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Subject: BBC Radio Available for over a year
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 15 Dec 22 - 07:40 PM

Here's a list of links to folky BBC radio programmes & series which I've had bookmarked.   They should mostly be available to hear.
There are also a few links to associated BBC search and category pages.   Those might contain more than folk programmes.
I might make a second post for programmes currently unavailable but which might get repeats, when they will become available for thirty days.

Alan Lomax - Songs of Freedom - 2015
Archive on 4
While Lomax's influence in sparking the folk music revival of the 1960s is well known, in this programme Billy Bragg tells a story of far greater significance. His central thesis is that Lomax's mission was to empower black Americans by awakening them to their folk culture. The politically charged nature of Lomax's work resulted in him being hounded out of the US during the Red scare and the FBI kept a file on him for 30 years.

A Little Flat: The Music Our Ears Overlook - 2022
Nabihah Iqbal celebrates the variety of music systems across the globe.
Drawing on musical traditions from around the world, she takes a closer look at the notes and scales used to make music. She examines how and why our ears hear some music as ‘in tune’ and other music as ‘out of tune.’

An Appalachian Road Trip -
World Routes
,,,writer and musician Banning Eyre embarks on a journey across the state of North Carolina to hear the music and stories of some of the older players and singers who can trace a direct line back to before the age of the radio and the gramophone, to when Old Time music was a strictly oral tradition.

Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention - 2010
In an interview with musician and field recordist Mike Seeger, recorded just a few months before he died, Banning discovers the roots of the music in the parallel histories of the European settlers and African slaves

Music from Georgia - 2010
Georgia, gateway to the Deep South, and southern end of the Appalachian Mountains ,,, Sister Fleeta Mitchell ,,, Revd Willie Mae Eberhardt ,,, Phil Tanner and the Skillet Lickers ,,, The Myers Family and Friends ,,, Art Rosenbaum ,,, the 141st Annual Alpharetta June Singing ,,, 'shape note' singing
North Carolina - 2009
Joseph Aquilla Thompson ,,, Sheila Kay Adams ,,, Benton Flippen and his Smokey Valley boys

Andy Kershaw
Andy's Kitchen and On the Road
in Africa - 2020
Sunday Feature - Radio 3
Andy delves into his boxes of cassettes and brings us music from his journeys in Africa - including his encounters with the then-unknown Ali Farka Toure, and the vibrant music scene of the newly-independent Zimbabwe - plus Kitchen Sessions from Cajun musicians Eddie Lejeune and DL Menard, also American singing legends Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

the Americas - 2020
Sunday Feature
a session with the Jolly Boys in Jamaica, his encounter with street singer Ted Hawkins in Los Angeles, and his interview with Trinidadian calypso legend The Roaring Lion. Plus Kitchen Sessions with Cuban singer Celina Gonzales and SE Rogie from Sierra Leone

More Kershaw Tapes - 2021
Sunday Feature
Ayub Ogada ; the Antioch Gospel group ; Cuarteto Iglesias ; Ballake Sissoko ; the Edale Bluegrass Festival ; Mark Knopfler & The Duolian String Pickers ; Lazy Lester ; DL Menard ; Eddie LeJeune ; Ken Smith

Even more Kershaw Tapes - 2021
Sunday Feature
Ali Farka Touré ; Mamou Cajun Band ; Phil Cunningham ; Gary Petersen ; Cuarteto Iglesias ; Celina Gonzales ; Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore ; Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians ; Steve Tilston.

Folk Connections: Cecil Sharp's Appalachian Trail - 2016
Kershaw follows Cecil Sharp's Appalachian Trail through Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee, hearing some of the songs he collected in specially-recorded sessions with contemporary singers.

Auld Lang Syne - 2016
Soul Music
Soul Music hears the stories behind the song, how it went from being a reflective melancholic Scottish air about the parting of the ways, to the jaunty tune we know today.
NB Only a small portion from musicians. It's mostly stories of love, sorrow, hope and joy, emotions that are especially heightened at this time of year.

Bellowhead - 2016
(the A-Side)
Bellowhead talk to John Wilson about their 2010 album Hedonism.
(the B-Side)
The audience asks the questions.

Bert Janch
Joan Armatrading's Favourite Guitarists
Joan meets Bert Jansch,,,

Black Roots - 2022
Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens explores the history of African American roots music through the stories of forgotten black pioneers.
How have these black roots been whitewashed from the history of American folk and country music? How have folk and country been positioned as white genres? What does black Americana sound like today?

Three episodes
- Frank Johnson, Joe Thompson and the fiddle in North Carolina
- Arnold Shultz, the banjo and bluegrass in Kentucky   
- DeFord Bailey, the harmonica and country music in Nashville
episodes page:

Blowing in the Wind: Dylan's Spiritual Journey - 2011
Radio 4
Emma Freud explores Bob Dylan's spiritual journey in music, from Negro Spirituals to the Old and New Testaments.

Bluegrass: Virtuoso music of Appalachia - 2022
The Forum
It is rare in music history that scholars can point to the beginning of a particular style, but bluegrass would appear to be the exception to the rule.
Rajan Datar is joined by
Dan Boner, director of the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies programme at East Tennessee State University, who demonstrates how bluegrass works;
writer and historian Tony Russell, whose publications on music include Rural Rhythm: The Story of Old-Time Country Music in 78 Records;
and Dr Lydia Hamessley, professor of music at Hamilton College whose research concentrates on old-time and bluegrass music. She is the author of Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton.

Producer: Fiona Clampin

The BBC page listing current weekly shows plus a few extra.
Category : Jazz & Blues
The Blues Show with Cerys Matthews
When the Levee Breaks (about Memphis Minnie)
Shades of Blue - Jimmy Carlyle (radio Scotland)
- open this link in a browser -

Bob Dylan and Me - 2011
Archive on 4
Cerys Matthews ; Paul Morley ; Professor Christopher Ricks ; Eddi Reader ; Billy Bragg ; Michael McClure ; Natasha Morgan ;
Marking the musician's 70th birthday on May 24th 2011.
,,, a series of essays, richly woven together with songs and archive interviews.
Also featured in the programme will be a number of rare Bob Dylan interviews, many not broadcast on British radio before.

Bob Dylan - In So Many Words - 2016
The Documentary
Marco Werman investigates Bob Dylan’s work, weighing the evidence on whether he’s a worthy Nobel Literature Prize winner.

Breton Blend live at the CCA in Glasgow - 2016
for BBC Music at Celtic Connections

Brian Peters and Martin Carthy at Cecil Sharp House - 2016
Sunday Feature - Radio 3

The Captain's Apprentice - 2012
Twenty Minutes
Roy Palmer explores the history of the traditional song 'The Captain's Apprentice'.
George Crabbe drew on it for his poem The Borough, which in turn influenced Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes. It's basic plot, of an apprentice being taken from the workhouse and fatally mistreated, is unchanged.

David Attenborough - World Music Collector - 2016
David Attenborough reveals a side of himself that nobody knows, as a collector of music from all over the world. We hear the stories that surround it, and the music itself.
One of David Attenborough's first projects was 'Alan Lomax - Song Hunter', a television series he produced in 1953-4. The famous collector of the blues and folk music of America gathered traditional musicians from all over Britain and Ireland and, for the first time, they appeared on television. David loved the music, the people and, inspired by Lomax, he became music collector himself.

Desert Island Discs
,,, Martin Carthy ,,, Peggy Seeger ,,,
See the Mudcat thread

Eliza and Martin Carthy - 2013
Eliza and her father Martin talk to John Wilson about their critically celebrated 2002 folk album, Anglicana.
Eliza and her father Martin respond to audience questions

Eliza Carthy, Ruben Östlund, Brutalist Architecture - Oct 2022
Front Row - BBC Radio 4
Eliza Carthy is celebrating 30 years as a professional musician with a new album, Queen of the Whirl. She talks about this, the legacy of her musical family – the way traditional music develops, and her own song-writing, and performs[Jacky Tar] live in the Front Row studio.
(~10 minute piece) skip to > 17:22

Euphemism and Eroticism in Scottish Gaelic Songs - 2016
New Generation Thinkers - Radio 3
Dr Peter Mackay takes us on a romp through the titillating, bawdy and sometimes downright filthy Scottish Gaelic songs.
(first 23 minutes)

Fiddles and Fiddle Tunes - 2021
The Listening Service - Radio 3
How did an English jig turn into a Virginian reel?
And what do Bach’s violin sonatas have in common with folk tunes from Finland?
In The Listening Service today Tom Service explores fiddles, fiddlers, and fiddle tunes from around the globe, looking at how they connect communities, reflecting the stories of migrants and musicians across time, and staying true to tradition whilst continually changing. And how have classical composers incorporated fiddle tunes into their work? ,,,

The First LP in Ireland - 2012
Colum Sands presents the story of how, in 1947, the Irish Folklore Commission and the BBC established a scheme to seek out and record folk music and stories throughout Ireland.

Folk At Home \ At Home with ,,, - 2020\2021
The Essay
Verity Sharp hosts a series of conversations and performances recorded by songwriters at home.
Greg Russell ; Rachel Unthank ; Nathaniel Mann ; Owen Shiers ; Karine Polwart ; Fatoumata Diawara ; Chris Wood ; Lisa O'Neill ; Suhail Yusuf Khan ; Eliza Carthy ; Kate Stables ; Tenzin Choegyal ; Lizabett Russo ; Falle Nioke ; Peter Broderick ; Sam Lee ; Stick In The Wheel ; Germa Adan ; Julie Fowlis ; Nancy Kerr ;

Folk Connections -
Folk on 3
This page has a few programmes already listed but also some clips for Leveret, Phil Jamison & Dom Flemons from 2016.

Folk Connections; Chabrier - 2016
Music Matters
Tom Service presents a portrait of the composer Emmanuel Chabrier and, as part of Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, discusses the appropriation of folk tunes in classical music.

The Folk of the Pennines - 2015
To celebrate 50 years of the Pennine Way, Mark Radcliffe travels the route from Derbyshire to Scotland and meets up with poets, folk musicians, historians and local people along the way
- Edale to Top Withens
- Malham to Greenhead
- Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm

Folk on 4
A selection of programmes relating to folk music from the Radio 4 archives.
There might be something here that I've not already listed.

Folk sessions from World on 3
A selection of the many folk artists who have performed in session for us,,,
The East Pointers ; Lynched ; Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn ; Karen Matheson ; Andrew Duhon The Hot Seats ; Julie Fowlis ; Sam Lee ; Pharis & Jason Romero ; Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker ; Söndörgo ; Ewan McLennan ; Adam Holmes ; Nancy Kerr ; Sam Lewis ; Philip Henry & Hannah Martin ; Martin and Eliza Carthy ; Gloaming ; Mischa Macpherson Trio ; April Verch ; Capercaille ; Man's Ruin ; James Duncan Mackenzie ; Wagon Tales ; The Young Uns ; Spider John Koerner ; Loudon Wainwright III ; Nordic Fiddlers Block ; Bella Hardy ; Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino ; The Old Tire Swingers ; Nuala Kennedy ; Karine Polwart ; Session A9; Jake Cogan ; The Voice Squad ;

Folk Song, Art Song - 2012
Christopher Maltman talks to folk singer Eliza Carthy and scholars Georgina Boyes and Tim Healey about the uneasy relationship between the two musical worlds.

Great Lives
Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
See the Mudcat thread

Hallelujah - 2015
Soul Music
We hear from those whose relationship with the song is deep and profound.
Singer Brandi Carlisle listened to it over and over again as a troubled teenager; it became a soundtrack to James Talerico falling in love and Jim Kullander made a connection with the song after the death of his wife.

How Folk Songs Should Be Sung - 2012
MacColl tutored select artists "to sing folk songs the way they should be sung" and to think about the origins of what they were singing.
40 years on, the tapes have come to light.    Former group members Peggy Seeger, Sandra Kerr, Frankie Armstrong, Richard Snell, Brian Pearson and Phil Colclough recount six frantic years of rehearsing, performing and criticising each other.

In Search of Nic Jones - 2013
Laura Barton tracks down the legendary lost figure of folk music, Nic Jones.

Island Records - 2022
The Reunion
The founder of legendary record label Island Records, Chris Blackwell, is reunited with some of the legends of Jamaican music.
Joining Kirsty Wark are Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell; Grammy winning Jimmy Cliff, the singer who became a star after the landmark film The Harder They Come; Mykaell Riley who was a founder member of British reggae act Steel Pulse; pioneer Jamaican ska musician Owen Gray; and Marcia Griffiths, a member of the I Threes who supported Bob Marley and the Wailers for many years, and whose hit Young, Gifted and Black, with Bob Andy, became an anthem for young Jamaicans.

Leonard Cohen
See the Mudcat thread

Like Blackpool Went Through Rock - 2008
The Archive Hour
Sean Street recalls the Radio Ballads, a series which began in 1958, mixing original voices and sounds with specially composed music to document ordinary people's lives.

Lucie Skeaping on Thomas Ravenscroft - 2015
The Essay
the Elizabethan Thomas Ravenscroft, a contemporary of Shakespeare who wrote songs that became incredibly popular - or, like Shakespeare, borrowed from the popular imagination and made it his own.

The Luddite Lament - 2011
John Tams looks back at the machine breakers of the 19th century, the Luddites, through the songs they inspired.

The Malawi tapes - 2019
The Documentary Podcast
A race is on to save thousands of tapes of traditional Malawian music in danger of disintegrating in the archives of state broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation. The old reel-to-reel tapes date back to the 1930s, '40s, '50s and '60s and were recorded in towns and villages all over Malawi and in the MBC studios. The folk songs, traditional chants, dances and contemporary music of the time all provide a snapshot of Malawi’s social and musical history.

The Manchester Ballads - 2015
Folk singer Eliza Carthy visits Chetham's Library in Manchester to find out about 19th-century broadside ballads, and to see if she can find a new song to perform.

Martin and Eliza Carthy's live session for World on 3 - 2014
Sunday Feature - Radio 3
Queen Caribou, Waking Dreams, Happiness, Monkey Hair, Died for Love

John Wilson talks with musicians about a career-defining album.   
Some particular programmes (Shirley Collins\Carthys\,,,) are listed already but there are 100+ programmes (30+ artists) so have a search for more here:   
- & podcasts, 3 pages
[I'm not sure if these are exactly the same programmes or edits\unedited]

Michael Morpurgo's Folk Journeys - 2020
With help from singers, songwriters and other passionate experts, Michael admires the indelible stories within classic songs that deal with migration, war, protest and love.
four episodes
- Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
- Four Loom Weaver
- Ten Thousand Miles
- Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

Modern Day Griot - 2012
Traditionally griots belong to particular West African families who act as oral historians, advisors, story-tellers and musicians for their culture. Now a generation of artists living in the West, who have African roots, are learning musical techniques from the masters but creating songs and stories with contemporary relevance.

My stolen ‘magic’ guitar - 2022   
Outlook - World Service
Randy Bachman's guitar was stolen and disappeared without a trace. He spent years desperately trying to track it down. Almost half a century later, an amateur sleuth - bored during the coronavirus lockdown - decided to take on the hunt and crack the mystery.

Presenter: Emily Webb
Producer: Maryam Maruf

More from Celtic Connections 2016
Celtic Connections - links page
Though the 2016 complete episodes aren't available there are many clips of up to 20 minutes.
If the link takes you to a programme click 'Listen to ,,,'

Music and musicians
The Forum
Why does the world sound like it does?
Bluegrass ; Electric Guitars ; History Of The Ukulele ; Azerbaijan ; Paul Robeson ; Tango ; Hazel Scott ; Fado ; Talking Drums ,,,

Music Planet
Radio 3
The best roots-based music from across the world - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent, classic tracks and new releases.

Music Planet: Road Trip
Join local experts for a sonic journey around the globe.

Nick Drake - Unsung - 1997
John Wilson explores the troubled life and the controversial death of singer-songwriter Nick Drake with the help of those closest to him, including his sister Gabrielle, producer Joe Boyd and his friend Robert Kirby.

Peggy Seeger - 2022
Stark Talk
Edi Stark meets the extraordinary folk legend, Peggy Seeger.

Private Passions
Radio 3
Guests from all walks of life discuss their musical loves and hates, and talk about the influence music has had on their lives.
Bella Hardy - 2018
Shirley Collins - 2016
The series :

Radio 4 On Music
BBC selection
From Armstrong to Zappa - music documentaries from the Radio 4 archive.
Thirty or more programmes ,,, worth a look if you're interested in more than folk,,,

The Radio Ballads - 2010
In specially commissioned songs to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the miners' strike, Radio 2 explores how lives were changed by the year-long dispute (1984-85). The Ballad of the Miners' Strike is a forthright and powerful exploration of contrasting human experiences.

Ralph Vaughan Williams - August 2022
Front Row - BBC Radio 4
Samira Ahmed explores his musical language and revels in live performance with her guests, the solo violinist Jennifer Pike , baritone Roderick Williams, Paul Sartin of the folk band Bellowhead, Kate Kennedy from Oxford University, and composer, writer and pianist Neil Brand.

The Real MacColl - 2015
A century on from his birth, John Cooper Clarke looks back at MacColl's early years and formative influences and discovers how his upbringing went on to inform the important work he would go on to do in theatre, radio and in the British folk revival.

Return to Brigg Fair - 2017
Between the Ears
Musician Jim Moray bends sound and time to recreate the circumstances surrounding a chance encounter between the composer Percy Grainger and elderly farm bailiff Joseph Taylor which marked a major turning point in the history of traditional folk music.
This programme follows Jim Moray as he experiments with technology to recreate that moment; bringing the voice of Joseph Taylor and the Delius orchestral work back together for the first time in over 100 years.

Rosie Hood - December 2015
Front Row - BBC Radio 4
songs inspired by Wiltshire - 8 minutes

Saturday Classics - Kathryn Tickell - 2016
Northumbrian piper and fiddler Kathryn Tickell chooses some of her favourite classical pieces inspired by folk music.
Episode 1
Episode 2

Scarborough Fair - 2015
Soul Music
"It can change or stay the same. And the more it changes, the more it stays the same" - Martin Carthy

Seriously Soulful
Moving stories of magical musicians - from the fifth Beatle to the first lady of jazz.
'Sweet Mother KD' is already listed further below but search for more:

Shetland Festival 2013
World Routes
episode 1
episode 2

Shirley Collins (A-side)
John Wilson returns with another edition of Mastertapes, the series in which he talks to leading performers and songwriters about the album that made them or changed them.
Shirley Collins (B-side)
Shirley Collins responds to questions from the audience and performs acoustic live versions of songs from her new album, the first she has released in 38 years.
Shirley Collins - Love, Death And The Lady 2017
Shirley Collins began the 1970s releasing what is now regarded by many as one of her finest albums... and she ended the decade by losing her singing voice through dysphonia. Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC's iconic Maida Vale Studios.
This seems to be an edited amalgamation of the other two programmes.

Sing Christmas - 2004
Archive on 4
Christmas Day 1957;
the BBC made a ground-breaking hour-long live broadcast, transmitting Christmas songs from around the British Isles. Texan folklorist and broadcaster Alan Lomax was the host.
,,,ancient carols, folk songs, calypso, West African music, dixieland, skiffle, children's carols and glees.
This musical time capsule gathers the memories of those involved to recapture the flavour of this pioneering BBC broadcast.

Producer: Jolyon Jenkins

Singing Together - 2014
Archive on 4
Singing Together was the long-running BBC Schools radio programme which got generations of children singing.
Jarvis Cocker sets out on a musical journey to trace its history.
He uncovers the stories of those who made the programme, listened as children, and used it in their classrooms.
Jarvis explores the power of singing to bringing people together.
He also uncovers the origins of the folk songs used in the programme and traces how it changed though the 1960s and 70's, opening up to musical traditions from around the world.
And he asks why recordings of this hugely popular series were not preserved for posterity. Only a handful of episodes survive in the BBC archive but, with the help of a small community of collectors, he sets out to find some of the missing episodes.

Producer: Ruth Evans
Editor: David Ross
+ accompanying page
Singing Together: The radio show that got schoolchildren singing
28 November 2014

Singing with the Nightingales - 2014
Sounds of Life
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of this remarkable musical event, the folk musician Sam Lee finds, somewhere in southern England, "some melodious plot/ Of beechen green, and shadows numberless", as Keats puts it in his 'Ode to a Nightingale', and himself sings "of summer with full throated ease". Sam, with the cellist Francesca Ter-Berg, violinist Flora Curzon and viola player Laurel Pardue, sings songs that feature nightingales, such as 'The Tan Yard Side', to the nightingales as they sing in the thickets.
series page

Soul Music
A series about pieces of music which have had a powerful emotional impact on people.
NB the people and the emotions are the focus in this series.
'Scarborough Fair' is listed above but search for more here:

Sounds of Life
Radio 4 'PM'
not music but fascinating: A pocketful of captivating sounds collected from science, nature and everyday life.
Sadly "the sound of me and my two fellow Earlsdon Morris Men walking home in our clogs last Saturday night…" isn't available but follow the link for more great sound clips from PM.

Southern Journeys - 2002
Archive on 4
During Alan Lomax 's 1959 tour of the southern states, he was accompanied by his then lover, English folk singer Shirley Collins , and here she tells the story of how he recorded the sounds of a world that was fast disappearing, but which still influences popular music today.

The Story of Township Music - 2003
The Archive Hour
Johannesburg-based journalist Ofeibea Quist-Arcton looks at how music thrived alongside events such as the Sharpeville massacre, the Bantu Education Act, the Soweto Riots of 1976 and, of course, the fall of apartheid.

Sweet Mother KD - 2016
Seriously Soulful
Laura Barton sorts through myth and misdirection to tell the story of Karen Dalton, the folk world's answer to Billie Holiday.

The Weavers at Carnegie Hall - 2012
For One Night Only
Paul Gambaccini relives Christmas Eve 1955 and the Weavers sell-out reunion concert, 3 years after Pete Seeger's blacklisting for communist sympathies had forced them to break up.

The True Story of Abner Jay - 2015
Abner Jay was an itinerant musician – a modern-day minstrel. He was a one-man band, a songster, a storehouse of history and an off-colour raconteur; he was a direct line to a different era.

The Turtle Dove Pilgrimage - 2019
Folk singer Sam Lee and William Parsons of the British Pilgrimage Trust, lead 11 pilgrims on a journey across Sussex tracing the origins of the iconic folk song ‘The Turtle Dove’.

Wassail! Wassail! - 2022
The Food Programme
A celebration of cider, orchards and song.
Dan Saladino goes in search of the history, meaning and spirit of wassails and cider. In Somerset he takes part in a village wassail sung door to door and one sung in an orchard.

The Drayton village wassailers.
Gerard Tucker, wassail master of ceremonies.
Nell Leyshon (novelist and dramatist, play: Folk).
James Crowden, author, Cider Country: How an Ancient Craft Became a Way of Life.
Drayton Wassail (as documented by Cecil Sharp in 1903)
Tam Lin, Fairport Convention (1968)
Bruton Town, Pentangle (1968)
Produced and presented by Dan Saladino.

Women and Folk Music - 2022
Woman's Hour
Emma is joined by: Peggy Seeger ; Fay Hield ; Anne Martin ; Amy Hollinrake ; Rachel Newton ; Grace Petrie ; Angeline Morrison.
From protest songs and feminist anthems - it's not all whimsy in the world of folk.
Now 86 years old, Peggy's own songs have become anthems for feminists, anti-nuclear campaigners and those fighting for social justice. Emma examines the uncomfortable elements of folk music, and how artists are finding ways of reinterpreting old songs, or writing new ones to represent missing narratives and stories. Who were the female tradition-bearers, writers and performers and the often forgotten collectors - those who would record and notate traditional songs handed down orally from generation to generation?
And what is being done to improve the gender equality and diversity in folk music?

World Routes
Already listed above are some individual western world programmes from the World Routes series ('An Appalachian Journey' & 'Shetland Festival 2013') - but there are many many more(130+) World Music programmes on the series page :
or nearly 200 of the programmes plus shorter clips here
the World on 3 Clips page (from 3 minutes to 40 minutes)
Find specific countries with the
Music Planet World Music Archive index

BBC collection pages
Category : World - radio
Current shows; a wide interpretation of 'world' plus a few extra programmes.
- open in a browser -
Genre : music : World - radio & TV

But keep searching! The BBC has obscure one-off programmes which don't happen to be in the series or listed under the genre.
Big Drums on Little Carriacou - 2018
Radio 4 Extra’s Global Adventures
Zakia Sewell returns to her grandparents’ home to explore a dance ritual with West African slavery era origins.
Qawwali: Music of the soul Heart and Soul - 2022
Heart and Soul
Raees Khan explores the history, influence and enduring legacy of Qawwali music, both within, as well as outside of the Islamic World.

World Service Music Documentaries

All the BBC World Service music podcasts gathered into one place.
Only available in the UK.

About forty programmes from 'Aretha Franklin: Queen Of Soul' to 'Yevgeny Murzin: Master of the Synthesiser'.
Very few I'd call folk but some fascinating subjects.

Weekly/Monthly/Seasonal programmes
Category : Folk
Regular shows (likely to change) and old series which might episodes available
Ambell i Gân (Cymru)
A' Mire ri Mòir (Nan Gàidheal)
Caithream Ciùil (Nan Gàidhea
Catgut and Ivory (Scotland)
Celtic Heartbeat (Wales)
Claire and Friends (Scotland\Shetland)
Crùnluath (Nan Gàidheal)
Fae Hameaboot (Scotland)
Folk Club with Lynette Fay (Ulster)
Genevieve Tudor's Sunday Folk (Shropshire)
Georgia Ruth (Cymru)
* Iain Anderson
Music Planet
Oota Da Cans (winter only) (Scotland)
Pipeline (Scotland)
Pipes and Drums (Scotland)
Roddy Hart (Scotland)
Saltfish Sessions (Scotland\Orkney)
Shetland Folk Festival (Scotland)
Sruth na Maoile (Nan Gàidheal 2019)
Take the Floor - Gary Innes (Scotland)
The Folk Show (Cambridgeshire)
The Folk Show With Mark Radcliffe (r2)
Tim Walker's Folk (Lincolnshire)
Tiompan (Nan Gàidheal)
Trad Ar Fad! (Ulster)
Travelling Folk (Scotland)
What's the Craic - Irish music scene (Scotland\Orkney)

- open the link in a browser, not the 'Sounds' app -

*Missing from the page link above
Iain Anderson (country, folk, blues and soul)

And some other BBC pages which give similar results but include TV.
Genre : Folk

Search : Folk
This gives 20+ pages of radio and TV.
It isn't sortable & doesn't indicate which pages have available programmes.   It's useful to see what the BBC has broadcast in the past.

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Subject: RE: BBC Radio Available for over a year
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 23 Dec 22 - 08:07 PM

Louie Hooper sings Lord Rendall - 2022
Past Forward: A Century of Sound
With his guests, the playwright Nell Leyshon and Tom Gray from the band Gomez, Greg [Jenner] explores the idea of musical ownership and how musicians are remunerated today. [spotify]

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Subject: RE: BBC Radio Available for over a year
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 29 Jan 23 - 10:59 AM

a few more

Between tradition and evolution in Scotland - 2021
Music Matters
Kate Molleson presents a special episode of Music Matters which explores the line between tradition and innovation in Scotland's musical life.
We hear from the Canadian piper, composer and arranger Jack Lee, winner of the 2021 Glenfiddich Piping Championship held at Blair Castle, as he reflects on the challenges of preparing for what is the world’s premiere piping competition; we speak to competition’s judge of the Fear an Tighe category – Bob Worrall – about the boundaries and creative possibilities of music making and attire; and the piper, performer, and BBC Scotland presenter Gary West discusses, amongst other things, why the competition had no women finalists this year.
As the School of Scottish Studies Archives celebrates its 70th year, Kate is joined by the singers Steve Byrne and Julie Fowlis, and the Scottish writer, folklorist, ethnologist, broadcaster, and singer Margaret Bennett, to assess the archive’s role in the preservation and expansion of Gaelic and Scots culture today.

Christmas in the Fens - 2018
Music Matters
Kate Molleson ; a look at folk music in the region, including
a songwriting masterclass with Boo Hewerdine; and
a discussion of Morris music with accordionist Martin Green.

Contains Strong Language - 2021
Music Matters
Kate Molleson talking to Martin Carthy &
MC singing Willie's Lady

Craft and Traditions - 2017
Music Matters
Sara investigates the state of early music instrument building in the UK, amid concerns from some of today's makers about a missing generation of traditional craftspeople. With harpsichord builder Andrew Wooderson, maker of viols Shem Mackey, and Richard Earle, a player and maker of baroque oboes.
,,, exploring dialects and languages around the British Isles and how they influence music-making, Sara talks to the English folklore expert Steve Roud, and
finds out about songs in the Scots language from singer Steve Byrne.
Sara visits the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery,,, Jumana Manna and Haig Aivazian, introduce their work and share their passion for exploring oriental music.

Eliza Carthy - 2023
This Cultural Life - Radio 4
She tells John Wilson about the first time she attended the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in 1989, aged 13. Standing on the main stage at sunset overlooking the mountains and sea was a defining moment at the start of her career. She also discusses the influence that singer Billy Bragg and Scottish folk rock band Shooglenifty had on her music. Eliza also talks about the impact of the pandemic on the folk music community and the personal loss of her mother.

Folklore and Ghost Stories in Northumberland - 2019
Open Country
Jez Lowe ,,, the slightly sinister song and story of Northumberland.
Rachel Unthank ,,, the traditional song that depicts maidens turned into serpents and cruel sisters.

Folk on the Hills - 2023
Open Country
Jez Lowe ,,, at Kinder Scout in Derbyshire to celebrate ninety years since the ‘Right to Roam’ movement began and explore the traditional songs of the Peak District.
Jez meets Kate Griffin, Ford Collier, Johnny Campbell and Bella Hardy to hear how a new generation of musicians are continuing MacColl’s legacy of folk singers fighting for our rights in the countryside.
,,,and writer Roly Smith who can explain the history of Kinder and the 1932 mass trespass.

Ivor Cutler at 90 - 2013
Archive on 4
"I have a harmonium and it's going to explode in two minutes." Celebrating the deceptively quiet wordsmith.

Kitty Macfarlane and the Somerset Levels - 2020
Open Country
Singer-songwriter Kitty Macfarlane explores how the landscape of the Somerset levels has inspired some of her music, from clouds to curlew, bitterns to eels.
,,,, there are exclusive live versions of Kitty's tracks 'Starling Song', 'Lamb' and 'Glass Eel'.

Michael Gove, The Full English, Forbidden Music - 2013
Music Matters
the Full English - a new digital archive of folk music

Music and Activism - 2021
Music Matters
Folk singer Martin Carthy and former High Court judge and part-time song collector Stephen Sedley join Tom to talk about their new book, ‘Who Killed Cock Robin: British Folk Songs of Crime and Punishment’, which explores the legal and moral basis of some of the most moving songs in the folk traditions of the country. We hear recordings by Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, Rachel Newton and a 1953 archive recording of Ewan MacColl singing ‘McCaffery’, provided by the School of Scottish Studies Archives.

Music and Language in the South East - 2018
Music Matters
Presented by Kate Molleson
Kate is in the South East to meet the Kent-based folk singer Chris Wood, and explores how the region's English-speaking Romany communities are exchanging words and songs with European Roma migrants.
intro & Chris Wood interview(mainly speech with some musical references and snatches)
Romany people in the southeast(mainly speech, occasional song)

Music in Hull - 2017
Music Matters
Tom Service explores music-making in Hull.
At the house of local folk luminary Mick McGarry, he meets members of Folk in Hull for an evening of free-flowing conversation, whisky and song, hearing about Hull's thriving music-making scene, and how songs are being written about past and present, from the city's historical whaling industry to today's politics.
song 'The Luckiest Sailor'
And the folk adventurer Sam Lee, who along with fellow composer Jack Durtnall is turning stories from Hull's seafaring communities into Hullucination, a new piece for the New Music Biennial, part of this year's UK City of Culture celebrations. Tom meets Sam and Jack, along with one of Hull's ex-fishing vessel skippers Ken Knox, at the Trinity House Academy, a secondary school with strong maritime connections.
song, Mark Pollard & Sam Martin

Music in Northern Ireland - 2022
Music Matters - Radio 3 -
The Lambeg Drum is one of the loudest acoustic instruments and Kate gets to hear one in Co. Antrim, in the company of Willie Hill and Dr Diana Culbertson. They talk about the role the drum plays in the Ulster-Scots community.
Back in Belfast fiddle player Kevin McCullagh talks about his journey into experimental improvisation and subverting audiences' expectations of traditional music.

Paul Brady - 2022   
Irish Music Icons - Radio Ulster
Paul Brady joins Lynette Fay to reflect on his life, influence and legacy.
- the complete interview as a video

Philomena Begley - 2022
Irish Music Icons - Radio Ulster
Philomena Begley joins Brian D'Arcy to reflect on her life, influence and legacy.
- the complete interview as a video

Songs of England - 2021
Open Country
Singer Sam Lee has paired folk songs with some of English Heritage's greatest sites.

St Just in Midwinter - 2022
Open Country
In the heart of the town is the "plen-an-gwari", one of the last of the Cornish medieval amphitheatres built to host a sequence of religious mystery plays, the Ordinalia. Helen meets Graham Jobbins, Mary Ann Bloomfield and Isobel Bloomfield, the family playing a central part in ensuring the tradition continues.
local Carols

The Thames, Folk Songs & Xenakis - 2012
Music Matters
Suzy Klein talks to
Steve Roud & Julia Bishop about The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs &
Sam Lee and Dave Arthur about the original Penguin book and AL Lloyd.

Tribute to Charles Rosen; Mummers plays - 2012
Music Matters
Suzy Klein explores the world of mummers plays with Steve Roud & Peter Millington

Tynemouth Sea and Song - 2018
Open Country
Folk singer Jez Lowe uncovers the traditions of seafaring and song in Tynemouth and North Shields.

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Subject: RE: BBC Radio Available for over a year
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 29 Jan 23 - 05:30 PM

I wasn't sure if they were available outside UK, so I clicked on Jez's 2018 link & heard the first few notes, I'll pass on the details & listen later when I have more time.

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