After what is possibly ten years to the month since starting Simple Folk Radio I’ve decided to bring the show to an end, or at the very least let it slip into that murky grey area of indefinite hiatus whilst I look into starting a new program for the radio. Making this show has brought about some of my fondest memories and nurtured what I hope to be some life-long friendships, but it’s time to leave my comfort zone and go in search of new challenges… and I’ve decided to go out with a bang.
This month I’ll be spinning some of my favourite records and sharing a session with Allysen Callery, the perfect special guest for this final hurrah.
I first spoke to Allysen back in.. perhaps 2010, a good few years ago anyway. She contacted me to say a simple thank you for making this show. At the time she didn’t really know many people around Rhode Island (US) who seemed to like the same music as we evidently did, and it gave her encouragement to keep playing her guitar and singing her songs. On the back of listening to the show and looking up some of those musicians and record labels I’d plug, Allysen has had an album released over here and toured Europe, and more importantly her circle of friends became that little bit bigger. The reason I mention all this is that I started making Simple Folk Radio all those years ago as a way to help introduce people to some of the amazing music that doesn’t make it onto those corporate sponsored radio playlists which make up 99% of radio these days, to try and do a little good by shining my tiny spotlight onto some art that was made for love, not fortune and fame… and it fills my heart to know that in some little way, it worked.
Anyway, thank you for listening.
Thank you and take care.
Allysen Callery is self taught folk artist from Rhode Island, USA , with an intricate & unique finger style, & a voice that has been called mesmerizing & angelic. Growing up in New England, she was heavily influenced by her parent’s British Isles Folk Revival records of the late 60′s early 70′s. She has been called “The Tim Burton of Folk Music” , her quiet & dark style has made her a favorite of artists & critics alike, including Marissa Nadler who listed Winter Island in her Best Albums of 2011.
Thirty Pounds Of Bone – The Farewell Shanty
Withered Hand – Love In The Time Of Ecstasy
George Thomas And The Owls – A Man On A Galloping Horse
Jeffrey Lewis – Time Trades
Saint Eskimo Of The West And Shut Your Mouth – Peace In The Valley
Allysen Callery – Bluest Bird (Simple Folk Radio Session)
Allysen Callery – Crabapple (Simple Folk Radio Session)
Allysen Callery – Don’t Let Me Be One Of God’s More Loathsome Creatures (Simple Folk Radio Session)
Allysen Callery – Shoot Me (Simple Folk Radio Session)
Allysen Callery – Snow Fox (Simple Folk Radio Session)
Allysen Callery – The Song The Songbird Sings (Simple Folk Radio Session)
Herman Dune – The Static Comes From My Broken Heart
The Diamond Family Archive – You Don’t Miss Your Water (Ottis Redding)
Joe Gideon and the Shark – Anything You Love That Much, You Will See Again
On a personal note I’d like to thank Dillon for all the great shows he has shared with Folk Radio UK. We began syndicating his show back in 2012 and it’s been a great journey, this isn’t the end however, I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes up with for his new show.
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