Monday, 24 December 2012

Xmas Eve Folk & Acoustic Music Show

Here's the playlist for tonight's show on Acoustic Spectrum but it you'd like to listen to it before 9pm then you can do at

Richard Thompson - Don't Sit on my Jimmy Shands
The Low Countries - Carry On Christmas
Hayseed Dixie - Have a Drink On Me
Juey - Gin
The Long Lost Band - Twelfth Knight (King of December)
Michelle Shocked - Psalm
James J Turner - This Christmas
Manic Street Preachers - Last Christmas
Kenny Young & The Eggplants - There's Something Funny In The Water
The Bad Shepherds - God Save The Queen \ Mountain Road
KT Tunstall - Minature Disasters
The Albion Christmas Band - Winter Song
Kevin Henderson - Christmas Day I'da Mornin
Richard & Linda Thompson - We Sing Hallelujah

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist 17th Dec

Here's the playlist for this Monday's show. After yesterday's failed attempt I've now successfully uploaded the file to Mixcloud.

Listen at

Duncan McCrone - Waiting Here For You
Lorraine McCauley and the Borderlands - Belong
Patsy Matheson - Hundred Guitars
Jaywalkers - Our Sarah
Heather Bristow - Ghost of a Memory
Show of Hands - Coming Home
Karine Polwart - Salter's Road
Maeve MacKinnon - The Father's Song
Marc Nellis - You Must Know This By Now
Ottersgear - Eye of Eyes
Jamie Smith's Mabon - Huzzah
Ribbon Road - Closing Down Sale
Peter Nardini - Hogmanay
Kate Rusby - Elfin Knight

Here's my Song of the Year by Karine Polwart...

Friday, 14 December 2012

Top 20 albums of 2012

Here are my 20 recommended albums of 2012 in date of release order. You can hear tracks from about a dozen of these albums on the next show which will be broadcast on Monday the 17th of December. My thanks go to all the promoters and artists who have sent me albums and mp3s over the last 12 months and a special mention goes out to to everyone who was involved with Diversity FM and to Neil King for inviting me to join Acoustic Spectrum.

Top 20 of 2012

Patsy Matheson - Stories of Angels and Guitars
Cam Penner - Gypsy Summer
Kim Edgar - The Ornate Lie
The Imagined Village - Bending The Dark
Duncan McCrone - Colourblind
Peter Nardini - Hug
Ribbon Road - Roadside Dreams
Jaywalkers - Early For A Thursday
Marc Nellis - House to House Cellar to Cellar
Karine Polwart - Traces
Macmaster/Hay - Hook
Nick Keir - The Edge of Night
Lau - Race The Loser
Jamie Smith's Mabon - Windblown
Maeve MacKinnon - Once Upon An Olive Branch
Lorraine McCauley & the Borderlands - Light in the Darkest Corners
Session A9 - Session A9
Show of Hands - Wake The Union
Heather Bristow - Ragged Souls
Ottersgear - The Quest for Rest

Best Album : Peter Nardini - Hug
Best Song  : Karine Polwart - 'Salters Road' from her album Traces
Best Gig     : Steve Knightley, Lancaster University, 9th February

Monday, 10 December 2012

The Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist 10th Dec

Hope you enjoyed the wintery songs on last night's show...

The Imagined Village - Winter Singing
James J Turner - This Christmas
Catherine MacLellan - Snowbird
Mary Hampton - Concerning A Frozen Sparrow
John Rigby - Walking Winter Skylines
The Bailey Sisters - Snows of Winter
The James Brothers - Rain and Snow
Kathleen MacInnes - Snow on Drumochter
Breabach - Scotland's Winter
Kate Rusby - Little Jack Frost
Sarah MacDougall - Permafrost
Simon and Garfunkel - Hazy Shade of Winter
Up In The Air - Thomas McElvouge's / The Barra Boys / Dark Days

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist 3rd Dec

The Albion Christmas Band - Winter Song
Seth Lakeman - Lady of the Sea
Megson - Time to Get Up
Nick Keir - Middle-Aged Men
Richard Thompson - Old Thames Side
The Waifs - When I Die
The Low Countries - Putty
Wooden Horse - Yonder Calling
Cam Penner - Driftwood
The Long Lost Band - Twelfth Knight (King of December)
Lau - Stewarts
Cara Dillon - Bold Jamie

My plans for the rest of the year are as follows: Monday the 10th will be songs with a winter theme, the 17th will be a "Best of 2012" and on the 24th I'll be playing some Xmas songs and other stuff. I'll then be taking a break so there won't be a show on the 31st.

isten to previous shows at

Here's The Long Lost Band with their video for Twelfth Knight (King Of December) filmed in and around Lancaster...