Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Some thoughts on UK politics and electoral reform

This is in response to some comments posted yesterday by a friend on Twitter. She was moaning about how all the Greens seem to do is go on about PR though she did admit she likes Caroline Lucas. I pointed out the unfair situation with the First Past The Post voting system (FPTP) whereby in 2015 the SNP got 1.4m votes and 56 seats whereas The Green Party got 1.1m votes but only 1 seat in the House of Commons and this was her reply...

"UKIP changed the country with one seat. There's more to politics than seats."

Rather than continue on Twitter, with the limit on how much you can type, I decided to post my reply here...

And now UKIP has no seats in Westminster and they only have one council seat* so they have been reduced to little more than a one issue pressure group. But because of Brexit they still get alot of press coverage and are invited on to shows like Question Time on the BBC. So you are right - for UKIP, seats in Parliament don't matter as since the EU referendum they are still regularly in the news. But that's also because Brexit goes beyond party lines. There will have been voters from all parties who voted to leave the EU, not just Tories and UKippers.

While I am no fan of their policies the fact that UKIP got 600K votes at this year's General Election but have no seats in the House of Commons is bad for democracy. But it suits Labour and the Tories to have as few Green and UKIP MPs as possible and they achieve this by continuing to support FPTP.

But arguably it lost Labour the 2015 election. Why? Because in Scotland, despite the SNP only getting 50% of the vote, they won all the seats apart from three - one each to Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems. Corbyn needs those Scottish seats to win a General Election. The Greens are now pretty much a minor distraction in national elections. We had hoped to add to our one seat, or at least come a good second in a few constituencies, but that did not happen. But we have 40 council seats* and this is where we can make a difference and push councils to be greener.

Caroline Lucas does the best she can to push environmental issues in parliament but she is just one voice out of 650 seats. Most of the time she can be ignored with the main parties just paying lip service to green issues. But the environment should be central to our political system - it is the basis of life on earth. It is the air we breathe, the land we live on and grow food on, the water we need to survive but we use and abuse it putting profit above all else which is deeply depressing.

Of course, people of all political colours care about the environment especially here in Lancashire where there is great alarm especially among rural communities about the government pushing ahead with fracking. Even Tory politicians are speaking out against it here though that may be because they sense the public mood and fear they will lose votes if they are seen to support the shale gas industry.

Given the choice I would obviously prefer to see a Labour victory at the next election rather than more Tory-led austerity and I sincerely hope that if Corbyn is our next Prime Minister he stops fracking and adopts more environmentally-friendly policies.

The reason that was always given in the past for not changing from the First Part The Post voting system was that PR leads to hung parliaments. Well, we've had 2 hung parliaments out of the last 3 general elections. We need a new voting system, such as the one used in the Holyrood elections.

Colin Bertram

The above are my own personal views and not necessarily those of the Green Party of England and Wales of which I am a member.

* These were the figures after the seats contested in the 2017 local elections but the total number of councillors in the UK are UKIP - 438 and Green Party - 175 according to Wikipedia.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Still on Beyond Radio

Despite the lack of playlists being posted on here I am still presenting my show on Beyond Radio on Thursdays at 8pm. I'm now just posting the playlists on the Folk and Acoustic Music Show page on Facebook. Here are details of some gigs coming up in the next few weeks...

The Alan Bell Band
With Scolds Bridle
Sat 30 September, doors 7.30pm
The Hothouse, Morecambe
Tickets £10

The Young 'Uns
Wednesday 4 October 7.30pm
The Dukes, Lancaster
Tickets £16.50

Jacqui McShee's Pentangle
Friday 6 October
The Platform, Morecambe
Tickets £18

Jess Morgan And Dan Whitehouse
Wednesday 11 October
The Platform, Morecambe
Tickets £12

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin
Thursday 12 October 8.30pm
Garstang Unplugged
Tickets £13

State of the Union: Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams
Sunday 15th October
Doors 7.30  Show 8pm
Ellel Village Hall, Galgate
Tickets £14 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 1 June

Here's tonight's playlist. I forgot to say that I won't be doing a show next Thursday as I'm involved with some election that's going on.

Karine Polwart - Trust in the Rolling Ocean
Paddy Garrigan & The Stroller Priests - Sea Monsters
Ash Mandrake - Baron Von Petal
Pen & Stu - Far Away From Me (Pirate Queen 2)
The Rails - Jealous Sailor
Wire & Wool - Drunken Sailor
The Beatles - Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite!
Pippa Reid-Foster - The Mermaid Song
Led Zeppelin - The Battle of Evermore
Christa Couture - Pirate Jenny & The Storm
Ash Mandrake - The Purple and Slightly Pink Wizard
The Beatles - Yellow Submarine
Steeleye Span - Dark Eyed Sailor
Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - Sailor's Hornpipe + Erret Hornpipe

Paddy Garrigan & The Stroller Priests play at the Golden Lion pub in Lancaster on Saturday night starting at 9:30pm. Free entry.

The Steampunk festival A Splendid Day Out takes place in Morecambe this weekend. Ash Mandrake will be performing at The Platform on Saturday afternoon. More info at

Friday, 26 May 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 25 May

A rather shorter show last night due to some issues with the software we use to cue up and play our mp3s so I was unable to play a track by Pippa Reid-Foster which had been on the playlist. I will include her in a future show. Next week's show will have a bit of a Steampunk connection as the Morecambe festival A Splendid Day Out is taking place the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of June. But back to last night's show, here's what I was able to play...

The Beatles - Across The Universe (WWF version)
Oka Vanga - Rose of the Hill
Moonlight Gazette - La Folia
Brownie McGhee - The Way I Feel
Geoff Lakeman - The Road Together
Emily Smith - The Earl of Darwin's Farewell
Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Si Beg Si Mor
Richard & Linda Thompson - Night Comes In
Kami Thompson - Oh World
Salt House - Morning Train

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 18 May

Here's tonight Folk & Acoustic Music show playlist

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc - Lorna's Reel
The Waterboys - Raggle Taggle Gypsy
Barbara Dymock - Auld Man
Sandie Shaw - Scarborough Fair
Howden Jones - Sweet Temptation
Connie Kaldor - If You Could Read My Mind
Patsy Reid - Hooray Henry
Cat Stevens - Moonshadow
Rackhouse Pilfer - Shady Grove
MacMaster Hay - Stay With You
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Caroline
Chris While & Julie Matthews - Feel Good List
The Unthanks - Here's the Tender Coming
Madam Tsunami - Long Way From Home
The Alt - The Geese in the Bog / Covering Ground

And if you fancy seeing the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc they're playing at on Saturday

Friday, 12 May 2017

Mental Illness

There is much in the news about mental health, with frequent reminders about about how many of us will suffer from stress-related illnesses and this is the key word - illness. When my anxiety is bad I feel ill. I am on medication but it doesn't help very much and sometimes feels like I'm actually on a placebo as it has so little effect. While there seem to be countless anti-depressants, there are very few options for those of us struggling to control feelings of anxiety and the temptation is to self-medicate with alcohol which of course is not recommended.

I did see my GP earlier in the year and he referred me on to the Mental Health team but the only thing they could offer me, after a telephone appointment, was a series of lectures on stress control. At the end of the last session we were told that we should now have the tools necessary to become our own therapists and we were all discharged from the service. Great. Six lectures where me and a dozen or so others just sat there and listened - there was no interaction, no discussion - and at the end, that's it. You're on your own. 

I do understand that we have to take some responsibility for our own health, be that healthy eating, taking exercise, not drinking too much, but I don't feel qualified to be my own therapist.

So the anxiety gets worse. First thing in the morning I often seem to have thoughts about ending it all but these thoughts pass once I'm up and doing. It's horrible feeling like that, but it's just part of the illness. 

A friend tells me he has had treatment from a hypnotherapist which has helped to control his feelings of anxiety so maybe I'll give that a go. I can't really afford to pay for private treatment but at least it's something else to try.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 11 May

Here's tonight's Beyond Radio playlist
Davy Graham - Homeward Bound
Clare Hastings - Gretna Girls
Ian McNabb - Great Dreams of Heaven
Bonnie Raitt - Dimming of the Day
Rory Gallagher - As The Crow Flies
Janis Ian - Stars
John Waite - Bluebird Cafe
Oysterband w/ June Tabor - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Graham Nash - Cold Rain
Julie Fowlis - Wind and Rain
Miriam Backhouse - Far Away Tom
Amy Duncan - This is the Road
Flook - Flatfish
Those gigs I mentioned are...
John Doyle
Mon 15 May
Storey Institute, Lancaster
Ian McNabb
Sat 27 May
Yorkshire House, Lancaster

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 4 May

Hope you enjoyed tonight's show on Beyond Radio. Here's the playlist -

Show of Hands - No Secrets
Annie Keating - Sunny Dirt Road
Kris Drever - Patrick Spence
Faustus - Temperley Hornpipe
Led Zeppelin - That's The Way
Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough - Rainy Day
Jet and the Wolf - The Sea
Turnstone - Troubled Mind
Moonlight Gazette - Creole Quadrilles
Old Blind Dogs - Sawney Bean
Oysterband - The Oxford Girl
James J Turner - Come With Me
Kim Edgar - Peerie Boy
Richard & Linda Thompson - Morris Medley

There was a father and son connection that I'm sure the serious folk music fans among you will have spotted. Faustus guitarist Benji Kirkpatrick is the son of John who played with Richard & Linda Thompson on their 1975 tour from when the Morris Medley was recorded.

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 27 April

Some notes to accompany last night's Folk & Acoustic Music Show on Beyond Radio. Tune in on Thursdays at 8pm on 103.5FM in the Morecambe Bay area or listen online.

George Harrison - My Sweet Lord (demo)

From the 2001 album 'Early Takes Vol 1' this recording features Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus Voormann on bass.

Eleanor Bennett & Matt Appleton - Impossible Flame

A song written by Paul Walmsley for the film Tapestry

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbours - Mama’s Sunshine, Daddy’s Rain

A track from 'Souvenir', the new release by Drew and his band which is described as "a highly-collaborative album that finds Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors focusing on the things that truly stick with you, including family and friends, music and memories, people and places, in a fast-moving world."

Birds of Chicago - Sans Souci

Some Cajun influences on this number from Birds of Chicago's self titled 2013 album. Sans Souci includes harmony vocals from Awna Teixeira.

Moonlight Gazette - Souk

Andy Hornby and Howard Haigh have just released this album of instrumental pieces with flavours of music from around the world including Flamenco, Latino, Middle Eastern, blues and folk music. You can download the album from

Tom Waits - (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night

The title track from Tom's 1974 album, this song was supposedly written as a tribute to Jack Kerouac - well, that's what it says on Wikipedia so it must be true!

Cara Dillon - She's Like The Swallow

A traditional number from Cara's debut 2001 solo album which won her two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She is married to Sam Lakeman who plays keyboards and guitar on her albums as well as producing them, versatile chap that he is. I have seen her a number of times in concert including a couple of gigs at the Platform in Morecambe but sadly on her last visit their tour bus was vandalised. She hasn't been back since and prefers to play in Kendal. Their gain is our loss.

Michael Chapman - Rockport Sunday

Celebrating 50 years in the music business and having recently made an appearance on Later with Jools Holland I thought I'd play one of my favourite instrumental pieces by Michael, this one from his album 'Sweet Powder'.

Nick Keir - Norman's Dram

Nick was a well-known figure on the Edinburgh folk scene for many years and was a member of The McCalmans. Sadly he was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and died the following year. This song is from his final album which was titled 'The Edge of Night'.

The Be Good Tanyas - When Doves Cry

According to Wikipedia the Tanyas are still active but haven't released any new material since 2006. This, as you probably guessed, is a cover of the song by Prince.

Megson - The Handloom Weaver & The Factory Maid

Stu and Debbie Hannah are Megson and this is a lively version of the trad folk song about a weaver & a factory maid. The lyrics include the lines "My father to me scornful said, How could you fancy a factory maid?" You get the idea what it's about.

Rab Noakes & Barbara Dickson - Que Sera Sera

Another couple of musicians who, like Mr Chapman, have been around since the late 60s. As well as releasing a fair few albums over the years, Rab has also worked as senior producer for music programmes on BBC Radio Scotland and after doing that he ran his own production company. This song is from 2014's 'Reunited' with his old pal Barbara Dickson.

Pierre Bensusan - Fetish

Some fine guitar playing from Pierre Bensusan is finish off the show. He was accompanied on this track by Didier Malherbe who is probably best know for being a member of space rock band Gong back in the 1970s when they released such classic albums as 'Camembert Electrique' and 'Flying Teapot'. Fetish is from Bensusan's 2009 compilation cd 'A La Carte'.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 13 April

Here's this week's playlist...

Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Richard Thompson - Two Left Feet
Coreen Scott - Who Knows Where The Time Goes
The Battlefield Band - That's How Strong My Love Is
The High Bar Gang - Angel Band
Tumbling Bones - Just Because
Norma Waterson - Black Muddy River
Dick Gaughan - Ruby Tuesday
Billy Bragg - The World Turned Upside Down
Kathryn Roberts - Baby Can I Hold You
Nick Drake - Cello Song
Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss - I'll Fly Away
Tim O'Brien - Man Gave Names To All The Animals
Broom Bezzums - Way Over Yonder In A Minor Key
Lava - Shade in the Afternoon

Here's Dick Gaughan's version of The World Turned Upside Down

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 6 April

This week's playlist

Roving Crows - Bury Me Naked

Christy Scott - Potion
Roddy Matthews - Leaving Lordenshaw
Spiritual Music from the Hebrides - Glory of the Lamb
Fairport Convention - My Love is in America
Kate Rusby - Blooming Heather
Madam Tsunami - Hold Me Close
Turnstone - Rolling Tide
Paddy Garrigan & The Stroller Priests - Now I Want More
Calum Stewart & Lauren MacColl - Crow Road Croft
Linda Thompson - Mr Tams
Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton - Gaelic


Fri 7 Apr
Turnstone "Hollow Ground" album release
The Yorkshire House, Lancaster

Fri 7 Apr
John McCusker Band
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Sat 8 Apr
The Platform, Morecambe

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 30 March

This week's playlist

Martin Stephenson - Little Red Bottle

Drever McCusker & Woomble - Into The Blue
Turnstone - Copper Canyon
Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - I Need A Friend
Gillian Welsh - Tennessee
Drew Holcolmbe & The Neighbors - Tennessee
Roberto Diana - Her Sunshine Smile
Kate Bush - In The Warm Room
Simon & Garfunkel - At The Zoo
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset - Raven Girl
Matt Woosey Band - Find A Way
The Deadly Winters - Hand TO Heart
First Aid Kit - Blue
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc - The Devil's Polska

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 23 March

This week's playlist

Pete Townshend & Raphael Rudd - A Little is Enough
Sharon Martin - Opium of the Masses
Ian Sherwood - Stop, Don't Fall in Love
Amy Duncan - Steady The Bow
Edward Foster - Raven
Old Blind Dogs - A Ring on her Finger
Rolling Stones - Wild Horses
Bob Dylan - All Along The Watchtower
Skinner & T'witch - England's Spring
Rebecca Pronsky - Please Forget Me
Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - The Queensferry Cooper
Oka Vanga - The Devil's Tide
The High Bar Gang - Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky
Peatbog Faeries - Ascent of Conival


Thu 13 April
Rebecca Pronsky Duo
Garstang Unplugged

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 16 March

Tonight's "Night-Before St Paddy's Day" playlist on Beyond Radio
The Pogues - Dirty Old Town
Nuala Kennedy - His Bonnet So Blue
Van Morrison - Moondance
Ultan Conlon - Bristlecone Pines
Polly Barrett - Sparrow at the Window
Karan Casey - The Town of Athlone
Thin Lizzy - Whisky in the Jar
Mary Dillon - The Boatman
The Alt - What Put The Blood
The Dubliners - All For Me Grog
Cara Dillon - Moorlough Mary
Christy Moore - Wise and Holy Woman
Damien O'Kane - The Close of an Irish Day
Boys of the Lough - Boys of the Lough Set

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 9 March

Hope you enjoyed tonight's animal-themed show on Beyond Radio. Here's the playlist...

America - A Horse With No Name
Salt House - Little Birdie
Bert Jansch - Black Cat Blues 
Sandy Denny - One Way Donkey Ride
Rab Noakes - One Dog Barks
Rackhouse Pilfer - Me and a Polar Bear
Levi Cuss - Dark Horse
Ribbon Road - Like A Bird
Gilmore & Roberts - Over Snake Pass
Geoff Lakeman - Doggie Song
The Low Countries - Dog Kennel Lane
Denny Laine - Blackbird
Angie Palmer - Hunting The Wolf
Greenheart - Round the Fishtank

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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Breabach gig review

Breabach at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal - 25 Feb 2017

At the start of this gig singer and guitarist Ewan Robertson said it had been a few years since they had played at the Brewery Arts Centre and asked if anyone in the audience had been there on that previous occasion. The silence was deafening, which took Ewan aback a bit, but by the end of the evening it didn't matter where all their old fans had gone as the new audience were on their feet applauding them like they were homecoming heroes.

Ewan, along with fiddler Megan Henderson, double bass player James Lindsay and pipers James Mackenzie and Calum MacCrimmon were in good spirits thanks to the Scottish victory over the Welsh at Murrayfield and the Cumbrian crowd was happy to join in the celebrations. While I'm sure I wasn't the only Scot in the audience, that old saying about the enemy of your enemy being your friend certainly applies in the Six Nations rugby tournament.

As for the music, there were plenty of tracks from their latest cd 'Astar' which includes compositions written on their travels to Scandanavia and Down Under. Each band member took it in turn to chat between numbers and there was some nice Outer Hebrides humour from James (We were poor but we were miserable!). I was mighty impressed with his flute playing - they are all accomplished musicians but I felt James' playing in particular was superb. Megan's Gaelic singing and step dancing are also worth a mention and there were some nice vocal harmonies when Ewan and Calum stepped up to their mics to accompany Megan. Ewan also gave us a lovely rendition of the Dick Gaughan song, "Outlaws and Dreamers".

With this having been the final date of the English leg of their current tour, they had the unenviable task of driving up to Inverness for a gig the following night, but on their current form I'm sure they will go down a storm in the Highlands. 

Hopefully it won't be another few years before Breabach play in the north-west of England again and all I can say to the band is, haste ye back!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 23 February

Here's tonight's playlist. Of the three cover versions I played, 'Down South' was on Tom Petty's 2006 album "Highway Companion", 'Down By The River' was on the first album Neil Young recorded with Crazy Horse, "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere" and 'Outlaws and Dreamers' is the title track from Dick Gaughan's 2001 album.

David Celia - Welcome to the Show
Howard & Skye - Pretty Weed
Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough - Running Round
Jane Kramer - Down South
Carly Dow - Not a Songbird
Steve Hussey & Jake Eddy - Into the Ether
Indigo Girls - Down By The River
Richard Thompson - Walking The Long Miles Home
Nancy Kerr & James Fagin - I Am The Fox
Bella Hardy - Lament for Derwent Village
Breabach - Outlaws and Dreamers
Pippa Reid-Foster - The Selkie

Sat 25 February
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Sat 25 February
Ferocious Dog
Victoria Hall, Settle

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 16 February

There was a bit of a hiccup at the start of tonight's show with the backup system kicking in as we couldn't get my first track to play which was meant to be John Renbourn. But we got it sorted and hopefully you enjoyed the show. The revised running order was...

Mairearad & Anna - She Loves Me (When I Try)
John Renbourn - I Know My Babe
Lorraine McCauley and the Borderlands - Big Love
Roger Wilson - Fair and Tender Lovers
King Creosote - My Favourite Girl
Emily Smith - Sweet Lover of Mine
The Imagined Village - The Handweaver and the Factory Maid
Tiny Tin Lady - Pretty Eyes
Ottersgear - Walking With You
Jo Gillot - Staple You
Rowan Ross - Low Level Love
Kim Edgar - Tightrope
Duncan McCrone - Waiting Here For You
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Once I Had A Sweetheart

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 9 February

Tonight's Folk & Acoustic Music Show playlist

John Mellencamp - Teardrops Will Fall
Gilmore & Roberts - Hunter Man
Barbara Dickson - The Hill
America - Ventura Highway
Peter Knight's Gigspanner - She Moved Through The Fair
Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies - The Ex-Pitman's Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team
Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Dancing on the Rocks
Karine Polwart - Salters Road
Tom Waits - Mockin' Bird
Kirsty Potts - If I Had A Hammer
Run Boy Run - Spin A Golden Thread
Chris Murphy - The Tinker's Dream

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 2 February

Tonight's Folk & Acoustic Music Show playlist

Martin Carthy - Scarborough Fair
Uiscedwr - Prescription Junkie
Fairport Convention - Matty Groves
Steve Knightley - Transported
Polly Barrett - Lay Me Down
Manic Street Preachers - Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky
Silly Sisters - The Old Miner
Stephen Fearing - Love Like Water
Annlaug - Suril Luril
Skinner & T'witch - Calais Nights
Neil Young - Don't Let It Bring You Down
Jake Shimabukuro - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 26 January

Tonight's Folk & Acoustic Music Show playlist

Seth Lakeman - Ye Mariners All
Jo Philby - The Maid on the Shore
Plockton Music School - Waterman's Inch
Coreen Scott - La Mer
Alex Roberts - Lancaster Canal
The Moonbeams - Weather and the Tide
Ollie King - Lakes of Cold Fen
Kate Rusby - Life in a Paper Boat
Jenny Sturgeon - Seabird
Winter Mountain - Before the Flood
Barbara Dymock - The Banks of Inverurie
Geoff Lakeman - A Wide Wide River to Cross
Cara - A Leaf for a Sail
Chris Murphy - Maritime jig

If you'd like to listen to some of the Scottish artists who are taking part in the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, check out this mix

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 19 January

Tonight's Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist on Beyond Radio 103.5FM

Skipinnish - Alive
The Rails - William Taylor
Robyn Stapleton - There Was A Lad
Paul McCartney - Every Night
Manran - Pandora
Indigo Girls - Strange Fire
Birds of Chicago - Sugar Dumplin'
Pete Kennedy - Rise Above
Christy Moore - America, You Are Not The World
Michael Hedges - After The Gold Rush
Christa Detor - From Miss Emily Brawley
Graham Nash - Chicago \ We Can Change The World
Show of Hands - Company Town
Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Rolling Down The Bourne

Here are Indigo Girls from back in the day...

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 12 January

Here's tonight's playlist. 

Geoff Lakeman - Tie 'Em Up
Alice Jones - When I'm Far Away
John Martyn - May You Never
Kathryn Tickell - Rip-off Pharaoh\The Mountain Stream\Captain Scuttle
Pauline Alexander - Where Lucifer Lingers
Dolly Parton - I Get A Kick Out of You
The Grahams - Blow Wind Blow
Steve Hussey & Jake Eddy - Sweet
The Ambers - I Never Knew (Rome)
Douglas Hinton & Enzo Clark - Feather Duster
J Shogren & Shanghai'd - unlisted bonus track
Sandy Stanage - Geronimo
Rachel Unthank & the Winterset - January Man
Steeleye Span - Thornaby Woods
Calum Stewart & Heikke Bourgault - Another Winter