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.
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.
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A list of The Old Songs Podcast episodes
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
Ep1: ‘Henry Martin / Lofty Tall Ship’ ft. Nick Hart
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