Former English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) Chairman (2006–2011) and long-standing member Mike Norris hosts a weekly folk radio programme.
Mike explores a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music, from the UK and abroad. Programmes feature a rich variety of music; from rarely heard archive and field recordings, to the latest releases from today’s finest performers.
Monday 20 January 2020
The presenter: Mike Norris
Mike’s passion for folk music spans decades; from first learning to play the melodeon and singing shanties at school, to running folk festivals and gigs in and around Suffolk.
A teenager during the 1960s, Mike was heavily influenced by protest song and folk-rock popularity (Bob Dylan, the Copper Family, Joan Baez, Fairport Convention etc), as well as the tail end of the folk-song revival shaped by The Watersons, Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Shirley Collins, Woody Guthrie and many more.
Interesting fact: The hospital where Mike was born, in Portsmouth, grew out of the workhouse where George Gardiner collected more than 100 songs in the early 1900s.