Severn FM - Vinyl Special (20/04/14) :-
The Mystery Train Radio Show Vinyl Special! To co-inside with Record Store Day (19/04) the whole of this program featured nothing but 45's and 33's (oh.... and the odd flexi-disc). The show sounds a little more vintage than usual! Music from Bob Dylan, Joan Armatrading, 2 tracks from the Record Store Day release of 'American Beauty' by Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Sharon Van Etten, The Beach Boys, Ryan Adams, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Johnny Cash and lots more - and Gloucestershire vinyl releases from Edd Donovan and The Wandering Moles and a new Emily Barker release! We also kick-start this Easter/vinyl special with a few tracks that reference trains!
Stroud FM (April 2013 - January - 2014) :-
1) The Mystery Trains look at some of the Best Albums Of 2013 (Pt.1). Originally Broadcast On Stroud FM 29/12/13. Music from David Bowie, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Emily Barker etc - plus we chat/hear music from Mercury Prize nominated singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams - also conversation with a man who's sung with Leonard Cohen, Chris Martin, Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crow in the past - Canadian song-smith Ron Sexsmith. We also hear from fantastic local singer-songwriter Tom Mitchell!
2) The Mystery Trains look at some of the Best Albums Of 2013 (Pt.2). Originally Broadcast On Stroud FM 04/01/14. Music from Arcade Fire, Frank Turner, Laura Mvula, Roy Harper, Goldfrapp, Phildel, Larkin Poe, City and Colour, Johnny Flynn etc - and chat/hear live music from some of the shows guests of last year - Gloucester singer songwriter Russ Poole, Tracey Browne music and Stressechoes. Not forgetting 'Single Of The Year' at the 2013 Liverpool Music Awards - Michael Molloy & Alex Evans with 'Rise & Fall'.
3) Christmas can only mean one thing, it's time for 'The Mystery Train Christmas Special'. More quality festive tunes than Santa has on his iPod! This show is rather special as I've teamed up with American listener, former Disc Jockey and avid Christmas song collector Mark Goodrum. Mark recommended a number of songs I hadn't heard previously - so this program showcases a number of festive tracks he's personally selected... Mark 'talks 'about a few of his favorites too! This program airs music from 1925 bang up to date, all about a special time of year! Christmas cuts are included from Bessie Smith, Coldplay, Dave Edmunds, The Beatles, Otis Redding, Tracey Thorn, Roy Orbison, The Chesterfield Kings, The Ramones, Al Lewis and lots lots more.... including a few festive treats from local based musicians - Ethemia and Tom Mitchell.
4) In this show we air an in-depth conversation with Mercury Prize nominated singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams. Kathryn discusses her 2013 album 'Crown Electric' - one of my favorite records that year! Kathryn talks influences, what it was like to be Mercury Prize nominated, collaborating with Ed Harcourt, recording the new LP and lots more. We then follow that up (in the 2nd hour of the show) with an interview I recorded with Steven Jump (originally back in 2012). Steven was/is well known in music/Bruce Springsteen circles (locally, nationally and internationally) & was joint owner of Badlands Record Store in Cheltenham. Steven sadly passed away shortly before this show was aired. In memory I re-broadcast an interview in which he talked about the then forthcoming Bruce Springsteen LP 'Wrecking Ball'. A chance to hear that conversation in full - and play a number of tracks from this great Boss album! We also play a few songs from bands/songwriters I'm sure Steven would have approved of.
5) Ron Sexsmith in conversation (2013). A show looks at this great songwriters recent album 'Forever Endeavour' - including an interview recorded backstage at Birmingham Town Hall. Ron talks about performing at the iconic London venue The Royal Albert Hall, hanging out with Leonard Cohen, working with lyricist Don Black and all about his more recent albums.
Severn FM (April 2012 - March 2013) :-
1) Ron Sexsmith Special - including an interview recorded in 1999 - in Manchester - re-aired to coincide with the release of his 2013 album 'Forever Endeavour'. Ron talks about his songwriting, some of the songwriters who've influenced him - and all about meeting Sir Paul McCartney. We also air music spanning his career to date.
107.5 CAT FM (late 1998 - March 2000) :-
1) Hour 3 of a highlights show - including interviews with Greg Trooper (talking about working with Buddy Miller and
Emmylou Harris), Grammy nominated songwriter Kim Richey (explains why the music of Steve Earle means so much to her) &
conversation with David Gray (back stage at the 1999 Fleadh Festival). First broadcast 09/01/2000.
Interview Only/Or Interview + Music :-
1) Scottish band Hobotalk in conversation/live session (1999). Marc Pilley, front-man with this group talks about the genesis of a debut album I still consider a favorite today, a long-player called 'Beauty In Madness'. This album went on to become Mercury Prize nominated, but sadly didn't sell in huge numbers. After various line up changes and a couple more releases Hobotalk disbanded in 2008. Here Marc (Ross & Al) talk about the making of a very special debut. This interview is mixed with songs from 'Beauty In Madness', a debut ep called 'Pictures Of Romance' and a few live tracks recorded specially for the program.
2) Brett Whiteley is arguably Australia's most original artist. Though no longer alive - his studio - based in the Surrey Hills, Sydney is a wonderful place to see, explore and absorb! Towards the end of the 90's I got the chance to speak to Jenny Hall about Brett, his artistic life/work and his love of music. Bob Dylan held a press conference in the same building (1986) and Dire Straits used a small portion of Brett's painting 'Alchemy' for the cover of a double live album. This interview is interwoven with music from some of the songwriters Brett most admired. For more info see http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/brett-whiteley-studio/
3)While on a years sabbatical in the South Pacific I interviewed a number of people about various aspects of culture and life. In this interview I talk to Palanni who lives in Hawaii. Food, salt flats, music, dancing and surfing are all talked about - mixed with Hawaiian music and a fabulous Bob Marley song Palanni listens to before taking to the waves!
4) In 1998 I travelled to New Zealand & while there I interviewed that country's biggest Elvis Presley fan - Kevin D Wasley. Kevin has dedicated much of his life celebrating the music of 'The King', collecting memorabilia since 1959! It was a joy to catch up with him in his 'Elvis Presley Memorial Record Room' - a living museum - based in Hawera (in the region of Taranaki). Having never been to Graceland I was determined to find out more about Kevin's amazing collection and about the artist that breathed life into 'Rock N Roll'! Why collect Elvis? What's so special about Graceland? Will your wife kill you if your collection starts creeping into the marital home? Find out more about Kevin and his wondrous museum/collection by visiting - http://elvismuseum.co.nz/
5) While on a years sabbatical in the South Pacific I interviewed a number of people about various aspects of culture and life. In this interview Damien from the Alice Springs Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre teaches me a little about Aboriginal history and instructs me about playing the Didgeridoo! Damion's fabulous Didgeridoo is heard along with few songs from great Australian Aboriginal singer-songwriters (Archie Roach & Frank Yamma) plus Australian songwriting force of nature Paul Kelly. See http://www.aboriginalart.com.au/
6) While on a years sabbatical in the South Pacific I interviewed a number of people about various aspects of culture and life. In this interview I talk to David Pickvance. David was hailed as one of Australia's best new composers when I met him in Brisbane (just don't tell the Australians he's originally from Manchester)! Here David talks about his album 'Tempest', writing music for TV and film - and about how he misses the Yorkshire rain! See Davids wonderful website to discover more! http://www.davidpickvance.com/