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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

Songs From The Front - Jon Bickley, Alan Garmonsway, Anne Cunningham & Drew Thomas

11/29/2018
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Songs From The Front is a collection of original songs by Jon Bickley & Alan Garmonsway inspired by letters and diaries of serving soldiers in the First World War. The songs tell of the bravery, the humour and the loss of these volunteers soldiers, as well as the love of those left behind. To mark the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice Jon and Alan were joined by singers Anne Cunningham and Drew Thomas to perform a special concert at Chesham Folk Club on 26th November 2018. Songs (with...

Duration:00:54:38

Invisible Folk Club Radio - Podcast Episode No6

11/29/2018
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Each month we 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 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:01:01:06

Kelvin Davies & Gary Jones at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

11/28/2018
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It's heartening to come across younger people playing country blues and we were alerted to the talents of singer/guitarist Kelvin Davies. He works in a guitar shop which can be a blessing and curse! Consider the quandary, your working life is spent selling the thing you love but you can't stop buying them yourself. In may be a strain on Kelvin's bank balance but ultimately we feel the benefit, he is a great blues and ragtime picker. At his gigs Kelvin is frequently accompanied by veteran...

Duration:00:53:20

Kelvin Davies & Gary Jones at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

11/28/2018
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It's heartening to come across younger people playing country blues and we were alerted to the talents of singer/guitarist Kelvin Davies. He works in a guitar shop which can be a blessing and curse! Consider the quandary, your working life is spent selling the thing you love but you can't stop buying them yourself. In may be a strain on Kelvin's bank balance but ultimately we feel the benefit, he is a great blues and ragtime picker. At his gigs Kelvin is frequently accompanied by veteran...

Duration:00:43:26

Invisible Folk Club Radio - Podcast Episode No5

10/17/2018
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Each month we 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 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 evolve. It's...

Duration:01:01:02

Geraldine Pearson-Green at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

10/14/2018
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Geraldine Pearson-Green writes and performs songs about her native Bedfordshire. Accompanying herself on guitar she sings of the wisdom and good works of John Bunyan, the Cardington airships (especially the ill-fated R101), Stewartby brickworks, Luton hats, Bedfordshire lace, and even Brussel sprouts! Geraldine's compositions are well constructed and researched. They are not just restricted to local history, the session also includes heartfelt songs touching on many of our hopes and...

Duration:00:50:56

Geraldine Pearson-Green at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

10/14/2018
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Geraldine Pearson-Green writes and performs songs about her native Bedfordshire. Accompanying herself on guitar she sings of the wisdom and good works of John Bunyan, the Cardington airships (especially the ill-fated R101), Stewartby brickworks, Luton hats, Bedfordshire lace, and even Brussel sprouts! Geraldine's compositions are well constructed and researched. They are not just restricted to local history, the session also includes heartfelt songs touching on many of our hopes and...

Duration:00:47:32

Geraldine Pearson-Green at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 3

10/14/2018
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Geraldine Pearson-Green writes and performs songs about her native Bedfordshire. Accompanying herself on guitar she sings of the wisdom and good works of John Bunyan, the Cardington airships (especially the ill-fated R101), Stewartby brickworks, Luton hats, Bedfordshire lace, and even Brussel sprouts! Geraldine's compositions are well constructed and researched. They are not just restricted to local history, the session also includes heartfelt songs touching on many of our hopes and...

Duration:00:34:58

Marisa, Jack & Davy at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

10/13/2018
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Marisa, Jack & Davy breathe life into lesser known traditional folk songs. They all sing, play guitar and percussion. Their 3 part harmonies and arrangements are inventive and original, occasionally channelling the Young Tradition. They cite Peter Bellamy and Nic Jones as key influences and feature two of Bellamy's songs in this set. Since 2015 Marisa, Jack & Davy have run occasional acoustic folk nights and promoted concerts in and around Bedford under the name Mill Race Folk. They have...

Duration:00:44:03

Marisa, Jack & Davy at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

10/13/2018
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Marisa, Jack & Davy breathe life into lesser known traditional folk songs. They all sing, play guitar and percussion. Their 3 part harmonies and arrangements are inventive and original, occasionally channelling the Young Tradition. They cite Peter Bellamy and Nic Jones as key influences and feature two of Bellamy's songs in this set. Since 2015 Marisa, Jack & Davy have run occasional acoustic folk nights and promoted concerts in and around Bedford under the name Mill Race Folk. They have...

Duration:00:42:57

Marisa, Jack & Davy at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 3

10/13/2018
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Marisa, Jack & Davy breathe life into lesser known traditional folk songs. They all sing, play guitar and percussion. Their 3 part harmonies and arrangements are inventive and original, occasionally channelling the Young Tradition. They cite Peter Bellamy and Nic Jones as key influences and feature two of Bellamy's songs in this set. Since 2015 Marisa, Jack & Davy have run occasional acoustic folk nights and promoted concerts in and around Bedford under the name Mill Race Folk. They have...

Duration:00:55:58

Marisa, Jack & Davy at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 4

10/13/2018
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Marisa, Jack & Davy breathe life into lesser known traditional folk songs. They all sing, play guitar and percussion. Their 3 part harmonies and arrangements are inventive and original, occasionally channelling the Young Tradition. They cite Peter Bellamy and Nic Jones as key influences and feature two of Bellamy's songs in this set. Since 2015 Marisa, Jack & Davy have run occasional acoustic folk nights and promoted concerts in and around Bedford under the name Mill Race Folk. They have...

Duration:00:46:44

Invisible Folk Club Radio - Podcast Episode No4

9/25/2018
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Each month we 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:01:01:10

Graeme Morrell at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

9/25/2018
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Graeme Morrell is a fine guitarist and excellent singer. In this podcast he talks to host Jon Bickley about how the discovery of his musical hero, veteran English singer/songwriter Michael Chapman, shaped his own guitar style and musical outlook. Graeme performs a selection of Chapman's best songs doing full justice to their gritty beauty and talks about the man and his music. He is occasionally joined by his old friend and previous Invisible Folk Club guest singer/guitarist David...

Duration:00:51:10

Graeme Morrell at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

9/25/2018
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Graeme Morrell is a fine guitarist and excellent singer. In this podcast he talks to host Jon Bickley about how the discovery of his musical hero, veteran English singer/songwriter Michael Chapman, shaped his own guitar style and musical outlook. Graeme performs a selection of Chapman's best songs doing full justice to their gritty beauty and talks about the man and his music. He is occasionally joined by his old friend and previous Invisible Folk Club guest singer/guitarist David...

Duration:00:36:32

Graeme Morrell at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 3

9/25/2018
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Graeme Morrell is a fine guitarist and excellent singer. In this podcast he talks to host Jon Bickley about how the discovery of his musical hero, veteran English singer/songwriter Michael Chapman, shaped his own guitar style and musical outlook. Graeme performs a selection of Chapman's best songs doing full justice to their gritty beauty and talks about the man and his music. He is occasionally joined by his old friend and previous Invisible Folk Club guest singer/guitarist David...

Duration:00:42:36

Ray Butler at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

9/25/2018
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Ray Butler is a folk singer, he is also a canal and narrowboat enthusiast. Invisible Folk Club host Jon Bickley and producer Steve Yarwood traveled to the Grand Union Canal at Harefield (Borough of London) excited at the prospect of a first field recording. Or to be completely accurate it was a waterborne recording! Ray welcomed us aboard Pisces and we sat in the small cabin at the rear of the boat listening his unaccompanied songs about the lives and times of hard working boatmen. Between...

Duration:00:41:11

Ray Butler at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

9/25/2018
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Ray Butler is a folk singer, he is also a canal and narrowboat enthusiast. Invisible Folk Club host Jon Bickley and producer Steve Yarwood traveled to the Grand Union Canal at Harefield (Borough of London) excited at the prospect of a first field recording. Or to be completely accurate it was a waterborne recording! Ray welcomed us aboard Pisces and we sat in the small cabin at the rear of the boat listening his unaccompanied songs about the lives and times of hard working boatmen. Between...

Duration:00:43:30

Invisible Folk Club Radio - Podcast Episode No3

8/27/2018
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Each month we select a past Invisible Folk Club radio show to release on the podcast channel. Jon Bickley is curator and presenter, nothing in the broad church of folk related music is off limits. Radio shows on our podcast channel are often those where the songs are 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:01:01:08

Mandy & Lizzy Hardingham at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

8/27/2018
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As is often the case when family members sing together Lizzy & Mandy Hardingham's intuitive harmonies are a delight. In this podcast they play a varied selection of songs and chat with host Jon Bickley about their influences, songwriting, choirs, opportunities for young folk artists, studying music production at university, and much more. Lizzy is a young musician playing traditional or self-composed acoustic music. Earlier this year (2018) she was a finalist in the prestigious New Roots...

Duration:01:10:32