Main: Folk Byways: The Peacock Party

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 4 November, 2015

Today we present a programme of modern folk music from the UK (well nearly — there are a couple of North American artists in there if truth be told).

81-53RpuvRL._SL1456_This time we are also featuring a classic album from 1979, The Peacock Party, by virtuoso guitarist Gordon Giltrap. Amongst a talented group of musicians, it features Gryphon’s Richard Harvey on recorders and crumhorn. The tunes are based on characters from the book The Peacock Party written by George E Ryder and illustrated by Alan Aldridge — a sequel to the somewhat better known Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast.

In addition we’ll be hearing a collection of British folk music from the last 20 years or so, with the occasional traditional number thrown in alongside the likes of the Unthanks, Chumbawamba, Fourtold and others.

Some of today’s selections are definitely on the rock side of folk, so be prepared for a fairly up‐tempo day.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are in the United States or Canada, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside North America, click here to start your player .

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