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Category: Episodes

Protest Music and the Songs of the Working People

In episode three we honour the music of social protest movements and the songs of trade unions. From the Industrial Revolution and the American Civil War through to the Civil Rights Movement and contemporary anti-racist protest groups, music has been a tool for storytellers and activists to make themselves heard and inspire others.

From NWA to Billy Bragg, songs of protest and social upheaval have changed the world.

No Depression: An American Country Folk Story

In episode two of the Abstract Groove podcast we discuss the scene of the late 20th century; giving a nod to No Depression magazine that helped it flourish, and highlight some transformative American roots, folk and country music.

Tracklist: Carter Family – No Depression in Heaven / Uncle Tupelo – No Depression / Sun Volt – Down / Wilco – Hell is Chrome / Whiskeytown – Houses on the Hill / Ryan Adams – I See Monsters / Gillian Welch – The Devil had a Hold of Me / Townes Van Zandt – Pancho and Lefty

Nordic Minimalism

In this episode our focus is on minimalist classical and jazz music from Iceland, Sweden and Norway.

Tracklist: Johann Johannsson – Good Night, Day / Nils Frahm – My Friend the Forest / Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwartz & Dan Berglund – Valiant / Tonbruket – The Wind and the Leaves / E.S.T. – Behind the Stars / Jan Garbarek – Krusning / Espen Eriksen Trio – Could it be Magic / Susanna – Perfect Day



Abstract Groove is a show exploring an eclectic range of musical topics. Hosted by Simon Webbon, each episode focuses on a single place, time, instrument, musical movement or style, with a few songs thrown in amongst the chatter.

Coming to iTunes and your favourite podcast apps later in Spring 2018. Don’t forget to subscribe!