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FolkCast 128 - May 2017
20 May 2017 @ 01:36 am

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FolkCast: the podcast that brings you the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots music.

On this edition of FolkCast we’ve got a hold full of songs about the sea! There are songs about racing on the sea, fishing on the sea and coming home from the sea. We’ve mariners, pirates, whalers and lost sailers. We’ve got boats and tides and ships and sails. That’s right, FolkCasters … it’s a naughty nautical special!

FolkCast is produced and presented by Folkie Phil Widdows

Music featured:

Heroes Of The Sea
by Skippinish
from the album “The Seventh Wave” (2017)

Tanka 3 / Song Of A Seafarer
by Nick Burbridge and Tim Cotterell
from the album “Resolved” (2016)

The Corsair / The Black Ship
by Thursday’s Band
from the album “All We Have In Common” (2016)

THE STORY BEHIND MY SONG
The Pilot Gig

by Six Sick Sheep
from the EP “The Pilot Gig” (2017)

Row Boys Row
by The Changing Room
from the album “Behind The Lace” (2015)

Ye Mariners All
by Fairport Convention
from the album 50:50@50 (2017)

Home Boys Home
by The Ancient Bretons
from the album “The First 30 Years” (2012)

The Lost Sailor
by Chris Manassah
from the album “The Sun Destroys The Sky” (2017)

Captain Ward
by Kadia
from the EP “The Outlandish Collection” (2017)
(Listen to The Story Behind The Song of Captain Ward in FolkCast 062)

SOUNDBITE SPOTLIGHT
LaLaLa Presents: Åkervinda & The Ballina Whalers
June 13th 2017
The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church St, N16 9ES London
Music featured:
Jag Haver Ingen Ka?rare by Akervinda
and
Pull Down Below by The Ballina Whalers

Boats Cut A Water
by The Black Guards
from the EP “Drawn In” (2017)

Tidal Bomb
by Colin Onderdonk
from the album “Proximity Effect” (2017)

INSANELY MENTAL INSTRUMENTAL
Doofer
by Elephant Sessions
from the album “ All We Have Is Now” (2017)

All Rivers Flow To The Ocean
by Magic Hour
online release (2017)

Sailing Too Close To The Wind
by Merry Hell
from the album “Bloodlines” (2016)

For full details see the Shownotes for FolkCast 126 at www.folkcast.co.uk

FolkCast 127 - May 2017
5 May 2017 @ 07:24 am

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FolkCast: the podcast that brings you the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots music.

In this edition of FolkCast we sing a couple of songs of the merry, merry month of May, we go to Gracelands, we wonder where the time has gone, we visit the court house to hear our brother speak, before not visiting Denver. Then we get wild in the country. It could be England, it could Ireland, it could be Wales … or it could be Transylvania!
We go on a bug hunt with a flying Yeti and hear an Insanely Mental Instrumental with a mammoth title. There’s a song by a Victorian postman, and there’s a song about a Victorian miner. And then we break it all down and pack it all away with the final journey of a 1969 split screen camper van.
That’s our bill of fare: we’ve got folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter, roots … and hardly any country music!

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie Phil' Widdows

Music featured:

Bedfordshire May Carol by Jack Sharp from the album “From Here: English Folk Field Recordings” (2017)
https://stickinthewheel.bandcamp.com/album/from-here-english-folk-field-recordings

Woods in May by The Unthanks from the album “Diversions Vol. 4: The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake” (2017)
http://www.the-unthanks.com

Galway To Graceland by Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer from the album “Marble Town” (2017)
https://www.paulwalkermusic.co.uk

Who Knows Where The Time Goes by Emily Maguire from the album “A Bit Of Blue” (2017)
http://www.emilymaguire.com

He’ll Fight by Speak, Brother, single release, (May, 2017)
http://speakbrother.co.uk/home

Denver by Joe Martin, from the EP “Small World” (2017)
http://www.joemartinmusic.com

In The Country by Police Dog Hogan, from the album “Wild By The Side Of The Road” (2017)
https://policedoghogan.com

Holyhead Ferry by Pairdown, from the album “Reach To Ring” (2017)
https://pairdown.bandcamp.com/album/reach-to-ring

SOUNDBITE
Góbéfest - The UK’s first Transylvanian Hungarian festival of arts, music and culture
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th May 2017, Albert Square, Manchester
http://www.gobefest.com
Music featured:
1.Ez van! - That's the way it goes
2. Sziva¦ürva¦üny - Rainbow
3. Fel - Towards the sky
4. Mindenkinek - To all

Fireflies by Fly Yeti Fly from the album “Shine A Light In The Dark” (2017)
http://flyyetifly.com/

INSANELY MENTAL INSTRUMENTAL
Iain Macphail's Compliments To Chrissie Leatham / Cooper Of Stannerton Heugh / One-Horned Sheep by Alistair Anderson & Northlands from the album “Alistair Anderson & Northlands” (2017)
http://www.alistairanderson.com/index.htm

More Happy Than A King by Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll from the album “The Songs Of Edward Capern” (2017)
http://www.englishfiddle.com/the_songs_of_edward_capern/

Old Miner by Canny Fettle from the album “Still Gannin' Canny” (2017)
http://www.cannyfettle.com

Parachutes by India Electric Co from the EP “ECM1” (2017)
http://indiaelectricco.com

End Of The Road ('69 Campervan) by Jimmy Lee Morris, from the album “Gallery” (2017)
http://www.jimmyleemorris.com

For full details and clickable links to artists’ websites, see the ShowNotes at www.folkcast.co.uk

FolkCast 126 - April 2017
21 Apr 2017 @ 05:17 am

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FolkCast: the podcast that brings you the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots music.

In this edition: we build a railway, lose a lover or two to war, head to the hills, spend the night with drunken sailors, take a bite out of the Big Apple, rant against the modern world, go insane with a tinker, take the last train to Delhi and get lost in France before the whole thing ends in a Fiasco!


FolkCast is produced and presented by Folkie Phil Widdows

Music featured:

Iron Horses by Two Coats Colder from the album “Moment In Time” (2017)
http://www.twocoatscolder.com

The Bonny Light Horseman by Siobhan Miller from the album “Strata” (2017)
https://www.siobhanmiller.com

Love Me Forever by Skinner & T’Witch from the album “The Fool’s Journey” (2017)
http://www.skinnerandtwitch.com

Feature Fight by Chris Tye from the album “Stronger In Numbers” (2017)
https://christyemusic.wordpress.com/category/news/

Hills Of Rome by Jason McNiff from the album “Rain Dries Your Eyes” (2017)
https://www.jasonmcniff.com

The Call by Neil McSweeney from the album “A Coat Worth Wearing” (2017)
http://www.neilmcsweeney.com/

New York Love Song by The Roving Crows from the album “Bury Me Naked” (2017)
http://www.rovingcrows.com

Generation Rent (Radio Mix) by Megson from the EP “Generation Rent” (2017)
http://www.megsonmusic.co.uk

INSANELY MENTAL INSTRUMENTAL(S)
Reels - The Yellow Tinker / Ril Mhor Bhaile And Chalaidh
and
Jig - An Cat Is A Mathair
by Cormac Begley from the album “Cormac Begley” (2017)
http://www.cormacbegley.com

Smugglers’ Song by Feast Of Fiddles from the album “Sleight Of Elbow” (2017)
http://www.feastoffiddles.co.uk

Song Of The Sea Rover by Amelia Coburn single release (2017)
http://ameliacoburn.co.uk

Delhi Belly by Paul J. Openshaw from the album “Bare Bones” (2015)
http://paulopenshaw.com

The Last Train by The Medlars from the album “The Medlars” (2017)
https://themedlarsmusic.wordpress.com

Sangatte by Minnie Birch charity single release (2017)
https://minniebirch.bandcamp.com

Fiasco by Manran from the album “An Dà Là - The Two Days” (2017)
http://manran.co.uk

For full details see the Shownotes for FolkCast 126 at www.folkcast.co.uk

FolkCast 125 - April 2017
8 Apr 2017 @ 01:00 am

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FolkCast: the podcast that brings you the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots music.

This time featuring songs about … hypnotism … a mermaid … a Geordie from outer space … an alewife … two sisters who stitch up a dirty old lord … a witch with a secret … and the secret of a happy life.

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie Phil' Widdows

Music featured:

The Afternoon Show
by Meet George Brown
from the EP “Meet Georgia Brown” (April 2017)

Mermaid Song
by Fly Yeti Fly
from the album “Shine A Light In The Dark” (2017)

This Is It
by Katy Vernon
from the album “Before I Forget” (2012)
&
Lily
by Katy Vernon
from the album “Present” (2015)

Mandolin Man
by Jim Palana
from the album “Lefty” (2016)

Big River
by Kathryn Tickell & Friends
from the album “Water Of Tyne” (2016)

Elsie Marley
by Eddie & Luc
from the album “Tirade” (2016)

The Forst Geordie
by Hicks And Goulbourn
from the album “Immortal” (2016)

Hypnotize
by The Blackheart Orchestra
from the album “Diving For Roses” (2016)

Forest Hill
by Keston Cobblers Club
from the album “Almost Home” (2017)
FolkCast Blog Post

The Insanely Mental Instrumental!
Sunburn, Man-Flu And The Shits
by Ross Couper & Tom Oakes
from the album “Fiddle & Guitar” (May 12th 2017)

Fair Annie
by John Roberts & Debra Cowan
from the album “Ballads Long And Short” (2015)

Grimshaw And The Fingerclaw
by Elfin Bow
from the album “Elfin Bow” (2017)

Fare You Well
by Police Dog Hogan
from the album "Wild By The Side Of The Road" (2017)

For full details and links to artists’ websites, see the ShowNotes at www.folkcast.co.uk

FolkCast 124 - March 2017
25 Mar 2017 @ 01:14 am

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FolkCast Episode 124: Beware! Giant squid attack!

FolkCast is produced and presented by Folkie Phil Widdows

Music featured:

The Beast Below
by Apple Of My Eye
from the album “The Beast Below” (2017)

Three Rivers
by Two’s Company
from the album “Go Together” (2016)

The Golden Fox
by Amy Duncan
from the album “Antidote” (2017)

Reynard And The Goose
by The Trials Of Cato
from the EP “The Trials Of Cato” (2017)

THE STORY BEHIND MY SONG
Griogal Chridhe
by Kaela Rowan
from the album “The Fruited Thorn” (2016)

Lady Isabel And The Elf Knight
by Kadia
from the EP “The Outlandish Collection” (2017)

The Girl With The Broken Banjo
by The Broken String Band
from the EP “Prologue: Somebody’s Daughter” (2017)

The Bonnie Bunch Of Roses
by Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith
from the album “Night Hours” (2016)

THE INSANELY MENTAL INSTRUMENTAL
The Whitby Drip

by The Hut People
from the album “Routes” (2017)

McBrides
by Feast Of Fiddles
from the album “Sleight Of Elbow” (2017)

The Moon
by The Carrivick Sisters
from the album “10 Years Live” (2016)

The Moon And The Pilot
by Daria Kulesh
from the album “Long Lost Home” (2017)

A Close Shave
by Andrew Gordon
from the album “Live At Dunfermline Folk Club” (2017)

The Parting Glass
by Dipper Malkin
from the album “Tricks Of The Trade” (2017)

For full details and links to artists’ websites, see the ShowNotes at www.folkcast.co.uk

FolkCast 123 - March 2017
8 Mar 2017 @ 07:06 am

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We're back, baby! The start of a new season and we reveal plans for future FolkCasts. Then we go to the races, go down the mines, take to the ocean, search for passage through the ice and sail the stars. There are daft dogs and dirty dogs and Old Blind Dogs, and we finish in a honking great big mucky lorry! Who dares to say that folk music is boring?

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

Music featured:

Yours For Eternity
by Steve Dagleish
from the album “Yours For Eternity” (2016)

Grand National
by Captain Of The Lost Waves
from the album “Hidden Gems” (2016)

Creeping Jane
by Steeleye Span
from the album “Cogs, Wheels And Lovers” (2009)

Another Lost Sailor
by Chris Manasseh
from the album “The Sun Destroys The Sky” (2017)

The Bonny Ship The Diamond
by Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley
from the album “Across The Water” (2017)

THE STORY BEHIND MY SONG
The Mines Of The Tamar
by Andy Harding
digital release (2016)

Eee Aye Ah Cud Hew
by Stew Simpson
from the album “From Here: English Folk Field Recordings” (2017)

In Time Of 'The Breaking Of Nations'
by Triangle
from the album "This Will Go On The Same" (2016)

SOUNDBITE
We visit Rhyl Folk Club in company of Andrew Weighill-Richards
featuring:
Northumbrian Tunes by Mountain Oyster Band
and Northwest Passage by Mike Hawkins
both from the album “The Tynewydd Sessions” recorded live at the club (2016)

Eleanor’s Dream
by Fairport Convention
from the album “50:50@50” (2017)

A Ring On Her Hand
by Old Blind Dogs
from the album “Room With A View”

Sir Patrick Spens
by Martin Carthy
from the album “Signs Of Life” (1998)

INSANELY MENTAL INSTRUMENTAL
Holding The Whippet

by Ewan Macpherson
from the album “Fetch” (2016)

Day Became You
by Ian Roland
from the EP “Day Became You” (2017)

Doggie Song
by Geoff Lakeman
from the album “After All These Years” (2016)

Dirt Dust Lorries And Noise
by Home Service
from the album “A New Ground” (2016)

For full details and links to artists’ websites, see the ShowNotes at www.folkcast.co.uk

FolkCast Last Hurrah! 2.016
30 Dec 2016 @ 10:52 am

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Music for a fiery New Year's Eve, featuring tales of drinking and ritual arson. Ring out the old, ring in the new with The Last Hurrah, from FolkCast.co.uk
and have a Happy New Year!


FolkCast Theme Music: Fisherman's Priest by Ken Nicol
Your host is Phil Widdows

Music featured:

1. Hour by Manran - from the album "An Da La - The Two Days" (released January 2017)

2. Snow Falls by Whapweasel - from the album "Festivalis" (2012)

3. Landlord by Blackbeard's Tea Party

4. Bring Us In Good Ale by Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band

5. The Stonehaven Fireballs by Life And Times

6. 100 Pipers / Rockin' All Over The World by The Red Hot Chilli Pipers

7. One Bourbon, One Scotch And One Beer by John Lee Hooker - from the album "House Of The Blues" (1960)

8. The Drinkers by Swill And The Swaggerband

9. Just The One by The Levellers / The Levellers & Bellowhead

10. Let Your Back And Sides Go Bare by Ninebarrow - from the album "Releasing The Leaves" (2016)

11. This Last Year by Krista Di Gregorio

12. New Year by 100 Mile House

13. Tar Barrel In Dale by The Unthanks

14. New Year's Day by Mary Chapin Carpenter

15. Last Day Of The Year by Reid Jamieson

16. Happy New Year by Lightnin' Hopkins - single release (1958)

17. This Year Next Year by Oysterband

18. Wee Drappie O't by Findlay Napier and The Bar Room Mountaineers

19. Glorious Year by Moulettes

20. Here Come The Bells by Eddi Reader

21. Midnight Chimes by Heavy Mellow

22. Auld Lang Syne Boogie by The Freddie Mitchell Orchestra

23. Happy New Year by Spike Jones and his City Slickers

24. The Midnight Clear by Robb Johnson & The Irregulars

25. Carol For The New Year by Nowell Sing We Clear

26. Hogmanay by Peter Nardini

27. Drinking Song and Stool Of Repentance by The Duncan McFarlane Acoustic Band

28. Happy New Year by Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass

29. The Auld Lang Syne Megamix featuring The Rock Tones - Sufjan Stevens - North Sea Gas - Barenaked Ladies -
Caribbean Island Steel Drum Troupe - John Holt - B.B. King - Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Girlschool -
Jimmy Shand - James Taylor - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

30. Closing Time (written by Leonard Cohen) by Fairport Convention - from the album "Jewel In The Crown" (1995)

FolkCast will return! Happy New Year!

For full details and links to artists’ websites, see the ShowNotes at www.folkcast.co.uk

FolkCast Festive Selection Box 2016
14 Dec 2016 @ 06:10 am

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Music, poetry and fun for a very merry Christmas and a blessed Yule!

The Christmas Goose
by Kate Rusby
From the album "The Frost Is All Over" (2015)

"Johnny's Christmas Guitar"
with Johnny Cash
from The Johnny Cash & Family Christmas TV Show (1977)

Sleigh Ride
by Sam Bush
from the album "Christmas Roots" (2013)

Standing By My Christmas Tree
by Cara Dillon
from the album "Upon A Winter's Night" (2016)

The Winter Song
by Skinner And T'Witch
single release (2016)

Infinite Space
by Eddie & Luc
from the album "Tirade" (2016)
with
"A Christmas Poem"
written and read by Jim Thielen

Christmas Pudding
by Greg Trafidlo
from the album "Folk Singular" (2005)

"Have you ever seen a million dollars?"
Judge Reinhold and Eric Lloyd
from "The Santa Clause" (1994)

The Secret Tree Of Gotham
by Hicks & Goulbourn
from the album "Immortal" (2016)

Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song)
by Jethro Tull
single release (2016)

"Santa's Little Helper"
Julie Andrews and Peter Ustinov
from "Julie's Christmas TV Special" (1973)

The Oak King Rises (Live)
by Wood, Wire & Words
FolkCast exclusive (2016)

"Christmas"
by John Betjeman, read by Robert Donat
with
Carol Medley
by Ken Nicol
from the album "Tidings" (1991)

Rejoice (O Come Emmanuel)
by Eddy Mann
single release (2016)

"It's Christmas Eve…"
Bill Murray
from "Scrooged" (1988)

There's Magic In Christmas Eve
by The Changing Room
from the EP "The Magic Of Christmas" (2016)

The World Falls In Love
by The Houghton Weavers
from the album "Christmas In Lancashire" (2016)

"December"
by Dollie Radford
Reading courtesy of Classic Poetry Aloud
with
The Holly And The Ivy
by Andrews Massey Duo
from the album "Make Merry" (2013)

The Magic Christmas Tree
by Pilgrim's Way
from the EP "Shining Gently All Around" (2011)

A Winter's Tale
by The Magnets
from the album "Christmas - The Collection" (2011)

"A Christmas Surprise…"
with The Muppets
from "Muppet Family Christmas TV Special" (1987)

#1 Record For Christmas
by Neil Diamond
from the album "Acoustic Christmas" (2016)

The Snowman's Song
by Simon Mayor & Hilary James
from the Musical Mystery Tour albums (2016)

"Snow for Christmas…"
Gracie Burns and Peter Brocco
from "Burns and Allen: Company for Christmas" (1955)

Come Mad Boys
by Telynor
from the album "Off The Beaten Track" (1992)

The Quantock Carol
by Ange Hardy
from the EP "The Quantock Carol & Mary's Robin" (2016)

By The Fireside
by Ellen And The Escapades
single release (2012)

"None of us are as young as we look these days…"
Bing Crosby and David Bowie
from "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas" (1977)

Christmas Day
by Johnnyswim
from the album "A Johnnyswim Christmas" (2014)

"Goodbye…"
Julie Andrews
from "The Sound Of Christmas TV Special" (1987)

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / The Official Brawle
by Joshua Burnell
single release (2016)

For full details and links to artists’ websites, see the ShowNotes at www.folkcast.co.uk

FolkCast Winter Storm 2016
1 Dec 2016 @ 12:24 pm

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A celebration and contemplation for the darkest season.

Produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

Hide! The Storm Is Coming
by Heg & The Wolf Chorus
from the album "Raising The Fires" (2016)

Verses (Tho Winter Comes Dreary)
by Gordon Tyrrall
from the album "A Distance From The Town" (2000)

When Winter Rides In
by Pete Shirley
from the album "Sunset Katy And 0ther Stories"(2015)

Wait For The Storm
by Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate
from the album "Invisible" (2011)

Turning Into Winter
by Jack The Lad
from the album "It's Jack The Lad" (1973)

When The Last Leaf Falls
by The Bills
from the album "Trail Of Tales" (20160

Coming Home
by K.P. Devlin
from the album "Violescent" (2014)

The Houses Of Winter
by Peter Mayer
from the album "Midwinter" (2005)

For Winter
by Pilgrim
from the EP "For Winter" (2016)

Reading: "Winter Nightfall"
by Robert Bridges
This recording is used with the permission of Classic Poetry Aloud : giving voice to the classic poetry of the past.

December
by Skippinish
from the EP "Three Latest Hits" (2015)

Same Thing Every Year
by Paul Davy
from the album "Better Late" (2015)

The Coming Winter
by Krista Detor
from the album "Barely" (2015)

How Cold The Winter
by Ida Wenøe
from the album "Time Of Ghosts" (2015)

Reading: "A Scottish Winter"
by Gavin Douglas, read by John Laurie
from the album "Poetry And Music For Winter" (2011)

Long Shadows
by Maddy Prior
from the album "Year" (2009)

Reading: Mousehole Tom
by Phil Widdows

Tom Bawcock's Eve
by Richard Trethewey
from the album "Dig Where You Stand" (2012)

To The Coast
by Gren Bartley
from the album "Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown" (2012)

Season III: The Winter Of Life
by Lady Maisery
from the album "Cycle" (2016)

The Month Of January
by Mary McPartlan
from the album "From Mountain To Mountain" (2016)

Cold Winds Blow
by Broom Bezzums
from the album "No Smaller Than The World" (2015)

Coppicing Song
by Hannah James
from the album "Jigdoll" (2016)

Long Cold Winter
by Kingfisher Blue
from the album "Til The Pond Freezes Over" (2016)

For full details and links to artists’ websites, see the ShowNotes at www.folkcast.co.uk

FolkCast 122 - Nov 2016
18 Nov 2016 @ 05:43 am

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FolkCast: the podcast that brings you the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots music.

This month we bid a fond, final "Fare Thee Well" to Babba, FolkCast's folk historian, who has died aged 60.

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

He Died With His Boots On
by The Changing Room
from the EP “Names On A Wall” (2016)

Bloodlines
by Merry Hell
from the album “Bloodlines” (2016)

Praise The Storm
by Heg & The Wolf Chorus
from the album “Raising The Fires” (2016)

The Lofty Tall Ship / Shallow Brown
by Steeleye Span
from the album “Dodgy Bastards” (2016)

SOUNDBITE: A guide to the world's folkie venues
Stanley Halls Folk Club
South Norwood, London

Speed The Plough
by John Kirkpatrick
from the album “The Ultimate Guide To English Folk” (2016)

Ramble Away
by Roger Wilson
from the album “The Ultimate Guide To English Folk” (2016)

Such A Thing As Society
by Ewan McLennan & George Monbiot
from the album “Breaking The Spell Of Loneliness” (2016)

Leather And Chrome
by Luke Jackson
from the album “Tall Tales And Rumours” (2016)

Autumn Song
by George Boomsma
from the album “George Boomsma” (2016)

The Running Tide
by Trevor Clawson
from the album “Firecracker Day” (2014)

Tribute to Babba

One Last Drink
by Enter The Haggis
from the album “Soapbox Heroes” (2006)

Meet On The Ledge (Live)
by Fairport Convention
from “The Cropredy Box” (1997)

For full details and links to artists’ websites, see the ShowNotes at www.folkcast.co.uk