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At the heart of English folk
Classic Folk


Folk on the air waves

Classic Folk with Mike Norris

Former English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) Chairman (2006 – 2011) and long-standing member Mike Norris hosts a weekly folk radio programme.

Mike explores a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music, from the UK and abroad. Programmes feature a rich variety of music; from rarely heard archive and field recordings, to the latest releases from today’s finest performers.


Listen again

Monday 20 February

The presenter: Mike Norris

Mike’s passion for folk music spans decades; from first learning to play the melodeon and singing shanties at school, to running folk festivals and gigs in and around Suffolk.

A teenager during the 1960s, Mike was heavily influenced by protest song and folk-rock popularity (Bob Dylan, the Copper Family, Joan Baez, Fairport Convention etc), as well as the tail end of the folk-song revival shaped by The Watersons, Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Shirley Collins, Woody Guthrie and many more.

Interesting fact: The hospital where Mike was born, in Portsmouth, grew out of the workhouse where George Gardiner collected more than 100 songs in the early 1900s.

Read our 'in conversation' interview with Mike


The Full English

The Full English

Unlocking hidden treasure of England’s cultural heritage. The Full English is the world’s largest free digital archive English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs. Containing more than 58,400 items from 12 of the country’s most important early 20th century folk music collections, you can delve into wherever you are in the world.


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