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Band of Badgers Presents...Acoustic & Folk Special - Part II
January 05, 2014 02:08 PM PST
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Recorded on Wednesday 1st January 2014 again for broadcast on UK Health Radio, I should hopefully be getting organised in order to record more for broadcast and sharing. On more internet radio stations too.

Please visit this link to read the blogcast and check out some more awesome music from the featured artists.


1. Hummingbird – The Fireflys
2. Hummingbird Song (live) – Tom McRae
3. Boatman (live) Levellers featuring Nick Burbridge
4. Black Clouds (Troubled Man) – Pawns or Kings
5. Blue Spotted Tail – Fleet Foxes
6. November Song - Stornoway
7. Last Train – Luke Jackson
8. Blacksmith’s Prayer – Seth Lakeman
9. Rosie Ann – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
10. Take It Back – This Wild Life
11. The Lost – David Bronson
12. I Hope So, Laura – Aaron Shanley
13. Hundred For An Inch - Stark

Huge thanks to Mark Blasco and podcastthemes.com for the opening and closing theme tunes.

Band of Badgers Presents...Acoustic & Folk Special
December 31, 2013 12:25 PM PST
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Recorded on Sunday 15th December chiefly for broadcast on UK Health Radio as part of their 24 hour marathon broadcast on Boxing Day.
It was my chance to get back into podcasting and put a little bit of a show together showcasing a playlist of superb acoustic and folk music.

You can view the accompanying blogcast to this podcast by visiting my blog right here >>http://bandofbadgerspresents.com/2013/12/17/acoustic-folk-podcast-the-blogcast/<<

1. Kenneth J Nash – Slow Burn
2. Fran Taylor – Dreammaker
3. Lew Bear – Echoes of the Past
4. Phoebe Louise – Darker Storms Than This
5. Apollo’s Mob – The People’s Tree
6. The Levellers featuring Maddy Prior - Julie
7. McDermott’s 2 Hours – Tod The Ranter
8. Ben Grant – Faster (never be the same)
9. John Smith – Freezing Winds of Change
10. The Black Feathers – Strangers We Meet
11. James Kirby – With the Angel
12. Dry The River – Lion’s Den (acoustic)

Band of Badgers Presents...#14
May 20, 2013 06:40 AM PDT

The full blogcast to accompany this latest podcast will be up as soon as possible, so please check at www.bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk

The Playlist:

1. Gladiator – Wings of Apollo
2. Spooks – The Scholars
3. Last of The Hobo Kings – Mary Gauthier
4. Never Letting You Go – Robb Murphy
5. Birdsong – Mark Nichols
6. In The Wreckage – Reichenbach Falls
7. Microlove – Summa
8. I’ve Been Waiting – Lavers
9. Bad Karma – The Como Brothers Band
10. Hold On To Saturday – Wings of Apollo

Thanks for listening.

Band of Badgers Presents...#13
February 21, 2013 12:41 PM PST

The blogcast for this latest episode of the podcast is yet to be written so please check at www.bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk I will update this section once it is ready. Apologies for being so behind but do check the blog as the blogcast will feature lots more music.

The Playlist:
1. Love The Thunder – The Scholars
2. Indigo – Bloodflower
3. Resolve – Arcane Roots
4. Parachute – The Como Brothers Band
5. Ignorance – Lightfire
6. Interlude & Burning Out – I Divide
7. Love Has Gone - The Lost Souls of Pompeii
8. Useless – Anokato
9. That House We Built From The Wreckage – Phil McMinn
10. Kings - Sukh

Thank you for listening.

Band of Badgers Presents...#12
January 17, 2013 12:52 PM PST

This latest blogcast is even more overdue than my overlong overrunning overview/review. Never mind, with just the final part of that to go, featuring some of the top live gigs I was fortunate to get to last year, I've decided I just MUST get podcast #12 out there already. Especially as I've now already recorded podcast #13 and got that up on podOmatic! So much for that schedule encouraging me to get these done quicker. Ha! Ah well, I did make it quite clear I'm not really one for such schedules. They just mess things up anyway. *drinks to non-schedules* I shall continue scribbling things down on my multi-coloured post-it notes. That seems to do the trick.

So....yeah....it feels a bit odd writing up this now given I've recorded podcast #13 already. Shock! I do believe I am doing what they call 'multitasking'. Or as UK comedian Miranda would correct me, it is what everyone calls multitasking, there is no need to add, 'what I call'. Miranda is a strange phenomenon don't you think? I may be isolating any non-UK readers/listeners here so apologies for that. It is a British sitcom based on a very silly thirty-something woman called, surprise surprise, Miranda. It really is just so silly but I do find it almost sidesplittingly funny. It seems to be rather divisive however. A bit like marmite in that people either love it or hate it. I say that about Marmite but I'm a fence-sitter when it comes to the yeast extract. I like it on a sarnie if I'm having cheese or crisps with it but not on its own. And it ruins toast in my opinion. Back to Miranda, some people just don't get it. I like that silly aspect of it, it is stupid but funny with it and at times even clever. Now, 'What have you done today to make you feel prooooouuuuuud?' Well, I've almost finished writing a live review of Luke Jackson's recent gig at The Stables in Milton Keynes that he's going to post it up on his very own website. There's loads more I'm working on but I really need to be getting on with this so keep an eye out. Not literally remove your eye from your sockets of course. Oh dear. I think I have caught the Miranda bug. Best crack on with the playlist and stop all this buffoonary! Oooh, what a cool word. Buffoon. Boofunary. Me likes.

The Playlist:

1. Sirens – The Slow Readers Club
2. The Burning & The Falling Down – Face The King
3. Rule And Bant – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
4. Shuffle & Deal – Gilmore & Roberts
5. The Stealing Arm – Gilmore & Roberts
6. Evil Girls – The Days
7. Rampart Street – Ben Glover
8. Take Your Loving Back – Michele Stodart
9. The Hill – Flight Brigade
10. Old Scenes – Boat To Row

For loads more information about those featured and lots more besides please visit the blogcast at www.bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk

Thanks for listening.

Band of Badgers Presents...#11
November 08, 2012 12:22 PM PST

I know this one has been published and up for weeks by now, but I simply couldn't withhold it having completed the recording and mixing. Share, share, share. That is what it's all about and there are the two amazing and fantastic new singles from Derbyshire's indie-rock ravers Whitemoor and Oxford americana maestros The Dreaming Spires, which I really wanted to play and get out there. Thank you if you have already had yourself a listen or download and thank you doubly for coming back for another one or even just to check out the blogcast. Finally, it is here, yes.

I must admit the weekend I spent in Oxford a few weeks back really made me realize I need to make music my life's work. The journalism, promoting and all that side of things I mean, not the music making. I don't have any talent in that respect (I will dare to admit I am seriously going to pick up and dust off the guitar I have and start learning though. Did I say dust off? I better book it in for some kind of industrial clean, it has been standing idle so long. Will probably take me an age just to tune it now. No excuses however, I'm getting right on it!). Just hanging out there and going to those two awesome gigs (The Dreaming Spires & Tom McRae) bought it home again. In fact, all gigs do really. And yet I have to turn down so many I could attend for free in London simply because of logistics and finances. I also missed my first real opportunity to see The Scholars in Birmingham thanks to this pain in the backside of a lingering cold that is inflicting so many people. My immune system is usually not too bad. It's all about the fruit and veg. Just not in this particular case, I guess. The guys even ended up headlining that night due to the main band pulling out. Well done to them and please do go grab yourself a FREE DOWNLOAD of the awesome alternate version of their latest single Wired, it is a treat! More gigs are to be announced soon and nothing is going to prevent me getting to one now I can assure you!

For the complete blogcast accompanying this episode of the podcast please visit:


There is so much more up on the blog. More on the featured playlist as well as even more fantastic music and news.

The Playlist:

1. High Lights - Whitemoor
2. Just Can’t Keep This Feeling In – The Dreaming Spires
3. Strangers We Meet – The Black Feathers
4. What it Takes – Russell Toomey
5. The Man Who Had Everything – Scott Matthews
6. On This Great Day – Andy Ruddy
7. Threadbare – Everything on Red
8. To Make You Proud – Page 44
9. No Justice, Just Us – Go.Fly.Win
10. His Voice – Brooke Sharkey

Thanks for listening.

Band of Badgers Presents...#10
October 31, 2012 03:46 PM PDT

Howdy then folks. Welcome to the blogcast for the latest podcast, the tenth, no less! Apologies it's been a while to get this one completed but as I mentioned in a previous post, I am trying to get ahead with recording the podcasts so I can keep up a decent amount to air via Acoustic Spectrum. This one is likely to have its regular two plays before I get #11 finished for it. #11 is indeed all ready to record but that blogcast will be another few weeks away at the very least. The songs for #12 are also now all in and they're coming in fast and furious for #13. In between these I also have another special show lined up. How would you like to hear a mix of some classic favourites with one or two recent gems? It means I get to play some golden classic but it will of course be for streaming only. Still, it will be available nonetheless. Do I have some great tunes lined up for that one. I'm sure you're going to really enjoy it.

It may well transpire due to licensing and all that jazz (not actual jazz you understand, but feel free to do jazz hands every time jazz gets written. That's four lots now. I'm watching. Come on, get in the spirit of things peoples!), that I can only let that special show play via Acoustic Spectrum so make sure you tune in at 7pm (GMT - feels so strange after using BST for so long) on Thursdays or you will miss out. Then I will let my cat at you. She's a mean one too. This is due to her age you understand, and not necessarily her nature. She's like a Cylon, The Rani and Servalan all rolled up into one fluffy bundle. Okay, I apologise to any non-sci-fi geeks out there who will have no idea what that means, or indeed how bad it will be if I let my cat out at you. So, best way to avoid finding out is to tune in to the show at Acoustic Spectrum and listen to those classics. I anticipate it will be a few weeks before it gets played as I am hoping to get #11 sorted for next Thursday (8th November) because I have a few new singles to play. I will however try and keep you posted via twitter. If you're not following me on there then you can find me @roberto_baggins where you can see all the rubbish I tweet all the time.

Before cracking on I'm going to ask you for a wee favour (in addition to visiting and listening to the podcast, yes but stick with me). Thanks to the lovely New Zealand singer-songwriter Julie Lamb, I discovered there's a European Podcast Awards. She kindly asked if my podcast was entered into it which, given I'd never heard of the thing it wasn't and so I said I'd check it out. Having done so I decided to propose Band of Badgers Presents for nominations. Scary stuff! Now, I know given the number of podcasts out there in the category (Personality) and how wonderfully amazing people make them, I have little chance of winning. However, as a typical never win anything kind of guy I'm well on the 'It's the taking part that's fun' bus.

I'm aware there are still a couple of issues with my sound quality, mostly with my speaking parts. And no, I don't mean me having a 'cold voice' on this particular episode. There is some horrid echo thing going on I can't seem to eliminate. I am working on it but I do use a simple free software program to mix things. I paid for Wavepad but not knowing what I was doing, I failed to pay the right price to get the mixing capability. Yes, I know I am a tech fool. The pittance I get paid doesn't stretch to me rectifying this situation any time soon I'm afraid. I've already cancelled Christmas, effectively. If I won this I'd get software I believe but even if not I'm on it soon as I can afford to upgrade my Wavepad. My point is (yes I do have one, cheeky), that I'm aware of this little niggle in sound quality but if you enjoy the podcast, like what I ramble on about at times and the information about the artists and bands I give out; and more importantly if you like the music I offer you each time, then please stop by and vote for me. I will be ever so grateful. So will Valerie. 'Valerie who?' I hear you ask. Valerie, the banjo playing badger of course! Even if you don't vote I am still sincerely grateful for you reading this far with how much I digress from the point most of the time. Thank you!

After all that waffle (mmmm, waffles) let's get on with it!

The Playlist:

Our Forgotten Towns - The Levellers
This Isn't What I Signed Up For - Turnstile Junkpile
A Proud Surrender - Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou
Before The Dawn - Mat Gibson
Lonely Boy (Live Cover) - Luke Jackson
Dance Keith, Dance - The Cakes
Another Acid Day - Art Of Privilege
Lovefool - Grimsell in the Glasshouse
End Game - Umbrella Harbor
Summertime - Gypsy Fire
Deliverance - The Silent Union

For the full blogcast including loads more great music please visit my blog which hosts this podcast at http://bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/band-of-badgers-presents10.html

Thanks so much for your time.

Band of Badgers Presents...#9
October 01, 2012 03:10 PM PDT

Please visit http://bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/band-of-badgers-presents9.html for the blogcast accompanying this latest episode. There, you will find a full playlist with links and a whole host of other top music news.

Thanks for listening.

Band of Badgers Presents #8
September 15, 2012 04:31 PM PDT

This is a streaming only edition of the podcast.

Please visit http://bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/band-of-badgers-presents-8-special.html for the blogcast.

Band of Badgers Presents #7
August 26, 2012 07:18 AM PDT

Please visit http://bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/band-of-badgers-presents-7.html for the blogcast to this podcast. Thank You.

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