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Mark Radcliffe pauses radio work to do things he wants to do

Mark Radcliffe told his BBC Radio 2 listeners that he’s decided to take April and May off so he has time to do some things he wants to while he can.

Sharing the news with his Folk Show last night, Mark also announced that Shaun Keaveny will take over the reigns of the show while he’s away.

Mark said: “Having been on the radio since the late industrial revolution I’ve decided to have a bit of time off. I’m getting on a bit now, and there are some things I want to do whilst I’m still (relatively) fit and active. So, I’ll be taking April and May off, if that’s alright with you lot.

“Shaun Keaveny will mind the Radio 2 Folk Show in my absence. This break has nothing to do with the health problems I’ve had over the last few years. I am clear of cancer and feeling great, so please don’t read anything sinister into it. I’m just going to do some stuff I want to do, and I’ll be back in early June. Whether you want me or not! À bientôt.”

Shaun commented: “It’s a big honour for me to clasp the clammy baton of The Folk Show and hold the fort (I won’t have any hands left to work the faders) while Mark is away.

“I’m a big fan of so many of the artists Mark plays on the show, and I hope to bring my own unique brand of affable befuddlement to what is a broadcasting institution. I’ll make sure I bring my capo to the studio just in (guitar) case.”

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