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Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 2

Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 2

All too often a fusion of musical styles can feel forced or somehow artificial. Ajay has avoided that completely, when a musical fusion truly works it reveals hidden parts of both traditions, illuminated by each other.  As our talk progressed it became evident that...

Judy Collins interview – headlines Wickham Festival 1st August

Judy Collins interview – headlines Wickham Festival 1st August

Interview with folk legend Judy Collins, who has – in the words of her biggest hit – looked at life from both sides now… and has somehow come through the triumphs and the tragedy. The American star, who headlines the opening night of the Wickham Festival on Thursday...

Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 1

Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 1

We recently interviewed Ajay Srivastav about his great new album Karmic Blues, which is a stunning blend of Delta Blues and Indian Folk. We wanted to find out how he found the synergies between cultures and the path his own life has woven to bring them together......

A Question of Firsts – Bryony Griffith

A Question of Firsts – Bryony Griffith

Bryony Griffith proves that English Fiddle music is no museum piece with her deft and inspiring style. Not even when she was literally a museum piece in the National Coal Mining Museum for England as a part of the EFDSS Musicians in Museums project. She is a senior...

A Question of Firsts – Damien Barber

A Question of Firsts – Damien Barber

Damien Barber is one of the true innovators in folk music, always pushing at the boundaries between folk dance, music and performance. He is also a flag bearer for the sleeveless t-shirt, a garment that should have been allowed to die an undignified death decades ago....

Irish Mythen – A Question of Firsts

Irish Mythen – A Question of Firsts

My intros to these pieces generally involve me roasting the artist slowly over a gentle heat. There's always something I can tease apart about them for a cheap laugh (What, you thought this was a high-brow view into someone's inner psyche?). But Irish Mythen has...

A Question of Firsts – Ben Walker

A Question of Firsts – Ben Walker

He is one of 'the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ according to Total Guitar magazine. So I was surprised, whilst doing my forensic research for this intro, that Fatea has described him as 'obscene'. Digging a bit deeper whilst putting my glasses on,...

A Question of Firsts – Sam Sweeney

A Question of Firsts – Sam Sweeney

Just look at that mugshot above. We obtained it from the Police in Tunbridge Wells after Mr Sweeney (the accused), had been detained after complaints from local residents. The full story seems a bit murky but details are emerging of a bout of random and uncalled for...

A Question of Firsts – Phil Beer

A Question of Firsts – Phil Beer

Is Phil Beer the nicest man in Folk music? Very possibly, I've never seen him glum or miserable, even when he'd just had a stent fitted he still chatted amiably away (he was horizontal on a garden reclining chair at the time, for all I know he was paralysed and...

A Question of Firsts – Ninebarrow

A Question of Firsts – Ninebarrow

So the story is that this duo named themselves after Nine Barrow Down in the Purbeck hills. I can in fact confirm that this is tosh, as you will see from the pic above the duo are afflicted by a rare condition called autocompostitis. This rural condition results in...

A Question of Firsts – Topette – James Delarre

A Question of Firsts – Topette – James Delarre

James Delarre is the Yang to Andy Cuttings Yin, a balance to the cosmic power of folk music. Where Andy is quiet and introspective James is bouncing about all over the shop. This veritable Folk Tigger is an accomplished violinist and has appeared with Eliza Carthy,...

A Question of Firsts – Topette – Julien Cartonnet

A Question of Firsts – Topette – Julien Cartonnet

Bagpipes eh? I've been scared of the things since I sat too near an odious man who played the highland bagpipes indoors. The fact that he had a beard that started at his eyes didn't help, and the maniacal glint in those eyes has stayed with me ever since. I filed the...

A Question of Firsts – Topette – Barnaby Stradling

A Question of Firsts – Topette – Barnaby Stradling

My personal challenge when writing these intro's is to see how sarcastic I can get before I topple off a moral cliff and can't get my (admittedly paper-thin) reputation back. So as you can imagine, I was rubbing my hands together with anticipation for Barnaby. With...

Interview with BBC Musician of the Year – Mohsen Amini

Interview with BBC Musician of the Year – Mohsen Amini

It’s hard to think of a band that has achieved so much and made such an impact on the trad music scene in their first few years, as Glasgow based trio Talisk. As they head out on a UK tour (April 24-May 3), trio member Mohsen Amini, talks about being the current...

A Question of Firsts – Topette – Andy Cutting

A Question of Firsts – Topette – Andy Cutting

Andy Cutting is one of those truly great musicians who is content for his music to speak for itself. Quietly spoken and deeply modest he is a pleasure to talk to, not least for his depth of knowledge of the history, tunes and personalities within the English Folk...

A Question of Firsts – Paul Hutchinson

A Question of Firsts – Paul Hutchinson

Paul Hutchinson was persuaded by his father to take up the accordion at the age of 17, the young Paul formed a ceilidh band and never looked back. His father never had the heart to tell him that it was a practical joke. Then one day in a field Paul formed Belshazzar's...

A Question of Firsts – Paul Sartin

A Question of Firsts – Paul Sartin

Paul Sartin is a prolific musical marvel, he is the the brains behind Faustus, the brawn behind Bellowhead and the beauty at the heart of Belshazzar's Feast. A man for whom the very idea of only having one pot on the boil is a sign of weakness. Rumour has it that he...

Through Gloucester Streets, interview with Ashley Hutchings

Through Gloucester Streets, interview with Ashley Hutchings

An exclusive interview with Ashley Hutchings about his new album by Simon Jones. In September 1987 Ashley Hutchings released a truly remarkable and strikingly personal album, By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down & Wept. Detailing a love affair with painstaking...

10 years of Bearded Theory – Exclusive Interview

10 years of Bearded Theory – Exclusive Interview

Award-winning festival Bearded Theory celebrates its ten year anniversary at the end of this month, we caught up for a pre festival interview with Rich Bryan, Festival Organiser..... For a festival that started life as a private party in a pub, you’ve come a long way,...