Friday, 29 November 2013

FolkCast Great British Folk Festival interval music CDs

FolkCast has been asked to contribute some recordings for the intervals between the bands at the Great British Folk Festival at Butlins in Skegness this weekend. As well as some of our previously released shows, we've put together new mixes of some of our favourite artists' releases from the last couple of years. So, if you hear the music and wonder who and what it might be, here are the ShowNotes for those two mix albums, as played in the main venues.

FolkCast GBFF Mix No 1
  • A Fairer Sea by Co-Pilgrim
  • Mrs Avery's Song by David Rotheray
  • Mary Anne by Fisherman's Friends
  • Alright by Folk On
  • Long-Legged Lurcher Dog by Gavin Davenport
  • Emerald Green by Merry Hell
  • New Cajun Waltz by Heidi Talbot
  • Marching Through The Green Grass by Lucy Ward
  • Fire And Fortune by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
  • Crudites by Blanche Rowan and Mike Gulston
  • John Peel by James Bell
  • Blackjack Whisky And Gin by Jenna
  • Fumes And Faith by Luke Jackson
  • Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight by Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston
  • Whitby Maid by The Outside Track
  • Eavesdropper by Ross Ainslie and Jarleth Henderson
  • Silbury Hill by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin
  • Spencer The Rover by Said The Maiden
  • Dance Harder by Thomas Hine
  • Let's Have A Drink by True Gents
  • Home Again by Union Jill
  • Open Water by Salt House

FolkCast GBFF Mix No 2
  • Ace Of Spade by Zeptepi
  • Pibddawns Heol y Felin / Y Bibddawns Ffansi by Allan Yn Y Fan
  • Old Forgotten Tales by Beggar's Bridge
  • The Drunken Butcher of Tideswell by Bella Hardy
  • Secret Theatre by Blair Dunlop
  • Crow Road Croft by Calum Stewart & Lauren MacColl
  • Bully In The Alley by Chris Rickets
  • Reeling & Staggering/Napoleon Crossing The Alps by Ewan McLennan
  • Through Your Hands by Georgia Ruth
  • Over Snake Pass by Gilmore & Roberts
  • Rosemary Lane by Green Diesel
  • Roots And Reason by Hadrian's Union
  • The Brisk Young Widow by James Findlay
  • Whiskey Burp Reels by Jamie Smith's Mabon
  • 10 Pound Poms by Ken Nicol
  • Wedding Polkas by Session A9
  • The Missing Jig by The Urban Folk Quartet

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Great British Folk Festival 2013 - Programme

The Great British Folk Festival 2013 at Butlins in Skegness is heading towards a sell-out - and the programme of events has now been published. Here's what's on, when, and where!
Date & Time
Great British Folk Festival 2013
CENTRE STAGE (downstairs venue)

Fri Nov 29th  
8.00 – 9.00
9.30 – 10.30
11.00 -12.15

Wee Bag Band
Monster Ceilidh Band

Sat Nov 30th
1.00 – 2.00
2.30  – 3.30
4.00 – 5.30

8.00 – 9.00
9.30 – 10.30
11.00 -12.15

Dave Sharp (The Alarm)
Bruce and Jamie Watson (Big Country)
Ed Tudor Pole

Take 3 (Jaquie McShee, Gerry Conway and Alan Thompson)
The Springfields
The Strawbs

Sun Dec 1st
1.00 – 2.00
2.30  – 3.30
4.00 – 5.30

7.30 – 8.30
9.00 – 10.30
11.00 -12.15

Tir Na Nog.
Richard Digance
Steeleye Span

Anthony John Clarke and Dave Pegg in "Music and Mirth"
Martyn Joseph & Luke Jackson
Slim Chance



Date & Time
Great British Folk Festival 2013
REDS (upstairs venue)

Fri Nov 29th  
8.00 – 9.00
9.30 – 10.30
11.00 -12.15

Jim Moray
Barbara Dixon

Sat Nov 30th
1.00– 2.20
2.30  – 3.30
4.00 – 5.00

8.00 – 9.00
9.30 – 10.45
11.15 -12.30

Baily Tzuke followed by Judie Tzuke
Jim Moray and the Skulk Ensemble

Allan Yn Y Fan
Cara Dillon
Edward II

Sun Dec 1st
1.00 – 2.00
2.30  – 3.30
3.50 - 5.00

7.30 – 8.30
9.00 – 10.00
10.30 -11.45

Gary Fletcher (The Blues Band) & Tom Leary (Feast of Fiddles)
Fairport Convention part 1
Fairport Convention part 2

Reg Meuross
Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox
St Agnes Fountain

Annie Winter is performing two sets on Saturday (at 2 & 3.30pm) in The Front Room
Common Tongues are playing in Reds on Sunday 6pm
Panjenix & friends - Playing in the bar in the Skyline
Brian Eastwood & Friends – Open mic sessions in Jaks
Moulton Morris Men – Dancing around the site all weekend

See also the Butlins Guide

Tuesday, 26 November 2013


UPDATE APRIL 28th: The 2014 Cambridge Festival is now officially SOLD OUT

Festival also awarded prestigious ‘Green’ Festival award

Tickets for the one of the oldest and most acclaimed folk festivals in the world will go on sale on Monday 2 December, with organisers anticipating another sell-out year as the event celebrates its 50th birthday.

Held annually in a beautiful tree-lined park in Cambridge city centre, the four-day outdoor Festival is considered one of the ‘most prestigious’ in the world, according to The Times.

Having started life in 1965, the Festival has presented many globally established artists, including Paul Simon, KT Tunstall, The Waterboys, Mumford & Sons, Joan Armatrading, Buddy Guy, Jools Holland, Noah & The Whale, Emmylou Harris, Joe Strummer, Jake Bugg, Joan Baez, k.d. lang, Ray Davies, Jimmy Cliff, The Proclaimers, Christy Moore, Levellers, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Billy Connolly, James Taylor & The Pogues amongst many others.

The 14,000 capacity Festival showcases both international headline artists and young, emerging talent across four different stages and continues to enjoy sell-out success year on year. Renowned for its unique parkland setting, great facilities and family friendliness, the Festival offers something for everyone with street theatre, music workshops and sessions, raucous ceilidhs, open stages, a youth area, internet cafĂ©, kids’ ceilidh, storytelling, free creche, paddling pool and playground, real ale bars.

The Festival was also recently awarded the Highly Commended Greener Festival Award 2013 which signifies well managed environmentally-aware festivals which have taken significant steps to reduce waste, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and engage with the audience.

The first names for the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival will be announced next February.

Cambridge City Council Arts & Events Manager Elaine Midgley said:  "We intend to celebrate 50 years of amazing music and great times in style this coming summer and look forward to welcoming everyone to Cambridge in July".

Tickets: Full Festival £138; Thursday £21; Friday £50; Saturday £60; Sunday £60. Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £56, Coldham’s Common (second site) £38.  Bookings subject to booking fee.

Online booking and information:

Phone booking: 01223 357851

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

November's show is out now!

Roll up, roll up! 

Hear the latest sounds from the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots music! Hear the amazing tale of a capital city burned to the ground, recreated in story and in song! Hear how electronic dance music is taking traditional folk tunes and doing startling things to them! It's all here, here, here … y'hear?

FolkCast 091 - November 2013