For many years, Mike Harding presented the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, broadcasting, in his own inimitable gravelly tones, 'The Very Best in Folk, Roots and Acoustic Music'. When he did, listeners could guarantee hearing an hour of beautiful and masterly folk and traditional music. It was awesome. Every single week. Nowadays, Mike creates his own independent folk podcast that he releases online for free. Originally weekly, but now on a more monthly basis, the show continues to delight audiences worldwide.
I have listened to this show religiously, whenever I can, for the last 20 years. Mike only plays heartfelt, high quality and meaningful music that is made by people who love folk music and all that it stands for. What exactly folk stands for is a much-contested matter of opinion, but to me, it means honouring people and places from the past and relating them to the present. It is a celebration of all that is good and genuine and important about being human.
All this can be yours, every few weeks, from anywhere in the world, simply by finding Mike Harding's podcast on his website. In between tracks, Mike talks about his love of folk and gives his insights into the backstories and lives of the folk musicians that he chooses to broadcast. He has supported and nourished the folk scene worldwide for over 50 years, and as a result, his words are both well informed and full of insight into all things musical and folky.
All of the best things in life are free. This show is the best for a person's ears, and their soul.