The "special" Gentlefolk2 programmes

From time to time, there are one-off Gentlefolk2 programmes - sometimes on a theme, sometimes about a particular performer. You'll find a selection of them on this page. More will be added during the next few weeks

Trad Song, New Sound
Traditional songs have always changed over the years so here are some
performers not associated with trad material doing great new arrangements

One song has traditional words to a new tune and another, vice versa;
there's an unaccompanied arrangement which still sounds modern
and there's a very old song in a brand new version, never heard before

Here are links to the websites of the performers in this edition of Gentlefolk2
Steve Tilston
  Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle  Art Garfunkel  The Once  Steamchicken  Plainsong  Gene Clark  The Teacups  Maria Barham
Rosie Doonan & Ben Murray    Harp And A Monkey
Top 20 Folk
A selection of songs from the pop charts done in acoustic style covering six decades from the 50's to the 2000's.
The programme features some famous folkies including Martin Carthy, Sandy Denny, John Tams and Art Garfunkel.
You'll hear several songs which got right to the top of the charts: "Singing The Blues", "I'm Not In Love" and "Mad World".
Some of the tracks were recorded especially for Gentlefolk2.
Songs With A Story Volume One
Seven songs with a fascinating background; sometimes the writers
themselves are telling the story of how they came to write the songs
Where Have All The Flowers Gone
How Beautiful Upon The Mountain
Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair
Writer In The Sun
Carolina In My Mind
Songs With A Story Volume 2
Seven more songs with interesting stories to tell and in one case,
you'll hear from the person the song was written about
The In Between Years
Ashokan Farewell
Pancho & Lefty
The Lyke Wake Dirge
Ellen Vannin
Urge For Going
A Tribute To Bill Caddick
Celebrating the life and music of Bill Caddick, who died in November 2018.
This is a longer version of a programme made to mark Bill's 70th birthday.
It features Bill's own version of "Cloud Factory" which he recorded especially for Gentlefolk2 . Bill also talks about his approach to songwriting and the background to some of his songs,  including one of his most recorded songs "Unicorns" and the epic "The Writing Of Tipperary"
And So The Year Goes Round
No announcements: an hour of uninterrupted songs and poems
set to music, following the changing the seasons through the year
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The list of writers and performers for this programme is very long!
If you would like to know more about who wrote and played what
please drop me an email and I'll be very happy to send you a list
Tom Paxton 80th Birthday Special
First broadcast in 2017, a programme to celebrate Tom's 80th birthday.
In an interview recorded especially for Gentlefolk2, Tom talks about
his long musical life. He tells us about his first stringed instrument:
Aloha the ukulele; we hear about the first song Tom wrote that was
recorded by someone else; we find out who Tom believes was the
best read man in Greenwich Village and he describes the debt he
owes to The Weavers, Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie

Tom Paxton’s website     Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer’s website
Tom Paxton & The Don Juans 2019 Tour Dates
Poem Settings Special
Thirteen poems - set to music and sung by a variety of different performers
Two by W.B. Yeats, two from Scottish poets and one from Shakespeare
A beautiful poem setting which originated in Germany
A song made from a poem found in a church in Birmingham
An epic poem with the music by a well-known American singer & songwriter
The image on the right represents (clockwise from top left)
Norton New Bell Wakes; Linden Lea; The Highwayman; The Smuggler's Song
Here are links to the website of performers on this programme:
Louise Jordan   Wes Finch   Beth Nielsen Chapman   Mad Jocks & Englishmen
The Nearlys    Donovan    Vera Aspey
Silly Songs Special
Lots of silly songs; some more silly songs
A few songs which are less-than-serious
One or two songs which might make you laugh
An epic song about the battle between good and evil. Nah, just joking...
The image on the right shows (from top left, clockwise)
Quicksilver; Mike Agranoff; Sally Ironmonger; Bill Bailey

Here are links to the websites of performers on this programme
Allan Richardson   Jeremy Taylor   Tom Lehrer   Mike Agranoff
Sally Ironmonger   John Kirkpatrick   Bill Bailey
Quicksilver   Jake Thackray   The Mrs Ackroyd Band