Welcome to the archive of Simple Folk Radio...
Since modest beginnings in 2005 we crafted Brighton's Simple Folk Radio for ten years as a way to champion live music and to promote artists 'outsider' or otherwise who are in no danger of bothering the pop charts anytime soon. The show was presented by a small, rag-tag group of friends with a common love of modern musics with folk and country sensibilities who take turns playing records and airing exclusive sessions and live recordings while attempting to join the whole with liberal helpings of hokum and questionable insight as we share our latest obsessions with one another.
Between us all you can expect to hear music and songs from foregrounds and the hinterlands of such scenes, non-scenes and spurious genres as alt-country, anti-folk, appalachian, bluegrass, honky tonk, country rock, indie folk, Americana, blues, gospel, and the various nameless and formless backwoods hybrids which have traditionally graced the Simple Folk gramophone, all failing wonderfully to coalesce into a rich rustic radio stew.
Our portfolio of sessions and live recordings is made up of numerous unique and exclusive slabs of sonic joy running at twenty-, thirty-, sometimes even forty-something minutes apiece. Long enough, in fact, for you to feel like you've actually spent time in the room with the band (yes, escapism - what good radio should be about) the antithesis of the usual radio session cop-out which often amounts to little more than a promotion for the band's latest chart-hopeful single, performed exactly how it will sound on every other radio station.
We were humbled by the contributions of such prestigious singers and players as Jeffrey Lewis, Great Lake Swimmers, Kimya Dawson, Charlie Parr, The Handsome Family, King Creosote, Akron/Family, Josh T. Pearson, James Yorkston, Phosphorescent, Strand Of Oaks, Viking Moses, Stanley Brinks, Okkervil River, Joe Gideon and the Shark, Mumford and Sons and Witherd Hand.
Dillon - May 2015