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Folk on Foot


Matthew Bannister goes walking with a leading folk musician in a landscape that has inspired them. They sing and play exclusive acoustic songs on location.

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Official Folk Albums Chart Show—7th December 2021

Dec 7 • 52:16

The Ciderhouse Rebellion & Jessie Summerhayes in the Rosedale Valley

Nov 12 • 58:43

In the shadow of the disused ironstone kilns of the Rosedale Valley in North Yorkshire, Ciderhouse Rebellion - fiddle player Adam Summerhayes and accordionist Murray Grainger - conjure up a soundscape of rare beauty - improvised on the spot. Then they add evocative poetry from Adam’s daughter Jessie to create,  in words and music, a picture of the harshness of Victorian in...

Official Folk Albums Chart Show—2nd November 2021

Nov 2 • 01:12:15

This month’s Official Folk Albums Chart Show features interviews with Karine Polwart and Dave Milligan and Grace Petrie and her dog Frank. There’s also music from The Last Inklings, David Keenan, Manran, Will Varley, Danny George Wilson, Afterlight and Ferocious Dog....

Edgelarks at Scorhill Stone Circle

Oct 14 • 57:26

A Bronze Age site on Dartmoor, six musical instruments, a feather, harmonica-enhanced beatboxing, a stone that is said to increase fertility, a fast flowing river, a baby and a caring grandmother - all ingredients of a wonderful walk with the award-winning duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin)....

Official Folk Albums Chart Show—5th October 2021

Oct 5 • 47:16

The Official Folk Albums Chart Show from Folk on Foot features a special backstage performance by Spiers and Boden, Jamie Webster playing dockside in Liverpool, an interview with Sam Kelly about his latest album with the Lost Boys and music from Phil Odgers and Ben Walker and Kirsty Merryn....

Olivia Chaney at the House on Hawnby Moor

Sep 16 • 44:59

Olivia Chaney wrote many of the songs for her critically acclaimed second solo album whilst living alone without electricity or mains water at her family’s remote and crumbling farmhouse on Hawnby Moor in North Yorkshire. On a hot summer’s day, she takes Matthew Bannister back across the Moor, singing and playing along the way, circled by curlews and lapwings, to share the...

Official Folk Albums Chart Show—7th September 2021

Sep 7 • 51:27

The Official Folk Albums Chart Show from Folk on Foot features a beautiful live track by Cara Dillon, special performances by Alex Rex and Alasdair Roberts and music by Jim Ghedi, John Francis Flynn, Josienne Clarke, Jamie Webster and the late, great Jackie Leven....

Robert Macfarlane & Johnny Flynn at Wandlebury

Aug 12 • 01:09:28

Question: What do you get when you go walking with the nature writer Robert Macfarlane and the actor and musician Johnny Flynn on a scorching hot summer's day in Wandlebury?...

Jenny Sturgeon in Shetland

Jul 15 • 55:33

The singer, songwriter and artist Jenny Sturgeon has made her home on Shetland, a group of wild and wonderful islands in the North Atlantic. Her latest album “The Living Mountain” was inspired by the classic book about the Cairngorms by Nan Shepherd. On our atmospheric walk, with seabirds calling and waves crashing, Jenny reflects on finding inspiration for her music in na...

Sam Sweeney at Swift's Hill

Jun 17 • 53:23

The wonderful English fiddle player Sam Sweeney has been a key member of Bellowhead, Leveret, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band and many other collaborations. He’s also made two acclaimed solo albums. He takes us up to the top of Swift’s Hill, where he plays the tune of the same name.  Along the way he tells stories of his hero Dave Swarbrick, his unfinished First World War viol...

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