New look web-site and additional programmes mark the 1st anniversary of Radio Britfolk.
The musician-made 'Radio Britfolk' at www.radiobritfolk.co.uk is steaming towards a triumphant 1st birthday and on 3rd July 2006 launches a new look web-site with a bumper selection of programmes.
Radio Britfolk has just been awarded a £4968 grant from the Awards for All lottery funding, aimed at encouraging greater community use of the site from listeners and encouraging new programme makers.
Radio Britfolk co-ordinator Kate Bramley says, 'The launch of Radio Britfolk was only possible thanks to the support of many professional musicians across Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England, and the grant from Awards For All means we can share this great music with a worldwide audience'.
The month starts with the first in a series of exclusive live performances by Steve Tilston, Jez Lowe, Pete Coe and many more that were recorded earlier in the year, as well as a special feature programme on one of the biggest folk duos on the scene, Show of Hands, which will include tracks from their new album 'Witness'.
Singer- songwriter and broadcaster Ben Sands hosts 'Ulster Folk', Janis Haves continues with her new show 'Its a Girl Thing' with music from a whole host of female folk and acoustic artists, as well as Tim Moon's 'Folk-us' series that delivers an hour long mixed bag of interviews and music. Kate Bramley's 'Debut' series continues with first albums from bright new things Andy Whittle and Edwina Hayes, while Mike Ganley keeps the Irish side up with his excellent 'Crooked Road' series.
For the traditional folk fans Pete Coe talks to some of the pioneers of folk recording, with interviews with the founders of Veteran Records and Folksound, tracing the history of some incredible traditional songs and singers. The funky folk selection comes from Jo Leese, from the student radio folk show at Demon FM, as the UK festival summer season starts to take off.
As well as the programmes there are workshops and the ever popular Radio Britfolk Billboard, where artists from all over Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England feature their best selections.
Over 2000 listeners worldwide every month for the Billboard alone proves that folk, old and new, is popular once again.
Listen on demand, whenever you like, for free! Or join the revival for member’s perks and access to the programme archives at www.radiobritfolk.co.uk.
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