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Invisible Folk Club

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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

Philip Brown of Momentum (Watford) at Invisible Folk Club (Pt 1)

1/3/2018
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Momentum is potentially one of the most effective agents for change to have emerged in UK politics for many years. A team formed to support Jeremy Corbyn's successful Labour Party leadership campaign stayed together and became a grass roots organisation galvanising the youth of England to engage in politics in a new way. Philip Brown is a leading light in the Watford Branch of Momentum and he came into the Invisible Folk Club studio to tell us his personal story and his hopes for the...

Duration: 00:44:09


Philip Brown of Momentum (Watford) at Invisible Folk Club (Pt 2)

1/3/2018
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Momentum is potentially one of the most effective agents for change to have emerged in UK politics for many years. A team formed to support Jeremy Corbyn's successful Labour Party leadership campaign stayed together and became a grass roots organisation galvanising the youth of England to engage in politics in a new way. Philip Brown is a leading light in the Watford Branch of Momentum and he came into the Invisible Folk Club studio to tell us his personal story and his hopes for the...

Duration: 00:40:17


Philip Brown of Momentum (Watford) at Invisible Folk Club (Pt 3)

1/3/2018
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Momentum is potentially one of the most effective agents for change to have emerged in UK politics for many years. A team formed to support Jeremy Corbyn's successful Labour Party leadership campaign stayed together and became a grass roots organisation galvanising the youth of England to engage in politics in a new way. Philip Brown is a leading light in the Watford Branch of Momentum and he came into the Invisible Folk Club studio to tell us his personal story and his hopes for the...

Duration: 00:45:40


It's Christmas at the Invisible Folk Club

12/19/2017
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It's the final podcast of 2017 and it's the Invisible Folk Club Christmas special. We asked our network of musicians, friends & families to record Christmas or Winter songs and send them to us. From this material hosts Jon Bickley & Steve Yarwood have curated a wildly eclectic mix of sounds. They also take a look back over 2017 and talk about future plans. It's been a great first year for the Invisible Folk Club, please stay with us in 2018 and tell your friends. Merry Christmas and a...

Duration: 01:24:20


Pete Nutkins live at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

12/13/2017
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Singer/guitarist Pete Nutkins trades songs and conversation with host Jon Bickley. As a custodian of the tradition Pete reflects on how folk music and its song writing styles have evolved through the periodic revivals. He also discusses the current state of protest songs and whether they are still as potent and relevant today as they were in their 1960s heyday.

Duration: 00:42:18


Pete Nutkins live at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

12/13/2017
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Singer/guitarist Pete Nutkins discusses morris dancing and a general passion for the English tradition with Invisible Folk Club host Jon Bickley. Pete is also a member of the committee running Watford Folk Club and gives a fascinating insight into how the machine works. He talks frankly and informatively about dealing with the finances and the artists themselves.

Duration: 00:46:35


Alison Raymond & Tim Brooks at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

12/1/2017
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Host Jon Bickley trades songs and stories with two very talented artists in session at the Invisible Folk Club. Singer/songwriters Alison Raymond (guitar/harmonica) and Tim Brooks (violin/guitar) perform a mix of original and traditional material. Jon added to the diversity by digging into his formidable back catalogue as well as airing some new material. As befits the experience of the folks around the table the conversation covered some interesting ground, in particular the highs and...

Duration: 00:49:23


Alison Raymond & Tim Brooks at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

12/1/2017
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Host Jon Bickley trades songs and stories with two very talented artists in session at the Invisible Folk Club. Singer/songwriters Alison Raymond (guitar/harmonica) and Tim Brooks (violin/guitar) perform a mix of original and traditional material. Jon added to the diversity by digging into his formidable back catalogue as well as airing some new material. As befits the experience of the folks around the table the conversation covered some interesting ground, in particular the highs and lows...

Duration: 00:49:49


Alison Raymond & Tim Brooks at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 3

12/1/2017
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Host Jon Bickley trades songs and stories with two very talented artists in session at the Invisible Folk Club. Singer/songwriters Alison Raymond (guitar/harmonica) and Tim Brooks (violin/guitar) perform a mix of original and traditional material. Jon added to the diversity by digging into his formidable back catalogue as well as airing some new material. As befits the experience of the folks around the table the conversation covered some interesting ground, in particular the highs and...

Duration: 00:45:39


Jon Bickley & Alan Garmonsway at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

11/6/2017
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Coming from a musical family singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Alan Garmonsway learned piano from an early age. He played keyboards in various bands from the age of 15 during which time he also taught himself guitar and started playing in folk clubs and college venues around his native Sunderland and Durham. This brought him into contact with a wide range of north east musicians including bands such as Prelude and Hedgehog Pie as well as a young Dave Stewart (later to form the...

Duration: 00:40:44


Jon Bickley & Alan Garmonsway at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

11/6/2017
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Coming from a musical family singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Alan Garmonsway learned piano from an early age. He played keyboards in various bands from the age of 15 during which time he also taught himself guitar and started playing in folk clubs and college venues around his native Sunderland and Durham. This brought him into contact with a wide range of north east musicians including bands such as Prelude and Hedgehog Pie as well as a young Dave Stewart (later to form the...

Duration: 00:41:06


Jon Bickley & Alan Garmonsway at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 3

11/6/2017
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Coming from a musical family singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Alan Garmonsway learned piano from an early age. He played keyboards in various bands from the age of 15 during which time he also taught himself guitar and started playing in folk clubs and college venues around his native Sunderland and Durham. This brought him into contact with a wide range of north east musicians including bands such as Prelude and Hedgehog Pie as well as a young Dave Stewart (later to form the...

Duration: 00:42:44


Jon Bickley & Delta Ladies at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

10/4/2017
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In this show Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley hosts a session with the Delta Ladies. They are a London duo featuring Vicky Martin on guitar and Dee Stone on violin, the music is a fusion of world, roots, folk & blues. Somebody once described their sound as the place where old-time Americana meets the Velvet Underground! That sound covers a lot of bases and the standards of musicianship are very high. Apart from their own songs they accompany Jon Bickley on all of his, all they need is...

Duration: 00:40:46


Jon Bickley & Delta Ladies at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

10/4/2017
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In this show Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley hosts a session with the Delta Ladies. They are a London duo featuring Vicky Martin on guitar and Dee Stone on violin, the music is a fusion of world, roots, folk & blues. Somebody once described their sound as the place where old-time Americana meets the Velvet Underground! That sound covers a lot of bases and the standards of musicianship are very high. Apart from their own songs they accompany Jon Bickley on all of his, all they need is...

Duration: 00:45:26


Jon Bickley & Delta Ladies at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 3

10/4/2017
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In this show Invisible Folk Club's Jon Bickley hosts a session with the Delta Ladies. They are a London duo featuring Vicky Martin on guitar and Dee Stone on violin, the music is a fusion of world, roots, folk & blues. Somebody once described their sound as the place where old-time Americana meets the Velvet Underground! That sound covers a lot of bases and the standards of musicianship are very high. Apart from their own songs they accompany Jon Bickley on all of his, all they need is...

Duration: 00:48:46


Jon Bickley & Only Human at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 1

9/1/2017
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In this show we look at the partnership between Only Human aka Sheffield based musician Tom Bickley and his father singer/songwriter Jon Bickley. Their first album under the name Only Human was ‘Brain of Leaves’ and is still available on iTunes. This was followed by 'Wayfaring Stranger' (credited to Jon Bickley) produced by Tom and a collection of traditional and original songs sung by Jon. The third album ‘The Only Human Circus’ is part 1 of a folk-opera credited to Jon Bickley & Only...

Duration: 01:07:39


Jon Bickley & Only Human at the Invisible Folk Club - Part 2

8/31/2017
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In this show we look at the partnership between Only Human aka Sheffield based musician Tom Bickley and his father singer/songwriter Jon Bickley. Their first album under the name Only Human was ‘Brain of Leaves’ and is still available on iTunes. This was followed by 'Wayfaring Stranger' (credited to Jon Bickley) produced by Tom and a collection of traditional and original songs sung by Jon. The third album ‘The Only Human Circus’ is part 1 of a folk-opera credited to Jon Bickley & Only...

Duration: 00:57:29


The Invisible Folk Festival

8/9/2017
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Folk singers perform at the Chiltern Open Air Museum throughout the year and many have been recorded by the Invisible Folk Club. On the weekend of this recording the weather was good so all performances were in the great outdoors, it was literally a field recording! The music was enjoyed by visitors and singers alike. Many thanks to the featured artists. In order of appearance: Anne Cunningham, Steve Last, Linda Birmingham, Jill Waterson & Ady Shaw, Jon Bickley, Liz Lawley, Mary & John...

Duration: 01:21:14


IFC looks back at the first Pagan Harvest album

7/4/2017
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Folk/Prog band Pagan Harvest plan to release their second album in October 2017 so ahead of that event we're revisiting their 2015 self-titled debut. Invisible Folk Club producer Steve Yarwood talks to singer/songwriter Jon Bickley about the history of the band and the making and meaning of that first album. It’s dark folk on an epic scale! At the core of Pagan Harvest's music is a deep love of the myths and legends of English folklore, in particular those emanating from darker less...

Duration: 01:17:32


IFC Podcast of Protest_Episode1

6/4/2017
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On 18th April 2017 UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap General Election for 8th June 2017. Within 24 hours all ongoing plans at the Invisible Folk Club were put on hold as we embarked on our first Podcast of Protest. Was the protest song still alive and kicking? A couple of days later the word went out: 'It's time to get angry, we want hear your protest songs! Raise your pen, raise your voice, raise the roof, this country belongs to me and you!' Material soon arrived and...

Duration: 00:56:56

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