Folk, roots and Americana Music Interviews

Interviews with traditional and contemporary artists from the field of Folk Music, Roots and Americana, from the UK and beyond.

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Folk Radio UK talks to Emily Portman

Interviews 20 July 2015

Rob catches up with Emily Portman and she shares the creative process behind her latest album Coracle – inspiration coming from motherhood, trips to sacred sites around North Wales and meetings with a Liverpudlian poet.

Interview with Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell

Interview with Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell

Interviews 15 July 2015

With their new album ‘Sing into My Mouth’ due out this week on 17th July, we talk to Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses about their new covers album. They turn thousands of miles into the back-porch of a local bar for Folk Radio; three cold beers and all the time in the world to shoot the breeze.

An Interview with Richard Thompson

An Interview with Richard Thompson

Artist of the Month 14 July 2015

Richard Thompson is in London for a couple of days of press interviews and Folk Radio UK caught up with him to talk about his new album ‘Still’, working with Jeff Tweedy and how to stay open all hours when it comes to song writing.

An Interview with Lady Maisery

An Interview with Lady Maisery

Interviews 13 July 2015

Lady Maisery have been announced as the headliners at this year’s Baring-Gould Folk Weekend in Devon. Talking exclusively to Folk Radio UK, one-third of the folk harmony trio, Hazel Askew, hints that the festival-goers might be treated to the premiere of some new songs …

An Interview with Samantha Crain

An Interview with Samantha Crain

Interviews 10 July 2015

With her highly anticipated new album due out this month followed by a number of UK performances we talk to Samantha Crain – A progressive thinker who recognises the importance of roots (historic and musical), an astute, intelligent songwriter with a gift for well-crafted and catchy songs, a passionate defender of her beliefs and a no-nonsense approach to interviews.

Folk Radio UK talks to Bob Fox

Folk Radio UK talks to Bob Fox

Interviews 9 July 2015

Rob catches up with Bob Fox at the Great Knight Folk Club in Northampton who shares his story – one of hard work and sacrifice of someone reaching the very top of his profession…only to lose his place and find himself having to once again start from the very bottom.

Nancy Kerr Interview (+ New Murmurs Video)

Nancy Kerr Interview (+ New Murmurs Video)

Interviews 8 July 2015

Dave talks to Nancy Kerr who has played a major part in the acoustic music scene since she was a teen. She shares some great insights about Murmurs (with Andy Cutting and Martin Simpson) and some stories about Towersey Festival. Plus we have a new video from Simpson Cutting Kerr.

Feature Audio Interview with Ceri Rhys Matthews

Feature Audio Interview with Ceri Rhys Matthews

Features 26 June 2015

I head to Swansea Bay in South Wales to meet Welsh traditional musician Ceri Rhys Matthews to talk about his Yscolan musicians retreat, music and art. I came away feeling very inspired, you can listen to the audio interview here.

Clype - The Brush To Paint Us All (Song of the Day & Interview)

Clype – The Brush To Paint Us All (Track Premiere & Interview)

Interviews 24 June 2015

We have a track premiere to share from Clype’s eponymous debut album which is truly inspirational. We also speak to Simon Gall about his influences and how the work of Edward Said inspired this track.

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Rachel Hair Trio – New Album (Interview & Tune of the Day)

Interviews 23 June 2015

The Rachel Hair Trio provide us with our Tune of the Day ‘Jigs for Mann’ from their new album Trì (Out Now). Plus, we talk to Rachel about her connection to the Isle of Man and this brilliant set of tunes.

An Interview with Simi Stone

An Interview with Simi Stone

Featured Albums 22 June 2015

Simi Stone is the homecoming queen and the daydream believer as feeling the magnetic pull of Woodstock she’s teamed up with a fantastic band and made a great record. Here she tells us all about her Moutain Motown sound.

Keston Cobblers' Club - Wildfire Interview

Keston Cobblers’ Club – Wildfire Interview

Interviews 19 June 2015

We talk to Keston Cobblers’ Club whose new album ‘Wildfire’ is out now. They head out on tour in July performing at festivals across the UK before supporting Bellowhead on their final farewell tour.