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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

Fisherman's Friends' incredible year

Our guest blogger this week is Jon Cleave from the Fisherman's Friends. Jon writes: "Getting a telephone call one Sunday morning from a record producer must be the stuff of dreams for many an aspiring pop star, but not for me. I wasShow More Summary

Georgina Boyes - A Challenge To Be Merry!

a href="">Georgina Boyes writes: "I love a carol" said Vaughan Williams - and if you enjoy singing, you'll probably agree with him. For me there's something extra special about joining in with a song in season. Show More Summary

Something to sing about

Guest blogger Georgina Boyes, writes: "On the 4th December, I’ll be having a small celebration. And if you enjoy English traditional music, you might like to join in. Why? On that day in December 1903, a (then) relatively unknown composer collected his first folksong. Show More Summary

Life after the Young Folk Award: Jeana Leslie

Past winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Miller, are our bloggers this week. Here's Jeana: "Friday 7 December 2007 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was where it all began for myself and Siobhan, when we were announced the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners for 2008. Show 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

Julie Fowlis on collaborating with Fisherman's Friends

Guest blogger Julie Fowlis writes: One of the best things about being a professional and touring traditional musician is the fact that any given two days are never the same. One minute you can be onstage with your regular bandmates,Show More Summary

Folk Music - A Broad Church

One of the things I like most about the folk scene / folk world, call it what you will – is that it is a very broad church. At one end of the musical spectrum you have unaccompanied traditional singers such as Lar Cann and Peta Webb,...Show More Summary

Bellowhead's Sam on recording at Abbey Road

In this week's programme, Mike is joined by Jon Boden for an hour dedicated to the folk phenomenon that is Bellowhead. Sam Sweeney from the band has done his bit too, writing a blog post for us: "On the eve of the launch it seems incredible that it's already half a year since we went into Abbey Road to record Hedonism. Show More Summary

Gabrielle Drake on Robert Kirby

If, like us, you’ve loved the music left behind by Nick Drake, then the beautiful compositions of the late Robert Kirby will also hold a special place in your heart. His sensitive and evocative string and brass arrangements for suchShow 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

All Along The Wall with Jez Lowe

Guest blogger, Jez Lowe, writes: "As I drove across the bleak landscape of Northumberland last January, through a darkness that only true rural isolation can boast, I was thinking, not for the first time, of the people from a far-off...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

Belshazzar's Blog Post

Guest blogger, Paul Sartin of Belshazzar's Feast, writes: "As Paul Hutchinson has suddenly and conveniently disappeared into the wilds of western France (with the Belshazzar's Feast chequebook and my mother) it has fallen upon me to blog about our recent escapades and other such fascinating ephemera and tittle-tattle. 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

Exclusive live track from Show of Hands

Show Of Hands are quite possibly the hardest-working acoustic roots outfit in Britain. Originally conceived as a duo, songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer have built a huge following over the years, releasing ten studio albums and selling out countless gigs. Show More Summary

Exclusive live track from The Burns Unit

The Burns Unit are an eclectic Scottish-Canadian 'supergroup' featuring some familiar faces including Karine Polwart and Kenny 'King Creosote' Anderson. Emma Pollock, Future Pilot AKA, MC Soom T, Michael Johnston, Kim Edgar and Mattie...Show More Summary

See you next year...

Well the festival is winding down now - people are streaming out of Cherry Hinton on foot and on bicycle after four days and nights of great music, and we too are winding down. The last bits of music are being spliced into the programme...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

Cambridge, Morrissey and 5,000 morris dancers...

Some of you may already know the work of David Owen, the 'Official Artist' of the Cambridge Folk Festival. The image here - 'Morrissey Dancing' - is one of his most typical images, and expresses more than anything else his dry sense of whimsy. Show More Summary

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