The folk music show, "FOLKWAVES" is about to return to the scene, but this time as an hour long programme on the internet hosted by the UK Folk Music website - see UK Folk Music
Folkwaves was one of the most popular music programmes on BBC in the East Midlands for almost twenty-five years when, alongside other specialist music broadcasts, the BBC axed the show back in December 2010. This brought about an unprecedented outcry from the general public and folk fans alike; even the presenters were amazed at its national, and worldwide popularity. However, protests, letters of complaint, and an active Facebook “Bring back Folkwaves” campaign did not sway the BBC into a U-turn, and Folkwaves was no more.
Owing to public demand, however, Alan Morley, Founder of UK Folk Music has taken up the task to “Bring back Folkwaves” on the internet, and the pilot programme will be launched on the 1st day of May 2012. Folkwaves’ original presenters, Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, renowned for their diverse mix of music and songs from the folk scene, are hosting the show once more, and will be playing music again from the great resurgence in folk and acoustic music!
John Tams, record producer, musician, singer and actor, has also been involved in the production, and has taken time out from his musical work on “War Horse” to add his knowledge and enthusiasm to Folkwaves. The Folkwaves programme was recorded by Paul Hopkinson at the Forge Studio, Chesterfield.
Lots of Folkwaves listeners have expressed a wish to get together for the first airing, so UK Folk Music are opening the doors to the Concert Room of the Nailers Football Club, Bridge Street, Belper, on Tuesday the 1st of May to all the Folkwaves devotees. The evening will commence at 8pm with the programme being played in-house, followed by a music session. Everyone is welcome and it’s free admission, so please bring your instruments and voice, or just come along for a great social evening.