Don't get me wrong here, I love the BBC and it is a Great British institution. It has taken a beating in 2012, for a number of reasons. It also made a misjudgement of a less sensational kind that, while it did not make headlines around the globe, certainly annoyed some of its followers.
I refer, specifically, to the axing of Mike Harding's Folk Show on Radio 2. He had built it from a mere niche curiosity that filled some airwaves to the point where it had an audience that would have seemed quite improbable. Maybe that was the problem...
He has done what anyone might do in such circumstances. The first entirely free-of-all-influence version goes live at 17:00 UST (in less than 20 minutes time) here, assuming Sputnik and the aerial made from a coat-hanger both work as they should. Heady days.
Indeed it is. It may have arrived slightly late but here it is - the very first independent Mike Harding Folk Show! The rest of the site seems to be working as intended too - its a spoiler but this is the playlist, much debated, so just go listen:
01 DOON REEL – FRANKIE LAINE
02 THE RAMBLING SIULER – THE MIGHTY DOONANS
03 MUIREEN NIC AMHLAOIBH – BO NA LEATHDHAIRCE
04 HERE’S THE TENDER COMING – DAVE BURLAND
05 SHOVE THE PIGS FOOT – BRUCE MOLSKY
06 WIND AND RAIN – THE BE GOOD TANYAS
07 WINE AND ROSES – HEIDI TALBOT
08 GENTLEMAN JACK – O’HOOLEY AND TIDOW
09 BYKER HILL – JED GRIMES
10 BONNY SHIP THE DIAMOND – A L LLOYD
11 JACOB’S LADDER – CHUMBAWUMBA
12 THE MONTH OF JANUARY – MARY DILLON
13 WORKING AT CHRISTMAS – PAUL BRADY
14 LE SOUHAIT – LE VENT DU NORD
15 NO GODS AND PRECIOUS FEW HEROES – GAUGHAN
16 BABY WANTS TO BOOGIE – HANS THEESINK
17 DOON REEL – FRANKIE LAINE
I'm getting the idea that this might be something more than it seems. With the inclusion of 'Wind and Rain' - Be Good Tanyas it is hard to conclude otherwise in the current situation.
Just in case you didn't hang on long enough to record this event, I did. If that were to prove a disappointment then I'd have felt it. I'm listening to it again now...