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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

FolkCast's Autumn Crackler 2016
1 Sep 2016 @ 06:24 am

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FolkCast: the podcast that brings you the best from the Folkosphere

Welcome to FolkCast’s Autumn Crackler for 2016. In just under 80 minutes we’ll follow the harvest, collect wild mushrooms and visit the standing stones. We’ll celebrate All Hallow’s Eve and Bonfire Night, and join Thanksgiving. So come on, bring a basket and we’ll gather the season’s bounty in song!

Presented and produced by Phil Widdows

Harvest Home
by Spiral Dance
from the album "The Quickening" (2006)

All Among The Barley
by Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts
from the album “Shadows & Half Light” (2008)

“Killing The Corn Spirit”
from The Golden Bough by Sir James Frazer
read by “hefyd” for Librivox.org

John Barleycorn
by Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy & Paul Weller
from the album "The Imagined Village" (2007)

King Harvest
by Dave Pegg & PJ Wright
from the album “Galileo's Apology” (2006)

Imperceptible
by Locomotive Ghost
from the album "Seasons" (2014)

Mysterious Mushroom Hunter
by Radim Zenkl
from the album "Strings & Wings" (2005)
with
Mushrooms
written by Margaret Atwood

Fall
by Mind Of Max
from the album "Seasons" (2013)

La Prima Volta
by Scott McWatt
from the album “A Ceíst Amá” (2013)

The First Leaf Of Autumn
by Michael Chapman
from the album "Wrecked Again" (1972)

Autumn Song (excerpt)
by Magna Carta
from "Tomorrow Never Comes - The Anthology" (2012)

Wild, Wild Berries
by Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman
from the album "Unity" (2010)

To The Stones
by Ninebarrow
from the album “Releasing The Leaves” (2016)

"All Hallow's Eve"
read by Owen's Quest
written by Erin Morgenstern

All Hallows
by Sharron Kraus & Friends
from the album " Right Wantonly A?-?Mumming" (2007)

Hallows’ Eve
by Show Of Hands
from the album “The Long Way Home” (2015)

All Hallow’s Eve
by The Story
from the album “John Barleycorn Reborn: Rebirth” (2011)

November
by Christopher Cross
from the album “Doctor Faith” (2011)

“The Origin And Customs Of Guy Fawkes' Day”
Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson and Harry Bartell as The Host
from "The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Gunpowder Plot"
American Radio - Mutual Broadcasting System
(first broadcast: November 5th 1945)

Penny For The Guy
by Giggetty
from the album "Black Country Time" (1980)

Bonfire Night
by The Gathering Tide
from the album “The Gathering Tide” (2016)

Cold November Day
by Katy Rose Bennett
from the album “Songs Of The River Rea” (2016)

Thanksgiving Talk / Thankful
by Kristina Olsen
from the album "All Over Down Under" (2002)

Ride The Wind
by Spiral Dance
from the album "The Quickening" (2006)

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

FolkCast 121 - August 2016
19 Aug 2016 @ 06:02 am

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

Attention class! We're going on a world trip, taking in England, Scotland, Ireland, America, Australia, Spain and Germany. All aboard the FolkCast executive jet … and don't forget to bring a packed lunch (hic!).

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

We Need Each Other Now
by Merry Hell
from the forthcoming album “Bloodlines” (2016)

Here We Go Again
by Broom Bezzums
from the album “No Smaller Than The World” (2016)

The Iron Crown
by The Gathering Tide
from the forthcoming album “The Gathering Tide” (2016)

Sands Of Time
by Nigel Brown
from the album “Shadows Tall” (2016)

Do Anything
by Jake Thomas Turnbull
single release (2016)

Nighean Nan Geug
by Kaela Rowan
from the album “The Fruited Thorn” (2016)

Gaelic
by Ross & Ali
from the album “Symbiosis” (September 2016)

Going North
by Dana & Susan Robinson
from the album “The Angel’s Share” (2016)

Refugee Song
by Hannah James
from the album “Jigdoll” (2016)

Babba presents...
The Story Behind The Song
The Silver Duro by Na-MaRa
from the album “Navajos & Pirates” (2015)
...being the story of the Basque child refugees from the Spanish Civil War

A Promised Land
by Hugh Doolan
from the album “A Promised Land” (2016)

Greasy Coat
by New Road
from the album “Stone Walls & Street Lights” (2016)

I Wash Myself With A Rag On A Stick
by Kieran Towers & Charlotte Carrivick
from the album “Wolves A’Howlin’” (2016)

It’s All Downhill From Here
by The Changing Room
from the album “Picking Up The Pieces” (2016)

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

FolkCast 120 - July 2016
18 Jul 2016 @ 06:46 am

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

Out of the tangled mess of politics and world events we present an entertaining mix of music and chat. There's a focus on 'folk concept albums' and 'folk-influenced projects'. We hear from Ken Nicol about his new 'super group'. We dance with the Devil. And we meet 'the King of the 'Draulicers' in his mansion on the crag.

FolkCast is produced and presented by 'Folkie' Phil Widdows

Music featured:

This Is Why We Drink
by Danielle French
from the album “Miss Scarlett And The Madmen” (2016)

The Blantyre Explosion
by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
from the album “Paper Of Pins” (2016)

Sutherland Rag
by David J Kelly
from the album “Man And Mountain” (2015)

Helicopter
by Ian Roland and Simon Yapp
from the album “Suitcase” (2016)

Lord Gregory
by Kaela Rowan
from the album “The Fruited Thorn” (2016)

Into the Green, Pt. I: The Enchanted Wood
by Joshua Burnell
from the album “Into The Green” (2016)

Ken Nicol Interview (Part 2)

Fight The Devil
by Pagan Harvest
from the album “Pagan Harvest” (2016)

The Devil And The Farmer’s Wife
by The Georgia Shackleton Trio
from the album “The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed” (2016)

King
by The Amazing Devil
from the album “Love Run” (2016)

Charlie Chaplin
by Harp And A Monkey
from the album “War Stories” (2016)

Babba presents...
THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG
Up On Cragside by Blair Dunlop
from the album "Gilded" (2016)
…being the story of Baron Sir William Armstrong,
the Wizard of the North and the "King Of The ‘Draulicers".

Revenge-Monoghan
by Ailm
from the album “Ailm” (2016)

We Are The Foxes
by The Bookshop Band
from the album “We Are The Foxes” (2016)

Fergus Laing
by Richard Thompson
from the album “Still (Deluxe Edition)” (2015)

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

FolkCast 119 - June 2016
19 Jun 2016 @ 04:14 am

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

The Story Behind The Song turns 100 with the remarkable tale of "the man they couldn't hang', who inspired an entire album by Fairport Convention. But what happened to John "Babbacombe" Lee after he escaped from the hangman's noose? Also in this edition we chat to multi-talented musician Ken Nicol, and hear about how he has become a "guitar-slinger for hire", helping to rescue two bands' touring plans. Plus the usual diet of great new music!

FolkCast is produced and presented by Folkie Phil Widdows

Music featured:

Billy Bones
by King Courgette
from the album "King Courgette" (2016)

One More Day
by Solarference
from the album "Locks & Bolts" (2016)

The Harbour
by India McKellar
from the EP "Sable" (2016)

The Hen’s March To The Midden/The Four Poster Bed
by Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol
from the album "Close To The White Bear" (1984)

Spirit, Soul And A Handful Of Mud
by James J Turner
from the album "Spirit, Soul And A Handful Of Mud" (2016)

Ken Nicol interview - part one
featuring Princess Royal by Feast Of Fiddles
from the album "Still Live" (2007)
and
Sponge by Magna Carta
from the album "Tomorrow Never Comes" (2012)

The Jesus Army
by Ken Nicol
from the album "Things" (2015)

Selkie
by Jenny Sturgeon
from the album "From The Skein" (2016)

Louise
by Andrew John & Lissa
from the album "At Home" (2016)

Five Years Old
by Hot Tamale
single (2016)

The Story Behind The Song 100!
Hanging Song
by Fairport Convention
from the album "Babbacombe Lee" (1971)
Being the full story of John 'Babbacombe' Lee,
alias "The Man They Couldn't Hang"!

Up On Cragside
by Blair Dunlop
from the album "Gilded" (2016)

Happy Outcome
by Alma
from the album "Varieties" (2016)

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

FolkCast Summer Sizzler 2016
1 Jun 2016 @ 06:50 am

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

The Summer Sizzler 2016: Jump in and take a ride through more than an hour of superb sounds to keep you sizzling all summer long…

FolkCast is produced and presented by Folkie Phil Widdows

Music featured:

First Day Of Summer
by King Courgette
from the album "King Courgette" (2016)

In The Summertime
by Erik Johnson
from the album "In The Summertime" (2009)

A Surfer Courted Me
by Martha Tilston And The Woods
from the album "Ropeswing" (2005)

Sunshine
by Jimmy Lee Morris
from the album "Wilderness Wood" (2016)

It's A Barbecue Day
by Wood, Wire & Words
from the album "It's A Barbecue Day" (2015)

On Holiday In Stornaway
by Ken Nicol
from the album "Thirteen Reasons" (2011)

Beach House
by Bluebird Avenue
from the EP "Bag Of Animals" (2013)

Moonlight And Gold
by Rab Noakes
from the album "I'm Walkin' Here" (2016)

Fly Higher
by Ross Ainslie
from the album "Remembering" (2015)

If You Can't Land Her On The Old Verandah
by Hot Fingers
from the album "Fellside At 40 - The Journey Continues" (2016)

Blackberry Crisp
by Genevieve And The Wild Sundays
from the album "Fine Line" (2016)

Summer Sands
by James Filkins
from the album "Summer Sands And Sleeping Bears" (2012)
plus
"Life's A Beach" (written by Phil Widdows)

Skimming Stones
by Jacanda
from the album "Skimming Stones" (2009)

Sometimes At Sunset
by Helen Chadwick
from the album "Fragments Of Love" (2015)

Down In The Valley
by Rusty Shackle
from the album "Dusk" (2016)

O For Summer
by Clive Palmer
from the album "All Roads Lead To Land" (2005)

The Longest Day
by Kris Drever
from the album "If Wishes Were Horses" (2016)

Summer Skin
by Amy Cook
from the EP "Summer Skin Sampler" (2012)

Corn Jenny
by Talis Kimberley
from the album "Cloth Of Gold" (2016)

Campervan Song
by Jimmy Lee Morris
from the album "Wilderness Wood" (2016)

Home
by Darwin's Daughter
Single Release (2016)

August Leaves
by Carol Laula
from the album "The Bones Of It" (2016)

"You know it's summer when … the FolkCast Summer Sizzler hits your podcatcher!"

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

FolkCast 118 - May 2016
15 May 2016 @ 04:15 am

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

Get down (Shep!) with a selection of the latest folkie sounds, plus an Eastern European excursion for some brilliant new releases.

FolkCast is produced and presented by Folkie Phil Widdows

Music featured:

Death And The Maiden
by Nuala Kennedy
from the album "Behave The Bravest" (2016)

Don't Look Back, Don't Look Down
by Rusty Shackle
from the album "Dusk" (2016)

All Hang Down
by Jon Boden
digital release (2016)

Down Down Down
by Genevieve And The Wild Sundays
from the album "Fine Line" (2016)

Matches In The Wind
by Steve Pledger
download single (2016)

There's No Postcard For This Town
by Adam Beattie
from the album "The Road Not Taken" (2016)

Sending Out Fires
by David Ian Roberts
from the EP "Sending Out Fires" (2016)

Bonnie Ship The Diamond
by Long Lankin
from the album "All Seven Stars" (2016)

Paces
by Our Little Nell
digital single (2016)

Lovely Molly
by Gillian Frame
from the album "Pendulum" (2016)

Babba presents...
The Story Behind The Song
"Tolpuddle Man" by Graham Moore
from the album "Tolpuddle Man" (1995)
also featuring:
Captain Swing by Brian Denny from "Voice & Vision" (2014)
Dorsetshire Hornpipe by Bob Cann from "West Country Melodeon" (1975)
...being the story of the Swing Riots and The Tolpuddle Martyrs, heroes of the trade union movement

The Owslebury Lads
by The Foxglove Trio
from the album "These Gathered Branches" (2015)

Orsa
by Tuulikki Barosik
from the album "Storied Sounds" (2016)

Po Vijne Krushqit / Gankino Horo
by Paul Chamberlain & Michael Haywood
from the album "First Impression" (2016)

Plon
by St Nicholas Orchestra
from the album "Mode & Code" (2016)

Good Times Will Come Again
by Megson
from the album "Good Times Will Come Again" (2016)

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