Folk

Calan Mai at WMC

Calan Mai, 5 May, is recognised as the first day of summer according to the Celtic calendar.

Mary Leay interview and performance

Singer-songwriter Mary Leay delivers her haunting compositions with a crystal-perfect voice. Watch part one of Mary’s interview and her acoustic performance of ‘For The Last Time’.

2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

History was made at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, presented by Mike Harding and Julie Fowlis which took place at The Lowry Theatre in Salford on Wednesday 8 February.

M meets… Paul Child Band part two

In part two of M meets... Paul Child Band, we talk to the folk/funk/rock band about bringing together their diverse tastes and influences to create their music and getting their music heard.

M meets… Paul Child Band part one

Paul Child Band might on the surface appear to be a folk/pop ensemble, but their diverse influences actually produce an eclectic fusion of funk, rock, jazz and gypsy folk topped off with Paul's unique vocal stylings.

Featured Artist – James Mathé

James Mathé started out as keyboard player in the band Boedekka and was signed to Boy George’s record label Things To Come. Whilst touring Spain he discovered Sufjan Stevens’ Seven Swans, taught himself to fingerpick on the guitar and began an acoustic solo project called Barbarossa.

Sets perform Wind-Up Bird

Sets are Dominic Scott, Harry Pearce, Tim Worthington, Leila Grove and Jessica Watson. Based in Leeds, the five-piece band make stunningly individualistic music. Watch this fantastic performance of their song Wind-Up Bird, recorded at PRS for Music headquarters.

Interview – Sets

In our exclusive interview the band talk about getting gigs, creating music and they reveal the story behind their song Canon.