Mostly Folk Radio Show
Chalk Horse's Mostly Folk goes out live on 95.9 Hailsham FM every second Wednesday of the month.
The show's focus is primarily Sussex traditions,
people, folklore and music from traditional folk song to singer-songwriter. Past editions are available here:
November's Mostly Folk is dedicated to The Moon & The Sledgehammer, a documentary film about a real Sussex family, directed by Philip Trevelyan, filmed in 1969 and released in 1971.
Rosemary Barton's father is pictured seated on this postcard. In September 2019's edition Rosemary and her husband Bert talk about their hop picking experiences in the 1950s.
In April 2019 I spoke with Dave Rannie about the history of the Long Man Morris Men and the Morris year.
Fiona Durling's grandmother, Maude Simmons, is pictured here. Fiona grew up helping her grandparents with their commercial orchard and talks about Sussex apple varieties, her work with Pevensey & Westham Community Forest Garden and Brighton Permaculture. Folklore and poetry along the way.
I spent a morning with Noel Dumbrell and his wife Doreen, chatting with Noel about his life and recording his songs. Noel lives locally and at the time of recording in 2015 was still out singing every week. This is Noel's version of 'Buttercup Joe,' with lyrics telling of the characters in the village of Ashurst, West Sussex, where he grew up.
Simon Meader of Hunters Moon Morris appears on a few shows, talking about Morris tradition. Here he is talking about The John Barleycorn song and dance performed in the video below.
It was fantastic to meet Jacqueline Simpson, author of The Folklore of Sussex. Here's a snippet from the interview, where she tells us the story of The Lyminster Knucker
Author of 'Sussex Folk Tales,' Michael O'Leary is a very entertaining storyteller. He makes an appearance in the June and July shows, telling of the Hawkhurst gang that terrorised Sussex and more.
Wonderful words by Andrew Franks feature across a few episodes. 'Sunflower Eclipse over Troia Nova' is Franks' third book from independent Sussex publishers, Soul Bay Press.
It was brilliant to meet Brian Hoggard, who has been researching the archaeology and history of folk magic since 1998. He features in the October 2018 edition and you can find him here