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19990526THE MIKE HARDING SHOW

26 May 1999

A radio programme

BBC Programme Number: 992M2424

First broadcast on 1999-05-26

Recorded on 1999-05-19

Producer: JOHN LEONARD

Notes: TXM 16.6.99 ORIGINALLY STANDBY TAPE FOR 26.5.99

Next in series: 09 June 1999

Previous in series: 19 May 1999

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26 May 1999 20:03-21:00 (RADIO 2)

16 Jun 1999 20:03-21:00 (RADIO 2)

20090916
20090916Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

With the best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20090923
20090923Mike Harding chats to The Unthanks (formerly Rachel Unthank & The Winterset) in advance of their forthcoming UK tour and plays tracks from their long-awaited new album. Entitled Here's The Tender Coming, it follows on from 2008's Mercury-nominated album The Bairns.Plus there's Mike's impeccable selection of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Mike Harding chats to The Unthanks (formerly Rachel Unthank & The Winterset).

20090930
20090930Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music. This week, the entire programme is devoted to listeners' requests.

Mike Harding presents an entire programme devoted to listeners' requests.

20091007
20091007Mike Harding presents his usual selection of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

There's also an interview with the Scottish singer songwriter Dougie MacLean. His song Caledonia is being used as the theme song to the 2009 Homecoming Scotland celebrations, a calendar of events marking the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth and Scotland's rich cultural heritage.

With the best in folk, roots and acoustic music, plus an interview with Dougie MacLean.

20091014
20091014Mike Harding presents his usual selection of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases. Plus, following the semi-final of this year's BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, the six acts who have progressed to December's final are announced.

Mike Harding presents the best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20091021
20091021Mike Harding presents his usual selection of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases. Plus, there's an interview with the American singer-songwriter and author Tom Russell and Mike plays tracks from his latest album Blood And Candle Smoke.

With the best in folk, roots and acoustic music, plus an interview with Tom Russell.

20091028
20091028Mike Harding's guest this week is singer, musician and broadcaster Julie Fowlis.

No stranger to accolades, Julie Fowlis was voted Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards in 2008 with the Daily Telegraph predicting "Fowlis could be the first Scottish Gaelic crossover star in the making". Last year, she became the first Scottish Gaelic artist to feature on the BBC Radio 2 Playlist with her Gaelic translation of the Beatles song Blackbird.

Julie was the first person to receive the honour of being made Scotland's Gaelic Ambassador, 'Tosgaire na Gaidhlig', bestowed on her by the Scottish Parliament in 2008. She has presented her own series Fowlis and Folk on BBC Radio Scotland for the past two years and also presents regularly on Scotland's new Gaelic digital TV channel, BBC ALBA.

Mike Harding chats to Julie about all of the above and plays tracks from her third solo release Uam, including a stunning duet version of the traditional ballad Wind And Rain, a duet on which Julie sings in Gaelic and fellow Scots singer Eddi Reader sings in English.

Plus, there's Mike's usual selection of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including the latest album releases and news from the world of folk.

With the very best in folk music and an interview with Julie Fowlis.

20091104
20091104Mike Harding presents the latest in folk, roots and acoustic sounds including highlights from a recent Radio 2 event at the Houses of Parliament, where the All Party Folk Music Group honoured the British singer songwriter Ralph McTell.

With highlights from a Radio 2 event at the Houses of Parliament honouring Ralph McTell.

20091111
20091111Mike Harding with the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases. Plus, to mark Remembrance Day, a selection of some of the many folk songs inspired by First World War.

Mike presents the best in folk, roots and acoustic music and marks Remembrance Day.

20091118
20091118Mike Harding presents the very latest in folk, roots and acoustic music including an interview with Steve Knightley and Phil Beer - who are also known as the acoustic roots duo Show Of Hands. He plays tracks from their new album Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed.

Mike Harding presents the very latest in folk, including an interview with Show of Hands.

20091125
20091125Mike Harding with the very latest in folk, roots and acoustic music including an interview with American musician and activist Peggy Seeger. She discusses the life and work of her late husband Ewan MacColl, who died 20 years ago.

Peggy Seeger discusses the life and work of her late husband Ewan MacColl.

20091202
20091202Mike Harding with an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including tracks from the latest album releases and news from the world of folk.

Mike Harding presents the latest in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20091216
20091216Mike presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including a selection of tracks from the season's festive releases.

Plus, a look at some of the standout live performances from the past 12 months including James Taylor performing at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards back in February and Cara Dillon on stage at the 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival.

Mike looks at the season's festive releases and some of the standout performances of 2009.

20100106
20100106Mike presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including a selection of tracks from new releases and the latest edition of the Folk Vault.

Mike presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20100113
20100113Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music. This week, the entire programme is devoted to listeners' requests.

Mike Harding presents an hour of listeners' folk requests.

20100120
20100120With the best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including tracks from the latest album releases and news from the world of folk.

With the best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20100127
20100127With the best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including tracks from the latest album releases and news from the world of folk.

With the best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20100210
20100210Mike Harding presents an hour of the latest in folk, roots and acoustic-based music including tracks from forthcoming new albums by Manchester-Irish musician Mike McGoldrick and Orcadian singer Kris Drever. Plus, two ancient Border Ballads and a song from legendary Irish troubadour Christy Moore.

Mike Harding presents an hour of folk, roots and acoustic-based music.

20100217
20100217Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Plus, an interview with Jude Abbott and Boff Whalley from Chumbawamba whose new album ABCDEFG is released this week. This, the band's 17th album, is another concept album ('concept' as in 'idea') and is full of ideas specifically about music. Music both good and bad, music celebrated and music ridiculed. They support the album with a UK tour in March.

Mike Harding chats to the group Chumbawamba and plays tracks from their new album.

20100224
20100224This week, Mike Harding looks ahead to Radio 2's forthcoming documentary The Ballad Of The Miners' Strike with an hour of folk, roots and acoustic music on the theme of coal and the mining life.

Mike also plays an excerpt from The Ballad Of The Miners' Strike, which revisits the bitter dispute in words and specially-commissioned song and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday 2 March 2010.

Mike presents an hour of folk, roots and acoustic music on a coal mining theme.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Plus, an interview with legendary squeezebox player John Kirkpatrick, winner of the Musician of the Year award at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

From his early work with bands such as the Albion Country Band and Steeleye Span through to his more recent projects like Brass Monkey and Band of Hope, John Kirkpatrick has been one of the most prolific and influential musicians of the past four decades and has performed as a session musician on over 200 albums. He has also worked extensively in radio, TV and the theatre as a songwriter, composer and musical director and appeared in BBC 2's recent series Victorian Farm. He is widely regarded as one of the finest exponents of English music and dance.

Although a champion and lover of traditional music and song, his latest album The Dance of the Demon Daffodils is entirely made up of his own compositions performed on accordion, melodeon and concertina.

Mike Harding chats to squeezebox player John Kirkpatrick.

20100303Mike Harding chats to squeezebox player John Kirkpatrick.
20100310
20100310Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Plus, an interview with Orcadian musician and singer Kris Drever and tracks from his forthcoming solo album Mark The Hard Earth. It's his first solo release since his debut Black Water in 2006, an album that won much critical acclaim and Kris went on to win the Horizon Award at the 2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

As well as chatting about the new album and some of the songs on it, Kris discusses the thriving folk scene in his home city Edinburgh and how he finds time for all of the various projects he's involved in.

Aside from his solo work, Kris is the guitarist and singer with the group Lau, who have been voted Best Group for the past three years at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He also works alongside multi-instrumentalist John McCusker and Idlewild vocalist Roddy Woomble in the trio Drever/McCusker/Woomble and plays in a duo with banjo supremo Eamonn Coyne as well as being in high demand as a session musician, appearing with the likes of Kate Rusby and Eddi Reader both on stage and on recordings.

He supports the release of Mark The Hard Earth with live dates across the UK in April and May.

Mike Harding chats to Kris Drever and plays tracks from his new album.

20100317
20100317Mike Harding celebrates St. Patrick's Day with an hour of the very best in Irish folk, roots and acoustic music.

There'll be classic tracks from Paul Brady and The Dubliners, as well as songs from more recent albums by Karan Casey and Christy Moore. Plus a song from Cara Dillon's latest album Hill of Thieves which won the award for Album of the Year at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Mike Harding marks St Patrick's Day with an hour of Irish folk, roots and acoustic music.

20100324
20100324Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including an interview with the multi-instrumentalist Michael McGoldrick.

Widely regarded as the finest flute and whistle player of his generation, Michael won the Young Tradition Award at the 1995 Radio 2 Folk Awards, and was awarded Musician Of The Year in 2006. He talks about his new solo album, Aurora; discusses growing up as part of the thriving Manchester-Irish folk scene; and his early involvement with bands like Toss The Feathers and Lunasa.

Always at the cutting edge of Celtic music, Michael has played alongside some of the great folk artists of recent years including Kate Rusby, Youssou N'Dour and Sharon Shannon, and is a long time member of Scots group Capercaillie. He supports the release of Aurora with a UK tour in May.

Mike Harding chats to musician Michael McGoldrick and plays tracks from his new album.

20100331
20100331Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including an interview with the multi-instrumentalist Michael McGoldrick.

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Plus another trip into the Folk Vault, where listeners email Mike to say which classic live recording from the archives they'd most like to hear and why.

Mike Harding with an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20100407
20100407With the best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including tracks from the latest album releases and news from the world of folk.

With the best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20100414
20100414Folk, roots and acoustic music, plus artist news and the latest album releases.

Folk, roots and acoustic music, plus artist news and the latest album releases.

20100421
20100421Folk, roots and acoustic music, plus artist news and the latest album releases.

Folk, roots and acoustic music, plus artist news and the latest album releases.

20100421Folk, roots and acoustic music, plus artist news and the latest album releases.
20100428
20100428Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Plus, an interview with Northern Irish artist Damien O'Kane and tracks from his forthcoming solo album Summer Hill, which sees the exciting banjo and guitar player assume lead vocals.

Aside from the new album, he discusses his early years in Coleraine and cutting his teeth in the family band.

Damien is also known for his work with the Kate Rusby Band and Anglo-Irish supergroup Flook, and he talks to Mike about the top-flight musicians who guest on Summer Hill, including flute maestro Michael McGoldrick and bodrhan virtuoso John Joe Kelly.

He is touring in the Kate Rusby Band throughout spring and summer.

Mike Harding chats to rising musician Damien O'Kane and plays tracks from his new album.

20100505
20100505Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Plus another trip into the Folk Vault, where listeners email Mike to say which classic live recording from the archives they'd most like to hear and why.

Mike Harding with an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20100512
20100512Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Plus, there's an interview with the UK's premiere player of the Northumbrian pipes, Kathryn Tickell, and tracks from a recently released CD compilation of her work from the past 25 years.

She discusses her musical upbringing in Northumberland, what inspired her to take up playing the pipes, and some of the many diverse musical projects she's been involved with over the years.

Kathryn, whose music is deeply connected to the landscape and people of Northumbria, also talks about her recent appointment as Artistic Director of Folkworks, based at The Sage Gateshead.

Mike Harding chats to Northumbrian composer and piper Kathryn Tickell.

20100519
20100519Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Plus, an interview with Debbie and Stu Hanna - also known as Megson - and tracks from their forthcoming album The Longshot.

Following two successive BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations for Best Duo and a string of critically acclaimed releases, The Longshot is themed around work and many of the selected songs originate from the couple's native North-East of England.

Megson are supporting the album with a UK tour and appearances at several top UK folk festivals this summer.

Mike Harding chats to Megson and plays tracks from their new album The Longshot.

20100526
20100526Mike Harding previews a fantastic summer of folk with a guide to some of the best festivals and tracks from the acclaimed artists appearing at them.

Three-time winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Group, Lau, take their genre-defying instrumentals to Orkney Folk Festival at the end of May. Come July, they can also be found on the bill at Eastleigh Music Festival alongside Irish singer Cara Dillon, whose latest album Hill of Thieves netted the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Album Of The Year.

Northumbrian family affair The Unthanks have continued to win plaudits for their tense arrangements of traditional songs throughout 2010. Their hectic summer festival diary includes Salisbury's Larmer Tree Festival in July. The Unthanks finish the summer at St. Ives' September Festival, where Simon Emmerson's fusion project The Imagined Village (featuring, amongst others, Eliza Carthy) will be a major draw.

The Imagined Village will also be hosted by Cambridge Folk Festival when it returns to Cherry Hinton Hall at the end of July. The extensive Cambridge bill is headlined by U.S. singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and includes the seemingly unlikely collaboration between County Clare accordion virtuoso Sharon Shannon and sassy Dublin rockabilly singer Imelda May. Radio 2 will be bringing you highlights from the event.

Mike Harding provides a guide to some of the best folk festivals this summer.

20100602
20100602Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases. This week's show features an interview with singer-songwriter Jim Boyes, from the Northern English a cappella trio Coope Boyes & Simpson.

Since 1993 the all-male group's remarkable harmonies and unusual arrangements have won them commissions and plaudits from around the world.Their new album, As If, sees them return to contemporary songs and compositions after 2005's traditional collection Triple Echo.

Jim tells Mike about the powerful songs they're chosen to receive the CB&S treatment - including works by Michael Marra and Clive James - and the political subjects that have inspired their own songwriting. He also talks about the interesting process by which they arrange their voices, and the various projects they've been working on in recent years.

Coope Boyes & Simpson formed in the early 1990s after Barry Coope accompanied Jim Boyes on a record he was making with John Tams. Having previously been a member of vocal group Swan Arcade, Jim fancied a return to all-voice work and recruited Lester Simpson to complete the trio. Their subsequent career has included acclaimed collaborations with the author Michael Morpurgo and Flemish arts organisation Peace Concerts Passendale.

This week's show features an interview with singer-songwriter Jim Boyes.

20100609
20100609Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases. This week's show features an interview with Seth Lakeman, as he prepares to release his anticipated fifth album, Hearts And Minds. Released this month, it sees the Devon born multi-instrumentalist further expand on the rhythmic folk rock sound heard on his 2008 record Poor Man's Heaven.

Seth talks to Mike about the burning issues that have inspired his songwriting this time round, from the banking crisis to the premature deaths of young soldiers at war. He also discusses working on the album with Grammy Award-winning producer Tchad Blake, whose previous clients include Tom Waits, Pearl Jam, Suzanne Vega and Elvis Costello.

A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Seth cut his teeth performing alongside brothers Sean and Sam in a trio and later in the group Equation with Kathryn Roberts and Kate Rusby. He attracted mainstream attention when in 2005 his album Kitty Jay was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and he signed to the EMI/Virgin owned Relentless Records in 2006.

Seth Lakeman will play festivals around the UK throughout the summer, including Guildford's Guilfest (18 July) and the Cambridge Folk Festival (30 July).

This week's show features an interview with Seth Lakeman.

20100616
20100616Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music. This week, the entire programme is devoted to listeners' requests.

Plus, there's another trip into the Folk Vault, with a classic live recording unearthed from the archives.

Mike Harding plays an hour of folk and acoustic music requested by listeners.

20100623
20100623Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with singer, musician and producer Jim Moray.

The singer and multi-instrumentalist hasn't yet reached his 30th birthday, but his flair for arranging traditional material using cutting edge recording techniques has earned him prizes and plaudits from around the world.

Moray has recently followed in the steps of Prince and Ray Davies by releasing an early version of his latest album, In Modern History, for free on the cover of a magazine (Songlines). Bristol-based Jim talks to Mike about this decision, and discusses the arrangements and original songs that make up this, his sixth album.

We also hear from the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Jon Boden (Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden) who is poised to begin recording a folk song a day for a whole year. Boden is undertaking the challenge to raise the profile of social singing in the UK; most of the song recordings will be unaccompanied, just as he once learned them in pubs.

He will have to expand his already impressive 240-song repertoire by nearly half as many again in order to complete the project. From 24 June (Midsummer's Day) one song per day will be made available to listen to on the project's website, afolksongaday.com.

Mike Harding chats to pioneering singer Jim Moray and plays tracks from his new album.

20100707

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Plus, this week's show features an interview with Norma Waterson of the legendary Waterson family who discusses the making of her latest album Gift, a collaboration with her daughter Eliza Carthy.

Featuring an interview with Norma Waterson and the very best folk music.

20100714

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20100721

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music and this week's show features an interview with the Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart.

Karine has taken a break from solo work to look after her young family and take part in two collaborative music projects. Earlier this year she hooked up with Lau - three-time winners of the Best Group prize at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - to make the Evergreen EP, under the name of Lau vs Karine Polwart.

Karine has also joined forces with King Creosote, Emma Pollock, MC Soom T, Future Pilot AKA, Kim Edgar, Mattie Foulds and Michael Johnston to form The Burns Unit, an eight-piece Scottish-Canadian ensemble. The Burns Unit are launching their kaleidoscopic debut album Side Show with performances at the Cambridge Folk Festival in the last weekend of July.

This week's show features an interview with the Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart.

20100728

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases. Plus an interview with the great American folk singer Judy Collins about her new album Paradise.

Over more than forty years in the music business, Collins has earned a reputation as one of the folk world's finest song interpreters. In 2009 the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards honoured her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her new album includes duets with fellow American music legend - and former lover - Stephen Stills (on Tom Paxton's Last Thing On My Mind) and folk icon Joan Baez (on a version of Baez's own hit Diamonds & Rust).

Mike Harding talks to the great American folk singer Judy Collins about her new album.

20100811

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music. This week, the entire programme is devoted to listeners' requests.

Plus another trip into the Folk Vault, with a classic live recording unearthed from the archives.

Mike Harding presents the very best folk and acoustic music requested by listeners.

20100818

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and music from their album Genuine Negro Jig.

Based in Durham, North Carolina, the Carolina Chocolate Drops are a rare thing in 2010: an African-American old-time string band. Formed in 2005 by three young multi-instrumentalists - Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson - The Drops perform traditional music from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, as well as string band versions of 21st century hits thrown in.

The three members first met via an internet group and went on to visit and learn from old black fiddler Joe Thompson, who passed on to them tunes that had been in his family for generations. Their name is a nod to 1930s African-American country blues band the Tennessee Chocolate Drops.

Mike Harding presents an hour of folk music with guests the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

20100825

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with the duo Nancy Kerr and James Fagan.

Born into musical families in the UK and Australia respectively, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan have performed separately with a number of major acts including Eliza Carthy (Nancy) and Bellowhead (James).

They formed their own duo in the mid-nineties and since then have earned a reputation as one of the hardest-working and finest-sounding live acts on the scene.

Despite being best known for their arrangements of traditional material, their new album Twice Reflected Sun is made up of songs and tunes composed by Nancy and James.

Mike Harding talks to the duo about their careers thus far, their plans for the future, and what inspired their writing for the new album.

This week's folk show features an interview with Nancy Kerr and James Fagen.

20100901

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with the acclaimed country-folk singer Kathy Mattea.

Having made her name with country hits such as Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses and Where've You Been, Kathy Mattea's 2008 album Coal marked a musical diversion, concentrating on the traditional soundscape of her Appalachian homeland.

Mattea grew up in a mining community near Charleston in West Virginia, and decided to record a whole album of coal mining songs in the wake of the 2006 Sago Mine Disaster, which claimed twelve lives.

The resulting collection of songs was a heartfelt tribute to the tough lives and scarred mountains that typify the American mining communities with which she feels a deep affinity.

Mike Harding met Kathy Mattea backstage at this summer's Cambridge Folk Festival to talk about Coal and find out what Kathy has lined up for the future.

Includes music from Coal and a live performance from Kathy Mattea's set at the 2010 Cambridge Folk Festival.

Mike Harding presents an hour of folk music including an interview with Kathy Mattea.

20100908

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with Fay Hield.

The Yorkshire-based traditional singer's debut album Looking Glass is one of the most anticipated English folk records in recent times.

Raised in a musical family on the West Yorkshire moors, Fay Hield has been active in folk music most of her life, whether singing in groups, organising festivals or studying music at university.

In her teens she formed a duo with Damien Barber (The Demon Barbers), and she's perhaps best known for her work with now-disbanded female vocal quartet The Witches Of Elswick. Fay is now releasing her debut solo album for the iconic British folk label Topic Records.

Featuring the instrumental talents of Bellowhead's Sam Sweeney and Fay's partner Jon Boden, Looking Glass is an uncompromising collection of little-known traditional songs delivered with passion and understanding.

Mike Harding talks to Fay Hield about her album, her career thus far and her plans for the future.

Mike Harding presents an hour of folk music including an interview with singer Fay Hield.

20100915

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with Ian McCalman of perennial Scottish favourites The McCalmans.

46 years and 26 albums after forming the Macs, Ian is preparing to retire from the group at the close of 2010. In his usual wry and self-deprecating style, he talks to Mike about the group's remarkable history of entertaining folk and mainstream audiences around the world.

The original McCalmans line-up of Hamish Bayne, Derek Moffat and Ian met at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1964. The three architecture students formed a trio that quickly made a name for itself on the folk scenes in Britain and Europe.

Their three-part harmonies and charming between-song banter led to record deals, television series and overseas tours that have continued uninterrupted despite two line-up changes (the second due to the death of Derek in 2001) - a testimony to the love the group has inspired in its fans over the decades.

The remaining McCalmans, Nick Keir and Stephen Quigg, will continue after Ian retires.

Mike Harding presents an hour of folk music including a chat with Ian from The McCalmans.

20100922

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20100922

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20100922Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

20100929

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with English singer and musician Pete Coe about his new album Backbone.

Pete Coe is something of a renaissance man in folk terms. A multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, dancer, dance caller, broadcaster and club organiser, he has been a professional musician since the early 1970s, initially in a duo with his former partner Chris Coe, but also as a member of the groups the New Victory Band, Bandoggs and Red Shift.

As a solo artist he is highly regarded for his musicianship, natural stage presence and his deep understanding of the tradition. His original songs have often been confused for traditional material down the years.

Pete Coe talks to Mike about his latest album Backbone and sums up his long-running career as a musician never far from the heart of Britain's folk and acoustic scene.

Mike Harding presents an hour of folk music including a chat with the singer Pete Coe.

20101006Mike Harding is in the company of Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden for a special edition of the folk show, dedicated to the extraordinary and theatrical big band.

Jon talks Mike through the band's early days, their eclectic influences and the making of their new album Hedonism, which was produced by John Leckie (Stone Roses, Muse) at Abbey Road Studios.

Folk phenomenon Bellowhead were originally conceived by Jon and musical partner John Spiers back in 2004. They recruited brass and wind sections to form an 11-piece big band that immediately set itself apart with dramatic and rousing arrangements of English traditional songs.

The gifted collective of folk and jazz musicians quickly won critical and popular acclaim, and their six-year history is peppered with highlights including television specials, a residency at the Southbank Centre, an appearance in the opening credits of The Simpsons and a record four BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Live Act.

Classic influences and early Bellowhead recordings - as well as a selection of stand-out tracks from Hedonism - make up the music in tonight's special programme.

We also hear music from some of the band members' many side projects.

Jon Boden joins Mike Harding for a special show dedicated to folk trailblazers Bellowhead.

20101013Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with Irish singer Heidi Talbot about her new album The Last Star.

Heidi Talbot first made a name for herself with Irish-American group Cherish The Ladies, which she joined in 2002.

The County Kildare-born singer's first two solo releases - Distant Future (2004) and In Love and Light (2008) - drew acclaim for her beautiful crystalline vocals, described by the New York Times as 'awestruck and tender'.

Heidi's third solo record, The Last Star is released in October and Mike Harding talks to her about songwriting, about recording, and about her many esteemed collaborators including husband and producer John McCusker.

Mike Harding presents an hour of folk music including a chat with singer Heidi Talbot.

20101020

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with long-running duo Belshazzar's Feast about their new album Find The Lady.

Paul Sartin (oboe, fiddle, vocals) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) formed Belshazzar's Feast in 1995. Fifteen years - and eight albums - later their ever-entertaining blend of folk, classical and music hall influences has won them an army of admirers.

Seemingly never the sorts to stay still, Mr Sartin and Mr Hutchinson fill their diaries performing with other major folk acts like Bellowhead and Faustus (Sartin), Hoover The Dog and Okavango (Hutchinson), as well as pursuing teaching and academic music careers.

Paul and Paul sit down with Mike Harding to talk about their witty and virtuosic new album Find The Lady, which is released this month.

This week's folk show features an interview with Belshazzar's Feast.

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Mike Harding presents his usual impeccable selection of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including news of artists currently on tour and the latest album releases.

Mike Harding presents the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music. This week, the entire programme is devoted to listeners' requests.

Mike Harding plays an hour of folk and acoustic music requested by listeners.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with one of British folk's brightest stars: Kate Rusby.

Kate's tenth album Make The Light is released this month and she joins Mike to tell him all about it. The record is Kate's first since becoming a mother, and her first to consist of entirely original material, something she did at the suggestion of one Jennifer Saunders, who had commissioned Kate to perform the title music to BBC comedy Jam and Jerusalem.

That programme was one of several milestones to have marked Kate Rusby's rise to crossover success. She has four BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards to her name, and in 1999 her second solo album, Sleepless, earned her a Mercury Music Prize nomination and introduced her to a legion of new fans.

Collaborations with Ronan Keating, Eddi Reader, Idlewild's Roddy Woomble and Blur's Graham Coxon followed; she's appeared on Top Of The Tops and Later With Jools Holland, toured widely and pulled in the punters at many great festivals.

Yet she's done all of this quietly and in her own sweet time. She early on decided not to sign to another record label, preferring instead to establish her own, in partnership with her family. She is still based in the South Yorkshire countryside, where she writes and records with, amongst others, her musician husband Damien O'Kane and her producer brother Joe Rusby.

In this edition of the Mike Harding Show, Kate Rusby looks back on fifteen years of cutting her own path through folk music and introduces tracks from her new album.

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with one of the British folk scene's best-loved performers, Ralph McTell.

Ralph's latest album, Somewhere Down The Road, is his first of original material for a decade, adding to a canon of songs that has been treasured by generations of music fans. But he hasn't been idle for the last ten years: Ralph has released numerous compilations and concert films, extended his autobiography, continued to tour extensively, and in 2009 was honoured by Parliament's All Party Folk Music Group for his contributions to the folk world.

And this was by no means his first major accolade: Since beginning his career more than forty years ago, Ralph McTell has collected an Ivor Novello Award for his international hit Streets Of London, seen country star Nanci Griffith record his song From Clare To Here on a Grammy Award-winning album, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Ralph talks to his old friend Mike Harding about the things that inspired his new collection of songs, and what motivates him this far into his esteemed career.

Mike interviews one of the British folk scene's best-loved performers, Ralph McTell.

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Mike Harding presents his favourite Christmas songs from the worlds of folk, roots and acoustic music - ranging from traditional carols to contemporary songs of the season.

Mike presents his favourite folk, roots and acoustic Christmas songs.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with the American singer-songwriter Richard Shindell.

Richard Shindell is a songwriter's songwriter: noted for his cinematic and evocative songs that deal vividly with subjects personal, political and spiritual.

His narrative songs have been covered by the likes of Joan Baez and Dar Williams, and his own records have featured guest spots by Richard Thompson, Eliza Gilkyson and long-time Shindell collaborator Lucy Kaplansky.

New Jersey-born, Buenos Aires-based Richard joins Mike Harding to talk about his influences and early days, about making a living as a singer-songwriter, and about the remarkable and varied subjects that have inspired his fantastic songs.

Folk show, including an interview with American singer-songwriter Richard Shindell.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of listeners' requests for the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

Mike Harding presents an hour of listeners' requests.

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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards20100203Mike Harding presents highlights of the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards show from The Brewery in London. The Folk Awards, now in their eleventh year, celebrate the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music from the past twelve months and acknowledge significant contributions through the presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Nanci Griffith and Dick Gaughan, two artists who have influenced generations of musicians and music fans alike, will be presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards and both will perform in the show. Plus the groundbreaking TV series The Transatlantic Sessions, which has brought together the finest folk and traditional musicians from Scotland, Ireland and North America is to be given the Good Tradition Award for its continuing contribution to folk music.

The Awards show will also feature performances by the 2009 Best Group Lau and by six times nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist Martin Simpson. Irish Singer Cara Dillon will perform a song from her latest album, while Best Live Act nominees The Bad Shepherds and Best Duo nominees Show of Hands will also provide live music.

Guest presenters include musician Richard Hawley, poet Ian McMillan and Radio 2's Simon Mayo.

Mike Harding presents highlights of the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

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BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award20091209Mike Harding introduces highlights from the final of the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, held at the BBC Radio Theatre in London on Friday 4th December.

The programme includes performances by each of the six finalists as well as the announcement of the winner and presentation of the trophy by our special guest - the musician and singer Jon Boden.

The finalists are Cinnte, a six piece group from County Derry, Northern Ireland; Niamh Boadle, a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Lancashire; The Carrivick Sisters, twins Charlotte and Laura, from Devon who sing and play fiddle, mandolin, guitar and dobro; sisters Mairi and Steaphanaidh Chaimbeul from the Isle of Skye who play clarsach, saxophone and sing; Chris Keatinge, a button accordion player, from the Scottish Borders; and James Findlay, a singer, guitarist and fiddle player from Dorset.

Now in its twelfth year, the Radio 2 Young Folk Award is the network's annual search for the most promising folk musicians in the UK. The initiative is open to anyone aged 15 to 20, performing traditional and acoustic music as a band, duo or soloist.

Plus, as part of Radio 2's Pete Seeger night, past winners and finalists of the Young Folk Award including Jim Moray, Ruth Notman and Jackie Oates pay tribute to Seeger with specially recorded versions of his songs.

Mike Harding introduces highlights from the final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with singer-songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews about their latest album, Hitting The Ground Running.

The duo's close vocal harmonies and emotive songwriting have earned them an international fanbase, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo in 2009, and Beth Nielsen Chapman has called them two of her "favourite singer songwriters in the whole wide world."

Chris and Julie introduce tracks from their new album and talk to Mike about their other musical projects, including the St Agnes Fountain group, which is gearing up for its annual Christmas tour.

Including an interview with singer-songwriting duo Chris While and Julie Matthews.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including an interview with Scottish singer Emily Smith about her fourth solo album, Traiveller's Joy.

Long-tipped for great things by Mike, Emily joins him to discuss a record full of music inspired not only by travelling traditions but also her own recent times on the road.

The new album - produced again by Jamie McClennan - features a familiar blend of traditional arrangements and original songs by Emily, as well as a cover of Waltzing's for Dreamers by Richard Thompson, who invited her to to join the line-up of his Meltdown Festival last year.

Plus Mike previews the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with music by some of this year's nominated artists. The Folk Awards, which Mike will co-host with Barbara Dickson, will live on Radio 2 on Monday 7th February from 7pm.

Mike Harding with an hour of great folk music including a chat with singer Emily Smith.

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Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with singer Martyn Wyndham-Read about his new album, Back To You.

Martyn has been an active and widely-admired folk performer for more than forty years. Originally from Sussex, he emigrated to Australia as a teenager, where he worked on sheep farms and was introduced to the songs of the Australian folk tradition.

His musical career began shortly afterwards in the Australian folk revival of the 1960s, and after working with friend and fellow Aussiephile A.L. "Bert" Lloyd he began recording for the influential engineer and producer Bill Leader.

Martyn, who now resides in the UK, talks to Mike about his new album, his many and varied contributions for the folk scene, his formative years in the outback and his lasting love for Australia.

This week's folk show features an interview with singer Martyn Wyndham-Read.