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At the heart of English folk
Classic Folk


Folk on the airwaves

Classic Folk with Mike Norris

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.


Listen again

Monday 20 January 2020

Music played

1. Cropper Lads / Rachael McShane & The Cartographers
2. Iron Angels / Paul Davenport And Liz Davenport
3. The Cornwall Apprentice / Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll
4. The Final Trawl / Sgoil Chiùil Na Gàidhealtachd
5. Bastavoe / Sgoil Chiùil Na Gàidhealtachd
6. Y'deryn Pur (Gentle Bird) / Mary Hopkin
7. Canyonland / Kaia Kater
8. Sweet Woman / Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
9. The Rambling Rover / Bob Fox
10. Newlyn Town / John Jones
11. Language Of The Land / Enda Kenny
12. Mollymuck / The Keelers
13. The Cuckoo / Charlotte Greig
14. Fieldfares / Jack Rutter
15. Blackbirds And Thrushes/The Blackbird Waltz / Niamh M Parsons
16. The Beggar's Prayer / the mountain firework company
17. Buffalo Skinners / Moriarty
18. Flash Company / Offa Rex
19. On Board The 'Kangaroo' / Tony Rose
20. The Golden Vanity (Child 286) / Brian Peters
21. The Bonny Ship The Diamond / Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith
22. Fare thee well, My Dearest Dear / Moira Craig Morgan Carolyn Robson
23. On a Bright May Morning / Loreena McKennitt
24. Jigs: The Rock on the Clyde/Paidin O’ Raifeartaigh / Aerialists
25. Here's To Tom Paine / Fairport Convention
26. Death and the Lady / Bellowhead
27. Homeward Bound / Ian Campbell Folk Group

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.

Read our 'in conversation' interview with Mike




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