We’re enjoying a well-earned break at the moment but will be back with new tales soon. In the meantime, check out past tales in the episode section.

Folk Episodes

May 10, 2022

122: Cat o’ Nine Tales: Fairground Attraction’s Eddi Reader

Tale 9… Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader has three BRIT Awards to her name, fronted punk outfit Gang of Four, harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, and topped the UK charts with Fairground Attraction. But when I caught up …

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May 10, 2022

121: Cat o’ Nine Tales: Malinky’s Karine Polwart

Tale 8… Karine Polwart’s edgy and evocative writing and vocal poise have been steadily winning her respect and affection in the UK and internationally over the past six years as a member of traditional groups Malinky and Battlefield Band. But …

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April 28, 2022

117: Cat o' Nine Tales: Aztec Camera’s Roddy Frame

Tale 4… Roddy Frame is an absolute delight. It’s rare for a performer armed only with an acoustic guitar to create a sound which could be mistaken for ten men and his charismatic stage-presence completely captivates any audience. This style …

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April 16, 2022

114: Cat o' Nine Tales: Fairport Convention's Vikki Clayton

Tale 1… There’s more to ex-Fairport Convention Vikki Clayton than excellent song writing, a haunting singing voice and musical talent. Beneath the quiet exterior lurks a passion for cats, a fetish for shoes and an empathy for mankind. This tale …

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Feb. 20, 2021

92: The one with Sarah Class

Emmy and Brit Award-nominated composer, Sarah Class, has become one of Britain’s most sought-after composers and is described as having the ‘Midas touch’ when it comes to creating music. She’s an accomplished musician and highly acclaimed at scoring for film …

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Oct. 24, 2020

83: The one with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson is the cat that walks by himself despite leading one of the most iconic, not to mention successful, bands of all time. Charismatic frontman, virtuoso flautist and composer, Ian has been steadfast through Jethro Tull’s many musical incarnations, …

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Sept. 25, 2020

81: The one with Boo Hewerdine

My guest today is the hugely talented and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine. The musician’s musician, Boo is widely regarded as one of the UK’s best singer songwriters and his cult band, The Bible, still excites passion amongst music lovers, …

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June 24, 2020

69: The one with Judie Tzuke

In 1977 when singer-songwriter Judie Tzuke signed to Elton John’s Rocket label, she couldn’t imagine that over 40 years later she would still be performing. Her biggest success came a couple of years later with album Welcome to the Cruise …

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June 3, 2020

63: The one with Martin Simpson

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Martin Simpson is hailed as the hardest working man in folk music and, after years of relentless touring, has welcomed a little breathing space imposed by recent events. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s finest …

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May 28, 2020

62: The one with Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger is totally unique. A singer of traditional Anglo-American songs, she has carved a special niche for herself on both sides of the Atlantic and is considered to be one of the most influential folk singers of all time. …

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Oct. 28, 2018

52: The one with Ben Holland

South Londoner Ben was busking at Waterloo underground when Joan Armatrading happened to pass by. Immediately impressed, she invited him to join her on tour, supporting her at major venues across Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the UK and Ireland. Hailed as …

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Nov. 10, 2017

42: The one with John Otway

It’s exactly 40 years since John Otway’s now legendary appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test with Wild Willy Barrett with gymnastic antics to ‘Really Free’. It was this performance that shot John to fame but despite a financial backing …

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Aug. 14, 2014

22: The one with Oysterband's John Jones

I chat to John Jones of folk-rock band, Oysterband, at the Cherry Hinton pond at Cambridge Folk Festival as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

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Aug. 31, 2013

8: The one with Amy Speace

One from the vault! Critically acclaimed Folk/Americana singer-songwriter, Amy Speace has a velvety and achy voice reminiscent of Lucinda Williams. A former Shakespearean actress, she now lives in Nashville, but I caught up with her on one of her UK …

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Aug. 30, 2013

6: The one with Sharon Shannon

One from the analogue vault. Renegade Sharon. From her stints with the Waterboys, it seems that just putting an accordion in Sharon Shannon's hands makes her happy. Luckily for the soft-spoken Sharon, others are just as happy when she picks …

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