Song of the Day

Song of the Day: Martyn Bennett’s Hallaig

Martyn Bennett—the ‘techno piper’—died young of cancer. But before that his unique mix of Scottish traditional music and rave culture had taken Scots folk music by storm. Our Song of the Day, ‘Hallaig’, remembers Bennett on the anniversary of his death. Read more →

Song of the Day: Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick ... Byker Hill

Dec 2023: another update to make this a useful companion to Andrew Curry's review of the tour. And I still haven't managed to renew contact with my old mate Geoff. July 2021 update: this appeared 10 years ago today. Geoff,... Read more →

Song of the Day Revisited: Tony Capstick... Capstick Comes Home

Nov 2023: reposted because the grim state of the world leaves us in dire need of humour ... January 2022 update: this magical piece of northern humour made a remarkable ascent of the British pop charts in 1981, reaching the... Read more →

Song of the Day Revisited: Fairport Convention ... Crazy Man Michael

Another quick update, Oct 2023: Dave Swarbrick's widow Jill has firmly and correctly reminded me that the gorgeous music that so perfectly suits Richard Thompson's words for this song was composed by the mighty Swarb. Read her comment below, reproduced... Read more →