Lives in Music
Lives in Music honours and showcases those who have spent their lives in music: those who make it, and those who are key to music projects.
info_outline Joe Broughton: beating your way through lockdown 04/24/2021
Joe Broughton: beating your way through lockdown Joe Broughton is a non-stop phenomenon. Years ago, I navigated the dusty corridors in the old Birmingham Conservatoire building, to do a blog post about the Conservatoire Folk ensemble. It was a thrill, getting closer and closer to the explosive NOISE that Joe was whipping up. 50 or 60 students of all stripes, creating an exhilarating blast of music. Now, under lockdown. the Folk Ensemble can't perform. But I hope they will, maybe in a year's time. And that's just one topic for this podcast.
info_outline Stephen Duffy: He's done an awful lot with an awful lot of people. He's not stopping now. 04/22/2021
Stephen Duffy: He's done an awful lot with an awful lot of people. He's not stopping now. Stephen Duffy grew up in Birmingham; our conversation is littered with local references, musos, studios and people. While still in Birmingham, he went on to score huge success, first as Tin Tin. Then he went solo as Stephen Duffy, and finally with his group the Lilac Time. During that time, he has worked with some of the absolute biggest names in the business. Stephen has a pop past he can't erase – and he doesn't really want to, despite the elegant folk stylings he embraces with The Lilac Time.
info_outline Mick Howson: rather more than just The Hurdy Gurdy man 04/15/2021
Mick Howson: rather more than just The Hurdy Gurdy man Mick Howson has graced Ricky Cool and the Icebergs, The Destroyers, and Terry and Gerry, all in their pomp, along with other outfits, permanent and casual. Mick is a phenomenal guitarist, but give him any stringed instrument and he's at home. Now he's turned to the Hurdy Gurdy, heard in this podcast, along with other surprises.
info_outline Tom Hyland: Lockdown - Everything's crushed. Time to hustle. 04/08/2021
Tom Hyland: Lockdown - Everything's crushed. Time to hustle. Ages ago, I came across Tom Hyland, strutting his guitar stuff with an early Alternative Dubstep Orchestra. Since then, I've talked with Tom on the Radio To Go blog about the risk of going fully pro with Electric Swing Circus, the joys of Electro swing, his Swingamajig festival, and a host of collaborations.
info_outline Kris Halpin: Making music by gesture alone. Genius new creativity. 03/30/2021
Kris Halpin: Making music by gesture alone. Genius new creativity. Kris Halpin, who also trades as Dyskinetic, is now known for his work with the MiMu gloves, created by Imogen Heap. The gloves let you create music by gesture and movement alone. There's another factor that informs Kris and his work: disability. It led Kris to his involvement with the gloves, as he saw they could be a fantastic tool for musicians with disabilities. The makers took him on to help with research. Here, Kris deals with his disability with jaw-dropping openness, and I am hugely grateful.
info_outline Sid Peacock and Ruth Angell: a powerhouse duo from very different worlds 03/25/2021
Sid Peacock and Ruth Angell: a powerhouse duo from very different worlds This podcast series looks at peoples' music journeys, but it also has a new thread: Covid 19, lockdown, and the effect it's had.
info_outline Ross Grant: Around the world in 80 plays: 29 down, 51 to go 03/18/2021
Ross Grant: Around the world in 80 plays: 29 down, 51 to go Ross Grant is still horribly young, but he's packed all kinds of music making and some very diverse experiences into his life. A director of the venerable Bromyard Folk festival, he grew up in a musical family with deep roots, and kicked around Moseley in Birmingham in his teens with the likes of Toyah and Oscar Harrison. He teaches... and he's putting together (lockdown creativity at its best) an amazing series called Around The World in 80 Plays, working remotely with musicians worldwide.
info_outline Renny Jackson: from Birmingham to Sevilla 03/11/2021
Renny Jackson: from Birmingham to Sevilla I put most of this podcast episode together on the fifth anniversary of the death of a mutual friend: Paul Murphy, who introduced me to Renny Jackson, and encouraged us in our different projects.
info_outline Loz Kingsley, Vo Fletcher: 45 years plus of fantastic guitar and mandolin 03/05/2021
Loz Kingsley, Vo Fletcher: 45 years plus of fantastic guitar and mandolin Loz Kingsley and Vo Fletcher are brilliant Mandolin and Guitar players. I met them in 1974, when they recorded at the old BRMB Radio. They were terrific then, and they've got better since. Vo plays with people all over the midlands and beyond, and he gets together with Loz for regular sessions in the nicest boozers in the region - sadly absent these past 12 months. There's some super live guitar and mandolin work to be enjoyed in this episode, along with a taster from Loz's new album, Vintage Mandolin.
info_outline Richard March: from Pop Will Eat Itself to 'Tonight Matthew' 02/25/2021
Richard March: from Pop Will Eat Itself to 'Tonight Matthew' Richard March has been in a huge array of bands and projects in his 30 years or so as a working muso. We first met when he was in the much loved Rhino and The Ranters; he started with Pop Will Eat Itself and Bentley Rhythm Ace. Now, he's with Swampmeat Family Band, with other projects bubbling away . Some of those come up in this podcast.
info_outline Simon Duggal - a huge track record, total recall, amazing stories 03/27/2020
Simon Duggal - a huge track record, total recall, amazing stories Simon Duggal, with his brother Diamond Duggal, is a hugely influential producer, promoter and now record label manager. They may not be that well known to you, but they work worldwide across as many genres as they can handle. Like Ruby Turner, Steel Pulse and Apache Indian, they started out in Handsworth, Birmingham. Their own brand, Swami, is massive worldwide. On top of that, they have their very own 'Oh Brother Where are Thou' style breakout hit. That's before we get on to Shania Twain...
info_outline Roy Williams - from an extraordinary 70s club to making extraordinary things happen 03/20/2020
Roy Williams - from an extraordinary 70s club to making extraordinary things happen Roy williams is a super-capable, veteran music pro from the Black Country of the UK, who has had a massive influence on music making both locally and worldwide. Roy helped launch the legendary JBs in Dudley. Then he went on to managing, sound mixing, often for a lifetime friend, Robert Plant. and doing an awful lot for an awful lot of people, because it was the right thing to do. But it's the sidelines that make this conversation interesting - the by ways, the diversions. And, of course, the stories.
info_outline Dave Pegg: Fairport, Tull and now, a major festival impresario 03/13/2020
Dave Pegg: Fairport, Tull and now, a major festival impresario Dave Pegg has played Bass with one group for half a century: the excellent Fairport Convention. Fairport have one of the most tumultuous histories in British Folk-Rock. But, like many groups that survive that long, they have a spectacularly loyal following, and that now means that they are on a more stable footing than at any time in their history.
info_outline Stewart Johnson: a long route to Birmingham Bluegrass country 03/07/2020
Stewart Johnson: a long route to Birmingham Bluegrass country Stewart's life took him all over Europe and the UK as a post-war Army brat; that exposed him to a host of influences. From there, he went in to rock, with some success, followed by stage work, all the while nurturing his deep love for bluegrass and the best in country music. He's passed this on to his children, leading to the first family band in Brum, and kicking off his daughters' solo careers, crafted in the teeth of opposition on both sides of the Atlantic. It's a great story.
info_outline John Mostyn. Manager, Idealist, Enabler. 02/28/2020
John Mostyn. Manager, Idealist, Enabler. With some fifty years in the business across a dizzying range of bands and activities, John Mostyn is endlessly interesting. He's done the mega-deals, battled with the music industry at the very top levels, and he's worked just as hard on small local projects which simply deserved some help. And he has some incredible stories.
info_outline Gavin Monaghan - he helped craft Ocean Colour Scene, Editors, The Twang... and many, many more. 02/22/2020
Gavin Monaghan - he helped craft Ocean Colour Scene, Editors, The Twang... and many, many more. Gavin Monaghan is a producer who commands massive respect worldwide, but who is equally at home working with local bands he has an affinity with. He loves his work. The people who work with him love his work as well. He operates from an unassuming but brilliant complex, the third premises that he's named Magic Garden. Music of all shapes and descriptions flows from there out to the world.
info_outline Roy Adams. HOW many bands? Difficult to tell... 02/14/2020
Roy Adams. HOW many bands? Difficult to tell... Roy Adams is a beast of a drummer with excellent taste across a wide variety of styles. It's tricky to list all the bands Roy currently plays with. He simply loves to play. You'll find him playing, with a huge smile on his face, in a bar with 50 people watching... or at a mega venue in front an audience of thousands. He's held down the drum chair at Climax Blues band for 35 years. For the rest, listen on: you'll know the names of some, if not all.
info_outline Mark Robinson. 40 years at the CBSO; The Fiddle and Bone saga 02/07/2020
Mark Robinson. 40 years at the CBSO; The Fiddle and Bone saga Very precise detail is what Mark goes for. We covered an enormous range of topics gathered over 40 years with the CBSO and fifty plus of playing the violin. But as always in this series, if you put forty or fifty years into your craft, then you have the stories and experience.
info_outline Ricky Cool. You want music history? Here’s your man. 01/30/2020
Ricky Cool. You want music history? Here’s your man. Ricky Cool is a veteran who adores veteran music. He's a walking encyclopedia of US roots music, and he's no slouch about the UK music scene over the past 50 years. In this episode, l get schooled about harmonica playing, and we get a fascinating look at what it meant to be in bands struggling to get ahead through the 70s, 80s, 90s, and on into this century.
info_outline Horace Panter of the Specials 11/01/2019
Horace Panter of the Specials Charming, witty, and with vast musical knowledge, Specials founder member Horace Panter is brilliant company. And don't even think about the number of guitars he's got these days. Horace walks us through his 50 years or so of his Life in Music, The Two Tone movement, and more.
info_outline Mike Hatton. Bass like you didn't know you needed. 10/25/2019
Mike Hatton. Bass like you didn't know you needed. The fate of bass players? To be shamefully ignored while the front man gets all the attention. Boy, is that a mistake... Bass maestro Mike Hatton can be found delivering smooth Jazz grooves, or solid bedrocks for powerhouse blues. He is meticulous in his crafting of delicate works for solo bass. He's done this for generations. He is a player's player.
info_outline Steve Ajao. Blues Guitar and Jazz Sax. And more. 10/11/2019
Steve Ajao. Blues Guitar and Jazz Sax. And more. Rated by Lenny Henry as one of the UK's top bluesmen, Steve Ajao has been playing greasy guitar blues and elegant Jazz sax for generations. He builds guitars. His voice is unique. He's a renaissance man. He has stories you won't believe.
info_outline Soul and Gospel legend Ruby Turner 10/04/2019
Soul and Gospel legend Ruby Turner When Ruby Turner sang with Culture Club back in the 80s, she had big hair - but nobody had bigger hair on that tour than George... Here's a chat with one of the UK's finest Soul / Gospel singers, looking back at where she started, her lifetime of splendid music, and where she is now.
info_outline Jim Simpson. The man who launched Black Sabbath 10/02/2019
Jim Simpson. The man who launched Black Sabbath Jim Simpson has done an awful lot in his time, from being Black Sabbath's first manager to running a UK record label specialising in original USA blues, to classic Rock photography, to 35 years of Jazz Festivals, and a lot more.
info_outline John Patrick. 70 years graft, and he still gets royalties for 'Bullseye' 10/01/2019
John Patrick. 70 years graft, and he still gets royalties for 'Bullseye' John Patrick is well into his ninth decade; he still plays. He's seen an awful lot, from gigs in the wartime blitz to hanging out with Frank Sinatra. And he still gets royalties for 'Bullseye' - he wrote that theme, and dozens of others.
info_outline Gordon Giltrap. A guitar craftsman 10/01/2019
Gordon Giltrap. A guitar craftsman Guitar maestro Gordon Giltrap is known for 'Heart Song', but there is much more to him that that. Listen to tales of teenage days watching Paul Simon demo 'Bookends' to a folk club audience, sandwiched between Ralph McTell and Roy Harper.