The award-winning podcast Folk on Foot has created a seven-hour virtual festival showcasing some of the finest folk performers from England, Scotland and Ireland. The podcast usually involves folk artists walking, talking and singing in the landscapes that have inspired their music, but this was not possible during Covid 19 restrictions. So, Folk on Foot host Matthew Bannister and his team started a series of online Festivals to allow audiences to experience live music in their own homes and to raise money for musicians whose livelihoods had been decimated by the closure of venues up and down the land. There was an overwhelming response from viewers and the Festivals have so far raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds for musicians suffering financial hardship. This Festival – the third in the series – celebrates musicians being able to join TOGETHER AGAIN in person for the first time in months. The songs they perform range from traditional ballads and dance tunes that have been handed down from generation to generation to original compositions reflecting current social issues. The artists involved are: The Breath; Eliza Carthy and David Delarre; Johnny Flynn and his band; Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley and Duncan Chisholm; Karine Polwart, Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson; Kris Drever, John McCusker and Phil Cunningham; Lady Nade, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow; Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting; Peggy Seeger, Neill and Calum MacColl; Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl; Sam Lee and his band; Show of Hands and Spiers and Boden. Folk on Foot Festival 3: TOGETHER AGAIN is not only a joyful celebration of musical collaboration and a wonderful snapshot of contemporary UK folk music, but also a timely reminder of the power of music to create community and uplift our spirits even in the most challenging of times. You can find out more and make a donation at www.folkonfoot.com/festival.
Folk on Foot Festival 3: TOGETHER AGAIN
Matthew Bannister has been a BBC radio presenter for over forty years. He founded the Folk on Foot podcast in 2018 as an outlet for his three passions: folk music, walking and telling stories in sound.
Nancy Kerr is one of the UK’s leading folk artists, a brilliant fiddle player, singer and accomplished songwriter. She has released several acclaimed solo albums as well as appearing as a duo with her husband James Fagan and in a number of ensembles.