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Our main aim is to entertain and alert our listeners to talented artists who would not otherwise have a platform. They all perform regularly at folk clubs and festivals, the music is a mix of traditional and original songs. We love people for whom the music really matters, who channel passion, energy and commitment into their art. We also want to educate. Some of our featured artists have vast experience in the workings and organisation of the folk music world. We want to tap into their knowledge so we can share it with our listeners.

Our main aim is to entertain and alert our listeners to talented artists who would not otherwise have a platform. They all perform regularly at folk clubs and festivals, the music is a mix of traditional and original songs. We love people for whom the music really matters, who channel passion, energy and commitment into their art. We also want to educate. Some of our featured artists have vast experience in the workings and organisation of the folk music world. We want to tap into their knowledge so we can share it with our listeners.
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Location:

Bedford, Bedfordshire

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Our main aim is to entertain and alert our listeners to talented artists who would not otherwise have a platform. They all perform regularly at folk clubs and festivals, the music is a mix of traditional and original songs. We love people for whom the music really matters, who channel passion, energy and commitment into their art. We also want to educate. Some of our featured artists have vast experience in the workings and organisation of the folk music world. We want to tap into their knowledge so we can share it with our listeners.

Language:

English


Episodes

Catherine Earnshaw & storywheel at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

7/25/2018
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Catherine Earnshaw has previously performed as an unaccompanied singer, here she collaborates with storywheel and together they perform folk songs of the British Isles. Catherine's beautiful emotive vocals float over music that mixes Middle East and North African influences. Storywheel (aka Keith Clouston, formerly of Transglobal Underground) creates the atmosphere with Oud (Arab lute), voice, percussion and occasional drones. From 1996-2013 Keith worked first as musician and later as...

Duration:00:51:57

Catherine Earnshaw & storywheel at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

7/25/2018
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Catherine Earnshaw has previously performed as an unaccompanied singer, here she collaborates with storywheel and together they perform folk songs of the British Isles. Catherine's beautiful emotive vocals float over music that mixes Middle East and North African influences. Storywheel (aka Keith Clouston, formerly of Transglobal Underground) creates the atmosphere with Oud (Arab lute), voice, percussion and occasional drones. From 1996-2013 Keith worked first as musician and later as...

Duration:01:12:39

Invisible Folk Club Radio - Podcast Episode No2

7/18/2018
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Each month we'll select a past Invisible Folk Club radio show to air on the podcast channel. Jon Bickley curates and presents the show. Nothing in the broad church of folk related music is off limits. On our podcast channel you'll find the radio shows where the songs might be longer, where the music is allowed to stretch and breathe. Maybe something a little more challenging. We know our podcast listeners have the time, space and inclination to play the long game, to allow something to...

Duration:01:00:19

John & Mary Maw at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

7/14/2018
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Jon Bickley hosts a session with John & Mary Maw, classically trained musicians with a love of folk & roots music. John studied violin & viola at the Royal Academy of Music (London). After graduation he opted to become a violin bow maker later moving on to commercial photography. Nowadays his instruments of choice are octave mandola and cigar box guitar. He is a member of the London Mandolin Ensemble, a small chamber orchestra with a repertoire covering a wide range of classical music....

Duration:01:13:29

John & Mary Maw at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

7/14/2018
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Jon Bickley hosts a session with John & Mary Maw, classically trained musicians with a love of folk & roots music. John studied violin & viola at the Royal Academy of Music (London). After graduation he opted to become a violin bow maker later moving on to commercial photography. Nowadays his instruments of choice are octave mandola and cigar box guitar. He is a member of the London Mandolin Ensemble, a small chamber orchestra with a repertoire covering a wide range of classical music....

Duration:01:02:57

hazeyjane at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

7/6/2018
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Based in Northamptonshire (England) hazeyjane are Chris Brown (guitar/vocal) & Kevin T Ward (fretless bass), their signature sound has been described as chilled electro-acoustic. Nick Drake, mid period Joni Mitchell (with Jaco) and John Martyn are obvious influences but hazeyjane sound like hazeyjane. Chris writes the songs, often using unusual tunings. Kev's snaking bass lines drive the songs while his ringing harmonics enhance the atmosphere. Since 2016 Britanny based percussionist...

Duration:01:02:03

hazeyjane at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

7/6/2018
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Based in Northamptonshire (England) hazeyjane are Chris Brown (guitar/vocal) & Kevin T Ward (fretless bass), their signature sound has been described as chilled electro-acoustic. Nick Drake, mid period Joni Mitchell (with Jaco) and John Martyn are obvious influences but hazeyjane sound like hazeyjane. Chris writes the songs, often using unusual tunings. Kev's snaking bass lines drive the songs while his ringing harmonics enhance the atmosphere. Since 2016 Britanny based percussionist...

Duration:00:59:13

hazeyjane at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 3

7/6/2018
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The third and final episode of this session was slightly different from the others. After a lot of interesting conversation we realised time was running out, but the guys still had lots more great material ready to go. The simple solution was to turn Episode 3 of this podcast into a mini gig. It was a nice 40 minute snapshot of what hazeyjane are all about plus host Jon Bickley got to play his best known song 'Calling All The Angels.' Many thanks to Chris & Kev, two of the most...

Duration:00:44:00

Invisible Folk Club Radio - Podcast broadcast - No1

6/27/2018
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Are you aware that Invisible Folk Club has a weekly radio presence? From time to time selected shows will be featured on our podcast channel. Invisible Folk Club radio goes out in late night slots on 3 community stations across England. Host Jon Bickley creates a nice relaxed atmosphere and spins the discs. If you aren’t around when the weekly shows are broadcast you can catch-up via our Mixcloud page where all the shows are archived. The radio show came about almost by accident when...

Duration:01:01:09

Dave Artus at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

6/23/2018
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Singer/songwriter Dave Artus trades songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley. Dave is an articulate and interesting guest. It was an immensely enjoyable afternoon talking about the craft of songwriting, playing live, choosing songs to cover, recording with professional producers, helping to run a successful folk club (Uxbridge), running a folk festival (Rickmansworth). We covered a lot of ground! Dave features songs from his recently released album 'Viewpoints' but also performs a...

Duration:00:52:55

Dave Artus at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

6/23/2018
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Singer/songwriter Dave Artus trades songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley. Dave is an articulate and interesting guest. It was an immensely enjoyable afternoon talking about the craft of songwriting, playing live, choosing songs to cover, recording with professional producers, helping to run a successful folk club (Uxbridge), running a folk festival (Rickmansworth). We covered a lot of ground! Dave features songs from his recently released album 'Viewpoints' but also performs a...

Duration:00:41:50

Dave Artus at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 3

6/23/2018
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Singer/songwriter Dave Artus trades songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley. Dave is an articulate and interesting guest. It was an immensely enjoyable afternoon talking about the craft of songwriting, playing live, choosing songs to cover, recording with professional producers, helping to run a successful folk club (Uxbridge), running a folk festival (Rickmansworth). We covered a lot of ground! Dave features songs from his recently released album 'Viewpoints' but also performs a...

Duration:00:38:07

Alan Garmonsway & Anne Cunningham at Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

6/17/2018
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Back in February 2017 singer Anne Cunningham was featured artist on the very first Invisible Folk Club podcast. 16 months later she has made a welcome return, this time in the company of singer/songwriter Alan Garmonsway who also had his own podcast feature in November 2017. For over 10 years Alan and Anne were part of Badgers Sett a quartet that began life in folk clubs going on to play a wide range of venues across south east England. More recently Anne has contributed lead vocals to...

Duration:01:09:15

Alan Garmonsway & Anne Cunningham at Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

6/17/2018
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Back in February 2017 singer Anne Cunningham was featured artist on the very first Invisible Folk Club podcast. 16 months later she has made a welcome return, this time in the company of singer/songwriter Alan Garmonsway who also had his own podcast feature in November 2017. For over 10 years Alan and Anne were part of Badgers Sett a quartet that began life in folk clubs going on to play a wide range of venues across south east England. More recently Anne has contributed lead vocals to...

Duration:01:00:05

Pagan Harvest discuss 'Sacred River' their second album (part 5)

6/1/2018
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Folk/Prog band Pagan Harvest take inspiration from the English landscape, that sense of place that can be found in Shakespeare’s forests and moors, Wordsworth’s mountains and streams, and even on Westminster Bridge. On 1st February 2018 they released their second album. Entitled 'Sacred River' it is a bold artistic statement, a hybrid of dark folk, classical and progressive rock influences encompassing the myths, legends and magic of London and the River Thames. Songwriter Jon Bickley...

Duration:00:47:24

Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

5/30/2018
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Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw have been performing as a duo since early 2017. Their set is an even mix of Ady's passionate and powerful original songs along with carefully chosen covers and traditional material. Ady is an experienced performer having played in bands and solo around the Watford area for many years. His songs reflect the ups and downs of life, he wears his heart on his sleeve. Jill has a choral background and provides lovely arrangements, great harmonies plus occasional colour...

Duration:00:57:29

Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

5/30/2018
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Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw have been performing as a duo since early 2017. Their set is an even mix of Ady's passionate and powerful original songs along with carefully chosen covers and traditional material. Ady is an experienced performer having played in bands and solo around the Watford area for many years. His songs reflect the ups and downs of life, he wears his heart on his sleeve. Jill has a choral background and provides lovely arrangements, great harmonies plus occasional colour...

Duration:00:56:43

Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 3

5/30/2018
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Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw have been performing as a duo since early 2017. Their set is an even mix of Ady's passionate and powerful original songs along with carefully chosen covers and traditional material. Ady is an experienced performer having played in bands and solo around the Watford area for many years. His songs reflect the ups and downs of life, he wears his heart on his sleeve. Jill has a choral background and provides lovely arrangements, great harmonies plus occasional colour...

Duration:00:52:47

Black Scarr at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

5/12/2018
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East London based duo Black Scarr are Emma Scarr (vocal/violin) & Johnny Black (vocal/guitar). Emma's poetic, earthy, hard-hitting lyrics reflect her own experiences and the lives of those around her. The people in her songs are often 'not that good at normal life' particularly as the ageing process kicks in. Johnny's tunes are rooted in folk and Americana with great choruses. The session, hosted by Jon Bickley, was an immensely enjoyable afternoon spent chatting about music, songwriting...

Duration:00:56:53

Black Scarr at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

5/11/2018
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East London based duo Black Scarr are Emma Scarr (vocal/violin) & Johnny Black (vocal/guitar). Emma's poetic, earthy, hard-hitting lyrics reflect her own experiences and the lives of those around her. The people in her songs are often 'not that good at normal life' particularly as the ageing process kicks in. Johnny's tunes are rooted in folk and Americana with great choruses. The session, hosted by Jon Bickley, was an immensely enjoyable afternoon spent chatting about music, songwriting...

Duration:01:21:12