Listen to the Folk On Foot Show: The Unthanks and more

This month’s Official Folk Albums Chart Show features an interview with Becky Unthank about the Unthanks’ new album Sorrows Away; an interview with Angeline Morrison about her album telling stories of the Black British experience; an exclusive film of the Sea Song Sessions – Jon Boden, Seth Lakeman, Ben Nicholls, Emily Portman and Jack Rutter performing on a tall ship in Fowey Harbour; plus music from Magpies, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Man The Lifeboats, Dan Whitehouse and Sam Sweeney. There’s also news of how to be in an audience of only ten people for an exclusive Front Room Gig from Martin Simpson.

Folk on Foot “Albums of the Year” Show

00:03:26 Gwenifer Raymond
00:17:20 Chart coundown 40–31
00:20:35 John Francis Flynn
00:29:40 Chart coundown 30–21
00:32:27 Spiers and Boden
00:43:27 Tribute to Norma Waterson
00:48:39 Chart coundown 20–11
00:50:50 Spell Songs
01:02:01 Interview with English Folk Expo CEO Tom Besford
01:04:28 Katherine Priddy
01:16:28 The Longest Johns
01:26:50 Chart coundown 10–1

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The Folk on Foot Festival of LOVE!

14:00​ Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

14:05​ Heidi Talbot

14:20​ Seth Lakeman

14:35​ Lady Nade

14:50​ Kris Drever

15:05​ O’Hooley and Tidow

15:20​ Chris Wood

15:35​ Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

15:40​ Bella Hardy

15:55​ Sam Lee

16:10​ Rachel Newton

16:30​ Eliza Carthy

16:45​ Beth Porter and the Bookshop Band

17:00​ Gwilym Bowen Rhys

17:15​ Lisa Knapp and Gerry Diver

17:30​ Martin Simpson

17:45​ Kerry Andrew/You Are Wolf

18:00​ Seckou Keita

18:15​ Peggy Seeger

18:30​ Kitty Macfarlane

18:45​ The Breath

19:00​ Steve Knightley

19:15​ Karine Polwart

19:35​ Jon Boden

19:50​ Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

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Richard Thompson in Muswell Hill (and other parts of London)

Film by Paul Dunphy for Folk On Foot

The legendary guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson (who celebrated his 70th birthday in 2019) takes Matthew Bannister for a walk around the areas of London where he grew up, began playing the guitar, formed Fairport Convention (inventing English folk rock) and joined the vibrant music scene of the 1960s.

On the steps of his old school in Highgate Richard sings “Man With Money” by the Everly Brothers which he used to perform with the band he formed at the school. In Highgate Woods he sings his classic lament for lost love and the travelling life: “Beeswing” as well as a new song written during lockdown: “If I Could Live My Life Again”.

Outside the house called “Fairport” that gave the band its name, Richard gives us an emotional version of “Meet On The Ledge”. Then it’s on to Wardour Street in Soho, site of the famous Marquee Club, for “Walking The Long Miles Home” as he recalls walking ten miles back to his parents’ home in the early hours of the morning after gigs.

Finally we are in the Lamb and Flag pub in Covent Garden where Richard describes an encounter with a drunken Irish tenor that inspired his song “Josef Locke”. Along the way Richard reflects on song writing technique, remembers playing with Jimi Hendrix, tells how his Mum and Dad never really understood his success as a musician and relates how the seminal album “Liege and Lief” was the band’s way of dealing with “PTSD” after a car crash that killed his girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn and the drummer Martin Lamble.