Lewis Harrower

Fife audio producer’s ‘Pilgrimage For a Pint’ to air Christmas Eve

Tuesday 19 December 2023

If you tune in to BBC Radio 4 at 4:30pm this Christmas Eve (Sunday 24th December) you will hear the work of local audio producer Lewis Harrower. Having started off his studies in Radio at Fife College, Lewis went on to achieve an MA in Radio Production. Now he has worked with Soundscape Productions on this fun and upbeat documentary. The piece features presenters Julie Fowlis and Karine Polwart alongside other Scottish musicians and poets.

The documentary titled ‘Pilgrimage for a Pint’ follows Julie and Karine as well as famous folk musicians Iain MacFarlane and Ingrid Henderson. Poets Sarah Grant and Doug Wilson Garry also join the journey to the most remote pub in mainland Britain. The pub, named ‘The Old Forge’ is in the village of Inverie in Knoydart on the west coast of Scotland. The village is only accessible by walking at least 15 miles or a 7 mile sail from Mallaig.

Not only are the musicians and poets challenged to make it to Inverie, the musicians are composing a song and the poets writing poetry along the way. Inspired by the journey and the people in the community they meet along the way, they will then perform their finished pieces in the packed pub.

“It’s been a very special and unique year for me” said Lewis, “I am very proud of this piece I have produced for BBC Radio 4. I have loved having the opportunity to get so many talented people involved and visit such a special place. I am excited for people to hear ‘Pilgrimage for a Pint’.”

As well as the documentary on BBC Radio 4, you will be able to hear the full music session from the pub and hear more from Julie and Karine on The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2 at 9pm on Wednesday 20th December.

Lewis also started his own business earlier this year called Time Capsule Productions. He makes personalised audio documentaries or ‘Audio Time Capsules’ documenting the lives of the people you love. It is a gift that you can share with family and friends and pass down the generations, keeping voices and memories of loved ones alive.

Lewis said: “Producing audio documentaries is my passion and whether it is producing an Audio Time Capsule for a client or a documentary for BBC Radio 4 I treat them with the same care and attention. Every story told is important and deserves to sound special”.