Elizabethan Session for March 2014

Folk by the Oak and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) are commissioning eight folk musicians to write new music inspired by the Elizabethan age.

In session: Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code is the alter-ego of Scottish singer songwriter Ross Wilson, a musician who makes contemporary folk all laced together with his love for the songs of Motown and Nashville. His debut album North Ten, released earlier this year on Reveal Records, has endeared him to music lovers and fans of label mates Joan As Policewoman and Roddy Woomble. Watch Ross perform an exclusive version of Whitechapel, the lead track from his latest EP.

Featured artist: Winter Mountain

Sun, sea and the west coast of the US provide the backdrop to the folk rock harmonies of Winter Mountain. Joseph Francis and Martin Smith met in Chicago, each on their own pilgrimage to Memphis, the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll. A friendship and songwriting bond was formed on that journey which the pair continued when they returned from their travels. The resulting trip has inspired their eleven track self titled debut album, a record which sounds as fresh as it does classic…

Playlist: Autumn songs

Summer has officially ended and as we file away all those memories of sunshine and warmth, we're pleased at least that the transition to autumn has so far been gentle. To get us in the mood for walking among crispy leaves and frosty grass we've sought out our favourite songs about the changing seasons. You'll hear tracks by the late Amy Winehouse, Donovan, Roy Harper, Tunng, Beth Orton, Jon Hopkins, The Zombies, Zulu Winter and much more. So dig in, wrap up and settle into the season...