It has no doubt come to the attention of Garden Sessions fans that we have not been broadcasting for some time, and that we have been relatively quiet about the situation. We have been in discussion for several months and have, regretfully, come to the difficult decision that The Garden Sessions has run its natural course.
There are a great many reasons why we have come to this conclusion, but namely an ongoing lack of funds which saw the project becoming increasingly reliant on the financial input of its members. We regret the fact that we were unable to broadcast an official “farewell show” - but the technical set-backs we experienced in late 2009 brought about a series of associated problems which made such plans impossible.
As a project, the Garden Sessions was often stuck between a rock and a hard place: between a mainstream media who were ambivalent, and ingrained attitudes from certain areas of the folk scene, which at points viewed what we were trying to do with an element of suspicion. Often this was down to simple misunderstandings, but there was a definite sense that, as an innovation, in-depth, accessible folk journalism was not wanted.
On the other hand, there were countless individuals who welcomed us with open arms, and understood the value of what we were attempting to do. We will be eternally grateful to those people and are deeply privileged to have met them, and
in some small way, helped them to promote their music.
It is impossible to compile a list of all those who have helped us along the way, but some of particular note are, Eberhard "Paddy" Bort, Martin Boland, Alan Hunter, Andrea Meneghini, Heather Mackenzie, Claire Morrow, Allan McMillan, the Holmes family, Aaron Jones, The Paul McKenna Band, Carolyn Anona Scott, Scott Gardiner, Chris Wright, Karine Polwart, Sarah McFadyen, Mairi Kidd, Rona Wilkie, Beth Frieden, Tom, Jane and Penny of Tanteerie, Hannah Reade, Tim Thomas, Neil Thomson, Tom Pickles, Roberta Pia, Callum Wood, Anna MacDonald, Sophie Ter Schure, Jon MacDonald, Ewan McDonald, Kirsty Jaqueline Lingard, Adam Bradshaw, Bob Lothian, Sinead Connolly, Robin Mair, Hailey Beavis, Phil Snell, Gemma Noble, Jed Millroy, Cassandra Steele, Brian McNeil, Ian, Phyllis and the Reverend Richard Burkitt… This list not only represents a party that we would kill to attend, but also a group of people who gave generously of their time and talent to assist in the creation of over three years worth of coverage.
Although the demise of the Garden Sessions is deeply regretted, we have managed to leave a wealth of content in the form of our archived audio section. What will remain though are two excellent new shows, produced by the most qualified folkies you could ask for: Chris Wright & Scott Gardiner's 'Norlan Wind' and Sarah McFadyen's 'Raw Tunes Radio'. We sincerely hope that the rest will remain as a resource for folk fans and musicians for years to come, perhaps in the way that recordings from the folk revival of the sixties are. At the end of the day the legacy of the Garden Sessions will be left to posterity, and we are all safe in the knowledge that it served the traditional music scene well in its time, and that it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
We would hope that during the Garden Sessions' lifespan, we turned a few people on to one of the finest and (sadly) most underrated music scenes in the world, where they may otherwise have known nothing of it.