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Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer in session

57 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 27 February 2013

Mark Radcliffe presents Radio 2's new folk and acoustic show, live from Salford Quays.

This week, Mark is joined by American duo Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer for a live session. Anaïs, from Vermont, released one of the best-received albums of last year: Young Man in America. Her song 'Tailor', from that album, was nominated in the Best Original Song category of the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Singer and guitarist Jefferson Hamer appeared on Young Man in America but the pair have since formed a formal duo to record a new record called Child Ballads. As the title suggests, all of the tracks on the album are traditional songs from the collection of Francis James Child.

Months before its release, Child Ballads has created a buzz of anticipation among critics and fans, and as Anaïs and Jefferson visit the UK for a tour, Mark welcomes them to the BBC's Salford studios for a live session.

The new Radio 2 Folk Show sees Mark explore the wide and wonderful range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the world, with regular interviews and live sessions from folk's finest performers.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Thea Gilmore

    Thea Gilmore London

    Don’t Stop Singing, Island

  • Image for Moulettes

    Moulettes Songbird

    The Bear’s Revenge, Balling The Jack

  • Image for Bert Jansch & Peter Kirtley

    Bert Jansch & Peter Kirtley The Parting

  • Image for Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer

    Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer Clyde Waters

    Live performance

  • Image for Jamie Smith's Mabon

    Jamie Smith's Mabon The Gordano Ranter

    Windblown, Easy On The Records

  • Image for Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer

    Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer Geordie

    Live performance

  • Image for Anais Mitchel & Jefferson Hamer

    Anais Mitchel & Jefferson Hamer Tam Lin

    Live performance

  • Image for Kathryn Tickell

    Kathryn Tickell Will Atkinson

    Northumbrian Voices, Park Records


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