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CHRISTMAS
FolkCast 2017 Selection Box

Released: 16 December 2017
2017 Selection Box A marvellously magical mix of music for a merry Christmas and a cool Yule!

Music by: Kludo White - Beta Radio - Milton Hide - Maxwell, Miranda, Parsley - Julia P - Daniel Nestlerode - Daria Kulesh - Rebecca Hosking - Davidson/MacFarlane - Skinner & T'witch - The Citizen (aka Ken O’Duffy) - Jimmy Lee Morris - Canny Fettle - GreenMatthews - Neil Thomson and Gerry Cambridge - Rich Krueger - Sleeping At Last - Robert Land and Emily Ewing - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - The Stoned Cherries - Devils Water - KIVA - Andrews Massey Duo

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Festive Selection Box 2016

Released: December 19th 2016
Festive Selection Box 2016

Music, poetry and fun for a very merry Christmas and a blessed Yule!

MUSIC BY: Kate Rusby - Sam Bush - Cara Dillon - Skinner And T'Witch - Eddie & Luc - Greg Trafidlo - Hicks & Goulbourn - Jethro Tull - Wood, Wire & Words - Ken Nicol - Eddy Mann - The Changing Room - The Houghton Weavers - Andrews Massey Duo - Pilgrim's Way - The Magnets - Neil Diamond - Simon Mayor & Hilary James - Telynor - Ange Hardy - Ellen And The Escapades - Johnnyswim - Joshua Burnell

POETRY AND FUN BY: Johnny Cash - Jim Thielen - Judge Reinhold and Eric Lloyd - John Betjeman, read by Robert Donat - Bill Murray - Dollie Radford - The Muppets - Gracie Burns and Peter Brocco - Bing Crosby and David Bowie - Julie Andrews and Peter Ustinov.

Winter Storm 2016

Released: December 1st 2016
Click to play show. Right-click to download show. A celebration and contemplation for the darkest season, in music and verse.

Music by: Heg & The Wolf Chorus - Gordon Tyrrall - Pete Shirley - Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate - Jack The Lad - The Bills - K.P. Devlin - Peter Mayer - Pilgrim - Skippinish - Paul Davy - Krista Detor - Ida Wenĝe - Maddy Prior - Richard Trethewey - Gren Bartley - Lady Maisery - Mary McPartlan - Broom Bezzums - Hannah James - Kingfisher Blue

Readings by: Robert Bridges - Gavin Douglas, read by John Laurie - Phil Widdows
Autumn Crackler 2016

Released: September 1st 2016
Crackler 16 logo Welcome to FolkCast’s Autumn Crackler for 2016.

Music by: Spiral Dance - Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts - Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy & Paul Weller - Dave Pegg & PJ Wright - Locomotive Ghost - Radim Zenkl - Mind Of Max - Scott McWatt - Michael Chapman - Magna Carta - Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman - Ninebarrow - Sharron Kraus & Friends - Show Of Hands - The Story - Christopher Cross - Giggetty - The Gathering Tide - Katy Rose Bennett - Kristina Olsen

Readings from: "The Golden Bough" by Sir James Frazer - “Mushrooms” by Margaret Atwood - "All Hallow's Eve" by Erin Morgenstern - “The Origin And Customs Of Guy Fawkes' Day” from The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Gunpowder Plot.
FolkCast Summer Sizzler 2016

Released: June 1st 2016
FolkCast Summer Sizzler 2016 Jump in and take a ride through more than an hour of superb sounds to keep you sizzling all summer long...

Music by: King Courgette - Erik Johnson - Martha Tilston And The Woods - Jimmy Lee Morris - Wood, Wire & Words - Ken Nicol - Bluebird Avenue - Rab Noakes - Ross Ainslie - Hot Fingers - Genevieve And The Wild Sundays - James Filkins - Jacanda - Helen Chadwick - Rusty Shackle - Clive  Palmer - Kris Drever - Amy Cook - Talis Kimberley -  Darwin's Daughter - Carol Laula.

"You know it's summer when ... the FolkCast Summer Sizzler hits your podcatcher!"
March Into May 2016: Spring Special

Released: March 10th 2016
FolkCast March Into May - Spring 2016
FolkCast's fourth annual celebration of Spring.

Featuring music by: Arthur Askey - Spoil The Dance - Coope Boyes & Simpson - Kellianna - Mark Owen Music - Mike Reinstein - Green Genes - The Knights Of Mentis - John Kirkpatrick - Show Of Hands - Andy Cutting, Nancy Kerr & Martin Simpson - Sarah McQuaid - Kenny Rankin - Christof - Mike O’Connor - The Changing Room - Lisa Knapp - Jackie Oates - Becky Mills - Faustus - Hilary James & Simon Mayor - Fabian Holland - Charlie Chaplin

Poetry by: Margaret Buckle - Anon.
CHRISTMAS
FolkCast Selection Box 2015

Released: December 15th 2015
FolkCast Selection Box 2015
Take a trip to Babba's Island, somewhere off the south coast of England, and discover how Folkie Phil and Babba get several sack-loads of music and readings all about Christmas, to good little FolkCasters all over the world ... in just one night!

Music by: Reid Jamieson - Christy Moore - Homer & Jethro - Terence Blacker - Whapweasel - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - Rue Royale - Thea Gilmore - Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook - Lorrie Newman Keating - Mike Reinstein and the Christmas Daysies - The Voice Squad - Under A Banner - 100 Mile House - River Whyless - Catt Kingsgrave - The Last Bison - Abney Park - Angelo Branduardi - Kirsty Almeida - Marina Florence - Commoners Choir - Skinner & T'witch - Ange Hardy - Danny Carnahan and Robin Petrie

Readings from and by: Phil & Babba - Jacqueline Simpson and Steve Roud - Agatha Christie - Hugh Fraser
FolkCast Winter Storm 2015

Released: November 27th 2015
Winter Storm 2015

The Winter Storm: music and readings for the darkest months

Music: Spiral Dance - Jay Woodward - Maz O'Connor - Battlefield Band - Luke Jackson - Iain Morrison - Kris Drever, John McCusker, Roddy Woomble - NE3Folk - Jackie Leven - Magna Carta - Jethro Tull - Mike Reinstein and The Christmas Daysies - Heed The Thunder - Damh The Bard - Waterson-Carthy - Winter Mountain - Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - Adam Dale - Thedra - Martyn Wyndham-Read - Alex Cambridge - Steve Folk (aka Blabbermouth) - John Butler Trio

Spoken Word: Various meteorologists - Edgar Fawcett - Ralph Waldo Emerson -  Lauren Raine - The Simpsons
FolkCast Autumn Crackler 2015

Released: September 1st 2015
Autumn Crackler 2015
As Summer fades, enjoy the wonders of Autumn with the Crackler!

Music by: Don Amero - Paul Green - Geraldo & His Orchestra - Spoil The Dance - Talis Kimberley - The Albion Dance Band - Ashley Hutchings & Ken Nicol -Oysterband with Steve Knightley and June Tabor - Little Miss Higgins - The Riverside - Dick Gaughan - Gill Sandell & Chris T-T - March To May - Tudor Lodge - Phil Beer - Clype (featuring Jenny Sturgeon) - Jackson C. Frank - Gilmore & Roberts - Beautiful Junkyards - Luke Daniels & John Dipper - Blanche Rowan & Mike Gulston - Sandy Denny - Na-Mara

Readings & Verse: Edgar Albert Guest - Dahm The Bard - David Drever - Ron Hynes - Michael Crummey
Summer Sizzler 2015
Released: June 2nd 2015
Summer Sizzler 2015
A picnic basket stuffed with treats for the season of sun, wasps, downpours and the harvest.

Music by: Merry Hell - Laura Veirs - Paul McGladdery and Gaynor Wilson - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Whapweasel - Teresa Doyle and Doug Riley - The Decemberists - Anne-Marie Sanderson - Lee Maddison - Seasick Steve - David Dee Moore - Abbie Lathe - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Steve Knightley - Stormy Mondays - Joe Brown - Skinner And T'witch - Fairytale - Gaia Consort - Damh The Bard - Blackmailed & Bereft

Poetry by: Dora Greenwell - Thomas Aird
March Into May 2015: Spring Special

Released: March 2nd 2015
March Into May 2015
March Into May 2015: A Podcast all about the season of Spring!

Good news! You've survived the winter! Let's celebrate the coming of Spring with FolkCast's March Into May 2015, a progression in music and verse from the slow departure of old man winter to the birth of the summer.

Music by: Music by: Charlie Chaplin - Bella Hardy - Lee Maddison - Luka Bloom - The North Atlantic Trio - Terence Blacker - Laura Veirs - Amazing Blondel - Matthew Tomayko - De-Malebysse - Pete Seeger - Damh The Bard - S.J. Tucker - Tracy Grammer - Threepenny Bit - Jolly Jack - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Paul McGladdery - Fats Waller - Kyle Carey, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Richard Thompson - Life And Times - Beltane Border Morris - Fairytale - Danni Nichols - Spiral Dance

Poetry by: Phil Widdows - Darren Sant - Harold Peary - Night An'Fey - A.E.Housman
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FolkCast Festive Selection Box 2014

Released: December 9th 2014
FolkCast Festive Selection Box 2014 The FolkCast Festive Selection Box - bursting with good things for the season of Christmas, Yule and Saturnalia, with specially selected music and readings.

Music by: Jon Lindsay - Hank Snow - Christmas Accordion - Robb Johnson - Lisa Redford - Johnny Aitken - The Longest Johns - John Smith - Maggie Boyle - Andrews Massey Duo - Anne Marie Sanderson - Barry Allen - Johnny Coppin - Runrig - Blackheart - Albion Christmas Band - Bella Hardy - Lunasa - Straight No Chaser - Ringo Starr - Marillion - Zoe Wren - Nowell Sing We Clear - Vicki Swan & Johnny Dyer - Wood Wire And Words

Readings and verse by: Bart Simpson - Mrs CS Stone - Ashley Hutchings - Virginia Woolf.
FolkCast Winter Storm 2014

Released: November 23rd 2014
Winter Storm 2014 A storming collection of songs, poetry and prose for the winter 2014/15.

Music by: Green Diesel - The Imagined Village - The Young 'Uns - Peter Lacey - Reid Jamieson - Ninebarrow - Mark Ellis - Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar - KC Barber - George Boomsma - Stooshie - Rainbow Chasers - Miranda Sykes - Shine - Kyle Carey - Charlie Mosbrook - Duncan McCrone - Nigel Brown.

Quotations by: Oliver Herford - James Carlos Blake - John Burrows - Thomas De Quincey - John Updyke - Lord Byron - Billy Connolly - Sinclair Lewis - Phil Widdows - Robert Byrne - JR Stockton.
Autumn Crackler 2014

Released: September 23rd 2014
Autumn Crackler 2014 logo Take a musical walk through the Autumn, from September to December, via Halloween and Guy Fawkes' Night.

Music by: Phil Manzenara - Kim Lowings & The Greenwood - John Conolly  - Maia - Jane Thomason - Peter Lacey - Smoke Fairies - Show Of Hands - Jon Budworth - The Vessels - David Gibb & Elly Lucas - Salt House - Ninebarrow - Feast Of Fiddles - Deborah Rose - Nick Cook - Taylor Brown Trio - John Kirkpatrick - Brooke Bentham - Ange Hardy - Danny Carnahan and Robin Petrie with The Missing Pieces - The Oldham Tinkers - The Moody Blues

Poetry and quotations by: Wallace Stegner - Debra Welsh - Kālidāsa - Alys Fowler - Will Carleton - Lauren DeStefano - Robert Frost - Rainbow Rowell - Ewan MacColl - Thomas Hood - William Cullen Bryant
Summer Sizzler 2014 Sizzler 2014 - Click to play, right-click to download
Pull up a beach chair, help yourself to barbecue and beer, and enjoy 80 minutes of sizzling summer sounds.

Music by: John Martyn - Pentangle - Chris Hardy - Peter Lacey - The Tansads - Runrig - Broadfoot - Fairport Convention - 3 Boxes - The Peddlers - The Clydesiders - The Saw Doctors - Moonrakers - Ninebarrow - Life And Times - Damh The Bard - Paul McGladdery - Golden Bough - David Gibb & Elly Lucas - Merry Hell - House Of Hats - Locomotive Ghost - Steeleye Span

Quotations and poems by: Darell Hammond -  Sandy Gingras - Gene Perret - Sam Keen - John Clare - Sophie Watson - Ada Louise Huxtable - Ewan MacColl - Henry James
March Into May - Spring Special 2014
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FolkCast's second annual celebration of the season of Spring, as told in music, rhyme and verse. Come on, let's set out now on a journey from the death of Old Man Winter to the dawning of a new summer ... on the way we'll visit April and Easter as we March Into May!

Music by: Charlie Chaplin - Paul McGladdery - The Webb Sisters - John Kirkpatrick -  Becky Mills - Blue Rose Code - John Rutter & The Cambridge Singers - Suburban Tribe - George Breakfast - Martin Simpson - Skylark Song - Maddy Prior - The Watersons - Christy Moore - Ange Hardy - Ashley Hutchings - Tom Lehrer - Emmett Doyle - Rosa Rebecka - Blanche Rowan & Mike Gulston - James Bell - The Morris On Band - Hunter's Moon Morris - Triangle - Oysterband

Poetry and prose by: Ian Bland - Robert Frost - Dogman (aka David Sands) - Bill Hicks - PG Wodehouse - Ewan MacColl - Cecil Sharp - Phil Widdows
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Selection Box VIII - 2013

Music and poetry for the season of Winter, of Christmas & Yuletide.

Music by: Secret Garden - Anne Marie Almedal - Fairground Attraction - Winter Wilson - Judy Dyble - Howard Haigh - Martin Barre - Maddy Prior - Kathryn and Bob Tickell - Life And Times - Bellowhead - Blast From The Past - Kerfuffle - Andrews Massey Duo - Gareth Davies-Jones - Nick Lowe - Lisa Redford - Eric Bogle - Steve Folk - Niels Cremer - The Halstead Clan - The Albion Christmas Band - Roy Mette - Brian Brink - Bella Hardy

Poetry by: Phil Widdows - Robert Bridges - Dr Seuss - Patience Strong

FolkCast Autumn Crackler 2013

A collection of songs and quotations for the Autumn season.

Music by: Show Of Hands - Roy Harper - Nick Cook - Paolo Nutini - Ashley Hutchings - Talis Kimberley - Jethro Tull - Gill Sandell - Marco Catracchia - Mark Handley - FolkLaw - Luluc - In Gowan Ring - Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - Tuung - The Last Bison - Prydwyn And Kira with Quickthorn - Maddy Prior - Anthony Thistlethwaite - Mark Knopfler - Steven Lindsay - The Black Feathers

Quotations by: Jane Austen - George Eliot - Stephen King - Hal Borland - P.G. Wodehouse - Humbert Wolfe - Keith Donohue - John Greenleaf Whittier - Shauna Niequist - Daphne du Maurier - Clyde Watson
Summer Sizzler 2013
Summer Sizzler 2013
A soundtrack for the season: summery songs and songs of the summer, with poetry and quotations to match.

Music from: Eddi Reader - The True Gents - Candidate - Co-Pilgrim - Blanche Rowan & Mike Gulston - Lola & The Bludgies - Uku The Mighty - Union Jill - Jack Harris - Alexandre Nestorov - Damh The Bard - Jon Airdrie - Paul Mosley - Nick Drake - Mark Knopfler - Man's Ruin - Nigel Brown - Show Of Hands - Martin Francis - Luke Jackson - Eric Pukos

Poetry and quotations from: Enid Blyton - James Dent - William Cullen Bryant - F. Scott Fitzgerald - William Shakespeare - Natalie Babbitt - Deb Caleti
FolkCast - Spring Into May - Easter 2013
Spring Into May 2013
Spring Into May: A FolkCast Seasonal Special - Music and poetry for the Spring to early Summer.

Music from: Hilary James - Waking The Witch - Jonnie Murphy - Matthew Ord- Neil Cousin - Sedayne - Spriguns - Simon Fowler's Merrymouth - Tess - Fairport Convention - The Ralf Weihrauch Trio - James Findlay - Mike Vass - Spiral Dance - Magicfolk - Lisa Knapp - Jackie Oates - Little Johnny England - Runrig - Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts - Steeleye Span - Jethro Tull - The Bailey Sisters - Damh The Bard

Poetry and quotations from: E.E. Cummings - Doug Larson - Henry Van Dyke  - WH Davies -  Henry David Thoreau - E.B. White - Mark Twain - Omar Khayyam - Dave Alton - Percy Bysshe Shelley - Thomas Hardy - Rainer Maria Rilke
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Festive Selection Box VII - 2012
 
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Come to the FolkCast Village Hall for a special show full of music, poetry and comedy to celebrate winter, Yuletide, Christmas and beyond!

Featuring music by: Green Diesel - Tarbox Ramblers - Emily Smith - Joy Dunlop and Twelfth Day - Life And Times - Josienne Clarke - Kerfuffle - Bob Kirkpatrick - Priscilla Ahn - Beegie Adair - Jars Of Clay - Bella Hardy - Barricades Rise - Mike Vass - The Albion Band - Ken Nicol - Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer - Anup - The Christmas Album Band - Jo Bywater - Gareth Davies-Jones - Lindisfarne.

With literary offerings by: William Shakespeare - Damh The Bard and Cerri Lee - Dave Carr - The Human Nutrino - Miracle on 34th Street - Ogden Nash

FolkCast 078 - Autumn Crackler 2012 Autumn Crackler 2012
A special show to mark the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, with a journey through Halloween to reach the approach of winter. Music from: Ray Bradfield - Allysen Callery - Candidate - Ashley Hutchings and Ken Nicol - Tattie Jam - Jamie Smith's Mabon - Yvonne Lyon - Bert Jansch - Mc2 - SedayneLore - Martha Tilston - Thursday's Child - The Coffinshakers - John Carpenter - Tony Provencher - Sangsters - Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley - Stargazer - Pig's Ear - Whalebone - Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

Poetry includes: Merry Autumn by Paul Laurence Dunbar (read by Paul Adams) - Poem In October by Dylan Thomas (read by Richard Burton) - The Last Week In October by Thomas Hardy (read by Ghizela Rowe) - Warlock's Ride by Robert Walsh - The Pumpkin Tree by Robert Wrigley (read by the poet) - To Autumn by John Keats (read by Michael Stuhlbarg)
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Festive Selection Box VI - 2011
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Bring a bottle and join the party for our festive special for 2011, with music from: Coope, Boyes, Simpson, Fraser, Freya and Boyes - The Rash - Findley Napier and The Bar Room Mountaineers - Debra Cowan - Thursday's Child - Cross The Border - Damien Barber and The Durbervilles - Erica Wheeler - Waterson:Carthy - The Morris On Band - Neil innes - The Banana Sessions - The Tremendous Seasons - David Cahalan - Carwyn Tywyn - The Glasgow Madrigirls - The Oxford Voices with Sioned Williams - The Oxford Waits - Ken And Lisa Theriot - Magpie Lane - Brocc - St Agnes Fountain - Billy Bragg and Ben Sollee - Robin Allender - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Bailey Sisters.
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Festive Selection Box V - 2010
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Our festive special for 2010 features music from: Tennessee Ernie Ford - B.E. Taylor - Damh The Bard - Jon London - Keith Ahern - Monte Selby - Eric Reed - The Magical Christmas Tree Tour featuring Pete Morton, Maggie Boyle and Chris Parkinson - Aine Furey - Brave Combo - Blabbermouth - Michael Silvestri - Stig Denson - Pink Martini - Durbin Elf - Natalie McCool - Tim & Kathy Mahoney - Joemy Wilson - The Lancashire Hotpots - The Columba Minstrels - Triangle - Ken Nicol - Joglaresa - Rusty Bladen - The cast of A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol - The Swing Cats - Pittsburgh Symphony Brass.
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Sir Guy The Seeker - The FolkCast Guiser Play (2010)
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A recreation of the British folk tradition of the guiser or mummers play - an entertainment of great renown, featuring the finest theatrical talent and music both rare and excellent! Music from: The Christmas Revels - Peter Calo - The Oxford Waits.
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Festive Selection Box IV - 2009
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Seasonal songs, tunes and readings in a hand-picked mix of some of the very best alternative music for the Christmas period. Featuring: Roger Pontare - Steve Fulton - Undercover Christmas - Adrienne Pierce - Ann Sweeten - The GrooveBarbers - US Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants - Magpie Lane - Clearance - Asleep At The Wheel - Would Be Goods - The Tinsel Tones - Triangle - Dan Baraszu and Joseph Patrick Moore - Bill Furner - The Lancashire Hotpots - Torquestra (featuring Jobee) - Amy Marie - Anna Wilson - Janyse - The Swingle Singers - Kites With Lights - Kitty Robbins - Steeleye Span

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Festive Selection Box III - 2008
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Seasonal songs, tunes and readings in a hand-picked mix of some of the very best alternative music for the Christmas period. Music from: The Christmas Revels - Al Pettaway and Amy White - Lee Harris And Country Sunshine - Blitzen Trapper - Ian Whitcomb - Bill Kahler - Chris Goddard - Doug Astrop - Kitka - Pittsburgh Symphony Brass - The Tequila Mockingbirds - Jars Of Clay - Jennifer Avalon - Al Stravinsky - Simon Bernard-Smith - Maeron English Folk Music - Damh The Bard - The Klezmatics - Chris and Siobhan Nelson - James Edwards - Helene Blum - Mike Fred - Howell-Freundlich Orchestra - Neil Murray - Martin Sexton - Ken Nicol.
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Festive Selection Box II - 2007
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No talk, just music. A journey through mid-Winter into Yule, Christmas and New Year, ending with a look to the far distant summer.
Featuring: Pig's Ear- Chris and Siobhan Nelson - Venereum Arvum - Philip G. Martin - Stonefield Tramp - Bernie Stocks - Christian Hoffman - Dahm The Bard - Pumajaw - Steeleye Span - The Numbskulz - The Bully Wee Band - Songs From The Blue House - Craig Cardiff - Erik Darling - Hank Stone - Lee Rosemere - Jim Goodrich - The Moonrakers - Ken Nicol - Rachel & John Bowyer - Flowman - The Volume Brothers - Magpie Lane - Abbie Lathe - Pig's Ear - Tracy Jane Comer -The Owl Service - Show Of Hands
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Festive Selection Box I - 2006
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Then, to brighten any year end celebration, we present the Festive FolkCast - no talk from us, just great music from Puzzlejug - The Hipcola - Dan Edwards - 3 Blind Mice - Pete Dodds - Clive Gregson - Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle - The Christmas Jug Band - Gary - gidgets ga ga - The Albion Band ... and something saucy and spicy from Big Al Whittle
(Warning - contains rude words! Adult listening only!)
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