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A blast from the past...and unpublished recording from the vaults...painstakingly reconstructed from Clarrie's hard-drive by certified Apple Geniuses after her kittens did whatever they did to it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?