Ben Hudson presents the Folk Programme on Hive Radio. It is broadcast live on Saturday between 10.00 and 11.00 am and then repeated the following week. He tries to play the music that he listens to himself. This sounds a little self-indulgent but it’s his programme! He is hoping that the music he plays will have the same effect on listeners that it has on him. It has always inspired him and influenced him as a musician. He plays quite an eclectic mix as he not only enjoys traditional music from around the world, but also cross-over music where different genres are mixed together. Apart from folk music he also listens to a lot of electronic; American acoustic music and punk and post punk; however he will save these for another show.
His influences as he grew up were the usual rock and progressive rock bands of the 60s and 70s. In his teens the most amazing and exciting concert he went to featured Genesis, Audience and Van Der Graaf Generator. However in 1975 he saw the Bothy Band in Newcastle and his whole musical life changed. He has been a huge fan of Irish and Scottish traditional music ever since (although he still loves Peter Gabriel era Genesis).