Joe Boyd‘s A-Z

“My new treasure” Miranda Sawyer, The Observer

Subscribe and/or download the podcast via iTunes. A-Z is now published every two weeks.
The next episode will publish at noon UK time on May 13th


Letter AA is here!

Letter AA is now available to download here and will be added to this site very soon…

V&A Friday Late Special

Dear Mailing List Londoners and Thames Estuary denizens can find me this Friday evening (Feb 26) at the Victoria & Albert Museum. It’s one of their Friday Late Specials – this month’s theme is Radio. I’m going to ‘perform’ a few elongated versions of the A-Z podcast. Admission is free, it starts at 6:30 and […]

With Cerys Matthews on the World Service

Dear Mailing List, Let’s hear it for Cerys Matthews! She sweeps all before her as champion radio presenter. And to prove what good taste she has, she did an hour-long programme with me, playing records and talking Sixties, for the World Service. For those of you who haven’t heard enough of me lately, it’s on […]

English Folk Music

Happy New Year! The A-Z podcasts are back after a fortnight’s hiatus with “T”. Easy as pie at – click on a letter and the ten-minute podcast plays.   * * *   As a teenager, I was horrified by the idea of white blues singers, but modified that view when I heard my […]

“A Poem Is A Naked Person” and the English Folk Expo

If any of you are near Bristol, England this Monday (November 2) evening – come along to the Institute of Art and Ideas where I’m giving a talk and answering questions. It starts early, at 6pm, which is appropriate for the now-geriatric era which is the subject of the event, “The Sixties”! The location is […]

Jonah, American Epic Session and Les Blank

Due to a glitch on our end, all those email raves about the “Joe Boyd’s A-Z” podcast seem to have bounced back! The problem has been sorted now, so feel free to lob bouquets or brickbats by hitting “reply” to the newsletter. Letter J has just gone up, filled with the “great, thick blubbery rugs” […]


It took a few weeks but JOE BOYD’S A-Z is now available as a podcast on iTunes. I have seven letters up, so you can listen for over an hour! (10 minutes each) Tell your friends, tweet them, facebook them, start a virus…. (If you like it, that is.) Just go to your iTunes store […]

Joe’s new A – Z Podcast!

Last month saw the launch of my podcast, “Joe Boyd’s A-Z”. Each weekly 10-minute episode starts with a track from my collection, which serves as a doorway to talk about memorable recording sessions I’ve been involved in, or to my favourite albums, or to curious histories and remarkable personalities. I’ve spent the last year and […]

My Albanian adventures

  I have been hiding my head in shame for the past month after committing an apostrophe-crime in the editor’s letter I shared with you, right after the other rant about bad grammar!  Thank you to all the sticklers who pointed this out. A somewhat shorter version of the following account of my Albanian adventures […]

My Career As Village Crank

My career as village crank, banging out letters to the editor, is on the upswing! Two letters published in the past three weeks! One in the Guardian, one in the International New York Times. They trimmed them a bit, so I’ll let you read them as nature, well me anyway, intended: To the Guardian: Sirs, […]

Upcoming Events:

June 11 2016 – Festival of Voice

Reardon Smith Theatre

Olivia Chaney joins Joe for an evening of music and stories at the Festival of Voice in Cardiff, Wales

May 12 2016 – Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake

Birmingham Symphony Hall

The Songs of Nick Drake performed by Vashti Bunyan, Green Gartside, Sam Beam, Glen Hansard, Sam Lee, Olivia Chaney and Kami Thompson and James Walbourne (The Rails).   For details and tickets visit Birmingham Symphony Hall.      

Recent Events:

February 26 2016 – V&A Friday Late

V&A Museum

This Friday evening (Feb 26)  the Victoria & Albert Museum will be holding one of their Friday Late Specials – this month’s theme is Radio. Joe will ‘perform’ a few elongated versions of the A-Z podcast. Admission is free, it starts at 6:30 and goes until 10. He’ll be in a room near the ‘ethical’ […]

November 2 2015 – Institute of Art and Ideas – Bristol

Joe will be giving a talk and answering questions at “The Sixties” event at the Institute of Art and Ideas which starts at 6pm. 15 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HB tel: 0117 921 0455.

May 29 2015 – Chinese White Bicycles

The How The Light gets In festival will also include a performance of “Chinese White Bicycles: Live and Direct from 1967 with Joe Boyd and Robyn Hitchcock” on Friday, May 29 at 4.30pm.