Folk Byways with Elrik Merlin

Today we present a pro­gramme of tra­di­tion­al and mod­ern folk music, and a lit­tle folk-rock, from the UK.

The tracks range from the begin­ning of the mod­ern British folk move­ment in the 60s up to close to the present day, with some major names and some we should know bet­ter than we do. The focus is prob­a­bly some­where in the 60s and 70s, with plen­ty of music from the decades either side.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. Please click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App.

Pho­to: Pen­tan­gle in 2007

Classics with a French Accent

Paris Sunset Panorama by Moyan Brenn

Today we present a selec­tion of var­ied French pieces from the Baroque peri­od to the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry, includ­ing a good many famous names — and some not quite so well known who also have a place in the French clas­si­cal pan­theon.

Some of those less­er-known com­posers include Jean-Joseph Mouret, whose dra­mat­ic works made him very pop­u­lar in the Baroque peri­od, although he has now large­ly fad­ed from view, with the pos­si­ble excep­tion of one piece you’ll recog­nise at once; and Marc-Antoine Char­p­en­tier, anoth­er French Baroque com­pos­er we’ll be hear­ing from today.

We’ll be fea­tur­ing the music of Fran­cis Jean Mar­cel Poulenc (1899–1963), a mem­ber of the French group Les six. He com­posed in a wide range of styles, from solo piano music to full orches­tral music, both sacred and sec­u­lar. Lis­ten out in par­tic­u­lar for the music from his bal­let Les Bich­es.

We’ll also be play­ing the melod­ic and tune­ful work of Gabriel Fau­re — regard­ed very much as a “pop” com­pos­er at the time, much as we might regard Andrew Lloyd-Web­ber or Karl Jenk­ins today — includ­ing some of his pieces for two pianos such the Dol­ly Suite, and his utter­ly beau­ti­ful Requiem.  Plus you’ll hear Joseph Can­teloube’s beau­ti­ful Chants d’Au­vergne.

The image at the top of this arti­cle was shot by Moy­an Brenn and is tak­en from his Flickr Stream. It is used under the terms of the Cre­ative Com­mons C.C. Attr. 2.0 Gen. (CC BY 2.0) license.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 

Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days.

Celtic DJ Challenge — Main, 22 March, 2pm Pacific

Join Radio Riel DJs Elrik Mer­lin, Ktahdn Vesu­vi­no and Gabrielle Riel from 2–5pm Pacif­ic / 21:00–00:00 GMT for the fourth in a series of DJ Chal­lenges: this time to cel­e­brate the twelfth anniver­sary of the Sean­chai Library. Each pre­sen­ter will play an hour of music with a Celtic theme.

If you are in Sec­ond Life, you can join us for the show — plus an addi­tion­al hour of sto­ry­telling from 1pm Pacif­ic pre­sent­ed by the Library staff and friends.

Vis­it the event in Sec­ond Life at

More details here on the Sean­chai Library web site.

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