About the show

Founded in January 2006, FolkCast is the original folk music podcast from the UK.

It features the best in folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots-based music. Your hosts are Phil Widdows and Ken Nicol, who bring you the inside ear on what's happening on the scene with some of the best new music and interviews with the artists making that music today, plus fun and frolics from the broad world of folk.

Podcasting from Preston in England, FolkCast's main show is produced monthly and there are also extra, special shows released during the year, including a special Christmas collection - the FolkCast Festive Selection Box - and the FolkCast Blast, a 15-minute explosion of songs, mainly from the folk-pop end of the spectrum.

If you are a musician and would like your music included in a future edition of FolkCast, click here for details of how to do that.

Details of music played on past editions are available via our Shownotes Page. Please get in touch with your suggestions, feedback and polite points of order via email.

FolkCast: our finger in your ears!


About us - your FolkCast hosts

Ken Nicol

Phil Widdows

Ken is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer from Preston, in England. His music covers the spectrum from blues to rock, and effortlessly takes in folk, jazz, ragtime, ballads and more along the way. After playing as a member of the legendary Albion Band, he joined Steeleye Span in 2002, writing, recording and touring as a vocalist and lead guitarist.

He left Steeleye in 2010 to concentrate on other musical projects, including partnerships with comedian and musician Phil Cool and with Ashley Hutchings, the founder of the Albion Band, Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention.

When he's not touring or writing, Ken can be found producing projects of his own and other artists at his MVS Studios in Preston. He makes a first class espresso, and enjoys playing golf. He loves cats.


Based in Preston, England, 'Folkie Phil' has been a professional journalist and broadcaster for more than 30 years, working in the news and entertainment fields, as a reviewer and a columnist. Writing on subjects including film, theatre and music he has interviewed many of the biggest stars in the world, from Robin Williams to Robert Palmer. He is also a previous writer/presenter of satellite TV's The Caravan Channel.

Phil's involvement in folk and folk-rock sprang from his interest in the music of Jethro Tull. An interview with Tull's then-bass player, Dave Pegg, led him to experience Fairport Convention live in concert, and that led him into the ever expanding world of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots-based music.

When not at the helm of FolkCast, Phil can be found playing Crown Green Bols. He makes a top risotto and enjoys playing The Elder Scrolls Online. He's allergic to cats.

Last updated: December 2017