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The final episode in this series sees Deirdre Graham in conversation with renowned singer, Kim Carnie. They explore bloody murder through Gaelic song, choosing a song each that holds a gruesome tale behind them. Produced by Deirdre Graham Mixed by James Lindsay Music from Deirdre Graham's album URRANTA This series is supported through the 'Tasgadh'…
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Deirdre Graham in conversation with Rona Lightfoot about her upbringing in South Uist, the links between piping and Gaelic songs, and a canntaireachd lesson! Produced by Deirdre Graham Mixed by James Lindsay Music from Deirdre Graham's album URRANTA This series is supported through the 'Tasgadh' fund from Fèisean nan Gàidheal. Further Information w…
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Deirdre Graham hosts a conversation with Gaelic singer and songwriter, Rachel Walker about two of her own compositions; Sgàthach celebrates the revered warrior queen from Skye and Gormshùil, the most powerful of the West Coast witches. Produced by Deirdre Graham Mixed by James Lindsay Music from Deirdre Graham's album URRANTA This series is support…
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Deirdre Graham in conversation with Dòmhnall Ryno Morrison about some songs and poetry connected to World War 1, with a closer look at the communities that were affected at home, as well as the communities formed in the trenches. Produced by Deirdre Graham Mixed by James Lindsay Music from Deirdre Graham's album URRANTA This series is supported thr…
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Deirdre Graham in conversation with Gaelic singer and screen star Kathleen MacInnes over Òran na Cloiche; the song that celebrates the retrieval of the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey in 1950. Produced by Deirdre Graham Mixed by James Lindsay Music from Deirdre Graham's album URRANTA This series is supported through the 'Tasgadh' fund from …
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Deirdre Graham in conversation with Fiona J MacKenzie about the folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw who wrote the book, 'Folksongs and Folklore of South Uist', as well as contributing to an enormous legacy of archive recordings at Canna House with her husband, John Lorne Campbell. Produced by Deirdre Graham Mixed by James Lindsay Music from Deirdre Graham…
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In our first episode for series 2, Lucy and Pinky talk to Rachel and Becky Unthank, of (you guessed it!) The Unthanks! They share with us the inspiration behind their long awaited new album Sorrows Away; their experiences of working with family; and we laugh together as they regale us with stories and celebrate the songs that feel like warm hugs! R…
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In this, the first episode of 2022, Lucy and Pinky invite Scottish musicians Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl to share news of their latest collaboration, "Heal and Harrow" - a multi-disciplinary show exploring Scottish witch trials. Jennie Higgins also joins the show for a brand new segment exploring common misconceptions of folk traditions, throu…
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Deirdre Graham is joined by her mother, Kirsteen Graham, a Gaelic singer and tutor who steeped Deirdre in songs and stories from childhood. Together they share a couple of songs connected to Skye as well as the lore surrounding them. Full transcription of the conversation available here You can support this podcast by way of a donation here Follow …
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Deirdre Graham hosts a conversation with Gillebrìde MacMillan on the role of the cèilidh house as well as the unbroken chain of Gaelic song compositions. Full transcription of the conversation available here To find out more about Gillebrìde visit here You can support this podcast by way of a donation here Follow Deirdre Graham on Instagram, Facebo…
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Deirdre Graham chats with singer, musician and activist Rachel Newton about a couple of waulking songs that reveal injustices towards women, how women's voice was empowered, and what that means to performers today. Full transcription of the conversation available here To find out more about Rachel visit here To find out more about The Bit Collectiv…
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Deirdre Graham is joined by lecturer and rare books collecter, Gilleasbuig Ferguson. Together they comment on the events surrounding the Battle of the Braes in April, 1882. Full transcription of the conversation available here To find out more about Gilleasbuig visit here You can support this podcast by way of a donation here Follow Deirdre Graham …
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On this episode of Thank Folk For Feminism, we chat to the one and only Maddy Prior and her super talented daughter and business partner, Rose Kemp. We talk about their roots, their shared teaching hub Stones Barn, stepping into your own creative voice and Maddy and Rose reflect on growing up in the industry.…
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Deirdre Graham is joined by folklorist and singer Margaret Bennett, who shares a charming conversation about the songs and stories connected to emigration from Scotland. Full transcription of conversation available here To find out more about Margaret Bennett visit here You can support this podcast by way of a donation here Follow Deirdre Graham on…
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Deirdre Graham is joined by senior lecturer Dr Dòmhnall Uilleam Stewart, who gives an overview of the historical events that impacted Gaelic song literature from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Full transcription of conversation available here To find out more about Dòmhnall Uilleam Stewart visit here You can support this podcast by way of a donati…
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On this episode of Thank Folk For Feminism, we chat to the brilliant Sarah Claudine from the Safe Figs For Women initiative. She talks with us about working with venues, promoters, artists and gig goers to fight against sexual assault and harassment at live music events. We also have our new segment brought to you by the wonderful Lucy Shields from…
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Deirdre Graham explores the stories and themes behind Scottish Gaelic songs. Have a listen to hear what's in store and remember to subscribe! See https://www.deirdregraham.com for more information. You can support this podcast by way of a donation here Follow Deirdre Graham on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Spotify https://www.deirdregraham.com/g…
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As we return after our month off, we are delighted to be joined by accordionist, singer, clog dancer and all round wonderful human, Hannah James. She talks to us about the English clog tradition, her experiences of working with different genders in bands and about a mysterious lake in Slovenia that has inspired her to create a whole show!…
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Pinky and Lucy share a double whammy of an episode with two back to back interviews on the theme of expressing yourself while in a creative partnership. This episode features the brilliant and critically acclaimed Kathryn Roberts, sharing her experiences of how she approaches song writing with husband Sean Lakeman, parenting on the road and growing…
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In this episode we talk to fabulous pairing of Rebecca Stewart, aka. Fluff from Cambridge Folk Festive and Amy Bertaut from Shrewsbury Folk Festival. In this laughter filled, honest and thought provoking episode, we discuss the triumphs and struggles of being a woman behind the scenes in one of the most male dominated industries as well as chatting…
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In the second episode of our LGBTQ+ themed month, Pinky and Lucy chat with songwriter and storyteller Jess Morgan. Jess fuses poetry, storytelling and song to make unique and evocative music which has been widely critically acclaimed, she’s toured extensively across the UK including slots with Beans On Toast. She’s also the creation of a new live l…
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To kick off our LGBTQ+ themed month, Pinky and Lucy chat with the powerhouse singer songwriter that is Grace Petrie. Grace is undeniably the voice of a generation, a proud socialist and feminist, her songs reflect the world around us and call for positive, inclusive and impactful change. Her disarming wit and passion is a tour de force and in this …
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This week Pinky and Lucy chat with the tremendous Ella-Joy Hunton. Ella is singer songwriter, folk degree student and is the founder of Folky Union of Women. In the summer of 2020, Ella wrote a blog post called 'Why I Lost Faith In Folk Music', where she detailed personal experiences of abuses of power and predatory behaviour within the folk scene.…
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This episode explores the #tradstandswithher campaign aimed at raising awareness of violence against women in the folk industry, as we chat with Jenn Butterworth, Catrina Hawksworth and Rachel Newton from 'The BIT Collective', a community of people interested in discussing and addressing equalities issues in Scottish folk and traditional music. And…
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Continuing the theme of 'Music Is My Mother' (exploring musical heritage, the passing of the tradition and being a 'mum-sician'!) Lucy and Pinky share pt.2 of their epic conversation with Nancy Kerr, in which Nancy wisely advises we metaphorically don flamethrowers and blast our way to freedom from misogyny in traditional song! We also hear sweet, …
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An additional episode of TFFF recorded in response to the tragic deaths of Sarah Everard, Bennylyn Burke and her daughter Jellica. As women, feminists and activists, Pinky and Lucy both felt moved to create this short podcast for any TFFF listeners who feel it might be helpful to have a collective space to process, express and grieve. It features a…
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For episode 3, Lucy and Pinky interview the wonderfully talented Nancy Kerr as they discuss this months theme, "Music Is My Mother", looking at musical heritage, the passing of the tradition and the juggling of being a mum whilst working in the music industry, You can find more on Nancy at https://nancykerr.co.uk/ Plus in honour of International Wo…
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In the second episode of our month delving into 'Music as Activism' we chat about writing music with refugee women in Birmingham with Katy Rose Bennett & Lucy and songwriter Elie Rees exclusively premiere their feminist rewrite of traditional song ‘The Two Sisters’ Plus Pinky and Lucy unpack what happened when the English Folk Dance & Song Society …
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