Blog Profile / BBC Folk Blog with Mike Harding


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Archived Since:September 10, 2008

Blog Post Archive

My top ten albums of 2010

Well, 2010 is drawing to a close and, I'm sorry to say, so is this blog. We hope to replace it with some more folky content in the future, but in the meantime I want to say "thank you" thanks to all of you for reading, and thanks toShow More Summary

Life after the Young Folk Award: Siobhan Miller

Since 1998, the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award has been nurturing promising young performers and equipping them with skills and knowledge to begin forging a career in music. Previous winners have included Tim van Eyken, Bodega and Megan...Show More Summary

On tour with Heidi and family

Guest blogger, Heidi Talbot, writes: "Hello again! I'm writing this in our new house, surrounded by boxes, again! Since my last blog, John and I have moved house, got married and finished the first leg of The Last Star tour. We thought...Show More Summary

Heidi Talbot on making The Last Star

Guest blogger Heidi Talbot writes: "I am sat in my flat in Edinburgh among half packed boxes and baby gear. Myself and John (McCusker) are moving house just before we start The Last Star tour. Very excited and very busy! The Last Star is my new record and I'm really looking forward to the tour and singing the new songs. Show More Summary

Remembering Hamish Imlach

We've been listening to quite a bit of the late, great Scottish entertainer Hamish Imlach in the folk office recently. Hamish's daughter Fiona Imlach is making his autobiography (which he co-wrote with Ewan McVicar) available again,Show More Summary

Backstage at Cambridge with Kathy Mattea and Natalie Merchant

Way back in the mists of time I left Manchester behind and set off with a BBC film crew for the Appalachian Mountains of America to cycle along the Appalachian Trail. Not actually on the Trail, I have to add, but along the roads that...Show More Summary

Mystery Sandy Denny song found - can you help?

Right, thinking caps on, we've got a little teaser for you... Andrew Batt is a mine of information when it comes to the tragically short career of the great Sandy Denny, but he's been stumped recently by a recording of Sandy singingShow More Summary

Brampton Live 2010 is cancelled

Bad news for folkies in the North West and beyond: Brampton Live 2010 has been cancelled. The event, held near Carlisle for 15 years, was due to feature The Unthanks, Jim Moray, Jez Lowe and lots more. According to a statement from Brampton's...Show More Summary

New clips in the Folk Vault

Just a quick post to draw your attention to the fine new batch of archive tracks in the Folk Vault. This month's selection all come from sessions recorded specially for Mike's show during the 'noughties'. We've got North Uist's finest...Show More Summary

Ethiopia by Rachel Unthank - Part 1

Rachel Unthank writes: In February, two days after the Folk Awards, I was lucky enough to take part in the latest Africa Express trip to Ethiopia. Africa Express was started by Damon Albarn and Ian Birrell who along with a collective of like minded  people aim to promote African music. Show More Summary

Martin Simpson on Levon Helm & Hedy West

Martin Simpson writes: Having listened to The Band last week in the car, I spent much of the weekend being demolition and re-build man at home. My road manager, Terry, and I achieved lots to the accompaniment of Levon Helm's recent CD,...Show More Summary

Martin Simpson on Driving

Martin Simpson writes: Here we go again!I've been having my usual conversations with Martin Taylor recently, which can reliably find at least one of us driving. In the brief period when I travelled on trains I would encounter Martin Carthy, indeed I talked to Martin more in transit than at any other time until we worked together. Show More Summary

Sam Carter's Unsung Heroes

It is interesting - although not surprising - that the most widely lauded guitarists in folk music are all accompanists. Although they have all recorded wonderful instrumental guitar pieces, the likes of Nic Jones, Martin Simpson and Martin Carthy are, in the main, revered for the way they use the guitar to provide the musical backdrop to songs. Show More Summary

Jon Boden on Song Parodies

Jon Boden writes: I heard the best folk song parody ever at Sidmouth. Its author, John Kirkpatrick, sang it but I can't remember what it's called and I don't know whether he's recorded it. I was too busy convulsing in hysterics to memorise...Show More Summary

Karine Responds To Email Complaint

Karine Polwart writes: I received an email today from someone who'd come to one of my gigs and, it seems, had a pretty rotten time. The reason? Bad songs? Bad sound? Bad performance? All of these would be perfectly understandable. I don't expect everyone to like what I do. And everyone is entitled to their own tastes. Show More Summary

John Jones Blog - Part 2

John Jones writes: It's time to get the boots out again and let the walking do the talking. I remember what it was I so enjoyed on the first part of the tour, as well as the company and the landscape...that feeling of being free of anxiety. Show More Summary

Joe Henwood on Technicality vs Creativity

Joe Henwood writes: "Forget about Genres, there's just good songs and bad songs" - Steve Knightley What makes a song memorable? What makes a musician inspirational? And who decides which genre is which? For me a good musician finds the balance between technicality and creativity. Show More Summary

Darwin Song Project - Rachael McShane

Rachael McShane writes:"I've been enjoying the looks on people's faces on telling them I've just spent a week in a 16th Century farmhouse in rural Shropshire writing songs about Charles Darwin! I must admit, in the run up to the project I was beginning to wonder what I'd let myself in for. Show More Summary

Folk Music at the Royal Albert Hall!

One of the artists appearing at the Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London this Wednesday will be Reg Meuross. He'll be sharing the stage alongside the likes of Fairport Convention, and Kate Rusby and I'm really looking forward to seeing him live; it will be my first time. Show More Summary

Fairport Convention Tour Diary Blog - Part 3

Ric Sanders of Fairport Convention writes: One really nice thing about the van is that it gets you to the gigs. Another really other nice thing about it is our driver Mick Peters. To just call him a van driver doesn't begin to do him...Show More Summary

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