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FolkCast 143 - 20 January 2018
20 Jan 2018 @ 05:18 am

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

Who gives a fox for folk? We do! FolkCast puts out the call for your favourite live performers, the ones who not only play great music but also put on a good show, the ones who go the extra yard, the ones who tell stories, share a joke, and actually engage with the paying punters. Get in touch by email and tell the world about your favourites.

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

Theme Music: Fisherman's Priest by Ken Nicol

Music featured:

The Intro…
OVER AGAIN
by Stick In The Wheel
from the album “Follow Them True” (2018)

NEW YEAR MORNING
by Sandtimer
Single release (2018)

NEW BEGINNINGS
by Sarah McQuaid
from the album “If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous” (2 February 2018)

DARK DAYS AND HEYS / TAMPERED TWILIGHT
by Spiral Dance
from the album “Land And Legend” (2017)

Story Behind My Song
BLOODFOX
by Talitha Rise
from the album “The Abandoned Orchid House” (February 2018)

REYNARDINE
by Red Shoes
from the album “It Isn’t Over Yet” (2017)

THE FOX / BLACKBIRD SCHOTTISCHE
by Methera
from the album “Vortex” (2016)

THE FOX
by Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer
from the album “The Whole Charade” (2018)

FINDING HOME
by Luke Jackson
from the album “Solo Duo Band” (9 February 2018)

THE BLIND FIDDLER / GALWAY FARMER
by Show Of Hands
from the album “As You Were” (2004)

The Insanely Mental Instrumental
DICK’S MAGGOT / HARE’S MAGGOT
by Purcell’s Polyphonic Party
from the album “Purcell’s Polyphonic Party: An Invitation To Dance” (2017)

THE TAROT DECK
by Nic Norton & The County Band
from the EP “Brief Lives” (2018)

… And The Outro
AS I ROVED OUT
by Stick In The Wheel
from the album “Follow Them True” (2018)

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

FolkCast 142 - 6 January 2018
6 Jan 2018 @ 12:01 pm

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Welcome to the start of a Happy New Year of the latest and greatest from the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots music

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

Music featured:

The Intro…
BOSTON CITY
by Damien O’Kane
from the album “Avenging & Bright” (2018)
http://damienokane.co.uk

WISHING WELL
by Skipinnish
Single release (2017)
https://www.skipinnish.com

ANSWER THE KNOCK AT THE DOOR
by Zoe Mulford
from the album “Small Brown Birds” (2018)
http://zoemulford.com

The Story Behind My Song
THE SONG O’ THE CLYDE
by Amelia Jocelyn
from the album “Bonnie Songs From The West Of Scotland” (2017)
http://www.ameliajocelyn.com

TOM IN THE FRONT
by Peatbog Faeries
from the album “Live @ 25” (2017)
http://www.peatbogfaeries.com

DH’FHALBH MO RUN AIR AN AISEIG
by Maeve Mackinnon
from the album “Strì” (2018)
https://www.maevemackinnon.com

INTRODUCTION / SWEET LOVING FRIENDSHIP
by The Transports
from the album “The Transports: A Tale Of Exile And Migration” (2017)
http://www.thetransportsproduction.co.uk

HORIZONTO
by Ben Robertson
from the EP “North”
benrobertsonmusic.bandcamp.com

THE BREEZY SUMMER AIR
by Helen Dorothy
from the album “Light Time & Sound”
http://www.helendorothy.com

The Story Behind The Song
FREMINGTON BEACH
by Greg Hancock
from the album “A303”
http://www.greghancockmusic.com

REASONS FOR WAITING
by Honeyfeet
and
TIME OF THE SEASON
by Jackie Oates
and
MOONCHILD
by The Naked King
from the album “The Self Preservation Society” (2018)
https://www.eccrecords.co.uk/product/the-self-preservation-society/

LO AND BEHOLD
by Minnie Birch
from the album “Tethered” (2017)
http://www.minniebirch.co.uk

TRIP TO SKYE / BRETON AN DRO / THA CAT AND THE CAPO
by Spoil The Dance
from the album “Fairer Skies” (2017)
http://www.spoilthedance.com

…and The Outro
DANCING IN PUDDLES
by Damien O’Kane
from the album “Avenging & Bright” (2018)
http://damienokane.co.uk

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

FolkCast 2017 Selection Box
16 Dec 2017 @ 12:01 pm

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

THIS EDITION: A marvellously magical mix of music for a merry Christmas and a cool Yule!

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

Music featured:

IT'S ONLY CHRISTMAS TIME
by Kludo White
from the album “The Christmas Album” (2012)

WINTER ECLIPSE
by Beta Radio
from the album “The Songs The Season Brings Vol 1-4” (2015)

CHRISTMAS LITE
by Milton Hide
Single release (2017)

The Biggest Santa Claus Of All…
1950s Radio Advertisement

TOO MANY SANTAS
by Maxwell, Miranda, Parsley
from the album “Catskill Christmas” (2016)

CHRISTMAS IS CALLING
by Julia P
Single release (2017)

“Eggnog! Certainly!”
An excerpt from Christmas Eve (1986)

A BIT OF MAGIC
by Daniel Nestlerode
Single release

I WATCH THE SNOW
by Daria Kulesh
from the EP “Vasilisa” (2017)

TO THE ANGELS OUT THERE
by Rebecca Hosking
Single release (2017)

“I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess…”
An excerpt from A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

HERE COMES CHRISTMAS
by Davidson/MacFarlane
Single release (2015)

I DON’T WANT AN IPAD… (I JUST WANT WORLD PEACE)
by Skinner & T’Witch
Single release (2017)

MIDNIGHT MASS, CHRISTMAS EVE
by The Citizen (aka Ken O’Duffy)
Single release (2017)

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME
by Jimmy Lee Morris
Single release (2017)

Christmas Day In The Workhouse
recited by Ed Asner
An excerpt from “The Gathering” (1977)

CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE MORNING
by Canny Fettle
from the album “Still Gannin' Canny” (2016)

“I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year!”
Sir Seymour Hicks
An excerpt from Scrooge (1935)

CHRISTMAS MORNING / SCROOGE’S CHANGE OF HEART
by GreenMatthews
from the album “A Christmas Carol - A Folk Opera”

THOUGHT OF SNOW
by Neil Thomson and Gerry Cambridge
from the album "Shore Crab" (2016)

AND IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN
by Rich Krueger
Single release (2017)

SNOW
by Sleeping At Last
from the album “Christmas Collection Vol 1” (2017)

SEASON’S BRIGHT
by Robert Land and Emily Ewing
Single release (2017)

It's O! To Be In Devon At The Merry Christmas Time /
CHRISTMAS BELLS
by Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll
from the album “The Songs Of Edward Capern” (2017)

"Hello, Bedford Falls! Merry Christmas!"
An excerpt from It's A Wonderful Life (1947)

DOWN AT THE BILLET ON BOXING DAY
by The Stoned Cherries
from the album “Baked In A Pie” (2017)

PIPER AT CAPHEATON
by Devils Water
from the album “Treading The Marches” (2017)

THE BOAR'S HEAD
by KIVA
from the album "Yuletide" (2014)

DECK THE HALLS
by Andrews Massey Duo
from the album “Make Merry” (2013)

“If this is their idea of Christmas, I gotta be here for New Year's!”
An excerpt from Die Hard (1988)

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

Merry Christmas!

FolkCast 141 - 2 December 2017
2 Dec 2017 @ 01:04 am

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

THIS EDITION: An unofficial theme of Sisterhood develops throughout the show.
Folkie sisters are doing it for themselves! And the brothers join in the fun, too.

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

Music featured:

The Intro...
INNER SANCTUARY
by Ross Ainsley
from the album “Sanctuary” (2017)

COLD HAILY WINDY NIGHT
by Fish Out Of Water
from the EP “Hares On The Mountain” (2017)

THE BLOOD OF THE HUNT
by The Warp/The Weft
from the album “Mapping An Absense” (2017)

THE BIRD IN THE BUSH
by Said The Maiden
from the album “Here’s A Health” (2017)

SISTERS THREE
by Ange Hardy
from the album “Bring Back Home” (2017)

BOLD RILEY
by Peter Knight’s Gigspanner
from the album “The Wife of Urban Law” (2017)

The Story Behind My Song
Cheryl York tells us about...
TINKERBOROUGH
by Thomson & York
from the album “Circle Of Life” (2017)

VASILISA
by Daria Kulesh
Single release (2017)
VIDEO

SPHAGNUM MASS FOR A DEAD QUEEN
by Karine Palwart
from the album “A Pocket Of Wind Resistance” (2017)

I WAS A YOUNG MAN
by Martin Carthy
from the album “Shearwater” (1972 - re-released 2017)

PINCH OF SNUFF
by Five Hand Reel
from the album “Earl O’Moray” (1978 - re-released 2017)

CITY' CRY
by Shelagh McDonald
from the album “Stargazer” (1971 - re-released 2017)

The Story Behind My Song
Greg Hancock tells us about…
JONI MITCHELL'S GUITAR
by Greg Hancock
from the album “A303” (2017)

LOVE ME LIKE A ROCK
by The Wailin’ Jennys
from the album “Fifteen” (2018)

The Story Behind My Song
Ffion Mair tells us about…
BRANWEN
by The Foxglove Trio
from the album “Distant Havens” (2017)

… And The Outro
ESCAPING GRAVITY
by Ross Ainsley
from the album “Sanctuary” (2017)

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

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FolkCast 140 - 18 Nov 2017
18 Nov 2017 @ 03:28 am

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

THIS EDITION: A 2017 retrospective - more music from releases we've featured this year.

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

Music featured:

GYPSY LADDIE
by The Rachel Hamer Band
from the album “Hard Ground” (2017)

IF YOU WERE A MOUNTAIN
by Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer
from the album “Marble Town” (2017)

OLD GLORY BLUES
by Neil McSweeney
from the album “A Coat Worth Wearing” (2017)

NEVERTHELESS
by Old Blind Dogs
from the album “A Room With A View” (2017)

Story Behind My Song
NO SING
by Chris Tye
from the album “Stronger In Numbers” (2017)

PASSING ON THE LOVE
by The Roving Crows
from the album “Bury Me Naked” (2017)

HAND THAT FEEDS YOU
by Keston Cobblers Club
from the album “Almost Home” (2017)

The Insanely Mental Instrumental
DIS FOUND HARMONIUM
by The Hut People
from the album “Routes” (2017)

THE DINNER BELL
by Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll
from the album “The Songs Of Edward Capern” (2017)

Story Behind My Song
RUN
by Roxanne de Bastion
from the album “Heirlooms & Hearsay” (2017)

IN THE MORNING
by Sam Airey
from the album “In Darkened Rooms”

WESTERN APPROACHES
by Steamchicken
from the album “Look Both Ways” (2017)

THE RUGGED SAILOR SET
by The Twisted Twenty
from the album “The Twisted Twenty” (2017)

TAKE ME HOME
by Jimmy Lee Morris
from the album “Gallery” (2017)

HUGHIE GRAEME
by Devils Water
from the album “Treading The Marches” (2017)

TWO RECRUITIN’ SERGEANTS
by Auld Hat New Heids
from the album “Auld Hat New Heids Vol 1” (2017)

DING DONG DOLLAR
by Findlay Napier / Glasgow Song Guild
from the album “Shake The Chains” (2017)

THIS OLD LIFE
by The Deadly Winters
from the album “Ravynstoun” (2017)

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

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FolkCast 139 - 04 Nov 2017
3 Nov 2017 @ 02:52 am

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

THIS EDITION: A whale of a show! We meet a British naval hero who wasn’t Lord Nelson; hear topical songs about tragedies averted; and play songs that put the “FUN” into funeral. We get Insanely Mental with an Underground Instrumental, and we find out what happens when you mix bluegrass with thrash metal to create a folkie Frankenstein’s monster! All that, and Stories Behind two Songs recorded just for us by the people who wrote them.

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

Music featured:

The Intro…
GREENLAND WHALE
by Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys
from the album “Pretty Peggy” (2017)

ADMIRAL BENBOW
by John Dory
from the album “Street Songs” (1996)
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BRAVE BENBOW
by Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp
from the album “The Poacher's Fate” (2017)

The Story Behind My Song
Jon Bennett tells us about…
THE SINGER
by Moonrakers
from the album “Tides” (2017)

ADRIFT, ADRIFT
by Rosie Hood
from the album “The Beautiful & The Actual” (2017)

DARK WATER
by The Young ‘Uns
from the album “Strangers” (2017)

The Insanely Mental Instrumental
MIND THE GAP
by Assembly Lane
from the album “Northbound” (2017)

THUNDERHEAD
by The Native Howl
from the album “Thrash Grass” (2017)

FINAL ARRANGEMENTS
by The Stoned Cherries
from the album “Baked In A Pie” (2017)

I WISH I WAS IN HEAVEN SITTING DOWN and A NEW ROAD
by Mark T.
from the album “From Blues To Rembetika” (2017)

QUIET GIANT
by Emma Langford
from the album “Quiet Giant” (2017)

The Story Behind My Song
Ian Churchward tells of the mystery of...
THE DUBLIN KING
by The Legendary Ten Seconds
from the album “Murray And Blue” (2017)

THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN
by Leatherat
from the album “Garden Of Eden” (2007)
Leatherat play their final gig on December 16 2017

JOHNNY SANDS
by Peter Fergus McClelland
from the album “The Turn Of The Tide” (2017)

…and The Outro
THE ROSE
by Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys
from the album “Pretty Peggy” (2017)

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

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FolkCast Blast 007 - 28 Oct 17
28 Oct 2017 @ 05:08 am

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

THIS EDITION: A short sharp blast of new singles and releases that wouldn't fit into our regular show.

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows. FolkCast Theme Music: Fisherman's Priest by Ken Nicol

Music featured:

WILLOW BABY
by
Tara Velarde

FOR YOUR HEALTH
by
Edan Laniado

SECRET
by
Circumnavigate

THE AGEING SECRET AGENT
by
Skinner & T'Witch

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

FolkCast 138 - 21 Oct 2017
21 Oct 2017 @ 03:31 am

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

THIS EDITION: We make a return trip to Glasgow, we’ve a trio of Hallowe'en treats, we have three guests dropping by to tell us the Stories Behind Their Songs, and we take a squint at interesting and topical new recordings from the USA.

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

Music featured:

The Intro…
ROLL IN MY SWEET BABY’S ARMS
by Dan Walsh & Alistair Anderson
from the album “Right At Home: Live At Mount Hooley” (2017)

OVERTURNED BOAT
by Dusty Cut
from the album “Hawaii” (2017)

CAPE CORNWALL
by Jupiter Owls
from the album “The Fallow Cry Of The Jupiter Owls” (2017)

THE STORY BEHIND MY SONG
THE DEAR GREEN PLACE
by Alan Reid and Rob van Sante
from the album “The Dear Green Place” (2017)

THE STORY BEHIND MY SONG
YOUNG GOTHS IN THE NECROPOLIS
by Findlay Napier
from the album “Glasgow” (2017)

BREATH YOU IN
by Ashton Lane
Single release (2017)

OVER THE FIELDS
by Blue Rose Code
from the album “The Water Of Leith” (2017)

SEARCHING FOR LAND
by Lucy Kitchen
from the album “Sun To My Moon” (2017)

FORFARSHIRE (featuring Steve Knightley)
by Kirsty Merryn
from the album “She & I” (2017)

THE STORY BEHIND MY SONG
LANDLORD
by Jim Page
from the album “A Handful Of Songs” (2017)\

WALK TOGETHER
by Hot Tamale
Single release (2017)

HOLDING ON TO ME
by Lane Norberg
from the EP “Under The Trees” (2017)

THE WHITE WITCH
by Heg & The Wolf Chorus
from the album “Raising The Fires” (2016)

WITCHES FLIGHT
by The Stoned Cherries
from the album “Baked In A Pie” (2017)

HALLOWEEN
by Skinner And T’Witch
from the album “The Fool’s Journey” (2017)

… and The Outro
THE ROAD TO THE NORTH / LASSES PASS THE BRANDY
by Dan Walsh & Alistair Anderson
from the album “Right At Home: Live At Mount Hooley” (2017)

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

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FolkCast 137 - 07 Oct 2017
7 Oct 2017 @ 12:52 pm

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

THIS EDITION: Brand new scrumpings from the FolkCast orchard which is groaning under the weight of this season’s fruity folk, ripe folk-rock, scrumptious singer-songwriter and rather tasty roots type music. We sing songs of trees, of gallows trees, of pirates and highwaymen.

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows. WEBSITE: www.folkcast.co.uk

Music featured:

The Intro…
TAKE THE POWER BACK
by Bob Hillary & The Massive Mellow
from the album “Simplify” (2017)
http://www.bobhillary.com

THE TREE
by Marek Dusil Blend
from the EP “Raw” (2017)
https://www.reverbnation.com/marekdusilblend
UK gig 26 Oct 2017: https://www.thegladpub.co.uk/events

PLANE TREE
by Banter
from the album “Yes” (2017)
http://www.banter.band

DANCE AROUND THE GALLOWS TREE
by Magpie Lane
from the album “Three Quarter Time” (2017)
http://www.magpielane.co.uk

POOR WILL AND THE JOLLY HANGMAN
by Richard Thompson
from the album “Acoustic Rarities” (2017)
http://www.richardthompson-music.com

PEGGY AND THE SOLDIER
by Peter Knight’s Gigspanner
from the album “The Wife Of Urban Law” (2017)
http://www.gigspanner.com

The Story Behind My Song
TREACHERY AT THE BLUE ANCHOR
by Trouble At Mill
from the album “Brindle Ballads” (2017)
https://www.troubleatmill.com

SAUCY BOLD ROBBER
by Pilgrims’ Way
from the album “Stand And Deliver” (2017)
http://www.pilgrims-way.net

PIRATE GOLD
by Skullthuggery
from the album “Oh No! Not More Songs About Pirates!” (2017)
http://www.destructors.co.uk/buy/4571969932/skullthuggery-by-skullthuggery/8798714

The Insanely Mental Instrumental
THE FIRST STRAW
by Ken Nicol
from the album “Days Of Reason” (2017)
https://kennicol.com

THE BANKS OF SWEET PRIMROSES
by Blackthorn Band
from the album “Hobgoblin Music: 40 Years” (2017)

The Story Behind My Song
LULLABYE
by James Parkin
from the album “My Cure” (2017)
http://jamesparkinmusic.com/

WHO’S GOING TO HOLD YOUR HAND?
by Hope In High Water
from the album “Never Settle” (2017)
https://www.hopeinhighwater.com

IT ISN’T OVER YET
by Red Shoes
from the album “It Isn’t Over Yet” (2017)
http://www.redshoes-music.com/index.html

THE JANUARY GIRL
by The Foxglove Trio
from the album "Distant Havens" (2017)
http://www.thefoxglovetrio.co.uk

…The Outro
LET THE MOMENT HIT YOU GENTLY
by Bob Hillary & The Massive Mellow
from the album “Simplify” (2017)
http://www.bobhillary.com

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

FolkCast 136 - 23 Sept 2017
23 Sep 2017 @ 02:13 am

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

THIS EDITION: Help yourself to another collection of tangy and tasty choice pickings from the musical buffet that we call 'folk'.

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows. WEBSITE: www.folkcast.co.uk

Music featured:

THE INTRO…
Ravynstoun
by The Deadly Winters
from the album “Ravynstoun” (2017)

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A303 (Radio Edit)
by Greg Hancock
from the album “A303” (2017)

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The One Man Folk Band
by Neil Brophy
Single release (2017)

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Lean On Me Love
by Merry Hell
from the EP “Come On, England” (2017)

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Building Ships
by Findlay Napier
from the album “Shake The Chains” (2017)

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THE STORY BEHIND MY SONG
Little Piece Of Tin
by Andy Harding
from the album “Tuesday Night Troubadour” (2017)

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The Dear Green Place
by Alan Reid and Rob van Sante
from the album “The Dear Green Place” (2017)

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THE STORY BEHIND MY SONG
Love & Freedom
by New Celeste
from the album “A Perfect Sky” (2016)
also single release (2017)

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THE INSANELY MENTAL INSTRUMENTAL
Friggin’ Polska
by Frigg
from the album “Frost On Fiddles” (2017)

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Ocean Of The Free
by Skippinish
from the album “The Seventh Wave” (2017)

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THE STORY BEHIND MY SONG
Joyce
by Thursday’s Child
from the album “Carry My Thoughts” (2016)

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Windwhistle Hill
by Alison & Jack
from the album “Adzooks!” (2017)

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Be Someone Better
by Dougal’s Jumper
Single release (2017)

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Cable Street
by The Young ‘Uns
from the album “Strangers” (2017)

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…AND THE OUTRO
The Day We Went To War
by The Deadly Winters
from the album “Ravynstoun” (2017)

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