Radio


If you have a radio project that you'd like to talk about, contact me.

Current work


I like to tell stories. It's what the blog is all about. I'm now doing radio work for the simple pleasure of producing shows featuring great local talent. Currently, these air at Brum Radio and are available on listen again. Click any show link on this page to go to the show on Mixcloud. 


Muso Takeover
Musicians turn DJ! Local musicians talk - passionately - about their favourite music. It's always interesting, frequently a compelling listen. Some shows are in interview format, others are hosted by the musicians themselves. 

Namiwa Jazz
John Caswell

Call Me Unique
Horace Panter (The Specials)
Pete Williams Part 1 and Part 2

Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff)
Chris Tye
Bob and Toby Wilson
The Traps
Brian Travers (UB40)

Ryan Webb (Rhino and the Ranters)
Ruby Turner
Lydia Glanville (Boat To Row)
Vix (Fuzzbox)

Terry and Gerry


Live and Local
Exactly what it says on the tin. Live shows, recorded locally. These shows feature West Midlands musicians playing live across the region. Acts range from up and coming to established names. 

Mahalia playing her first Brum headliner at Glee Club, July 2016
Steve Ajao Blues Giants at Tenbury Wells Festival June 2016

Bentley Rhythm Ace with their standout hit live set at Lunar Festival 2016
Kim Lowings headlining Showcase night (a solo set) at the Blue Piano
Dan Whitehouse at Newhampton Arts Centre Wolverhampton
Hannah Brown headlining at the Hare and Hounds
Ed Geater EP launch night at the Sunflower Lounge
Brum Radio Launch pt 2  Terry and Gerry
Brum Radio Launch pt 1  ViX and her MsChiefs, Bank Accounts, Anthony Price

Trevor Burton   Powerhouse rock from a founder member of The Move
Tom Walker Trio   Blues from a great young guitarist and a killer rhythm section. 
Mellow Peaches   Acoustic Americana from two genius guitarists
Chris Cleverley     A fine new folk talent debuting his new album
Steelin the Blues  Veterans Steve Ajao and Stewart Johnson
Ricky Cool and the In Crowd   Very fiiiine 60s R and B and Ska grooves
Acoustic Night at the Jamhouse   New talent at one of Brum's finest venues. Well worth exploring.



Big Wheels
West Midlands music professionals, interviewed. Terrific stories.
Gavin Monaghan of Magic Garden Studios
Cally Callomon: the man who sparked fresh interest in the music of Nick Drake
Joe Broughton runs UFQ, The Folk Ensemble, and a lot more. Amazing fiddle player
John Fell of Lunar, Moseley Folk and Mostly Jazz festivals (and Good Night Lenin)
Steve Broughton Lunt part 1 and part 2  A 70s hero in City Boy; now NYC power player. 
Rob Bruce
of the legendary Rich Bitch Studios. Everyone recorded or rehearsed there.
Matt Beck and Tom Hopkins of Birmingham Indie promoters This is Tmrw

Tom Hyland of Swingamajig and Electric Swing Circus
Dave Travis of the legendary Click Club at Burberries
Adam Regan part 1 and part 2  The owner of the UK's best small venue, Birmingham's Hare and Hounds, and a veteran live DJ in his own right.
John Mostyn  Manager of fine bands; he ran Highbury Studio; 40 years in the biz

Roy and Jaci Davis Lovely stuff from the MadHouse team. 30 years plus in the biz.
Roy Williams part 1  and part 2 All about JB's Dudley and a certain Mr Plant



In The Studio
Recorded in a music studio - not a radio studio - musicians talk and play, live. A relaxed and intimate portrait of musicianship, this show aims to be much more than a straight interview with live songs. At its best, it's a unique portrait of musicians and their musicianship. 

Steve Gibbons with John Caswell
Steve Ajao with Adrian Wakelin
David Campbell

Catherine Howe and Vo Fletcher
Kris Halpin Music, politics and the mi.mu gloves




Live on-air work 
Quite rare nowadays. I was privileged to be part of Paul Murphy's team for the last years of his Songwriters Cafe concerts.  Here is a short personal tribute, presented live on Brum Radio on Friday 29 January 2016, the day his family announced his passing.  

 





Earlier work


Handsworth Evolution
Produced in 2010 for Birmingham Music Heritage, and first broadcast on BBC WM as well as a number of community stations, this Sony Awards-nominated documentary celebrates the great Birmingham musicians who launched British Reggae in the 70s and 80s. With interviews with Andy Hamilton, Muff Winwood, Robin Cambell, Rankin Roger, Ruby Turner, Apache Indian, Basil Gabbidon and many more. 

In 2013, this programme was picked up for broadcast by PBS radio in the USA, and in 2015, by Radio New Zealand.

Follow
this link to listen. 


The Songwriter's Cafe
Up until 2014, a yearly summer season of shows was hosted by Paul Murphy - see above - in a secret venue. It showcased singer-songwriter talent new and old to invited audiences in a magical setting. This show, and subsequent Songwriters Cafe shows, went out on community radio, on Radio To Go and Paul Murphy's websites, to great acclaim.

Follow this link to listen to the first programme, and find later programmes in the series.




All of the above are available to radio. Contact me for details.

 

Robin Valk at Radio To Go 2016

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