Mudcat Café message #3421997 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #147580   Message #3421997
Posted By: GUEST,matt milton
18-Oct-12 - 10:17 AM
Thread Name: Mark Radcliffe replaces Mike Harding-Radio 2 Folk
Subject: RE: Mark Radcliffe replaces Mike Harding
"What worries me is that Radio Two wants something even more mainstream and that the folk show will become yet another radio show dominated by the Mumfords and Marlings of this world, which you can hear enough of on other programmes for them not to need exposure on very short specialist shows. Though I do agree with Mike above - let's give the man a chance. Persoanlly I'd opt for a three hour show co-presented by Radcliffe, Harding and Bob Meyer..."

I'm pretty sure I've heard Mike Harding play a Laura Marling song on his show, for what it's worth. He certainly plays plenty of folk material that in its essence is just as vapid as Mumfords et al. And Bob Meyer plays plenty of quite middle-of-the-road singer-songwriter stuff too - he plays very little traditional song. (Notwithstanding the fact that he gets the excellent Kilkawley Family in session, and that his own albums are proper gritty dirt blues loveliness, I should add!) I noticed Genevieve Tudor had post-Mumford singer-songthumpers Ahab in session the other day.

I don't see how Radcliffe can push the R2 folk show too much further towards the mainstream, it's already pretty close