Andy Kershaw

Episodes

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Lucy Duran sits in for Andy, with more selections from his famous record collection.

Lucy Duran sits in for Andy and presents a session by the now legendary desert blues touaregs Tinariwen.

With music from Senegalese salsa band Africando, recorded at their concert given at the Coronet Theatre as part of the London African Music Festival.

Lucy Duran sits in for Andy as Mississippi blues man Robert Belfour brings his raw southern blues to the studio.

Lucy Duran sits in for Andy with highlights of a concert from the London African Music Festival given by Congolese band Kekele.

Lucy Duran takes Andy's seat this week with highlights of a concert from the Brighton Festival by veteran Congolese rumba band, Odemba OK Jazz All Stars.

To mark start of the centenary Isle of Man TT Races, another chance to hear Andy's tribute to the island's music and motorbikes, recorded during last year's Grand Prix races.

Andy is joined in the studio by folk singer June Tabor whose new album, Apples, has just been released.

Including a live session by James Ford, the bluesman from Mississippi better known as T-Model Ford.

Veteran African superstar Manu Dibango joins Andy for a studio session.

Andy presents a studio session from Palestinian singer Reem Kelani.

With another chance to hear the UK debut session from 2005 with Somali rapper K'naan, who has just been announced as Best Newcomer in the 2007 Radio 3 Awards for World Music.

'Unpopular' music, including a studio session by the Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis.

Barnsley folk diva Kate Rusby takes a break from her UK tour to sing songs from her new album, The Girl Who Couldn't Fly.

Rock legend Robert Plant brings his band The Strange Sensation in to the BBC's Maida Vale studios for an exclusive session, featuring songs from their album The Mighty Rearranger.

Andy Kershaw presents music from around the world.

Featuring Malagasy guitar virtuoso Modeste Hugues, with music from the Betroka region of Madagascar.

Brussels-based band Jaune Toujours make their UK broadcasting debut, with music that mixes folk, brass, jazz, rock and musette.

Andy visits the Festival of Nomadic Music in Mauritania, a country on the western fringe of the Sahara desert that is rarely visited by international tourists and businessmen.

Twenty years ago its people were 80% nomadic, but its society is now changing dramatically, and starting to open up to the world.

Andy encounters an extraordinarily rich musical culture, both at the festival and beyond, with world-class musicians that the world hasn't yet discovered.

Christmas in Ashgabat

Turkmenistan is a curious, little-visited place where the months of the year are named after the President's family, beards are illegal, and there's a public holiday for the honeydew melon.

Andy substitutes his traditional seasonal fare for a glass of Presidential Vodka, a Christmas kebab, and a generous helping of Turkmen national folk music, in the first British documentary made inside one of the world's most autocratic states.

Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, a newcomer to the folk scene at the age of 35, makes her Kershaw session debut.

To coincide with the landmark two-part Bob Dylan film on BBC TWO's Arena programme, a chance to hear Andy's 1999 documentary, Ghosts of Electricity, in which he tracks down and interviews the most famous heckler in rock 'n' roll history.

The remarkable Free Trade Hall concert in 1966 was the event at which Dylan was infamously heckled as Judas, having unleashed his powerful electric sound on a hostile audience in Manchester.

Tunes from around the world and a studio session by the brilliant young piano accordion player Harriet Bartlett.

Featuring Listen With Sarah.

The sounds of Trinidadian steel pan and Senegalese kora combine in a session from Fimber Bravo and Kadialy Kouyate.

Forerunners of Alt-Country and recently reformed, the Long Ryders make their debut appearance on Radio 3.

Seth Lakeman brings his group to the Kershaw studio for acoustic songs inspired by his native Dartmoor.

A studio session from former Sudanese child soldier Emmanuel Jal, now one of East Africa's most successful rap musicians.

The show features a selection from the strangest record collection on the Isle of Man.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve Tilston joins Andy in the studio, with Jon Thorne on bass and Chris Parkinson on accordion and harmonica.

Andy's unusual mix of music from the UK and around the world.

Featuring the ancient sound of West Africa combined with 21st-century technology, performed by Guinean kora player Ba Cissoko, and recorded for the programme at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

Desert Island Discs: The Flotsam.

Andy presents some of the CDs from his shortlist of 300 that did not make it into his selection for Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4.

Featuring a debut session for one of the newest voices in English folk music, Lisa Knapp.

Featuring Algerian singer songwriter Akli D in concert at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, part of the African Soul Rebels 2007 tour.

Including highlights from a concert from the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, featuring American all-girl old-time band The Stairwell Sisters.

Featuring a session from the young English folk musician Tim van Eyken and his band.

Christmas in Ashgabat: Turkmenistan is a curious, little-visited place where the months of the year are named after the President's family, beards are illegal, and there is a public holiday for the honey-dew melon.

Andy forsakes his traditional seasonal fare for a glass of Presidential Vodka, a Christmas Kebab, and a generous helping of Turkmen national folk music, in the first British documentary ever made inside one of the world's most autocratic states.

Andy's unusual mix of music from the UK and around the world, including another chance to hear John Martyn's acclaimed session from last year.

This programme features a session from English folk singer-songwriter Robb Johnson, creator of the albums Margaret Thatcher: my part in her downfall and Tony Blair: my part in his downfall.

This edition finds him in Marseille, said to be the most racially harmonious of all of France's cities and home to musicians from around the globe.

From medieval Occitan polyphony and reggae, to Maghreb rap and a piano-playing godfather of Algerian Rai, taking in Pacific Creole and Congolese rumba, Andy uncovers a powerful sense of personal and musical identity unique to Marseille.

Featuring Waterson Carthy, Britain's first family of folk, joined by singing group The Devil's Interval, brass players and a dancer in a concert recorded at the Farnham Maltings, part of their Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man tour.

Featuring an exclusive studio performance from US duo the Mercy Brothers, who are vocalist Barrence Whitfield and guitarist, producer and songwriter Michael Dinall.

Featuring a specially recorded session from New Orleans singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier in duet with guitarist Thomm Jutz.

Featuring a session by London-based Turkish beat boys Oojami, whose latest album is entitled Boom Shinga Ling.

Featuring the ten baritone saxophones of Japanese group Tokyo-Chutei-Iki in a performance given at this year's London Jazz Festival.

Featuring a selection from the strangest record collection on the Isle of Man.

Featuring a classic session from one of rock's greatest pioneers, Link Wray, who died a year ago.

Andy's unusual mix of music from the UK and around the world, including Angolan Afro-pop in a live session by Bonga.

Including a live session by Grammy-winning bluegrass wizard Del McCoury.

Including Congolese soukous from Kanda Bongo Man, recorded at the WOMAD festival in Reading.

David Rovics performs some of his newest songs commenting on political issues of our time, including his latest, Halliburton Boardroom Massacre.

Andy steps outside his new home on the Isle of Man to dodge the bikes of the Manx Grand Prix, and sample the best of the young bands and old hands making music on the island.

A session with James Hunter, 'one of the best voices, and best kept secrets in British R'n'B and Soul', according to Van Morrison.

More from the Brampton Live festival, including concert highlights from Birkenhead's greatest band, Half Man Half Biscuit, and a session with The Crooked Jades.

Andy visits a school playground outside Carlisle, home to one of northern England's friendliest festivals, Brampton Live.

Plus highlights from a live performance by Chris Jagger's Atcha!.

2/2.

Andy Kershaw in Algeria

Andy presents the second of two special on-location programmes from Algeria, including sessions recorded all over this vast and diverse country.

This week he ventures into the Kabilian Mountains, a stronghold of anti-government sentiment and Islamic fundamentalism, and goes deep into the heart of the Sahara Desert.

In Tlemcen, he attends the first solo performance in Algeria by Paris-based superstar Rachid Taha.

1/2.

Torn apart by civil war, Algeria has been off limits for many years.

With the situation improving, Andy presents two special on-location programmes, including sessions recorded all over this vast and diverse country.

This week he goes to the heart of Rai music in the port town of Oran, visits the famous Kasbah in Algiers and attends a circumcision ceremony in a disused bowling alley.

at WOMAD

Andy heads for the municipal playing fields on the outskirts of Reading that play host to WOMAD.

Concluding Radio 3's live coverage of the festival, there are performances by Benins Angelique Kidjo, Moussu T from Marseille, Sudanese child-soldier-turned-rapper Emmanuel Jal, and Akli D from Algeria.

A special edition of the programme from last year's Africa Live Roll Back Malaria Concert in Dakar, Senegal.

As well as enjoying performances by Tinariwen, Oumou Sangare, Angelique Kidjo, Rokia Traore, DJ Awadi, Salif Keita, Baaba Maal and the concerts organiser Youssou N'Dour, Andy finds out about the enormous problem of malaria in Africa and the steps being taken to prevent it.

The usual mix of unpopular music, including a live session by electro-folkies Tunng.

Andy Kershaw presents a session from Leeds punk band Gang of Four.

Including a live studio session by Orkney-born traditional singer Kris Drever.

Featuring a session from Jawbone, a one-man band from Detroit whose style ranges through blues, garage and punk.