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20130313

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's new folk and acoustic show, live from Salford Quays.

This week, Mark is joined in the studio by traditional English power-trio Faustus, aka Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose, who will perform songs from their new album Broken Down Gentlemen.

Paul (Belshazzar's Feast, Bellowhead), Benji (Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman Band) and Saul (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweasel) formed Faustus some years ago, but took an 18-month hiatus to concentrate on their other groups. Now they're back with some fine modern folk music that is by turns tender, rousing, and just a little bit bawdy.

With each member steeped in traditional music, Faustus will also talk to Mark about morris dancing in the 21st century, as they prepare for The Furnace, their upcoming tour with the acclaimed dance act Morris Offspring.

The new Radio 2 Folk Show sees Mark explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the world, with regular interviews and live sessions from folk's finest performers.

20130320

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

The new Radio 2 Folk Show sees Mark Radcliffe explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the globe, with regular live sessions and interviews.

20130410

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Mark Radcliffe explores the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the globe, with regular live sessions and interviews.

20130501

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

The new Radio 2 Folk Show sees Mark Radcliffe explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the globe, with regular live sessions and interviews.

20130529

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

20130605

Mark presents his weekly folk and acoustic show, live from Salford Quays.

His guest this week is Louisiana singer and musician Sarah Savoy and her French band, The Francadians. Based in Paris, but originally from Louisiana, Sarah is the daughter of cajun music royalty Marc and Ann Savoy, and the sister of Joel Savoy and Wilson Savoy (Pine Leaf Boys).

Her music is a rootsy and stirring mix of dance music and rockabilly. On the eve of some UK dates, Sarah and The Francadians bring their cajun sound, style and cooking tips to the Salford canalside.

20130612

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

20130626

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week's show will include the exclusive first airing of music by The Full English band, a group consisting of some of the English folk scene's most highly regarded singers and musicians: Fay Hield, Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls.

20130724

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, Mark looks ahead to the 49th annual Cambridge Folk Festival.

20130807

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk scene, from Britain and beyond.

20130918

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, musicians Fay Hield and Nancy Kerr talk about The Full English project and the new album from its associated folk 'supergroup'.

The Full English is a major new archive that compiles numerous collections of English folk music, and makes those collections fully searchable via a freely-accessible website.

To celebrate the launch of the new resource, Fay was asked by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) to create new arrangements of lesser-known songs in the archive. She is now showcasing those arrangements with a remarkable group: Nancy Kerr, Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls.

The Full English group is releasing an album and they tour the UK this autumn.

On this week's Folk Show, Fay and Nancy explain the significance of the archive and discuss the work of the remarkable new folk group.

20131113

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk scene, from Britain and beyond.

20131120

This week, Mark announces the nominations for the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and plays music by all of the nominated artists.

An extensive panel of folk music professionals have cast their votes, and tonight Mark reveals the top four acts in each of the categories - including Best Album, Folk Singer of the Year and the Horizon Award for the best emerging act.

Once the nominations have been announced in this week's show, the panel will vote again to establish the winner in each category. The results will then be announced at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony on 19 February 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Details of the music played, and a full rundown of the nominations, can be found after the show at www.bbc.co.uk/folk.

20131204

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, Mark is presents not one, but two live sessions from two of the finest musicians performing in the UK today: Tim Edey and Will Pound.

Tim, from Kent, is the guitarist and melodeon player named Musician of the Year at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, where he also received the Best Duo prize for his work with the Kiwi harmonica player Brendan Power. Tim's new album Sailing Over the 7th String concentrates on guitar pieces and this week he performs in the company of brilliant Perthshire fiddler Patsy Reid.

Young harmonica player Will Pound has himself been nominated for a Folk Award, and counts among his credits roles in the Martin Simpson Band and duo work with Haddo and Dan Walsh. Will also recorded the harmonica part for the 2012 Christmas number one -The Justice Collective's charity single He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. His own solo album, A Cut Above, has just been released and tonight he's joined by John Parker on double bass.

20140129

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk scene, from Britain and beyond.

20140205

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk scene, from Britain and beyond.

20140212

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk scene, from Britain and beyond.

20140305

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music, from Britain and beyond.

20140312

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music, from Britain and beyond.

20140402

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week's programme includes a look at the history of folk clubs in the UK, with contributions from artists who toured the clubs then and now.

There's also some music by Martin Carthy from his recent performance at the House of Commons, where he was honoured for his long and influential career.

20140507

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk scene, from Britain and beyond.

20140625

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, from Britain and beyond.

20140702

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. With news, new releases and classic tracks. This week, Mark looks back at his weekend at Glastonbury Festival with music from The Rails and 3 Daft Monkeys. Plus new music from Maz O'Connor and Ashley Hutchings' Rainbow Chasers. There's also two beautiful collaborations between classical and folk musicians, and a lost classic by Jon Rennard.

20140820

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. Including new releases, classic tracks and more.

20140827

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. Including new releases, classic tracks and more.

20140910

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the singer, songwriter and icon of the folk revival Peggy Seeger speaks to Mark about making her 22nd solo album, Everything Changes.

20141029

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. Including new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

20150121

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. Including new releases, classic tracks and more.

With a look forward to two special programmes from Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival, live on Radio 2 next week.

20150225

Live music highlights and interviews from folk artists at the 2015 6 Music Festival in Newcastle.

The 6 Music Festival is staged by Radio 2's digital sister station, BBC Radio 6 Music. This year it included a dedicated folk venue: the Cumberland Arms in the Ouseburn Valley. On this week's Radio 2 Folk Show, Mark introduces some of the best performances from the folk acts at the event.

Featuring Eliza Carthy in conversation and collaboration with spoken word artist Kate Tempest, gritty shanty band Kings of the South Seas, exciting Brighton outfit Moulettes, Malian group Songhoy Blues, singer-songwriter Marika Hackman, Tom Robinson with musician and producer Gerry Diver, and Oxford quartet Stornoway.

20150311

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. This week, singer and guitarist Simon Nicol talks about Myths and Heroes, the new album from British electric folk legends Fairport Convention.

Simon also talks about the line-up for this year's Cropredy Convention, the popular festival run by the band in Oxfordshire.

Plus the usual mix of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

20150318

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk scene, from Britain and beyond.

20150401

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. Including the usual mix of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

20150610

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. With exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

20150826

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

With the the usual mix of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

20151007

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

With the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

20151021
20151028
20151028

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk scene.

20151216
20160120

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, with new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

20160525
20160525

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

With the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

20160622
2013 Live Session Highlights20131211

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark shares some of his personal highlights from a year of fantastic live sessions on the Folk Show.

2015 Folk Awards Nominations20150204
2015 Folk Awards Nominations20150204

Mark Radcliffe announces the nominees in the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

3 Daft Monkeys In Session20141126

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the entertaining Cornish band 3 Daft Monkeys join Mark in the studio for a live session. Tim Ashton, Athene Roberts and Lukas Drinkwater perform songs from the band's latest album, Of Stones and Bones.

Plus the usual selection of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

6 Music Festival Special20160217

Live music and interviews recorded in front of an audience at the BBC's 6 Music Festival in Bristol.

With intimate acoustic sessions by False Lights, Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock, Rozi Plain and other special guests.

9bach In Session20140604

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Welsh band 9Bach perform tracks from their new album Tincian, which was released in May on Peter Gabriel's Real World label.

9Bach were formed in 2005 by Lisa Jen and Martin Hoyland and perform a mix of traditional and original songs in a modern and alternative style.

9bach In Session20160420

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Welsh band 9Bach return to our studio for a live session, playing songs from their new album, Anian.

Their previous album, Tincian, won the Best Album prize at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The 2016 Folk Awards take place next week and 9Bach help Mark look forward to the event.

The 2016 Radio 2 Folk Awards are live on Radio 2 from 7.30pm on Wednesday 27 April, with build-up and special guests on Simon Mayo's Drivetime show from 5pm.

Adam Holmes In Session20160518

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Edinburgh singer Adam Holmes performs live with his band The Embers. Adam's second album, Brighter Still, is released on 10 June.

Known for his work with the band Rura, and recently also with John McCusker, Adam is one of the most promising new voices in British folk.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Anais Mitchell And Jefferson Hamer In Session20130227

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's new folk and acoustic show, live from Salford Quays.

This week, Mark is joined by American duo Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer for a live session. Anaïs, from Vermont, released one of the best-received albums of last year: Young Man in America. Her song 'Tailor', from that album, was nominated in the Best Original Song category of the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Singer and guitarist Jefferson Hamer appeared on Young Man in America but the pair have since formed a formal duo to record a new record called Child Ballads. As the title suggests, all of the tracks on the album are traditional songs from the collection of Francis James Child.

Months before its release, Child Ballads has created a buzz of anticipation among critics and fans, and as Anaïs and Jefferson visit the UK for a tour, Mark welcomes them to the BBC's Salford studios for a live session.

The new Radio 2 Folk Show sees Mark explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the world, with regular interviews and live sessions from folk's finest performers.

Aoife O'donovan Interview20160302

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Massachusetts songwriter Aoife O'Donovan talks about her new album, In The Magic Hour.

Aoife first became known to UK audiences as the lead vocalist in the progressive roots band Crooked Still. She has since guested on the BBC's Transatlantic Sessions series.

Archie Fisher Interview20160113

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk scene.

Barrule In Session And Young Folk Award20150930

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Manx outfit Barrule play live in the studio. Mark also opens the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award for entries.

The Young Folk Award is Radio 2's annual search for the most promising young players of folk, roots or acoustic music. The contest has kick-started the careers of some of British folk's most respected names, including: Bella Hardy, Jim Moray, Jackie Oates and Lauren MacColl.

Bella Hardy In Session20150114

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Radio 2's 2014 Folk Singer of the Year, Bella Hardy, performs songs from her next album.

Bella, from Derbyshire, has become one of the key voices on the UK folk scene through her solo work, her part in the group Carthy Hardy Farrell and Young, and her contributions to major projects like The Elizabethan Session.

On this week's Folk Show, Bella looks ahead to a busy year of touring and a new album.

Plus the usual mix of classic tracks, new releases and news.

Bellowhead In Session20141015

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, all-conquering big band Bellowhead squeeze into the studio to perform songs from their new album.

Over the course of their decade-long career, the unlikely standard bearers of traditional music have become a must-see live phenomenon and one of the most successful acts in the history of English folk.

New album Revival sees them mark their 10th year by signing to major label Island Records and working to capture their remarkable live sound on record.

Billy Connolly On Bert Jansch20130306

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk scene.

This week, Mark talks to Billy Connolly about the late, great guitarist Bert Jansch. Household name Billy - comedian, actor, singer and banjo player - presented a 1992 film about Bert called Acoustic Routes. The documentary saw Billy explore the brilliant and influential guitarist's music with help from Bert himself, as well as Hamish Imlach, Anne Briggs, Davy Graham, Archie Fisher, Albert Lee, Duck Baker, Wizz Jones, Martin Carthy, Jacqui McShee, Al Stewart and Bert's own hero Brownie McGhee. The film includes special performances by many of these great names.

Jan Leman's BAFTA-nominated film will tour selected cinemas from 1 March 2013, with a DVD and CD release to follow on 25 March. On this week's Folk Show, Billy tells Mark Radcliffe about making the film and the enduring power of Bert's recordings.

Blair Dunlop In Session20130327

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's folk and acoustic show, live from Salford Quays.

This week Mark's studio session comes from singer, songwriter and guitarist Blair Dunlop. Blair, who's based in Derbyshire, was nominated for the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Just one year later he scooped the Horizon Award for the 'best emerging artist' at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, thanks in no small part to his excellent debut album, Blight and Blossom.

Blair and some musical friends join Mark live in the BBC's Salford studios to play some music and talk about his musical heritage, inspirations, and aspirations.

Bob Fox In Session20150429

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, one of North East England's best-loved voices, Bob Fox, sings live.

Since his early days at the Davy Lamp Folk Club in Washington, Tyne and Wear, Bob has gone on to establish himself as one of the finest folk-song interpreters in the UK.

He is known for his work with Tom McConville, Stu Luckley and Benny Graham, and his recordings for the Radio Ballads series on BBC Radio 2, most recently The Ballad of The Great War in 2014.

In recent months, Bob has performed the role of Songman in the National Theatre's acclaimed stage production of War Horse in the West End and on tour in the UK, Ireland and South Africa.

Also this week, Mark will look back at last week's 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Breabach In Session20160309
Breabach In Session20160309

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, top Scottish group Breabach play music from their new album, Astar.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Cahalen Morrison And Eli West In Session20150128

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. Including new releases, classic tracks and more.

This week, Seattle duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West play live.

Plus more highlights from this month's Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.

Calan In Session20150819

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, top young Welsh group Calan play music from their new album, Dinas.

Plus the usual mix of classic tracks, new releases and news from the folk world.

Cambridge Folk Festival20150805

Mark presents more live music and interviews from last weekend's Cambridge Folk Festival.

With Irish band Danú, English group Mawkin, Devon duo the India Electric Co. and more.

Plus another chance to hear some of the great performances from Mark's weekend show at Cambridge.

Cambridge Folk Festival Highlights20140806

An hour of live music highlights and interviews from the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, at the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival.

Cambridge Folk Festival Preview20150729

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark previews Radio 2's coverage of the 2015 Cambridge Folk Festival. From 3pm on Saturday 1 August, Mark will present a special three-hour show live from the site at Cherry Hinton Hall. There will be further highlights on next week's Folk Show, on Wednesday 5 August.

Plus a look ahead to Sidmouth Folk Week, which also begins this weekend.

Capercaillie In Session20131106

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, Mark welcomes Scottish folk stars Capercaillie to the Folk Show's Salford studio. The band's current lineup includes founders Karen Matheson and Donald Shaw with Charlie McKerron, Manus Lunny, Ewen Vernal, Michael McGoldrick, Che Beresford and David Robertson.

One of the most successful exponents of Gaelic song, Capercaillie are marking their 30th anniversary this year with a UK tour and a new album, At The Heart of It All.

Cara Dillon In Session20140514

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark's live session guest is the award-winning Northern Irish singer Cara Dillon. Cara and band perform songs from her much anticipated new album, A Thousand Hearts.

Chris While And Julie Matthews In Session20150107

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the award-winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews join Mark to introduce the first Folk Show of 2015.

Chris and Julie are among the most in-demand singers and writers of songs, having worked with The Albion Band, Fairport Convention, Eddi Reader, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and on the BBC Radio Ballads among many other things.

On this week's show they will perform tracks from their latest album, Who We Are, which marked their 20th year as a duo.

Plus the usual mix of classic tracks, new releases and news.

Chris Wood In Session20160706
Chris Wood In Session20160706

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark introduces a live session from one of the most admired and respected folk songwriters in the UK: Chris Wood.

Chris performs songs from his new album, So Much To Defend.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Daimh In Session20160127

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, exciting Scottish Gaelic group Dàimh (pronounced 'Dive') play live in Salford, performing music from their latest album, The Hebridean Sessions.

The band, formed around 15 years ago, were recently named Scottish Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Plus more highlights from Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival.

Damien O'kane In Session20151014
Damien O'kane In Session20151014

Damien O'kane In Session20151014

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the Northern Irish singer and musician Damien O'Kane plays live. Originally from Coleraine, Damien is now based near Barnsley and regularly performs with his wife, Kate Rusby.

This autumn marks the release of his second solo album, Areas of High Traffic.

Daoiri Farrell In Session20160504

Mark hosts a live session from Daoiri Farrell and looks back on the Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Dervish In Session20140903

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, one of Ireland's greatest ever traditional music bands, Dervish, fly into Manchester to play live.

Dougie Maclean20141022

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Scottish songwriter Dougie MacLean speaks about his latest work. New album 'Till Tomorrow' sees Dougie team up with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to rearrange songs from his popular back catalogue.

Dougie, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, also talks about the upcoming Perthshire Amber festival, which he has run for ten years.

Plus new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Eamonn Coyne And Kris Drever In Session20140122

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark welcomes Orcadian guitarist and singer Kris Drever and Irish tenor banjo player Eamonn Coyne for a live session.

The brilliant duo will perform songs and tunes from their most recent album, Storymap, ahead of a UK tour in February.

Edward Ii20160316

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. This week, Mark visits Manchester Central Library with folk-reggae band Edward II, to look at broadside ballads from the industrial revolution.

The band, along with Manchester singer Jennifer Reid, discuss their new album called Manchester's Improving Daily. The project sees them rework a classic collection of 19th century broadside songs about life in the city.

Broadsides were cheap pieces of street literature, printed on single sheets of paper and pasted on walls in pubs and other public places. They were used to spread news and ideas in the form of song lyrics, which would then be sung to a mostly illiterate audience.

Collections of broadsides, like the one in Manchester, are among the main ways that folk songs have survived for hundreds of years.

Eliza Carthy In Session20130424

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's folk and acoustic show, live from Salford Quays.

This week, Mark is joined by one of English folk music's most passionate and soulful musicians: Eliza Carthy, who's been a popular force for good in folk music for more than two decades.

Eliza, daughter of Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson, emerged on the public music scene 21 years ago and is marking the occasion with a new compilation album, book and tour.

Wayward Daughter chronicles Eliza's remarkable and varied career, which thus far includes her traditional and original work, her work with The Ratcatchers, various duos and groups with her esteemed parents, membership of The Imagined Village, and fruitful collaborations with Salsa Celtica and countless others.

This week, Eliza and guitarist David Delarre join Mark in the studio to perform some of her favourite songs.

Emily Portman In Session20151104

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the award-winning singer Emily Portman performs songs from her new album, Coracle.

Emily, originally from Glastonbury, is known for the beautiful and strange themes of her albums. She won the Best Original Song prize at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

For this week's session, she's joined by long-time collaborators Rachel Newton (harp) and Lucy Farrell (fiddle).

Plus the usual mix of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Emily Smith20150506

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the award-winning Scottish singer Emily Smith talks to Mark ahead of her next UK tour, and we hear music from her most recent album, Echoes.

Emily Smith At Christmas20151223

Mark Radcliffe hosts an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Scottish singer Emily Smith is in session for a very special hour of folk, roots and acoustic music for the festive season.

Emily recently released her 'Songs for Christmas' album, which features material written and collected over the last few years for her popular annual Christmas show held in Dumfries and Galloway.

Ewan Mclennan In Session20141008

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist Ewan McLennan performs music from his new album, Stories Still Untold.

False Lights In Session20141210

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, two of British folk's strongest voices and stylists, Jim Moray and Sam Carter, perform live with their folk rock band, False Lights.

Fay Hield In Session And Folk Awards Nominations20160210

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, award-winning Yorkshire singer Fay Hield and her band The Hurricane Party (Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron, Roger Wilson and Ben Nicholls) perform music from her new album, Old Adam.

Mark will also reveal the nominations for the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 27 April 2016, and will be live on Radio 2. Including details on how to vote in the Best Album category.

Fisherman's Friends In Session20150812

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the popular Cornish shanty crew, Fisherman's Friends, squeeze into our Salford studio to perform songs from their new album, Proper Job.

Plus the usual mix of classic tracks, new releases and news from the folk world.

Folk Awards Highlights20130206

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music, with the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, Mark looks back at the 14th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, held last Wednesday at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.

The event celebrated the achievements of folk's finest musicians over the past 12 months, and honoured such great names as Billy Bragg, Aly Bain, Roy Harper and Dougie MacLean.

The new Radio 2 Folk Show sees Mark Radcliffe explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the world, with regular live sessions and interviews. Upcoming live sessions will come from Heidi Talbot and friends (13 February), Richard Thompson (20 February), and Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer (27 February).

Folk Awards Preview20150415

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark looks ahead to next week's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which will take place at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on Wednesday 22 April.

Plus the usual mix of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Ghazalaw In Session20160601

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the Welsh and Indian group Ghazalaw perform songs from their self-titled debut album.

The band is the result of a collaboration between Welsh folk singer Gwyneth Glyn and Indian Ghazal singer Tauseef Akhtar. Among their instruments of guitar, harmonium and tabla is the harp of Welsh Folk Show-favourite Georgia Ruth.

Singing songs based on the love poetry of their respective traditions, Ghazalaw have earned attention and acclaim including a nomination in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Gordie Mackeeman And His Rhythm Boys20130828

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Canadian roots sensations Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys play live. Fiddler Gordie - originally from Nova Scotia but now based on Prince Edward Island - has recently been thrilling audiences around the UK and joins Mark to perform tracks from his new album.

Heidi Talbot In Session20130213

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's new folk and acoustic show live from Salford Quays.

This week, Mark welcomes Irish singer Heidi Talbot to the studio for a live session. Heidi and her very excellent musical friends will perform tracks from her forthcoming album, Angels Without Wings.

Heidi, originally from County Kildare but now based in Scotland, was formerly a member of the New York-based Irish-American group Cherish the Ladies. As a solo artist she has made five albums and picked up multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations.

The new album features contributions from some of contemporary folk's biggest names: Dobro guitar master Jerry Douglas, bluegrass star Tim O'Brien, and Scottish musicians Karine Polwart and Julie Fowlis all do turns on the record, as do King Creosote and Mark Knopfler.

Mark Radcliffe's new Radio 2 Folk Show sees Mark explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the world, with regular interviews and live sessions from folk's finest performers.

Guests on upcoming programmes include Richard Thompson (20 February) and Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer (27 February).

Ian Anderson20160608

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week Mark speaks to fRoots editor Ian Anderson, and also pays tribute to the late Dave Swarbrick.

Ian Anderson co-founded Southern Rag in 1979. Thirty-seven years later, the magazine continues as fRoots and is about to publish its 400th issue.

Mark talks to Ian about the magazine's history, the changing UK folk scene, and Ian's own musical adventures.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

In Conversation With Linda Thompson20131030

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, Mark speaks to Linda Thompson about her new album, Won't Be Long Now, which is her first solo release since 2007's Versatile Heart. The new record features a duet with her ex-husband Richard Thompson, songs with son and daughter Teddy and Kami Thompson, along with contributions from Ron Sexsmith, John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Sam Amidon, Eliza Carthy and others.

Linda speaks to Mark about making records and performing while suffering from dysphonia - a condition that has long affected her ability to sing.

Interview With Jamie Smith Of Mabon20160203
Jackie Oates In Session20130403

Mark is joined by the award-winning singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates. Jackie, originally from Staffordshire but based now in Oxford, has just released her fifth album. Called 'Lullabies', it focuses on soothing songs from British, Icelandic and other cultures.

Pianist Belinda O'Hooley and guitarist Chris Sarjeant will accompany Jackie in the studio for this week's session.

Jackie Oates In Session20150603

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the English folk singer and musician Jackie Oates performs songs from her new album, The Spyglass and The Herringbone.

Jackie broke on to the British folk scene as a member of Rachel Unthank and The Winterset (now The Unthanks). Her self-titled solo debut was released in 2006 and this new record is her sixth. Originally from Staffordshire, she has lived in Devon and Oxford and is known for her work with The Imagined Village.

Also this week: Mark's usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Jarlath Henderson Interview20160330

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, award-winning musician Jarlath Henderson - known for his work with Ross Ainslie and Capercaillie - discusses his first proper solo album, Hearts Broken Heads Turned.

Plus the usual mix of classic tracks, exciting new releases and news from the folk world.

Jim Causley And Friends20131127

Devon singer Jim Causley and friends play live in the Salford studio.

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, Mark is joined by Devon singer Jim Causley.

Jim's latest album, Cyprus Well, consists of poems by the late, esteemed poet Charles Causley, set to new music by Jim. Charles was a distant relative of Jim's, and the new album was recorded in Charles' old Launceston house, Cyprus Well.

John Kirkpatrick In Session20131016

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, the popular musician and singer John Kirkpatrick joins Mark live in our Salford studio to perform traditional music from his extensive repertoire.

Known and admired for his mastery of the melodeon and the Anglo concertina, John has been a key figure in British folk music since the early seventies. In a duo with his former wife, the hammered dulcimer player Sue Harris, he played live and released albums into the early eighties. No stranger to big bands, John formed part of Steeleye Span's line-up in 1977, and co-founded folk-brass pioneers Brass Monkey with Martin Carthy in 1982. He explored a rockier sound in the mid-nineties with the short-lived John Kirkpatrick Band.

Some of his collaborations include classic work with Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson and Roy Bailey, and his credits as a session musician include performances for Gerry Rafferty and Thea Gilmore (John played melodeon on Thea's popular 2012 single, London).

An established composer and musical director for theatre, John also has a string of broadcasting credits to his name, including the recent Radio 4 documentary Digital Folk and the 2009 BBC Two series Victorian Farm - something he is now revisiting with a series of concerts called 'The Victorian Farmer's Year in Song'. Like his recent solo releases - God Speed The Plough and Every Mortal Place - this work sees John explore his long-standing interest in British seasonal work and its associated customs, songs and dances.

John Mccusker20160413

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark speaks to musician and producer John McCusker about his 25 years in music, and his new album.

McCusker, from North Lanarkshire, is a multi-instrumentalist known for his work with the Battlefield Band, Kate Rusby, Heidi Talbot and Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler.

Known for his ability to unite musicians from diverse musical backgrounds, John has worked with rock acts like Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Teenage Fanclub and Idlewild, as well as Blur guitarist Graham Coxon. Michael McGoldrick, John Doyle, Kris Drever and Eddi Reader have also collaborated with John on many occasions. His TV and film soundtrack work includes Billy Connolly's World Tour of New Zealand and Jennifer Saunders' sitcom, Jam and Jerusalem.

His new John McCusker Band features Adam Holmes (Rura), Andy Cutting and Ewan Vernal.

John Smith Session20130515

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's folk and acoustic show, live from Salford Quays.

This week, Mark is joined by Devon-born guitarist and singer John Smith, who'll be playing tracks from his new album Great Lakes.

The Radio 2 Folk Show sees Mark explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the world, with regular interviews and live sessions from folk's finest performers.

John Tams Special20151202

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the singer, songwriter, music director and actor John Tams talks about his 50 years in folk, as Mark Radcliffe presents him with a prestigious Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

John, from Derbyshire, has made a lasting impression on the British folk scene through work with the groups Muckram Wakes, The Albion Band, The Home Service, as a solo artist, and in an acclaimed duo with Barry Coope.

He has received seven BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, in recognition of his traditional and original songs, his albums, and his live performances.

John's work in the world of theatre and drama has centred around 40 years of acting and music directing at the National Theatre, notably on The Mysteries, Lark Rise to Candleford and the hugely successful War Horse. He worked on the film adaptation of War Horse with Steven Spielberg and John Williams.

During the 1990s, he starred opposite Sean Bean in the TV series Sharpe, often singing folk songs as part of the drama.

In 2006, he helped Radio 2 revive Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger and Charles Parker's classic Radio Ballads format for a new run of self-narrating musical documentaries.

As part of this programme, Mark will present John with a Gold Badge from EFDSS: an accolade presented to those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the preservation, promotion or development of the folk arts. The first award was made in 1922 and over the years recipients have included Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Spinners, The Watersons, Shirley Collins and a further 160 individuals, many working at grass roots levels and well as in the limelight.

Johnny Coppin In Session20140618

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark welcomes Gloucestershire singer and songwriter Johnny Coppin for a live session. Johnny performs songs from his new album Borderland with fiddle player Paul Burgess.

Jon Cleave20130821

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark speaks to Jon Cleave of the popular Cornish shanty group, Fisherman's Friends.

Fisherman's Friends have recently released a single and album in tribute to band member Trevor Grills and tour manager Paul McMullen, both of whom lost their lives in a tragic accident earlier this year.

Jon updates Mark on the group's progress and tells the story behind their new album, One and All, the release of which had been postponed since February.

Josienne Clarke And Ben Walker In Session20150520

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker perform exquisite tracks from their album Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour.

Singer Josienne and guitarist Ben, who are based in London, recently picked up the Best Duo prize at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, where they also won a legion of new fans with a stunning performance.

Also this week: Mark's usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Julie Fowlis In Session20140326

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark welcomes Hebridean singer, musician and broadcaster Julie Fowlis to the Salford studio.

Julie, who started out with the group Dochas, is one of the finest Scottish folk singers of her generation, taking Gaelic-language folk music to new audiences around the world, not least through her work on the soundtrack of Disney-Pixar's Brave and her performance at the Ryder Cup in Chicago.

Julie's new studio album, Gach Sgeul (Every Story), was released in February and she and her band play tracks from it live on the show this week.

Julie Fowlis Sits In With Adam Holmes20140409

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the Hebridean singer, musician and broadcaster Julie Fowlis sits in for Mark. Her studio guest is upcoming Edinburgh singer Adam Holmes and his band The Embers.

23-year-old Adam is a former nominee in both the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and the Folk Awards who has received attention and praise for his mature songwriting and remarkable voice. His new album, Heirs and Graces, was produced by John Wood (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, John Martyn) and Adam performs tracks from it on this week's show.

Plus Julie will be sharing some of her favourite folk tracks past and present.

Julie Murphy In Session20150304

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. This week, singer Julie Murphy, from the acclaimed Welsh band Fernhill, performs solo.

Originally from Essex, Julie has since been celebrated for her beautiful renditions of Welsh-language songs in the band Fernhill. She has also worked with John Cale and Robert Plant on various projects.

Her most recent solo album, A Quiet House, came out in 2012. Her new EP, Mermaid, was released recently and she performs songs from it on this week's Folk Show.

Plus the usual blend of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Kate Rusby In Session20141112

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, one of the most popular and successful voices in modern English folk, Kate Rusby, plays live.

Kate and band join Mark in our Salford studio to perform songs from her 13th album, Ghost, which came out in the summer.

Plus the usual selection of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Kathryn Roberts And Sean Lakeman In Session20150408

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark welcomes the award-winning duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman for a live session. Kathryn and Sean have been present on the English folk scene in various ways since being members of the group Equation in the 1990s.

Tomorrow Will Follow Today is their fourth album as a duo and they play songs from it in our Salford studio.

Kathryn Tickell Interview20140924

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. Including new releases, classic tracks and more.

This week, the superb Northumbrian musician, composer and band leader Kathryn Tickell speaks about her new group, The Side.

Kris Drever In Session20160323

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Orcadian musician Kris Drever - known for his work with the band Lau - performs songs from his new album, If Wishes Were Horses.

Plus the usual mix of classic tracks, exciting new releases and news from the folk world.

Lau In Session20150513

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the band Lau perform tracks from their fourth full-length album, The Bell That Never Rang.

The trio - Kris Drever, Aidan O'Rourke and Martin Green - emerged in 2007 and are now established as one of the UK's most progressive and accomplished folk acts. They have won the Best Group prize at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards on four occasions.

The band have also curated their own festival, Lau-Land, in venues around the country.

Also this week: the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Lisa Knapp Session20130911

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, Mark welcomes English singer Lisa Knapp to the Salford studio for a live session.

Lisa created a stir with her debut folk album, Wild and Undaunted, which came out in 2007. Her version of The Blacksmith, remixed by Youth, was one of the key releases of that time.

Nearly seven years on, she returns with a second full-length album, Hidden Seam, which features contributions by Martin Carthy, Alasdair Roberts, James Yorkston and Kathryn Williams. Lisa and her band join Mark in Salford Quays to perform music from the new record and chat about how she's filled the intervening years.

Loudon Wainwright Iii20130508

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's folk and acoustic show.

This week, Mark is joined by a real one-off: Loudon Wainwright III.

For more than 40 years, Loudon has been one of the most original songwriters in the folk and acoustic world. During his recent UK tour, he joined Mark to play songs from his most recent album, Older Than My Old Man Now, songs that explore themes of family and aging with Loudon's typically sharp wit and disarming honesty.

The Radio 2 Folk Show sees Mark explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the world, with regular interviews and live sessions from folk's finest performers.

Lucy Ward In Session20151209

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Derby-born singer Lucy Ward performs music from her new album, I Dreamt I Was A Bird.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Luke Daniels In Session20141119

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the musician and songwriter Luke Daniels plays live. Luke, who was previously best known for his instrumental work and particularly his melodeon playing, has released an album of original songs called What's Here What's Gone.

As he prepares to launch the album with a UK tour, he performs pieces that reflect the scope and variety of his musical work.

Plus the usual mix of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Luke Daniels Interview20160511
Luke Daniels Interview20160511

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, musician and songwriter Luke Daniels talks about his new album, Revolve and Rotate. The album features a 19th century music box called a Polyphon, which Luke and friends restored and created new music for.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Lynched In Session20151111

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, hotly-tipped Dublin band Lynched play live in the studio.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Malinky In Session20150902

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Scots quartet Malinky play live. Fiona Hunter, Steve Byrne, Mark Dunlop and Mike Vass are the latest line-up in the band's 15-year history; former members include Karine Polwart and Ewan MacPherson. Far Better Days is their fifth album and sees them return after a few years out.

Plus the usual mix of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Marry Waterson And Richard Hawley Interview20131002

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, Mark speaks to Marry Waterson and Richard Hawley about Bright Pheobus, the classic record by Marry's late mother and uncle, Lal and Mike Waterson.

Richard and Marry will soon be joined by Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Jarvis Cocker and Norma Waterson for a series of concerts - titled Bright Phoebus Revisited - celebrating the 1972 album which memorably blended folk and Beatles-esque elements with the special North Yorkshire atmosphere of Lal and Mike's original songwriting. The record featured, among others, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Maddy Prior, Ashley Hutchings, Bob Davenport and Tim Hart.

As well as the Bright Phoebus Revisited concerts, a new book and CD called Teach Me To Be a Summer's Morning will compile paintings, drawings, poetry and previously unreleased songs by Lal Waterson.

Martin Carthy And Eliza Carthy Interview20140521

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark speaks to Martin and Eliza Carthy about their new work as duo. The pair - Martin a legend of English folk and Eliza one of its brightest stars for more than two decades - are releasing an album called The Moral of the Elephant via Topic Records.

Plus more music from Martin Carthy's recent live performance at the House of Commons.

Martin Simpson20130717

Mark presents his weekly folk and acoustic show, live from Salford.

His guest this week is the eminent English folk guitarist, singer and songwriter, Martin Simpson.

Martin, one of the world's finest acoustic guitar players, began his musical career in 1970. Over four decades he has toured extensively on both sides of the Atlantic, released more than 20 albums including collaborations with June Tabor and Wu Man, and received a number of accolades including four BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Martin performs songs from his latest album, Vagrant Stanzas, which has been produced by Martin with Peter Denenberg and fellow Sheffield resident Richard Hawley.

Martyn Joseph And Maz O'connor20160629

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, songwriters Martyn Joseph and Maz O'Connor talk about the Sweet Liberties project and perform live.

Sweet Liberties brought together a group of top folk musicians to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the 750th anniversary of the first English parliament.

Four songwriters - Nancy Kerr, Martyn Joseph, Sam Carter and Maz O'Connor - wrote new songs about the rights and liberties that people have fought to achieve and protect over the past eight centuries.

The musicians Patsy Reid and Nick Cooke complete the Sweet Liberties line-up, and they will perform live for the final time at the Folk By The Oak festival in Hertfordshire in July 2016. An album will be released on October 2016.

Mccusker, Mcgoldrick And Doyle In Session20150211

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. This week, the superb John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle perform live.

Plus the usual blend of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Megan Henwood In Session20150916
Megan Henwood In Session20150916

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond and hosts a session from Megan Henwood.

Megson In Session20160406

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the duo Megson perform songs from their forthcoming album Good Times Will Come Again.

Stu and Debbie Hanna are based in Cambridgeshire but come originally from Teesside. They've been nominated for Best Duo at the Radio 2 Folk Awards three times, and the new album is their first of all-original songs.

Plus the usual mix of classic tracks, exciting new releases and news from the folk world.

Mike Heron And Trembling Bells In Session20130703

Mark presents his weekly folk and acoustic show, live from Salford Quays.

His guest this week is Mike Heron of psych-folk legends The Incredible String Band, performing in an acclaimed collaboration with Glasgow folk-rock group Trembling Bells.

Radio 2's Folk Show sees Mark Radcliffe explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary acoustic music from Britain and beyond, with regular interviews and live sessions from folk's finest performers.

Mischa Macpherson Trio In Session20140709

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark welcomes 2014 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners, the Mischa Macpherson Trio, for a live session.

At a public concert in Kendal last autumn, Mischa, Conal and Innes impressed the judges with their exquisite renditions of Scottish traditional music and song. They were worthy and popular winners of the Young Folk Award during the Folk Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in February.

More From Orkney20140611

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark introduces two more great guests from last month's Orkney Folk Festival.

Gary Innes and Norrie MacIver from popular young Gaelic rock band Manran talk about their early success and juggling music with firefighting and shinty.

Instrumental duo Mairearad Green and Anna Massie talk about their musical partnership and perform a session track for us in Stromness.

Nancy Kerr In Session20140716

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark welcomes English singer, musician and songwriter Nancy Kerr for a live session.

Nancy, highly regarded for her work with James Fagan, Eliza Carthy and more recently The Full English project, is joined by a band to perform songs from her brand new, and first, solo album Sweet Visitor.

Nick Drake Special20130619

Mark Radcliffe dedicates this week's live programme to the music of the influential and enigmatic Nick Drake, who would have turned 65 today.

During his lifetime, Nick's career stuttered and stalled, hampered to varying degrees by his depression and reluctance to perform in public. But decades after his tragic death at the age of 26, his music would find a wide and reverent audience.

Nick Drake left relatively little music behind; only three 'proper' studio albums were recorded. But those recordings were beautiful, heavy with meaning and mood and, ultimately, very influential on subsequent generations of like-minded songwriters.

On this week's Folk Show, Mark Radcliffe is joined by Joe Boyd - who produced two of Nick's albums for Island Records, as well as records for Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band and Pink Floyd - to reflect on Nick Drake's life and legacy.

Nicola Benedetti Interview20140723

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark speaks to the internationally acclaimed classical violinist Nicola Benedetti about her new album of Scottish folk music.

Nicola, who comes from Ayrshire, has joined with folk musicians Aly Bain, Phil Cunningham, Julie Fowlis and others to assist her as she interprets folk tunes on record for the first time in her career.

O'hooley And Tidow In Session20140226

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark welcomes acclaimed Yorkshire chamber-folk duo O'Hooley and Tidow to the Salford studio for a live session.

Belinda O'Hooley (Nic Jones Trio, The Unthanks) and Heidi Tidow formed their duo in 2009 and are releasing their third album, The Hum, this month.

In 2013, Belinda and Heidi were nominated in the Best Duo category of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and tonight Mark will be looking back at last week's 2014 Folk Awards with memories and highlights from the big event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Olivia Chaney In Session20130522

Mark presents his weekly folk and acoustic show, live from Salford.

His guest this week is singer and musician Olivia Chaney, one of the most exciting new talents on the English folk scene.

The songwriter and interpreter of traditional music has earned a small army of admirers on the back of her appearances and collaborations with the likes of Zero 7, Alasdair Roberts, Concerto Caledonia and The Woodbine and Ivy Band.

Olivia plays live in the studio and talks about her self-released EP, her plans for a much-anticipated debut album, and the pros and cons of making your own way in the music world.

Radio 2's Folk Show sees Mark Radcliffe explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the world, with regular interviews and live sessions from folk's finest performers.

Orkney Folk Festival20140528

An hour of music and conversation from Orkney Folk Festival, as Mark sends an audio postcard from last weekend's event.

Among the guests are singer and guitarist Kris Drever (Lau), Orkney band The Chair, Irish favourites Dervish, American singer Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still) and local storyteller Billy Jolly.

Kris's Peedie Gatherin' - a group including top local musicians - and Aoife perform live in the remarkable Italian Chapel, built by POWs during WWII on the southern Orkney island of Lamb Holm.

There's also a beautiful music session recorded inside the 5000-year-old chambered tomb of Maeshowe, near Stromness. Plus tracks by local acts The Wrigley Sisters and Saltfishforty, visiting acts including Manran and an Orcadian classic sung by Joan Baez.

An hour of music and conversation from Orkney Folk Festival, as Mark sends a postcard from last weekend's event.

Among the guests are Orcadian singer and guitarist Kris Drever (Lau), Orkney band The Chair and American singer Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still).

Oysterband And Celtic Connections Highlights20140129

Peggy Seeger, Martin Carthy And Eliza Carthy20151118

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, folk legends Peggy Seeger and Martin Carthy, and Martin's daughter Eliza Carthy, talk about a multi-artist project called Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl, produced by MacColl's children to mark his centenary year.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Phillip Henry And Hannah Martin In Session20140416

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark welcomes Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin to the studio for a live session. The pair, who perform original and traditional songs on dobro guitar, harmonica, banjo and fiddle, released their acclaimed album Mynd in 2013. They won the Best Duo award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Ralph Mctell20141203

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week's special programme is dedicated to the much-loved guitarist, singer and songwriter Ralph McTell.

As Ralph marks his 70th birthday, he performs songs in the studio and talks to Mark about his life, career and influences.

Richard Thompson In Session20130220

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's new folk and acoustic show.

This week, Mark welcomes to the studio a true original: Richard Thompson. The great folk rock songwriter and musician - named as one of Rolling Stone magazine's top 20 guitarists of all time - will perform songs from his brand new album, Electric.

Electric, a 'trio' album produced in Nashville by country legend Buddy Miller, was released in the UK on 11 February and a 17-date tour of the UK begins this week.

In 1967, a teenage Richard helped form the UK's first electric folk band, Fairport Convention. A blistering, inventive guitar style and a gift for songwriting have marked his work ever since, both as a solo artist and in the duo he formed with former wife Linda Thompson during the 1970s and 80s.

Richard joins Mark for this week's Radio 2 Folk Show. The programme sees Mark explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the world, with regular interviews and live sessions from folk's finest performers.

Richard Thompson Interview20150708

The singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson talks about his new album, which is called Still and was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

Plus the usual mix of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Sam Kelly In Session20151125

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Norfolk-born singer and musician Sam Kelly performs songs from his album, The Lost Boys.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Sam Lee In Session20150325

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. This week, London singer Sam Lee performs songs from his new album, the follow-up to his Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Ground Of Its Own.

Plus the usual selection of fresh new music, classic tracks and news from the folk scene.

Seth Lakeman In Session20140108

Mark returns with his first Folk Show of 2014 - an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark welcomes one of the key artists in 21st century folk rock, the popular singer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman. Seth performs tracks from his brand new album Word of Mouth.

Show Of Hands In Session20131009

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, Devon's Show of Hands play live in our Salford studio. Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes look ahead to a 29-date autumn tour and perform tracks from their thirteenth studio album, Wake The Union.

Formed originally in 1991, Show of Hands have become one of the biggest acts on the British folk scene, earning fans and plaudits for their forceful songs and rousing live sets. For more than 20 years, they've notably remained committed to playing small country venues as well as big concert halls, not least the Royal Albert Hall, which they've sold out on three occasions.

Show Of Hands In Session20160106

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, West Country roots band Show of Hands join Mark in our Salford studio and perform songs from their new album, The Long Way Home.

Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes have collected three BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, sold out the Royal Albert Hall multiple times, and recorded 15 studio albums.

The Long Way Home is the first release since their 2014 project, Centenary: Words and Music of the Great War, for which they collaborated with the actors Imelda Stanuton and Jim Carter.

Simpson-cutting-kerr In Session20150715

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, three of the UK's top folk artists: Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr, perform music from their new trio album, Murmurs.

Plus the usual mix of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Spiro In Session20140917

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Bristol-based band Spiro perform some of their inventive, hypnotic and beautiful acoustic music.

St George's Day Special20140423

A special episode, with the best folk and acoustic music to mark St George's Day.

Steve Martin Interview20130417

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's folk and acoustic show.

This week, Mark speaks to the comedian, actor and Grammy-winning bluegrass musician Steve Martin about Love Has Come for You, his new duo album with songwriter Edie Brickell.

Texas-born Steve's mastery of the banjo began in his teens, and during the 1970s and 80s it usually formed a part of his hugely-popular stand-up routines.

In 1981 he released a double album of comedy and music, and by 2001 he was accompanying the legendary Earl Scruggs on Scruggs' all-star reworking of the classic Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Steve's own 2009 record, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, earned him a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

Steve now regularly collaborates with North Carolina band The Steep Canyon Rangers. Their most recent album together, Rare Bird Alert!, featured songs written by Steve and guest vocals from Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chicks.

The Steep Canyon Rangers also appear on Steve's new project, which is a duo album with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. On this week's Folk Show, Steve tells Mark Radcliffe how the pair came to work together.

Steve Tilston20150617

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music and interviews Steve Tilston.

Steve Tilston Trio20130925

Mark Radcliffe presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond, including the latest releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

This week, the Steve Tilston Trio join Mark in our Salford studio for a live session.

Steve - born in Liverpool but now resident in West Yorkshire - released his first album 42 years ago. The story goes that Rod Stewart was so impressed that he ordered a boxful of LPs to share with his friends.

Acclaimed for both his guitar playing and songwriting, Steve's song The Reckoning, from the 2011 album of the same name, earned him a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Song.

His latest project is a trio including Stuart Gordon on violin and other instruments, and Keith Warmington on harmonica. On this week's Folk Show, the three of them join Mark to perform tracks from their new album, Happenstance.

Stick In The Wheel Interview20150923

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, new London band Stick In The Wheel talk about their debut album, From Here.

Earlier this year, the band were nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: the Horizon Award and Best Traditional Track for the song Bedlam. The group, who come from a diverse set of musical backgrounds, have been praised for their gutsy, angular delivery of British folk songs.

Mark speaks to some of the band as they prepare to release their first full-length album.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

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T Bone Burnett Interview20140115

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark speaks to the great musician and producer T Bone Burnett about the soundtrack of the forthcoming Coen Brothers' film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The film, based on the life of Dave Van Ronk and set in the New York folk scene of the 1960s, stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake.

The soundtrack, produced by Burnett, features versions of songs Ewan MacColl, Hedy West and Tom Paxton, and performances by Marcus Mumford, the Punch Brothers and members of the cast.

Talisk In Session20150701

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond and hosts a session from Talisk.

The Albion Christmas Band In Session20131218

Mark Radcliffe presents a festive hour of folk and acoustic music for the season. Including a live session from the Albion Christmas Band: Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol, Simon Care and Kellie While.

The Best Of The Sessions20150722

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark revisits the most brilliant and beautiful live session performances from the first half of 2015.

The Best Of The Sessions, Part 220151230

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark revisits the most brilliant and beautiful live session performances recorded on The Folk Show in the second half of 2015.

With music from Rhiannon Giddens, Olivia Chaney, Fisherman's Friends, Barrule, Megan Henwood, Lynched, Malinky and Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys.

The Furrow Collective In Session20140319

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark welcomes The Furrow Collective to the studio for a live session. The new group brings together some of the UK's most original and talented folk musicians: award-winning songwriter Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell (Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell), harpist Rachel Newton (The Shee) and acclaimed Scottish singer, writer and guitarist Alasdair Roberts.

The Gloaming In Session20160224

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Irish American supergroup The Gloaming play a special session live in Salford.

The sophisticated band, who have quickly become one of the world's hottest folk acts, are about to release their second album, The Gloaming 2.

The Gloaming are Irish Gaelic singer Iarla Ó Lionáird (Afro Celt Sound System), fiddle player Martin Hayes, guitarist Dennis Cahill, hardanger player Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, and pianist Thomas Bartlett AKA Doveman.

In 2015 they received the Best Traditional Track prize at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Plus the usual mix of classic tracks and exciting new releases.

The New Radio Ballads20141105

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the songwriter John Tams talks about Radio 2's new series of Radio Ballads, The Ballads of the Great War.

Created in 1958 by radio producer Charles Parker and the legendary folk musicians Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, radio ballads are self-narrating documentaries that use the voices of real people to tell a story first-hand. Original folk songs based on the words of the contributors are woven around the speech.

The Ballads Of The Great War are hard-hitting but lyrical accounts of life and death on the Western Front in words and music. Featuring eye-witness accounts from veterans and 50 specially commissioned new songs by the cream of British folk songwriters, each ballad tells the story of the war in the words of the people who fought it.

The five programmes in this new BBC Radio 2 series, broadcast over five years, offer a unique opportunity to experience the war at first hand, through the eyes of those who were there. The first ballad covers the outbreak of the war in 1914 and the early battles, with troops taken to the front in London buses and taxis, women handing out white feathers and hopes for a short war soon dashed.

John Tams, Julie Matthews, Jez Lowe, Billy Bragg, Sean Cooney and The Unthanks are among the folk artists providing the musical landscape for the upcoming series.

The Rails In Session20140430

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark's live session guests are The Rails: Kami Thompson and James Walbourne. Formerly known as The Dead Flamingoes, Kami and James have released an album called Fair Warning on Island Record's revived 'pink label' (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, John Martyn). The record has been produced with Edwyn Collins and features Eliza Carthy on fiddle.

Kami is the youngest daughter of Richard and Linda Thompson and James has played guitar for The Pretenders, Ray Davies, The Pogues and Son Volt. Both musicians have released solo records in recent years but on this week's Folk Show they perform their exciting new duo material backed by a full band.

The Spooky Men's Chorale Session20130814

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, we welcome Australian vocal troupe The Spooky Men's Chorale for a live session. The collective, which hails from New South Wales and can feature up to 15 black-clad singers, squeeze into our Salford studio in the middle of their extensive biennial tour of the UK.

Formed by Kiwi Stephen Taberner in 2001, the Spooky Men have wowed audiences around the world with their funny and moving paeans to subjects as varied as mastodons, human feet, and tools.

The Unthanks In Session20150218

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. This week, acclaimed Northumbrian group The Unthanks perform songs from their new album, Mount The Air.

Plus the usual blend of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

The Young'uns In Session20140813

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark welcomes Teesside trio The Young'uns for a live session.

Thompson In Session20141217

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, members of the great Thompson family join Mark in the studio to perform songs from their album, called Family.

Richard Thompson and his son Teddy Thompson, daughter Kami Thompson, son-in-law James Walbourne and grandson Zak Hobbs are among the family members to have contributed to the album.

Orchestrated by Teddy and including contributions by his mother Linda, the album sees almost all of the Thompsons do a turn on the family theme.

This week's live session will be one of the first times the material has been performed by the Thompsons in the same room.

Plus the usual classic tracks, new releases and news from the worlds of folk, roots and acoustic music.

Tom Paxton20150527

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark speaks to one of the great voices of the American folk revival: Tom Paxton.

Tom, whose classic songs include The Last Thing On My Mind and I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound, is touring the UK in support of his latest album, Redemption Road. The new record features guest performances from John Prine and Janis Ian.

Also this week: Mark's usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

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An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond. Including new releases, classic tracks and more.

This week, Duncan Lyall and Eamonn Coyne, from thrilling celtic big-band the Treacherous Orchestra, talk to Mark about their new album, Grind.

Plus music by Ewan MacColl for the centenary of his birth and a look forward to two special programmes from Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival, live on Radio 2 next week.

Treacherous Orchestra Interview20130904

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, contemporary Celtic supergroup, the Treacherous Orchestra, look ahead to their performance at the Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park event on 8 September 2013.

Trembling Bells In Session20160615

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Glasgow-based folk rock band Trembling Bells perform songs from their new mini-album, Wide Majestic Aire.

The band was formed in 2008 and features Alex Neilson on drums and Lavinia Blackwall on vocals. Their collaborators include Mike Heron of the Incredible String Band.

Plus the usual mix of exciting new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Urban Folk Quartet In Session20150624

Mark presents an hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, the Urban Folk Quartet - Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigas, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh - perform music from their new album, The Escape.

Plus the usual mix of new releases, classic tracks and news from the folk world.

Voices At The Door20141224

A special edition for Christmas Eve, featuring a session from Voices at the Door.

Let the Folk Show soundtrack your evening with a selection of lesser-heard music and songs drawn from the UK's warming winter folk customs.

Our seasonal session band is the wonderful Voices at the Door - aka Coope Boyes and Simpson plus Jo Freya, Fi Fraser and Georgina Boyes - who represent one of the best possible offerings of seasonal British folksong with their remarkable harmonies and extensive knowledge of festive music and traditions.

Plus more Christmas music from the best folk artists, new and old.

Welsh Folk Special With Cerys Matthews20131023

In a special edition of the programme, Cerys Matthews sits in for Mark and explores the folk, roots and acoustic music of Wales.

As WOMEX, the World Music Expo, begins in Cardiff, Cerys and friends celebrate the range of traditional and contemporary folk music coming out of Wales in the past and the present.

When Dylan Went Electric20150909
When Dylan Went Electric20150909

Musician and author Sid Griffin discusses Bob Dylan's performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, when Dylan performed with an electric guitar to a famously mixed reception. The gig was a milestone in the history of folk.

Sid also reviews a new book about the episode, Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald, which has been published on the anniversary of the concert.

World War I In Song20140730

An hour of folk and acoustic music to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, which began 100 years ago this week.

Bellowhead fiddle player Sam Sweeney and the storyteller Hugh Lupton perform pieces from their project 'Made In The Great War' which was inspired by the remarkable story of Sam purchasing a fiddle that turned out to have been made by a music hall performer who died at the Battle of Messines.

Steve Knightley of Show of Hands talks about 'Centenary', an album of music and poetry about the Great War which features readings by actors Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton.

Young Folk Award Launch20130710

Mark presents his weekly folk and acoustic show, live from Salford Quays. This week, he's joined by the current holders of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award: Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar.

Greg and Ciaran also help Mark open the 2014 Young Folk Award for entries.

The Young Folk Award is Radio 2's annual search for the UK's most talented young performers of folk, roots or acoustic music from any culture. The contest is open to soloists, duos and groups, aged 16-21, and resident in the UK. Details of how to enter will be available at bbc.co.uk/folk from 7pm on Wednesday 10 July 2013. The closing date for entries is Friday 6 September 2013.

A judging panel will select ten acts to proceed to the residential Young Folk Award Weekend, where they will take part in workshops led by Bellowhead's John Spiers and Rachael McShane, and singer-songwriter John Smith.

The Young Folk Award is a well-established boost to young musicians taking their first steps towards a music career. Since taking part 12 months ago, Greg and Ciaran have played live on Radio 2 for Simon Mayo, given a rapturously-received performance at the 2 Day Gala Concert and secured festival bookings around the UK.

Previous entrants and winners include Jim Moray, Jackie Oates, Bella Hardy, Blair Dunlop, Luke Jackson, Tim van Eyken, Megan Henwood, Moore Moss Rutter, Lauren MacColl and Jarlath Henderson.

The Young Folk Award is Radio 2's annual search for the UK's most talented young performers of folk, roots or acoustic music from any culture. Previous competitors and winners include Jim Moray, Jackie Oates, Bella Hardy, Blair Dunlop, Luke Jackson, Tim van Eyken, Megan and Joe Henwood, Moore Moss Rutter, Lauren MacColl and Jarlath Henderson.

The competition is a well-established boost to young musicians taking their first steps towards a music career. Since taking part, Greg and Ciaran have played live on Radio 2 for Simon Mayo, given a rapturously-received performance at the 2 Day Gala Concert and secured festival bookings around the UK.

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An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, Mark opens the 2015 Young Folk Award for entries.

The Young Folk Award is Radio 2's annual search for the UK's most talented young performers of folk, roots or acoustic music from any culture. The contest is open to soloists, duos and groups, aged 16-21, and resident in the UK. Details of how to enter will be available at bbc.co.uk/folk from 7pm on Wednesday 1 October 2014. The closing date for entries is Friday 28 November 2014.

A judging panel will select ten acts to proceed to the residential Young Folk Award Weekend, where they will take part in workshops led by some of the UK's most respected folk artists.

The Young Folk Award is a well-established boost to musicians taking their first steps towards a music career. 2014 winners the Mischa Macpherson Trio have since played gigs and festivals all over the country and appeared on numerous radio programmes, including the Folk Show.

Previous entrants and winners include Jim Moray, Jackie Oates, Bella Hardy, Blair Dunlop, Luke Jackson, Tim van Eyken, Megan Henwood, Moore Moss Rutter, Lauren MacColl and Jarlath Henderson.

01Bellowhead Session20130102

Mark Radcliffe presents the first edition of his brand new folk show, live from Salford Quays.

To usher in the new programme and the new year, Mark is joined in the studio by the 11-piece folk phenomenon Bellowhead, who will perform tracks from their latest album Broadside.

Mark Radcliffe welcomes the band to the BBC's Salford studios for this, the first edition of Radio 2's new Folk Show. The weekly programme will see lifelong folk fan Mark explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the world, with regular interviews and live sessions from folk's finest performers.

Virtuosic, energetic and thrilling, Bellowhead's remarkable albums and live performances have captured the imagination of folk fans old and new. The band formed in 2004 when duo Spiers and Boden decided to revisit the concept of big band folk music and invited jazz and fellow folk musicians to form a group that, for many, has recast English traditional music in an exciting new light and significantly broadened its appeal.

Bellowhead's 2010 album, Hedonism, was recorded at Abbey Road studios and produced by the renowned rock and roots producer John Leckie. The record went silver, selling more than 60,000 copies, a remarkable achievement for an independently released British folk album. The band's 2012 follow-up, Broadside, entered the UK album chart in the Top 20, and earned the band two nominations in this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

An exhilarating and theatrical live band, Bellowhead have performed at the BBC Proms, Radio 2's 2Day and Live in Hyde Park events, and headlined festivals across the country. They have been the subject of television specials and are artists in residence at London's Southbank Centre.

Performing on the Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe in the next few weeks are popular and respected Scottish singer Karine Polwart (9 January), acclaimed songwriter Chris Wood (16 January) and legendary folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention (23 January).

On Wednesday 30 January, Mark will join Julie Fowlis onstage at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall to host the fourteenth annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The event will be broadcast live on Radio 2 from 7.30pm.

02Karine Polwart Session20130109

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's new folk and acoustic show live from Salford Quays. This week, he welcomes Scottish songwriter Karine Polwart to the studio for a live session.

Inge Thomson (accordion) and Steven Polwart (guitar) accompany Karine as she performs tracks from her BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-nominated album Traces.

Popular and respected throughout the folk world, Karine began her music career as a member of the Scottish folk groups Malinky and the Battlefield Band, before going solo in 2003.

Her albums Faultlines, Scribbled in Chalk and This Earthly Spell have earned her a reputation as one of the most skilled, affecting and socially-engaged songwriters of her generation, while her 2008 collection Fairest Floo'er reaffirmed her connection with traditional folk music.

Traces, released last summer, is Karine's first full-length studio album in four years. Produced by Iain Cook of Glasgow band The Unwinding Hours, Traces has already earned Karine three nominations in the 2013 Folk Awards, in the Best Album, Best Original Song and Folk Singer of the Year categories.

It comes after a time spent concentrating on side-projects and varied collaborations, including work with The Burns Unit and Lau.

This is the second edition of Mark's new Radio 2 Folk Show. Future programmes will include an electric session from the acclaimed songwriter Chris Wood (16 January) and a session from the legendary folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention (23 January). Richard Thompson, Heidi Talbot and Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer are also lined up to perform live in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday 30 January, Mark will join Julie Fowlis onstage at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall to host the 14th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The event will broadcast live on Radio 2 from 7.30pm.

03Chris Wood Session20130116

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's new folk and acoustic show live from Salford Quays. This week, the acclaimed English singer, songwriter and musician Chris Wood introduces brand new "electric" material from his forthcoming album, None The Wiser.

With an instrumental style deeply rooted in the English folk tradition, the guitarist and fiddler has developed over the course of his career into one of the most celebrated songwriters on the British scene.

His powerful songs - sometimes romantic, sometimes devastating, always compelling - have earned him a number of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including Folk Singer of the Year twice and Best Original Song twice.

Next week's programme will feature a live session from legendary folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention. And on Wednesday 30 January, Mark will join Julie Fowlis onstage at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall to host the 14th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The event will broadcast live on Radio 2 from 7.30pm.

04Fairport Convention Session20130123

Electric folk legends Fairport Convention are in session for Mark, as they prepare for their 2013 winter tour.

Formed in North London in the late 60s, the fledgling Fairport Convention were inspired by popular American acts of the time like Jefferson Airplane and The Byrds. Later, under the influence of gifted lead singer Sandy Denny, they began to fuse rock with English traditional song. Sandy's remarkable voice, combined with the inspired musical pairing of fiddler Dave Swarbrick and guitarist Richard Thompson, pioneered an exciting and enduring brand of British folk rock.

Radio 2 listeners have since voted the Fairport's 1969 LP Liege and Lief as the Most Influential Folk Album of All Time, and the band's recording of Who Knows Where The Time Goes? as their Favourite Folk Track of All Time. The Fairport's own summer festival, the Cropredy Convention, has taken place in Oxfordshire since 1976 and attracts a crowd of 20,000.

Ahead of their annual Wintour - which begins in Tewkesbury on 31 January - Fairport Convention's 2013 line-up of Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Chris Leslie, Ric Sanders and Gerry Conway, join Mark in the studio to play tracks from their latest album, By Popular Request. The collection, which features new recordings of fans' favourites, forms part of the band's 45th anniversary celebrations.

Next Wednesday, the weekly Folk Show makes way for the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, as Mark joins Julie Fowlis onstage at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall to introduce the usual mix of fantastic live performances and special guests.