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Mick Peat and Lester Simpson

Folkwaves' Mick Peat and Lester Simpson


Enjoy two hours of the best in Folk music from Derbyshire, the East Midlands and around the world - every Monday evening, with Mick Peat and Lester Simpson.

Folkwaves is Derbyshire's, and the East Midlands', premier folk programme and brings you the very best of local, national and international folk music.

Combining their many years of experience performing the music they love, Mick and Lester aim to play a variety of material to please even the discerning listener.

The pair are committed to raising the profile of folk music, cherishing the tradition and nurturing new talent.

All this, plus news of live events across the East Midlands and beyond, make Folkwaves a unique and unmissable two hours.

Hear the programme 'live'

To listen, use the link on the right of this page. You need to have RealPlayer installed on your PC.

Folkwaves is broadcast on Mondays, 1900 - 2100 GMT (1800 - 2000 GMT during UK daylight saving time)

Listen Again

The programme is also available to hear again, via the BBC iPlayer, for up to seven days after broadcast. Use the 'Listen Again' link on the right to enjoy the most recent programme.

Mick Peat

Mick is a professional musician, actor and presenter.

As a musician, Mick plays guitar and melodeon, specialising in traditional folk music and has been a trad. music devotee for more than 30 years.

He is a founder member of the Derbyshire band Ripley Wayfarers and still plays with the ceilidh band Rogues Gallery.

Mick is also an experienced country-dance caller, directing and teaching dances - some of which date back to the 16th Century.

He has been co-director of the Amber Folk Festival and Dance Director for Whitby Folk Festival and organises the Festival of the Peak in Derbyshire.

As an actor, his film appearances include DH Lawrence's "The Rainbow", "Skallagrig", and as a court official in the film about Queen Elizabeth I, "Elizabeth".

TV appearances include "Dalziel and Pascoe" and as a choreographer and Sue Johnston's Dancing partner in "My Uncle Silas".

Stage appearances include "The Mysteries" at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and the lead role of Ted Mellor in "By The Baseball Ground" at Derby Playhouse.

Mick's interests and hobbies include the countryside, vintage cars and, yes, you've guessed it, listening to new folk music from the British Isles and beyond!

Lester Simpson

Lester is a singer, songwriter, actor, musician and broadcaster. He works with the internationally acclaimed a cappella trio Coope, Boys and Simpson and has recorded numerous CDs with the trio and other artists, working in Europe, America and New Zealand.

His work in film and theatre includes a period with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre, London.

Lester has written commissioned work for Flanders Fields Museum, Belgium, Kershaw Comes Home (BBC Radio 1), Peace Concerts (Passendale) The Belper Suite (Belper Millennium celebrations) and March of Time for Wellingborough Council.

He also performs as a soloist.

"Some of the best songwriting in Britain" - Andy Kershaw, BBC Radio 1.

"Shed-loads of talent" Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2.

"Lester Simpson is pitch-perfect... I salute him." - Living Tradition.

last updated: 22/05/2009 at 14:47
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