Saturday, 29 September 2012

New time slot for the show

After yesterday's technical difficulties at Acoustic Spectrum, The Folk and Acoustic Music Show will now no longer be broadcast on Fridays. Instead the Monday 9pm repeat slot will become the main show time with the repeat going out at 2am the following morning. 

This suits me as I might be getting involved with Red Rose Recovery Radio which only broadcasts on Friday afternoons. I'm waiting for the powers-that-be to okay my involvement which will probably just be a 30 minute show initially. I'm planning on playing different music with more emphasis on rock, indie and Americana but we'll see how it goes. I'll still be featuring local bands with Icepops for Breakfast and Jesta lined up for my first show.

Stay tuned for more info!

Here's some Icepops for ya with their tribute to a certain radio DJ. No prizes for guessing which one!


Friday, 28 September 2012

No show on Acoustic Spectrum today

Due to technical problems with their server, the show didn't go out at 1pm today. It seems that it wasn't just my show that has been affected as the evening shows aren't going out either. I've had an apology from Acoustic Spectrum which I can only pass on to the bands and singers who I know were looking forward to getting some airplay today.

As I posted on here earlier, I've uploaded the show to Mixcloud so you can have a listen to it by clicking on this link -

Hopefully next week will be better. Here's some Richard & Danny for you...


The Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist 28 Sept

I'm getting ahead of myself this week and posting the playlist in advance of the show. There's another presenter on Acoustic Spectrum who has a very fancy blog with all sorts of links and stuff on it which makes mine look rather plain. But it's only a playlist and if you're looking at this it means you have internet access and are no doubt perfectly able to use Google and YouTube to find out more info on the artists I'm featuring on the show. 

So coming up at 1pm (British Autumn Time) will be the following music for your enjoyment. I will upload it to Mixcloud this afternoon so you can listen at your leisure if you're unable to tune in at lunchtime today.

Show of Hands - Roots
Wilful Missing - Don't Be Scared 48
Philip Henry & Hannah Martin - Death and the Lady
Jame Smith's Mabon - Summer's Lament
Amy Rayner - Lost and Found
Thompson & Danny Thompson - Easy There Steady Now
Rich Tea - Simon's Fandango
Ponies - Show Me Love
The Coarse Envelope - The Ballad Of White Eagle
Karine Polwart - Salter's Road
Dick Gaughan - Whatever Happened

Listen online at

I will add this link as you'll find stuff on Rich Tea on Andy Hornby's web site. Andy is also involved with a band called Northern Frisk who are also on his web site -

As I posted on the show's Facebook page just now, I've got a quite different version of "Death and the Lady" on the show today by Philip Henry and Hannah Martin. If you'd like to know what the song is about, have a listen to Norma's introduction...

Friday, 21 September 2012

The Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist 21 Sept

If you missed the show or would like to hear it again, the repeats are Monday at 9pm and Tuesday at 2am. If you can't wait until then, this show and previous ones are available to listen on demand at

Jaywalkers - Cool My Body Down
Maeve Mackinnon - Kind Friends and Companions
Fairport Convention - The Hiring Fair
Iain MacDonald - 21st February 2010
Session A9 - Miller of Dron
The Existence of Harvey Lord - Crowfield
Moll Baxter - 26th June
Flossie Malavialle - Au Suivant
Macmaster/Hay - Stay With You
Megson - The Cabman
The James Brothers - The James Brothers \ I Wallaby Free
The Existence of Harvey Lord - C U at 7


Here's Fairport performing The Hiring Fair at a concert recorded at the Union Chapel in London in March 2012...

Friday, 14 September 2012

The Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist 14 Sept

Annlaug - Ord Som Fell
Nordic Fiddlers Bloc - Halling From Trondheim
Karine Polwart - Don't Worry
Luka Bloom - Innocence
Mabon - The Tale of Nikolai, The Dancing Bear
Rupa & The April Fishes - Culpa de la Luna
John Renbourn - Sad News
New Zealand Story - Hey Boy
Ottersgear - Down in the Faery Glen
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Queen of Waters
Kim Guy - Perfect Day
Cara Dillon & John Smith - If I Prove False
Michael Chapman - Rockport Sunday

Intro music from Kate Rusby's Elfin Knight

To download the Johnny Dickinson benefit album, which includes John Renbourn's Sad News, please go to his web site -

Other links...

Friday, 7 September 2012

The Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist 7 Sept

Well, my first show on Acoustic Spectrum went out without a hitch this lunchtime. Hope you enjoyed the show and if you missed it, there are repeats on Monday at 9pm and Tuesday at 2am.

Steeleye Span - Van Diemen's Land
Ribbon Road - Leaving For Love
Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston - Trouble
Niall Kelly - Road
Patsy Matheson - Water is Over The Weir
The Low Countries - Summer's Last Hurrah
Marc Nellis - You Must Know This By Now
Battlefield Band - Lovers and Friends
Richard Thompson - Oops I Did It Again
Dead Flamingoes - Hold Your Fire
Daisy Chapman - Ring of Fire
Steve Knightley - Hook of Love
Rua MacMillan - Traditionally Incorrect

Intro music from Elfin Knight by Kate Rusby


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

New radio show on Acoustic Spectrum

Yes folks, I'm going to be back on the airwaves with a new radio show on Acoustic Spectrum. They are an internet radio and TV station and I'll be doing a weekly hour-long show on Fridays at 1pm. There will be a repeat or two but I'm waiting for confirmation of the times. 

As they already have a folk music show called Along The Tracks I've decided to ditch the Off The Beaten Tracks name so the show will simply be called The Folk and Acoustic Music Show. It will be much the same as before with the emphasis on UK and Irish folk music along with the occasional track from around Europe and America. And I'll be posting playlists on here as before.

I've renamed my Facebook page to The Folk and Acoustic Music Show.

I've had confirmation that the show will go out three times each week 
Friday 1pm, Monday 9pm and Tuesday 2am

In other news my former Diversity FM colleagues Philip Cowles and Gordon Smith have been involved with setting up a new internet radio project based in Morecambe which coincidentally also has its first broadcast this Friday. They will be on air between 1 and 4pm each Friday so why not check them out after you've listened to my show? Find them online at Red Rose Recovery Radio.

Philip has also submitted a review of my book on Lulu and Amazon. The paperback is now available for the knock-down price of £5.59!