Our podcasts are where it all started back in February 2017. Our aim is to entertain and educate through music and conversation. We've had all sorts of interesting people through the door (physically and virtually). From time to time we go ‘off-piste’ and stray outside the world of music, indeed this is beginning to happen more often. Think politics, racism, inequality, climate change, poetry, gender, story-telling, writing plays, museums, social history, local community activity etc.
Angeline's acclaimed album The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience reflects the lives of England's historic black population. These are stories about real people, real places, and real events. Produced by Eliza Carthy the album is released on the prestigious Topic label.
Lizzy's latest album How Did We Get Here? explores the relationship between music and mental health. It's full of great new songs with a big production sound, but the icing on the cake is that fantastic voice which just gets better and better!
Jo has spent over 25 years in the creative arts and media industry working with the BBC, Bedford Creative Arts and the UK Centre for Carnival Arts. She also runs her own company Just Purple Presents producing events and workshops that inspire and bring people together.
With flamenco, post-punk and trip hop influences their 'broken folk' strips trad folk back to rhythm and voice. It's a combination of Carli Jefferson's percussive and choreographic talents with trans folk singer Clair Le Couteur's four octave vocal range and original compositions. Folk cabaret sounds and visions.
How do you sum up Jez Hellard and his music? Articulate, passionate, funny, terrific energy, great music. Getting the picture? Jez himself says 'potent songs, fiery fiddling, silk double-bass and smoking harmonicas.' That all sounds about right to us! If Jez and the guys come to your town make sure you're there.
Sharon is CEO of SpectaculArts, a Bedford based arts and events organisation looking to change the narrative for under-represented communities in the town. She talks in depth about her vision for an international day of remembrance for the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.