An English Folk Festival

Today on Radio Riel we present a diverse col­lec­tion of Eng­lish folk music, from the 60s to the past decade.

You’ll hear artists like Kirsty Mac­Coll, Bel­low­head, The Unthanks, Mag­pie Lane, Chum­bawam­ba, Pen­tan­gle (pic­tured above in 2007)  and many more, and in par­tic­u­lar we are fea­tur­ing the work of Vashti Bun­yan.

Vashti BunyanVashti Bun­yan is an Eng­lish singer-song­writer who hails from New­cas­tle in the NE of Eng­land. She released her debut album, Just Anoth­er Dia­mond Day in 1970. The album sold very few copies, and Bun­yan, dis­cour­aged, aban­doned her musi­cal career. By 2000, her album had acquired a cult fol­low­ing; it was re-released and Bun­yan record­ed more songs, ini­ti­at­ing the sec­ond phase of her musi­cal career after a gap of thir­ty years. She released the album Lookaf­ter­ing in 2005. We can count her first two albums as falling fair­ly well into the folk spec­trum: her forth­com­ing album Heartleap, released in Octo­ber, prob­a­bly does not. It’s almost com­plete­ly self-per­formed and makes exten­sive use of elec­tron­ic instru­ments. Lis­ten out for it!


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are tun­ing in from Cana­da or the Unit­ed States, please click here. Oth­er­wise, click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. You can also lis­ten to this pro­gramme in high-qual­i­ty HE-AAC here.

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