“Transportive and restorative….(it) feeds your soul.” NME.com  

“Immaculately produced.” The Times

“The music is transcendent, the sense of place transporting.” The Telegraph

Folk on Foot was launched by the broadcaster and former BBC executive Matthew Bannister in August 2018, bringing together his three passions: folk music, walking and telling stories in sound. In its first year the podcast was nominated for four major awards and won two of them:


2019 British Podcast Awards: Best Arts and Culture: Silver Winner

2019 Audio Production Awards: Best Music Producer: Natalie Steed: Gold Winner

2019 Audio Production Awards: Best Music Presenter: Matthew Bannister: Nominee

2020: ARIA Awards: Best Independent Podcast: Nominee.


In each episode Matthew walks with a leading folk artist in the landscape that has inspired their music and they sing and play on location. The list of artists taking part reads like a Who’s Who of the contemporary folk scene and the locations are often spectacular, ranging from mountain tops to remote white sand beaches and from a disused brick factory on the outskirts of Sheffield to a Sussex wood in the middle of the night. We also hear the sounds of the natural world: curlews circling overhead, waves crashing on the shore, campfires crackling and rivers burbling under bridges.


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But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Charlotte Runcie said about Folk on Foot in the Telegraph:

The Team



I’ve presented loads of different radio programmes, but I’ve never felt so passionate as I do about Folk on Foot. Ever since I was a teenage fiddle player touring the folk clubs around Sheffield I’ve loved the music that springs from the folk tradition. And ever since my Mum and Dad made me climb Mount Snowdon when I was a 12 year old wearing Start Rite sandals, I’ve loved walking. Add in a curiosity about people, the natural world and history and you’ll see why I came up with the idea of Folk on Foot. I’ve been aided and abetted by some of the best in the business - read about them below.


Executive Producer

I’m an audio producer and worked at Radio 4  across programmes including Today, PM, Open Book, Front Row, The Film Programme and The Verb. Recently I’ve made a series for the network about the vibrant world of new, young poets and a documentary about how we can equip our kids to beat the robots to the best jobs in the future. I’m also a trustee of the diverse writers development agency Spread the Word and a co-director of “SMASHfestUK” where we create a narrative festival to bring new audiences to STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Maths). I love walking by the sea, especially the cliff paths in Cornwall where I remember walking with my grandparents, hearing their stories of wild travel and extraordinary places.

Natalie Steed


 I'm an audio producer and my recent work for Radio 4 includes a series about singing together, A Choral History of Britain, a sound rich version of Cynan Jones' Wintertide, and A Vision on Peckham Rye about William Blake's childhood vision of angels. I've made an original podcast series about Langland's Piers Plowman, Fair Field, in collaboration with Penned in the Margins and The Guardian, and an LGBTQ tour of the British Museum with Fiona Shaw and Simon Russell Beale. I often walk through the woods of Dulwich and Sydenham in South London. I love it for the sudden plunge beyond the South London everyday alongside the wildlife, you can catch the traces and the stories of the people who've been there before.

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