Welcome from matthew bannister

Welcome to Folk on Foot, the award winning podcast that brings together my three passions - folk music, walking and telling stories in sound. Many of the UK’s top folk artists have walked, talked, played and sung with us in spectacular locations ranging from mountain tops to remote white sand beaches and from a disused brick factory near Sheffield to a Sussex wood in the middle of the night. We have captured the sounds of the natural world: curlews circling overhead, waves crashing on the shore, rivers burbling under bridges, campfires crackling and above all feet tramping through all kinds of terrain. And the music takes on a new power when you hear it performed in the places that inspired it.


On this website you can listen to our extraordinary episodes, watch our atmospheric films and sign up for our newsletter so you’ll be the first to hear the latest info about Folk on Foot. You could even become a patron - paying a small amount each month to support us. 

We hope you enjoy listening to Folk on Foot as much as we love making it.


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.



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.

Executive Producer


 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.


Natalie Steed

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