FolkCast - Getting your music to us
We'd love to hear your music, and if you would like
to be featured on FolkCast there are several ways of getting your music
Got a CD? Stick it in an envelope with details about you/your
band and the music.
Our postal address is:
16 Hareden Road
Our email address can be found here.
Got an MP3? Make sure it is encoded to at least 192kbps and
send it to us, along
with details about you/your band and the music.
If you just send blank email
with an attachment this will look like spam and we'll just junk it, so
please say hello!
More and more people are posting high-bitrate songs to sites such as ReverbNation, Bandcamp or Soundcloud. This
works very well.
Of course, you'll have to email us with a link to your page on these
sites - and while you're doing that send us info about
REMEMBER to activate the "make file downloadable" option so we can
actually get your music to play in the show!
alternative is Dropbox, a very useful resource
which allows files to be synced between computers. We use it a lot.
If you do not have Dropbox, click the logo below and sign up. When you
have Dropbox installed, simply create a folder and then share it
4: A FEW "Do"s &
- DON'T send us links to
non-download sites such as YouTube.
These are no use to us. We need to be able to easily get our hands on a
digital copy of your music to play it on one of our shows!
- DO remember to include full details about you/your band,
including contact information and your websites, and when the music is
- DON'T send us music
unless it can reasonably be described as folk, folk-rock,
singer-songwriter or roots. That's a pretty broad description, but use
your common sense.
- DO tell us something
about the music, and let us know if it's about a specific subject (eg:
the sea, a particular country or area, a season of the year). We
particularly welcome festive music for our end-of-the-year Seasonal
- DON'T use Facebook or
Twitter as a means of direct communication. Social media is great for
chatting, and we use it a lot but, for serious one-to-one contact, use
our email or postal address.
- DO understand that we
can't guarantee to play your music, but we will certainly listen to it.
If we can use it, it may take
several months for your music to be included in a podcast, so if there
is a specific reason to play a track in a certain month (eg:
topicality, or the release date) let us know. We aim to feature music
as soon as we can, but some songs may be held back for operational
reasons (such as fitting into a themed show).
- DON'T send us cover
versions. We prefer to feature original music (written and owned by
you) or traditional music. No cover versions other than of traditional,
non-copyright music, please!
- DON'T expect to get paid.
Although we are covered by a PRS Podcast licence, we ask artists and
other copyright holders to grant us a royalties waiver so we can play
your music without incurring fees or royalties of any kind. Sadly, we cannot pay you to include your music in our
show (other than via PRS), but we do offer the ability to get your
music heard by thousands of listeners around the world, and we will
happily link to a website of your choice in the relevant ShowNotes, so
listeners can get further information.
- DO be
persistant. We're only human, and sometimes things go missing, get
accidentally lost or forgotten, or are simply not seen. If you've sent
something to us and we haven't replied, don't be afraid to ask about it
after a few weeks. We aim to respond to all emails containing music,
but time pressures don't always make that possible.
expect us to send things back. Just like on Vision On, we cannot return
anything you send to us.
get in touch if you have any further questions about sending music to
INFORMATION TO SEND TO US
We like easy. It makes us happy. To make things easy, please tell us:
- Your name or your band's name, and names and instruments of the band members. Don't do this last bit if you are an
- Where you are from
- What the song/s are called.
- Whether they are original
or traditional. If original, who wrote them? If
traditional, where did you learn them?
- What date the
music is being released on.
- The address (URL)
of your website. If you don't have a
website, a Facebook, Soundcloud, Bandcamp or Reverbnation page will do.
- The name of the winner
of next year's Grand National.
- Any other information you think we might find interesting or amusing.
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