The Folk Buddies are emotionally drained because "Walk the Line" is such a moving film and also whisky. So they carry on talking about Johnny Cash's songs. Andrew like the one about great military defeats; Clarrie likes the one about sweet shops; but oddly enough they both like the one about hangovers.
The Folk Buddies leave their guns at home as they walk the line into a burning ring of fire and watch two movies about the life of Johnny Cash -- "Walk the Line" (the serious one) and "Walk Hard" (the funny one.) No one does the joke about Bob Hope and Steve Jobs.
Andrew has been listening to Calico Jack, Ushti Baba, a big celebration of Bob Copper at Cecil Sharp House, and some youngster named Luke Jackson. Clarrie is not here, so he gets to pontificate without interruptions.
It is the year 2015 AD. Two Folk Buddies take off their space helmets, jump out of their jet cars, switch off their personal communication devices, and look back on some of the music they were listening to in 2014.
They fail to reach a consensus on bands such as The Firepit Collective, Ushti Baba, Two White Cranes, the Buffalo Skinners and Sid Goldsmith and Jimmy Aldridge.
The Folk Buddies continue their autumnal debate on Fairy Tales. They consider invisible child murderers who walk through walls and ghosts come back from out at sea to take their brides away from a house carpenters. There is an unprecedented outbreak of consensus when they turn their attention to contemporary bands like the Emily Portman Trio and Heg and the Wolf Chorus.
Is a man a man for all that? Will friendship and honour flourish on both sides the tweed? Is it awfu' strange strange to look at the world through a young laddie's eyes? Is it, or is it not, appropriate to shove your granny off the bus? Will Andrew and Clarrie get right through their celebration of Scottish Independence without making a single joke about deep fried Mars Bars?
It's the middle of the night. There are still nine songs to get through. Is Australia big or small? What is the best song ever written about anything, ever? Did Half-Man Half-Biscuit ever write a night-visiting ballad? Will the Folk Buddies reach a consensus on what they mean by "folk music"?
It's one in the morning. We're less than half way through our play lists. Andrew has already said "But I wouldn't call it folk music" five times. And the next song on Clarrie's list is Belle and Sebastian. What could go wrong.
We've been doing this, whatever "this" is, for a year now. In this episode, "this" is arguing about the hyper-traditional Tommy McCarthy; the slightly-to-the-left of center Anti-Capitalist Roadshow; and casting our eyes back over the definitely northern 2014 Black Swan Folk Weekend.
We're sitting round Clarrie's kitchen table, (heave away, haul away) listening to Andrew's extensive collection of maritime songs, (we'll haul away to Johnny-oh,) and reviewing some new CDs by nautically themed bands, (heave away, haul away), like Blackbeard's Tea Party, Chris Ricketts, and the Sail Pattern, (heave away, haul away, we're bound for South Australia. Oy!)
Now then! Andrew is heading to the fair city of York to attend the 2014 Black Swan Folk Weekend, so we thought it was about time we delved into the archives and listened to his review of the 2013 Black Swan Folk Weekend. See you there?
It's May Day. The Folkbuddies are joined by Richard Lambert and Tim the Roadie ignore the gigantic water slide and instead spend the weekend at Bristol's third folk festival. They are amazed by Fairport Convention's musicianship; Jim Moray's Morris Dancing; and Lucy Ward's hair. (Plus: "What exactly is a bhangra, your honour?" )
A blast from the past...and unpublished recording from the vaults...painstakingly reconstructed from Clarrie's hard-drive by certified Apple Geniuses after her kittens did whatever they did to it [Get on with it]. If you listened to the Monty Award, you'll know that Andrew and Clarrie selected a tiny gig at the Three Sugar Loaves as our Most Special Gig of 2013. This is what they said about it at the time. Will either of them be able to remember who wrote "Oh Susannah!"? (Clue - No.)
The Montpelier Stations Awards: the best folkie moments of 2013, selected by a panel of judge, chosen from a shortlist of bloggers living in big pink houses near Montpelier Station. For the first time these prestigious awards are transmitted live from, er, a different big pink house near Montpelier Station.
A traditional British clip show, with interesting bits and pieces that got left on the kitchen floor during our first wave of pod casts. Opera, Martin Carthy, and ukuleles are all mentioned, though not necessarily in that order.
Andrew, Clarrie and Tim the Roadie, live from an alternately hot and wet Trowbridge Village Pump Festival. Which artist made Andrew blub? Which group is Clarrie uncomfortable about liking? Did anyone understand Andrew's breakfast based joke? And how do you pronounce "chorale"?
Clarrie is indisposed, so Andrew succeeds in bickering with himself about the one-day Folk by the Oak festival in leafy Hertfordshire. Normal service resumes next week, for sufficiently low values of "normal".
A short "as live" minisode looking back on the very hot Priddy Folk Festival. Did Jesus visit the Queen Victoria? What is a sheep hurdle? And what did Andrew think is possibly the best set he's heard this year so far?