Thursday, 1 June 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 1 June

Here's tonight's playlist. I forgot to say that I won't be doing a show next Thursday as I'm involved with some election that's going on.

Karine Polwart - Trust in the Rolling Ocean
Paddy Garrigan & The Stroller Priests - Sea Monsters
Ash Mandrake - Baron Von Petal
Pen & Stu - Far Away From Me (Pirate Queen 2)
The Rails - Jealous Sailor
Wire & Wool - Drunken Sailor
The Beatles - Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite!
Pippa Reid-Foster - The Mermaid Song
Led Zeppelin - The Battle of Evermore
Christa Couture - Pirate Jenny & The Storm
Ash Mandrake - The Purple and Slightly Pink Wizard
The Beatles - Yellow Submarine
Steeleye Span - Dark Eyed Sailor
Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - Sailor's Hornpipe + Erret Hornpipe

Paddy Garrigan & The Stroller Priests play at the Golden Lion pub in Lancaster on Saturday night starting at 9:30pm. Free entry.

The Steampunk festival A Splendid Day Out takes place in Morecambe this weekend. Ash Mandrake will be performing at The Platform on Saturday afternoon. More info at

Friday, 26 May 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 25 May

A rather shorter show last night due to some issues with the software we use to cue up and play our mp3s so I was unable to play a track by Pippa Reid-Foster which had been on the playlist. I will include her in a future show. Next week's show will have a bit of a Steampunk connection as the Morecambe festival A Splendid Day Out is taking place the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of June. But back to last night's show, here's what I was able to play...

The Beatles - Across The Universe (WWF version)
Oka Vanga - Rose of the Hill
Moonlight Gazette - La Folia
Brownie McGhee - The Way I Feel
Geoff Lakeman - The Road Together
Emily Smith - The Earl of Darwin's Farewell
Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Si Beg Si Mor
Richard & Linda Thompson - Night Comes In
Kami Thompson - Oh World
Salt House - Morning Train

The Folk & Acoustic Music Show
Every Thursday at 8pm
On Beyond Radio 103.5FM

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 18 May

Here's tonight Folk & Acoustic Music show playlist

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc - Lorna's Reel
The Waterboys - Raggle Taggle Gypsy
Barbara Dymock - Auld Man
Sandie Shaw - Scarborough Fair
Howden Jones - Sweet Temptation
Connie Kaldor - If You Could Read My Mind
Patsy Reid - Hooray Henry
Cat Stevens - Moonshadow
Rackhouse Pilfer - Shady Grove
MacMaster Hay - Stay With You
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Caroline
Chris While & Julie Matthews - Feel Good List
The Unthanks - Here's the Tender Coming
Madam Tsunami - Long Way From Home
The Alt - The Geese in the Bog / Covering Ground

And if you fancy seeing the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc they're playing at on Saturday

Friday, 12 May 2017

Mental Illness

There is much in the news about mental health, with frequent reminders about about how many of us will suffer from stress-related illnesses and this is the key word - illness. When my anxiety is bad I feel ill. I am on medication but it doesn't help very much and sometimes feels like I'm actually on a placebo as it has so little effect. While there seem to be countless anti-depressants, there are very few options for those of us struggling to control feelings of anxiety and the temptation is to self-medicate with alcohol which of course is not recommended.

I did see my GP earlier in the year and he referred me on to the Mental Health team but the only thing they could offer me, after a telephone appointment, was a series of lectures on stress control. At the end of the last session we were told that we should now have the tools necessary to become our own therapists and we were all discharged from the service. Great. Six lectures where me and a dozen or so others just sat there and listened - there was no interaction, no discussion - and at the end, that's it. You're on your own. 

I do understand that we have to take some responsibility for our own health, be that healthy eating, taking exercise, not drinking too much, but I don't feel qualified to be my own therapist.

So the anxiety gets worse. First thing in the morning I often seem to have thoughts about ending it all but these thoughts pass once I'm up and doing. It's horrible feeling like that, but it's just part of the illness. 

A friend tells me he has had treatment from a hypnotherapist which has helped to control his feelings of anxiety so maybe I'll give that a go. I can't really afford to pay for private treatment but at least it's something else to try.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 11 May

Here's tonight's Beyond Radio playlist
Davy Graham - Homeward Bound
Clare Hastings - Gretna Girls
Ian McNabb - Great Dreams of Heaven
Bonnie Raitt - Dimming of the Day
Rory Gallagher - As The Crow Flies
Janis Ian - Stars
John Waite - Bluebird Cafe
Oysterband w/ June Tabor - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Graham Nash - Cold Rain
Julie Fowlis - Wind and Rain
Miriam Backhouse - Far Away Tom
Amy Duncan - This is the Road
Flook - Flatfish
Those gigs I mentioned are...
John Doyle
Mon 15 May
Storey Institute, Lancaster
Ian McNabb
Sat 27 May
Yorkshire House, Lancaster

The Folk & Acoustic Music Show
Every Thursday at 8pm
On Beyond Radio 103.5FM

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 4 May

Hope you enjoyed tonight's show on Beyond Radio. Here's the playlist -

Show of Hands - No Secrets
Annie Keating - Sunny Dirt Road
Kris Drever - Patrick Spence
Faustus - Temperley Hornpipe
Led Zeppelin - That's The Way
Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough - Rainy Day
Jet and the Wolf - The Sea
Turnstone - Troubled Mind
Moonlight Gazette - Creole Quadrilles
Old Blind Dogs - Sawney Bean
Oysterband - The Oxford Girl
James J Turner - Come With Me
Kim Edgar - Peerie Boy
Richard & Linda Thompson - Morris Medley

There was a father and son connection that I'm sure the serious folk music fans among you will have spotted. Faustus guitarist Benji Kirkpatrick is the son of John who played with Richard & Linda Thompson on their 1975 tour from when the Morris Medley was recorded.

The Folk & Acoustic Music Show
Every Thursday at 8pm
On Beyond Radio 103.5FM

Friday, 28 April 2017

Beyond Radio playlist 27 April

Some notes to accompany last night's Folk & Acoustic Music Show on Beyond Radio. Tune in on Thursdays at 8pm on 103.5FM in the Morecambe Bay area or listen online.

George Harrison - My Sweet Lord (demo)

From the 2001 album 'Early Takes Vol 1' this recording features Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus Voormann on bass.

Eleanor Bennett & Matt Appleton - Impossible Flame

A song written by Paul Walmsley for the film Tapestry

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbours - Mama’s Sunshine, Daddy’s Rain

A track from 'Souvenir', the new release by Drew and his band which is described as "a highly-collaborative album that finds Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors focusing on the things that truly stick with you, including family and friends, music and memories, people and places, in a fast-moving world."

Birds of Chicago - Sans Souci

Some Cajun influences on this number from Birds of Chicago's self titled 2013 album. Sans Souci includes harmony vocals from Awna Teixeira.

Moonlight Gazette - Souk

Andy Hornby and Howard Haigh have just released this album of instrumental pieces with flavours of music from around the world including Flamenco, Latino, Middle Eastern, blues and folk music. You can download the album from

Tom Waits - (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night

The title track from Tom's 1974 album, this song was supposedly written as a tribute to Jack Kerouac - well, that's what it says on Wikipedia so it must be true!

Cara Dillon - She's Like The Swallow

A traditional number from Cara's debut 2001 solo album which won her two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She is married to Sam Lakeman who plays keyboards and guitar on her albums as well as producing them, versatile chap that he is. I have seen her a number of times in concert including a couple of gigs at the Platform in Morecambe but sadly on her last visit their tour bus was vandalised. She hasn't been back since and prefers to play in Kendal. Their gain is our loss.

Michael Chapman - Rockport Sunday

Celebrating 50 years in the music business and having recently made an appearance on Later with Jools Holland I thought I'd play one of my favourite instrumental pieces by Michael, this one from his album 'Sweet Powder'.

Nick Keir - Norman's Dram

Nick was a well-known figure on the Edinburgh folk scene for many years and was a member of The McCalmans. Sadly he was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and died the following year. This song is from his final album which was titled 'The Edge of Night'.

The Be Good Tanyas - When Doves Cry

According to Wikipedia the Tanyas are still active but haven't released any new material since 2006. This, as you probably guessed, is a cover of the song by Prince.

Megson - The Handloom Weaver & The Factory Maid

Stu and Debbie Hannah are Megson and this is a lively version of the trad folk song about a weaver & a factory maid. The lyrics include the lines "My father to me scornful said, How could you fancy a factory maid?" You get the idea what it's about.

Rab Noakes & Barbara Dickson - Que Sera Sera

Another couple of musicians who, like Mr Chapman, have been around since the late 60s. As well as releasing a fair few albums over the years, Rab has also worked as senior producer for music programmes on BBC Radio Scotland and after doing that he ran his own production company. This song is from 2014's 'Reunited' with his old pal Barbara Dickson.

Pierre Bensusan - Fetish

Some fine guitar playing from Pierre Bensusan is finish off the show. He was accompanied on this track by Didier Malherbe who is probably best know for being a member of space rock band Gong back in the 1970s when they released such classic albums as 'Camembert Electrique' and 'Flying Teapot'. Fetish is from Bensusan's 2009 compilation cd 'A La Carte'.