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The Old Songs Podcast – A full list of episodes

The Old Songs Podcast is due a return, and we have a new series planned. In the meantime, here's where you'll find the first series.

The Old Songs Podcast was launched in January, 2020. Each episode looks at a traditional song (or song deeply related to traditional music) and dissects it in geek-level detail. It is hosted by traditional folk singer, researcher and writer, Jon Wilks, in conversation with well-known and much-loved singers who have a particular attachment to the specific song in discussion.

The second series of The Old Songs Podcast, starting in August 2022, was supported by the English Folk Dance & Song Society.

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Here’s a list of everyone who has been on the Old Songs Podcast so far. Clicking on each title below will take you to the song page, where you can listen in full.

The Old Songs Podcast is also available on other players. Click here to discover where.

A list of The Old Songs Podcast episodes

Series 2

Ep1: ‘Lucy Wan’ ft. Nick Hart

Ep2: ‘Sweet Lemany’ ft. Hannah Martin

Ep3: ‘The Brisk Lad’ ft. Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Ep4: ‘Shallow Brown’ ft. Angeline Morrison

Ep5: ‘The Trees They Do Grow High’ ft. Emily Portman and Rob Harbron

Ep6: ‘When I was on Horseback / The Unfortunate Rake’ ft. Debbie Armour (Burd Ellen)

Ep7: ‘The Gloucestershire Wassail / The Wassailing Song’ ft. Jon Wilks

Ep8: ‘Princess Royal’ ft. John Spiers

Ep9: ‘Lord Douglas’ ft. Jim Moray

Series 1

Ep1: ‘Henry Martin / Lofty Tall Ship’ ft. Nick Hart

Ep2: ‘Tam Lin’ ft. Jim Moray

Ep3: ‘On Humber Bank’ ft. Ben Walker

Ep4: ‘The Sweet Nightingale’ ft. Jackie Oates

Ep5: ‘An Acre of Land’ ft. Paul Sartin

Ep6: ‘Hard Times of Old England’ ft. Billy Bragg

Ep7: ‘Dives and Lazarus’ ft. Nick Hart

Ep8: ‘Hal-An-Tow’ ft. Lisa Knapp

Ep9: ‘Myn Mair’ and a Brief Introduction to Welsh Traditional Music, ft. Owen Shiers (Cynefin)

Ep10: ‘The Leaving Of Liverpool’, ft. Jim Moray

Ep11: ‘Lord Gregory’, ft. Burd Ellen

Ep12: ‘Banks of Green Willow’, ft. Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Ep13: ‘The Cruel Mother’, ft. Rosie Hood