Monday, 26 November 2012

The Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist 26 Nov

Ottersgear - Quest For Rest
Pilgrim's Way - A Pilgrim's Way
Pilgrim's Way - Framus / Jig Iolo
Jamie Smith's Mabon - Caru Pum Merch
Chas Ambler - Borders of Love
Kim Edgar - Blood, Ice & Ashes
Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Two Constant Lovers
Ottersgear - Walking With You
Iain Morrison - Dream of the Bear
Asewar (Relic) - Kuh (Mountain)

Ottersgear - new album "The Quest For Rest"
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They are playing at the final ECP Promotions gig at The Yorkshire House in Lancaster Friday 7th December with King Twit + Sootytern

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist 19 Nov

Here's the playlist from last night's Folk & Acoustic Music show. If you are interested in coming along to the ECP Promotions all-dayer in Lancaster this coming Saturday see this web page for ticket info

James J Turner - How Could We Be Wrong
The Coaltown Daisies - It's Better This Way
The Balkanics - Bucimis
Idiot Johnson - Happiness
The Cadbury Sisters - Barefoot
Emily Smith - Butterfly
The Existence of Harvey Lord - Dead Hen
Paul Levy - On The Hill
Sarah MacDougall - It's my Place! (and I want it!)
Juey - Holding On For You
Marc Nellis - The Silence in an Empty Room
Stephen Hudson - Golden Promises
Ade Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds - Whole Wide World
Nordic Fiddlers Bloc - Jenna Reid Of Quarff

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9pm on Monday at

Sunday, 18 November 2012

This Monday's show

A bumper edition of the Folk & Acoustic Music show this week with a total of 14 tracks, a few of which are by some of those appearing at the all-dayer gig in Lancaster this coming Saturday the 24th. For details of the line-up and tickets go to :

Other than that there'll be songs and tunes by James J Turner, The Coaltown Daisies, The Cadbury Sisters, Emily Smith, Sarah MacDougall, Juey, Ade Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds and The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc.

9pm on Monday at

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Here are the Cadbury Sisters with their lovely vocal harmonies...

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist 12 Nov

Here's the playlist from last night's show. If you want more info on Lazibyrd they are on Reverbnation and their interviewer Fanny Hatstand has her own web site -

Kate Rusby - Elfin Knight (intro)
John Wheeler - Deeper In Debt
Al Scorch & the Country Soul Ensemble - Miss Rosie
Catherine MacLellan - Black Crow
Cam Penner - Gypsy Women
Michele Stodart - In Between
Terry Callier - Occasional Rain
Lazibyrd - Chattering Monkeys
Lazibyrd - interview
Lazibyrd - I'm Alright Jack
Arthur Wilson - That's The Way It Will Always Be
Didi Bergman - Blame It On The Day
Anais Mitchell - Our Lady Of The Underground
Neil Young - Already One

Next week's show will feature some of those appearing at the ECP Promotions all-dayer gig at the Park Hotel in Lancaster on Saturday the 24th of November including Idiot Johnson, Stephen Hudson & The Fiat Pandas, Paul Levy and Harvey Lord. More details on the Facebook page.

Idiot Johnson with a track from his last EP, Girl On a Train...

Monday, 12 November 2012

On tonight's show

Some mostly American sounds for you on the Folk & Acoustic Music show tonight at 9pm plus two tracks and an interview with the group Lazibyrd. The interview was conducted by Fanny Hatstand (probably not her real name).

The show kicks off with the new single by Hayseed Dixie frontman John "Barley Scotch" Wheeler and will be followed by Al Scorch & the Country Soul Ensemble, Catherine MacLellan, Cam Penner, Michele Stodart, Terry Callier, Anais Mitchell and Neil Young. From this side of the pond, along with the afore-mentioned Lazibyrd, you'll be hearing Didi Bergman and Arthur Wilson.

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Here is a live version of one of the Lazibyrd songs on tonight's playlist...

Monday, 5 November 2012

The Folk and Acoustic Music Show playlist 5 Nov

Hope you enjoyed the show. As I said, next week I'll have an interview with the duo Lazibyrd along with a couple of songs by them. I've also just received half a dozen albums of new releases by bluegrass and Amerciana artists so it'll be less UK and more USA music on the next show. 

Fairport Convention - Around The Wild Cape Horn
Kris Drever - Patrick Spence
Karine Polwart - The Light on the Shore
Darwin Song Project - Trust in the Rolling Ocean
Show of Hands - Katrina
Ruth Notman - Hold Back The Tide
Angie Palmer - Columbus For A Day
Drop The Box - Edge of the World
Duncan McCrone - Harbour View Hotel
Macmaster Hay - Shipbuilding
Talitha Mackenzie - The Boatman
Peatbog Faeries - Fishing at Orbost

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Book extract - Hugh Cornwell, Dundee, 1999

I just saw on Twitter that Kris Drever ( has just played his first ever gig in Dundee. I hope it goes more smoothly than Hugh Cornwell's gig at the West Port on 29 May 1999...

While I had seen the new Stranglers line-up half a dozen times in the early 1990s it wasn't until May 1999 that I finally got to see Hugh Cornwell play a solo gig and quite eventful it was too. The West Port is a pub which has a room upstairs used for live music. While there were a couple of bouncers on the front entrance downstairs, the only staff upstairs were a barman and a chap on the sound desk.

Half way through the set a punter, looking more than a little drunk, made his way up onto the stage and stood at the side looking at Hugh. Hugh finished the song he was doing and then told the guy to “get off the fucking stage” three or four times before the guy wandered back into the crowd. Then a short time later the same individual got back up onto the stage. This time Hugh stopped playing midway through the song, walked over to him and without a word pushed him off the stage. The guy fell over, landed face down on the floor and just lay there. There was stunned silence from the rest of the audience. Hugh returned to the mic and completed the song as if nothing had happened and then walked off stage to rather muted applause. Meanwhile the stage invader was still lying motionless on the floor. Finally a bouncer arrived, picked the guy up and showed him the door.

No-one quite knew whether that was the end of the gig or not and some people left. But Hugh did return for an encore ending, rather suitably, with the Stranglers song, '(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)'.

If you would like a copy of my book "Drum Solos, Bottles & Bands - Memories of a Concert-goer 1981-1999" it is available
to buy in ebook and paperback from Smashwords and

Here's Hugh with an interesting cover of one of his best known songs...