legendary Ten Seconds - Robin Tymm - Bill Furner - Veda Park - Adam Boucher - Kirsty McGee - Amanda Sykes - Reg Meuross - Serious Kitchen - Heavy Mellow - Daniel Patrick Quinn - Steeleye Span - Ian Cutler - wRants - Caroline Lavelle - Chris & Siobhan Nelson - Bob Kirkpatrick - Peter Rooney - Cunnan
Plus Babba's FolkNotes Calendar and listener feedback
007 - July 2006


This month there is a chance to win one of three, free downloads of the album Enter The Woods by folk-rock bards Minstrel Spirit. Find out what happens when resident folklore guru Babba puts up the glove to get into the summer fair spirit, give us your opinion on our finger in ear logo via our feedback section ... and as ever we bring you loads of first rate music.
Featuring: The Cluster Of Nuts Band - Martha Tilston & The Woods - Monique Rhodes - Joe Holtaway - Lee Mitchell - Jeweller's Eye - Minstrel Spirit - Shira Kammen - John Bowyer -
Steve Robinson - Bill deRome

006 - June 2006
featuring PJ Wright Interview


We talk to Little Johnny England frontman PJ Wright as he prepares to go on tour with Fairport Convention bassman Dave Pegg. Music from The Ronnie Wibbley Orchestra - Nigel Hobbins - Ian Hill - The Dust Poets - Boffius - John Meed - Jamelopoeia - Aff The Cuff. And there's Babba's Folk Notes Diary.

005 - May 2006
featuring Show Of Hands Interview


Show Of Hands talk about their stunning new album, Witness. There's also music from: Philip G. Martin - Pumajaw - The Flying Chaucers - Dulaman - Joe O'Connor - Thomas Bailey - Charlotte Grieg and Julian Hayman - Derek Brimstone. Plus Babba's bumper Folk Notes Calendar for the merry, merry month of May.

004 - April 2006
featuring Ralph McTell Interview


Ralph McTell in interview. There's also music from: Songs From The Blue House - The Dust Poets - Jim Fidler - Daniel Patrick Quinn - Silverheel - Spokers Loan - Paul Forrest - Adam Boucher - Stowefolk. Plus Babba's Folk Notes Calendar for April. Please note: this is an edited version of the original show, with Ralph McTell's music removed, at his request. As a result, timings given in the shownotes after the interview are not accurate.

003 - March 2006
featuring Steve Ashley and Ian Anderson Interviews


Steve Ashley in interview. Ian Anderson in interview. March's Folk Notes Calendar from Babba. Music from: Joe O'Connor - The Mountain Firework Company - The Morris On Band - Dik Cadbury - Silverwheel - Audio Circus.
002 - February 2006
Fairport Convention Interview


Simon Nicol in interview. February's Folk Notes Calendar from Babba.
Music from: Penda's Fen -Tracy Jane Comer - Dave Gibb - The Hosepipe Band - Eleanor's Visceral Tomb - Dorian - Fairport Convention - Emme Packer - Dropkick - Steve Robinson.

001 - January 2006
featuring Ken Nicol Interview


Ken Nicol in interview, playing solo and with Chris While, Ashley Hutchings, Pete Marsh and Steeleye Span.
Music from: Big Al Whittle - 3 Blind Mice - Silverwheel - Jim Fidler - Skip.