Main: Folk Byways: The Peacock Party

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 .

This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here: http://64.237.34.50:9000/stream.m3u

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