The world has moved onto a digital platform and the Invisible Folk Club is attempting to build a folk club on the Internet. Our vision is be able to dial into a folk club from anywhere and to broadcast our folk club globally. A virtual folk club, a digital folk club, an invisible folk club. We are not there yet but we’re moving in the right direction.
We reserve the right to try things but understand they will not always work. We take responsibility for that, it is our show and we make our own decisions. We will continue to make podcasts (all available free) and radio shows. We will continue to shake hands and occasionally tread on toes, we will offer our comrades as big a platform as we can whilst blowing our own trumpet. Come with us, we think you’ll enjoy the ride.
We love people for whom the music really matters, those who channel passion, energy and commitment into their art. It doesn’t matter where the songs come from, they can be self-composed or traditional. We also like people who interpret the compositions of others in their own unique way.
We don’t care if you’re unknown, already creating waves, or even famous. We’ve had lots of talent through the door already. If you have the spark maybe we’ll invite you along for a session.
We’ve had lots of talent through the door already. Egos are parked outside, everybody is treated the same. We do not record in a ‘proper’ studio, we simply set up the recording device in a terraced cottage in rural south east England and off we go. It is literally a cottage industry!
Who are we?
Jon Bickley (right) and Steve Yarwood first met in February 2016 through mutual musical friends. In late 2016 they decided to share their musical enthusiasm with the rest of the world and the Invisible Folk Club was created. History is made by those who turn up!
Jon is a singer, songwriter and poet. He has released a number of albums, both solo and in collaboration. He is the former singer and writer for prog/folk band Pagan Harvest whose musical vision was dark folk on an epic scale.
Jon went to London South Bank University and Queen Mary (University of London) as a mature student to study literature. Having lived in London most of his life he decided to forsake city dwelling for a small town in the green belt of Buckinghamshire.
Steve is the Invisible Folk Club producer and also manages the social media and broadcasting platforms.
After leaving university in 1980 he began a 36 year career with BT that began in engineering and ended in Finance. Next stop Invisible Folk Club.
In the 80s outside office hours Steve was involved in band management as well as being a DJ playing gigs at colleges, pubs, parties etc. By the 90s he was writing articles for specialist music fanzines and through these connections was able to interview some interesting (if often obscure) musicians.
Steve lives in rural north Bedfordshire and is one of the ‘bouncing bass boys’ in Sharnbrook Community Choir , proud winners in their classification at the 2018 Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech & Drama.