Author Archives: Patrick Sherring

About Patrick Sherring

As a child I listened to the pirate radio ships, particularly Radio London on 266. I loved the romance of the djs playing the latest music for the listeners to hear. After most of the pirate stations closed in August 1967 I used to listen to Fabulous 208 Radio Luxembourg, the continuing Radio Caroline, Radio North Sea International and Radio 1. I particularly enjoyed listening to radio in the evening and at night. One of my favourite shows was Late Night Extra in the early days of Radio 1. All kinds of guests would just turn up and be part of the show. As a listener radio should feel like a friend is talking directly to you. I dreamed of being on the radio for many years. In 1988 I began on Hospital radio with Radio Enfield in north London. I had my own request show and used to commentate from Spurs and Enfield F.C. home games. I was also part of the Radio Enfield Roadshow team, taking part in many outside broadcasts. Now I am delighted to be on Phoenix98FM, where I have had a Friday show since May 2011. On the show there are a mixture of musical genres. Often there are guests giving lengthy interviews on a wide range of topics. There are also some live music performances. The little boy's dream has come true. @RevpatrickS

Friday Night Extra 23rd of June 2017 Nothing but the music.

Tonight the music did the talking. New music was from Lady Antebellum, Pentatonix and Glen Campbell, all from this week’s album chart. We had requests for ELO, La La Land soundtrack, Bee Gees, China Crisis and Andy Williams.  The lost band were the Box Tops, who are back performing live in the USA. Lisa Harman was thrilled that one of her exclusive tracks to the show had been requested. Listeners appreciated the relaxed feel of the show tonight.

Playlist

Booker T & Mgs – Crazy

China Crisis – Thinking of you – for Adrian

Another day of sun – from La La Land – for Greg

Andy Williams – Moon River – for Phyl

Lady Antebellum – Heartbreak

Pentatonix – Can’t help falling in love

ELO – 10538 Overture – for David

America – Ventura Highway

Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman

Glen Campbell – Adios

Lisa Harman – A 1000 different ways

Lulu – To Sir with love – the biggest selling single in the USA in 1967.

Young Holt Unlimited – Soulful Strut.

Temptations – Just my imagination – John commented that hearing this made all his stress drift away.

Zombies – And we were young again

Box Tops – The letter

Box Tops – Soul Deep – they are part of the Happy Together 60s & 70s  show tour in the USA.

Jackie De Shannon – Needles and pins – the original version, written by Jackie.

Bee Gees – My World – for Patrick

Missi Hale – What the world needs now is love – from Boss Baby – also written by Jackie De Shannon

Beach Boys – Disney Girls

Jamie Cullum – Night and day – Jamie is performing at Glastonbury.

Elton John – Song for Guy

Nik Kershaw – Human racing – Elton John said that Nik was the best songwriter of his generation.

Joe Stilgoe – Rainbow connection

Hilary Scott & the Scott Family – Still

George Martin – Theme One

 

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 16.6.17 with guests missionaries Robin and Janet Fenner.

Robin and Janet talked about their work as Elim missionaries in a very poor part of northern South Africa. They recalled the arrival of Christmas shoe boxes and the overwhelming joy of a child who received a toothbrush amongst her items. They spoke of the need to dig a water hole in their village 2000px-Flag_of_South_Africa_SADCWebsiteas there is drought in their area. They also spoke about how £15 would buy a blanket for people have  very little in an area where it gets very cold at night. Their work has involved setting up four Bible colleges. The hope is that when the students have finished their courses, they will be equipped to plant and run churches. They also talked about holding a Christmas party for over 150 children, using finances raised from Christmas parties in the UK. They have had a very busy two months in the U.K. talking about their work, including trips to Scotland and Ireland. Janet said they had slept in sixteen different beds. Robin also said that when they arrived in the U.K. he had just £57 in his wallet, for a two month stay. They were very grateful for the hospitality that so many people had shown towards them.  They receive no salary for their work, which can be supported by going to

www.elim.org.uk/group/missionaries

then you search for Ronin and Janet Fenner and then click on donate.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGFs – Crazy

Jason Mraz – Summer breeze

Tom Inglis – Bayete Inkosi – chosen by Robin & Janet

Michael W Smith – A new hallelujah – chosen by Robin & Janet

Godfrey Birtill – You are still God – chosen by Robin & Janet

Soweto String Quartet – Kwela

Rick Wakeman – Summertime

Michael Buble – Summer wind

Georgie fame – Get away – requested by Patrick

Russell Watson _ have I told you lately that I love you – Adrian commented that he really like the song.

1960s batman theme – in tribute to Adam West, who died during the week.

Lisa Harman – I can’t stop laughing – an exclusive to this show. Again we admired the variety of styles in Lisa’s work.

Dolly Parton & Pentatonix – Jolene – we were all dancing in the studio ( there was a lot of dancing tonight)

Celine Dion & Elvis Presley – If I can dream – do watch the amazing video

Snowy White – Bird of paradise

Zombies – She’s not there – to celebrate keyboard wizard Rod Argent, who also wrote the song, whose birthday was on Wednesday.

Lionel Ritchie – Running with the night

MonaLisa Twins – June – they will be appearing at the Glastonbury Festival this year.

Bryds – Turn, turn, turn.

George Martin – Theme 1.

Join Jonty and I next week for another show, live from Brentwood.

Marjorie was listening on 98FM and contacted to say how inspirational she found Robin and Janet.

Lisa Harman contacted from on board ship after listening to the recording of the

show. She said that the music mix was great and was inspired by Robin and Janet.

 

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Friday Night Extra 10.6.17 A politics free zone

Great to hear from so many listeners tonight delighted to hear nothing about politics.  We had an eclectic music mix that included a number of listener’s requests. We played another exclusive track from Lisa Harman, who was listening to the show on the train from Brighton to London. The feature artist in the second hour were Cupid’s Inspiration, as suggested by Patrick. I was amazed to discover that this band, which had two hits in the UK in 1968 are still touring. Equally surprising was to hear from Rene about Johnny Clegg. This South African music legend played to sell out concerts in the UK this year. We also liked the track by The Bacon Brothers, Kevin and Michael. Apparently they have released seven albums. Here is another back catalogue to explore.

Tonight’s playlist

Van Morrison – Jackie Wilson says

The Piano Guys and Cliff Richard – Its gonna be OK

Aha – Take on me

Pentatonix – Take on me

ABC – Poison Arrow

Rag and Bone Man – Skin – requested by Chris

Lisa Harman – World in seven days – Rene commented that Lisa sounded a bit like Madonna on this track.

Ward Thomas – Who I am now

Shires – Made in England – for Anna listening in a warm Portugal

Jane Parker – A love that never dies – Jane came into he studio a few weeks ago.

Denise Donnell – Then he kissed me – Denise was a studio guest last year

Beach Boys – Breakaway

Beatles – Penny Lane

Beatles – Strawberry fields for ever – for Lee, working on USA tax forms.

The Bacon Brothers – Broken glass – enjoyed by Lee

Hilary Scott – Still

Cupid’s Inspiration – Yesterday has gone

Cupid’s Inspiration – My world – requested by Patrick

MonaLisa Twins – This boy

Soweto String Quartet – Weeping – loved by Rene

John Clegg – World boy

Everly Brothers – Bye By love – for Sue working in the office in Kentucky and loving the idea of a politics free two hours.

Brad Paisley – the world

Willy Nelson – God’s problem child

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad moon rising – loved by Adrian. Also for John and Isabella, who had been listening the car on the way to buy a takeaway supper.

George Martin – Theme 1

Next week our studio guests are Robin and Julie Fenner, who are missionaries in South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Night Extra 2nd of June 2017 with guest Archdeacon Elizabeth Snowden.

St. Pepper'sArchdeacon Elizabeth came and talked with us about Pentecost, seen as the birth of the church. She chose three tracks for us, all related to her explanation She told us about the original Pentecost, when followers of Jesus were overwhelmed with a sense of his spirit being with them . This was linked to Beautiful noise by Neil Diamond. The purpose of the coming of the Spirit was to help people to be changed to live to their full potential. She chose Coldplay and Fix you.  Finally, in the way that we are all supposed to live our lives in support of each other, Brother by Avicii. In the second hour Jonty brought us a feature on St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. We heard how when Paul McCartney heard the Beach Boys Pet Sounds album, he was challenged and inspired to see where the Beatles could take their creativity. St. Pepper’s was the result. We also heard John Lennon explaining the inspiration for Lucy in the Sky with diamonds. Did we believe him?

Tonight’s playlist

Gerry Rafferty – Get it right next time

Neil Diamond – What a beautiful noise

Coldplay – Fix you

Avicci – Hey Brother

Pentatonix – Can’t help falling in love – you only have to play a track by this group and Americans instantly contact the show.

Gregory Porter – Water under bridges

Cliff Richard & The Piano Boys – Its going to be Ok – a new track.

Lisa Harman – Ignorance is not bliss – another exclusive track.

Fairport Convention – Now be thankful – requested by Phyl

Beatles – St. Pepper’s

Beatles – She’s leaving home

Beatles – Day in the life

Beach Boys – Good vibrations – from Pet Sounds

Beatles – Lucy in the sky with diamonds – requested by Patrick

Fleetwood Mac – Tusk – for Chris, playing in the Harlow band tomorrow.

PHD – I won’t let you down

Nathan Trent – Running on air

Alan Parson’s Project – Old and wise.

Join me next week, same time, same place, but different music, for another edition of Friday Night Extra on Phoenix98FM, live from Brentwood to wherever you happen to be listening.

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Friday Night Extra 26.5.16 including an appreciation of Roger Moore

Roger MooreTonight we looked at the career of Roger Moore and played some of the music associated with the shows and films in which he starred. Bob in Harlow was the only listener who could list all seven Bond films starring Roger Moore in the correct order. We had another exclusive track from Lisa Harman. When I played Nick Kershaw a couple of tracks later Lisa e-mailed in to say that he had been a big influence on her early writing.

Tonight’s playlist.

Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic – In the ghetto

Diana Krall – Night and day

Aretha Franklin – I say a little prayer

Gary Jules – Mad world

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Summertime – for Patrick on holiday at Lake Garda.

Glenn Miller – In the mood – for Phyl who had been gardening all day and saying the weather is too hot.

Pentatonix – Over the rainbow – we heard from an American listener who had seen them live.

The theme from the Saint

Paul McCartney & Wings – Live and let die

Lulu – The man with the golden gun

Shirley Bassey – Moonraker

John Barry – The Persuaders theme

Lisa Harman – Afraid of my shadow – an exclusive

Lady antebellum – Golden

Hilary Scott – Beautiful messes

Nik Kershaw – The riddle

Alison Kraus – Loosing you

Barbara Streisand – Somewhere

Trent Avenue North – I have this hope

Isley Brothers – Summer breeze – loved by Chris

Baeach Boys – Warmth of the sun

George Benson – The greatest love of all

Joni Mitchel – A case of you

Zombies – And we were young again

Brenda Russell – Le Restaurant

Elton John – Song for Guy

Join me next week when my studio guest will be the Archdeacon of Chelmsford, the Venerable Elizabeth Snowden. Jonty will also be back.

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Friday Night Extra 19.5.17 Home alone

Tonight we let the music do the talking. We featured some of the artists who have come into the programme or have been interviewed down the line. These were Denyse Donnell, Justine Marie Mead and Lisa Harman. Next week she has two performances at the Blackpool winter gardens at the World Dancing Championships. She will also be singing as special guest in the Paul Hazel show at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square. There were a number of requests, along with artists that had been chosen by studio guests.

Tonight’s playlist

Ward Thomas – Carry you home – for Alison in Lincoln who loves their music.

Lady Antebellum – Down South

Abba – Fernando – requested by Patrick, listening in a hotel room in Italy.

Seekers – Someday one day – for Phyl

Men at Work – Down under

Pentantonix – Bohemian Rhapsody

Smokey Robinson – Tears of a clown

Jamie Cullum and Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood

MonaLisa Twins – Paint it black

Walk off the Earth – Someone I used to know

Lisa Harman – Me and my piano

Nathan Trent – Running on air

Dowie Bob – Slow down

Paul Young – Living in the love of the common people – for Rene

Carole King – It might as well rain until September – it poured earlier tonight, but we hope it does not rain until September.

Lisa Harman – The man with the child in his eyes – a great cover version

Kenny Lynch – Up on the roof – one of the 500 songs said to have shaped Rock & Roll

Willie Nelson – God’s problem child

Beach Boys – Breakaway

Shires – Made in England

Aretha Franklin – You make me feel like a natural woman – for John, chosen by me at random and then he e-mails in it is his favourite song.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – watching over you – for Alistair, who is a big fan of the band.

Denyse Donnell – Lullaby of birdland

Justine Marie Mead – The power of love

Kinks – Waterloo sunset – released 50 years ago this week. Matt agreed it is one of the best songs ever.

Fleetwood mac – Albatross.

Join me next week for another eclectic music mix.

 

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Friday Night Extra 12.5.17 with Guest Rob Saggs from CHESS

Great to welcome back Rob from CHESS, working with homeless people in Chelmsford and the surrounding areas. Rob told us about how people become homeless and that in recent years the problems have become worse that lead to people becoming homeless. Rob said the real aims of the work were to keep people safe to see their lives of people transformed. Thy have a number of properties in the Chelmsford area where people can stay. Here their needs are addressed and help provided. Rob said the word had a 56% success rate. Through links with www.wingspan.works there can be skills development and also employment. CHESS have recently purchased a building in New London Road that will provide housing for nine clients and also administrative space. More funding is needed to renovate the building from both businesses and individuals. More information on www.chesshomeless.org, Facebook chelmsfordchess, Twitter @chelmsfordchess

Tonight’s playlist

La La Land soundtrack – Another day of sun

Walk off the earth – Happy – chosen by Rob

The Choir – Get gone – chosen by Rob

Tears for Fears – Mother’s talk – chosen by Rob

Billy Joel – Uptown girl -requested by Derek

Carpenters – Yesterday once more – requested by Patrick

Eric Clapton – Layla acoustic version

Dynasty theme – with the news an update version of the Carrington family 1980s saga has been commissioned.

Boney  M – Rivers of Babylon – requested by Phyl

Pentantonix – Somewhere over the rainbow

JP Cooper – Passport home

Liza Harman – Everything we are never to be

Abba – The visitors – this had listeners guessing to recognise this track, which comes from the group’s last album.

Buddy Greco – Around the world

Royal Berkshire Fire and Ambulance service – We didn’t start the fire

Billy Joel – We didn’t start the fire

Brian Wahl – With or without you

Beach Boys – Wild Honey – Jonty’s Beach Boys track for tonight. Rene said it sounded a bit like the Doors.

Ward Thomas – Cartwheels

Doors – Hello I love you – We contrasted it with Wild Honey. At least one house in Ingatestone turned up the volume.

Dave Brubeck – Take 5

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Friday Night Extra 5.5.17 with guest Christian singer-songwriter Jane Parker.

Jane Parker and Patrick May 17Jane parkerJane Parker has spent years dreaming about releasing an album. At nearly fifty years of age, with a little help from some friends, she has finally made it happen. She spoke enthusiastically about the whole process of producing the work, and particularly the inspiration she felt when writing both words and music. She told us personal stories from within her faith journey related to all the songs we played.  The album can be bought as a CD or downloaded. All information on www.janeparkermusic.com

Tonight’s playlist

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Our house

Jane Parker – Love that never dies

Jane Parker – My love is still here

Grace Parker – God is everywhere

Abba – Take a chance on me – Jane said how much she loved the music of Abba

Viola Wills – Get along without you now – requested by Patrick

Elvis Presley – The wonder of you – requested by Mark Parker

Quincey Jones – Soul Bossa Nova

Petatonix – Can’t help falling in love

Pat Boone – Love letter in the sand – requested by Phyl

Franki Vali – Can’t take my eyes off of you – for Sarah playing for Harlow Ladies in a cup final on Wednesday

Michael Buble – God only knows – this version is slowed right down. We loved it in the studio

Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour

Iron Horse – Rocket man – Bluegrass version, enjoyed by Chris. Rene was not so sure…

Lisa Harman – Alone in the crowd

La La Land – Someone in the crowd

Beach Boys – Do it again

Buddy Greco – The lady is a tramp – Jonty’s favourite track tonight.

Buddy Holly – True love ways – requested by the Parker family

Beatles – Hello Goodbye

Sia – California dreaming – loved by Rene who turned it up LOUD.

John Michelle Jarre – Oxygen part 4.

Next week my guest is friend of the show Rob Scaggs from CHESS, the Essex charity working with homeless people. He will update us with the latest news about their projects.

 

 

 

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Friday Night Extra 28.4.17 with guests Halle, Eleanor and Amelia from Ingatestone C. of E. Junior School talking about their confirmation.

Halle, Eleanor and Amelia joined me tonight to talk about their experiences at the confirmation service in Chelmsford Cathedral on Easter Eve. They are all in year 6 at Ingatestone and Fryerning C of E Junior school.  They spoke about how the service was an amazing experience for them, one that they would never forget. Listeners in Australia and Kentucky, USA, commented on how confident they sounded.  A listener in London commented that they spoke with a real sense of understanding. Halle and Eleanor also chose a favourite artist and spoke about the track. As another listener commented, “it was amazing to think they were Junior school children. They sounded so much older”.

The music tonight included another exclusive track by Lisa Harman. We also remembered the career of Bananarama, as they are planning their first ever live performances, following a re-union. When he arrived, Matt said they were part of his growing up, but he thought the ticket prices that he had looked at today were too high.

Tonight’s playlist

Kinks – Sunny afternoon

Jess Glynn – Don’t be hard on yourself – chosen by Halle because she thought it had a good message.

Megan Trainer (featuring John Legend) – Like I’m gonna loose you – chosen by Elle – who finds her music interesting.

Beatles – I should have known better – requested by Patrick

Elton John – Goodbye England’s rose – sung at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the second highest selling single of all time in the UK.

Tom Jones – Strange things are happening everyday – Phyl requested anything by Tom Jones.

Pentatonix – Can’t help falling in love – from their new album.

Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five

Ray Davis – Americana – new track from Ray

Beach Boys – Darlin – Jonty’s Beach Boys track tonight.

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Dream a little dream with me. The track features them both scat singing.

Pentatonix – Radioactive

The Main Ingredient – Don’t wanna be lonely – remembering lead singer Cuba Gooding Snr who died this week. He is father of movie start Cuba Gooding Jnr

Lisa Harman – Somebody who is somebody – exclusive self-penned track – written about her father.

Bananarama & Fun Boy Three – It aint what you do, its the way that you do it.

Bananarama – Venus

Jack Savoretti – Russian roulette

Hilary Scott – Thy will

Turtles – Happy together

Shocking Blue – Venus – the original version of the song from a group that Patrick had identified as Dutch

Bananarama – Robert De Niro calling – Robert De Niro starred in the film Men of Honor with Cuba Goodling Jnr.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood. My studio guest is Christian singer Jane Parker. She will be talking about her debut album ‘We have the victory’ and we will hear four  tracks.

 

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Friday Night Extra 21.4.17 with guest Sarah and Leanne for the charity Aching Arms UK.

Aching arms 2Sarah and Leanne from www.achingarms.uk joined us in the studio tonight. As a bereaved parent who had lost a baby, Leanne decided in 2010 to set up a charity to help parents in a similar situation. They are now in contact with seventy two hospitals in England and have an army of volunteers, including many dedicated fundraisers. The charity gives teddy bears to the bereaved families. She said when her baby died, her arms ached and she needed something to cuddle. Sarah is running in the London Marathon on Sunday, her first ever marathon, to raise money for the charity. To date she has raided over £3,000. However, with the ever expanding work of the charity, including training midwives and lobbying in Parliament, as much as is possible is needed.  There are also many more hospitals to involve in the project. Being a small charity, the organisation is only allowed one runner in the marathon and it will be four years until they can compete again. Much more info is found on the charity websites.  On Face Book – Aching Arms UK. Twitter @AchingArms, www.achingarms.co.uk Leanne@achingarms.co.uk info@achingarms.co.uk info@achingarms.co.uk Sarah can be supported on virginmoneygiving.com/sarahmcarthur

Tonight’s playlist

MonaLisa Twins – God only knows

Michael Buble – Feeling good – loved by Chris listening in Harlow.

Blood, Sweat & Tears – Got to get you into my life

James Taylor – Secret o ‘life

Post Modern Jukebox – Carless whisper

Petual Clark – Sign of the times – requested by Patrick

Beach Boys – Surfin USA – Jonty’s Beach Boys track for tonight.

Tom Jones – Didn’t it rain

Brenda Russell – Piano in the dark

Ventures – Ghost riders in the sky

Spencer Davis Group – Keep on running – chosen by Sarah

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger – chosen by Leanne & Sarah

Take That – Rule the world – chosen by Leanne

Eagles – Heart of the matter

Lisa Harman – No dress rehearsal – another exclusive track

Ella Fitzgerald – Every time we say goodbye – Jonty demonstrated scat singing.

Temptations – Just my imagination.

Join me next week when my guests will be from Ingatestone Junior school.

 

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Good Friday Night Extra with guest Chris Boyland from Brentwood Churches Together

Chris Boyland from Brentwood Churches Together was the studio guest tonight. He talked about the Good Friday Walk of Witness in Brentwood High Street. This year it began at St. Thomas’ church and as always ended at the Chapel ruins. Chris estimated around three hundred people on the walk. He stated how this was a very important public witness. The act of worship at the Chapel ruins contained a very challenging message for the difficult time in which we live.  Jesus has brought hope into the world through God’s expression of love. This love always overcomes evil. Chris talked about other activities that are undertaken ecumenically in Brentwood. This includes worship in Christian Unity week and at Pentecost. The churches also run a three day BBQ in the summer that gives away over 2,000 food items. The council encourage the churches to be involved in the annual Lighting Up of Brentwood, which happens in the approach to Christmas. He also spoke about the Mayor Cllr Noele Hones and her particular support for the involvement of the churches in civic activities. Cllr Noele had been involved with the Ingatestone Walk of Witness today, where over fifty people had walked behind the cross along the High Street.  Almost all the music tonight was faith-based, with a lot of the tracks featuring in the USA Christian music charts this week. It is possible to have a successful career in Christian music in the USA.

 

Tonight’s playlist.

Hilary Scott & family – Thy will be done

Keswick Praise – I stand amazed – chosen by Chris

A capplea – In Christ alone – loved by Holly

Carrie Underwood – How great thou art

Lisa Harman – Psalm 23. Lisa’s original arrangement, with multitracked harmonies.

Michael W Scott – Awesome God

Hillsong – Behold

Chris Tomlin – Amazing grace, my chains are gone.

Blue Mink – Stay with me – this UK no 11 for 1972 was requested by Patrick

Dan and Shay – I pray for you

Casting Crowns – Oh my soul

Murray Head – Superstar

Godspell – Prepare Ye the way of the Lord

Fairport Convention – Who knows where the time goes?

Tenth Avenuse North – I have this hope

Tayren Wells – Hills and valleys.

Join me next Friday for two more hours of good music and chat, starting at 8 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Night Extra 7.4.17 with Pastor Lee Carmichael talking about a trip to South Africa

2000px-Flag_of_South_Africa_SADCWebsitePastor Lee Carmichael from Ingatestone Elim was my studio guest. He had been recently to South Africa to spend a week with Robin and Julie Fenner. They are missionaries supported by the church, and were guests on this show. Lee talked about the work that was being undertaken with children, many from the local township. He told of an event where the children were very pleased to be given peanut butter sandwiches and balloons.. He talked about attending very enthusiastic and lengthy worship. Lee went to work with local leaders, particularly on issues related to safeguarding and making environments safe for children. He was also involved in preaching at some missionary events. A day was spent on safari, which included an encounter with a large group of elephants that were crossing the road. Lee’s vehicle simply had to wait. More information about the work happening in South Africa can be accessed via the Ingatestone Elim church website.

Music in the first hour tonight had an African theme. We had a number of requests this evening. Rock with Elvis was another new track from Lisa Harman. The Rolling Stones track was played in memory of Roger, landlord for many years at The Star in Ingatestone and a real eccentric and village character.

Tonight’s playlist.

Booker T & MGs – Crazy

Toto – Africa

Ladysmith Black Mumbazo – The lion sleeps tonight – chosen by Lee

Lion King – Hakuna Matata – chosen by Lee

Scott Laverley – Shine – Scott is playing live at the Ingatestone Elim on Saturday 8th of April.

Paul Simon – Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

Hugh Masekela – Being such a long time gone

Jimmy Clegg – Skatterlings of Africa – for Rene listening on her skiing holiday in Austria

Soweto String Quartet – Milenia

KInks – Waterloo sunset – requested by Derek

Shadows – Theme for young lovers – requested by Phyl and loved by Adrian who said it brought back so many memories

Ed Sheeran – Perfect – requested by Patrick

Rolling Stones – Waiting for a friend – in memory of Roger

Lisa Harman – Rock with Elvis

Blood, Sweat & Tears – And when I die

Mike Oldfield – Moonlight shadow – who knew this track had been No 1 in twelve counties in 1983?

Stevie Wonder – Lately – a forgotten classic from his back catalogue

Charles Kelley – Lonely girl

Santana – Smooth

George Martin – Theme 1.

Join me next week for a Good Friday special, with my guest Chris Boyland from Brentwood Churches Together.

 

 

 

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Friday Night Extra 31st March 2017 with guest Ben Lacey.

community agents exxex imageBen works for Community Agents Essex. This is an innovative new partnership supporting older people and their informal carers. Ben gave potted history of this initiative. He explained their services were free, all having been paid for through our local taxes. He emphasised the practical nature of the work, such as fitting a system to open an existing garage door remotely. This enabled the resident to once again use his mobility scooter. The agents have organised the Blue Flower Café at Brentwood Theatre, for those with dementia and their carers. The aim of the agents are also to promote health and independence, reduce social isolation, increasing individual and community resilience. More information www.communityagentsessex.org.uk o800775858 or 01376574341. Alternatively enquiries@caessex.org.uk

We had lots so e-mail tonight, including Patrick being the only person to recognise both of the original artists for two tracks we played. John and Isabella were listening in the car. Rene packing for a holiday. Phyl after watching EastEnders, Lee working in the office and Sue and Lauren listening in North Carolina whist tacking a break in a shopping trip for Sue’s birthday.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Pilot – January – chosen by Ben
Mike and the Mechanics – Living years – chosen by Ben
Black – Wonderful life – chosen by Ben
Joe Brown – That’s what love will do – requested by Patrick
Jim Reeves – Moonlight and roses – requested by Phyl
Ed Sheeran – Galway girl – requested by Isabella
Quincey Jones – Soul Bossa Nova
Marvin Gaye – I heard it through the grapevine
Foundations – Baby now that I have found you – remembering Clem Curtis, lead singer on this track, who died this week.
The Beat – Can’t get used to loosing you – identified by Patrick as originally by Andy Williams
A 1000 different ways – Lisa Harman – our exclusive track tonight was for Lisa’s Mum Ellen and Dad Tony as they are the inspiration for this song of gratitude.
Beach Boys – Good vibrations – this was Jonty’s classic choice tonight. He told us that the original recording, in today’s money, cost £500,000! After the initial shock, we wondered how many times over it had covered the cost?
Blood Sweat & Tears – Spinning wheel – what a great track!
Vera Lynn – A Nightingale sang in Berkley Square.
Dave Stewart and Colin Blunstone – What becomes of the broken hearted? Patrick knew the original was by Jimmy Ruffin
Everley Brothers – Dream, dream, dream – for Sue and Lauren listening on the phone in North Carolina having a drink sitting in the sunshine having just finished a birthday lunch. Sue, along with Leonard, saw the Everleys play live.
Bill Hayley & the Comets – Shake, rattle and roll
Frank Sinatra – That’s life.
Shakatak – Dark is the night – for Rene, who is a big fan.
Mezzoforte – Rockall

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

 

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Friday Night Extra 24.3.17 with guest Tom Page, folk singer, ukelele player and priest.

Tom Page brought his ukulele and sang and played three contemporary folk songs. He has only being playing just over two years. His set included Romeo and Juliet, written by his friend Ron Truman-Border and a very dark version of Widdicome fayre. He chose a late seventies rock tack, Crying to the sky by Be Bop Deluxe. He said this included a guitar solo that inspired him to learn guitar. He has dabbled with a number of instruments over the years, but has settled on the ukulele. Apparently if you know four cords there are hundreds of songs that can be played. We had another exclusive track from Lisa Harman, Mother and daughter. This was written from the point of view of the mother. You can find out more about her music by searching Lisa Harman-music on Facebook. With his death during the week, we had a feature on Rock and Roll pioneer Chuck Berry. Jonty continued his survey of Beach Boys classics with I get around. We also looked in depth at the music of Hunter Hayes, who is seen as the rising star of the young breed of country musicians. His single Wanted sold over three million copies. We introduce the music of jazz-rock fusion band Blood, Sweat and Tears. More of their music is guaranteed in future weeks. We heard the hit single for 2005 by Bo Bice, who now fronts the touring version of Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Fleetwood mac – Never going back
Darius Rucker – Learn to live.
Tom Page – Romeo and Juliet – played and sung live in the studio
Tom Page – Widdicombe Fayre – live in the studio
Tom Page – If I had a boat – live in the studio
James Morrison – Please don’t stop the rain – requested by Chris
Be Bop Deluxe – Crying to the sky – chosen by Tom
Renaissance – Northern lights – requested by Patrick
Vera Lynn – Sailing – requested by Phyl
Barrington Phelounge – Inspector Morse theme – played because of the passing of author of the book, Colin Dexter, this week.
Rick Astley _ Wish away
Lisa Harman – Mother and daughter
Chuck Berry – You never can tell
Chuck Berry – Brown eyed hansom man
Peter Sellars – A hard days night, Help. Requested by Derek. Has the humour travelled fifty plus years?
Alison Krauss – Windy city
Beach Boys – I get around
Hunter Hayes – Amen
Hunter Hayes – Wanted
Blood Sweat and Tears – You made me so very happy
Bo Bice – Inside heaven
Rick Wakeman – Space Oddity

Join me next week, when my guest is Ben Lacey from Community Agents Essex.
Tom Page Phoenix98FM 24 March 17

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Friday Night Extra 10.3.17 Gentle on my mind.

The first solo album for over ten years from Alison Krauss we be available in two weeks. From the album, Windy City, we featured her version of the classic track, Gentle on my mind’. We played another exclusive track tonight from Lisa Harman. The power ballad, ‘I bruise too easily’, with very real and highly emotional lyrics, was a favourite with listeners. They found it impossible to believe that Lisa is unsigned and are looking forward to the album being available on iTunes in the summer. “She is the new Barbara Streisand”. I chatted live on air with Lisa, who also told us about her new contact with Fred Olson Cruises and a re-engagement at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. We had a wide music mix and many e-mails tonight. Lee was listening to the show on one computer, watching the rugby on another and answering work e-mails on a third. Isabella was cooking. Phyl was combing her cats. Life was going on with the show in the background. It was great to have people be in contact.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker t & MGs – Crazy
Ward Thomas – Carry you home
Lisa Harman – I bruise too easily – album expected in the summer on itunes
Lady Antebellum – Down South
David Bowie – Laughing gnome – requested by Derek.
Alison Krauss – Gentle on my mind – the feature image on the show blog is from the cover of her new album.
Aled Jones – You raise me up – requested by Phyl
Colin Bunstone – Say you don’t mind
Tom Jones – Strange thinks happen every day
Rick Wakeman – Help – I asked, “What is he playing?” meaning the song. A wit instantly e-mailed, “a piano” !
Kenny Ball – Midnight in Moscow – requested by Patrick
La La Land Soundtrack – A lovely night
Michael Jackson – Heal the world
Marvin Gaye – What’s happening brother?
Beatles – The things we said to day – requested by John
Julie London – Fly me to the moon
Billy Joel – An innocent man – requested by Lee
Mental as Anything – Live it up – requested by Patrick
Joe Stilgoe – People are strange – Patrick knew this song was a Doors track originally.
Greg Lake – Ce’st La Vie
Yvonne Elliman – I don’t know how to love him
George Benson – Route 66
George Martin – Theme 1

I am away next week, see you on the 24th.

Alison Kruass image Windy City

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Friday Night Extra 3.3.15 with guest Helen Rendell.

Helen retired just under a year ago and moved from living in Chelmsford to a new life on the Greek island of Rhodes. She talked of the love of her life in a small village. Here everyone spoke English, as all the school children learn English from age seven years. The village also contained some other Brits and people from Germany, Russia and other countries. Everyone mixed together and there is a very good community spirit. Many people gather at the two local cafes late into the night. She has involved herself with working for a British charity that cares for stray cats, of which there are many on the island. More info can be found on Facebook under Rhodes Gcws. She told us about the importance of the Orthodox church in the everyday lives of people. Before the beginning of Lent there was a giant BBQ day, called Smoking Day, where people ate meat for the last time until Easter. She is back in the UK to see her family. This includes her son Ed Rendell who is in the British Super Bike semis. He can also be found on Facebook. He is seeking crowd funding and info for this can be found on www.crowdfunder.co.uk/edwardrendell-bes-2017 Helen also chose thee tracks which she said summed up her life.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & the MGs – Crazy
Caro Emerald – Living the Riviera life
La La Land soundtrack – Another day in the sun
Coldplay – Adventure of a lifetime – chosen by Helen
Michael Buble – It is a beautiful day – chosen by Helen
Andrea Botchelli – The Prayer – chosen by Helen
Gerry Rafferty – Stealing time
Beatles – Free as a bird
Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin – Throw down a line
Lisa Harman – If I cried – great news that Lisa is working to have her music available in ITunes.
Carrie Underwood – Blown away
Beach Boys _ Barbara Anne
Jamie Cullum – O God
Generation Game 1973 opening titles
Spandau Ballet – Highly strung – requested by Chris
Julie London – Cry me a river
Alan parson Project – Old and wise
Canned Heat – Going up country
George Martin – Theme 1.

Join me again next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

Patrick and Helen Phoenix March 17

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Friday Night Extra 24.2.17 with a set from Marina Bottelli Price.

Marina Bottelli Price Feb 17Christian singer songwriter Marina Bottelli Price was the studio guest this evening. She sang three songs from her album A very high wall. She also chose three tracks and used these to talk about her life in a very honest and moving manner. We were also joined by John Metcalf, President of the Ingatestone Rotary Club. He talked about the excellent work that Rotary are doing in supporting the initiative to eradicate polio from the world. From 256 countries, now there are only three left. There is an excellent event in Ingatestone this week to support. We heard of the mystery Irish woman who found a rare £5 note engraved with a portrait of Jane Austen and donated it to charity to be used to help young people.
Tonight’s playlist
George Harrison – What is my life?
Diana Krall – Fly me to the moon
Marina Bottelli Price – Once I was a kid on the streets
Marina Bottelli Price – A very high wall
Marina Bottelli Price – God has put a new song in my heart
Michael Jackson – Ben – chosen by Marina
Bette Midler – Wind beneath my wings – chosen by Marian
Anne Murray – You need me – chosen by Marina
Maddie Prior – The lark in the morning – requested by Phyl
Willy Nelson – Summertime – winner of 2017 Grammy award.
Angelo Badalomenti – Twin Peakes Theme – remembering actor Warren Frost
Gallacher and Lyle – Heart on my sleeve
La La Land soundtrack – so how many Oscars do you think it will receive?
Marie Wilson – Cry me a river
Lewis and Leigh – Times aright – see them in Billericay Saturday evening.
Nancy Sinatra – The last of the secret agents.
Lisa Harman – Latest flame – exclusive play. Go to Lisa Harman Music on Facebook.
Chicago – If you leave me now
MonaLisa Twinns _ In my life – loved by Matt, preparing his show.
Beach Boys – California girls – loved by Richard who said that it brought back so many happy memories of the 1960s.
Kari Jobe – The garden
CeCe Winans – Never had to be alone

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Friday Night Extra 17.2.17 Covers special and interview with Lisa Harman

Lisa Harman singerTonight we featured a number of tracks that were covers of well known songs. We were looking for versions that added something different to the original. How many can you find in the playlist? Listeners particularly agreed with Jonty that the Jamie Cullum jazz version of Uptown Funk was amazing. Also the John Legend version of God only knows, turning it into a duet, brought a lot of responses. It was great to be joined on the phone by singer songwriter Lisa Harman for an interview about the motivation behind writing one of her own songs. A live broadcast from the studio is something we hope can happen. We will have another track next week. Having seen La La Land during the week, as had Jonty, we can both recommend it. The film is far more thought provoking than I expected and leaves you asking questions about the price paid to follow your dream. We heard tonight from Patrick and Jen, listening to us very early in the morning in Australia.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Billy Joel – My life
Nathalie Cole – Miss you like crazy
Elvis Presley – Blue moon
Lisa Harman – I can’t be myself. Lisa said this song was about an artist having to perform regardless of what had been going on in their life. Listeners thought it was a beautiful and thoughtful song. Phyl in London and Rene in Ingatestone both commented on Lisa’s voice, independently using the word “lovely”.
Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo Sunset
Tornadoes – Telstar – requested by Phyl
La la land soundtrack – Someone in the crowd – from a great sequence in the film.
Pentatonix & Dolly Parton – Joylene – winner of the 2017 Grammy award for country group performance.
Fairport Convention – Portmerion – an instrumental track, requested by Jackie, that we loved in the studio.
John Legend – God only knows
MonaLisa Twins – San Francisco
Beethoven in Havana – Symphony No 7 in rhumba style – yes it really does work!
Ray Stevens – Misty – this 1973 country style version of a jazz classic was requested by regular listener Patrick.
Moonlounger – Africa – acoustic cover
Peter Skellern – Your a lady – played in memory of Peter who died this week. John e-mailed in to remind us that Peter’s dying wish was to be ordained a priest in the C of E, which was granted in October 2016.
E.L.O. – Last train to London
Al Jarreau – Moonlighting theme – remembering Al who passed away this week.
Beach Boys – Sloop John B – the first of Jonty’s choices.
Jamie Cullum – Uptown funk
Cactus Blossoms – Your dreaming – a contemporary duo sounding uncannily like the Everly Brothers.
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say, say, say
Alison Krauss – another preview track from her new album released at the beginning of March
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say, say, say instrumental version

Join us next week when our studio guest in Christian singer songwriter Marina Bottelli Price, singing from her first album, A Very High Wall.

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Friday Night Extra 10.2.17 Thanks Aretha

Tonight we appreciated the musical legacy of Aretha Franklin. She has announced that she will retire this year and no longer perform live. Aretha has a career spanning sixty years and has resulted in 112 chart hit singles in the USA and worldwide has sold over 75 million albums. Rolling Stone Magazine in its list of 100 greatest singers of all time placed Aretha at No 1. We featured 2 tracks from the Beach Boys 1979 L.A. (Light Album) seen by many people as their worst. Interesting how even their worst is better than many artists tracks. In the news researchers at Glasgow University had found that dogs prefer reggae and soft rock over other genre’s of music. So there were plenty of tracks for the dogs to enjoy tonight!
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Gregory Porter – Holding on
Alison Krauss – Losing you – from the new album out in March.
Jimmy Cliff – Wonderful world, beautiful people
Stevie Wonder & Anicia Grace – Faith
Acker Bilk – Stranger on the shore – requested by Phyl
Lisa Harman – There must be an angel/Sweet dreams are made of this – we loved the way Lisa mixed these two songs together.
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
George Michael – Praying for time – from Symphonica
Post Modern Juke Box – Careless Whispers – live date soon in Cambridge. Track liked by some listeners, but not by others! We were dancing in the studio.
La La Land soundtrack – A lonely night
Ice House – Hey little girl
Rick Wakeman – Life on Mars – from Piano Portraits – his 100th solo album
Rick Astley – Wish away
Sony & Cher – Little man – requested by Patrick
Japan – I second that emotion – requested by Chris, working on marking books…on a Friday evening
Lou Rawls – You made me so very happy – remembering David Axelrod, who produced this track.
Battleship Galactica theme – remembering actor Richard Hatch
Steptoe & Son theme – remembering writer Alan Simpson and bringing back lots of memories for Adrian. A young listener did not know what a rag and bone man was!
Beach Boys – Full sail and Going south form the L.A. (Light Album)
Ward Thomas – Carry me home
Aretha Franklin – I say a little prayer
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Sly & the Family Stone – Everyday People – USA no 1 this week in 1979.
George Martin – Theme 1.

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Friday Night Extra 3.2.17

This evening we had the usual eclectic mix, helped by the listener’s requests. There were also some musical surprises that are worth catching again if you missed them. We all think we know the song ‘Do you wanna dance?” It was great to hear the original by Bobby Freeman from 1958. Also the track by Asia, a classic 80s sound. Good to receive e-mails with listener’s memories jogged tonight. A first date, which was to see the Elephant Man, brought to mind by remembering John Hurt. Happy student days , recalled by Marillion. Childhood Saturday evenings with parents watching Juke Box Jury. Dancing at school in South Africa to Shakatak. Hiding behind the cushions whilst watching I Claudius. Visiting the house where Johnny Cash lived with June Carter.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show them
Shires – Beats to the rhythm
Joni Mitchell – Chelsea morning
Johnny Cash – A thing called love – requested by Patrick
Sting – Windmills of your mind – have we ever played a more chilled track?
Marillion – Kayleigh – for Chris listening in Harlow and saying this always reminds her of when she was training to be a teacher
Dire Straits – Sultans of swing – requested for Derek
Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s talking
The Shadows – Apache – requested by Phyl. Jonty had never heard of The Shadows.
Lisa Harman – Turning tables
Theme from I Claudius – to remember John Hurt.
Alison Krauss – Windy City – from her new album released on March 15. Her first solo album since 1998.
Pat Metheney – And I love her
WardThomas – Boomerang
Asia – Only time will tell -remembering John Wetton. A classic 80s track from an album that sold 8 million.
Turtles – Eleanor
Turtles – Happy Together.
La La Land soundtrack – Another day of sun
La La Land soundtrack – City of stars
Bobby Freeman – Do you want to dance? Remembering Bobby with this 1958 original of a much recorded song. Very interesting percussion.
John Barry – Juke Box Jury theme – identified correctly by Patrick. Jonty thought it sounded a great format for a TV show and should be brought back.
Israel Kamakawiwi – Somewhere over the rainbow – a charming version and loved by listeners.
Southbank Show theme – identified very quickly by Chris.
Shakatak – Nighbirds – loved by Rene who apologised to the neighbours and kids for turning it up and dancing.
Lady Antebellum – One great mystery – Adrian commented how much he enjoyed the music of this band.
Mike Oldfield – Omnadown

Join us next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood to wherever you are in the world.

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Friday Night Extra 27.1.17 Your Friday evening mix including introducing the music of Lisa Harman.

It was good to be back on Phoenix98FM. Whilst away I met Lisa Harman. She was playing and singing on the cruise ship Balmoral. Tonight we included two tracks from her, that were very well received by listeners. We shall certainly feature her again. More information about Lisa can be found via her Facebook account, Starnow and Soundcloud. There was lots of interaction with listeners tonight. We did a story about Grayson Erhard singing Superstition in the lobby of the Anaheim Marriott and Stevie Wonder walking in. Grayson said he did not know the words to verses two and three. Stevie joined him on stage and they sang together. Listener Tania e-mailed in the say she was a young girl in communist Bulgaria. They smuggled a cassette into the village. They went indoors, shut the curtains, got a coat to go over them to deaden the noise as they listened to Stevie Wonder. No western pop-music was allowed. We were just amazed in the studio. We also remembered the careers of Butch Trucks, drummer in the Allman Brothers, singer Peter Sarstedt and actors Gordon Kaye and Mary Tyler Moore.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MG’s – Crazy
Barbara Dixon – January, February
La La land soundtrack – Sunshine
Beatles – Here, there and everywhere
Glenn Miller – String of Pearls – requested by Phyl for Pam, who was listening with her.
Andy Williams – Can’t get used to loosing you – requested by Patrick
Alan Stone – Is this love?- requested by Anna, revising for her GSCE mocks
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Joe Stilgoe – What’s on?
Pilot – January
Lisa Harman – Send in the clowns – loved by Rene
Lisa Harman – The man with a child in his eyes – loved by Kate Bush fan Chris
Leo Sayer – Moonlighting
Mike Oldfield – William Tell Overture (really!)
Gregory Porter – Hey Laura
Katy Perry – Fireworks – requested by Isabela
Allman Brothers – Ramblin man
Allo Allo theme
Peter Sarstedt – Where do you go to my lovely?
Peter Sarstedt _ Frozen orange juice
Mary Tyler Moore theme
MonaLisa Twins – Morning has broken
Beach Boys – Warmth of the sun – another track for Jonty’s 60s playlist
Ward Thomas – Carry you home
Michael Buble & Megan Trainor – Someday
Moody Blues – Tuesday afternoon
Love Affair – Everlasting love
George Martin – Theme 1

Join me again next week for two hours of music and chat, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 6.1.17 New Year’s Honours

Tonight we featured some of those who were recognised in the New Year’s Honours. We also had a number of request for tracks for a relaxing Friday evening. We heard about Sir Ray Davies, Sir Ken Dodd, Naomi Harris OBE, Victoria Breckham OBE. Dame Patricia Routledge, Sir Bryn Terfel, Baroness Shirley Williams, Angel Rippon CBE and James Jones KBE. We also remembered M*A*S*H actor William Christopher, who played priest Father Mulcahy in 111 episodes of the long running show. There was also the heart-warming story about Edinburgh homeless man Jimm Fraser. He was begging on the streets when Swedish tourists Annis Lindkvist and her sister Emma asked for directions. They struck up a friendship and they paid for him to fly to Sweden to spend a week with their family over the festive period. We also remembered the life of Bletchly Park cryptographer Rolf Noskwith.
Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Beatles – Sargent Pepper’s Hearts Club Band.
Joe Stilgoe – What’s on
Buddy Holly – Everyday – requested hy Phyl
Phil Collins – Another day ion paradise
Abba – Does your mother know?
Patricia Routledge – In the still of the night
The Kinks – Sunny afternoon
The Kinks – You really got me
Twiggy – Waterloo sunset
Ken Dodd – Tears
Adele – Skyfall
Victoria Beckham – Mind of its own
Alexander Desplat – Imitation game
Luther van Dross – for Sarah and Lee on their second wedding anniversary. They had this track at the reception. Requested by Chris.
Bryn Terfel – Homeward bound
Paul Simon – Call me Al – for Patrick, remembering listening to favourite tracks with Michael.
Beatles – Hey Jude – for Karen & Avril enjoying the show in Ontario, Canada. John in Ingatestone told us it was five hours earlier.
Ward Thomas – Carry me home – loved by Chris, who had not heard it before.
Otis Redding – Dock of the bay -requested by Rene for me.
M*A*S*H – instrumental theme
Men at Work – Down Under – Jonty was amazed. He had never heard the track before, but had learnt it from a book with his brother.
Diana Ross – Theme from Mahogany – Rene remembered this being played at her last school assembly in South Africa in 1989.
Mona LisaTwins – God only knows
Dolly Parton, Linda Rhondstadt & Emmylou Harris – After the goldrush – loved by Adrian.
Sting – Fragile – for all West Ham fans
George Martin – Theme One.

Join me for the next Friday Night Extra on 27th of January. And don’t forget there are hundreds of recordings of shows accessed through my showbogs.

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Friday Night Extra 30.12.16. Remembering 2016.

Tonight we looked at the careers of many people from within the entertainment industry who were with us on January 1st 2016 but have died during the year. From within the music industry this was David Bowie, Prince, Ralph Stanley, Marie Nixon, Bobby Vee, Leonard Cohen, Greg Lake and Rick Parfitt. We remembered the song writing of Jack Hammer, Mentor Williams and John D. Laudermilk. From radio, DJs Ed Stewart, Terry Wogan, Dave Cash and Jimmy Young. From comedy, Frank Kelly (Father Jack), Ronnie Corbett, Victoria Wood, Carla Lane and Anthony Jay. The unique Mohamed Ali. Paddington Bear illustrator Peggy Fortnum. From the world of cinema, Robert Vaughan, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

Music tracks played tonight.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
David Bowie – Life on Mars
St. Albans Abbey organist – Life on Mars
Father Ted theme – remembering Frank Kelly
Nina Simone – Plain Gold ring – written by Jack Hammer
Jerry Lee Lewis – Great balls of fire – written by Jack Hammer
Prince – 1999
Theme from Bread – remembering Carla Lane
Stanley Brothers – Man of constant sorrow
Nashville Teens -Tabaco Road – written by John D. Laudermilk
Paul Revere & the Raiders – Indian reservation – written by John D. Laudermilk
Dave Cash & Kenny Everett – B side
Bobby Vee – Take good care of my baby
Bobby Vee – More than I can say
Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
Dobie Gray – Drift away – written by Mentor Williams
Greg Lake – Ce la vie
Status Quo – Pictures of matchstick men
George Michael – Careless whisper
Debbie Reynolds – Tammy
Theme from Star Wars – remembering Carrie Fisher

Join me next week for the first edition of Friday Night Extra for 2017.

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Friday Night Extra 23.12.16 So near to Christmas.

Tonight’s show was a chilled mix for that time leading up to Christmas. With Christmas Eve next day, and everything associated with that, all we wanted to do was relax. I let the music do the talking. It was almost exclusively Christmas themed, yet much of it would have been unfamiliar. It is a shame when it is the same tracks very year that sell, when there is so much variety there, as well as new tracks. In the second hour we decorated a virtual Christmas tree.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Michael Buble – Baby please come home
Jennifer Nettles – Merry Christmas with love
Dolly Parton – Smokey mountain Christmas
Michael W Smith featuring Carrie Underwood – All is well
Pat Boone – Jingle bells (rocking version) – this 1957 track was requested by Phyl
Frank Sinatra – Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Michelle Legrande orchestra & Jamie Cullum – Let it snow
Annie Lennox – In the bleak midwinter – for Alison listening in Lincoln
Beatles – Eleanor Rigby – requested by Michael
London Hospices Choir – Living years – sadly only no 81 in the Christmas chart
Peter Hollens – December song – for Holly who loves his music.
Piano Guys – Carol of the bells – loved by Lee, listening and working
Pentatonix – Carol of the bells
Shakatak – Christmas in Rio
CSI Toronto – Run to the manger
John Lennon and Pasic Ono Band – Happy Christmas, war is over – requested by Patrick
Louis Armstrong – Christmas in New Orleans
Katie Melua & Gori women’s choir – Little swallow – original words for the tune associated with carol of the bells
Brenda Lee – Rocking around the Christmas tree
Four Seasons – Silver star
Michael W Smith – Christmas angels
Coldplay – Christmas lights
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and wine
Rhianna Giddens – Christ was born on Christmas morn
Twelve days of Australian Christmas. This ended with, ‘and an emu up a gum tree’ – listeners were intrigued!
Kenny Rogers – Kentucky home-made Christmas – for Sue, Leonard and all the family in Kentucky
Kacey Musgrave – Christmas makes me cry
Alvin Stardust – so near to Christmas
Enya – And winter came.

Join me and a studio full of guests on Boxing Day morning for three hours starting at 10.
I will be back next Friday evening…same time…same place.

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Friday Night Extra 16.12.16 Chilled Advent

We had a very chilled music mix tonight, with most of the tracks having a seasonal feel. On the news front, we listened to the Maori Party joint leaders singing a rendition of Santa Baby in the parliament. We also heard how in the first week of December vinyl sales made more than downloads. To quote the Entertainment Retailers Association, “This is further evidence of music fans to surprise us all. It’s not so long ago that the digital download was meant to be the future. Few would have predicted that the album format, first invented in 1948, would now be outselling in 2016”.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Footprints in the snow
Chris Rea – Driving home for Christmas – requested by David driving home from Sussex to Lincolnshire.
Beatles – Yesterday – With a little help from my friends – requested by Michael, request one, get one free.
Enya – Journey of the Angels – requested by Patrick
Seals & Crofts – Summer breeze – requested by Tom, who wanted an alternative to Christmas music.
New Zealand parliament – Santa baby
Michele Legrand Orchestra & Jamie Cullum – Let it snow
Shires – 1,000 hallelujahs
London Hospice Choir – Living years
Boney M – Mary’s boy child
CSI Church Toronto – Run to the manger – Phyl’s request
Cliff Richard – Saviour’s day
Mike Oldfield – In Dulci Jubilo
Pentatonix – That’s Christmas to me
Maddie Prior & the carnival band – God rest ye merry gentlemen
Greg Lake – I believe in Father Christmas – for Chris and Bob
Alison Kruass – Wexford Carol – from Bob Simpson’s playlist for Christmas day morning
Cee Lo Green – Mary did you know – for Rene, who turned it up loud at home. It was also loud in the studio.
Diana Krall – Christmas time is here
Shakatak – O little town of Bethlehem
Lady Antebellum – First Noel
Michael Buble – Baby please come home – from this years biggest selling Christmas themed album…again.
Annie Lennox – Universal child
Nat King Cole – Christmas song
Brenda lee – Rocking around the Christmas tree
Lee Anne Rimes – We need a little Christmas
Enya – And Winter came

Join me next Friday, for another chilled mix as Christmas gets nearer.
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Friday Night Extra 9.12.16 including an appreciation of the musical legacy of Greg Lake.

We let the music do the talking tonight. In the first hour we remembered John Glenn. In 1962 he was the first American to obit the earth. He went back to space in 1998, aged 77 years. Many listeners found this fact amazing to believe. On that flight he said, “To look at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.” In the second hour we had an appreciation of the musical legacy of Greg Lake. We had tracks from King Crimson, as well as Emerson, Lake and Palmer. It was amazing to sit in the studio, volume up high, and listen to this amazing music.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Eric Clapton – Layla acoustic
Barclay James harvest – Hymn
Jamie Cullum – If I ruled the world
Linda Rondstadt, Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris – After the gold rush
Denys Donnell – Lullaby of birdland
Roy Orbison – In dreams – requested by Michael
Sting – One fine day
Pentatonix – That’s Christmas to me
Bowie – Space oddity – remembering John Glenn
Mud – Lonely this Christmas – requested by Patrick
Cliff Richard – Saviour’s day – requested by Phyl, tonight listening in Harrogate.
Focus – Sylvia
Shires – 1,000 hallelujahs
Mari Wilson – Just what I always wanted
Kenny G & Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world
Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole – When I fall in love
King Crimson – In the court of the crimson king
O lucky man – Emerson, Lake and Palmer
From the beginning – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Beach Boys – Christmas day
Paul & Barry Ryan – I love how you love me – this song features the rhythm played on the bagpipes! And it was hit!!
Michael Buble – Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Boney James & Rick Braun – Grazin in the grass
Alison Krauss – Wexford carol
George Martin – Theme 1

Join me next week as we get ever closer to Christmas. And don’t forget the special show blog for the Boxing Day morning programme. Leave a message about something you do every year that makes Christmas special.

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Boxing Day 2016 10 am – 1 pm What Christmas means to me.

We had a very busy show on a glorious sunny Boxing Day morning. In the first hour my guests were Ellie and Rose Whitwam. They told us about celebrations for Christmas at Ingatestone Juniors and Chelmer County High. They had each read at one of the very busy crib services at Ingatestone Parish church, where a very large number of toys had been brought in to be given to Kids Inspire. They told us about Christmas dinner at home in a very amusing was, much at the expense of Dad Jonathon, who was sitting in the corner of the studio! After 11 I was joined by Jonty and Adrian MacConnaughie from Brentwood School, where Adrian is the chaplain. They had also had a very large number of people as guests for Christmas dinner. They had been to a busy church service on Christmas morning at Christ Church, Warley. Adrian had organised a Christingle service at school to raise money for Crisis, and this had raised over £3,000. His involvement with the show on Friday evenings has given Jonty an appreciation of LPs and vinyl recordings. For Christmas he had received a portable vinyl player. At noon I was joined by Isabella Codling from Ingatestone Juniors and Tim Lee from Brentwood Churches Together. Isabella told us about a special family tradition on Christmas Eve where the family eat a loaf of bread with different coins in it. This tradition comes from Bulgaria. Depending which coin you get, this is a prediction for the following year. Apparently Isabella is going to be very rich! She also told us about the school service in church last week, where each class gave a presentation about traditions for celebrating Christmas in different countries. She is a member of class Australia. They presented the Australian version of ‘The 12 days of Christmas’. This started with, ‘On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, an EMU up a gum tree’. Tim talked about the events he had attended and also that whatever happens in the world, we should not let this over-shadow the Christmas message of peace and love to all. We also read through all the e-mails and message that we left about family Christmas traditions. For me, one tradition started in 1962 when one of my gifts was Brenda Lee and her 45rpm single Rocking Around the Christmas Tree. I have played it every Christmas morning since. Barbara remembered war time Christmases in London when she was very young. She remembers it always being foggy and damp and cannot remember the sun shining on any Christmas Day. Read many of the others below.

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Friday Night Extra 25.11.16 with guest Charlie Kosla

patrick-charlieCharlie was a very interesting and informative guest this evening. He talked about his post working for the Church of England as a missioner. We heard about the way he helps churches undertake activities that helps them connect with people who would normally never go to church. So this includes being at the Boreham Car Boot sale, that gets over 5,000. He has also been at the Mind & Spirit events in the Brentwood Centre. He regularly sits in his local in Harlow, wearing his collar, and people come and chat to him. He told us how he came to faith through meeting a girl when he was 21. He had no experience of faith and did not understand that anyone regularly attended on a Sunday. He asked the girl out on a Friday evening and she said that she could not come because she went to a church home group. Charlie had no idea what that meant. He went, and was freaked out my a member saying a prayer. Prayers were said by Vicars in churches on Sunday! This experience was helpful in leading him to being open to the possibility of faith. For the future, he felt the priorities for the church should be looking to connect with people where they are, because everyone has a spiritual yearning. Do listen to the fascinating interview.

We listened to the music of Sharon Jones, who passed away this week. This Queen of Soul did not make her first album until she was aged forty. Drift away, a USA hit for Doby Gray was the most famous song written by Mentor Williams, who also passed away this week.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Jack Savoretti – I’m yours
REM – Its the end of the world – chosen by Charlie
Michael Card – God’s own fool – chosen by Charlie
Pretenders – I’ll stand by you – chosen by Charlie
Paul Carrick & The London Hospice Choir – The living years – a charity track being promoted by Phoenix98FM and available to download from Amazon and ITunes.
Genesis – follow you, follow me – requested by Patrick
Moody Blues – The voice
Johnny Cash – ghost riders in the sky
Tavares – Never had a love like this before
Doby Gray- Drift away
Sharon Jones – Stranger to my happiness
Dionne Warwick – Anyone who had a heart – for Michael listening in Broomfield
Bryan Sutton & Tim O’Brien Band – Gentle on my mind
Roxette – It must have been love – this track has had over 5 million radio plays
Undercover – Never let her slip away
Ward Thomas – A town called Ugley
Kinks – Dead End street.
George Martin – Theme One

Next week I will be at the Victorian Evening in Ingatestone. Join me for another edition of Friday Night Extra in two weeks on December 9th.

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Friday Night Extra with guest Corrie Castleman

jonty-corrieCorrie made a return visit to be with us tonight. She came a couple of months ago to tell us that she was going to undertake a sponsored banger rally, driving from Torquay to Vegas in southern Spain. Jonty interviewed her as she gave us details of the four day event, dressed entirely as a Pink Lady, straight from the film Grease. She was somewhat surprised to find another group of Pink Ladies taking part, and even more surprised to find they were guys in drag! She was raising money for Fostering Network. To date she has raised over £3,000. She also spoke about the on-going need for people to be involved in fostering in Essex, particularly teenagers. Anyone interested could contact Corrie directly on 0800801530 or by visiting www.essex.gov.uk/fostering. If you would like to support the Pink Ladies drive go to Justgiving and search for Pink Ladies. In the second hour Jonty told us about the Essex Youth Forum and how young people aged between 11 – 18 years can be involved. He is standing for election. Musically we featured Leon Russell, who passed away this week. We also had a feature on Joni Mitchel’s classic song Both sides now.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
John Terifa – Don’t go – for all Americans listening.
Frankie Avalon – Beauty School Dropout. From the soundtrack of Grease. Carrie said they played the album many times on the trip.
Michael Buble – Song for you – Corrie’s favourite singer. Song written by Leon Russell.
Diesel Park West – God only knows
Beach Boys – Friends – for Michael
Jim Reeves – I love you because – requested by Phyl for Derek
Shires – A thousand hallelujahs
Ace of Base – All that she wants – requested by Patrick. This was a massive world-wide hit.
Sachal Jazz – Take 5
Post Modern Jukebox – Call me maybe – for Paul who loved it on Facebook.
Nils Lofgren – Shine silently – for John and Isabella, who requested that the whole show be relaxing after a stressful day.
Moody Blues – Other side of life – title track from the 1986 album
David Bowie – Let’s dance – for Chris icing Mark’s birthday cake with a scene of Moses parting the Red Sea!
Leon Russell – Tightrope – a U.S.A. hit for Leon who died on 13th of November.
Justin Hayward – I dreamed last night
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – To know you is to love you – from the album Trio.
Judy Collins – Both sides now
Joni Mitchel – Both sides now – 2000 recording
Charlie Fink & Luke Treadaway – Satellite moments
George Martin – Theme 1.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra – live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra with guests Sophie -Rose Egan, Swayley Richards, Moira O’Regan and Rob Saggs.

sophierose-swayleySophie-Rose, Swayley and Máira joined me to talk about a dance off happening next Saturday at 10 a.m. at Margaretting Primary School. Head teacher Máira told us how she is encouraging everyone to dance and how enjoyable it can be. It is also good for physical and mental well-being. Sophie-Rose, aged ten, is a pupil at Ingatestone C. of E. Junior School. She is also an expert street dancer, with a trainer who lives in Holland. Recently she took part in an all age competition in Germany and came in the top ten. Sophie-Rose will be at the dance off to demonstrate. Swayley is a pupil at Margaretting school, who enjoys dancing but has never been to any classes. He is really looking forward to the event. Jonty told us that at Brentwood School everyone in Year 7, regardless of age, has Dance on the curriculum.

Rob talked about new developments with CHESS, the charity working with homeless people in Essex and based in Chelmsford. He had some exciting news about a new building they have bought in Chelmsford. This will be both their administrative centre and also the base for all their work, with sleeping accommodation on site. Rob said he had dreamt of something like this for all the years he had been working for CHESS, and now it is happening. However, funds are now needed to renovate the building. He hopes that with fund-raising and grants, this should be ready by the Spring of 2017. He also told us about a fundraising concert. On 25th of November there will be sleepout in the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral. This is both to raise funds and awareness of the issues around homelessness. More information on their website, www.chelmsfordchess.orgpatrick-jonty-and-rob-nov-16

Musically tonight we paid tribute to Leonard Cohen. We remembered the music and radio career of Jimmy Young. He was the first broadcaster in the UK to mix music radio and current affairs. He was also the first to feed back listener reaction to guests and listeners. As Jonty commented, “That about sums up our show”. We also remembered actor Robert Vaughan, best known to people of a certain age as Napoleon Solo in The Man from Uncle.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Genesis – I can’t dance
Rick Astley – Dance – suggested by Tom
David Bowie – Let’s dance – introduced by Swayley for his granddad, who loves David Bowie and this is his favourite track.
ABBA – Dancing Queen – requested by Phyl. She also commented how confident the children sounded.
Hillsong United – Touch the sky – chosen by Rob.
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross – chosen by Rob in memory of his Dad.
Charlie Fink and Luke Tredgeway – Satellite moment – from the soundtrack of A Street cat named Bob.
Kate Bush – Army dreamers
Leonard Cohen – Travelling light.
Maxie Priest – Wild world – requested by Patrick
Beatles – Let it be – requested by Michael
Irene Cara – Out here on my own – from the soundtrack of Fame
Ward Thomas – You’ve got a friend – for Alison in Lincoln, who loves their voices.
Jimmy Young – Unchained melody
Colin Blunstone – Say you don’t mind. Sue, listening in the car in Brentwood, said hearing this track took her right back to the late 1970s.
Moody Blues – Wildest Dreams
Passenger – Anywhere
Theme from ‘The man from Uncle’

Join me week when Corrie will be here, with a return visit to talk about her Pink Lady charity drive and some of the experiences.

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Friday Night Extra 4.11.16 Smooth sounds.

On a cold and damp evening in Brentwood, we kept the music smooth and chilled. Tracks were featured tonight from Bob Cranshaw, Curly Putman and Bap Kennedy, who had all passed away this week. Bob Cranshaw was a bassist. For over five decades he played with Sonny Rollins. He also worked in bands on Broadway accompanying many hit shows. On T.V. he was the bass player from 1975-80 on Saturday Night Live and the the Dick Cavert talk show in the early 1980s. He played on many albums, including Paul Simon’s ‘There goes Rimin Simon’. We featured American Tune from the classic L.P. Bap Kennedy was best known for writing the song Moonlight Kiss, which featured in the film, Serendipity. For many years he was in the band Energy Orchard and also recorded a number of solo albums. In recent years he toured with Mark Knopfler. We listened to Moonlight Kiss. Curly Putman wrote Green, Green grass of home and D.I.V.O.R.C.E., along with some other country classics. These recordings were much appreciated by listeners in the Nashville area who contacted the show tonight.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Rick Astley – Pray – for Tom listening in Chelmsford and loving the album.
Aretha Franklin – I say a little prayer for you.
Eric Clapton – Autumn leaves. I asked listeners to guess who was singing. No-one got it right. Guesses included Gregory Porter, David Essex and Mark Knopler.
Sting – I can’t stop thinking about you – we commented this sounded just like a Police track.
Paul Young – Everytime I go away – requested by Patrick
Cliff Richard – Do you wanna dance? – requested by Phyl
Bap Kennedy – Moonlight Kiss
Simon & Garfunkle – Leaves that are green
Beverley Knight – Gold
Tom Jones – Green, green grass of home. Written by Curly Putman.
Tammy Wynette – D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Written by Curly Putman.
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Love letters
Rod Stewart – Moon river
Kinks – Waterloo sunset – requested by Michael.
Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn
Frank Sinatra – Autumn in New York – Sue in Kentucky said this made her think of a carriage ride in Central Park.
Glen Campbell – Gentle on my mind
Beth Neilsen Chapman – I find your love
Santana + Rod Thomas – Smooth – loved by Rene, who turned up the volume.
Paul Simon – American Tune – featuring Bob Cranshaw on base.
Beach Boys – California Girls – Leonard in Nashville wrote that is was the perfect summer song, top down on the car, warm sun and a cool breeze.
Charles Kelley _ The only one who gets me.
Shires – Made in England.
Dowie Bob – Slow down.
George Martin – Theme One.

Join me next week when my guests are Daria Paun and Head teacher Moira O’Regan from Margaretting C. of E. Primary school and Sophie Rose Egan from Ingatestone C. of E. Junior school talking about a dance event. I am also joined by Rob Scaggs from CHESS, the Chelmsford based charity working with homeless people.

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Friday Night Extra 28.10.16

We concentrated on the music this evening, with a selection stretching from the 50s through to the top two albums in this week’s chart. We had a tribute to Bobby Vee, who passed away earlier this week. It is amazing that he got his big break as an emergency fill in for Buddy Holly after the tragedy. Bobby was fifteen years of age and his band had been formed just two weeks before the concert. We also remembered the career of comic writer David Perry, who gave us such classics as Dad’s Army and Hi Di Hi. We also looked at the career of Joe Meek, the highly innovative producer from the early 1960s.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Phil Collins – Another day in paradise – for Chris listening to the recording.
Lulu – The man who sold the world – the chart version from 1974 of the Bowie song. Liked by listeners.
Michael Buble – My baby just cares for me. From the new album he produced himself.
Paul McCartney & Wings – Mull of Kintyre – requested by Phyl. The Christmas No 1 from 1977 and the first single to sell two million copies in the UK. Patrick e-mailed in to say he bought it. I owned up to buying two copies as Christmas presents.
Bobby Vee – Rubber Ball.
Bobby Vee – The night has a thousand eyes.
Pentantonix & Dolly Parton – Jolyne – for Anna, Steve & Caroline who liked it on Facebook.
Moody Blues – I know you are out there somewhere
Black – Wonderful life
Temptations – Cloud 9 – for Alison and Anna who saw them live, along with the Four Tops, on Wednesday in Nottingham.
Dad’s army theme – Bud Flannigan – remembering the writing career of David Perry.
Girl from Southend on Sea – Roy Budd. Played as I heard this on Eddie’s Kitchen during the week. What a title. A listener contacted and stated we do not need Ipenema any more!
Rod Stewart – Fly me to the moon – liked by some listeners, but not everyone.
Kinks – Autumn Almanac – Requested by Michael
Hugh Masekela – Grazin in the grass – a USA No 1 in the 60s for this South African trumpeter. Loved by Rene.
The Searchers – Don’t throw your love away – for Patrick who tried to learn the piano part in the 60s so he could play this track with his brother.
Beatles – Fixing a hole – loved by Matt, who was on the radio at 10.
Lady Antebellum – I run to you.
Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – The wonder of you – this is No 1 in the album charts, making Elvis the most successful album artist in the UK, with 13 number ones.
Bucks Fizz – Now those days are gone – liked by Jonty as he thought it was perfect for the Brentwood School Barbershop Singers.
Kate Bush – The man with the child in his eyes – it is amazing to think Kate wrote the song at age thirteen and recorded it when she was fifteen years of age.
The Tornadoes – Telstar. From the Joe Meek stable. A USA & UK No 1 in 1962.
Van Morrison – Brown eyed girl – requested for Adrian who is the big 50 next week. Happy birthday.
Stevie Wonder – Another Star
Status Quo – Pictures of matchstick men. The news today that Rick Parfitt will no longer tour with the band, following a health scare. Also amazing to note that this track from 1968 was the only hit for Status Quo in the USA.
Nelson Riddle & his orchestra – Route 66.

Join me on Friday for another show where we let the music do the talking. In two weeks when my studio guest is Rob Scaggs, returning to give us the latest news about CHESS, the Chelmsford based charity working with the homeless.

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Friday Night Extra 21.10.16 Music for staying in and relaxing.

The music tonight covered a wide range of genre, but all with aim of providing that perfect mix. Tonight the news broke of the passing of Dave Cash. He had been a radio friend for over fifty years. We remembered his long career and in particular his partnership on Radio London and later Capital Radio with Kenny Everett.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Bob Dylan – Knocking on heaven’s door.
Joe Stilgoe – Abracadabra – for Jonty, back with us tonight, who loves this track
MonaLisa Twins – In my life
Dave Cash & Kenny Everett – B side – with the sad news of the death of Dave today. A radio friend for fifty years.
The Shires – My Universe – requested by Michael
The Four Tops – Simple Game – For Alison in Lincoln and listening on the recording
Aneka – Japanese Boy – requested by Patrick – Rene told us it took her back to when she was 11.
Moody Blues – Blue world
Jim Reeves – Distant drums – requested by Phyl
Jon Secada – I’m free
Intruders – Win, place or draw – in memory of singer Robert “Big Boy” Sonny Edwards, who passed away this week.
Dolly Parton – Jolene -33rpm slowed down – this brought in many e-mails from listeners who used to play their records at the wrong speed and found it highly amusing.
John Dankworth Orchestra – Beefeaters
War Thomas – Carry you home
Chuck Berry – You never can tell – with the news Chuck is working on an album of new material to be released in 2017 to mark his 90th birthday.
Cliff Richard – Cathy’s clown – Cliff recently celebrated his 76th birthday and has a new album of Rock and Roll standards due for release in November.
Suzanne Vega – Luka – Lee told us he saw her live at the Royal Albert hall in 1986 and she was excellent.
Suzanne Vega – We of me – from her new album
Chris Tomlin Featuring Danny Gokey – Impossible things
The Blue Rondos – Little baby – from the Joe Meek stable of artists, this track for base player Billy Pitt-Jones, who I met this week.
Free – My brother Jake
Justin Hayward – Story in your eyes – from Justin’s new album.
Soweto String Quartet – Millennium – for Rene, loving this Kwela track.
Joni Mitchel – Big yellow taxi
Rick Astley – Pray with me
Josh Wilson – Before the morning
Beatles – Long and winding road – the naked version, with the Phil Spectre production removed. Paul McCartney much preferred this version.
Theme from On her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Thanks particularly to Ed Welman, who said we were the perfect accompaniment to his washing up.

Join me next week for another show, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 14.10.16 with guests David and Barbara Clark from the Gideons.

barbara-and-david-clarkTonight I was joined in the studio by David and Barbara Clark from the Mid-Essex group of Gideons International. This organisation began with the vision of William J. Knights, John H. Nicholson and Samuel E. Hill in Boscobel, Wisconsin in 1899. Now the organisation is active in over 200 hundred countries. The primary aim is to distribute Bibles free of charge. If you have seen a Bible in a hotel room, it was placed b y the Gideons. David and Barbara told us that they are also distributed in hospitals, schools, Police Stations and prisons. In schools in the U.K., the aim to to have a pocket sized New Testament available for year seven pupils. This includes a section at the beginning with helpful references for when there are problems in life. World-wide they have now distributed over two billion copies. Barbara explained the choice of the name Gideons by telling us the account of Gideon in the Bible, where he was given a mighty and apparently impossible task by God. She also explained how the symbols on the Gideon Bibles represent aspects of the incident. More information can be found by looking up Gideons in any search engine and specifically on www.gideons.org.uk

On the playlist tonight we had to feature Bob Dylan, given the Nobel Prize for literature this week for his catalogue of songs. We also heard from The Dixie Cups, one of whose founder members, Jean-Marie Johnson died this week.

Playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Jamie Cullum – Save your soul
Rend Collective – Alive
Artist of then, now & forever – Forever county. Watch the video and see how many artists you can name.
Mel Torme – Comin home baby
Fats Domino – Blue berry hill – requested by Phyl in remembrance of Jack Sherring, who would have been 100 years old today.
MonaLisa Twins – Hotel California – Lee liked this version of The Eagles classic.
David Bowie – The man who sold the World – requested by Derek. Patrick reminded us of the hit version by Lulu.
Deacon Blue – The believers.
Quincy Jones – Soul Bossa Nova.
Elvis Presley – A big hunk of love – a new version from the new Wonder of You album. The jury was out on this track.
Denyse Donnell – Then he kissed me – you can find the recording of the full show with Denyse on the show blogs.
Herman’s Hermits – I’m into something good – requested by Michael
Travis, featuring Josephine Oniyama – Idlewild – requested by Patrick.
Michel Buble – Nobody but me – a new track from Michael, featuring a rap break…yes really!
The Shires – Made in England
Alison Krauss – Stay
Dowie Bob – Slow down
Dixie Cups – Chapel of love
Bob Dylan – Blowin in the wind
Nathan East – Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder – I wish
Madness – Mr. Apple
Sting – Fragile
Micheal Casswell – Friends for life

I look forward to your company again next week, 8-10 p.m. for Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra with guest Paul from Secure Haven & Peter and Joseph talking about the visit to Brentwood of Pastor Charles Price.

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Paul Yarwood from Secure Haven was my guest in the first hour of the show tonight. He said that he and his wife set up as funeral directors after what they felt were personal negative experiences. They seek to have everything in relation to cost made very clear when dealing with a client. He also feels that they seek to treat ashes storage with dignity. He found dealing with bereaved people a very positive experience when seeing how much they have been helped with grief and loss. He feels that after care is very important. He is also keen for families to ask questions. This can be done very easily through the website. www.securehaven.co.uk where they is much more information. Paul also chose two tracks for us. In the second hour I was joined by local evangelist Peter Ruck and Joseph Mathai. Joseph has organised a trip to the U.K. for pastor Charles Price, who has a world-wide television and radio ministry. Charles will be at Trinity Church in Brentwood next week, 14th, 15th and 16th of October. They said that Charles will be giving very positive messages of hope. More information on www.livingtruth.co.uk It was Sting’s 65th birthday earlier in the week, so we played two tracks from his vast catalogue of recordings tonight. We also heard tracks by Michael Casswell and Rod Temperton, who both passed away this week. Rod is best known for writing Thriller. Today we played his Oscar nominated song from the film, The Colour Purple.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Carrie Underwood – Something in the water
Commodores – Three times a lady – chosen by Paul and loved by Rene and Alison who all contacted the show as it was played.
Mary J Blige & U2 – One – chosen by Paul
Nina Simone – Feeling good – for Alison celebrating her birthday tonight in Lincoln
Shakin Stevens – Last man alive (acoustic) – a new track from Shaky.
Moon River – Andy Williams – requested by Phyl and loved by Jacinta
Beatles – Hello Goodye – requested by Patrick and loved by John and family.
Michael Casswell – Friends for life – a great discovery
Gregory Porter – Hey Laura
Casting Crowns – One step away – for Andy, who loves the band.
Slade – Far far away – requested by Patrick. This is Noddy Holder’s favourite Slade track. It comse from the soundtrack of the film Slade in Flame. Chris e-mailed in to say she loved Slade as a child and was in the fan club. She was sent tickets fo a concert scene in the film. The filming clashed with her first day at Secondary School and her Mum would not let her go.
Passenger – Anywhere
Sountrack of the Colour Purple – Miss Cecily’s blues – written by Rod Temperton
The Police – Walking on the moon. Jonty told us about seeing a brilliant Police tribute band.
Ward Thomas – Carry on home.
The Shires – My Universe – loved by Rene
Beach Boys – Do it again
Cliff Richard – Fabulous – back to his rock & roll roots.
David Bowie – Life on Mars – for Derek, who loves Bowie.
George Martin – Theme 1

Join me next week when my studio guests are David and barbara Clark from the East Essex Gideons – the people who leave Bibles in hotel rooms.

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Friday Night Extra Friday 30.9.16 with studio guest singer Denyse Donnell

denyse-donnellDenyse Donnell joined me in the studio tonight and we heard her singing Baby mine, Then he kissed me, and Lullaby of Birdland. She told us that her first love was dancing and acting. Whilst working in the holiday industry, she was encouraged to sing. This resulted in her being in an ABBA tribute band in Minorca. Her singing and acting career has continued and now she performs in a number of contexts. She loves singing jazz and is looking to put together a jazz trio. She is also singing in Carousel at the Ingatestone Community Club next week, She has written and will be producing and performing in at the Ingatestone Community Centre in January. She is also looking for acts for a Valentines charity evening she is putting together. All this and a young family. For more information check out www.denysedonnell.co.uk
Tonight we featured a number of songs on the theme of Autumn. We also looked at the musical legacy of John D. Loudermilk, who passed away on 21st of September. In news items we heard the advice that we should all put on sunglasses at home two hours before we go to bed. This encourages the body clock to think night is coming and to prepare for sleep. In Switzerland, a group of retirement homes have been organising “elderly Olympics” during the summer. Sounds a great idea.
Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Shires – My Universe – title track from their new album. No. 1 next week?
Denyse Donnell – Baby mine
ABBA – Gimme, Gimme, Gimme – Denyse’s favourite ABBA track when she was in a tribute act.
Denyse Donnell – Then he kissed me
Denyse Donnell – Lullaby of Birdland
Doris Day – Que Sera Sera – Doris is big influence on Denyse. Listeners e-mailed in to say how much they loved Doris.
Gerry & The Pacemakers – You’ll never walk alone – originally from the show Carousel.
Lady Antebellum – Truely – for Rene and her friend in South Africa who pointed her to this track.
Leo Sayer – When I need you – requested by Patrick
Richard Wright – Mediterranean C – for Ken listening in Oxford and loving the music of Richard Wright.
Kinks – Autumn Almanac
Dionne Warwick & Stevie Wonder – That’s what friends are for.
Jason Aldean – Truth – from the No 1 album in the USA.
Paul Revere & the Raiders – Indian reservation – written by John D. Loudermilk
Marianne Faithful – This little bird
Jnr. Walker & the All Stars – Walk in the night
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony and ivory
Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood
Mama and the Papas – California dreaming
Black – Wonderful life
Monsoon – Ever so lonely – this Indian influenced track from 1982 was much appreciated by listeners.
Joe Stilgoe – All I do is dream – from his new album.
Ed Sheeran – Autumn leaves
George Martin – Theme 1

Join me next week when my guest is Paul Yarwood from Secure Havens.

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Friday Night Extra. Vegas or bust with guest Corrie Castleman

corrie-jontyCorrie Castlman joined us tonight to talk about her trip, dressed as a Grease-style Pink Lady with four friends in a £500 Vauxhall Astra from St. Austell Cornwall to Vegas in Spain. www.bangerrallychallenge.co.uk She herself could not decided if the trip was brave or madness. Jonty interviewed her as she told us there would be 150 cars taking part. She will be raising money for a Fostering Network that raises funds to lobby government for better training and support for those involved in fostering. This can be supported through the Just Giving page “Corries Pink ladies banger race” Any donation, big or small, will help. She also told us about her work with families and that there are 1,100 children in Essex in care. There is a shortage of those willing to foster.

We looked at the news story relating to the company Iceland possibly being sued by the country Iceland for trading under the name. The company have been trading for forty five years and even have stores in the country, We also continued the debate about albums and the latest story saying playlists are more popular than albums. Listeners thought this was sad. I commented how great it is to listen to an album for about 40+ minutes from one artist. Jonty said he had never listened in this way. Chris emailed in to say she had just bought a deck and had started buying vinyl again.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Duffy – Distant dreamer
Dolly Parton – Pure and simple
Sara Bareilles – Brave – chosen by Corrie
Sia – Cheap thrills – chosen by Corrie
Faith Hill – Let’s go to Vegas
Martin Gaye – What’s going on?
Lady Antebellum – Golden – requested by Michael
Prisoner Theme – Ron Goodwin – requested by Derek, just back from visiting Portmerion
Heart – Along
ECHO – Best of my love – playing live in Ingatestone the next day.
Glen Miller – Chattanooga Choo Choo – requested by Phyl – top of the USA charts in 1941.
Michael Buble – I haven’t met you yet – requested by Jonty for his brother on his 18th birthday and on passing his driving test
Queen _ I want to break free – for Chris, who wanted a good sing-along.
Neil Diamond – Holly holy – requested by Patrick
Pentatonix and Dolly Parton – Jolene – for all those liking the facebook video to promote this show.
Fleetwood Mac – Say you will – Rene’s favourite Fleetwood mac track.
ECHO – Signed , sealed, delivered
Everley Brothers – Walk right back – for Sue and Leonard listening in Kentucky and who saw the Everleys live.
Graham Nash – Encore – a new track about the break up of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Denyse Donnell – Lullaby of birdland
George Martin – Theme 1.
Join me next week when my guest is Denyse Donnell – talking about her singing and acting.

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Friday Night Extra 16.9.16 In my life

I was driving to the studio tonight whan I suddenly thought, ‘I am going in the wrong direction’. I made it with fifteen minutes to spare and was greeted by a worried looking Nikki. Jonty was with me tonight as we looked at a number of news stories you might have missed. My favourite was the world’s oldest man, Yisreal Kristal is to hold his bar mitzvah a hundred years late. He missed the original because of World War One. He was born in Poland in 1903 and survived being in the Auschwitz death camp. The 113 year old will have his ceremony with family and friends in a synagogue in Haifa. Amazing. In the second hour we had a musical feature ‘In my life’ featuring a number of songs with the same or similar titles. There were lots of response from listeners. The general agreement that many of them were good, but the stand-out track was from the Beatles. Voted in some lists as the best song of all time.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & The MGS – Crazy
Michael Buble – Feeling good
Dolly Parton – Pure and simple
Ward Thomas – Town called Ugley – for Alison listening in Lincoln
Jackson Breit – Signed, sealed, delivered
Stevie Wonder – Signed, sealed, delivered – listeners liked the new version, but prefered the original
Beach Boys – That’s why God made the radio – for Michael, now home from hospital
Pat Boone – The main attraction – for Phyl. This track is just one minute and forty seven seconds long!
Nora Jnes – Carry on
Frank Sinatra & Bono – I’ve got you under my skin- Lee recognised Bono’s voice, as did Adrian.
Diana Ross & The Supremes – Reflections – for Patrick
Jamie Lawson – In your own words
Adele – Cold shoulder
Vanessa Mae – Classical gas
Chaerles Keeley – The driver
Beatles – In my life
Billy Joel – In my life
The Animals – Its my life
No Doubt – Its my life
Talk Talk – Its my life – requested by Rene
Smokie – Its your life
James Morrison – Don’t stop the rain – for Chris in Harlow
Justin Meade – The power of love – hear Justine in Ingatestone Parish Church on Saturday 24th
Denyse Donnel – Baby mine – Denyse will be my guest on September 30th.
Ben E. King – Stand by me
John Lodge – Is’t life strange
Big Country – Wonderland – for Adrian who loves the band.
John Michele Jarre – Oxygene part 4

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 9.9.16 with studio guests Song Cycle

song-cycleIt was good to welcome back Song Cycle, who last visited the show two years ago. Since 1996 they have been involved with the Friends of Essex Churches Ride and Stride sponsored cycle event. As members of St. Thomas of Canterbury choir they thought as well as riding, they would sing when they arrived at the churches. Over 20 years they have ridden 687 miles, visited 663 churches, sung 316 motets and raided over £36,000 for the trust. To mark their twentieth year, they thought of doing something different. So starting at 7.30 a.m. tomorrow morning, and anticipating singing for over eleven hours, they plan to sing all 150 Psalms, including Glorias, to Anglican chant. We heard three examples of their singing tonight. They can be supported through the Song Cycle JustGiving page. As of 23rd of September thy had raised over £4,000.

The music tonight developed an unexpected theme after I played Justin Mead’s version of The Power of Love. Jonty then asked for a completely different song but with the same title by Huey Lewis and the News. Rene then e-mailed for Jennifer Rush singing another song, but with the same title. Finally Chris e-mailed for the Frankie Goes to Hollywood original. The show had a life of its own!
Jonty brought us some unusual news stories. 78 year old former England rugby player John Ranson foiled an attempted robbery at his home in Malta with a mug of tea. He slammed the door on one robber, threw the hot tea in the face of the second and targeted the third with the mug. They ran off. In Japan a man was forced to tweet for help when he got locked in a department store after falling asleep on a massage chair. His original tweet, “Oh man, I’m locked in” which included a photo has been re-tweeted over 39,000 times.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Rick Astley – Angels on my side
Joni Mitchel – Big yellow taxi
Song Cycle – How to Sing a Psalm.
Psalm 119 (section), Psalm 33
Kirsty MacCall – They don’t know about us
Phil Lynnott – Old town
Neil Diamond – Hello again
R. Dean Taylor – Got to see Jane
Justine Mead – The Power of Love
Dusty Springfield – Little by little
Celine Dion – Only one road – for Gareth and Esther listening in Hampshire
The Seekers – The carnival is over – requested by Patrick. At the height of its popularity in 1965, this track was selling over 93,000 copies a day.
Bon Jovi – Because we can – requested by Chris in Harlow, marking her books.
Post Modern Jukebox – Living on a prayer
Beatles – I feel fine – for Michael in Colchester Hospital
Huey Lewis and the News – The power of love – requested by Jonty
Jennifer Rush – The power of love – requested by Rene
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The power of love
Les Crane – Desiderata – a big hit in Uk and USA in 1971
Crowded House – Don’t dream it is over
Quincy Jones – Soul Bossa Nova

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 2.9.16 with guest Dan Pierce @danthevicar

dan-pierceTonight my studio guest was Dan Pierce who works as a Pioneer minister in Billericay. You may well see him in a coffee shop in Billericay High Street and want to pop along for a chat. Dan told us about his life journey to this point. This was varied, including working in India and as a supermarket security guard. He felt this particular job was the best preparation for being a minister as it meant he met every kind of person. He had trained at Cranmer Hall in Durham before working as a curate in the north east of England, then coming to be in Billericay. Dan supports Manchester United and Middlesborough. He loves being creative, writing songs, poetry, short stories and painting. He has three boys and sung for us one of his own compositions called Raising Boys, which spoke about trying to influence them for the good as they grow up. Musically he chose REM, as a song from his youth. He is a big fan of Damon Alban and all that he has produced, including his daya in Blur and Gorrilaz. He also likes Arcade Fire. He told us that he had performed twice at the Greenbelt Christian music festival. Jonty had just come back from there, his fourteenth visit. Dan will be performing in Billericay later in the month. Check out our events guide for more details.

We learnt that a demo recording of the Beatle’s song, ‘It’s for you’ by Paul McCartney had sold this week for £18k. It came from the private collection of Cilla Black. A Blue Plaque was put on a semi-detached house in Feltham, west London, the first UK home of Freddie Mercury. We celebrated the life of Gene Wilder, best known for his role as Willy Wonker in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We also remembered Matt Roberts, guitarist with the band 3 Doors Down, who had sold over 20 million albums. On 31st it had been 19 years since the death of Diana Princess of Wales.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Dolly Parton – Pure and Simple
REM – Sweetness follows – chosen by Dan
Damian Alban – Mr. Tembo – chosen by Dan
Arcade Fire – Wake up – chosen by Dan
Quincey Jones – Soul Bossa Nova
The Christians – Harvest for the world
Todd Duncan – Unchained Melody
Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody – requested by Phyl
Paul McCartney – It’s for you
Cilla Black – Its for you
Elton John – Goodbye England’s rose
Gene Wilder – Pure Imagination
Frank & Nancy Sinatra – Something stupid – requested by Patrick
Justine Mead – The power of love – hear her at Ingatestone Parish Church on September 24th
Queen – This thing called love
MonaLisa Twins – Bus Stop
Imagination – Just an illusion
George Martin – Theme 1

Join me next week, when my studio guests are Song Cycle.

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Friday Night Extra 26.8.16 with Annabelle, Ed and Duncan who all skydived to raise funds for Kids Inspire.

SkydiversAnnabelle Chuchett, age 16, Ed Loveday, aged 16 and Duncan Lee, aged 17, all from Ingatestone, joined me tonight to talk about their skydiving to raise money for the Chelmsford based charity, Kids Inspire. They dived on Wednesday with the Red Devils, the British Army’s Parachute Regiment at Sarum. They clearly had a fantastic time and talked enthusiastically about the experience. Once they had all landed, they said, “Can we go back and do it again?” They were full of praise for the Red Devils and the way that they helped them, and others also undertaking skydives on the day. Only today there was news of two ninety year old World War Two veterans undertaking dives. Any charity can look with confidence to organise skydiving with the Red Devils.

Kids Inspire is a charity that has an every increasing call upon the expertise of those working with children and young people who need their help. The charity aims to help to heal wounds and trauma and help young people to reconnect with themselves and society. www.kidsinspire.org.uk The work is both in the community and in schools. The founder of the charity Sue Bell came in to talk on the show and the full recording can be found by scrolling down the Friday Night Extra show blogs. Annabelle, Ed and Duncan can still be supported. Go to UK.Virgin money giving.com/team/Duncan Ed and Annabelles Sky Dive and donate.

In news stories we heard that the first Apple computer, prototype Apple 1, sold today for $815,000 (£618,000)Just 200 of these computers were built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976. 10% of the proceeds from the sale in New York will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Winning bidders Glenn and Shannon Dellimore say they will take the computer into schools and universities to help inspire young people. Russian languague students world wide are being offered the opportunity to chat on Skype with pensioners in Moscow with a scheme called Liguanalink of Generations. So far fifteen international students have applied online. In Shanghai there are moves to remove English names from some road signs, so that the Chinese characters can be bigger and seen easier by Chinese reading drivers. This has caused anguish amongst the ex-pat community.

Tonight’s playlist
Miles Davis – Summertime
Jamie Cullum – The edge of something
Adele – Skyfall
Shires – Bands of rhythm
Rick Astley – Angels on my side.
Dolly Parton – Pure and simple
Bellowhhead – Betsy Baker – requested by Jackie
MonaLisa Twins – Drive my car
Johnny Cash – I walk the line – requested by Phyl
Bill Withers – Lovely day
Real Thing – You to me are everything – requested by Patrick
Traffic – Paper Sun
Bowie – Life on Mars – for Michael in Colchester Hospital
John Lodge – Is’nt life strange – an acoustic version of the Moody Blues classic and No 2 this week in the vinyl singles chart
Simon and Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled waters – loved by Alison still working.
Steve Brookstein – Against all odds – XFactor winner and Phoenix98FM presenter. Which is the highest accolade?
Fleetwood Mac – Everday
Moody Blues – Nights in white satin
Nathan Carter – Beautiful life
Loving Spoonful – Summer in the city
Ramsey Lewis Trio – Wade in the water.

Join me next week when my guest is Dan Pierce @danthevicar who describes himself as husband, dad, priest, singer songwriter, football fan, goofy, art lover, tree hugger, creative enthusiast, likes polar bears, tigers, gorillas and Gorrilaz. We should have a lot to talk about!

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Friday Night Extra 19.8.16 Summer breeze.

Tonight Jonty was back from holiday. The playlist was changed as I played a track by Joe Stilgoe, a surprising version of The Doors, People are strange. Jonty had never heard of The Doors. So we had Hello, I love you by The Doors. We also had a track from 2013 by Petual Clark. Jonty had never heard of her, so we had Downtown. We had a number of requests tonight that meant we were even wider in genre than usual, if that is possible! We heard that today is International Orang-utan Day, to draw attention to the plight of Orang-utans in the wild. Massimo Bottura runs the renowned Osteria Francesca restaurant in Modena, Italy. He decided there was a problem with wasted food at the Olympics. So he has set up a restaurant to use left over food to make meals for homeless people. This restaurant will continue in Rio when the Olympics end. What a great story.

Tonight’s playlist.
Miles Davis – Summertime
Seals and Croft – Summer breeze
Rick Astley – I like the sun
Joe Stilgoe – People are strange
The Doors – Hello, I love you
Ralph McTell – Streets of London – requested by Phyl
Petula Clark – Cut, copy me
Petula Clark – Downtown
Dion Dimucci – Sweet Surrender
Labi Siffre – It must be love
J.P. Taylor – Faces in the forest – for International Orang-utan day
Dust Springfield – Don’t forget about me – from Dusty in Memphis
Bing Crosby – Thanks for the memory – for Michael in Colchester Hospital
The theme from the Prisoner TV series 1967/8
Gregory Porter – Dream Day
Fairport Convention – Now be thankful – requested by Jackie
The Shires – Beat to the rhythm – from the new Phoenix98FM A list
MonaLisa Twins – While my guitar gently weeps
Elvis Presley – Bitter they are, the harder they fall
Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin & John
Dan + Shay – From the ground up
Brad Paisley – Beat the summer
Alison Krauss – Stay
Charles Keeley – Lovely girl
The Zombies – This will be our year
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky man
George Martin – Theme One

Join me next week when I am joined by three teenagers from Ingatestone who are skydiving to raise money for Kids Inspire.

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Friday Night Extra 12.8.16 National Mackem Day

Paul from Billericay had contacted me via Twitter earlier in the day to tell me it was National Mackem Day. A Mackem is a person born in or around Sunderland, like Paul himself. We had tracks from The Lake Poets, Bryan Ferry and Dave Stewart. Paul commented that he listened to the show while watching the Olympics, as did Lee. There were a number of requests tonight. We continued our listen to the classic album, Dusty in Memphis, along with many other tracks from across the decades. We remembered Padraig Duggan founder member of Clannad, who died this week. They were the only band to sing in Gaelic on Top of the Pops. In the Finish city of Vantaa, near Helsinki, the Tikkurila library has installed karaoke booths. You can go and sing along for up to two hours to songs from a selection of over 3,000. In the Swedish town of Haparanda, part of the rejuvenation project has been to install unusual roadsigns. These include one pointing to “Midnight Sun” and another “Quality of life”. However, most notable are the signs at crossing the road. These include jive dancing, walking like Chuck Berry and Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks. A spokeman said, “Haparanda has always dared to try something new”. We also learnt the song Jeremy Corbyn whistles to his cat El Gato to come in at night. Can you guess which song? You can find the answer in the playlist below. Listeners felt it was very hard to whistle it.

Tonight’s playlist.
Miles Davis – Summertime
Dixie Chicks – Wide open spaces
Andre Gold – Never let her slip away
Hot Chocolate – No doubt about it – for Derek who requested anything from the band.
The Lake Poets – Raining – Mackem Day Song – Paul in Billericay responded that it does rain a lot in the North East of England.
Fairport Convention – Festival Ball – requested by Phyl for all those attending the Cropready festival this weekend.
Rick Astley – Keep Singing – for Anna in Portugal and the ten others who responded to my Facebbok message about playing this track tonight.
Heart – Alone – requested by Patrick
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin – Busy doing nothing – Mackem Day track as Dave comes from the area.
Dion – Abraham, Martin and John – the original US hit version.
Pandemonium Drummers and friends – Champion – a charity track to download raising money for Cancer Research.
Will Smith – Theme from Fresh Prince of Bel Air – for Michael in Colchester Hospital
Mona Lisa Twins – God only knows – a great teenage band. We shall feature them again.
Focus – Sylvia
Joni Mitchel – Help me
Beatles Taxman – to celebrate 50 years since the release of Revolver
Tom Chaplin – Heardened heart – a song Paul in Ingrave had drawn my attention to this track from the new solo album by the lead singer of Keane.
Charles Keeley & Stevie Nicks – Southern Accents – track from the solo album by the lead singer of Lady Antebellum.
Dusty Springfield – I don’t want to hear any more – from Dusty in Memphis
Clannad – Theme from Harry’s Game
Dawn – Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree – Jeremy Corbyn’s song to whistle to bring his cat in at night.
Bryan Ferry – Avalon
Bryan Ferry Jazz Orchestra – Avalon – final two Macham Day tracks.
Zombies – And we were young again
Diana Ross – Summertime
Spirit – Taurus – with the news that whilst Led Zepplin won the case that Stairway to Heaven was not based on this track, they lost this week the appeal for the $800,000 lawyers fees.

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Friday Night Extra 5.8.16. Chilled Friday

We had another serving of chilled music tonight for a summer’s evening. We heard in the UAE that they have a Minister for Happiness in the government. This was very popular with listeners, with Rene e-mailing in that we need as much encouragement for happiness as possible. They also have a minister who has to be under 25 years of age to give importance to the needs of young people. Again this was considered a good idea, though it was not thought they had to be that young, just good at communicating with young people. We also heard about the idea in Norway to consider a slug hunting day to try to rid the country of the Spanish slug. This brought some interesting replies!
Tonight’s playlist.
Miles Davis – Summertime
FR David – Words
John Lodge & Justin Hayward – Blue guitar
Dusty Springfield – Windmills of your mind – the latest track featured from the album Dusty in Memphis.
Jack Savoretti – Back where I belong
Glenn Miller – Moonlight seranade – requested by Phyl
Sinatra & Jobin – The girl from Ipanema – for Alison in Lincoln, Helen in Rhodes, Gregg and Holly in Essex who liked it on my Facebook item promoting the show.
Diana Krall – Walk on by – live in Rio
Stevie Wonder – Another Star
Gumbay Dance Band – Child of the sun – requested by Patrick. I never realised they were a German band.
David Bowie Prom – Hereos – requested by Lee and David
Dolly Parton – Pure and simple
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
Rubettes – Sugar baby love – requested by Patrick for Michael in Colchester Hospital and one of his favourite tracks.
Rick Astley – Pray with me, from his album of new material that came out this year
Elvis Presley & The London Philharmonic Orchestra – What now my love?
Zombies – Moving on
Ray Davis & The Crouch End Chorus – Days
Toto – Africa
Soweto String Quartet – Millenium – whilst this was playing Rene’s mother came into the room and asked if she was listening to a South African Radio station.
Walker Brothers – My ship is coming in
Nat King Cole – Route 66 – for Jonny Moore and the Blue Moon Quintet. If you have yet to listen to the show where they played live, please check it out.
Mary Hopkin – Those were the days – lots of listeners contacting to say they were singing along.
George Martin – Theme 1.

Join me again next week for another relaxing music mix. And why not leave a request below?

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Friday Night Extra 29.7.16. Summertime and the living is easy.

With Jonty on holiday and no studio guests, it was just you, me and the music. Lots of people contacted the show tonight, all people busy doing something with the show as accompaniment. Filling in tax forms, washing and ironing, dusting, playing with grandchildren and just chilling with a cool drink were some of the activities. A film is being planned around the metioriic rise of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardie. We celebrated the work of Ken Barrie, who died today and is best know for being the original voice of Postman Pat. Less well known is that he had a pop career in the early i960s as Les Carle. He recorded on the Embassy label. This was label that produced cover versions of chart songs. these were sold excclusively in Woolworths and were cheaper than the originals. Also passing today was actress Vivien Gray, best known as Mrs Mangel in 250+ edpisodes of the Aussie soap Neighbours in the 1980s. When she left the role in 1988 she gave up acting, saying, “I could barely set foot outside my own front door without someone screaming abuse at horrid old Mrs. Mangel.” We also considered whether there was anything that listeners had bought that they regretted buying. The items included the second Wizzard album, tax manuals, tobasco sauce and a very expensive carpet cleaner that never worked properly. Good to hear via e-mail from Susan and Ian from near Reading tonight, the first time we have heard from them for some time.

Tonight’s playlist.
Miles Davis – Summertime
Lady Antebellum – I run to you
Dolly Parton – Pure and simple – title track from her new album soon to be released.
Jayhawks – Quiet corners and empty spaces – for Holly who liked this on my Facebook page
Phil Collins – Somewhere – requested by Derek
Nancy Sinatra – You only live twice. This led to discussion about favourite Bond themes.
Beach Boys – All summer long – for Michael in Broomfield Hospital
Laura Mvula – That’s alright
Les Carle (Postman Pat) – Up on the roof – this is a really good version of the classic song.
Maddie Pryor and the Carnival Band – Love divine – the title was guessed by Alison quicker than anyone else. It has a long and quite obscure intro.
Eric Clapton _ Layla accoustic – for Lee working on U.S.A. tax forms.
Jmaes Galway and Phil Cpoulter – Belfast polka – requested by Patrick
Beverly Knight & Jamie Cullum – Private number. A new version of the song originally a hit for Judy Cley and William Bell in 1968. Patrick was first to provide information about the original recording.
Elton John – A good heart – from his latest album – for David, Alison, Ben and Anna just back from U.S.A. where they listened to the show live.
Dusty Springfield – Just one smile – from the iconic album, Dusty in Memphis.
Billy Joel – Pressure – for everyone listening who felt under pressure.
Wizzard – See my baby jive – for Lee who had not heard it for years. We were all singing along.
Adrian Gurwitz – Classic
Stevie Wonder – Talk with God
George Benson – On Broadway – for Jonny who says George is his guitar hero.
Neil McArthur (AKA Colin Blunstone) – Without her
Gregory Porter – Water under bridges
Monkees – You bring the summer – who would have thought there would ever be a new album from the Monkees? From the station’s A list.
George Martin – Theme 1.
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Friday Night Extra 22nd July 16 with live music from the Jonny Moore Blue Moon Jazz Quintet

Blue MoonTonight we had cool jazz for a hot summer evening from Jonny, Elle, Seb and Pete from Brentwood School, the Blue Moon Jazz Quintet. The keyboards player was unable to be with us tonight. It was fantastic to have them playing live in the studio with guitar, bass guitar, drums and saxophone. They brought us a selection of their favourite tracks and Jonny explained why they had chosen them. They also selected some tracks for us as well. Listeners commented on how it was obvious how much they were enjoying the experience and they were enjoying listening. This included David, Alison, Ben and Anna listening in Orlando, Florida. Jonny said that they are available to play at weddings and other functions. The contact info is
bluemoonjazzquintet@gmail.com.

In the second hour we had a feature about Garry Marshall who passed away this week. In a career spanning over half a century Garry made people laugh and cry with a string of hit sitcoms and romantic comedies. He once estimated he was responsible for 1,000 sitcom episodes, including Happy Days, Mork & Mindy and Laverne and Shirley. Film credits include Pretty Woman, The Flamingo Kid and the Princess Diaries. We heard that videocassette recorders were finally ending production in Japan. We were amazed they were still being made. Everyone is talking about Pokémon Go. Apparently people have been wandering into the A&E Unit of the Royal Stoke University Hospital. Of course players have been asked to stay away from this “incredibly busy” A&E department.

Tonight’s playlist
Miles Davis – Summertime
Elvis Presley & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – In the ghetto
Blue Moon Jazz – Take the A train – live
Blue Moon Jazz – Night in Tunisia – live
Nathan East – Sir Duke – a favourite track of the quintet, especial bass player Pete. Nathan has made over 2,000 recordings.
Stevie Wonder – I wish
Blue Moon Jazz – Nearness of you – live
Blue Moon Jazz – Summertime – live, with a souful twist.
Blue Moon Jazz – Tune 88 – live
George Benson – Route 66 – Jonny said that George Benson was his guitar idol.
Earth, Wind & Fire – September
Deodato – Also Sprake Zarathustra – for Chris in Harlow and all teachers who have broken up from school.
Peter Andre – Fly me to the moon – requested by Phyl in Enfield.
Beach Boys – California Girls – for David, Alison, Ben and Anna, holidaying in Orlando Florida and sitting by the pool listening to the show.
James Taylor & Carole King – You’ve got a friend – requested for Michael by Patrick, who loved this version of the song we selected.
Barb Jungr – Waterloo sunset – her version of this song, the favourite on the show.
Happy Days theme.
Mork & Mindy theme.
Myra – Miracles happen – from the Princess diaries.
The Settlers – The Lightening tree – for Gregg to bring him back memories of watching Follyfoot (this was the theme tune) in his youth.
Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher man
Darius Rucker – Radio
Band Perry – All my life – for Sue, Leonard and all those listening in Kentucky and Nashville for their Friday afternoon British entertainment.
Gregory Porter – The in crowd.
Free – My brother Jake
Jamie Lawson – Ahead of myself
Focus – Sylvia
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Friday Night Extra 15.7.16 Planning your road trip.

Tonight, with no guests and Jonty away, it was just you, me and the music. We also thought about planning a road trip. Where would you go? Who would you take with you? Why would you take them?
This sparked lots of listener response. Bob Marley, around the Caribbean, because he was a spiritual man and he would know the best places to surf. Archbishop Justin Welby, around the U.K., because he has an impossible job and it would be good to hear his views. Geoff Hurst, Winston Churchill, Michael Pallin, Michael Portillo, Alexi Polizzi, Clint Eastwood and Lemmy. Then a trip to see Polar bears with Earl Carpenter, so he could sing all the songs from Phantom of the Opera over and over again. Then there was taking Rog Hodgson for a trip around Wales and asking why he got the tactics so wrong. David Cameron, Rory Mcllroy, Angela Merkel, Adele, Julia Bradbury around the Midlands with her maps, Rick Stein around East Anglia to teach cooking at different restaurants and Dimitri Payet. I was asked my trip, which would be Route 66 in USA with Abraham Lincoln. This went down well with David, listening live tonight in Washington DC, where the show was 3 – 5 p.m.

Tonight’s playlist
Miles Davis – Summertime
Shires – Made in England
Sting – Englishman in New York – for David listening in Washington, having flown yesterday from New York.
Beatles – With a little help from my friends – from Michael for all his friends.
Petre Andre – Fly me to the moon
Cliff Richard – Summer holiday – requested by Phyl
Lobo – Me and you and a dog named boo – requested by Patrick
Bob Marley – Sun is shinning – requested by Rene to go with her road trip
Peggy Lee – He’s a tramp – requested by Derek
Douwe Bob – Slow down
Bill Withers – lovely day – for Leigh, Chris and all teachers nearing the end of the term.
Bob Dylan -The night we called it a day – commented by lee that this sounded like Leonard Cohen
Quincy Jones – Soul Bossanova
Elton John – Can you feel the love tonight
Adele – Skyfall – to sing for Lee and Roy Hodgson on their road trip to Wales.
Clannad – Robin the hooded man
Queen – Somebody to love
Stevie Wonder – Another star
Phil Collins – Another day in paradise
Gregory Porter – Wind song – for Pauline, Stephen from Billericay’s mum, whose birthday it is today.
Carie Underwood – What I never knew I always wanted.
Jack Savoretti – Broken glass
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Teach your children
Black – Wonderful life
Nelson Riddle – Route 66 – as I drive off with Abraham Lincoln…

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Friday Nigh Extra 8.7.16 with guest Cllr Noelle Hones, Mayor of Brentwood

Cllr Noelle Hones joined me in the studio tonight for her first radio interview. She talked about the kinds of events she attends as mayor. This averages as more than one a day. Recent events included visiting Brentwood School and being involved in the commemoration of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme in Ingatestone. She had also had a Civic service at Ingatestone church and attended the Civic services of other mayors. All this engagement in community events meant that she could not not undertake some of the normal Brentwood Council functions on committees. However, she still did all her local work in representing Ingatestone, Fryerning and Mountnessing. She spoke enthusiastically about enjoying being a councillor. Noelle is supporting three charities during her year as Mayor.

The Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary in Buttsbury, Ingatestone. www.info@remussanctuary.org This charity is involved with combating horse cruelty and providing a sanctuary for abused horses.

Georgia’s Teenage Cancer Appeal was founded in 2009. The charity aims to improve the life of children in Essex living at home with cancer or other life threatening diseases. http://gtca-appeal.org

The Christy Hall in Ingatestone is a community hall used by lots of organisations, including Scouts and Brownies. You can find them on facebook icsout.dnsalias.org/ch/ Noelle has been invovled with the town-twinning scheme before she became mayor. She spoke about how she feels this is a very important part of the work of the council, to try and develop positive links with towns in other parts of Europe. More information can be found on the Brentwood Council website.

Jonty brought us a number of unusual stories tonight. Residents of Hebden Royd whose Christmas celebrations were cancelled because of flooding have held their celebrations six months later. The Vicar in Kidlington, along with other local residents, is bemused by the face that bus-loads of Chinese and Japanese tourists have been turning up in the village. It is thought there might be a vague link with the Harry Potter franchise and Inspector Morse novels. Cluedo have killed off the character of Mrs. White, the housekeeper, and replaced her with Dr. Orchid, who has a PHd in plant toxicology and was home-schooled by Mrs. White. They have also re-vamped all the existing characters, making them all look younger and more 21st century. This includes the Revd. Green. Finally we heard about Thomas Thwaites. He decided he was so stressed by his daily life that he would live for a period as a goat. This included being fitted with prosthetic limbs and walking in a field with the animals. The Wellcome Trust gave him a small grant to undertake this project and he has written a book, ‘Goatman: How I took a holiday from being human’. He spent three days on the goat farm and would recommend the experience, calling it “a special kind of time”.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – opening theme
Elvis Presley & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – If I can dream
Don MacLean – Vincent – chosen by Noelle
Johny Cash – A boy named Sue
Elton John – Rocket man
Ultravox = Vienna – requested by Patrick for Michael
Shadows – Wonderful land – requested by Phyl
Joe Stilgoe – History (his version of the One Direction song)
Yes – Wonderous stories
Script – The man who can’t be moved – requested by Jon
Beach Boys – Disney girls
Seal – Kiss from a rose
George harrison – What is life?
Marc Antione – Sunland
John Grant – I want to go to Marz – John is managed by Jonty’s aunt.
Carol Emerald – Completely (acoustic version)
Mas Que Nada – Sergio Mendes – getting us ready for Cultural Brasil at 11 pm
Seals and Crofts – Summer Breeze
George Martin – Theme 1 – closing theme

Join me next week from 8 for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 1.7.16 with guest Alison Cline-Dean, Senior Chaplain at Colchester Hospital.

On Canada day, Canadian Alison was my studio guest. She talked about her work at Colchester and how her role is to ensure that patients are offered holistic care, including spiritual. She talked movingly about some of the experiences she has been involved with in helping people. She said that to undertake this work was a great privilege. She also has to manage her team of over fifty volunteer chaplains, including interviewing potential chaplains and organising training opportunities. She told us how she became involved in chaplaincy work whilst living in Canada following a car accident which changed her circumstances. Her journey was inspirational to hear as she was working, training and looking after her child all at the same time. She said she needed to be organised! The chaplaincy role in a large care-home in Canada was very different than the role Alison really desired and again unexpected circumstances led to the bold step of moving to England without a post. However this was a very short wait before she was offered the role at Broomfield Hospital. She also sold her house in Canada much quicker than is usual. She has continued her studies as she has undertaken the role of hospital chaplain at Broomfield and now at Colchester. If anyone listening was interested in being involved in hospital chaplaincy, Alison would be very happy to talk with them. She said the same would be true at any hospital.

As today is Canada day, tonight we featured a number of Canadian artists. It is also the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. Alison told us about the Newfoundland regiment. On this day 100 years ago 758 soldiers and 23 officers began their advance. In half an hour 85% were dead. Next day just 68 men reported for duty.

Unusual news stories this week included one about a skyscraper in Los Angeles with a fixed slide 1,000 feet long outside a skyscraper between the 70th and 69th floor. Jonty felt he would like to have a go. None of the listeners agreed with him. We also talked about the joy of buying an album and exploring the music of an artist, rather than simply downloading individual tracks.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
ELO – Wild West Hero
Gordon Lightfoot – Too late for prayer – chosen by Alison
Halleluja – Leonard Cohen – chosen by Alison
Celene Dion & Josh Grogan – The prayer – chosen by Alison
Oscar Peterson – Summertime
Joe Stilgoe – Put down your phone
Amy Winehouse – Back to black – requested by patrick
Diana Krall – Boy from Iponenema – requested by Patrick for Michael. Everyone in the library misses you Michael.
Rick Astley – Pray with me
The Shires – Nashville grey skies
Miss 600 – Twist – suggested by Gary in Malta on Twitter
Elvis Presley – Blue suede shoes – to remember Scotty Moore, guitarist on this track and numerous others by Elvis, who died this week.
Michael Buble – Feeling good – for Chris, Bob, David, Ben and all those watching the football and listening to the show.
Mason Williams – Classical gas – from the days in the late 60s when an instrumental could climb high in the charts.
Tom Jones – Its not unusual – for Angela and all other delirious Wales fans after the result tonight.
Bryan Adams – Heaven, acoustic live version.
Sarah MacLachlan – In the arms of an angel.
George Martin – Theme One, closing theme.

Can you spot how many Canadian artists were featured in the show tonight? It was eight.

Join me next week when my studio guest is Cllr Noelle Hones – Mayor of Brentwood. She will talking about the role of the mayor and also choosing three favourite tracks.

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Friday Night Exta 24.6.16 with guests Fay, Ellie & Emma from Ingatestone C of E Junior School.

160624 I&F2160624 I&F1It was a joy to be joined in the studio tonight by three very confident girls from the school. They had all won a competition to be on the programme. Fay talked about technology, and asked the question as to whether it was good or bad. She told us about the many positive uses of technology. particularly in hospitals. The problems with technology tended to be around the reality that it can often go wrong. It is also easy to break items, like dropping a phone on the floor. Ellie spoke with enthusiasm about the Young Expressions drama club in Ingatestone. She told us about being in three productions and how she loved taking part in them. In one show she played a dog, and felt she did well as she had a natural whoof. We even had a demonstration. Emma told us about being involved with Race for Life and raising money for Cancer Research. She took part in the race in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, among hundreds of participants. She felt that being with many other people encouraged her to ensure she finished. She also said that it felt really good to be involved with something that is so important. She imagines she will take part for many years.
Mrs. Johnson from the school contacted the studio and said that the girls were very confident, they spoke very well and she was proud of them. She also said they made her laugh out loud. They were much appreciated by listeners who contacted the studio. Phyl listening in London said they were a great credit to the school. Marjorie thought they were wonderful. Paul in Ingrave wrote on Twitter that they were great.

We heard that the court case in Los Angeles brought against Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, where they were accused of plagiarism, had found them not guilty. As we have been showing over recent weeks, there is a clear similarity between the introduction of Stairway to Heaven and part of Spirit’s 1967 instrumental track Taurus. However the judge ruled that the chord progression was very common and had been in use for over three hundred years. Ollie, on Facebook, had told us this four weeks ago. We also heard about a cat in Scotland that had been re-united with its owners three years later, thanks to being chipped. The owners felt everyone she get their pets chipped to ensure they can be found much easier than if they are not chipped.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Jack Savoretti – Back where I belong
Robbie Williams – Angels – chosen by Fay because she says everyone sings along at home when it is played.
Zara Lawson – Lush life – Ellie likes this as she thinks it would be nice to have a lush life herself.
Take That – These days – Emma said that this was also a very good sing along song.
McFly – All about you
Rick Astley – Pray with me – from his new No. 1 album.
Lulu – To Sir with love
Adam Lambert – Mad World
Robin Youngblood – Before Midnight – requested by Patrick. Listeners very quickly commented that this was based on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. As David wrote ‘Mozart with a drum machine’.
Joni Mitchel – Big Yellow taxi – for Lee working as usual and listening to the show.
Pat Boone – Moon River – requested by Phyl in Enfield.
Zombies – Moving on
Yardbirds – For your love
Adele – Send me love – listeners were very surprised at how different this track sounded from previous Adele singles.
Monkees – You bring me Summer – who could believe there is a a new album from the Monkies?
Beach Boys – God only knows – No 1 this week in the vinyl singles chart. The album Pet Sounds, remastered to celebrate 50 years since its first release, is in the top 30 best selling albums.
Matt Munroe – Dancing with tears in your eyes – requested by Michael, home from hospital.
Elton John – Someone saved my life tonight – for David, Alison & Ben listening in Lincoln who I went with, along with 17,000 others, to see Elton in concert in Lincoln.
5th Dimension – Sunshine of your love
Iona – Chi Ro – Rob Scaggs, from the Chelmsford CHESS project working with homeless people had re-introduced us to this band when he was a guest on the show last year.
Eva Cassidy – Time’s a healer.
George Martin – Theme 1 – closing theme.
Join me next week when my studio guest is Alison Cline-Dean, Senior chaplain at Colchester Hospital and formerly at Broomfield Hospital.

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Friday Night Extra 17.6.16

Tonight we focussed on the music for a relaxing Friday evening. We remembered the career of Henry McCullough, legendary rock guitarist who passed away this week. We also remembered Dave Swarbrick, who had died since my last show. He is described as the most influential fiddle player in British folk music. We also appreciated a track from Blue, a jazz album recorded by Diana Ross in 1971/2 as a follow up to her Lady Sings the Blues soundtrack album. This was not released until 2006 as the label decided they wanted her to follow an R&B direction rather than jazz. It was good to hear that Sir Cliff Richard felt that the ordeal he has been through for the past two years has strengthen his faith. To quote his friend Cindy Kent, “He knows he is loved by God and he knows that God knows the truth. As far as he was concerned, he was safe in the knowledge that he had nothing to prove because nothing had happened. God is truth and we worship him in spirit and truth and, from that point of view, he felt God was with him.” Jonty brought us a story about a sea gull that had turned orange by falling into chicken Tikka Masala. We also heard about robin chicks that has been on a trip from Liverpool to Glastonbury in a nest on the chassis of a trailer. They had been named, John, Paul, George and Ringo. Finally, there was the bicycle thief lassoed by a rancher in Oregan.
Playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Cliff Ricahrd & Hank Marvin – Thow down a line
Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band – Sing – as chosen by the Queen as one of her ten favourite songs.
Eric Clapton – Layla (acoustic)
Coldplay – Yellow
Waldo de los Rios – Mozart 40 – requested by Phyl
Paul Simon – Stranger to stranger – title track from the No. 1 album
Gordon Lightfoot – Sundown – requested by Michael
Housemartins – Caravan of love – requested by Patrick
Elton John – Song for Guy
Paul McCartney & Wings – My love – appreciating the guitar playing of Henry McCullough
Linda Ronstadt – Tracks of my tears
Gregory Porter & Laura Mvula – Water under bridges
Diana Ross – What a difference a day makes
Michael Jackson – You are not alone
Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole – Unforgetable
Dave Swarbrick – The Cuckoos nest – the most influential fiddle player in British folk music.
Aretha Franklin – Bridge over troubled water
Dream Academy – Life in a northern town
China Crisis – Wishful thinking – for Adrian who loves the band.
George Martin – Theme 1 – closing theme.

Join me next week for a show featuring three pupils form Ingatestone & Fryerning C of E Junior School.

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Friday Night Extra 3.6.16 with bell ringers Harry, Helen & Richard Saddleton

Saddleton familyOn a very cold June evening in Brentwood I was joined in the studio by Harry, Helen and Richard. The are part of the bell ringing team at Ingatestone Parish Church. Richard and Helen had met through a university bell ringing group. Richard told us about the history of bell ringing. They all said how much they enjoyed bell ringing. There is also a social side, with ringers becoming a group of friends. Groups of ringers often go to ring at different towers and enjoy experiencing different sets of bells and amazing buildings. Richard said that you never stop learning about ringing. However it was felt that to ring in a parish church could be learnt, with practice, in about a month. You just need to be able to count. Bells can be rung for a number of reasons at church. At Ingatestone they are not only rung on Sundays. They are also rung for weddings and occasionally for funerals. They are also rung on the annual Victorian evening. On July 1st they will be rung to mark the death of a soldier at the Battle of the Somme. More information can be found about bell ringing from the Essex Association of Changer Ringers, www.eacr.org.uk or from the Central Council of Bell Ringers www.cccbr.org.uk Richard also suggested that you could contact any parish church or just turn up any Sunday morning. Helen in Rhodes contacted via Facebook to say her parents had both been bell ringers and it had given them a great deal of pleasure throughout their lives.

Jonty was back with us tonight and shared a few stories. His favourite was about the policeman who went to calm a disturbance in a bar in Glasgow. Having calmed the situation he then joined in the karaoke, giving an enthusiastic rendition of ‘I will survive’, complete with dance movements. We all felt we needed more policemen like that. We also had an appreciation of TV comedy writer Carla Lane, who died this week. Listeners said they loved her ‘gentle comedy with a hard edge’.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
The Band Perry – All your life
Pharrell Williams – Happy – chosen by Harry
Bon Jovi – Bells of freedom – loved by Chris and e-mailing to tell us all the family were singing along.
Elvis Presley – The wonder of you – chosen by Helen for Richard.
The Browns – The three bells – a hit in 1959.
Paul Carrick – Sleep on it
Maddie Prior & the Carnival Band – He who would valiant be – requested by Phyl
Elton John – Candle in the wind
Joe Stilgoe – Abracadabra
Brian Wilson Band – Good vibrations live
Tribute to Carla Lane. Theme tunes from Liverbirds, Butterflies & Bread.
All Angels – Send in the clowns – requested by Patrick
Pink Floyd – Money – with the release of a set of stamps to celebrate the 50 years of the band. loved by Lee.
Joe Cocker – Ring them bells. A song by Bob Dylan.
Rolling Stones – My only girl – a very early Stones track played as Ronnie Wood has become a father again, of twins, at the age of 68 years. Ronnie Wood had written the track.
Adele – Hello – played because of the news that one in six of albums bought world wide in 2015 were produced by British artists.
Joan Baez & The Indigo Girls – Don’t think twice its alright – Another Bob Dylan song. listeners noticed a resemblance to Ralph McTell’s Streets of London.
Ed Sheeran – Thinking out loud – chosen by Jonty for his Mum’s birthday the next day. She heard the track whilst listening in the car.
Van Morrison & Georgie Fame – Get on with the show – having heard it Adrian noted he would go and buy the album. The power of radio.
George Martin – Theme 1 – closing theme

I will not be with you next week. Join me in two weeks time.

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Friday Night Extra 27.5.16 with guest Paula Carr from @Communitas_Care

Paula CarrPaula Carr joined me in the studio tonight for a fascinating chat about this charity working in Uganda. She told us how the work had begun by her father visiting the area twenty years ago. Numerous visits later they have built schools and other facilities. They have also undertaken training activities in public health and developed a strong working relationship with the Diocese of West Buganda. There are many practical ways of supporting the project. At the moment there is a shortage of school reading books across the age ranges. There is also a need for baby clothes. She told us that many of the children walk to and from school in the dark and need fluorescent armbands. More information can be found on the twitter page or by contacting Emmanuel Church, Billericay. Paula can be contacted at The Rectory, 40 Laindon Road, Bilericay CM12 9LD

We also heard tonight about an auction in New York during the week. A guitar given to Elvis Presley by his father sold for £230,000. John Lennon’s hand written lyric for ‘Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite’ reached £244,000. A red neoprene vinyl jacket worn by Michael Jackson on his 1996/7 HIStory world tour sold for £178,000. Lady Gaga’s first piano failed to sell. And the moral is…

We has requests tonight from Ingatestone, Harlow, Enfield, the island of Rhodes and Kentucky. We also heard from listeners in Billericay.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – opening show theme.
Bob Marley – Is this love?
Spandau Ballet – True – chosen by Paula. Tony Handley had been in the studio at lunch time for an interview and had sat in the same chair as Paula to promote the Brentwood Festival. Paula said she and her family had bought their tickets months ago.
Van Morrison – Have I told you lately that I love you? – chosen by Paula
Douwe Bob – Pass it on
Everything but the girl – Missing – requested by Michael
Simon and Garfunkle – Sound of silence – requested by Phyl
Taylor Swift – Shake it off – requested by Zanol, Jonas, Eveleigh Simmonds and Sue & Leonard Edwards listening in the car driving back from the Kentucky Down Under Zoo. This was also enjoyed by Chris and family watching the football, England v Australia, and listening to the show.
Seal – Fly like and Eagle. Loved by Lee working on USA tax returns
Don Williams – Heart of Hearts – requested by Patrick
Moya Brennan – Show me the way – requested by Helen in Rhodes
Elvis Presley – Soldier boy
Beatles – For the benefit of Mr. Kite
Michael Jackson – Stranger in Moscow – check out the video
100 Voices of Gospel – into the Britain’s Got talent Final
Deodato – Also Sprak Zarothustra – loved by Chris who has always been a fan.
Carrie Underwood – Blown Away
Jack Savoretti – Dreaming
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Our house
George Martin – Theme 1 – closing theme

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood. My studio guests will be Helen, Richard and Harry Saddleton talking about bell ringing.

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Friday Night Extra 20.5.16 with guest Peter Martin from Little Baddow Open Gardens

IMG_0385The studio guest tonight was Peter Martin who is part of the group of local people organising the Little Baddow Open Gardens on Saturday 28th of May between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Over twenty gardens will be open, many with wonderful views. Peter told us that this event has been happening for many years and around one hundred people are involved. All monies raised go towards the repair and maintenance of St. Andrews church and the community rooms. In previous years around 1,000 have visited the event. There is organised parking and mini buses taking people around the village. Highlights include a display of vintage and classic cars, trips on the canal and Morris dancing. There is also a History centre to visit. Lunches are available in the village hall. It sounds a fantastic event.
Tickets are £5 in advance and £6 on the day. More information can be found on www.littlebaddow.org.uk or by calling 01245 225089.

Tonight we had a special feature in the second hour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds album. We also heard the Bishop of Lynn singing his version of the Rolling Stones Paint it black, to raise awareness of this week being Christian Aid week and the plight of flood victims in Bangladesh.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Douwe Bob – Slow down – Netherlands Euro-vision entry
Percy Grainger – English Country Garden
Jimmie Rogers – English County Garden
Lynne Anderson – Rose garden
Seal – Kiss from a rose
Paul Simon – Wristband
Buddy Holly – Heartbeat – requested by Phyl
Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi (2007 version)
F.R. Davids – Words
Free – My brother Jake
Gregory Porter – Don’t loose your steam
Bishop of Lynn – Turn it green
Al Green – Tired of being alone
Jamie Lawson – Still yours
Beach Boys – Wouldn’t it be nice
Beach Boys – Caroline no
Beach Boys – Good vibrations
Richard Marx – Now and forever
Vadzimu – A piece of ebony – requested by Michael
Billy J Kramer – Trains and boats and planes – requested by Patrick
Carrie Underwood – Mamma’s song
Frank Sinatra – I’m beginning to see the light
George Martin – Theme One.

Join Jonty and I next week as we bring you a relaxing mix for Friday evening. Why not leave a request below?

On Friday I will be joined also by Paula Carr from Communitas Care. She is organising a collection of aid to be sent from Billericay to Uganda.
They are particularly short of educational equipment.

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Friday Night Extra 6.5.16 Celebrating 5 years of shows.

Tonight marked my fifth anniversary of self operated shows on Phoenix98FM. Thanks are due to Ed Welman for his patient teaching back in 2011. Tonight we played a lot of music that we have discovered with the help of listeners. Jonty brought us a number of news stories. A musical about Pope John Paul is to be staged in his native Poland. We thought this might be very interesting as he had a long and varied life. We also heard about a plane that hit a bird whilst in flight and this made a very large dent in the plane. With the court case in L.A. on 10th of May, we listened again to Taurus by Spirit to compare how this sounded to the intro of Stairway to Heaven. Listeners were shocked. We await to hear the verdict.

Tonight’s playlist

Shires – Made in England
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Coldplay – Paradise
PHd – I won’t let you down
Carole King – I feel the earth move – requested by Derek
Lady Antebellum – Golden
Gerry Rafferty – Get it right next time
Carrie Underwood – Something in the water – loved by Rene who apologised to her neighbours for turning it up so loud.
Peter Cincotti – Up on the roof
Ralph McTell – Streets of London
Sting – Fragile
Craig Pruess – Jupiter – requested by Patrick and loved by the listeners.
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
Sandy Denny & The Strawbs – Who knows where the time goes?
Chris Hadfield – Space Oddity
St. Alban’s Cathedral organ – David Bowie tribute – Life on Mars
Alison Krauss – Baby now that I found you (live)
Joni Mitchel – Both sides now
Spirit – Taurus
Jim Reeves – Distant drums – requested by Phyl
Blood. Sweat & Tears – Spinning Wheel
Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo sunset
Lou Reed – Perfect day
Gregory Porter – The in crowd

Join me in two weeks time as we boldly go into the next five years.
My guest will be Paul Martin from the Great Baddow Open gardens event.

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Friday Night Extra 15.4.16

After such a wet afternoon, it was good to just chill a little this evening. We thought about memories of the show Blakes 7 with the passing of actor Gareth Thomas who played Roj Blake in the iconic BBC series. Paul contacted to say that he still loves watching the show. We also remembered Phil Sayers, the voice of “Mind the gap” on the London Underground in recent years. The most talked about item was when I played Taurus by Spirit. This is the track which it is being decided in an L.A. Courtroom on May 10th if it was copied in the intro to Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. We also heard that Sir Walter Scott wrote anonymous critical reviews of his work to stir up public interest. I wonder about some of the reviews on a well known on-line retailer.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Toto – Africa – for Rene
Men at work – Down-under
U2 – Everlasting love
Carrie Underwood – Chaser
Dolly Parton – I really got the feeling – requested by Michael
Icehouse – Hey little girl
Aled Jones – Eriskay love lilt – requested by Phyl
Robere Plant – If I were a carpenter – suggested by Lee
Ring Starr – Octopusses garden
Beatles – Hey Jude
Focus – Sylvia
Lady Antebellum – Golden
Francesca Battistelli – This is the stuff
Supertramp – requested by Chris who is going to see them live soon.
John Hepbir Quartet – Fly me to the moon – suggested by Helen in Rhodes
Elvis Presley & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – In the ghetto
Talk Talk – Its my life – requested by Patrick
Spirit – Taurus – loved by listeners who thought it sounded very familiar.
The Shires – All over again
Lightening Seeds – Life of Riley – requested by Bob
Nathalie Cole – This will be
Marvin Gaye – I heard it through the grapevine – for Sue, Leonard and Lauren in USA.
Zombies – Moving on
George Martin – Theme 1 – closing theme.

For the next two weeks the show will be in the capable hands of Rob Harvey. Join me on the first Friday in May, my fifth anniversary of Friday evenings on Phoenix98FM.

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Friday Night Extra 8.4.16 You, me and the music.

With no guests tonight and Jonty away on holiday, it was just you, me and the music. The e-mails were busy with requests and comments. Thanks to all who were in touch. We had two stories that caused comment. The Police in Vietnam gave a motorist 50 lines to write, ‘I will not drive the wrong way up a one-way street’. She sat and wrote them at the kerb side. About a year ago we had a story about three restaurants in China having robots as waiters. Tonight we learnt that this was a good way to get people initially to the premises, but the robots were not up to the job. Two of the restaurants have closed. The other now has just one robot as a novelty and has re-employed waiters. Apparently the reason for the failure was the inability of the robots to deal with erratic and unpredictable customers. So it was the fault of humans! This led us to speculation as to whether robots could undertake the job of any of the listeners. A flurry of e-mails gave a resounding no. However, Chris in Harlow, wanted to be able to make a robot teacher so she could retire and be very rich.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Elton John – Can you feel the love tonight?
Simon & Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled water – requested by Marjorie.
Ronan Keating & The Shires – falling slowly
C.W. McCoy – Convoy – requested by Derek
Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo sunset – requested by Lee and first heard on this show.
Sly and the Family Stone – Everyone’s a star
Hall & Oates – You’ve lost that loving feeling – requested by Michael
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing compares to you – requested by Rene who was singing it at the top of her voice and asked us to apologize to her neighbours.
David Youkam & Alison Krauss – If I were a carpenter
Peter, Paul & Mary – Blowing in the wind – requested by Phyl
Enya – Boudica
Gregory Porter – I’m in with the in crowd
Jamie Cullum – Everlasting love
Lady Antebellum – Run to you
Matt Munroe – Walk away – requested by Patrick
Francesca Battistelli – If we’re honest
Georgie fame – Peaceful
Mike & the Mechanics – Nobodys perfect
Liam Clancey – Streets of London
Ralph McTell – England 1914
Joni Mitchell – A case of you
Nathan Carter – The town I love so well
Dusty Springfield – Spooky
George Martin – Theme One – closing theme.

Join me next Friday for two hours of good music and chat live from Brentwood to wherever you are listening.

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Friday Night Extra 1.4.16 with guest Marina Bottali Price

Marina & PatrickMy guest this evening was singer/songwriter and speaker Marina Bottali Price. She was an inspiration to listen to as she talked about her work with The Healing Bus ministry. It was sixteen years between when she felt God had told promised her that she should have a ministry with a bus and that coming into being. She talked about praying with people in all kinds of situations. Now they no longer have the bus she is receiving lots of invitations to speak in churches across Essex and across denominations. She also spoke about her childhood and how she came to faith. Finally she ended with the song ‘I love you Lord with all my heart’ which she had written and just recorded as part of a CD being produced to give to people she encounters in ministry. Phyl e-mailed n from north London and commented ‘what wonderful work’. If you want to know more, check out www.thehealingbus.org You can also find the charity and Marina via twitter and facebook.

We remembered Ronnie Corbett and listened to The Two Ronnies Mastermind sketch. Listeners e-mailed in their favourite Ronnie Corbett one liners. We also heard the April Fool’s Day item from Michael Howell posted on the Ingatestone News website about parking on the pavement and pedestrian lanes. We were unsure if the story from Durham Police that they were thinking of recruiting a Police cat was an April Fool. It sounds it. The story about Milton Hall School in Westcliffe on Sea buying a Cessna Citagion fuselage and turning it into a classroom is definitely not an April Fool’s day story!

Tonight’s playlist

Coldplay and Beyonce -Hymn for the weekend
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Jamie Lawson – Still yours
Carrie Underwood – How great thou art – chosen by Marina
Eva Cassidy – Over the rainbow – chosen by Marina
Josh Grogan – You raise me up – chosen by Marina
Marina Bottali Price – I love you Lord with all my heart – sung live
Katie Perri – A thousand years – for Chris & Catherine getting married on 2nd of April.
Colletta Truman – In the ghetto
Roger Whittaker – New world in the morning – requested by Phyl
Fleetwood Mac – Never going back – requested by Patrick
Cranberries – Just my imagination – requested by Michael
Mary Hopkin – Those were the days
Hadegaard ft Lukas Graham – Happy home
Kisten Marie – Mad world
Colin Blunstone – Old and wise
Barbara Streisand – Somewhere – for Marjorie
Dixie Chicks – Wide open spaces
George Martin – Theme One – closing theme

Join me next week. No guests, just you, me and the music.
Check out the recording if you missed this week’s show. Or listen again.

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Good Friday Night Extra 25th March 2016

Studio guests Claire, Adrian and Tim told us about some events that had been happening locally today to remember the significance of Good Friday. There had been a number of Walks of Witness. Tim gave details about the walk in Brentwood, with well over 500 people. He particularly enjoyed the band that played outside the cathedral at the end of the walk. Claire had been on the walk in Ingatestone, which had begun at the Catholic church and had stopped at the Elim and United Reformed Churches on the way to the parish church. She noted how moving it was to see the cross being carried by a group of young girls. Adrian and Tim gave details of the three hour meditation covering Holy Week held at Christ Church Warley. Claire spoke about the hour of silent meditation with prayer stations in Ingatestone Parish Church. Jonty and Claire explained why Easter mattered to them. In the first hour we had a number of music items related to the Easter and faith themes. In the second hour we reverted to the usual mixture of stories, requests and music across many genres.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Carrie Underwood – Jesus take the wheel
Superstar – Murray Head
Darlene Zchech – Call on Jesus
Go Fish – Until the stars fall – chosen by Tim
Mike & the Mechanics – Living years – chosen by Claire
Dolly Parton – Try
Malcolm & Alwyn – The world needs Jesus
Lady Antebellum – Need you now – requested by Michael
Godspell – By my side
Neil Diamond – Something blue – requested by Patrick
Evone Elleman – Everythings alright –
Beatles – Till there was you – the original 78 demo sold at auction this week for £77,000. Ringo Starr’s boyhood home sold for £70,000.
Gary Shandling Show theme – remembering Gary who died this week.
Diana Krall – Sorry seems to be the hardest word
Ray Davies and the Crouch End Chorus – Waterloo Sunset – loved by Lee, working hard in the office and listening to the show.
Post Modern Jukebox – Living on a prayer – a controversial play tonight, with Bon Jovi fans not liking this version.
Shires – Made in England – loved by Rene.
Nat King Cole – Almost like being in love
Josh Mostel – King Herod’s song
George Martin – Theme One.

Join me next week, when my guest is from The Healing Bus prayer ministry.

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Friday Night Extra with guest Paul Gambling

It was great to welcome Paul back to the studio this evening. Tonight he brought us some very thoughtful words about solitude. He introduced us to the general idea of solitude and said we might be surprised by the real meaning. He said that those little moments during any day when we took a break from all the busyness around us and we thought about the big questions of life could be seen as solitude. He took this further by looking at ways that each of us could take steps towards appreciating that sense of peace that can lead to inner peace. He invited us to consider how this re-emphasis on the priorities of life could lead to positive fruits within our own lives, which would bring with it well-being. Listeners responded very positively to the words he spoke, even those like Lee and Chris, working as they were listening. He stayed to bring us some of the more unusual stories of the week. This included people in China breaking into a prison compound in order to photograph the blossom on Cherry trees. A Japanese firm has released collectors cards of manhole covers. However they are much more decorative than covers we see in the U.K. It still sounded an odd item to collect. In music news, Stevie Wonder will be playing one show in Hyde Park in July playing his classic album Songs in the Key of Life live. That will be some concert.

Tonight’s playlist.

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Gary Jules – Mad World
Bill Withers – Lean on me – chosen by Paul.
louis Armstrong – We have all the time in the world
Carpenters – We’ve only just begun
Steve Millar band – Abracadabra – requested by Derek
Wax _ Bridge of my heart – requested by Patrick
Neil Young – The wayward wind
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t she lovely
Annie Lennox – A whiter shade of pale – requested by Michael
Shadows – Foot tapper -requested by Phyl
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Marrakesh Express
Enya – So I could find my way
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – Lucky
Michael Franks – Tiger in the rain
Sky – Toccata

Join me next week for a Good Friday Special. My guest will be Adrian, Chaplain at Brentwood School, Tim, Chair of Brentwood Churches Together and Claire for Ingatestone Catholic Church. Jonty will also be back with us, so make a date for next Friday at eight.

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Friday Night Extra 11.3.16 with guests Finley, Madeline, Charlie & Sophie-Rose from Ingatestone C of E Junior School

IMG_1262We had a really packed show this evening. In the first hour Jonty and I were joined by four pupils from Ingatestone C. of E. Juniors. They were amazingly confident in the studio and listeners found it hard to believe they were just eight and nine years of age.
Finley talked about Youtube and the diverse mixture of items you can watch on the website. Madeline thinks that Ingatestone is a great place to live and talked about all the different activities that she undertakes. She said that she particularly enjoys playing tennis. Charlie Watson plays football and supports West Ham. He had been to a recent match against Sunderland and told us about the day. He also said how inspiring he found the experience. Sophie-Rose loves street dancing and goes to lessons in Basildon. She said the world would be a better place if everyone learnt to dance. We also had parents and other family members in the studio and everyone was very impressed with the children. It was suggested they might want my job!
Musically we listened to some of the legacy of record producer George Martin, deliberately avoiding the well know Beatles tracks that everyone has been playing. There were a number of requests tonight, and the playlist was a eclectic as ever. Jonty told us about his playing Puck at Brentwood School last week. He also shared some odd news stories.

Tonight’s playlist. Tracks marked GM were produced by George Martin.

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Coldplay & Beyonce – Hymn for the weekend
Carrie Underwood – Something in the water
Madness – Our house
West Ham United – I’m forever blowing bubbles
Lukas Graham – 7 years
Michael Jackson – Man in the mirror – requested by Mrs Johnson
Wings – Live and let die – GM
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Teach your children
Jack Savoretti – Broken glass
Michael Francs – Scattsville – requested by Gregg
Wet Wet Wet – love is all around – requested by Phyl
Gene Chandler – Duke of Earl – requested by Michael
Jess Glynne – Hold my hand – requested by the parents in the studio tonight
Peter Sellars – Its been a hard days night – GM
Diana Ross & Supremes – McArthur Park – requested by Chris
New Seekers _ Goodbye is just another word – requested by Patrick
Ella Fitzgerald – Can’t buy me love – GM
America – Lonely people – GM
Kate Bush & Larry Adler – The man I love – GM
Robin Gibb – O Darling – GM
Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water

Join me next week when my guest is Revd. Paul Gambling, Chair of Billericay Churches Together. He will be giving us his thoughts on solitude.

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Friday Night Extra 4.3.16 with guests Ian, Sue and Mary from the Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust

BSCWT TeamThis evening I was joined in the studio by Ian, Sue and Mary from the Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust. Ian is Director of Schools Work. Sue works in Primary Schools. Mary works in Secondary Schools. They told us about the work of the trust which leads assemblies, lessons and special projects and also provides chaplains. Ian said that at the core of the work is building relationships with pupils and staff. Only is this way can they provide Christian learning and support. All this is only possible through relationships with local churches and supporters. There are four full time staff at the trust and over forty volunteers. They are always looking for more people to support the work, through prayer, financially and as volunteers. Sue talked particularly about the the sessions called Easter Cracked that are being run for Primary School pupils. Mary told us about the sessions on identity and relationships in Secondary Schools, together with the importance of being a listening ear in a chaplaincy role. They all talked about the importance of the On the Move sessions that are run across the borough for year 6 children as they prepare for the big move the secondary education. More information about the work of the trust and how to be involved can be found on www.bscwt.org

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Coldplay – Adventures of a lifetime
Aretha Franklin – I say a little prayer
Bill Withers – Lovely day
Earth Wind and Fire – Got to get you into my life
Quincy Jones – Soul Bossonova
Kirsty McCall – They don’t know about us
Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities – requested by Patrick
Alison Krauss & Brad Paisley – Whiskey Lullaby – requested by Michael
Ned Miller – From a Jack to a king – requested by Phyl
Father Ted theme – to remember Frank Kelly – who played Father Jack
Naked Gun theme – to remember George Kennedy
Lukas Graham – 7 years old
Shires – Made in England
Lesley Duncan – Everything changes
Paul Carrick – The living years
Graham Nash – Simple Man
Soweto String Quartet – Weeping – loved by Rene
Del Amitri – Driving with the brakes on
Tito Pente – Candido

Join me next week when my guests will be six pupils from Ingatestone & Fryerning C of E Junior School, talking about their favourite activities and things that are really important to them.

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Friday Night Extra 26.2.16 The Rugby Soundtrack

I was joined in the studio tonight by Jonty. A number of listeners e-mailed in tonight to say that they were watching the rugby and listening to us. This was clearly a wise choice. With no guests tonight, we concentrated on the music and put in a few odd news stories from across the week. Keeping Up Appearances is the most often bought show of the last forty years by other TV networks, according to BBC Worldwide. It has been purchased a staggering 922 times, including recently in Nigeria, Latvia and Bulgaria. Do they think we are all like Hyacinth Bucket? There was also a rumour from Dawn French of a new series of the Vicar of Dibley with Geraldine Grainger now as a Bishop. We thought that was a great idea. A 78rpm copy of the Beatles ‘Till there was you’, with writing on it by Brian Epstein, is up for auction this week with an estimate of £10,000. We played a version tonight for free! There was an extra-ordinary story from Cambodia about the visit of a princess from Thailand to a rural area. She had requested a toilet be made available and one was build for $40,000 in an area where most of the population do not have access to basic sanitation. The toilet was built, but all she did was take a photo of it. The toilet was then removed! I imagine this was not too popular with the locals.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
ELO – When I was a boy
Elvis Presley & Royal Philharmonic – If I can dream
Isley Brothers – Harvest for the world – requested by Lee, watching the rugby.
Michael Kiwanaku – Home again
PHd – I wont let you down
Neil Diamond – Song sung blue – requested by Patrick
Lou Reed – Perfect day
Supertramp – Breakfast in America – requested by Chris & Bob, watching the rugby.
Cher – Love and understanding
Beatles – Till there was you
Elton John – Song for Guy
Yes – Wondrous stories
Joe Cocker – The letter
Josef Salvat – Open season
Keeping up appearances theme
Matthews Southern Comfort – Woodstock
Del Amitri – Nothing ever happens
J.D. Crowe & the New South – Nashville blues – requested by Michael – this Bluegrss track had the biggest listener reaction.
Toto – Africa – for Rene feeling poorly
Vicar of Dibley theme
Jack Savotetti – Soldiers eyes
Stevie Wonder – Village ghetto land
Enya – Deora Ar Mochari
Zombies – Moving on
Andrew Gold – Never let her slip away
Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water

Join me next week when my guests are Ian and Sue from the Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust.

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Friday Night Extra 19.2.16 with guest Brian Ellis MBE from Vision Aid Oversees

Our guest this evening Brian Ellis was an inspiration. In 1985 he joined a team of optometrist from the USA to go to Tanzania and work in some eye camps before going on a photo-safari. He realised how much we take for granted and how difficult the situation was with no affordable eye care. This meant that the educational chances of many children was limited. Most middle aged people need some help with close detail. There would be problems for doctors and nurses. Brian spoke passionately about these issues and clearly felt the need to see how they could be addressed by practical action. The charity ‘Vision Aid Oversees’ was born. in 2016 670 million people around the world could have their lives transformed by the provision of spectacles. Vision Aid Oversees has five Vision Centres in Ethiopia. In Sierra Leone three locations are being developed. There is also work in Zambia, Botswana, Burkino Faso and Ghana. The vision statement is ‘No one lives in poverty because of poor eyesight, no-one lives with poor eyesight because of poverty’. Full information is available on www.visionaidoversees.org On the website there are also details of ways to support the work. £240 means eighty pairs of glasses can be provided in the partner countries. £472 can pay for a month’s training for an Optometry technician, £910 pays for seven days of eye testing. The address if Vision Aid Oversees, 12 the bell Centre, Newton Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9FZ.

Jonty joined us tonight and read the events guide and the weather forecast. He also brought us a story about bats in a hospital meaning it had to close and that those designing robots are taking inspiration from gecko’s ears.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Sting – Englishman in New York
Garth Hewitt – Be the hands of Jesus
Graham Kendrick – God of the poor
Third Floor Movement – Let’s love one-another
George Michael – As
Lucas Graham – As
Nelson Riddle – Route 66
Jamie Cullum – Pointless nostalgic
Madness – Our house – requested by Patrick
Cliff Richard – Summer holiday – requested by Phyl
The Christians – Harvest for the world
Seasick Steve – Started out with nothin
John Barry orchestra – Theme from On her majesty’s secret service – not identified by the listeners
Louis Armstrong – We have all the time in the world – requested by Michael – the end theme from On her majesty’s secret service
Vintage Jazz cover – Living on a prayer – enjoyed by Lee
Dream Academy – Life in a northern town
Carrie Underwood – Jesus take the wheel
The Band Perry – All your life
Gregory Porter – Wind song
Marc Antoinne – Sunland

Join me next week from 8 for another edition of Friday Night Extra.

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Friday Night Extra 12.2.16 with Brentwood School Barbershop singers.

What a treat we all had tonight. I was joined in the studio by ten barbershop singers from Brentwood School. Ollie Valentini from the group told us about the singers, how they had sung at a number of events and that they had been practising for tonight. A short video of the practice can be found on Youtube by searching for Brentwood School Barbershop. They sang six items tonight with obvious enjoyment in the studio which was much appreciated by the listeners. Comments included, ‘I really loved it’, ‘I cannot wait for the recording so I can listen again’ and ‘what a great thing for them to be doing. Well done, it was brilliant’. We had a number of requests during the show and the music mix was diverse. Jonty, who was one of the singers, stayed with me to read some of the unusual news items from the week. These included a small Italian hill town where the first baby had been born for 28 years! Also a Spanish civil servant who had been absent from work for six years, still being paid his salary, and was only missed when he became eligible to receive a long service medal. You could not make it up.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Coldplay – Paradise
The Shires – All over again
Jack Savoretti – Broken glass
Elvis Presley & London Philharmonic Orchestra – In the ghetto
Whitney Houston – My love is your love = requested by Chris for Sarah and Siane.
David Bowie – I feel free – requested by Michael
Joe Stilgoe – Totally
Jamie Lawson – Ahead of myself
Valerie Ghent – Run, run, run
Seekers – I’ll never find another you – requested by Phyl
Clannad & Bruce Hornsby – Something to believe in
Gilbert O’Sullivan – Nothing rhymed – requested by Patrick
Post Modern Jukebox – Heroes – Lee e-mailed that is is such a great Bowie song, any version would be good.
Peter Concotti – Up on the roof
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Tom Jones & Imeda May – Honey honey
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Killing the blues
Beatles – Let it be – naked version
Carrie Underwood – What I never knew I always wanted.

Join me again next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 5.2.16 with guest Jim Donnell talking about ‘Little Hearts Matter’ children’s heart charity.

BigHeartsCabaretThe studio guest tonight was Jim Donnell. He told us about the charity Little hearts Matter, www.lhm.org.uk This charity offers advice, support and raises awareness of children who are born with only half a heart. There are a few, very complicated and serious heart conditions that a child can be born with that are life limiting. Most sufferers will undergo a series of open heart surgeries, of which the end goal is to effectively re-plumb the body to work off only one chamber instead of the usual two. The surgeries can start within hours of birth and normally the last one is around five years of age. The mortality rate for children with these conditions is approximately 50%. Jim talked movingly about the diagnosis on his daughter, Sydney, who suffers from one of these conditions. Jim and his wife Denyse have organised a fundraising event, ‘Bid Hearts Valentines Cabaret Show’ in aid of the charity at Ingatestone Community Theatre on Saturday 13th of February.
There is a matinee, with doors open at 2pm for a 2.30 start. Tickets are £25 per pair, which includes Afternoon Tea. The Evening show, with doors open at 7.00 for a 7.30 start, costs £30 per pair, which includes a sharing platter. The entertainment is a live variety show, featuring songs, dance, comedy, speciality acts etc. More information and tickets available from Jim on 07768735905 BHC@Denysedonnell.co.uk JustGiving/BigheartsCabaret

We heard that the GCHQ Christmas card puzzle had been won by three people after more than 600,000 had attempted to find the solutions. A new species of black tarantula that lives near Folsom Prison, California, has been named after Johny Cash. It is called Aphonopelma johnnycashi.

I was also joined in the studio tonight by Jonty, who will be assisting me for the next few months, working towards a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Shires – Black and white
Enya – The humming
David Bowie – Wild is the wind – requested by Derek
Joni Mitchell – Free man in Paris
James Blunt – Face the sun – requested by Patrick
Earth Wind and Fire – September – in memory of Maurice White – lots of air guitar in the studio!
Chuka Khna – Its my party – for Chris and everyone at the party in Harlow and listening to the show!
Fairport Convention – Who knows where the time goes?
Johnny Cash – Ring of fire – requested by Phyl
Diana Krall – From this moment on – requested by Michael
Collabro – Somewhere
Van Morrison & Michael Buble – Real, Real gone – Van Morrison collected his knighthood from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace this week.
Brenda Russell – Walking in New York
Gerry Rafferty – Get it right next time
Vikto Kiraoy – What’s going on?
Frankie Vallie & the Four Seasons – December 1963 – requested by Chris
Lady Antebellum – 747
Joe Dowell – Wooden heart – a US No1 and million seller. Joe passed away this week.
Joe South- The games people play.

Join me next week for a very special show, with a group of Barbershop singers from Brentwood School singing live.

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Friday Night Extra 29.1.16 A windswept evening

It was a very windy evening tonight in Brentwood with the end of the storm that had bought so much snow in the USA. Tonight we remembered Colin Vearncombe, known as Black. He sold over two million records word wide.We also rememebred Jimmy Baid, basist with Rainbow and Dio who co-wrote Phil Lynott’s solo albums. Requests included Cat Steven’s composition Here Comes my baby, which was a big transatlantic hit for the Tremeloes. We learnt that you have until midnight Sunday to solve the puzzle on the GCHQ Christmas card. So far there have been 600,000 entries. Also Magnum and Cornetto ice creams and Ben and Jerry’s tubs and Feasts will all become smaller to ensure that the portions do not exceed 250 calories. Apparently this is ‘to help customers make healthier choices’. No comment!

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Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Shires – Nashville grey skies
Christopher Cross – Arthur’s theme
Billy Joel – Honesty
Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye – Stop, look, listen to your heart
Cat Stevens – Here comes my baby – requested by Michael
Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven 2013
Black – Wonderful life – for Dennis who loved the album and just keeps playing it.
Lonnie Donegan – The party’s over – requested by Phyl
Enya – Lazy days
Rosey – Love – requested by Patrick
Eva cassidy – Songbird
Marc Antionne – Sunland – for Ed
Milos Karadaglic – And I love her
Phil Lynott – My old town
Santana – She’s not there – requested by Chris
Everly Brothers – for Sue and Leonard reminding us Don and Phil came from Kentucky.
Martin Taylor – John and Mary
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory
Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo Sunset requested by Lee for everyone at AI
Jack Savoretti – Back where I belong
Beach Boys – Don’t worry baby
Simon and Garfunkle – Wednesday morning 3 a.m.
Soweto String Quartet – Millennium

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Friday Night Extra 22.1.16 An eclectic mix.

In tonight’s show we acknowledged that this week saw the passing of a number of figures from the world of popular music. Glenn Frey, a member of the Eagles and as a solo artist had sold over 120 million albums. Gary Loizzo was lead singer of the American Breed in the 1960s. He then went on to start his own recording studio. He had been the recording engineer for albums that sold over 25 million copies. Mic Gillette was a brass player in the band Tower of Power. His father was Ray Gillette, trombonist with Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton and other big bands. Mic was playing trumpet and reading music from the age of four. He appeared on hundreds of recordings as a session player. In the news stories we heard about a church in Taiwan in the shape of a large glass slipper. In Russia the deputy chief of the prison service in the Komi region has been accused of stealing a 31 mile strip of road by selling 7,000 re-enforced concrete slabs. In Liverpool a cinema plans to show the film Groundhog Day 12 times in 24 hours on February 2nd, Groundhog Day. In China a man paid £8,400 for a car with 80,000 notes of denominations between 10p and 1p.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Caro Emerald – Riviera life
Simon and Garfunkle – Old friends
Paul Carrick – Sleep on it
Corrs – Catch me when I fall – for Andy who saw them at the O2 this week.
Shires – Made in England – the support band for the Corrs at the 02.
American Breed – Bend me, shape me – in appreciation of Gary Loizzo
Lady Antebellum – Compass
David Bowie – Living the dream
Dolly Parton – Try
Tina Turner – Nutbush City limits – requested by Michael
Stranglers – Golden brown – requested by Patrick
Tower of Power – You’re still a young man – in appreciation of Mic Gillette,
Ray Davis & The Crouch End Chorus -Waterloo sunset
Glenn Frey – The heat is on – requested by David
David Clayton Thomas – It ain’t free
Midge Ure – If I was
Darius Rucker – Radio
Nat King Cole – Almost being in love – from the soundtrack of Groundhog day.
Post Modern Jukebox – Living on a prayer – an astonishing version
Elvis Presley & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – If I can dream
Canned Heat – On the road again
Iona Chi-Ro
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Zombies – Moving on
Stevie Wonder – Village Ghetto land.

Join me next week for another show, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra with guest Heike Prentice

My guest tonight live in the studio was Heike Prentice. She is an ordinand, training for the ministry in the Church of England. She has a unique training plan, split between St. Mellitus College in London and a placement at Chelmsford Cathedral. She told us that she felt a call on her life at a very young age. This has never gone away. After being married and having three sons, the call was still there. A process taking a number of years and numerous interviews, ended with a selection conference and being accepted for training. She said that though this process sometimes felt very long, and also at times scary, the outcome was very affirming. She felt many people were accepting the legitimacy of God’s call on her life to ordained ministry. She began training in September 2015, so everything is still very new. She talked enthusiastically about the ministry in the cathedral and particularly about a project teaching English to a group of women. This activity was a surprise and fitted with her belief that you should be open to unexpected opportunities offered by God. This attitude meant she was excited as to how the future might develop. It was a very inspiring interview.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Enya – The Humming
Sting – Desert rose
Worship Central – Guardian – chosen by Heike
James Taylor – Today, today, today – chosen by Heike
Mark Knopfler – Darling pretty – chosen by Heike
T. Rex – Ride a white swan – requested by Jackie
David Bowie – China girl – requested by Derek
St. Alban’s Cathedral organ – Life on Mars – loved Chris
Chris Hadfield – Space Oddity – recorded in the International Space station.
David Bowie – Life on Mars – live – accompanied by only a piano – loved by many people contacting the show.
Cat Stevens -Oh very young – requested by Lee
Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven – requested by Michael
Russell Watson – Your raise me up – requested by Phyl
Jack Savoretti – Catapult
Susan Boyle – You’ll see – requested by Patrick
Broadway cast of Pipin – Corner of the sky
Richard Harris – Did I fill the world with love?
Buddy Holly – Words of love
Black – Wonderful life.
Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water

Join me next week for another serving of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 8.1.16 In appreciation of Robert Stigwood.

On a much colder evening in Brentwood, the studio air conditioning made it feel warm. There were a number of songs in the show associated with Robert Stigwood, who passed away on Monday. He was an Australian who came to England in 1954. In the 1960s and 1970s he was one of the most successful figures in the entertainment industry, through his management of groups, theatrical productions and film productions. We also played, name the artist, where I played a well know song by an unfamiliar artist. This proved very popular with the listeners, but it was a 4-2 victory for the studio. We also heard about Congrebury in Somerset, where locals performed 800 random acts of kindness during 2015 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of St. Andrew’s church. This must be a great place to live.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Wasted on the way
David McWilliams – The days of Pearly Spencer
Katy Perry – Yesterday – not guessed by listeners
Cat Stevens – Lady D’Arbanville – requested by Patrick and Lee had also requested a Cat Stevens track.
Evita soundtrack – High-flying adored – Robert Stigwood connection
Georgie Fame & Van Morrison – Get on with the show
Kate Bush – The man with the child in his eyes – for Chris in Harlow listening to the show and marking English books.
Dolly Parton – Help – guested by many listeners and loved by Rene.
Kinks – Long tall Sally – their first single and requested by Michael.
Leon Bridges – River – from my album of 2015.
Acker Bilk – Stranger on the shore – requested by Phyl
Joni Mitchel – Just like this train
Bee Gees – More than a woman – from Saturday Night Fever – Robert Stigwood connection.
Olivia Newton John – Hopelessly devoted to you – from Grease – Robert Stigwood connection.
Viktor Kiraly – What’s going on – far too difficult to be guessed by anyone, but a great version of a Marvin Gaye classic.
Peter Andre – Come fly with me – surprisingly not recognised by anyone. Wrong guesses included Lionel Blair and Tony Blair!
Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street – request by Derek
Diana Krall & Michael Buble – Alone again naturally – Patrick told us the original was by Gilbert O’Sullivan and Michael Buble was recognised. Wrong guesses included Donny Osmond & Beyonce. What a combination!
Carrie Underwood – What I always wanted
Stevie Wonder – Saturn
Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo Sunset – many wrong guess to try and even the score. The studio was victorious.
Cream – White room – Robert Stigwood connection.

Join me next week when my guest is Hieke Prentice, who is training for the ministry in the Church of England.

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Friday Night Extra 1.1.16 Celebrating the legacy from 2015

A special live show for New Year’s Day. We listened to music from those who left a legacy behind in 2015 and are now no longer with us. We mainly concentrated on the music. Thanks to Lee for providing some background info and also for personal memories. He had seen both Lemmy and Bryn Merrick. Also to Patrick and Derek with memories of Cilla and Jackie asking to remember Bruce Rowland.

Tonight’s playlist
Natalie Cole – This will be
Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Titch – Xanadu – bassist Trevor Ward – Beaky
Frank Sinatra – It was a very good year – song writer Ervin Drake
Crickets – Don’t ever change – bassist Joe B Maudlin
Leonard Nimoy – Let it be me
Blood Sweat & Tears – Spinning wheel – trumpeter Lew Scott
Pentangle – Light flight – guitarist John Renbourne
Ben E King – Stand by me
Pocul Harum – Whiter shade of pale – sometime band member Dave Ball
Beach Boys – Sale on sailor – co-written by Jack Rieley, sometime singer and manager with the band
Percy Sledge – When a man loves a woman
Hot Chocolate – Emma – lead singer Errol Brown
BB King – The thrill is gone – grammy award winning song 1970
Motorhead – I ain’t no nice guy – Lemmy lead singer and drummer Phil Taylor
Yes – Wonderous stories – bassist Chris Squire
Fairport Convention – Adieu adieu – drummer Bruce Rowland
Val Doonican – Elusive butterfly
Cilla Black – Where is tomorrow?
Diana Ross – Theme from Mahogany – song writer Michael Masser
Beverley sisters – Greensleeves – Joy Beverley
Damned – Eloise – bassist Bryn Merrick
Bar-Keys – Soul finger – trumpet player Ben Cauley
PH.D – I won’t let you down – singer Jim Diamond
Billy Joe Royal – Down in the boomdocks
Monkees – Daydream believer – session drummer Eddie Hoh
Johny Rivers – Secret agent man – songwriter PF Sloan
Easybeats – Friday on my mind – singer Stevie Wright
Laurie Johnson orchestra – Theme for the Avengers (TV series) – Don Leaver producer on the original show

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 18.12.15. Non-stop Christmas

Driving past the daffodils in bloom outside the Brentwood Centre, it is hard to believe we are a week from Christmas Day. Nikki had set the tone with two hours of Christmas tracks and I continued with a selection that included a number of unusual items. At the end of the show I had e-mails thanking me for the selection. We had some news stories, including a Secret Santa putting £100 through the door of someone that enabled her go and buy toys for her children. A 12 year old girl had regularly been buying gifts for a refuge since last Christmas and had given over 200 items. Bishop John Santamu had suggested a no mobile phones day on Christmas Day. A church in Berlin is having a Star Wars themed service on Sunday! In Australia hundreds of Santas set a record for the largest surf lesson. We also had a number of terrible Christmas themed jokes. Listeners loved it when I played well known Christmas tunes, but they had to guess the artist. We had some odd guesses! I mean, very odd guesses! Join me on Boxing Day morning, live from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on New Year’s Day, live from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Now there is dedication to PhoenixFM and the listeners.

Tonight’s playlist,
Mike Oldfield – In dulci jubilo
Annie Lennox – Universal child
Cee Lo Green – What Christmas means to me
U2 – I believe in Father Christmas – for Patrick and loved by listeners.
Diana Krall – Christmas time is here
Carpenters – Merry Christmas darling
Maddie Prior & Carnival Band – God rest ye merry gentlemen – requested by Phyl
Sinead O’Connor – Silent night – loved by Rene
Cliff Richard – Saviours Day – I remember children singing along and swaying like a football crowd to this at a school disco in 1990.
Harry Belafonte – Mary’s boy child – when did you last hear this track?
Matthew West – Heart of Christmas
Bellowhead – Christmas bells – loved by Jackie who has seen them live.
Nat King Cole – Christmas song
Enya – O come o come Emmanuel.
Overtones – Good old fashioned Christmas
Casting Crowns – Sweet little Jesus boy
Carly Rae Jepson – Last Christmas – no listener recognised the singer
NHS Choir – Bridge over you
Lady Antebellum – Baby please come home
Peter Andre – Let it snow – shock from listeners that he can sing so well!
Leanne ReAmes – We need a little Christmas
Pentatonix – That’s Christmas to me
Mandisa – Its Christmas
Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra – White Christmas.

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Friday Night Extra 11.12.15 Advent chill

Good to see Nikki tonight as we appear to have missed each other in recent weeks. Tonight’s music selection was very much on the chilled side. With the rushing and doing associated with this time of year, it was good to just relax and enjoy the music. Many e-mails tonight and lots of people being in touch with requests and comments. We discovered that Gaudete, requested by Phyl and a number 14 in 1973 was a 16th century Latin Christmas carol. During the week Ringo Starr had auctioned off 1,300 items for a total of £6.1 million. The highest amount was for his drum kit used on most of the Beatles tracks, which was £1.4 million. In Leamington Spar the local business organisation are paying for four angels (women dressed as angels) to patrol the streets, direct motorists to free spaces and warn of on-coming traffic wardens. What a great idea! An Oxford University professor has been testing which music enhances the flavour of different foods. Apparently Chinese food tastes better to Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, whilst the rock of Queen and Bruce Springsteen brings out the flavour in Indian food. Suchi tastes best when listening to jazz. He is convinced his research will lead to free CDs with your takeaway order. Shall we wait and see?

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Harry Chapin – Taxi – for David in Lincoln who loves this track.
Elvis Presley & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – In the ghetto
Leon Bridges – Smooth sailin – from my album of the year
Walker Brothers – My ship is coming in – for Susan & Ian’s anniversary
Shires – All over again – my track of the year
Frank Sinatra – New York, New York – for Siane, just back from a holiday in the Big Apple and saying everything was expensive.
Beatles – Hello, goodbye
U2 – Angel of Harlem – requested by Phil for Karen’s birthday
Sting – Fragile
Ralph McTell – Streets of London
Cliff Richard – When a child is born – requested by Patrick
Diana Krall – Walk on by (live in Rio)
Gary Moore – Still got the blues – requested by Michael
NHS Choir – Bridge over you – It would be great if this charity track were the Christmas number 1.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone in the universe
Dolly Parton – The lonseomes
Judy Tzuke – Sportscar – for Lee who is a big fan.
Enja – Pilgrim
Carole King – You’ve got a friend.

Join me next Friday for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood. And don’t forget Boxing Day morning 10-1 and the special blog to leave your Christmas memories and requests.

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Boxing Day 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. What Christmas means to me.

Driving into the station in the sunshine and a temperature of fifteen degrees past the daffodils in Doddinghurst road, it was hard to believe it was Boxing Day. We have many guests with me in the studio today. In the first hour I was joined by Harrison Jobin, a pupil at Beckett Keys school, his sister Amelia from Ingatestone Junior School and his father Mark, a primary school teacher. They all talked about how Christmas had been celebrated in their schools. Amelia was one of the winners of the Mayor of Brentwood’s Christmas card competition and she read the poem printed in the card. From eleven o’clock we welcomed from Brentwood School Adrian McConnaughie, the school chaplain and his son Jonty who is a pupil at the school. Jonty told us about the production of West Side Story put on for five nights by the school in wghich he had a role. We also heard about the history of Christmas traditions. Adrian and Jonty both talked about the Christmas services held by the school. From twelve noon I was joined by Tim Lee from Brentwood Churches Together. Tim was keen that we use this time between Christmas and New Year to connect with people who are important to us and give time to reflect on all that really matters in life.

The wide selection of music including items from the Ingatestone and Fryerning Church choirs, led by music director Ollie Lincoln, from this year’s Fryerning church 9 Lessons and Carols.

We had many messages left before the show. You can read them below. During the show we heard from Lee who was listening whilst reading a new cookery book and looking for new recipes. Rene was listening as she was packing for a skiing holiday. Phyl was in the kitchen preparing and cooking the dinner. David was listening via the Phoenix98FM app as he walked his dog in a field in Lincolnshire. If you do not have the app, download it for free from the station website as a belated Christmas gift.

An example, of one of the memories left and used in the show came from Marjorie Perring.
I had four Christmases away from the U.K. The first was in Ascension Island, where we swam on Christmas Day. The others were in Brazil, where it was very hot. Despite that, the Father Christmases all wore the traditional thick costumes and even had red gloves to try and cover as much skin as possible. We always went to the English Church in Recife and sang all the traditional carols. Brazilians are very lively people, and throw themselves with enthusiasm into everything they do. The Christmas celebrations became a bit much. All I wanted was a snow field. I remembered walking in one with my sister when we were young. Our shoes came off and we could not stop laughing. Please play for me White Christmas.

Join me for another live show, New Year’s Day, 8-10 p.m.

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Friday Night Extra 27.11.15 I love Paris

Good to be back after a heavy cold last week. No voice, coughing and sneezing does not make great radio! We began each hour with tribute songs to remember all those caught up in the incidents in Paris two weeks ago. The music was as eclectic a mix as ever, added to by some interesting music requests. In the news stories we heard about Manish Wadhwani who took his family to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and pre-booked a £5 ticket with National car Parks. He returned to a ticket of £3700. Eventually it transpired he had not registered leaving when booking an identical ticket three months ago. In Louisiana a mobile confessional has been created from a converted ambulance. The plan is to take it across the state for a year, starting in December. Actor John Middleton, Emmerdale’s vicar, says that he often receives confessions through the post as people think he is a real vicar. In Yokohama 601 babies took part in the worlds largest crawling competition. The winner’s prize was a headset digital camera. Apparently baby related competitions are becoming more popular around the world. Imagine all the crying!

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Vanessa Paridis _ I love Paris
Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – You’ve lost that loving feeling
Joni Mitchel _ Chelsea morning
Brian Kennedy – Put the message in a box
Creedence Clearwater Revival – I heard it through the grapevine – requested by Michael
Adele – Hello
Carrie Underwood – Temporary home
Emerson, lake & Palmer – Affairs of the heart
Berlin – Take my breathe away – requested by Patrick
Bobbie Vee – Favourite kind of love – requested by Michael
Shadows – Apache – requested by Phyl
Elton John – Free man in Paris
Ray Davis & Crouch End Festival Chorus – Days
Clannad – Bridge that carries us
Enya – Echoes in the rain
James Taylor – Today, today, today – for Tom
Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton – When I get where I am going
Corrs _ Bring on the light
Shires – Black and White
England Dan & John Ford Coley – Love is the answer
Stevie Wonder – Village ghetto land
Joe Stilgoe – Totally
Jack Savoretti – Soldiers eyes
Sky – Tocatta

Join me in two weeks time, on December 11th for another edition of Friday Night Extra. And don’t forget Boxing Day morning, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Friday Night Extra 13.11.15 If I ruled the world

On a suddenly chilly November evening Phyl had requested ‘If I rule the world’ so this set us thinking of one thing you would do if you did rule the world. Lots of people wanted to bring peace. Phyl wrote ‘make sure everyone has enough to eat’. Derek ‘all people should be treated with equal respect’. Bob would ban anyone being allowed to rule the world and bring in democracy. Terry would not allow anyone to earn more than they needed to live. She also thought everyone should work one week a year helping others and do this without numeration. Rene wanted world recognition for companies that capped salaries and gave to charities and poor economies. Terry also thought men should have babies. Mark wanted 5 day weekends and 2 day weeks. All very interesting. We also heard about a cat at a feline rescue centre with three ears that the finders wanted to call Spock or Kirk “as it had a final front ear”. In the end it was called Bob after the finder. We also heard of Justin Bieber taking a reporter with him to church and that he sends texts of encouragement to his pastor.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Elvis Presley & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – In the ghetto
Harry Secombe – If I ruled the world – requested by Phyl
Enya – Echoes in the rain
Clannad – Robin the hooded man – requested by Michael
Shires – All over again
Mariah Carey – Without you
Ray Davis & The Crouch End Festival Chorus – Waterloo Sunset
Carrie Underwood – What I never knew I wanted
Decemberists – My mother was a Chinese trapeze artist
Motorhead – Ace of spades (acoustic) – requested by Lee in memory of drummer Phil Taylor, who died this week.
Tom Jones & Imelda May – Honey honey
Fleetwood Mac – Oh well part 2 – requested by Patrick
Toto – Africa
Valerie Ghent – Run, run, run
Mac Davis – Stop and smell the roses
Jamie Lawson – Ahead of myself
Paddlers – Birth
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Beatles – Let it be (naked version)
Joe Stilgoe – Totally
David Clayton Thomas – Midnight train to Georgia – loved by Rene
Kate Bush – Man with a child in his eyes
Otis Redding – Sitting on the dock of the bay
Seal – Love
Booker T & MGs – Green Onions

Join me next week, live from Brentwood, when my guest will be Heike Prentice, training for ministry in the Church of England.

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Friday Night Extra 7.11.15 To the background of fireworks…

Tonight’s show was to the background of a firework display at the Brentwood Centre. A number of listeners contacted the show saying they could hear the bangs. Lee suggested it made him feel like he wanted a burger. There was lots of new music amongst the eclectic selection tonight. New tracks from Carrie Underwood, ELO, Zombies, Tom Jones, Dave Stannard and Elvis. We also heard about a reality TV show in Russia where the prize is a job in a factory, a prefab shed in Peckham selling for £950k (what would Del Boy say?) and that the Collins word of the year is bingewatch. This means to watch a large number of tv programmes from one series in a very short time.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Carrie Underwood – The girl you think I am
The Zombies – The edge of the rainbow
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Teach the children well – for everyone at Ingatestone Juniors following the judgement that it is an outstanding church school.
Cat Stevens – Days of the old school yard – requested by Lee
Mac Davis – In the ghetto – we loved his voice
The Kinks – Autumn almanac
Tom Jones & Imelda may – Honey honey – we imagined them singing this in a backwoods bar in Texas.
Bill Munroe and the Bluegrass Boys – Take me back to old Kentucky – requested by Michael for our regular listeners in Kentucky.
McComack Brothers – Banjo twist
John Lodge & Justin Hayward – Blue guitar
Fiction Factory – Feels like heaven – requested by Patrick
Peter Andre – Fly me to the moon – requested by Phyl and we know who she is voting for on Saturday evenings.
John Grant – I want to go to Marz
John Lewis Christmas advert 15 – Man on the moon
Shires – Made in England – check out on Youtube their live recording made in our studios
Dusty Springfield – The windmills of your mind
Decemberists – The wrong year – requested by David
Chris Hadfield – Space Oddity- check out the video from the Space station if you have not seen this singing astronaut in action.
ELO – One step at a time
Procul Harum – A salty dog
Dream Academy – Life in a northern town
Elvis Presley – What now my love – loved by Amber
Cliff & Hank – Throw down a line
Black – Wonderful life

Join me next week for another two hours, live from Brentwood, with hopefully a much quieter backdrop. Lots of previous shows are available, why not bingelisten?

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Friday Night Extra 30.10.15 with guests Rob Saggs & Richard Noble.

RobWe had a really busy show tonight. Rob Saggs from Chelmsford CHESS, the charity working with homeless people, talked enthusiastically about the sleep-out happening in the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral on Friday 27th of November from 10 p.m. Volunteers, being sponsored, will raise money for the charity and also raise public awareness. There will also be a charity auction in the Cathedral Chapter House before the event. More details are on the Chelmsford CHESS website, www.chelmsfordchess.org.
In the second hour our guest was Richard Noble. He has written a book called ‘The writing on the wall – Everyday phrases from the King James Bible’. Richard gave us lots of examples such as the apple of her eyes, lily among thorns and by the skin of his teeth. The book is published by Sacristy Press and is available from them, from on-line retailers and good bookshops. It can also be downloaded as a kindle edition and in other e-book formats. Check out the dedicated website www.thewritingonthewall.org.uk Richard has written the book to raise money for the church he called the A1 church. This is the parish church in Buckden, Cambridgeshire. The spire is visible from the A1,

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – Please read the letter
Paul Simon – Homeless
Script – This is love – chosen by Rob
Iona – Chi To – chosen by Rob
Phil Collins – Another day in paradise
Beatles – Things we said today – requested by Patrick
Zombies – Moving on – a new track from this classic band
Elvis Presley & London Symphony Orchestra – If I can dream – for Phyl who requested an Elvis track
Olly Murs – Dance with me tonight – requested by Michael
Joni Mitchel – Big yellow taxi – for Lee just back from a holiday in New York City
Adele – Hello – a new track – mixed opinions from listeners
Shane Filan – Me and the moon
Jack Savoretti – Back where I belong
Harry Chapin – Circle
Stevie Wonder – Easy going evening

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra – live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 16.10.15 Wondrous stories

Suddenly it felt like winter was near at hand driving into Brentwood tonight. With no guests, it was time to relax to our eclectic music mix and hear some wondrous stories. Businessman Richard Colton had left his car collection to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. This included 2 Ferraris that sold for £8.5 million. The dismantled Dismaland bemusement park is on its way to a refugee camp in France after Banksy donated it to Aid Box Convoy. Jeff Woolmer had forgotten that he had put in a £9,000 bid to buy a seven tonne ex-Canadian army tank. He had to move from a flat to a house so he can park it on the drive way! All those who contacted the show were glad they were not the neighbours. For some reason we began putting together a script for a Mexican version of Downton Abbey! With John Lewis launching a catalogue full of 1970s retro items, we shared what we missed most from the 1970s. This included the Ford Capri, Morecambe & Wise, Smash and Kenny Everett being on the radio every day. We enjoyed the music of Jim Diamond who passed away this week aged 64 years. In a first for the show, Michael requested a song in Irish Gaelic.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Elvis Presley & London Symphony Orchestra- If I can dream
ELO – When I was a boy
PHd (Jim Diamond) – I won’t let you down – bought on-line by Lee as I played it.
Brian Kennedy – Life, love, happiness
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Beirut – Postcard from Italy – for Patrick – listening on holiday in Italy.
Joe Cocker – The Letter
Andrew Gold – Never let her slip away – loved by Bob as one of his favourites. He remembered listening to it on the radio whilst driving his Ford Capri.
Colin Blunstone – Emma my dear – loved by Chris who had never heard it before.
Joni Mitchel – Both sides now (2000) – loved by Lee who bought the album after hearing the track played on the show some months ago.
Enja – Deora Ar Mo Chori – Tears in my heart – requested by Michael
Freda – I see Red – this 1982 album re-released
Michael Holliday – The story of my life – requested by Phyl. Michael had won talent contests in both Liverpool and New York City but tragically passed away in 1963 aged 38 years.
Jack Savoretti – A soldier’s eyes
Stevie Wonder – Village ghetto land
Yes – Wondrous stories
Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo sunset – loved by many listeners
Crosby Stills & Nash – Wasted in the way
Johnny Nash – More questions than answers. Why were there reggae tracks in the charts in the 1970s and not now?
Simon & Garfunkle – Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Sal Solo – San Domiano
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

I will not be with you next week. Join me in two weeks when my quests are Roy Saggs from CHESS talking about a fundraising sleep-out event in Chelmsford, and Richard Noble talking about his book about phrases from the King James’ Bible in our everyday language.

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Friday Night Extra 9.10.15 with guest missionary Robin Fenner

Robin and his wife Janet joined me in the studio today, having flown in from South Africa during the week. Robin told us about having had two diagnoses for cancer, the first when he was just aged 31. These had led to him re-examining the purpose of life. His Christian faith had helped him during these times and he had felt a strong calling to leave his employment and go and work as a missionary in South Africa. Together with his wife Janet, they spoke passionately about the work in a local orphanage and the relationships they had made with the children since beginning in January this year. The children have to leave the orphanage at eighteen years of age. Robin’s desire is to give them a sense of hope and appropriate skills as they look towards the future. Robin also has a vision to establish Bible colleges. Like all missionaries, the work is non-salaried, with finance needed from individual supporters to enable the work to continue. They can be supported through Elim missionaries. www.elimmissions.co.uk/fenner
Robin gives regular updates of the work on Facebook.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – If I can dream – a new recording
Caro Emerald – Riviera life
Godfrey Birtill – Just one touch of the king – chosen by Robin
Michael W Smith – A new hallelujah – chosen by Robin
Darlene Zschech – Victors Crown – chosen by Robin
Beatles – In my life – to mark what would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday and his favourite Beatles track.
Valerie Ghent – Day to day dream.
Nat King Cole – Route 66 – for Sue and Leonard listening in Kentucky
Billy Joe Royal – Down in the boondocks – remembering Billy who passed away on 6th of October.
Lura Brannigan – Self control – requested by Patrick – loved by Bob, who was watching the football on the tv in Harlow and listening to the show. Also loved by Rene who remembered dancing to the track at her first school disco in South Africa.
Kenny G & Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world -for Susan and Ian listening near Reading.
Michael Jackson – Remember the time – requested by Michael
Sweet – Love is like oxygen – years since most of us had heard this track, if ever.
Lenny Henry – New millennium blues – mixed reaction to this new track
Gary Jules – Mad world – always a favourite
Stevie Wonder – Another Star

Join me next week between 8-10 for your Friday evening music and conversation.

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Friday Night Extra 2.10.15 with guest Sue Bell from Kids Inspire

SueAfter another glorious sunny day I was joined in the studio by founder of Kids Inspire Sue Bell. She told us how she had been working as a teacher when it became clear to her that children who were victims of distress, abuse or neglect and were manifesting difficult behaviours, needed positive interventions. She undertook counselling training and then For two years worked unpaid to prove how these children could be helped. Eight years later she runs an organisation with over forty paid or voluntary staff and working across most of Essex. She gave us examples of how the work had helped rebuild lives for both traumatised children and their parents. There are many ways that the work can be supported, through professional involvement with children to the very important fundraising needed to support the work. More information is available on www.kidsinspire.org.uk https://m.facebook.com/kidsinspire.org.uk
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We also heard tonight how former Westlife singer Shane Filan said how important his faith had been in getting through his bankruptcy and rebuilding his career. Justin Bieber had also been talking about faith and saying, “I just honestly want to live like Jesus…he created a pretty awesome template on how to love people and how to be gracious and kind…if you believe it, he died for our sins.”

In other news, we learnt that taking selfies has led to more deaths this year, 12, than shark attacks, 8.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
ELO – When I was a boy – a new track from them
Cliff Richard, Brain May & Brian Bennett – Move it
Various Artists – Perfect day – chosen by Sue
Jam – Eton rifles – chosen by Sue
Kinks – Waterloo Sunset – chosen by Sue
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Teach your children well
Terry Jacks – Seasons in the sun – requested by Patrick
Don Henley, Mick Jagger & Miranda Lambert – Bramble Rose
Eric Clapton – Layla – unplugged live recording
Pat Boone – When the swallows come back to Capistrano – requested by Phyl
Billy Joel – My life
Alsion Krauss – Everytime I say goodbye
Michael Jackson – Best of joy
Shane Filan – Me and the moon
Judie Tzuke – Parallel lines – loved by Chris
Brenda Russell – In a perfect world
Mon Amie – Without you – check out the interview with Nikki on tonights That Friday Feeling
Toto – Africa – for Sonny Jay as he loves this track and tonight was to be his last Friday show
Mans Zelmerlow – Heroes

Join me next week when my guest is Robin Fenner, a missionary working in South Africa.

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Friday Night Extra 25.9.15 The night before the BBQ

After a lovely sunny day in Brentwood, and with the big BBQ at Ingatestone tomorrow, we heard a couple of tracks from ECHO, the live band at the event. Rene said she could not wait to be dancing. The news items included Americans dressing up their dogs in outfits like the Pope to go with his visit to the USA. Only in America! There was the anniversary for the oldest business in the UK, RJ Balson, butchers in Bridport, Dorset, for 500 years. According to a new survey, the happiest place to live in the UK is Fermanagh and Omagh. The least happy is Bolsover. We were all rather alarmed by the pilot scheme in Thurrock where parents and teachers from Tilbury Pioneer Academy have been trained as traffic wardens and authorised to issue tickets outside the school. Moira tweeted that this was not a good idea. This is where you heard about it first.

Playlist for tonight

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Sting – An Englishman in New York
ECHO – Say a little prayer
Brandon Flowers – I can change
Peter & Gordon – World without love -requested by Patrick
Diana Krall – I love being here with you – Live in Paris recording
Carpenters – Goodbye to love – requested by Phyl
Valerie Ghent – Run, run, run – Valerie listening in New York and tweeting to the show. Checkout the website www.feelthemusic.org for the non-profit organisation she set up to bring music and art to children, familes and adults suffering from trauma, loss and illness.
Dolly Parton – 9 – 5
Beach Boys – Surfs up
Joni Mitchel – Help me
Carrie Underwood – Jesus take the wheel
Paul Simon – Diamonds on the soles of my shoes
ECHO – Signed, sealed, delivered
Lulu – To sir with love
Corrs – So young – for Andy thrilled they are coming to the O2
Toto – Africa – for Lee named Essex cricketer of the year. Sonny Jay tweeted that he loved this track.
Gary Jules – Mad world – loved by Rene
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – Killing the blues
Doors – Riders on the storm – backing track, no vocals. – A mixed reaction from the listeners.
Adele – Rolling in the deep
Louis Armstrong – All the time in the world
Maynard Ferguson – Birdland

Join me next week when my guest is Sue Bell, founder of the charity Kids Inspire

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Friday Night Extra 18.9.15 Music to curl up to

As the rugby alternative tonight, Nikki and I in my preview on her programme decided that the weather made you feel tired and just want to curl up. The title of the show was born. The music was an eclectic mix as ever. Thanks to Paul for informing us via twitter of the 50 songs that scientist say make you feel good. So the number one had to be squeezed in tonight. Chris via e-mail was suggesting duos and also telling us about a family connection to the band Lightening Seeds. Rene arrived late in the chatroom and watched the rugby whilst listening to PhoenixFM. Now that is dedication! We looked at the Ig Nobel Prizes awarded yesterday at Harvard. These are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. The stated aim is to “honour achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think”. Michael Smith, of Cornell University, subjected himself to several bee stings a day all over his body to match out which section of the body was the most sensitive. The worst place was the nostril. Entomologist Dr. Justn Schmidt had created a Sting Pain Index and had allowed himself to be stung over 1,000 times by over 150 species. The highest pain was inflicted by a bullet ant. There were also a prize for Professor Gregory Weiss for inventing a chemical recipe to unboil an egg. Altogether there were ten awards. We also heard about Aretha Franklin singing for the Pope on 26th of September at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia as part of his USA tour that begins on September 22nd.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Michael Buble & Van Morrison – Real real gone
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant – Killing the blues
Rhydian – Come on ye faithful – Welsh Rugby World Cup anthem
Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood
Aretha Franklin – Respect – will she sing it for the Pope?
Queen – Don’t stop me now – tweeted by Paul as the best feel good song
Dido – White flag – requested by Patrick
Nora Jones – Sunrise
Kacey Musgrave – My house
Lightening Seeds – Don’t walk on by – played on 123 today by Mike Jones
Jimmy Cliff – The harder they come, the harder they fall
Darius Rcker – Alright
Simon & Garfunkle – America – for all listening in USA
Colin Blunstone – Without her – with a strange bossa nova beat
Chicago – Colour my world
Michael Jackson – Much too soon – requested by Michael
Elvis Presley – Teddy bear – just 1 minute and 44 seconds long!
Love – Alone again or
Gerry Rafferty – Get it right next time
Will Young – Gold
Leon Bridges – River
Billy Joel – Honesty – loved by Rene who had not heard it for years
Shires – Nashville grey skies
Lou Reed – Perfect day – loved by Sonny Jay who has it on vinyl

Join me next week for our second instalment as the rugby alternative.
Why not copy Rene’s example and watch the rugby and listen to phoenixfm? You know it makes sense.

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Friday Night Extra 11.9.15 Counting down the decades of the Queen’s reign.

It was a different kind of show tonight as we celebrated the 23,228 days of the Queen’s reign (and counting). We counted down the decades with music in sequence from each decade. This format proved very popular with listeners. It also morphed into updating the titles of old songs. This was all rather surreal. My favourite was the Hollies – He ain’t heavy, he’s my anorexic sibling. Thanks Lee! I also read two extracts from the Queen’s Christmas broadcasts that show how important her faith is to her on a daily basis. We ended the music with a new track from the only artist to have had hits in all the decades, Cliff Richard.

Playlist
Booker T & Mgs – Crazy – show theme
Frank Sinatra – Moon River
Beatles – Can’t buy me love
Abba – Dancing Queen – requested by Lee
Cher – If I could turn back time
Celine Dion – Falling into you
Coldplay – Clocks
Brandon Flowers – Lonely town
Buddy Holly – Heartbeat
Dionne Warwick – Do you know the way to San Jose?
Stevie Wonder – Another star
Van Morrison – Have I told you lately that I love you?
Fugees – No woman, no cry
Take That – Rule the world
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Elvis Presley – Don’t be cruel
Gerry & the Pacemakers – Ferry Across the Mersey – requested by Phyl
Carly Simon – Your so vain
Kate Bush – Running up that hill – requested by Chris
Lionel Ritchie – Hello
Corrs – Summer sunshine
Killers – Human – for Susan and Ian and the second outing for Brandon Flowers
Chuck Berry – No particular place to go
Roger Whittaker – Durham Town – requested by Patrick and loved by Rene
Eric Clapton – Wonderful tonight
Chris Rea – On the beach
Cliff Richard – Golden.

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Friday Night Extra 4.9.15 with guest Rob Saggs from CHESS

PH rad 4It was great to joined this week in the studio by Rob Saggs. He works for CHESS, opening doors for the homeless in Chelmsford.Rob spoke of how CHESS began as a winter project for single homeless people to now being a twelve month project with a number of properties in Chelmsford, where people can be helped to rebuild their lives, moving them from rough sleeping to secure accommodation. He gave one example of a man whose wife had died and in his grief had lost his children and his home. Chess slowly helped him to examine his situation and find solutions. He returned to the building trade and was managing a £6 million building project in London. Their website www.chelmsfordchess.org gives lots of information about the work.There are lots of ways to be involved as a volunteer. You can become a member, giving regular financial support. There is also the sleepover in the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral on 27th of November. Last year there were forty sponsored volunteers. This year Rob hopes for many more. He also talked about a recent trip to Columbia to see some amazing work that is happening there where schools have been build and transformation and new potential bought to lives in the community.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Caro Emerald – Riviera life
Lady Antebellum – Sounded good at the time
Tear for Fears – Badman’s song – chosen by Rob
Living colour – Fight the fight – chosen by Rob
Jamie Cullum – Pure imagination – chosen by Rob
Mark Knopler & Van Morrison – Irish hearteat
Cliff Richard, Brian Bennett & Brian May – Move it – requested by Phyl
Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett – I just can’t stop loving you – requested by Michael for Vanessa.
Jim Reeves – Moonlight & Roses – requested by Patrick
Pete Townsend – Let my love open the door – remembered by Chris & Bob
Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water
Carrie Underwood – Blown away
Beatles – Yesterday
Carole King – You’ve got a friend
Marc Antionne – Valerio

Join me next week for two more hours of slightly seasoned Friday Night Extra, left to slowly simmer on Phoenix98FM live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 28.8.15 Awesomesauce

As well as a wide selection of music tonight, we also looked at some rather unusual stories from the news. The Oxford English Dictionary had published its latest on-line list of new words. These included awesomesauce for something being excellent and weaksauce if it was poor or disappointing. I gave up trying to use them, but they did make an appearance in out chatroom dialogue, or bants (banter). In Fiji if you photograph someone dropping litter and pass it to the authorities, not only will the offender be prosecuted, but you would be eligible for a percentage of the fine. Our biggest talking point was the fastest shed in the world, 70.8 m.p.h. It was built on a Volkswagen Passat and is based in Oxfordshire. Spurs will exchange old shirts with names and numbers of players that have left the club, with new shirts with new players tomorrow. Unkindly it was asked why anyone would have bought one in the first place? And over ten million people had visited Cathedrals in 2014, 14% up compared with the 2004 figures. I was in Lincoln Cathedral last week and it is awesomesauce.

Playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Brandon Flowers – I can change
Joe Stilgoe – I like this one
Cilla Black – Alfie
F.R. David – Words – requested by Patrick and remembered by Rene as a No.1 in South Africa.
Band Perry – Gentle on my mind
Pat Boone – Love letters in the sand – requested by Phyl
Nathan Carter – Beautiful life
Jason Mraz – 93 million miles
Beatles – While my guitar gently weeps
Joni Mitchel – Chelsea
Chicago – If you leave me now
Hank Marvin – Django’s castle
Jessie Cook – Fragile
Sting – Message in a bottle (live in New York) – loved by Lee who saw The Police play live.
Beyonce & Luther Vandross – The closer I get to you – requested by Michael and dedicated to Vanessa.
Billy Joel – New York State of mind
Dolly Parton – Tracks of my tears – loved by everyone in the chat room.
Elvis Presley – Crying in the Chapel – from this weeks chart in 1962.
Melody Gardot – Cry wolf
Stevie Wonder – Talk with God
John Grant – I want to go to Marz
Kenny G & Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world – Sonny Jay owned up that this is his karaoke song. We want to hear that!
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

Join me next week when my guest is Rob Saggs from CHESS – the project based in Chelmsford and working with homeless people.

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Friday Night Extra 21.8.15 with guests Rita Harries & Sue Saville from St. Giles Mountnessing.

Sue and Rita joined me in this studio this lovely warm summer evening. We hope for three lovely days on 29th, 30th and 31st of August for the Flower festival and craft fair to be held in and around St. Giles’ Church. They will be lots of road signs to guide visitors from Mountessing and Billericay to this beautiful church, set next to a farm and in the fields. Sue and Rita told us that the theme for the flower festival is The Community, with lots of arrangements reflecting different community groups and organisations, including Mountnessing C of E Primary school and the Brownies. On the Sunday evening at 5 o’clock there is a Songs of Praise service with a selection of traditional and modern favourite hymns. There is so much else happening. There will be a quilting display. Paintings, plants and numerous crafts and other items for sale. Across the weekend refreshments will be available. The organ, recently restored, will be being played in the church. Other musical activities will be happening, including an eight piece accordion band on Saturday lunchtime that include in their wide repertoire songs by ABBA. It promises to be a wonderful weekend. Saturday and Monday 10-5. Sunday benefice service at 9.30 and then opening at 11, with Songs of Praise at 5. Give yourself and the family a treat and go along.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Shires – Starting all over again
Eva Cassidy – Ain’t no sunshine
Rod Stewart – As time goes by – chosen by Sue, who loves the music of Rod Stewart.
Welsh male voice choir – Guide me O thou great redeemer – chosen by Rita for her husband.
Cliff Richard – Travelling light – played in memory of Angela, who was a big Cliff Richard fan.
Various Beatles tracks.
Temptations – I wish it would rain
Adam Faith – What do you want – requested by Phyl. The shortest track ever to be no.1. Less than two minutes long!
Willy Nelson – Angels flying too close to the ground – requested by Michael.
New Seekers – Never ending song of love for you – requested by Patrick.
Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo sunset
Tad Robinson – Call me
Freddy Notes – Montego Bay
Charlie Green – The rose.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra – live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 14th August 2015 Relaxing summer

Tonight the show included a special item remembering August 14th 1967 when the Marine Offences Bill became law at midnight, The result was that, with the exception of Caroline, all the pirate radio ships closed down. At midnight Caroline announced it was staying on air. We remembered this by playing the Radio London theme, the no. 1 at the time from Scott MacKenzie, the Caroline theme and We shall overcome, the first track played after midnight. Without the pirates there would not be stations like Phoenix98FM today. The news stories included a Bible theme park in Utah that buys old wax works from Madame Tussards and uses them in Biblical tableaus. Prince Philip is an angel and Tom Cruse is Jesus! You could not make it up!! A man who had lost a wallet down the back of a train seat had it returned thirty years later. It does not say much for the cleaners over the years.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Gerry Rafferty – Right down the line
Brandon Flowers – Only the young
Lou Reed – Perfect day
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Please read the letter
PAMS 1961 – Sonowaltz – Radio London theme
Scott MacKenzie – San Fransico
Fortunes – Caroline
Joan Baez – We shall overcome
Kinks – Come dancing – requested by Michael
Visage – Fade to grey – requested by Mark
James Taylor – Today, today, today
Fleetwood Mac – Big Love – thanks to Jane Bennett requesting this as a guest.
ABC – That was then, this is now – requested by Chris & Bob
Joe Cocker – The letter
Shires – Nashville grey skies – for Sue and Leonard listening in Kentucky.
Diana Krall & Michael Buble – Alone again
Bangles – Eternal flame – requested by Patrick
Jim Moray – Sweet England – thanks to Tom Page, introducing us to this artist when he was a guest.
Claire Teal – Everything is you
Carrie Underwood – Don’t forget to remember me
E.L.P. – From the beginning
Alison Krauss – Baby now that I’ve found you (live)
Gary Barlow – 6th Avenue – for everyone who attended the Ingatestone Summer Show.
Michael Buble & Van Morrison – Real real gone
Simon & Garfunkle – Homeward bound.

Join me next week when my guests Rita & Sue will be telling us about the wonderful community event at St. Giles’ church Mountnessing over the bank Holiday weekend.

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Friday Night Extra 7.8.15 with guests Stuart Hull & Andy Finn

Tonight I was joined in the studio by Stuart and Andy, both recently ordained deacons in the Church of England. They talked about their journeys to ordination and the pathways to training. Stuart had trained in Oxford and Andy in Cambridge. They both clearly found the experience very rewarding and spoke about some aspects of the training. The retreat prior to ordination had been from Wednesday to Saturday. This had been silent, including having no phone or e-mail communication. This had clearly been a helpful time to reflect on the personal journey and to look forward to the future. Since ordination they had both been busy, getting used to being in ministry, observing lots of services and events and getting used to wearing a collar. Stuart and Andy both said everything felt very natural. They both spoke about the record numbers of people going forward for ordination and that there were many growing and vibrant churches. They also chose some tracks for us. We had a number of requests this evening. We also found time to look at some news stories, including one from the University of Essex looking to build the biggest swimming pool in the world, to be used for space research. Jamie Harrington in Dublin saw a man sitting on the edge of a bridge in Dublin. He asked “Are you O.K?” This lead to a conversation and talking the man down. Now, three months later, the man’s wife is pregnant with a boy, whom they plan to name after Jamie.

Tonight’s playlist

Nathan Carter – Beautiful life
Cilla Black – Alfie – made after 31 takes.
Smashmouth – All Star – chosen by Stuart
Kylie Minogue – I should be so lucky – chosen by Andy
Elbow – One day like this – chosen by Stuart
Coldplay – Fix you – chosen by Andy
Adele – Skyfall – chosen by Stuart
Snow Patrol – Chasing cars – chosen by Andy
Sam Smith – Not the only one – requested by Ollie
Dusty Springfield – I only want to be with you – requested by Patrick
Meghan Trainor – Dear future husband – requested by Michael
Bellowhead – 10000 miles away – requested by Phyl for Jackie & Derek
Stevie Wonder – Have a talk with God
Jon Mitchel – Big yellow taxi – for Lee working hard in the kitchen
Jason Isbell – Something more than free – for everyone listening in Nashville, Kentucky and other parts of the U.S.A.
Don Henley – Take a picture of this
Ron Truman Turner – American Ghosts – for Tom

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Friday Night Extra 31.7.15 Summer music mix

Just two hours of relaxing music, interspersed with a few news stories. Thanks to everyone who was in touch requesting songs tonight. It was good to have Lee back in the chatroom for the second hour after a week’s holiday and returning to 485 e-mails. It was amazing he found time for us! In the first hour it was good to welcome Drake in the chatroom. Good also have an e-mail from Susan and Ian, listening near Reading and having a free Friday evening to listen to the show live for the first time in a long time.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Dolly Parton – Better get on living
Gary Jules – Mad world – requested by Drake
Paul Simon – Under African skies
Carole King – Tapestry
Brenda Russell – Walking in New York
Classix Nouveaux – Is in love? – requested by Patrick
Sal Solo – San Damiano
Sam Smith – Safe with me – requested by Susan & Ian
Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt – I do not know – requested by Michael
Stevie Wonder – Village ghetto land
Simon & Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled water – requested by Phyl
Hank Marvin – Djangos castle
Sinead O’Connor – Streets of London
James Taylor – Fire and rain
Aaron Neville – Warm your heart, Louisiana 1927
Frank Sinatra & Count Basie – Come fly with me
Odyssey – Back to my roots – for Rene off to visit her roots
Andrew Gold – Never let her slip away
Jose Feliciano – My world’s empty without you
Al Stewart – Year of the cat
America – Ventura Highway
Harry Chappin – WOLD
Diana Ross – Summertime
Miles Davis – Summertime

Join me next week, when my studio guests are Revd. Any Finn & Revd. Stuart Hull, both ordained as Deacons in the Chelmsford Cathedral at the end of June this year.

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Friday Night Extra 24.7.15 Home alone with the best music

On a very wet evening in Brentwood I had no guests tonight, so I was home alone with the best music. We also had a few news stories. There was the letter in Ireland address to ‘Your man Henderson, the boy with the glasses, who is doing his PHD up there at Queen’s in Belfast, Buncrana, Co. Durham’, that was delivered by the postman. Fudge, the dog, donned graduation robes for his owner, Jack Proctor’s graduation as he had starred in Jack’s introductory video and was mentioned in the dissertation. There was the French scrabble champion, who did not speak French but had memorised the French scrabble dictionary (amazing or what?). And a court had ruled in Finland that if a concert does not live up to expectations, potentially you can get a percentage of your money back. No refunds available tonight with our music mix.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Lady Antebellum – Down south
Billy Joel – Piano man
George Benson & Van Morrison – Higher than this world
Lou Reed – Perfect day
Al Stewart – On the border
Black – Wonderful life – requested by Patrick
Judy Tzuke – Parallel lines
Freddie Note & The Rudies – Montego Bay – requested by Michael
Seekers – Georgie girl – requested by Phyl and bringing back memories for listeners of primary school
Taryn Harbridge – Sherlock melody
Gary Jules – Mad world
Sting – Fields of gold
Carrie Underwood – See you again
Ralph McTell – Kindhearted woman blues – requested by Michael
Cure – In-between days – requested by Rene
Beach Boys – I can hear music
Lighthouse family – Ocean drive – requested by Patrick
Harry Chapin – Circle
Peter Cincotti – I love Paris
Band Perry _ All your life
Gregory Porter – Water under bridges – loved by Sony Jay getting ready for his show
Marc Antionne – Valerio

Join me again next week for another Friday evening music mix.
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Friday Night Extra 17.7.15 with guests Roger London, Peter Ruck and Tim Grant.

On the first night of the Brentwood Festival here at the Brentwood Centre, in the first hour I was joined by Roger London from Pilgrims Hall. Many people pass as they drive out of Brentwood along the Ongar Road. Clearly it is somewhere worth stopping as many interesting thing happen on the large site, including having a Christian bookshop. Roger told us specifically about the three day worship and teaching event happening across the August Bank Holiday weekend, 28th – 31st of August. More info available on www.pilgrimshall.org.uk/voice
Roger also shared with us some of his life in Uganda and about the the life water project to distribute water purification systems to help combat water-borne diseases and dehydration. More info about the project on www.lifewaterkits.org.uk

In the second hour we heard from Peter Ruck and Tim Grant. Peter spoke about The Way Festival at 48 Coxtie Green Road from 19th-26th of July.
This will be a festival of life changing stories, live music from ECHO, drama and bands. www.thewayfestival.com All this happens in a 1500 seater big tent owned by Tim Grant. Tim has taken this tent, and one twice as big, to aid churches with events throughout the UK and Europe. They told us about a recent trip they had been on to an evangelists conference in Russia and found everyone delightful.

Music tonight included tracks chosen by Roger and Peter.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Darius Rucker – Alright
Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood
Watoto Children’s Choir – Be exalted – chosen by Roger
Matt Redman – 10,000 reasons – chosen by Peter
Soon, very soon – Andrae Crouch
Love – Alone again or
Leon Bridges – River
Brandon Flowers – Only the young
ECHO – Signed, sealed, delivered – chosen by Peter
Johny Cash -Ring of fire
Joni Mitchel – Free man in Paris
Kacey Musgrave – My house
Ketty Lester – Love letters
Charlie Green – The rose
Simon and Garfunkle – America
Colin Blunstone -Without you.

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Friday Night Extra 10.7.15 with guest ukulele player and singer Tom Page and Keith Brown O.B.E.

What a treat we had tonight! Tom Page came and played on the ukulele and sang three songs for us. He also chose three interesting folk tracks. Perfect music for a warm summer evening. Tom told us how easy it is to play the ukulele, having personally failed to learn other instruments. He told us how it is now being widely introduced in schools. He also said he finds it incredibly relaxing to play in little fifteen minute bursts, rather like taking a coffee break.

In the second hour, having flown in from Glasgow to be on the show, Keith Brown O.B.E, a friend of Friday Night Extra, returned to tell us about his award in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Keith has been involved in many significant projects across the years, including a housing project in East London for those with disabilities. His involvement in Essex County Cricket Club has helped develop a wide range of community projects. These include developing appropriate projects for those with disabilities, including blindness, to play forms of the game. He talked about initiatives developed through the Livery Companies in London and also an exciting range of new projects in Glasgow.

When Sunny Jay arrived for his programme, he said that he used to play the ukulele, and would listen to the recording of the show.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Lionel Ritchie – Truly
Darius Rooker – You, me and my guitar
Tom Page singing live – Roseville fair
R.J.B. – Romeo & Juliet
Tom Page singing live – The daughter of Megan
Jim Moray – The week before Easter
Tom Page singing live – Harvest home.
James Taylor – Shower the people
Brandon Flowers – Can’t deny my love
Elvis Presley – In the ghetto
Pat Boone – Love letters in the sand – requested by Phyl -US No1, UK No2 in 1957.
Lady Antebellum – Dancing away with my heart
Collabro – All of me – requested by Patrick
Martin Simpson – North county Blues – requested by Michael
Brenda Russell – Piano in the dark
Chicago – Wishing you were here
Georgie Fame – Sitting in the park
Jesse Cooke – Tempest

Join me next week when my studio guests are Roger London talking about a big event at Pilgrims Hall this summer, and Peter Ruck, with information about The Way festival.

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Friday Night Extra 3.7.15 with guests Nathalie, Torquil & Louise in the first hour and David Pickthall MBE in the second.

On a lovely sunny evening, we had a packed show tonight. In the first hour my guest were Nathalie & Torquil Macleod and Louise Knight. Having visited the OSU Children’s Home in Ghana, Nathalie felt passionately that she had to try and do something to help the children. She saw a school bus that they were using that was clearly in very bad condition. Talking about it with her friend Louise, they decided the answer was to organise a charity ball to raise money to buy a bus to help make sure the children could get to school. The home has over two hundred children covering all the years of schooling. Torqil told us about the importance given to education in Ghana and that it is seen as a way out of poverty. By funding the bus, contributors will be investing in the children’s future. There are full details on the Phoenix98FM events guide, with links through to the facebookpage. Nathalie can be contacted on 07952702959, Louise on 07885110721. We also said “Happy Birthday” to Nathalie’s father, listening in Ghana.

In the second hour I was joined by David Pickhard MBE. He talked about his surprise and delight at being awarded the MBE for services to education and charity. After being a pupil at Brentwood School, David returned as a teacher, staying for 32 years and becoming Head of Music.
During that time he formed the Brentwood Big Band. They went on many tours, including one memorable trip to Alabama. They produced many CDs which were sold for charity. He also talked about people he had known at school who had become famous. David will be back on air, choosing music in the next All that Jazz on Monday at 6.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Band Perry – All your life
Coldcut – Walk a mile in my shoes
Toto – Africa
Soweto String Quartet – Kwedo
Bisa Kdei – Madanfo – a track from Ghana
Yes – Wonderous stories – in memory of Chris Squires
Scott Walker – Lights of Cincinatti
Enya – A day without rain – requested by Patrick
God only knows – Beach Boys
Mahler – 2nd Symphony – chosen by studio guest David
Dionne Warwick & friends – That’s what friends are for
Joe Stilgoe – I like this one
Jesse Cook – Fragile
Diana Krall – Superstar

Join me next week, when my guest in the first hour is Tom Page, who has recently discovered the joy of playing the ukulele. In the second hour I am joined by Keith Brown, awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours for charity work. He will be telling us all about these activities.

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Friday Night Extra 26.6.15 with guest Garry Smith

It was great to walk into the studio and see Elliott Smith, back for one Friday night. On the show I was joined by Garry Smith. For the past eighteen months he has been working for the Salvation Army Trading Company as project manager for their shop at the O2 where the Salvation Army are holding their 150th anniversary celebrations this coming week. There will be representatives from 126 countries present and Garry told us to look out for people in various uniforms on the tube from Tuesday. Garry spoke about the heritage of Christian social action projects that the Salvation Army has been involved with since its inception. The founding principles have then been adapted in different contexts to provide projects around the world. Boundless 2015 begins on Tuesday and runs through until Sunday, ending with a large march down The Mall. Most of the music events are already sold out. More info is available at http://boundless2015.org/

Gary also chose three very interesting tracks. The CD by Charlie Green can be bought from http://www.sps-shop.com/i-will-sing-praise-charlie-green-7293-p.asp
transmission Cd from also www.sps-shop.com/cd-majestic-transmission-10343-p.asp
O Boundless Salvation single also from www.sps-shop.com/o-boundless-salvation-enhanced-single-10320-p.asp or downloaded from ITunes. Gary also told us how the amazing video to go with the song was produced, featuring salvationists from around the world.Other products relating to Boundless are at http://www.sps.shop.com/boundless-176-c.asp

We had a lot of contacts from listeners tonight and many requests.
We also heard about a Russian Bishop going nearly a mile high in a hot air balloon and blessing the local town with the 35 pints of holy water he took with him. There was also the Norfolk churches where a project to photograph medieval walls inside churches with very strong lamps and digital cameras has uncovered medieval selfies covered with limewash.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Jason Mraz – 93 million miles
Brenda Russell – In the thick of it
Transmission – Melody of love – chosen by Gary
Charlie Green – The rose – chosen by Gary
Boundless Salvation – By Boundless Artists – chosen by Gary
Jon & Vangelis – I’ll find my way home – requested by Ed listening in Lincoln
Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – What Have I done to deserve this? – requested by Patrick
Somewhere only we know – Lilly Allen instrumental backing track
Carpenters – We’ve only just begun – requested by Phyl listening in Enfield
Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo sunset – loved by Lee & Rene in the chatroom
Nina Simone – My baby just cares for me – requested by Michael. Do you remember the video?
Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere – Requested by Rene and loved By Chris from Harlow who saw them at the O2 on Monday.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Marrakesh Express
Nancy Sinatra – As tears go by
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – Please read the letter
Tony Bennett – Laugh at life – which he sang at Glastonbury
Beatles – Let it be (naked version – no added production)
Neil McArthur – She’s not there – really Colin Blunstone
Neil Young – Always on my mind
Melody Gardot – If the stars were mine
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

Join me next week for a packed show. In the first hour my guests are Natalie, Torquil & Louise, who are organising an Autumn Ball at Hylands House to raise money for a school minibus in Ghana. In the second hour I am joined by David Pickthal, recently awarded an MBE. He will tell us about the activities in education and charity work that have led to this honour.

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Friday Night Extra 19 .6.15 with Brentwood Street Pastor Jimmy Mills

It was great to be joined in the studio tonight by Jimmy Mills. Normally on a Friday evening from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. (yes really!) you might find him in Brentwood High Street as one of the team of Street Pastors. Jimmy told us that this group of people, drawn from a wide range of churches, are to be found in and around the High Street on Friday and Saturday nights helping people. He told us how they offer to help people who are distressed. They also seek to calm potentially volatile situations. Jimmy said how most of the time their efforts are clearly appreciated. The whole area where they operate is covered by CCTV, so the Police are never too far away if they are needed. It is very unusual for them to need to be called. He told us about the training that is needed to undertake this role, including learning about Youth Culture and using role play to understand situations. Jimmy spoke with enthusiasm and clearly loves this important voluntary work. He also spoke about the fact that as they are clearly identified as Street Pastors, this does sometimes open channels, through questions asked, to talk about why they choose to spend their time this way and faith in God. He said that if anyone was interested and wanted to know more about how to be involved or support the Brentwood Street Pastors, they should contact Peter Jordan at Sawyers Hall Church www.sawyershallchurch.org He also said there are Street Pastors around the country and around the world.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
James Taylor – Today, today, today
Brandon Flowers – Only the young
REM – Everybody hurts – chosen by Jimmy Mills
Temptations – I wish it would rain – chosen by Jimmy Mills
Temptations – My girl – chosen by Jimmy Mills
Joni Mitchel – Both sides now – 2000 recording with full orchestra
Robbie Williams – Angel – requested by Patrick
Booker T & M.G.s – Green Onions
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – Gone, gone gone
Jim Reeves – I love you because – requested by Phyl
Argent – God gave rock and roll to you – requested by Michael
Supertramp – Logical song – requested by Phyl
Jimmy Webb & Brian Wilson – MacArthur Park – the version by the writer and liked by the listeners.
Mans Zelmerlow – Heroes
Beatles – Long and winding road – from Let it be (naked), no extra production, just the group playing.
Melody Gardot – Cry Wolf
Georgie Fame – Peaceful
The Shires – Nashville grey skies
Quincey Jones – Summer in the city
Bob James – Angela.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 12.6.15 You, me and the music

On a muggy day in Brentwood Town (sounds like a song), we had no guests in the studio. Thanks to all those who got in touch to comment on the songs and also engaged with the conversation. We had three stories about education. An Italian teacher had told his pupils during the three month summer break to “watch a sunrise…wander by the sea early in the morning and think of things you love about life…dance shamelessly when the mood strikes”. There was the man in Kazakstan who dressed up as his girlfriend to sit her exam paper. His deep voice meant he was discovered. A local businessman had paid half the fine as he thought it was “so romantic”. A school in Leeds is offering a summer trip to Barbados for over £1600 to play sport. This led to discussions on school trips. In the second hour we looked at advice from the Governments advisor Prof Paul Dolan on how to be happy. This was: listening to your favourite music; spending five more minutes with someone you like; helping someone else and having new experiences. Favourite new experiences today from listeners included eating Tikka Masala sausages and growing beans.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Paul Simon – Diamonds in the soles of her shoes
Gregory Porter – Water under bridges
Beach Boys – Surfs up
John Travolta – Greased lightening – requested by Michael
Band Perry – Gentle on my mind
David Bowie – Sound and vision – requested by Patrick
Elvis Presley – Wooden Heart – requested by Phyl
Andrew Gold – Never let her slip away
Sting – Englishman in New York
James Last plays Abba 2001 – to commemorate his passing this week
Joni Mitchel – Help me
Brandon Flowers – I can change – listen to the synth rift
Bronski Beat – Small town boy – a very similar synth in both tracks
Isley Brothers – Behind a painted smile
Tom Jones – Deliah – for Angela cooking cakes in the kitchen.
Sara Evans – A little bit stronger
Beatles – While my guitar gently weeps
Dolly Parton – 9-5
Julie London – Fly me to the moon
Matt Andersen – Coal mining blues
Miles Davis – Summertime

Join me next week when my guest is Brentwood Street Pastor Jimmy Mills.

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Friday Night Extra 5.6.15 with guests Jane Bennett & Jes Salt.

On the hottest day of the year so far, my guest in the first hour was Jane Bennett. She told us that the company have been in their iconic building in Brentwood since the 1930s. They are heavily involved in many community projects, from a bowls competition to the Brentwood Firewalk and improvement of the grounds at St. George’s church, amongst others. As a company they deal with over 500 funerals a year. She explained how complicated a process this can be, to get everything right, and how it is incredibly rewarding. They also take seriously the provision of care for bereaved people, running a number of projects for specific groups of people. Jane told us she went to work in the family business after a period of working in the City. She had some great music choices, including introducing us to the music of Jo Bonamassa.

In the second hour I was joined by Revd. Jes Salt. Having worked in the commercial world, including over twenty years in the City, Jes is swapping this for being a full time Vicar in Buckden and the Offords in Cambridgeshire. He talked about his road to this big change, including his four years as a self-supporting curate at Ingatestone & Fryerning Parish churches. He said his highlight was working with those confirmed this year. Sarah, Polly and Giselle came in to the show and it is available to listen to via the blog for 17th of April. He chose some interesting music, including revealing a love of the music of TRex.

Join me next week for two hours of good music and chat.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Fleetwood Mac – Big Love (live) – chosen by Jane
Jo Bonamassa – Feelin Good – chosen by Jane
Eva Cassidy – An’t no sunshine – chosen by Jane
Elvis Presley – Burning love – for Phyl who requested an Elvis track
Diana Ross & the Supremes – Reflection – requested by Patrick
Squeeze – Hour glass – requested by Michael
Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water
Lady Antebellum – Down South
TRex – 20th Century boy – chosen by Jes
Susan Boyle – I dreamed a dream – chosen by Jes
Simon & Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled waters – chosen by Jes
10cc – Wall Street Shuffle – for Chris who requested a track by them.
Natalie Cole & Van Morrison – These are the days
Judy Tzuke – Welcome to the cruise – for Lee, working away and researching material for the show in the chatroom.

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Friday Night Extra 29.5.15 with guest Revd. Celia Parkes from Mountnessing, Margaretting and Buttsbury churches.

It was the first time that my studio guest Revd. Celia Parkes had ever been in a radio studio. She spoke with ease like a professional. Celia told us about her call to faith and some extra-ordinary co-incidences. She had worked in a vets, as well as being a shepherd on Exmoor. She clearly loves county activities, sailing her very little boat and walking her dog. Ministry training culminated in four years in a church in Southampton. This is an ethnically and socially diverse city, with an ever changing population. She found her time there very rewarding. She is delighted to be back in the country. “Now”, she says, “I can talk again to people about horses and sheep”. Celia chose three tracks that helped her tell her story of life.

In the odd news stories tonight we learnt about the woman from California who prayed to meet her Prince Charming and met him in the Swiss Guard at the Vatican. There was also the University of California first year course in taking selfies and examining their cultural significance (yes honestly!). The stars of the Big Bang Theory have set up a $4 billion fund to pay for scholarships to UCL California in science. This sounded generous until a U.S. tax expert contacted the show to say these contributions were tax deductible. Also the three main stars in question went on strike last year to ensure they were paid $1 million per episode. This led to a discussion about what would you do with so much money?

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Van Morrison & Mark Knoffler – Irish heartbeat
Judy Tzeke – Sunshine boy – requested by Lee
U2 – I still haven’t found what I’m looking for – chosen by Celia
Westlife – You raise me up – chosen by Celia
Carole King – You’ve got a friend – chosen by Celia
Miles Davis – Summertime
John Lennon – Just like starting over – requested by Patrick
Jessie J – Dominoes – requested by Bob
Cliff Richard – Some people – requested by Phyl
Taylor Swift – Style – requested by Sian
Kenny Rogers – Love walking you around -requested by Michael
Jake Owen – Days of gold
Diana Krall – Sorry seems to be the hardest word
Elton John – Nakita
Jamie Cullum – Walkin
Robbie Williams – Go gentle
Mark Antionne – Valerio

Join me next week when my studio guest in the first hour is Jane Bennett. She is very well known in our community for helping people at difficult times. In the second hour the Revd. Jes Salt and his wife Jane will be with me. Jes has been the curate at Ingatestone and Fryerning for four years and is soon to take a full-time Vicar’s post in Cambridgeshire. I may struggle to get a word in!

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Friday Night Extra 22.5.15 celebrating 4 years of Friday shows.

It suddenly occurred to me today that we had not celebrated the fact that I had been broadcasting on Phoenix98FM on Friday nights for four years. Chris quickly e-mailed in and said she could not believe it had been that long. I think that was a compliment! As usual we looked at a number of news stories. This included Scrabble allowing lots of new words,including thanx, cazh (casual) and dench (excellent). Lee responded that it is not surprising children cannot spell!I loved the story of the Santander customer who asked for a replacement debit card and when they took so long cross-stitched one and sent it to them. It arrived at their office quicker than his replacement!There was the free bus pass given to a chicken found waiting at a bus stop near Aberdeen and the bus company will pay for the chicken’s upkeep. A bus in Reading powered by cow poo (really!) had been driven at 76 mph around a test track. Finally we had Californians, desperate that their lawns looked parched because of the drought and water restrictions, having their lawns painted green with dye. Only in America.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Brian Wilson – Sail away
Gary Barlow – 6th Avenue
Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis – I told you so
Theme from Cagney and Lacey
Howard Jones – New song
Righteous Brothers – Hung on you – requested by Patrick
Joni Mitchel – Big yellow taxi – for Lee
Diana Krall – I’m not in love
Mamas & the Papas – California dreaming
Tom Jones – Deliah – requested by Phyl
Fairport Convention – Who knows where the time goes?
Mark Antionne – Rebecca’s waltz
Marvin Gaye – I heard it through the grapevine
Theme from Hill Street Blues
Beach Boys – That’s why God made the radio
Phil Collins – In the air tonight – requested by Chris
Al Green – Lean on me – for Michael
Broadway cast of MOTOWN – My girl
Dolly Parton – Try
Michael Buble – I haven’t met you yet – for all the future guest on the show
Isley Brothers – Summer breeze – six minute album version
Jimmy Smith – Walk on the wild side

Join me next week when my guest is Revd. Celia Parkes from Margaretting, Mountnessing and Buttsbury churches.

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Friday Night Extra 8.5.15 An election-free zone.

It was great to be back tonight after two weeks away. I think the music early on gave a clue about where I have been. With all the non-stop election talk all day long, tonight, apart from the news bulletins, was election free. There was a segment to remember V.E. Day, and I asked where people were during the two minutes silence. All the listeners who responded had been watching the service. I was with the children at Ingatestone Juniors, where we had a street party, followed by the silence in the playground. This also lead to discussion on a recent survey that showed that many Britons do not even recognise the names of important historical figures, like William Tynedale, William Wilberforce, Oliver Cromwell or Charles Darwin. We focussed on relaxing music, particularly for those who had been up to the wee small hours. In the news stories we heard about the fans of St. Mirren F.C. voting a six year old fan with cancer as their player of the year. We also heard about the importance of pets to young children concerning emotional issues. There was a football team of illegal immigrants, formed by a Catholic Priest, that has just won promotion from the lowest league in Italian football. Their manager said “dreams do come true”. A government expert said there was a plague of e-mails in this country and this made workers unproductive by the fact they checked them all the time. I owned up I did that whilst I was away. I also paid tribute to a stranger from Phoenix Arizona, who helped me when I missed a flight in the USA when I was in distress. Along with Chay making me a cup of tea, this proved there are good people in the world.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MG’s – Crazy – show theme
Diana Krall – California dreaming
Beach Boys – California girls
Joni Mitchel – California
Jamie Cullum – These are the days
Corrie Underwood – Jesus take the wheel
Enya – Orinoco flow
Gracie Fields – Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye
Glen Miller – In the mood
Bing Crosby – Song of freedom
Isley Brothers – Harvest for the world – requested by Patrick who wanted to hear an Isley Brothers track
Billy Joel – My life
Gary Barlow – Since I saw you last
Marc Antionne – Pacific Coast Highway
Diana Krall – Operator
Janet Jackson – Let’s wait a while – requested by Michael. We had all forgotten this big hit.
Brenda Russell – La restaurant
Frank Sinatra – Let’s face the music and dance
Annie Lennox – Shinning light
Andrew Gold – Thank you for being a friend
Brian Wilson – One kind of love
Van Morrision & Michael Buble – Real real gone
Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood
Nina Simone – My baby just cares for me
Sam Cooke – What a wonderful world
Miles Davis – Miles.

Join me again in a fortnight for another Friday Night Extra.

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Friday Night Extra 17.4.15 with guests Giselle Hyland, Polly Jennings and Sarah McArthur

IMG_2548What a privilege it was tonight to be joined in the studio by Giselle, Sarah and Polly. They all came from Ingatestone and were confirmed in Chelmsford Cathedral on Easter Eve. They spoke about why they had decided to make this step at this time in their lives. It had surprised a number of people that they knew. They talked about what an amazing experience the service had been. Polly said that she did not know whether to laugh or cry. Faith has clearly become a central part of their lives and we heard the difference this has made to them. If you missed it all, do please listen to the recording. We had a number of very positive reactions from listeners, including hearing about a confirmation in the Episcopal Church Cathedral in Nashville Tennessee.

In the news stories tonight the Police in New Zealand are rewarding good drivers. There was also the attempt for the World Ukulele playing record, with over 5,000 players in Tahiti, including the Prime Minister.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MG’s – Crazy – show theme
Van Morrison & Michael Buble – Real real gone
Brian Wilson – Sail away
Jim Crocha – Time in a bottle – chosen by Giselle
Take That – These days – chosen by Sarah
Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world – chosen by Polly
Elvis Presley – In the ghetto
Johny Cash – The man in black
Miles Davis – Miles
Beach Boys – Surfing USA
Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite – requested by Patrick
Ronan Keating – The long goodbye – requested by Chris
Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood
DUkes – A message to Rudy – recorded live a Phoenix Friday
Drifters – When my little girl is smiling – requested by Michael
Carrie Underwood – Something in the water – loved by Rene
Lady Antebellum – 747
Tony Christie – Is this the way to Amerillo?
Peter Cincotti – Up on the roof
Tom Jones – Deliah – for Sarah from her son Cameron.
Brian Wilson – This beautiful day
Harry Chapin – W.O.L.D. – much appreciated by Lee
Boney James – Theme from Taxi

I will not be with you for the next two weeks. See you on May 8th.

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Friday Night Extra 10.4.15 Music after a sunny day

What a lovely sunny day we had today in beautiful downtown Brentwood. We needed some music to keep the mood set by the weather. In the news stories we heard about a taxi driver in Walsall who handed back a rucksack to a passenger who had left it in his taxi. It contained £10,000 as the man had just been to car auctions and sold a car. There was also the Japanese 100 year old woman who had just completed a 1500 metre swim! She only took up swimming at age 82 years!! Apparently different kinds of music can enhance the taste of food, according to a scientific study. With vastly increased demands for chocolate around the world, it is predicted it will have doubled in price by 2020. Better eat it now!

Tonight’s playlist

Marc Almond & Gene Pitney – Something’s gotten hold of my heart
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
James Morrison – A place in the sun
Van Morrison & Clare Teal – Carry a torch
Clare Teal – In a mellow mood
Dire Straits – The walk of life
Beatles – In my life – requested by Michael
Diana Krall – Operator
Queen – Who wants to live forever?
Harry Chapin – Taxi – loved by Lee
Kate Bush – The man with a child in his eyes
Harry James – Theme from Taxi
Susan Boyle – You’ll see
Tracy Chapman – Fast car – requested by Michael
Elvis Presley – Return to sender – loved by Derek
Peter Cincotti – Charokee – have you ever heard the piano played so quickly?
Billy Joel – Piano man
Johny Cash – Legend of John Henry’s hammer – for Phyl who requested any Johny Cash track. This was an eight minute marathon story song.
Toto – Africa
Nat King Cole – Unforgettable – for Joan
Mac Almond – The days of Pearly Spencer
Beach Boys – Breakaway
Jamie Cullum & Laura Mvula – Good morning heartache – loved by Brad chilling before his show.
Mark Antione – Madrid.

Join me next week when my guests are Giselle, Polly & Sarah, all confirmed on Easter Eve at Chelmsford Cathedral.

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Good Friday Night Extra 3.4.15 with guests Carol & Ian Moore

For Good Friday I was joined in the studio by Carol and Ian Moore. Carol is involved with Chelmsford Prison as a volunteer Chaplain. She told us how she initially visited prisoners who never had any visitors. When there are Chapel services, around 50 prisoners attend, though sometimes it is just to have time out of the cells. Along with Ian, Carol runs an accredited course on ‘Loss’. This could be related to bereavement, loss of freedom or anything that the prisoner wishes to focus upon. She also told us that many of the prisoners re-offend as they become trapped in a life-style that leads to criminal activity. Ian talked about Pilgrim’s Hall, where he is Chair of the trustees. He told us about their courses, counselling opportunities and also about the tea shop and bookshop. More info on www.pilgrimshall.org.uk
They both talked about today being Good Friday and why the sacrifice of Jesus is seen as good by Christians. Ian said that it is the basis of the Christian faith.

In the second hour we looked at some odd news stories. This included a tortoise that had a shell made to slip over it’s damaged shell. The new shell was produced by a 3D printer. We also learnt that the name Gary is heading towards extinction as only 28 British babies were registered with the name in 2013. This is odd when you think there are some high profile celebrities with the name. There was also a cat that had been locked in a container for 17 days and had travelled from Alexandria in Egypt to Herefordshire.

This week’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Van Morrison & Bobby Womack – Peace of mind
Dolly Parton – Try
Adam Moore – Call – chosen by Ian & Carol
Moody Blues – Go now
God will make a way – Don Moen – chosen by Ian & Carol
Muma – I’ll Divo – chosen by Ian
Coldplay – Paradise
Jackie Trent – Where are you now my love? – requested by Patrick as Jackie passed away a few weeks ago.
Scott Walker – Joanna – also written by Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch and loved by Rene, tonight listening in Austria and whose Nan was called Joanna.
Velvet Underground – I’ll be your mirror – requested by Michael
Van Morrison & Michael Buble – Real real gone
Diana Krall & Michael Buble – Alone again, naturally
Carrie Underwood – Jesus take the wheel
Joni Mitchel – Free man in Paris – with Joni in hospital, Lee and Rene both requested this track
Billy Joel – My life – Rene told us he writes books for children.
Alison Krauss – Lay my burden down
Toby Mac – City on our knees.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 27.3.15 with guest Revd. Paul Hamilton, Rector of Ingrave and karate teacher.

Paul joined us this evening straight from teaching a karate class, wearing a white gi. In a fascinating interview, much appreciated by those who contacted the show, Paul began by talking about his early life in Blackpool. Here his parents had sent him to Sunday School, even though they did not attend the church. As a child in Blackpool he loved playing with the video games in the arcades and this developed into an interest with computers. He began working with computers and was earning very good money selling computer systems to small businesses. However, he felt that there should be more to life. A chance encounter with a street evangelist had angered him, but also left a nagging feeling inside. This had eventually developed into seeking to know more and unexpectedly seeing this evangelist again at a meeting. Paul learnt about the Church Army and eventually worked for them, including a time at Canvey Island. When he had been asked to consider the post he thought it was Canary Island! Paul is now Rector of Ingrave, with two churches, and loves the ministry. He described his enjoyment of doing things with people and called it “the best job in the world”. He chose three tracks that were important to him with the memories they generated.

In the second hour we had some unusual news stories. They was the re-uniting of a man with a wallet lost behind a bookcase at Lambeth Palace sixty five years ago. The wallet contained the only photo of the owners’ father. There was an artist who had produce a Madonna and child, carved out of toast! A butcher in the Borders area was selling Scotch Eggs with a Cadbury’s Cream Egg inside! There was also the Indian music sensation of Layla translated into Sanskrit. We played the original.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Van Morrison & Michael Buble – Real real gone
Caro Emerald – Riviera life
Ravel’s Bolero – chosen by Paul
Communards – Don’t leave me this way
Beatles – Norwegian wood – chosen by Paul
Alanis Morissette – Thank you – chosen by Paul
Diana Krall – California dreaming
Sam Smith – Money on my mind – requested by Sian
Art Garfunkle – Bright eyes, live recording – requested by Patrick
Madonna – Don’t cry for me Argentina
Johny Cash – Man in black – requested by Phyl
Runrig – Rhythm of my heart – requested by Michael
Flying Lizards – Money
Derek & the Dominoes – Layla – loved by Brad, evoking memories of his Dad.
Marc Antione – Palm Springs
Miles Davis – Human nature

Join me next week for a Good Friday special. My studio guests will be Carol Moore – Volunteer Chaplain at Chelmsford Prison and Pastor Ian Moore Chair of Trustees of Pilgrim’s Hall.

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Friday Night Extra 13.3.15 Mothers Day and Red Nose Day special with guests Blake Holland and Jacob Turnpenny

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We had a special show tonight with Blake Holland and Jacob Turnpenny from Year 6 at Ingatestone & Fryerning C. of E. Junior School. We talked about Red Nose Day in which the school had taken part in an event with 6,000 Essex school children all dancing to Uptown Funk. We had a demonstration in the studio, loved by those watching on the webcam. For the first time on a Friday night we had all the webcams on the website full up with people watching and dancing. They also talked about the importance of Mothering Sunday and saying thank you to their mothers for all the things they do for them. They told us that they both play for Stones F.C. Blake is learning to play guitar and chose the track by Evanessence that he will be playing in the school talent show. They also looked forward to joining their brothers at the Anglo European School in September. They know it is a much bigger school and they will get lots of homework. But they both still have four months left at the Junior school and plan to make the best use of their time. We had many positive comments about their contributions to the show.

There were a number of odd news stories in the second hour. This included a car dealer buying the number plate “25 O” for £520,000. He said it was an investment. Brad said he had met Paul Daniels and his number plate in “MAG1C”. In Italy, football fans visiting Rome and Florence can use their tickets for free visits to art galleries and museums. In Georgia U.S.A. a teenager spent £20,000 mistakenly sent to him by a bank. He has to pay it all back and is on probation for ten years. The bank employee responsible lost her job. In Devon a football match was stopped after 58 seconds due to fog. Why did they start in the first place? A satnav error by the driver of a coach took a group of skiers to Spain instead of the French Alps. When they eventually arrived twenty four hours late, they were greeted with Tapas!

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Rembrants – I’ll be there for you
Bananarama & French and Saunders – Help – Comic Relief single 1989
Evanescence – Bring me life – chosen by Blake as he is learning to play it on guitar.
Marc Ronson and Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk – complete with dancing in the studio.
Blur – Song 2 – chosen by Jacob
Gareth Gates & Kumars – Spirit in the sky – Comic Relief single 2003
The Black Keys – Fever – chosen by Jacob
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Lindisfarne – Meet me on the corner – requested by Michael
Queen – Who wants to live forever?
Carrie Underwood – Something in the water
Tom Robinson Band – 2 4 6 8 Motorway
Tony Christie – Is this the way to Amerillo – Comic Relief single 2005
Susan Boyle – You’ll see – requested by Patrick
John Miles – Music
Lady Antebellum – Falling for you
Sheena Easton – For your eyes only
Walker Brothers – No regrets

I will not be with you next week. Join me in two weeks time whn my guest is the Revd. Paul Hamilton, Rector of Ingrave, who has a passion for karate.

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Friday Night Extra 6.3.15 with studio guest Pat Rayner talking about the Women’s World Day of Prayer.

It was a lovely sunny day in Brentwood. Tonight I was joined by Pat Rayner from Ingatestone Churches Together talking about the Women’s World Day of Prayer. Christians in over 170 countries had been involved in services and events today, where the resource material had been produced by women in the Bahamas. Pat told us about the history of the day. She had been at the Ingatestone event, which had been hosted by the Elim church and had people from three local churches taking part in the service. She said how much fun it had all been, and also that it had been very moving. She also brought in three tracks and talked about them. She had worked for a record company in the 1980s and had literally bumped into Mark Knopler at a party, so we heard a track by Dire Straits. Pat recalled being aged fifteen and liking Eric Burden and the Animals as they had been so different from the manicured other groups that were around in the mid 1960s. She chose a track by Fleetwoood Mac that recalled two friends from the 1980s who are now no longer with us. With a very expensive Country Music event this weekend at the O2, a lot of the music tonight had a country feel. All provide by Phoenix98FM for free! We also looked at some odd news stories, including the fact that speeding fines in Finland are related to how much money you earn. So if you are very wealthy and caught speeding, it can cost you a huge amount of money. One driver who earns £4.7 million pounds was fined 54,000 Euros for driving at 64mph in an area with a speed limit of 50mph. In New Zealand motorist have been confiscating keys from bad drivers and giving them to the Police. In Denmark moles are being used on archaeological sites as this is a very cheap way to get items raised with minimal damage. In Hungary you can rent an entire village for £500 for a weekend and even proclaim yourself deputy mayor and re-name the streets. The Smithsonian museums in Washington have banned selfie sticks. All these stories caused lots of comments in the chatroom.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Lady Antebellum – Down South – No tickets left for their O2 show.
Carrie Underwood – Something in the water
Dire Straits – Brothers in arms – chosen by Pat
Eric Burden & the Animals – Don’t let me be misunderstood – chosen by Pat
Fleetwood Mac – Rhianna – chosen by Pat
10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
Housemartins – Happy Hour
Jimmy Smith – Walk on the wild side
Bill Withers – Lean on me
Dolly Parton – Better get on livin
Tammy Wynette – Stand by your man – requested by Patrick
Ed Sheeran – Wake me up – requested by Michael
Gladys Knight – Licensed to kill – requested by Lee
Johny Cash – A boy named Sue
Roseanne Cash – I don’t want to spoil the party
Alison Krauss & Union Station – New favourite (live)
Gregory Porter – Sweet Country love song
Dolly Parton – Joylene – requested by Derek
Focus – Sylvia

Join me next week for a Mother’s Day special with children from Ingatestone & Fryerning C. of E. Junior School.

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Friday Night Extra 27.2.15 The story in the song.

Tonight we focussed on songs that contained a story, rather than just simple words. This meant we had some interesting choices requested. The odd news stories included an amazing selection of items left in Boro Taxis in the north east of England. These included two very large amounts of money, returned to the owners. Also false teeth, an artificial leg, a large tent and a baby! Russian prisoners in Siberia had been building ice sculptures for Defenders of the Fatherland day. These included a full size model of a Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile launcher and a T34 tank. In Dubai a 3 metre high sandcastle had been built, covered with cigarette butts. This was to highlight the problem of butts being dropped on beaches in Dubai. On one day in 2014 volunteers collected 50,000 cigarette butts in one hour. This is despite the fact that if caught littering in this way, the fine is £88 for the first offence, which can then be doubled and tripled with re-offending. This led to chatroom conversations about illegal activities in various countries. For example, in Germany there are laws to still try and keep Sunday as a quiet day, including it being illegal to drive a lorry. We also heard about an eagle owl attacking residents of a German town at night. We put a song choice with each story. Can you work out which story went with which song?

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Harry Chapin – Taxi
Star Trek theme – played to honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy, whose death was announced this evening.
Carrie Underwood – Something in the water
Herman’s Hermits – Something’s happening – requested by Patrick
Kate Bush – A woman’s work – requested by Chris
10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
Eagles – Hotel California – requested by Lee remembering a drive to the south of France in the 1980.
Gerry Rafferty – Night Owl
Tornadoes – Telstar
Toto – Africa
Cara Dillon – She’s like a swallow – Irish folk singer requested by Michael.
Ralph McTell – Streets of London – requested by Phyl
Sting – Russians – recorded live in Berlin
Joni Mitchel – Big yellow taxi
ABC – When Smokie sings
Julie London – God bless the child
Beatles – Eleanor Rigby
Alison Krauss – Paper airplane
Kenny Rogers – Ruby don’t take your love to town
Kate Bush – Rocket man

Join me next week for more Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 20.2.15 with guest Paul Gambling

It was great to be joined in the studio tonight by Revd. Paul Gambling, Chair of Churches Together in Billericay. Paul told us that the focus of the work for the Churches Together, representing all the churches in the town, is now on long term initiatives. This includes a long established work in all the schools, taking assemblies, being involved in pastoral care and Religious Education lessons. There are the Street Pastors, kept busy by the reality that Billericay High Street has more pubs in close proximity than other street in Essex. None of us knew that, but when you think about it, that makes sense. There was the establishment of a Credit Union, focussed very much on the initiative suggested by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Paul also brought us all a reflection on Lent, built around three pieces of classical music. This was very thought provoking and is well worth listening to again. The listeners loved his honesty. Paul stayed for the second hour, when we looked at some unusual news stories. It was amazing that Playmobil had marketed a figure of Protestant Reformer Martin Luther in Germany and had sold out of 34,000 figures in 72 hours. Those in the chatroom wished they had bought shares! We also heard about a Christian football team, said to be the worst, but also the happiest in the country. Other stories included an ornament of a cat, rescued from a skip and dated by experts to come from 500-700 B.C. from Ancient Egypt and selling at auction for £52,000 to a well known dealer. We thought he intends to sell if for considerably more.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Diana Krall – California dreaming – check out the drum machine.
Carrie Underwood – Something in the water
Barber – Agnus Dei – chosen by Paul
Greig – Peer Gynt – Morning – chosen by Paul
Handel – Sarabande = chosen by Paul.
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
Miles Davis – So what
Zombies – Time of the season
Searchers – Sweets for my sweet – requested by Michael
Gnarles Berkley – Crazy
Dave Gaskin & Barbara Stewart – Its my party – in memory of Lesley Gore who passed away this week, aged 68. She wrote this song and had the original hit version in 1963.
Peter Cincotti – Up on the roof – for Elliott who used to be Phoenix on Fridays between 6-8 and now at University.
Smokie – Living next door to Alice – requested by Patrick
Brenda Russell – Walking in New York
Carole King – You’ve got a friend – from Tapestry, selling well with the new Carole King musical opening in London.
Diana Krall – Wallflower – second track tonight from the new album.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood to the world.

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Friday Night Extra 13.2.15 Love is all around. Valentines Special

On a wet night in Brentwood we followed Nicky who also had a show featuring love songs. As she said in the preview, “I guess your’s will be more laid back”. The selection tonight included two songs from the new album by Diana Krall called Wallflower. There were lots of comments about her version of the 10CC classic I’m not in love. We had a number of requests tonight, including the Woody Guthrie song written in 1941, Pastures of Purity; a piece of real country performed by Alison Krauss on fiddle and sung by Dan Tyminski, guitar and mandolin player in Union Station. We heard about a backpacker from London re-united with a camera that he lost in Australia after the pictures were posted on facebook After 8000 hits he was recognised. There was the baby in Ireland delivered by a paramedic used Google Translate by the roadside to communicate with the mother in Swahili. Five year old Ruby Roberts from Newquay was given a voucher for £5 by a complete stranger in Argos because she was so polite. We heard that Valentine’s Day is associated with Saint Valentine of Rome who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians being persecuted by the Roman Empire. According to legend, before his execution he wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer and signed it “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Finally, there was the invitation to Australia to take part in the 60th anniversary Eurovision Song Contest, as the programme in 2014 had over 3 million viewers in Australia. Apparently they will only be allowed to participate in 2016 if they win this year. I wonder…

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Wet Wet Wet – Love is all around
Diana Krall – Wallflower
Hazel O’Connor – Will you? – requested by Lee, who loves the saxophone playing towards the end of the track.
Nilson – Without you
Pastures of Plenty – vocal by Dan Tyminski from Union Station.
Carrie Underwood – Something in the water
Dexies Midnight Runners – Gino – selected after we asked for a favourite Dexies track
Dawn featuring Tony Orlando – Tie a yellow ribbon – requested by Patrick and the best selling single of 1973 in the U.K., the U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand.
Buddy Holly – Heartbeat – in memory of Joe B. Maudlin, Buddy Holy’s base player and later a recording engineer for Phil Spector, who passed away on 7th of February aged 74 years.
Quincy Jones – Soul Bosonova
Elvis Presley – Wooden Heart – requested by Phyl
Temptations – My Girl
Diana Krall – I’m not in love. Rene preferred the 10CC original.
Righteous Brothers – You’ve lost that loving feeling – produced by Phil Spector.
Rubettes – Sugar baby love
Alison Krauss – Baby now that I’ve found you
Abba – Waterloo – Abba Gold has now been in the top 100 albums for 986 weeks. Lee was overwhelmed by the though of the royalties.
Third World – Now that we’ve found love
Frank Sinatra – Have you met Miss Jones? – loved by Brad as he was driving to the studio tonight.
Caro Emerald – Mad about the boy
Carrie Underwood – Cowboy Casanova
Florence Welsch – My baby just cares for me.

Next week my guest is Paul Gambling, Chair of Billericay Churches Together. He will be talking about that role, and also about the season of Lent, that start with Ash Wednesday next week. Make a date to join me at 8 p.m. next Friday.

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Friday Night Extra 6.2.15 with guests Neil Taggart and Leigh Johnson from Ingatestone C. of E. Junior School.

Tonight we welcomed to the studio Head Teacher Neil Taggart and Mathematics Teacher Leigh Johnson from Ingatestone and Fryerning Church of England Junior School. They had both visited Shanghai in October. This is because the school is involved with a project learning about Mathematics teaching in China and seeing if ideas can be applied in the U.K. They spoke about their impressions of Shanghai, a city that many of us will have seen as a setting for the James Bond film Skyfall. The school that they visited had an expectation that every child could achieve highly in Mathematics learning. Lessons would involve constant questioning. Children would continue their learning at home where often parents and grandparents would be involved as they might be using the same textbooks that they had at school. Leigh was asked to demonstrate how she taught Maths and over seventy teachers were invited to watch and were impressed with the sense of enjoyment demonstrated by the pupils. The children regularly undertook exercises for their eyes. In Ingatestone, the school has introduced regular ten minute fast paced Mathematics lessons. A group of Chinese teachers will be visiting soon to continue the development of the project. It is hoped to continue to develop the links and to involve parents.

In the second hour we looked at a number of unusual news stories. There was sixties and seventies shock rocker Alice Cooper teaching Bible studies in his home town in Phoenix, Arizona, where he has built a Christian Centre for local young people. The University of Essex has introduced a ‘Nap nook’ where students can book a forty minute sleep slot. This led to listeners discussing whether they wrote their essays late at night when they were at University. Chris wrote that she always did her best essays after midnight. In Romania there is a church in the Fagaras mountains made entirely out of frozen blocks of snow. Back in China, Alibaba, their largest on-line retailer, is experimenting with using drones for deliveries in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & M.G.s – Crazy – show theme
Lady Antebellum – 747
China Crisis – Wishful thinking
Michael Jackson – Love never felt so good
Olly Murs featuring Rizzel kicks – Heart skips a beat
Jamiroquai – Emergency on planet earth
Booker T & M.G.s – Green onions
T’Pau – China in your hand
Icehouse – Hey little girl
Bee Gees – How deep is your love – live – requested by Patrick
Sam Smith – Not in that way – requested by Michael
Franki Valli & 4 Seasons – Beggin – requested by Siane and loving the re-mix
Beach Boys – Kokomo – requested by Rene, in the hope that this track would make her feel warmer as she has been cold all day.
Rumer – Am I forgiven?
Carrie Underwood – Something in the water – the favourite track of those in the chatroom in the second hour.
Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water
Gerry Rafferty – Island
Simon & Garfunkle – Homeward bound
James Taylor Quintet – Theme of Starskey & Hutch.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra live from Brentwood. Leave a request below or e-mail radio@phoenixfm.com

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Friday Night Extra 30.1.15 with guest Ven. Mina Smallman, Archdeacon of Southend.

On a snowy day in Brentwood, it was good to welcome Archdeacon Mina as a guest to the studio. She brought her natural warmth which was much appreciated by listeners who got in touch during the interview and afterwards. Mina talked about her Christian experience as a child, living very close to a church. This meant she used to take herself to services. As a young mother the demands of her local Vicar in relation to the baptism of her child had been very off-putting. However a new Vicar changed the atmosphere at the church and Mina felt welcomed. Despite really enjoying her teaching career, whilst she was watching a female curate lead a service, she felt a voice tell her that one day she would be doing something like that. She did not know what this meant. Though not feeling prepared, she passed a selection conference and began training for the ministry. Throughout her ministry she has felt prompted. This was highlighted by the feeling she had to apply for the post of Archdeacon of Southend even though she felt inexperienced. She sees her role as being pastor to the pastors. She also spoke with passion about the fact that we live in a world that is too busy and that clergy need to model different values. It was interesting that almost everyone who contacted the show was working, despite it being Friday evening.

Tonight’s playlist.
Carrie Underwood – Little toy gun
Lady Antebellum – Down South
Potter’s field – Darlene Zschech – chosen by Mina
Barbara Streisand – People – chosen by Mina and apparently written in five minutes for the 1964 Broadway production of Funny Girl.
No Limits – Prodigal Son – chosen by Mina. She had sung with this group.
Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood
Madonna – Don’t cry for me Argentina
Queen & David Bowie – Under pressure – for Lee working on U.K. tax forms as the final day for submission is tomorrow.
Bachelors – Diane – requested by Patrick
George Ezra – Budapest – requested by Michael
Billy Fury – Once upon a dream – for Phyl dreaming of having a woman Bishop in north London.
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline – for Chris in the kitchen making an Impossibles cake.
Joe South – Walk a mile in my shoes
Ray Charles – Take these chains from my heart – for all those chained to their work on a Friday evening. Much appreciated by Brad.
Fleetwood Mac – The chain.
Booker T & the MGs – Time is tight.

If you missed the interview, do check out the whole show on the Mixcoud player. Join me next week when my guests will be Head Teacher Neil Taggart and Senior Teacher Leigh Johnson from Ingatestone C. of E. Junior School. In October they went on a trip to China to learn about maths teaching in Shanghai. They will talk about experiences on the trip and how some of the lessons are being applied in the school. As ever, you can leave a music request below and join in during the show.

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Friday Night Extra 23.1.15 More R & R.

After a chilly day in Essex, what was needed was some more R & R. Some of the requests tonight showed that not everyone shares the same idea of rest and relaxation. Jumping around to Bon Jovi and dancing to Taylor Swift apparently count as well as day dreaming with Frank Sinatra or snuggling under the duvet to Carole King. In the news we heard that the beard of Tutankhamen on the death mask in the Cairo Museum has an unexplained line of glue around where it joins the chin. This led to confessions of dropping or breaking items. Bob had dropped candle wax on the carpet and Chris had tried to iron it off with brown paper, only to burn a hole in the middle of the carpet! Rene had dropped a phone. We were very busy in the chatroom tonight. Odd news stories included Preston Station putting up a Kiss and Ride sign. The most commented on story was the news that according to votes on TripAdvisor the best restaurant in Cardiff is The Clink Restaurant, which is open to the public at HMP Cardiff and is staffed entirely by prisoners. Why did no-one ever think of that in Chelmsford? Towards the end of the show we heard the football result Cambridge United 0 Manchester United 0. See if you can work out which track I played.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Joe South – Walk a mile in my shoes
Taylor Swift – Shake it – requested by Anabelle and Lee
Frank Sinatra – I’ve got you under my skin – live at the Sands
Diana Krall – Love letters – in anticipation of her new album
Blonde – Heart of glass – requested by Patrick
Four Seasons – Let’s hang on
Bon Jovi – Have a nice day – requested by Chris
Mary J Blige & John Legend – King & Queen – requested by Michael
Simple Minds – Big music
Beatles – Strawberry fields forever – requested by Phyl, Derek and Jackie
Mark Antionne – Bossa Nouveau
Bob Marley – Could you be love – requested by David and Ollie
Dolly Parton – Better get on living
Carole King – It’s too late – with Tapestry back in the charts
Coldplay – Paradise
Unit 4 + 2 – Concrete and the clay
Joe South – Games people play
Clare Teal – Everything is you
Johny Cash – One piece at a time
Gotye featuring Kimbra – Somebody that I used to know
Lady Antebellum – 747 – catch them at the O2 in March
Chicago – Make me smile
Ellie Goulding – Your song

Join me next week when my studio guest is the Archdeacon of Southend, Ven Mina Smallman

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Friday Night Extra 16.1.15 Two hours of R & R.

On a cold night in Brentwood, we decided that what were needed tonight was two hours of rest and relaxation. Add to the mix a number of sixties and county tracks, with a little jazz and the R & R was complete. With four folks in the chatroom and e-mails being busy there was lots of contact tonight both about the music and also the news stories. A story about Christmas trees being taken to Linton Zoo in Cambridge as the lions treat them like catnip meant we speculated on left over presents that could be taken to the animals – like slippers for penguins and jumpers for kangaroos. With the theme for the T.V. detective show Hill Street Blues there was lots of reminiscing about the show, the characters and their catch phrases. We also all fancied a castle for sale in Scotland for £325,000 but thought it slightly too far to commute. There was also a cafe in Ireland selling 35 varieties of crisp sandwich. We thought there were local business opportunities here.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Peter Sarstead – Where do you go to my lovely?
Gary Barlow – Sixth Avenue
Dobbie Gray – The In crowd – which I heard Michelle play the other day
Lady Antebellum – Freestyle – requested by Michael
Simon & Garfunkle – America – requested by Lee
Kool & the Gang – Cherish – in memory of their trombonist Clifford Adams who had passed away. Susan & Ian e-mailed in to remind us of the passing of Trevor Ward-Davis, Dozy of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch.
Ronan Keating – She believes in Me – for Chris going to see him in the show Over in London tomorrow.
Canned Heat – On the road again
Boney M – Born again – requested by Patrick
Gregory Porter – Sweet Country love song
Laura Mvula & Jamie Cullum – Good morning heartache
Byrds – Turn, turn, turn.
Roger Miller – King of the road – for our regular listeners around Nashville.
Mango Groove – Another country – much appreciated by Rene in the chatroom
Glen Campbell _ by the time I get to Phoenix
Johny Cash – A boy named Sue
Mike Post – Theme from Hill Street Blues
Procul Harum – Whiter shade of pale
Elvis Presley – Good luck charm
Rumer – Accentuate the positive
Bread – Guitar man
Boney James = Sweet thing.

Join me again next week for another dose of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 9.1.15 with guest Pastor Lee Carmichael

Pastor Lee was my guest this evening for his radio début. Lee is the new Elim Pastor in Ingatestone, having previously been at the church in Epping for ten years. Lee told us that after going to a C. of E. church as a child and being in the choir and enjoying that, he decided to go the local Free Methodist Church in Preston, Lancashire. Here he discovered a lot of other young people and he felt his faith grow. Lee was only fifteen when he felt that God wanted him to be a pastor. This was so strong that he decided not to go to college but get some experience of life. He got a job repairing sewing machines, a skill that he continues to find useful. He went to training college to study for a degree in theology before going at a young age as a pastor to Epping. Here he came involved in youth work and chaplaincy work at a local Secondary School. He still works there a day a week having moved to Ingatestone. Here Lee has been thrilled by the welcome he has received and looks to develop the work of the church so it can be a blessing to the community. He said that in the 1930s the church was “at the cutting edge” and he wants to help lead it to be there again.

Thursday would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday and we marked that in the second hour both musically and with a story about the sale on Thursday of the very first disc Elvis ever cut as a demo to hear his voice. It had never been up for sale before and sold for $300,000. Lee in the chatroom told us that when Elvis was conscripted into the U. S. Army he gave all his salary to charity and bought extra uniforms for all those in the unit. He also told us it was Jimmy Page’s 71st birthday. When Brad arrived he was astounded to think Jimmy was that age. We also heard about Luke Cameron who completed 365 good deeds in 2014. It would be great if he inspired others during this year.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MG’s – Crazy – show theme
Lady Antebellum – Down South
Elvis Presley – In the ghetto – Elvis did not want to record this track as he thought it was too political.
Bon Jovi – Living on a prayer – chosen by Lee as ideal driving music. We all imagined driving up the A1 to Scotland with in playing. Chris e-mailed in to say how much she loved this track and was dancing around the kitchen.
Katherine Jenkins – Rejoice – chosen by Lee and associated with the birth of his first child Martha in January 2008. He played this track every time he got up in the night getting her back to sleep.
Rend Collective Experiment – Love Divine – chosen by Lee and a very interesting modern take on a traditional hymn. The last verse was used as part of a medley at the commissioning service at Regents Theological College.
Pharrel Williams – Happy
Elvis Presley – Wooden heart – requested by Phyl
Elvis Presley – Crying in the chapel – when did you last hear this track?
Led Zeppelin – Misty Mountain Hop – Happy Birthday Jimmy Page and requested on the show blog by Lee in Ingatestone.
Chris Rea – Let’s dance – requested by Michael
Troggs – Love is all around – requested by Patrick
Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood
Walker Brothers – The sun ain’t gonna shine and more – for Susan who is, and always has been, a big Walker Brothers fan.
Dolly Parton – If I had wings
Madness – NW5 – do you remember this track released in January 2008?
Rumer – Aretha.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 2nd January 2015. Music for a winter’s night.

There were no guests tonight for our first show of 2015, which was also the ninth day of Christmas. Our theme tonight was music for a Winter’s night, which meant practically anything could be played! We had a brief spell of imagining that we were in South America, some 60s and 70s classics and then music to simply make you feel good. We also looked at some of the odd news stories featured in 2014 and had a few news items. I particularly liked the primary school in Burnley where all 360 children had joined the Scouts and had their meetings in school time on Friday afternoons. There was also the fact that over 80% of the Police due to be on duty in Rome on New Year’s Eve called in sick! And the provincial governor in Turkey who will ban anyone from taking a lift for only going up three flights as a way of tackling obesity.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Lady Antebellum – On a winter’s night – inspiration for tonight
Blood, Sweat & Tears – Sometimes in winter
Lady Antebellum – Down South – for all those listening down south in U.S.A, tonight and on Mixcloud.
Shakatak – Christmas in Rio
Clare Teal – Everything is you – keeping the South American theme going.
Stan Getz & Astrid Gilberto – The girl from Ipenema – pure South American
Zombies – This will be our year – will it be your year for keeping New Year’s resolutions?
Fleetwood Mac – Sarah – for Sarah & Lee getting married in Harlow tomorrow.
Andrew Gold – Lonely boy
Carole King – So far away – from Tapestry, which charted again last year 43 year after being released.
Jimmy Smith – Walk on the wild side.
Michael Buble – I haven’t met you yet – for Rene in Austria skiing.
Frank Sinatra – It was a very good year.
Katie Melua – The mockingbird song
Dolly Parton – Joylene – everyone was singing along in the chatroom.
Boney James & Rick Braun – Grazin in the grass
Everley Brothers – Walk right back – for Sue and Leonard and all listening in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Joni Mitchel – A free man in Paris – for Lee
Annie Lennox _ Universal child – for David, Alison, Ben and Anna
Marc Antionne – Children at play
Brenda Russell – Le restaurant
Jeff Lauder – Pacific coast highway
Queen – Bicycle race
Soweto String Quartet – Graceland collection.

Join me next week for another Friday Night Extra. My guest will be Lee Carmichael, pastor at the Ingatestone Elim church. The music will include a nod to Elvis Presley as his birthday is the 8th of January and he would have been 80 years old.

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Boxing Day 10 a.m- 1 p.m. with studio guests Peter & Melina Angeli and Adrian & Jonty McConnaughie.

It was great to be able to present a live show on Boxing Day. Seventeen people had left memories of special Christmases on the showblog and we read them all. (These can be found by scrolling down to the October shows.) Peter told us about the Christmas celebrations at Beckett Keys school, including his playing in the Orchestra. Melina spoke about activities at Ingatestone & Fryerning C. of E. Junior School, including remembering the Christmas truce of 1914. Their parents Julie and Andrew were also encouraged to take part. In the second hour Adrian and Jonty McConnaughie talked about the events at Christmas at Brentwood School. These included a senior citizens party where Jonty was involved. There was a football match to recreate the truce. Of course the team representing the Germans won! They also talked about the services in the chapel. Pupils at Ingatestone Junior school recorded interviews of their hopes for Christmas. We also heard recordings of the children singing. There were also recordings of Ingatestone Parish Church Choir singing at the 9 Lessons and Carols service. It was a busy show, with folks in the chatroom, including Richard and Terry having a lunch party and joining us through their webcam, and e-mailed requests.

Playlist
Shakatak – O little town of Bethlehem
Cee Lo Green – What Christmas means to me
Royal Choral Society – O Come all ye faithful
Michael Buble & Shania Twain – White Christmas
Louis Armstrong – We have all the time in the world
Lady Antebellum _ Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow
Brenda Lee – Rockin around the Christmas tree
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and wine
Adele – Skyfall
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas time
Johny Mathis – When a child is born
Proclaimers – Two thousand years
Bath Abbey Choir – Ding dong merrily on high
East 17 – Stay
Bangles – Walk like an Egyptian
Andy Williams – The most wonderful time of the year
Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
Annie Lennox – In the bleak midwinter
Pointer Sisters – Jump
Walter Wait – Nicky Tilles
Michael Buble – Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Cee Lo Green – Mary did you know?
Kings College Cambridge Choir – Once in Royal David’s city
Ingatestone Parish Church Choir – O come all ye faithful
Dolly Parton – Try
John Lennon – Happy Christmas, war if over (if you want it)
Ingatestone Junior School – Peace child
Band Aid – Do they know its Christmas?
Ella Fitzgerald – Winter wonderland
Dave Koz – The Christmas song.
Elvis Presley – White Christmas

Join me next Friday evening at the usual time, 8 – 10 p.m. for Friday Night Extra.

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Friday Night Extra 19.12.14 with guest Rev Ruth Mitchell

Rev. Ruth Mitchell, the new United Reformed Church minister for Brentwood, Billericay and Ingatestone was the studio guest this evening. Ruth has been with the people in these churches just over six weeks. She told us about how she came to be undertaking this post, about her call to the ministry, about her wider interests and her hopes for the time with the three communities. She stated that her main priority was to enable people to speak with more confidence about their own faith journeys. Ruth also chose three tracks from the station library. We had a number of news stories, including one about a woman in a small village in Oxfordshire who has hired the local pub to provide Christmas dinner for fifty people who would all otherwise be on their own. We also heard about a competition by Friday Night Extra favourite Jamie Cullum setting a competition to win his grand piano. It was won by a school in Wiltshire that will place it in the sixth form common room.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & the MGs – Crazy – show theme
Michael Buble – Santa Claus is coming to town
Ronnettes – Sleigh ride
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and wine – chosen by Ruth
Adele – Skyfall -chosen by Ruth who loves James Bond films as well as Adele’s voice
Queen – We are the champions – chosen by Ruth because she enjoys the beat.
Peter White – What time is this?
Kate Bush – Running up that hill – requested by Chris
Enya – Toy soldier – requested by Patrick
Aswad – Dancing in the moonlight – requested by Michael
Olly Murrs – Dear Darling – requested by Annabel
Ingatestone Parish Church Choir – Away in a manger – a live recording courtesy of Sue Bangs from last Sunday’s Nine lessons and carols.
Lady Antebellum – Down South – requested by Lee
Jamie Cullum – These are the days
Dave Koz – December makes me feel this way
Dusty Springfield – In private – following the passing of Mandy Rice-Davis
Annie Lennox – Angels from the realms of glory
Ingatestone Parish Church Choir – O Come all ye faithful
Lady Antebellum – On a winter’s Night
Kenny G – Silent Night.

Join me on Boxing Day for a live show from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. If you have any memories of favourite Christmas memories, please let me know and I will read them out.

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Friday Night Extra 12.12.14 with guest John Horner

I was joined in the studio tonight by John Horner, who is a resident in both Ingatestone and Cyprus. Everyone just thinks of this island as a holiday destination, but John was able to tell us about the refugee problems following the unrest in the Middle East. He reminded us that by air Cyprus is less than an hour from Beirut and closer still to Syria and Lebanon. John has worked as a volunteer for MECO, Middle Eastern Christian Outreach. www.aboutmeco.org He told us from personal experience how the local churches are trying to assist people who are kept in detention centres where families are housed in shipping containers. Imagine being in one of those under the Mediterranean sun. He also told us about a refugee he knows that has been in Cyprus for ten years and has received no help from any authorities. He suggested that everyone should learn more about the problems and could find information on the United Nations website as well as those of the major charities, such as www.oxfam,org.uk or www.savethechildren.org.uk

The light relief tonight came from a number of odd news stories. There was the well known supermarket chain trying to tempt children to eat vegetables by re-branding them for Christmas. So broccoli becomes Father Christmas Trees, sprouts are Elf Cabbages, carrots Snowman Noses, cauliflower is Snowy Trees, apples Reindeer Snacks and tomatoes Rudolph Noses. No-one was convinced it would work. There was also the restaurant in China giving discounts to obese men and thin women.A stray cat in Russia broke into a store at Vladivostok Airport and helped itself to $1000 worth of fish delicacies. Apparently the cat now has fans and people visit the airport in hope of seeing it. Finally there was a drawing of Winnie the Poo playing Poo Sticks with Piglet that fetched £314,500 at auction. Who has that kind of money? Surely you would be afraid to put it on the wall!

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Dolly Parton – Try – from my Presenter’s Picks album of the year Blue Smoke.
Dave Brubeck – Take Five – chosen by John
Erroll Garner _ Thanks for the memory (live) – chosen by John who had seen him playing live.
Silent Night – Oasis Christmas – this has been produced in Cyprus and if you would like to buy it to aid the work with refugees by local Christians, please contact the show.
Cee Lo Green – Mary did you know?
Michael Buble – It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas – for Rene
Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits – requested by Chris who had just got in and needed something to wake her up and give her more energy.
Baron Knights – The lead is missing from the Chapel roof – request by Michael and the cause of hilarity amongst the listeners.
Pharrell Williams – Happy – my Presenters Picks single track of the year.
Clare Teal – Everything is you
Spinners – 12 days of Christmas – requested by Patrick
Annie Lennox – Angels from the realms of glory
Dave Koz – Little drummer boy
Lady Antebellum – All I want for Christmas is you
Ella Fitzgerald – Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Elvis Presley – White Christmas
Kenny Gee – Silent night.

Join me next week when my studio guest is Revd. Ruth Mitchell, the new URC minister for Brentwood, Billericay and Ingatestone. Also join me if you can on Boxing Day between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Friday Night Extra 28.11.14 All over the world.

Regular listener Patrick in Ingatestone provided the inspiration for the theme tonight. He had found a copy of All over the world by Fancoise Hardy so the music and odd news stories were around this theme, with a few diversions. We had stories from China, where a shop in Beijing has banned Chinese customers and a millionaire who said he earned more money than he knew what to do with, so had completely rebuilt the community in which he was born and was funding free meals for the elderly. We heard about a new curriculum in North Korea where all students will have to learn about their leader. There was the plane in the airport in Siberia where all the passengers got out to push as it was frozen up at -52.7C. There were also dog owners saying they no longer wanted their dogs for ridiculous reasons – for example the dog now looked different now they had seen it walk in the rain. Finally there was the South Korean who bought one of the existing 18 hats associated with, and worn by, Napoleon for 1.9m Euros.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Fancoise Hardy – All over the world
Toto – Africa
Mango Groove – Another country
Beach Boys – Kokomo
Dusty Springfield – You don’t have to say you love me – requested by Patrick
Skeeter Davis – The end of the world
Take that – These days
Jamie Cullum – Everlasting love
Cee Lo Green – Mary did you know
Ralph McTell – Streets of London – requested by Phyl for all listeners around the world.
Mark Antionne – Children at play
Bread – Guitar man
Rubettes – Juke box jive – requested by Michael
Lady Antebellum – Down South
Julie London – God bless the child – for Ken in Oxford and a big fan of Julie.
Peter Cincotti – I love Paris
Bill Withers – Ain’t no sunshine
Willy Nelson featuring Dolly Parton – From here to the moon and back
Dave Koz – Cuban Hideaway
Johnny Cash – Ghost riders in the sky
Puncho and His Soul Cuban Brothers – Cantaloupe Island
Isley Brothers – Harvest for the world
Jamie Cullum – Out of this world – loved by Brad getting ready for his show.

I will not be with you next week as I am at the Ingatestone Victorian Evening.
Join me on December 12th when my studio guest is John Horner, Ingatestone and Cyprus resident, talking about the impact of the problems in the Middle East on Cyprus.
Don’t forget also the show blog for my show on Boxing Day morning from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. You can leave memories of a favourite Christmas and a request for a carol or Christmas song.

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Friday Night Extra 15.11.14 You’ve got a friend.

As I had no guests tonight, we looked a theme. Following on from a request left by regular listener Michael, we had as many tracks as we could find focussing on friends and friendship. There are a surprising number when you start to dig. We also had some very odd stories indeed, like the dating site that has produced life size male manikins of two clients using a 3d printer and then placed them in a shop window in Bethnal Green. The photo is scary. A farmer missed his sheep dog that died so much that he made a replica using a car! Apparently the sheep do not mind! You could not make it up. We also discussed Jimmy Greaves auctioning his 1966 World Cup winners Medal only a few years after he was presented with one following a forty year campaign. He is expected to get £50,000.
Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – Show theme
Rembrants – Ill be there for you
Jackson 5 – I’ll be there
Andrew Gold – Thank you for being a friend
Queen – You’re my best friend – suggested by Lee
James Taylor – You’ve got a friend – requested by Michael
Beatles – All you need is love – suggested by Phyl
Cliff Richard – Power to all our friends
Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66 – A little help form my friends
Stilgoe & Skellen – W.I. Calendar – this caused much hilarity in the chat room.
Cee Lo Green – Mary did you know? – in preview of the show on Boxing day morning from 10 a.m.
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain – for Bob in Harlow whose birthday it is tomorrow.
Carole King – You’ve got a friend.
Paul Carrick – One in a million.
Supertramp – Breakfast in America (live) -requested by Patrick
Johnny Cash – Sunday Morning Coming Down (live) for all listening in the U.S.A.
Dolly Parton – Help – we all love it!
Jackie De Shannon – Put a little love in your heart.
Take That – These days – Chris e-mailed in to say she had booked to see them next June, £72 a ticket plus a £7 booking fee. They must need the money!
Mark Antionne – Palm Springs – for Ed who thanked me for introducing him to Marc’s music, and Brad who enjoyed listening to it as he drove in for his show.
Katie Melua – Crawling up a hill – played after Rene told us about Katie going to the doctor with a pain in her ear and then finding a live spider living in her ear! Apparently she kept it in a glass for a little while before letting it go!
Tubeway Army – Are friends electric?
Emerson Lake and Palmer – From the beginning.

I will not be with you next week. Join me in two weeks time. And if you are having withdrawal symptoms (as if!) you can check out lots of the previous shows on the show blogs.

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Friday Night Extra 7.11.14 with Sheila Evill reading from her father’s World War 1 diary

Tonight we were privileged in the first hour to dedicate the show to Sheila Evill reading from her father’s diary from World War One. Instant responses were that the reading was very moving and that it made the realities of the experiences of the soldiers very real. We heard about her father going to fight in the trenches, about his experiences and being wounded and the treatment he received. Sheila also told us that after recovery he was sent back to fight. She answered some the listeners questions in the second hour. We learnt that the Imperial War Museum have shown an interest in the diary and also the bullet that injured him. Sheila also told us that in World War Two he was in the Home Guard.
Playlist for the first hour.
Nimrod – International Staff Band of the Salvation Army
Barber – Adagio for Strings
Jenkins – The Armed Man – Sanctus
Jenkins – The Armed Man – Benedictus.

Playlist for the second hour.
Booker T & MG’s – Crazy – Show theme
Otis Reading – Dock of the Bay – Chris in Harlow said she preferred her son Mark’s version which she e-mailed in.
James Morrison – A place in the sun – for Chris
Aloe Blacc – I need a dollar
Kinks – Dedicated follower of fashion – requested for Patrick who was in the studio audience in two editions of Deal or No Deal screened on TV this week.
Garth Brooks – Beer run – requested by Michael who was in the studio to explain why he chose it. Michael loves the music of Garth Brooks. This track was much appreciated by listeners in Nashville who were in touch.
Adele – Skyfall
Cee Lo Green – Mary did you know – a preview for the show on Boxing Day morning from 10 a.m.
Dolly Parton – Try
Kenny G – Songbird.

Join me next week for your Friday evening entertainment, live from Brentwood and streaming to the world.

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Friday Night Extra 31.10.14 with guest Jennifer Godwin from the Ingatestone & Fryerning Dramatic Club

Tonight Jennifer Godwin from the Ingatestone & Fryerning Dramatic Club joined me in the studio. She talked about their production of Great Expectations which is running at the Ingatestone & Fryerning Community Club on 6th-8th of November. The Box Office can be contacted on 01277 356262. Jennifer is playing the part of Miss Haversham.She talked about the play and also about how to prepare for the part. The club has been in existence for sixty seven years and has put on two or three shows every year. She also paid tribute to Alec Harding who has recently passed away and had been a stalwart of the club for many years.
More information about the club can be found on www.ifdc.co.uk

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & Mgs – Crazy – show theme
Bread -If
Theme from Twin Peaks – to set the mood for the play.
Elvis Presley – Way down – for Jennifer who was a great Elvis fan.
Gary Barlow – More than life
Pet Shop Boys – West End girls
Alvin Stardust – Pretend
Eagles – Take me to the limit – requested by Michael
Perry Como – For the good times – requested by Patrick
Jamie Cullum & Laura Mvula – Good morning heartache
Billy Preston & Syreeta – With you I’m born again
Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – Old friends
Aretha Franklin – I say a little prayer
Box Tops – Cry like a baby
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – You’re all I need to get by
Christians – Forgotten town
Dire Straits – Money for nothing – for Lee working on tax problems.
Carole King – Tapestry
Eliiza’s Theme from Wild Swans – TSB advert

Join me next week when for Remembrance. Sheila Evil will be reading from her father’s World War 1 diaries.

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Friday Night Extra 24.10.14 including tributes to Raphael Ravenscroft & Alvin Stardust.

Tonight we began by acknowledging the influence of Raphael Ravenscroft. He was paid just £27 as a session musician for the saxophone playing on Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 track Baker Street. He died this week. This track is credited with influencing many other tracks, particularly in the 1980s, to include saxophones. Gerry Rafferty is said to have averaged £80,000 each year in royalties on the track. In 2011 Raphael recorded a tribute to commemorate the funeral of Gerry Rafferty called Forgiveness. We also acknowledged the passing of Alvin Stardust. Odd news stories included President Obama having a credit card refused in a restaurant, the fact that most gladiators were vegetarians and a Garden Centre in Hampshire is looking for two reindeer walkers.
How many tracks featuring saxophones can you identify from the music played tonight?
Playlist
Booker T & M.G.s – Crazy
Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood
Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
Paulo Morena – A guilty light – Phoenix98FM exclusive
Spandau Ballet – True – for Susan & Ian
Dire Straits – The walk of life – requested by Jacinta
Madness – One step beyond
Dukes – A message for Rudy – recorded live at Phoenix Friday
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad moon rising – requested by Michael
Simon & Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled waters – requested by Marjorie
Theme for the Avengers
Jennifer Rush – The power of love – requested by Patrick
Beach Boys – Kokomo
Rhiana & The Great Unknown – Happy – recorded live at Phoenix Friday
Alvin Stardust – Pretend
Brenda Russell – Piano in the dark
Van Morrison – When will I learn to live in God?
Sting – An Englishman in New York
Lady Antebellum – Falling for you
Jan Hammer – Theme from Miami Vice
Ralph McTell – Streets of London
The theme from The Prisoner.

Join me next week for another Friday Night Extra live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 17.10.14 including an appreciation of the music of Brian Wilson.

Tonight was unseasonably warm and I had the air conditioning on in the studio. Tonight’s playlist included an appreciation of the music of Brian Wilson. Our friends were busy as ever in the chat room. When we had a problem with a Dolly Parton track and I had to come back to it later, and it worked, they said I have given it an injection of botox. Actually I had just wiped the cd. They also thought that Jamie Cullum’s version of God only knows might be by Jamie Oliver. This led to suggestions of albums that Jamie Oliver might make. All as surreal as ever. Our odd news stories included a recent tax disc being offered on E-bay for £1500. Unsurprisingly, no bids. There was also a mother calling the Police in Plymouth when she spotted a baby crocodile in her back garden. They called keepers from the local zoo. It was only when they got up really close and threw a bag over it, did they realise it was an inflatable! There was the bank robber in Washington who, on taking the money then had a guilty conscience and waited for the Police to come and arrest him. It has been a strange world this week.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Beach Boys – God only knows
Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood
Rhonda & the Great Unknown – Happy – recorded live at Phoenix Friday
Van Morrison – Into the mystic
Marc Almond – The days of Pearly Spencer
Beach Boys – That’s why God made the radio
Soweto String Quartet – Take Five – for Jacinta
Dave Clark Five – Everybody knows – requested by Patrick
Brian Wilson – Moving on
Lady Antebellum – Freestyle
Maynard Ferguson – Birdland
Jamie Cullum – God Only knows
Sade – Smooth operator – requested by Michael
Cliff Richard – We don’t talk anymore – for Phyl who said we can never have too much Cliff.
Police – Walking on the moon – for Lee
Beach Boys – Fun, fun, fun – bringing back lots of memories to listeners.
Dolly Parton – Unlikely angel
Caro Emerald – One day
Chicago – Does anyone really know what time it is?
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Jerusalem – loved in the Chat room.
Paulo Morina – A guiding light – for Elliott now at University
Beach Boys – Good vibrations
Jamie Cullum – Make someone happy – Brad said he could listen to him all night.
Lady Antebellum – Down South

Join me again next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra live from Brentwood.
And don’t forget to leave your Christmas memory and request for a song or a carol on the blog for my Boxing Day show, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Friday Night Extra 10.10.14 With studio guests Ian Moore and Issy Collins.

We had a packed and busy show tonight. My guest in the first hour tonight was old friend of the show Ian Moore. Having been making regular trips to the Congo since 2003, in ten days time Ian is off once again. He told us that when he made his first trip, the pastor that he had met in England, whose English was not great, was the only person he knew in the country. He was greeted by over fifty people at the airport and then driven down a main thoroughfare with a huge banner over it proclaiming ‘Pastor Ian Moore, healing crusade’. He told us of the warmth and hospitality of the people and that now there are a number of children in the Congo called Ian, a very unusual name for a Congolese boy. Ian talked with enthusiasm and excitement about going again, saying that it a wonderful faith filled experience. He promises to come back and tell us about experiences on this year’s trip.

Just after nine I was joined by Issy Collins. She talked about the Fashion Almighty charity fashion show in St. Edmund & St. Mary Parish Church in Ingatestone on Thursday, which is already sold out. It is raising money for World Challenge and will help the funding towards a trip to Costa Rica where Issy and others will be helping with aid projects as well as experiencing life in a very different country. Issy’s father had a stroke last year and she wanted to organise an event that could also raise money for the Stroke Association. She said how much they had helped her and her family, including her father. He is now much better.

We also had a number of odd news stories. This included a Comedy Club in Barcelona having screens set into the back of chairs with face recognition software that means they can charge every time someone in the audience laughs. In the chat room this led to ten minutes of Spanish jokes. We also heard that 40% of English people admit to not being able to spell many everyday words and would go into a panic if they lost their spell checker. There was also an author who said that the English could be identified by the way they used the word typical.
Musical highlights included the new album Interlude by Jamie Cullum and also Lady Antebellum’s new release 747. A track was featured in each hour. We had lots of positive comments about both.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood
Lady Antebellum – 747
Amy Winehouse – Rehab
Darlene Zschech – Jesus
Amy Grant – Big yellow taxi
Dexies Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen
Alison Krauss – A living prayer
Gary Barlow – God
Lady Antebellum – Down South
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Mike Oldfield – Moonlight shadow
Roy Orbison – In dreams – requested by Patrick
Dolly Parton – Try
Boney M – Rivers of Babylon – requested by Michael
Jamie Cullum & Laura Mvula – Good morning heartache
Lilly Allen – Somewhere only we know
Johny Cash – Ring of fire – for Lenny driving from Disneyland to Nashville with Connor, Shelby and Sue and listening live.
Booker T & MGs – Time is tight

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood. Don’t forget to leave your favourite Christmas memory on the show blog for the show on Boxing Day 10 a.m – 1 p.m.

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My Favourite Christmas. A show for Boxing Day 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join me on Boxing Day from 10 a.m. for three hours of live broadcasting celebrating everyone’s favourite Christmas. The show will be a selection of Christmas favourite, songs and carols, that bring memories of favourite Christmases. Studio guests will be school children, Melina and Peter Angeli, Brentwood school chaplain Adrian McConnaughie his son and Jonty and Tim Lee from Brentwood Churches Together. There will also be recordings of Ingatestone and Fryerning Junior school children singing and talking about Christmas. I need your memories and requests. Please leave a memory about one very special Christmas and also a carol or song. Then listen out on the day.

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Friday Night Extra 3.10.14 with studio guest Susan Lilley from Brentwood Extended Services.

Susan Lilley joined us this evening for a fascinating insight into the work of Brentwood Extended services. She told us they are a multi-disciplinary team of eight people employed by the thirty one state schools In Brentwood. They work 1-2-1 with young people who have an issue that is having an impact on their learning. They also work with their families and this can happen at home or in school. In such a situation everything is bespoke. They also work with groups in schools on how to be safe on line. Children from Mountnessing Primary school came into the show and spoke about this at the end of last term following a visit from Susan. (This recording is still available.) They can also work with parent groups on this issue. At the moment they are running a FLASH group for Familes Learning About Self Harm, which is a ten week course. There is also a twelve week course called Incredible Years for parents and carers of those aged 6-12 years. Then there is the Strengthening Families Programme, which is six sessions, each of two hours. This particular programme aims at strengthening adult and young person relationships. Any more information about Brentwood Extended Services can be found through any of the Brentwood State schools, or directly on 01277 699433. Alternatively if you type BRENTWOOD LOCAL DELIVERY GROUP into any browser they will be listed under www.essexinfo.net

We had lots of requests tonight and Susan brought in some interesting tracks chosen by herself and the team.
Playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Carol Emerald – Riviera life
Snow Patrol – Chasing cars
Sting – Set them free
Monkeys – I’m a believer – chosen by Susan and team
T Rex – Get it on – chosen by Susan and team
Muse – Feeling good – chosen by Susan and team
Althia and Donna – Uptown ranking – chosen by Susan and team (when did you last hear that track?)
Dolly Parton – Try
Prentenders – Loves a mystery – requested by Michael
Paul Mauriat & Orchestra – Catherine – requested by Patrick ( a new track to me)
Elvis Costello – Everyday I write the book
Kenny G – The girl from Ipanema – requested by Susan & Ian, back from Lanzerote and their son’s wedding.
Cliff Richard – Travelling light – to go with a story about a man from Norfolk whose wife drives around with a Cliff Richard dummy in the car, including going through customs – there was no reaction from the officers.
Ellie Goulding – Your song – one not featured on our recent show featuring tracks written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and recorded by other artists, so we put this right.
Carole King – So far away – from Tapestry, which is selling well again after over forty years.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – From the beginning -heavily requested again after being featured a few weeks ago.
Chicago – Colour my world
Kate Bush – Babushka – for Chris and to mark the end of Kate’s 22 concerts.
MOTOWN the Musical Broadway cast – My girl
Miles Davis – Miles.

Join me next week when my guest will be old friend of the show Ian Moore talking about an up-coming mission trip to the Congo.

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Friday Night Extra 26.9.14 Motown special with guest Gary Seithel and featuring the music of ECHO.

It was unseasonably warm outside the studio and the music kept us warm inside. Gary came in to tell us about the free BBQ happening on Saturday lunchtime on the green in front of Ingatestone Church. He also brought in a cd of ECHO who will be playing their versions of classic Motown hits. Their tracks were fantastic and led everyone to consider their favourite Motown tracks. The band slightly change the words so they can be considered Christian songs. We had lots of positive responses and many requests. Their album is called Bought not Souled and is available from Plankton records.

We learnt that London is now the most expensive city in the world in which to live, owing mainly to the rapid increase in property prices. It now outstrips Hong Kong at number 2 and New York at number 3. In Saudi Arabia you can now be put in prison for 24 hours as well as fined for jumping a red light. This is to try and make the roads safer, where an average of 19 people are killed each day. The Metropolitan Police are to tender for a company to set up a website to sell toys, books and other police related items. They will pay £900,000 for the privilege. This is to help fund a further cut in their budget. They plan to pay the selected company £225,000 per year to run the site. They will certainly expect to sell lots of items! There were many other stories from our extra-ordinary world.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MG’s – Crazy
Paul Simon – Homeless – from Graceland, back in the album charts.
Marvin Gaye – To busy thinking about my baby
Echo – Higher and Higher
Echo – You’re all I need to get by
Echo – Reach out, I’ll be there
Echo – Dancing in the street
Echo – Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours.
Dolly Parton – Try
Gary Barlow – Since I saw you last
Stevie Wonder – I was made to love her
Lady Antebellum – Golden – look out for the new album in October
Dionne Warwick – Do you know the way to San Jose? Requested by Siane
Diana Ross – Ain’t no mountain high enough
Level 42 – Lessons in love – requested by Patrick
Diana Ross – Chain reaction – requested by Alison
Billy Joel – Uptown girl – requested by Michael
MOTOWN the Musical, Broadway cast – I heard it through the grapevine
Dolly Parton – Joylene – requested by Annabel
Buddy Holly – True love ways – For Phyl and also Brad’s mum Janet
Sister Sledge – We are family
Jackson 5 – I want you back.

Next week my guest is Susan Lilley from Brentwood Extended Services, who work with children in school.

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Friday Night Extra 19.9.14 Home alone

Tonight’s show was dedicated to Paul and Geraldine in Ingatestone. When I told them there were no guests this week they said, “Poor Patrick. Home alone”. We were busy in the chatroom and there were lots of comments relating to the stories we covered tonight. These included tales about sleep walking following a Norwegian girl walking miles. We also heard about a study in China where Buddhist chanting had been played through fifty loud speakers into paddy fields. The rice crop had increased and there were fewer pests. Most conversation was about scientists in Canada developing a chin strap that can generate electricity through chewing. There were many comments about who would be generating the most.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Dolly Parton – Lay your hands on me
Zombies – She’s not there
D’UKes – A message to Ruby – recorded live at Phoenix Fridays
Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
Crusaders – Street life – tribute to Joe Sample who has passed away.
Joe Sample – Rainbow seeker – from his 1997 album Joe Sample.
Carpenters – Close to you – requested by Marjorie
Rhonda & the Great Unknown – Happy – recorded live at Phoenix Fridays
Coldplay – Viva la Vida
Emerson, Lake and Palmer – From the beginning
Lady Antebellum – Golden
Cilla Black – Alfie
Queen – Is this the world we created? What a great track!
Sting – Nice work if you can get it
Hot Chocolate – Everyone’s a winner – requested by Patrick
Tony Christie – Is this the way to Amerillo – requested by Michael
Chicago – Make me smile
Gregory Porter – Sweet county love song
Gary Barlow – Requium
Blood, Sweat and Tears – Smiling phases

Join me next week when my guest is Gary Seithel from ‘On the move East’ who will be telling us about the free BBQ at Ingatesone Parish church on Saturday 27th between 11.30 a.m – 2 p.m. Join me at the BBQ as well.

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Friday Night Extra 12.9.14 with guest David Tee

I was joined by David Tee in the studio this evening for a fascinating chat about various aspects of his life, including his twenty one years as Chair of the Brentwood Deanery Synod of the Church of England. He told us as a boy he had been educated at Brentwood school from the late 1940s. We heard a hair raising tale about him being picked up by his father in a sports car and then doing 100 m.p.h. on a local road and nearly having a head-on crash. He became involved in the family business of publishing a car magazine. He talked about being involved in the Deanery Synod, which is a body that represents all twenty two Church of England churches in the borough of Brentwood. The biggest change in that time was the ordination of women as priests. He wondered where we would be now without them. He spoke very positively about the Church of England locally and the involvement with the community. He looked forward to the future and felt this was a very positive time for the church.

Tonight’s playlist.

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Dolly Parton – Home
Chicago – Does anyone really know what time it is?
Schubert – Trout concerto – chosen by David and appreciated by Phyl via e-mail
Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance – chosen by David and loved in the chatroom – all standing waving flags!
Max Bygraves – Singalong favourites – East End war time songs – chosen by David – must be a first for Phoenix98FM.
Gerry Rafferty – Don’t close the door
Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits – Requested by Chris for Sian who was dancing to it around the kitchen.
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Queen – Bicycle race – for Ella Morris and all the family and everyone taking part in the Friends of Essex Churches Bicycle ride tomorrow.
The Script – If you ever come back – requested by Michael
Madonna – Holiday – to go with a story about a student faking her holiday on facebook.
Clean Bandit – Rather be – requested by Rene
Kate Bush – The man I love – appreciate by Chris via e-mail
Fleetwood Mac – Songbird
Fourplay – 101 East bound.

Join me next week for two hours of music.

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Friday Night Extra 5.9.14 with studio guests Song Cycle

Tonight was a treat as I was joined in the studio by Richard Baker, Brain Lynn, Sam Adams and Nick Rayner who together make us Song Cycle. We heard four tacks from their CD produced by Jonathan Baker, including items recorded in Worcester Cathedral. They formed in 1996 following the founding members first combined entry in the “Friends of Essex Churches Sponsored Cycle Ride”. The idea was to sing a different four part motet in each church as they cycled. So far they have cycled 623 miles, visited 606 churches, sung 283 motets and raised £32,000. They have also helped raise thousands of pounds for other charities. This year’s cycle ride is next Saturday, 13th of September. More information is available on www.foect.org.uk/rideandstride
To known more about Song Cylce and to check out their recordings and arrange a booking, go to www.songcycle.co.uk

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – Old friends from Blue Smoke.
Paul Simon – That was your mother from Graceland
Song Cycle – Four little boys
Song Cycle – Day by day
Song Cycle – Holy is the true light
Song Cycle – Noddy
Song Cycle – Slow train
Adele – Skyfall
Pretenders – I’ll stand by you – requested by Patrick
Twilight Zone theme
Earth Wind and Fire – September
Julie London – September in the rain
Aretha Franklin – I say a little prayer
Jon and Vangelis – I will find my way home – For Ed listening in Lincoln
Johny Cash – The ballad of Ira Hayes – for everyone listening in and around Nashville
Kylie – Beautiful – requested by Michael
Jackie De Shannon – What the world needs now is love sweet love
Jamie Cullum – When I get famous – from Momentum
Star Treck theme
Du’kes medley

Join me next week when my studio guest will be David Tee, Brentwood Councillor and for many years Lay Chair of Brentwood Deanery Synod.

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Friday Night Extra 29.8.14 Summer chill 5

With the nights already drawing in, tonight was the last of the Summer Chill series of shows. There was a hint of a Bernie Taupin and Elton John special tonight, with a lot of tracks written by them. Look through the play list and see how many you can find. All was quiet in the first hour, then we had lots of requests via e-mail. We also featured a number of classic T.V. themes, which proved very popular. Included in the odd news stories was one about a three foot wasps nest with five thousand wasps made by the wasps on a bed in a spare room in Winchester. The moral is…don’t leave a small window open in your spare room and then not check the room for three months. The finalists have been announced for the $10 million Star Treck tricorder prize to make a machine that can measure, image and diagnose conditions. A Banksy mural had been sold for £400,000 and the money going to a Boys Club in Bristol and other charitable causes. Archaeologists were very excited that at the dig by Hadrian’s Wall they had found a complete wooden Roman toilet seat, the first found anywhere. Then there was the Russian bank that when you are granted a mortgage will lend a cat to be the first to cross the threshold of the property. All this and music requests as well.
Tonight’s playlist
Miles Davis – Summertime
Kate Bush – Rocket man
Dolly Parton – Lay your hands on me
Katie Melua – I will be there
Brenda Russell – Walking in New York
Sinead O’Connor – Sacrifice
Beautiful South – Dream a little dream with me – requested by Michael
Theme from Deep Space 9
Beach Boys – Crocodile rock – the artists not guessed correctly
Paul Carrick – One in a million
Mamas and the Papas – Monday Monday
Theme from The Saint
Michael Jackson – Earth song
Beautiful South – I need a little time – requested by Patrick
Kate Bush – A woman’s work – requested by Chris making Christmas presents on her sewing machine…in August!
Herman’s Hermets – Something tells me I’m into something good – requested by Phyl
Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston – It takes two – requested by Susan and Ian
Sting – Come down in time
Michael Buble – I just haven’t met you yet
Theme from the Avengers
Wilson Philips – Daniel
Yarbrough and People – Don’t stop the music – requested by Bob and hated by his children!
Julie London – September in the rain
Coldplay – Paradise
Theme from The Bill

Join me next week when my studio guests will be local singers Song Cycle.

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Friday Night Extra 22.8.14 Summer chill 4

We Continued our theme of chilled shows for summer. Lee was in fine form in the chatroom, providing us with lots of information to go with some of the tracks and engaging in conversations. Amongst other things, we chatted about the Alan Parsons Project, the Reading Festival, Alexi Sayle and The Young Ones, the career of Labi Siffre and Kate Bush asking fans to put their phones and other recording devices away at the up-coming concerts. We also had some interesting news stories. Footballer Robbie Savage has had his hair cut short and given his trade-mark locks to the National Football Museum. We heard about the possibility of a lollypop lady or man being employed at Abbey Road to deal with all the tourist who insist on walking across the famous zebra crossing. There was also the Chinese Police making drivers sit in front of a car with full headlines on for five minutes if they had been seen dazzling other road users. An Indian radio station had sacked all presenters and journalists aged over 35 years to keep the station with a young sound. All these stories generated conversation and comment. I chose a track to go with each story. If you were not listening, see if you can work it out.
Tonight’s playlist.
Miles Davis – Summertime
Alan Parsons Project – Old and Wise – with vocals by Colin Blunstone
Dolly Parton _ Try
Adele – Rolling in the deep
Gabrielle – Out of reach – requested by Michael
Amy Winehouse – Back to black
Lady Antebellum – Golden
Housemartins – happy Hour – requested by Patrick
Fairport Convention – Who knows where the time goes – requested by Phyl and also dedicated to John
Four Tops – Loco in Acapulco – Requested by Susan and Ian from Reading, who decided to stay in and listen to the show rather than go to the Reading Festival. Good choice.
Beatles – Strawberry Fields for ever
Police – Can’t stand loosing you – for Lee who saw them play live at the Reading Festival
Cliff Richard and the Shadows – The young ones
Labi Siffre – Something inside so strong
Alison Krauss & Union Station – Lay your burden down
Michael Buble – Everything – for Rene
Ash – Shining light
Gary Barlow – 6th Avenue
Pharrel Williams – Happy – who is still buying this track?
Kate Bush – The man with the child in his eyes
Neil Young – Southern man – never heard before by Brad, who loved it.
Albatross – Fleetwood Mac.

Join me next week, for the very originally named, Summer Chill 5.
I’m just off to put on the central heating – really!

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Friday Night Extra 15.8.14 with guests Graham Hamborg and Stuart Hull

Tonight’s studio guest in the first hour was Graham Hamborg, who works for the Diocese of Chelmsford and is involved with training of curates and Vicars in the Church of England in Essex. He gave examples of how complex the role is when you are ordained and how he organises training activities to help clergy reflect on their practice and learn useful skills. We heard about his love of walking, including in the Himalayas! His faith journey developed, despite disliking daily chapel at his school. When in the first year of studying economics at University, he felt called to the ministry. This was something that came as no surprise to his friends. Ministry experiences in Birmingham, Slough and eighteen years in Twyford had led naturally into his present training role. He enjoys keeping hens. He has continued his academic studies, finishing a PHD on the book of the prophet Amos. How does he find the time? Graham and Ruth have been married for 40 years. They have five children and four grandchildren. He brought in an interesting selection of music.

Stuart Hull and I spoke in the second hour. Stuart had come back the previous day from Bermuda, where he has spent four weeks working at the Cathedral and experiencing the wider ministry of the church. This included preaching in the Cathedral with a live radio broadcast. His fiancée Christine was in the chatroom from Bermuda, a first for our show for someone from that island. She told us it was raining, and had been for much of the last week. It was dry in Brentwood! Stuart clearly had a great time experiencing life there, including eating lots of rice and peas. He also told us about his final year of study in Oxford and how he is looking forward to being ordained in 2015, when he will also be marrying Christine in Bermuda.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Dolly Parton – Try – from the Blue Smoke album
Sting – Fragile
Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water – chosen by Graham as having his favourite guitar riff, as quoted in an article in the Daily Telegraph, along with Liam Gallacher!
Strawbs – Martin Luther King’s dream – chosen by Graham as he has great respect for Martin Luther King.
Beatles – All you need is love – chosen by Graham – because, as he said, all we need is God’s love.
Miles Davis – Miles.
Jamie Cullum – The edge of something
U2 – I still haven’t found what I’m looking for – requested by Christine in Bermuda
Isley Brothers – Harvest for the world
Four Seasons – Let’s hang on – requested by Patrick
John Legend – She don’t have to know – request by Michael
Rolling Stones – Angie – requested by Lee in the chatroom
Steeleye Span – Lovely on the water – requested by Phyl
Martin Taylor – Frankie and Johny

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra.

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Friday Night Extra 8.8.14 Summer chill 3

Tonight was the third of our Summer chill shows. We were very busy in the chatroom tonight with people from Ireland U.S.A. and Ingatestone. There were lots of reactions to the tracks and also the odd news stories. Why are there always more strange things happen in the summer? Maybe it is just everyone is in holiday mood?
Playlist
Miles Davis – Miles
Beach Boys – Kokomo
10cc – Dreadlock holiday
Mungo Jerry – In the summertime – requested by Patrick
Madness – Our house – with a story about 10 Downing Street being for sale…in Nottingham.
Coldplay – Paradise
Christopher Cross – Ride like the wind – when did you last hear this track?
B.A. Roberson – Bang bang – to go with a story about a landlord in Essex digging up a live shell, and hitting it twice!
Killers – Human – for a very wet Susan and Ian in Reading Berkshire.
Anta Ward – Ring my bell – apparently there has been a petition in a village near Bristol for the church bell, given by Frederick Handel, to be rung more after the Rector decided it should be rung less because of one complaint. In the chatroom the feeling was, if you don’t like the sound of bells, don’t live near a church.
Chicago – If you leave me now
Fleetwood Mac – Little lies
Gallagher and Lyle – Breakaway
Dolly Parton – Tennessee homesick blues – requested by Michael
Dolly Parton – Why did you come in here looking like that? – for everyone listening in U.S.A.
Christians – Words – for a story about a board games cafe being set up in London. In the chatroom they felt it was not a good business idea as people would stay in the cafe too long.
Louis Armstrong – All the time in the world – in response to the comments
Amy Winehouse – Rehad – for a story about a rehabilitation centre in India for children addicted to smartphones and social media. Amongst other things, they are teaching them how to play board games.
Sad Cafe – Every day hurts – more response to the comments
Kate Bush – Running up the hill – for a story about a man who had pushed a brussel sprout up Mount Snowdon with his nose – it was to raise money for charity!
New Seekers – I’d like to teach the world to sing – for Phyl in London encouraging us all to sing along. Everyone in the chatroom went off for a well known soft drink.
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Blood Sweat and Tears – Spinning wheel.

Join me next week when we are back to an interview show. My guests are Graham Hamborg, who trains Vicars, and old friend of the show Stuart Hull (actually he is young) who is just back from Burmuda. We will find out what he was doing. Are we jealous?

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Friday Night Extra 1st August 14 Summer Chill 2

After a nice sunny day, the order of the evening was more of the same and make it chilled. So we continued the chilled theme from last week, interspersed with news stories of the rather more unusual variety. Lee in the chatroom supplied a lot of information about the tracks and also responded to the stories. It was interesting to talk around how people aged 18-30 in other countries view Britain. After USA we were still seen as the best place to visit, even though there were reservations about our food and our weather. We also chatted about a dog that swallowed a watch, was taken to the vets, took one look at the needle that is going to be injected with for an operation, and promptly was sick and the watch appeared. We also heard about a woman who stole a lot of clothes from a shop and then went straight home, took a lot of selfies and posted them on Facebook, where of course the shop owners found them. There were other bazaar stories as well. It was that kind of show tonight.
Playlist
Chet Baker – Summertime
James Morrison – A place in the sun
Loving Spoonful – Summer in the city
Frank Sinatra – It was a very good year
Madness – Michael Caine
Sting – An Englishman in New York
David Dundas – Jeans on – Lee found that David Dundas is a Lord and has written film music
Leona Lewis – Ain’t no mountain high enough
Corrs – Runaway
Seekers – Georgie Girl – requested by Patrick
Abba – SOS – requested by Phyl
David Bowie – Life on Mars
Gary Barlow – God
Elton John – Crocodile rock
Will Young – All time love
Boxcars – Hurtin inside
Phil Collins – Groovy kind of love – requested by Michael
Freda Payne – Band of gold
We Wet Wet – Sweet little mystery
Dave Koz – Flat feet – for all those running at the Commonwealth Games
Dolly Parton – Unlikely Angel
Commodores – Easy
Munroes – Let it be

Join me next week for Summer Chill part 3.

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Friday Night Extra 25.7.14 Summer chill

On a very warm evening in Brentwood it was good to chill in the air-conditioned studio tonight. We had a laid-back music mix, together with requests via e-mail and the chatroom. Our stories included the fact that it had been 35 degrees on the London Underground when the legal limit for transporting animals is 30 degrees. We heard about a cafe in Ireland banning “Loud Americans” and we had no response from our American listeners. I hope they did not go off in a huff! We also heard that when the Tokyo Olympics of 2020 are held, Japan plans to host a robot Olympics as well. There was also the memorial tree in Los Angeles planted for George Harrison killed by an infestation of beetles and that the coffee served in Glasgow was the strongest in the world. It was good to see Ian who had been the guest last week tun up at the studio after the show and say how much he had enjoyed tonight’s offering.
Playlist
Miles Davis – Summertime
Colin Blunstone and the Zombies – Summertime
Dolly Parton – Try
Darts – Its raining
B*witched – Blame it on the weatherman
Dionne Warwick – Heart-breaker – requested by Patrick
Donny & Marie Osmond – Its a beautiful life – from their Las Vegas show
Sheryl Crow – Summerday
David Bowie & Queen – Under pressure – requested by Chris and a reminder her of University days
Don Gibson – Blues in my heart – some blue grass requested by Michael
Sting – Fragile
Buddy Holly – Heartbeat – for Phyl
Soweto String Quartet – Straight lingo
Enya – Orinoco flow
Gary Barlow – More than life
Harry Chappin – WOLD
Susan Boyle – Cry me a river – loved by Rene in the chatroom
Beatles – Let it be
Sundays – Summertime
Dolly Parton – 9 -5
Kenny G & Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world – for Susan and Ian
Ray Charles – Hit the road Jack
Alison Krauss – Broadway
MOTOWN Broadway cast recording – My girl
Mushanga – Toto

Join me next Friday for another dose of summer chill.

Request for next week from Michael. Phil Collins – A groovy kind of love

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Friday Night Extra 18.7.14 with guest Ian Kemble from Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust.

It was the hottest day of the year to date, with temperatures warmer than the Mediterranean and Caribbean. The air conditioned studio was lovely and cool as I welcomed Ian from BSCWT. It was fascinating to chat with Ian about the work and hear that they are involved in 31 schools in Brentwood. BSCWTs four workers and forty two volunteers lead assemblies, take lessons, organise clubs and also provide chaplains across the schools. After over twenty five years the trust continues to grow as there is clearly a need. Check out the website
www.bscwt.org
E-mail office@bscwt.org
Ian chose three tracks for us tonight and explained why he likes them.
In the second hour we looked at some unusual news stories. About nine thirty there was a flash of lightening and a very loud clap of thunder as we had an enormous electrical storm. We lost the recording at this point. English weather- don’t we love it! It was an interesting drive home.
Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Caro Emerald – Just one dance
Phil Collins – Sussudio – requested by Chris in Harlow cooking cakes
Mr. Mister – Kyrie – chosen by Ian
Sting – Shape of my heart – chosen by Ian
Pharrell Williams – Happy – chosen by Ian
Martin Taylor – Johny and Mary
Dolly Parton – Blue Smoke
Dire Straits – Walk of life – requested by Patrick
Depeche Mode – Peace
David Bowie – Heroes – for Lee who loves this track
Bananarama – Love in the first degree – requested by Michael
Queen – Its a hard life
Beach Boys – That’s why God made the radio
Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
Elvis Presley – In the ghetto
Alison Krauss – Lay your burden down
Frank Sinatra live at the Sands – Come fly with me – for Brad
Kenny G – Songbird.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

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Friday Night Extra 11.7.14 with guests Duncan, Nancy & Greg from The Ingatestone Youth Council

Tonight I was joined in the studio by Duncan Lee, Nancy Jennings and Greg Boult from the Ingatestone Youth Council. They came in to talk about Y in the Park, being held on Seymour Field, Ingatestone on Sunday 20th of July, 12.30-16.30. They had all been involved with organising the event and booking the bands and DJs. We also talked about what they are doing in school and about what they hope to do later in life. It was very interesting and a privilege to talk with them. There were many positive comments via e-mail and later in the chatroom. We also had some odd news stories, like the astonishing reality that some people had actually placed bets for Germany to beat Brazil 7-1. There was also the pub in Galway that had a German and Brazilian beer as specials at 4 Euros and with a 50 cent cut in price each time a goal was scored. The German beer ended cheaper than a packet of crisps.
Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Gary Barlow – 6th Avenue
Kooks – Around town
Coldplay – Paradise
Sting – Desert Rose – made everyone in the chatroom want a kebab.
Jon & Vangelis – Find my way home – dedicated to Ed.
Neil Young – Heart of gold.
Michael Jackson – Love never felt so good
Geoge O’Dowd – Live your life – requested by Michael
Frank Sinatra – The summer wind – for Patrick
Kate Bush – Running up that hill – for Chris who has entered the London Marathon for next year.
Doors – Strange Days – for Lee & Rene in the chatroom.
Van Morrison – Dwellers on the threshold
Mamas & Papas – California dreaming
Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – Islands in the stream – for Sue and Leonard listening in Kentucky.
Beach Boys – Wouldn’t it be nice
Dusty Springfield – In private
Eagles – Take in easy
Booker T & MGs – Time in tight.

Join me next week when my studio guest is Ian Kemble from the Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust.

Comment
It was great to hear the teenagers from the Ingatestone Youth Council. They were all very articulate and confident. It is wonderful that they have been giving of their time to organise an event for the community. Marjorie Perring

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Friday Night Extra 4th July 14 American Chill

On the hottest day of the year to date, chilled was the musical order of the day. Being 4th of July, the chill had an American flavour. We also had some odd news stories that sparked lots of discussion in the chatroom. Particularly popular was the museum in Norway that for £325,000 will make you a replica Viking longboat. They suggest it is great for cruises. There was also the sandwich found stuffed down the back of a church organ that was being dismantled that was wrapped in a newspaper for 1896, residents in Newhaven Edinburgh being attacked by seagulls and a gardener cutting ‘Marry me?’in the hotel grass where his fiancée worked. We also heard that the Irish government have refused an on-line petition to enter My Lovely Horse by Father Ted in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Diana Krall – Let’s face the music and dance
Harry Chappin – Cats in the cradle. This track led to lots of chatroom discussion about making sure you spend time with your children when they are young.
Michael Jackson – Earth song. Rene’s favourite MJ track.
Buddy Holly – Heartbeat
Buffalo Springfield – For what it is worth
Dolly Parton – Help. This track proved very popular with listeners with many positive comments.
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A.
Eddy Grant – Baby now that I found you
Eagles – New kid in town
Edwin Starr – War
Elvis Presley – Return to sender
Enja – Amarantine – requested by Patrick. An album that sold very well in U.S.A. and won a grammy award.
Lady Antebellum – Hello world
Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin and John.
Broadway soundtrack of MOTOWN – I heard it through the grapevine -in the style of Gladys Knight and Marvin Gaye.
Everly Brothers – Walk right back
Joni Mitchel – Free man in Paris – for Lee amusing everyone in the chatroom
Askew Sisters – Blue eyed stranger – requested by Michael. An interesting choice as ever. Enjoyed by Phyl.
Alison Kruass & Union Station – There is a reason – live version
Beach Boys – California girls. The chatroom’s choice for a Beach Boys track.
Ella Fitzgerald – Manhattan
Nat King Cole – Unforgeable – enjoyed by Brad preparing for his show.
Blood Sweat & Tears – You made me so very happy
Nice – America

I hope you enjoyed the diversity of the music tonight.
We managed twenty four tracks. See you next week.

Requested for next week.
Live your life by George O’Dowd – requested by Michael.

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Friday Night Extra 27.6.14 with Mountnessing C. of E. Primary School children.

We had a special show tonight when I was joined by Luke, Beata, Ross and Mia from Mountnessing C. of E. Primary School. They had been learning about being safe on line with Susan from Brentwood Extended services, a local charity funded initiative. They had produced a script which told us how to be safe on line and about CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection. Cyber bullying can happen when people invade your private home space. They explained you should always use the internet in a family room and never accept any friend requests from someone you do not know. You should also never post pictures of yourselves on line.
Some useful websites are
www.thinkuknow.co.uk
www.cybermentors.org.uk
www.beatbullying.org
They all also talked about the activities they like, their new schools in September and each chose a music track.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Gary Barlow – Let me go
Jame Blunt – Postcards
Chrissie Hynde – You or no-one
Bruno Mars – Treasure – chosen by Luke
Bon Jovi – Living on a prayer – Chosen by Beata
Will.i.am – Bang bang – chosen by Ross
Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding – I need your love – chosen by Mia
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Sting – An Englishman in New York – For Sue and Leonard listening in Kentucky, Lauren listening in Newport Rhode Island, Jason and family listening in Nashville and everyone listening in U.S.A.
David Bowie – Oh you pretty things – suggested by Chris after the first hour.
Phil Collins – Another day in paradise – requested by Patrick
Billy Joel – River of dreams – requested by Michael
Secret Company – Saviour – a teenage band from Chelmsford – a Phoenix98FM exclusive.
Blood Sweat & Tears – God bless the child
Laura Mvula – Green garden
Michael Jackson – Love never felt so good – for Oscar who should have been with us tonight.
Gerry Rafferty – Get it right next time
Miles Davis – If I were a bell.

Join me next Friday for another serving of Friday Night Extra.

Requested for next week.
The Askey Sisters – Blue eyed stranger – by Michael

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Friday Night Extra 20.6.14 with appreciation of Gerry Goffin

There was an early 1960s feel to the show this week. We had an appreciation of the music of Gerry Goffin who passes away on 19th of June. Most of his successful song writing was with his first wife Carole King. He penned seven USA no 1s, and a total of 59 Top 40 hits in the USA. The odd news stories included the Labour party having their official tweets high-jacked so the Ed Milliband was apparently saying everyone should have an owl. We thought having an owl in the back garden would be rather nice. We heard about a Japanese pop fan who bought a thousand bags of crisps to collect enough tokens to visit back stage his favourite star. He then dumped all the crisps and was arrested. There was also had the thief who was traced and arrest by the police after leaving his false teeth at the scene of the crime.
Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Gerry Rafferty – Night Owl
Derek and the Dominoes – Layla
Leona Lewis – Ain’t no mountain high enough
Tribute to Gerry Goffin
Sherrells – Will you still love me tomorrow
Peter Cincotti – Up on the roof
Jimmy Jones – When my little girl is smiling
Rocking Berries – He’s in town
Viscounts – Who put the bop, last of our five tribute tracks
Bee Gees – Tragedy – chosen by Jes for all England football fans
Chrissie Hynde – You of no one
Elton John and Kiki Dee – Don’t go breaking my heart – requested by Patrick
Paul Carrick – When you walk into the room
Eric Clapton – I shot the sheriff – requested by Michael
Robbie Williams – Candy
Rembrandts – I’ll be there for you
Cliff Richard – The day I met Marie – requested by Phyl listening in Devon.
Frank Sinatra – New York, New York – for Sue and Leonard listening in the car in Tennessee.
Brenda Russell – Le restaurant
Duane Eddy – Peter Gunn – for Derek also listening in Devon.
Dolly Parton – Together you and I
Blood Sweat & Tears – Spinning wheel
Elvis Costello & the Attractions – I write the book
Jame Cullum – The same thing
Chet Baker – Summertime.

Join me next week when my guests are pupils from Mountnessing Primary school. They will be talking about being safe on line.

For next week’s show
Patrick Hunt has requested Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins.
Michael Evill has requested River of dreams by Billy Joel.

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Friday Night Extra 13.6.14 with guest flautist John Coffin

On a lovely summer evening in Brentwood, we were joined by John Coffin the studio. John has been playing the flue for thirty years and tonight he shared his talent with us all. He played two live pieces, chose a track by Jethro Tull, and explained his love of the flute. He said that in playing the flute it was important to have a tolerant wife and a deaf cat and he had both! He clearly showed you also need talent, of which he has plenty. Our news stories tonight included a Californian man returning $125k dropped from a security van, a second hand Volvo clocking up one million kilometers with no break-downs, an eagle flying into a Bournemouth living room and Russians being asked to smile and say “thank you” when on holiday in Tuscany.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Gerry Rafferty – Right down the line
Michael Jackson – Love never felt so good – for everyone listening at Mountnessing C of E Primary School
Lilly Allen – Something only we know
John Coffin – Gabriel’s Oboe – played live
Beach Boys – Good vibrations
Jethro Tull – Bouree – chosen by John
John Coffin – Massenet – Meditation from Thias – played live
Men at work – Down under
Beatles – Eight days a week
Gary Barlow – More than life
Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
Buffalo Springfield – For what its worth
Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
Dolly Parton – Home
Eagles – Peaceful easy feeling
Adele – Skyfall
Bob Marley – Jamming
Sergio Mendes – Pau Brasil
Broadway Cast of Motown the Musical – Ain’t no mountain high enough
Jimmy Smith- Walk on the wild side

Join me again next week for another Friday Night Extra.

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Friday Night Extra 6.6.14 with guest Adrian McConnaughie, Chaplain at Brentwood School.

Brentwood School Chaplain Adrian McConnaughie and his son Jonty were my guests in the studio tonight. Adrian talked about his role at the school, where he is just about to finish his first academic year. Including staff, the community at the school is over 2,000 and he is chaplain for all of them. We heard about the leavers service and how meaningful this had been with them all singing the Oasis song, Wonder-wall. Later we heard how he had originally been a Chemist, then head of Chemistry at a prestigious public school and living in Glastonbury, before feeling the call to ordination and training at Trinity College Bristol at the age of forty. A curacy at Bath Abbey led to a chaplaincy post in Wales before coming to Brentwood. He also talked about his love of reading. Jonty read the events guide and instantly a listener responded we should offer him the post of newsreader. We had the usual selection of odd news stories, including a five year old from China drawing all over his father’s passport and the authorities in South Korea, where the family had travelled on holiday, refusing to let him leave the country. There was an added bonus when in the Sky News bulletin at nine we heard about a D Day veteran who was missing from his care home and was found with other veterans in Normandy today.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Lady Antebellum – Generation away
Lady Antebellum – Get to me
Michael Jackson – Love never felt so good
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad moon rising – chosen by Adrian
Juliet Turner – Doctor Fell – chosen by Adrian
U2 – Walk on – chosen by Adrian
Sergio Mendes – Mas Que Nada
Zombies – Summertime
Bob Marley – Three little birds
Labi Siffre – Something inside so strong
Mika – Blame it on the girls – requested by Michael
Patrick asked for any Beatles song recorded by another artist. Why only one?
Lorrie Morgan – 8 days a week – country style
Bananarama and French & Saunders – Help – comic style
Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 – Day Tripper – latin style
Bing Crosby – Song of Freedom – to remember the 70th anniversary of D Day – lots of listener response
Martin Taylor – Jonny and Mary
Nina Simone – My Baby just cares for me
Katie Melua -Mockingbird
Miles Davis – Miles
Join me next week when we have a real treat. Flautist John Coffin will be bringing us some live music.
A treat not to be missed.

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Friday Night Extra 30.5.14 with Chris Day from Brentwood Foodbank

Chris Day was the studio guest tonight from the Brentwood Foodbank. In a fascinating extended interview he told us about the history of the Foodbank movement in the U.K. and about the local Foodbank in Brentwood. The figures of over 3,500 hundred clients from April 13- April 14 locally was shocking. He spoke about the system of how people have to be referred from Social Services and they can only have a maximum of three baskets a year. He also told us about the wide range of items that are needed and where they can be donated. This includes at Ingatestone Parish Church and Budgens in Ingatestone High Street as well as during the week to Dodd Road Church and the Breakthru church in Brentwood. He also told us of a collection at Waitrose in Billericay that produce over one ton of items. Many schols have also been involved in collections. You can find out more about this great work on www.brentwood.foodbank.org.uk We also had lots of odd news items in the second hour and many requests.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & M.G.s – Crazy – show theme
Phil Collins – In the air tonight – Chris e-mailed in to say she had been playing it already today.
Simon & Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled water – chosen by Chris to define the work of the Foodbank.
Chris Tomlin – Amazing Grace – from the soundtrack of the film Amazing Grace, chosen by Chris.
Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world – chosen by Chris as there are many wonderful people in the world.
Mark Antionne – Sunland
Michael Jackson – Love never felt so good – mixed listener reaction to this “new” MJ track.
Madonna – La isla bonita – requested by Patrick after a holiday in Portugal & Spain.
UB40 – Red red wine – for Rene in the chat room
Bon Jovi – Have a nice day – requested by Chris
Oliver soundtrack – Consider yourself – requested by Michael
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Bob James – Theme from Taxi
Leona Lewis – Footprints
Coldplay – A sky full of stars -for Sue & Leonard listening in the car driving in Kentucky.
Lion King soundtrack – This land

Next week my guest is the chaplain of Brentwood School, Adrian McConnaughie. Should be interesting.

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Friday Night Extra 23.5.14 More chilling

On a lovely evening here in sunny down-town Brentwood we had another helping of relaxing music to ease away the stress of the week. Added to this were some unusual news stories, it was the usual Friday Night Extra mix. Our news story about a survey answered by 50,000 people about how they felt about where they lived, that had been developed into a ranking system that make a top ten and bottom ten certainly led to much comment. I asked for least favourite places before I read it out. Rene mentioned Croydon and it is in the bottom 10 at number 3! Ex residents, residents now and those who had worked in Enfield were appalled it was number 6 in the bottom 10. As an ex-resident of East London I could not agree with it being the worst place to live in Britain. The best place was Harrogate, but all was quiet with us for people from Yorkshire.
Tonight’s playlist.
Booker t & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Accidents will happen
MOTOWN Broadway Cast recording – You are all I need to get by
Aloe Blacc – I’m the man
Adele – Someone like you – requested by Anna in Devon
Toto – Africa – for Mark in Devon remembering time in South Africa
Nat King Cole – What is there to say?
Beatles – I wanna be your man – after the sale of the guitar used by George Harrison for £390,000
Dolly Parton – Cologne
Dancing Fantasy – Take Five
Sam Cooke – What a wonderful world it would be
Watoto Children’s choir – Child of God – requested by Michael
Sheena Easton – For your eyes only
Boyz 11 Men – End of the road
Coldplay – Magic
Gerry & the pacemakers – You never walk alone – requested by Phyl and appreciated by Siane
Kate Bush – Man with the child in his eyes – requested by Chris
Eva Cassidy – Fields of Gold
Lady Antebellum – Golden – requested by Rene
Gary Barlow & Elton John – Face to face
Martin Taylor – 73 Berkeley Street – loved by Brad getting ready for his show.

Next week my guest is Dean Kitchener from the Brentwood Foodbank. He will be giving us an update on the work. Do join us live if you can, and if not remember the show is always available on the show pages.

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Friday Night Extra 16th of May 2014. Chilling

It was great to be back on Phoenix98FM tonight after being away for two weeks. This was enough time for many odd news stories, that were scattered throughout the show. We heard that in his Sunday sermon last week, Pope Francis said that he would be happy to baptise Martians if they wanted to become Catholics. No guessing the track I played to go with that story. There was the village cricket club banned from hitting sixes after complaints from a neighbour who threatened to take them to court because of the number of balls landing in her garden. We learned that the man who made the metal teeth for the two 70s James Bond films was fined for not being registered to work with teeth after claiming he was on a Youtube video. Then there was the 102 year old woman in the USA who for her birthday went around a race track at 180 m.p.h. And let us not forget the dentist displaying a mould and crown that belonged to Elvis Presley that had been bought for £6,500. This inevitably meant we considered Elvis songs that with a slight tweaking of the title could refer to teeth! Never was the show theme tune more apt.
Play list.
Booker T & the M.G.s – Crazy
Valasie LeKae – Reach out and touch – from the Broadway musical MOTOWN
Brenda Russell – Walking in New York
Frankie Valie & 4 Seasons – Oh What a night – requested by Sarah
Adele – Skyfall
Frank Sinatra – New York, New York
Joni Mitchell – Both sides now
Various Artists – Perfect Day
David Bowie – Life on Mars
Gary Barlow – 6th Avenue
Sachel Studio Orchestra – Take Five
Beach Boys – Kokomo
Fleetwood mac – Everywhere
Alison Krauss & Cox family – I know who holds tomorrow – requested by Michael
E.L.O. – Mr. Blue Sky – For Phyl who requested a song to go with a lovely day
Elvis – In the ghetto
Amy Grant – Big Yellow Taxi
My Girl – Cast of MOTOWN from Broadway
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
Dave Brubeck – Take Five

Can you work out how many references to New York their are in the tracks played tonight? Either a song about New York, a show from Broadway or an artist from that city. It is double figures! Join me again next week.

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Friday Night Extra 25.4.14 with guest Ian Moore

We welcomed Ian Moore back into Phoenix98FM tonight to talk about his latest mission trip to India. He spoke about the contrast in the country where there is still desperate poverty despite the development of new cities and high-tech industries. Ian talked about the fact that in his two week stay he had 30 different speaking engagements, including the graduation ceremony at a college. New on this trip was a visit to a prison where he was surprised to find that all the prisoners were sitting in the exercise yard and his brief was to talk about hope and then pray individually with each prisoner, regardless of their faith. If anyone would want to know any more and about how they can support the work, please contact Ian directly via e-mail on ianfmoore@hotmail.com . He is clearly looking forward to the next trip in two years time.

We had some interesting news stories, including the Russians selling a surplice space capsule and two space suits – yours for £600,000. We also heard about a Norwegian TV show where celebrities plan their own funeral. Both these stories prompted lots of discussion in the chat room.

Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy
Art of Noise – Moments of love
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Celine Dion – Because you love me – Chosen by Ian for his wife Carol
Barbara Streisand – Higher Ground – chose by Ian as a song of hope
Adam Moore – In the garden – chosen by Ian as a song of faith
Sachel Studio Orchestra – Take Five – India meets hip jazz.
10CC – Wall Street Shuffle – Requested by Chris and we dedicated it all the RBS bankers not getting their expected annual bonuses and complaining.
Cliff Richard – Lucky Lips, The Next Time, requested by Michael & Bachelor Boy. – Phyl e-mailed in to say how much she loved this collection of Cliff tracks.
Kenny G – Songbird – Requested by Susan & Ian who had seen him at Hammersmith after being introduced to his music on this show.
Caro Emerald – Completely
Paul Mauriat – El Condor Pasa – requested by Patrick and recognised as a tune associated with Simon and Garfunkle in the chat room
Gary Barlow – Requiem
Rick Braun & Boney James – Grazin the grass
Beach Boys – Breakaway
Jamie Cullum – I could have danced all night – instantly bought from ITunes by Rene in the chat room
Euge Groove – Sneak a peak.

Join Elle next week and I will be back on 16th of May.

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Friday Night Extra Good Friday special 18th April 2014

For the first hour tonight I was joined in the studio by Revd Paul Gambling. Paul talked about his experiences today in Ingatestone, particularly about being part of the Walk of Witness. He told us about why he feels that Easter is so important and that the Easter story is very contemporary despite being 2000 year old. He chose a couple of tracks for us and spoke about how Easter was being celebrated in Israel. In the second hour I was joined by Tim Lee from Christ Church Warley and Brentwood Churches Together and thirteen year old Jontie McConnaughie. Both of them had been invoked in the commemorations of Good Friday in a very busy Brentwood High Street and in giving out Hot Cross Buns. Tim and Jontie talked about why such events are important and the significance of Easter to them. Tim chose a track by Malcolm and Aiwyn and Jontie by U2. Tim shared an amazing story of forgiveness from Iran. Jontie read a news item about people around the world knitting 6,300 chicks for a children’s hospice in Manchester that will raise them £6,000. It was a pleasure to have all the guests in the studio tonight as they spoke with great sincerity and it was good fun.

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & the MGs – Crazy – show theme
Eva Cassidy – Songbird
Lilly Allen – Somewhere we used to know
Barber – Agnus dei – chosen by Paul
David Bowie – Life of Mars
Phil Collins – In the air tonight – requested by Chris
Greig – Morning from Peer Gynt – chosen by Paul
Avichi – Hey Brother
Malcolm and Alwyn – Fools Wish – chosen by Tim
Rembrants – I’ll be there for you
U2 – Yahweh – chosen by Jonti
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – Please open my letter – requested by Michael
Boney M – Rivers of Babylon – requested by Patrick
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus – much loved by everyone in the studio
Bob Marley – Three Little Birds

Join me next week when my guest is Ian Moore who will be talking about his recent trip to India.

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Friday Night Extra 11.4.14 with guests Ven. David Lowman & Ivy Bolatch, 84 year old abseiler.

We had a varied and packed show tonight with lots of listener responses. In the first hour I was joined by the Church of England Archdeacon of Chelmsford, the Ven. David Lowman. David talked about his ministry now and the kind of work he undertakes to help free clergy to preach the Gospel. He was passionate about his involvement with the Retreat House at Pleshey and also talked about the day retreat for Easter that he is leading. He told us about his work over the years in the selection process for those going forward for ordination. There was a moving story from his time at Wickford. He also stated a love of California and chose what to some people who know him, surprising choices in music. We will all imagine him driving in an open top car by the beach in California listening to the Beach Boys.

In the second hour I was joined by octogenarian abseiler Ivy Bolach. Last Saturday she had abseiled down the tower at Ingatestone church, the equivalent to higher than an eight storey building. No only did she inspire us, but she had everyone in stitches with her description of being dressed for the descent. She said now she fancied tackling somewhere higher, and Lee in the chatroom suggested the Shard! Listeners in Austria, London and Harlow all commented that Ivy made them laugh so much.
Tonight’s playlist.
Shark in my teeth – Circus waves
Booker T and the MGs – Crazy – show theme
Wet, Wet, Wet. -Love is all around
Robbie Williams Go gentle
Beach Boys – Good Vibrations, chosen by Arch deacon David to remember California sunshine and beaches.
Simon and Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled waters – chosen by Arch deacon David because he sees that in a lot of his work he has the role of being a bridge over troubled waters.
La Cage Aux Follies – I am what I am – chosen by Arch deacon David because we should enjoy being who we are.
Soweto String Quartet – Millennium
Rembrants – I’ll be there for you
Coldplay – Paradise
Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue sky – for Ivy as it was a blue sky last Saturday for the abseiling.
Take That – Beautiful World – requested by Michael
Ray Stevens – Misty – for Patrick
Queen – Who wants to live forever? – requested for Siane by her mother Chris
The Washboard Syncopators – Stevedore Stomp – for band member Jim in hospital

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Join me next week for a Good Friday special when my studio guests are Revd. Paul Gambling and Tim Lee.

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Friday Night Extra 4.4.14 with guests Steve Biggs & Dennis Sweeting, Ingatestone Posties

It was great to have Steve and Dennis join me tonight. They are two Ingatestone postmen who are about to embark on their second aid mission to Kosovo. They came and talked with me in July 2012 before their first trip and tonight they were able to talk enthusiastically and with conviction about their experiences and why they consider taking aid to this forgotten region of Europe is so important. They paid tribute to the generosity of the people who have supported the collection of aid items, which has been based at Ingatestone Post Office.They will be leaving next Friday, driving a 7.5 ton truck as part of a Hope and Aid Direct convoy. Look up the charity on the internet to find out more. If you would like to support them, visit www.justgiving.com/ingatestoneposties or like them on www.facebook.com/ingatestoneposties

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Gary Barlow – Jump – for all those abseiling in Ingatestone on 5th of April
Zombies – She’s not there
Lily Allen – Somewhere only we know
Queen – Is this the world we created? – chosen by Dennis and thanks to Paul for placing it in the library
Kate Bush – Running up that hill – for Chris who tried desperately to get tickets for the shows and failed
Carol Emerald – Liquid lunch – for Cathy in Harlow
Pharrell Williams – Happy – for eveyone at Ingatestone Juniors
Take That – The Flood
Olivia Newton John – Xanadu – for Patrick who left a request
Hotel Cabana – La la La – requested by Michael
Leona Lewis – Footprints in the sand
U2 – Where the streets have no name
Joni Mitchel – Big Yellow Taxi – for Lee in the chat room
Paul Simon – I know what I know – much appreciated by Rene in the chat room
Various artists – Perfect day
Moody Blues – Nights in white satin

Join me next week when my guest is the Venerable David Lowman – Archdeacon of Chelmsford
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Friday Night Extra 28.3.14 Mothering Sunday special with guest Terry Cattell-Hollox

Terry and her husband Richard were in the studio tonight for a show dedicated to Mothering Sunday. Terry talked about the reality that the Ancient Greeks and Romans had ceremonies dedicated to the importance of mothers and that every culture had something identifying the their significance. She talked about the history of the modern Mother’s Day celebrations in the U.S.A. and how in the UK these had become linked with the historic Mothering Sunday, which was a day when servants were allowed to go back to their families, visit their mother church and then spend time with their mothers. She also talked about personal experiences through living in the USA and UK. Our many respondents thought it was very interesting. The music tonight was a homage to Radio Caroline, which began 50 years ago this weekend. Without this station we would not have had commercial radio in the UK which had culminated ultimately in stations like Phoenix98FM. So we thought this was something to celebrate and we did so with a lot of music from that era. Terry and Richard stayed on and read a number of our odd news stories. These included all the men in North Korea being instructed to have their hair cut in the style of the leader. Also that their was a national shortage of fence panels, with prices rising in shops, people buying them on the black market, and then even being stolen from people’s gardens.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme

Kinks – Sunny afternoon

Pharrell Williams – for everyone listening from Ingatestone & Fryerning C of E Junior school

Lemon Pipers – Green tambourine

Susan Boyle – Wild horses – chosen by Terry

Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline – chosen by Terry and dedicated to her daughter Caroline

Beatles – Yellow submarine – chosen by Terry

Caro Emerald – One day

Euge Groove – Sneak a peak

Petula Clark – Downtown – requested by Richard as his favourite track from 1964.

Robbie Williams – Go Gentle – requested by Michael

Bryds – Mr. Tambourine man

Tchaikovsky – Prelude from Swan Lake – chosen by Patrick

Queen – My best friend – for Chris and Bob, off to see the show based on Queen’s music in London before it closes.

Lou Christie – I’m gonna make you mine

Kate Bush – This woman’s work – for all those who failed to buy a ticket this morning for her twenty two shows.

Aloe Blacc – I need a dollar – requested by Rene

Rolling Stones – This will be the last time – first track played on Radio Caroline

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Friday Night Extra 21st March 14. Let the music do the talking.

We had no guests in the studio tonight, so we let the music do the talking, with lots of news items scattered throughout the show. We looked at a government survey of the occupations that gave people the most satisfaction. Out of 248 different jobs, Vicars and Priests came top and at number 248 were bar staff and pub landlords. We also considered that we have too much stuff in our houses that we never use and maybe it time for a spring clean and take it all to charity shops. We also delighted in the unexpected news that Kate Bush is to perform live for the first time since 1979 (unbelievable!) and the sale of the cloaks worn by Ringo and George in the film Help for over £100K by Richard Lester, film director of the film Help.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Toto – Hold the line
Canned Heat – On the road again
Pharrell Williams – Happy – for all those happy Vicars and priests
Gary Barlow – More than life
Roy Orbison – Pretty Woman – as requested by Patrick
Kate Bush – The man with the child in his eyes
Robbie Williams – Candy
Agneta Falkstoy – If I thought you’d change your mind
Cars – Drive – for the iconic car from the Somerset floods sold on ebay for £101k
Elton John – Song for Guy
Crusaders – Streetlife
Bruno Mars – When I was your man – requested by Patrick
Beatles – Help
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
Susan Boyle – Up to the mountain
Alison Krauss – Empty hearts
Diana Krall – Folks who live on the hill
Shakatak – Easier said then done – Requested by Rene
Peter Cincotti – Up on the roof – for Gary who loves this track
Caro Emerald – One day – for Brad who was playing some Caro in his show
Boney James & Rick Braun – Grazing in the grass

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Friday Night Extra 14.3.14 Watato special with guests Katy and John Morris

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Katy and John, who are both invovled withWatato, joined my in the studio tonight. They talked about the work of the charity in Uganda and how in 20 years it has grown. Begun as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned and vulnerable children and women in Uganda, it now builds communities and provides physical care, medial intervention, education and spiritual discipleship. It was fascinating to hear how Katy went as a volunteer when she was just 14 years old and the impact this has had on her life. John talked about the visits from the children’s choir and also how child sponsorship can support the development of the work. Katy also reminded us that it is a charity that gives direct links between those sponsoring and the children in Uganda. More info can be found on WWW.WATATO.COM

We also had some odd news stories, including a cat that returned to the vets it ran from eight years before. We also heard about the rescue of a hamster caught in a drain pipe, set to rhyme, and the excuses given to Hampshire Police by stopped motorists who were not wearing a seat belt -“I didn’t want to ruin my tan” – “I passed my test in 1960 and have never worn one…why should I start now?”

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme

Toto – Africa

Jamie Cullum – Edge of something

Michael Buble – Crazy love

Watoto children’s choir – chosen by Katy and John

Liona Lewis – Footprints in the sand – chosen by Katy and John and based on a Christian poem

Pharrell Williams- Happy – chosen by Katy and John

Paul Simon – Under African skies

Avicii – Hey Brother

Ronan Keating – She believes in me – requested by Patrick

Strawbs – Part of the Union – in memory of Bob Crow

Everley Brothers – All I do is drem (live) – requested by Michael

Move – Flowers in the ran – in memory of Tony Benn – first song on Radio 1 which he encouraged the BBC to set up

Kenny Rogers – I just dropped in – for Sue, Leonard, Lauren and everyone listening in U.S.A.

Robbie Williams – Go gentle

Banarama – Shy boy – with a story about poisonous spiders brought home from a shop on bananas

Men at Work – down under

Beach Boys – God only knows

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Friday Night Extra with Guest Meg Horner

2014-03-07 20.33.46On the Women’s World Day of Prayer my studio guest was Meg Horner. The focus for the day of events was Egypt and from her own experience and personal contacts Meg was able to talk interestingly about issues facing the millions of Christians in Egypt. As Saturday is the International Women’s Day, the focus on the music tonight was from Women artists. We also had some odd news items, including a penguin sanctuary in Australia that encourages people to knit jumpers for penguins that have been damaged by oil spills. Those in the chatroom loved the photo.

 

Playlist.

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme

Caro Emerald – Riviera Life – for Meg and John living in Cyprus & Ingatestone

Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher man

Adele – Skyfall – for Phyl who has missed hearing it recently

Blue Danube – Strauss – chosen by Meg to remember a lovely holiday

Bangles – Walk like an Egyptian – well I just had to play it!

Aida – Vedi – chosen by Meg who desires to see it performed in front of the pyramids

Vanessa Mae – Classical Gas

Christine Agrulera Beautiful – requested by Rene

Labrinth – Beneath you are beautiful – requested by Michael

Clannad – Newgrange – requested by Patrick

Pharrell Williams – Happy

Aretha  Franklin – Respect

Nina Simone – Feeling good

Tracy Ulman – They don’t know about us –  who we found out is worth $75 million.

Eva Cassidy – Songbird

Dolly Parton – Somebody’s Everything

Florence Welch – My baby cares for me

Lily Allen – Somewhere only we know.

You can listen to the show again by clicking on the link below. Join me next week when my guest is Katy Morris who will be talking about her charity work in Uganda.

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Friday Night Extra 28.2.14 The Welsh connection

We had no guest in the studio tonight. We concentrated on the music. Firstly we considered looking for unusual rhymes in songs. I think the winner, if you can call it that, is the Beach Boys, “I’m in paradise when I put up my antennne”. In the second hour we had a number of Welsh artists as it is St. David’s Day tomorrow. In the chat room they went on a voyage of discovery around the internet to find famous Welsh people. It was quite educational!

Playlist

Booker T and MGs – Crazy – show theme

Caro Emerald – One Day

Spandeau Ballett – Highly strung

Suzanne Vega – Luka – requested by Lee

Beach Boys – That’s why God made the radio

Peter Gabriel – Solisbury Hill

Joni Mitchell – Circle game

Pharrell Williams – Happy

Elton John – Someone save my life tonight

Snow Patrol – requested by Rene on a skiing holiday in Austria and listening on her iphone

Simon and Garfunkle – Mrs Robinson – for Angela also in Austria

Euge Groove – Sneak a peak

Tom Jones – Deliah – Welsh track 1

Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Veronica

Duffy – Mercy – Welsh track 2

Bonnie Tyler – Holding on for a hero – Welsh track 3

Phil Collins – In the air tonight – requested by Derek

Amen Corner – Bend me shape me – lead singer Andy Fairweather Lowe – Wesh track 3

Spencer Davis Group – Time seller – Welsh track 4

Killers – Human – requested by Susan and Ian, the answer tones on Ian’s phone.

Kenny G – Brazil

Everly Brothers – When will I be loved.

Join me next week when my studio guest is Meg Horner, talking about the Women’s World Day of Prayer and Christians in Egypt.

 

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Friday Night Extra 21.2.14 with guests Trevor and Ann Sharp

We had a great time tonight with Trevor and Ann Sharp visiting the studio. At age fifty Trevor , a Brentwood boy, went from a senior role in the police to studying for the ministry in the Church of England at Cambridge. He talked about his life in the police and also all the changes that have happened along the way as he now goes to a curacy in Harlow in July. He also sang and played guitar for us, showing a real talent, much appreciated by the listeners in the chatroom and via e-mail. In the chatroom we also talked about being somewhere and an famous person walked in, as I was in a restaurant in Sudbury on Monday and Loyd Grossman walked in. Heather Small, Lamaar and the Queen Mother featured in the replies. We also heard about reindeers being sprayed with florescent paint in Finland to avoid car crashes and Lewis and Harris being voted the best island holiday destinations in Europe, ahead of everywhere in the Med.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme.

Paul Simon – Under African Skies

Pharrell Williams – Happy

Wet Wet Wet – Temptation

Trevor sang Streets of London

Alison Krauss – Down to the river to pray

Alan Jackson – World stopped turning

Trevor sang Old Rugged Cross

Bob Marley – Three little birds

Fleetwood Mac – Sandy

Taylor Swift – Believe – requested by Michael

Men at Work – Down under – for Patrick

Gary Barlow – Requeum

Avicii – Hey Brother – requested by Rene

Dave Edmunds – Girls talk

Beach Boys – California Girls

Lady Antebellum – If I knew then

Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance.

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Friday Night Extra Valentine’s Day special 14.2.14

Tonight we had a Valentine’s Day special with most of the music on a suitable theme. We also had poems provided by children in class W at Ingatestone & Fryerning C. of E. Junior School. Thanks to Emma, Demi, Daniel, Hannah, Sophie, Aife, Rose and James.
Tonight’s playlist
Kenny G – The look of love
Beatles – All you need is love
Beach Boys – God only knows
Lady Antebellum – Need you know
Van Morrison – Have I told you lately that I love you – requested by Mark Morris for Lorraine.
Stevie Wonder – I just called to say I love you – requested by Patrick
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Elvis Presley – Wooden Heart – requested by Phyl for Derek
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Frank Sinatra – My funny Valentine
Gary Barlow – Let me go – requested by Michael
Nina Simone – My baby just cares for me
Bryan Adams – Everything I do I do for you – requested by Jes for Jane
Alison Moyet – Love supreme
Diana Krall – Love letters
Madness – It must be love
Waltons theme in memory of Ralph Waite – RIP
Depeche Mode – Precious – requested by Rene
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Love lift us up
Third World – Now that we have found love
Smith’s – How soon is now – requested by Jonathan
Rembrants – I’ll be there for you

Join me next week when my guests are Trevor and Ann Sharp.

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Friday Night Extra 7.2.14 with guest Keith Brown.

Keith came into the studio tonight and talked with us about a number of interesting topics. He had recently returned from a trip to Israel and talked about the impression the many visits to Biblical and historical sights had made upon him. We then chatted about his involvement with Essex Cricket Club and their support for a number of cricketing charities, including one for disabled players. We also heard about the charity Cricket without Boundaries and their work in Africa. This is the charity that the toys collection at Christmas at Ingatestone church takes to distribute. Keith then surprised me by talking about his involvement in the late 60s early 70s with the movement lobbying to change the law to make commercial radio legal in the U.K. He had even spoken at a large public meeting in Trafalgar Square. If it had not been for people like Keith there would be no Phoenix98FM or other commercial stations in the UK. So well done Keith! He also brought in four tracks that added to our music mix tonight.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Zombies – This will be our year
Pharrell Williams – Happy
John Wilson Orchestra – Singing in the rain – chosen by Keith

Will Young – Beyond the sea – chosen by Keith

Empty chairs , empty tables – from Les Misarables – chosen by Keith

Cliff Richard – Power to all our friends – for Rita who had met Cliff in church in Portugal

Ray Conniff – New York, New York – chosen by Keith as he used to regularly work in the Big Apple

Corrs – Radio – for Keith, thanking him in his role in their being commercial radio in the U.K.

Bob Dylan – Tangled up in blue – requested by Michael

Michael Andrews ft. Gary Jules – Wild world – requested as a one hit wonder byPatrick

Peter Sarstedt – Where do you go to my lovely- for Alan with an according player on Feelgood Saturday

Marvin Gaye – Heard it through the grapevine – with the news his passport had been found in a 50 cents album and valued on the U.S. version of Antiques Roadshow at $12,000

Paul Simon – The after life.

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Tune in next week for a show called ‘All you need is love’ for Valentines day.

 

 

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Friday Night Extra 31.1.14 Singing in the rain

No guests tonight so we had a very eclectic choice of music, influenced by Lee, Rene and Anna in Devon in the chatroom. We also had a mix of odd news stories. The woman in China who had saved all her hair when she had it cut and had made it into a jumper and hat for herself and was now making a hat for her husband. There was also a German lottery winner who, after five glasses of champagne became enraged at a bill from a care home and cut up £300,000 and flushed it down the toilet, or did she? We pondered around the morality of an Austrian charity worker who having been moved by the plight of starving children in Africa following a visit, organised a robbery of money from shops selling expensive Christmas gifts. He had also anonymously pushed money through the letter boxes of those he knew who were financially hard up. We wished we lived in a fairer world. We also heard about an American invention of a book where pages are fitted with sensors that send vibrations to a vest worn by the reader to convey feelings connected with the narrative. Anna was particularly unhappy with this as she likes murder mysteries!

Tonight’s playlist
Booker T – Crazy – show theme
Jamie Cullum – Singing in the rain
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Paul Simon – Diamonds in the soles of her shoes
Joni Mitchel – Both sides now
Coldplay – Viva la Vida
Olly Murs – Trouble – requested by Michael
Buffalo Springfield – What’s that sound
Beach Boys – Caroline no
Buggles – Video killed the radio star
Kenny G & Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world – for Susan & Ian
Jeff Lorder – Pacific Coast Highway
Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance
Lady Antebellum – It aint pretty
Pet Shop Boys – Street with no name
Elvis Presley – Good luck charm – for Lil, Anna’s grandmother, 103 on Wednesday
Eliza Doolittle – Let it rain
Buddy Holly – Heartbeat – for Anna’s dog Buddy
Cory Chisel & Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Some cold rainy day
Amen Corner – Bend me shape me
Dolly Parton – Tracks of my tears
Staves – Pay us no mind
Katie Melua – I will be there
Miles Davis – Miles.

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Join me next week, hopefully when it is not raining, when I will be in conversation with Keith Brown. He will be talking  about a recent trip to Israel and the charity Cricket without Boundaries.

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Friday Night Extra 24.1.14 with guests Phill and Sam Poston

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Phill Poston from Ingatestone Parish Council and Sam Poston from the Ingatestone Youth Council joined me in the studio tonight. Phill talked about how he became involved with the Parish Council through lobbying on behalf of a group of young people wanting a skate park. After success he was encouraged to join the parish council, a role he obviously enjoys. Sam Poston has been involved with the Youth Council since it began. They have organised a number of community initiatives. Most notably they raised the funds to pay for the Christmas Trees that lined Ingatestone High Street last Christmas. Sam talked about the activities they undertook to raise the money and the satisfaction in seeing the trees when they were lit up. In the second hour we had some extra-ordinary news stories from the week, including a wedding couple who had portraits made of each other by a pizza firm, two men arrested after they told police officers that a crashed car was driven by their dog and an inventor in New York who has created a device for turning paper airplanes into drones that can be manoeuvred. We had lots of comments and conversation in the chatroom during both hours.

Playlist.

Booker T and MGs – Crazy – Show theme

Caro Emerald – One Day

Pharrell Williams – Happy

Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

Ben Pearce – What I must do – chosen by Sam

Deadmaus – Ghost and stuff – chosen by Sam

Disclosure – chosen by Sam

Gotiye – Somebody that I used to know

Elvis Presley – Suspicious minds

Beatles – Hey Jude – for the story of Canadian PM Stephen Harper singing it at an official dinner in Israel

Spice Girls – Say you will be there – requested by Patrick

Chairman of the Board – requested by Michael

Alison Krauss – Paper Airplane – to go with the drone story

Queen and David Bowie – requested by Lee for all those trying to meet US tax deadlines at the end of January

Frank Sinatra – Let’s face the music and dance – for Ariadne in the Isle of Wight back from working in OZ

Johny Cash – Personal Jesus – for Chris in Harlow icing a cake for daughter Siane’s birthday tomorrow

Toto – Stranger in town – in remembrance of singer on the track Dennis Frederickson RIP 18th of January 14

Marc Antionne – Pacific Coast Highway.

 

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Friday Night Extra 17.1.14 Music we have not played before

Finally it stopped raining whilst the show was on air! No guest tonight so the aim was to play mostly music I have never played before. We also had some interesting news stories. Apparently there is an ostrich running amock near Tunbridge Wells. Some researchers at M.I.T. have been looking on the internet, Twitter and facebook to see signs of Time travellers sending information that could not be known. For example, they looked for tweets about Pope Frances before March 2013. Sadly for them they found no evidence. Anyone Watch the Big Bang Theory?  Princess Michael apparently thought about buying a karaoke machine for her Kensington Place apartment after attending a wedding in Malaysia. Researchers found that those who attended religious services regularly were less stressed and consequently more effective at work. The story of a squirrel causing £7000 worth of damage in a home led to discussions in the chatroom about the Tufty Club.

Playlist.

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme

Culture Club – Karma Chameleon

Beach Boys – Lady Linda

Susan Boyle – Wild Horses

Chas and Dave – Margate – for Patrick who requested a track by them.

Jeff Lorber – Pacific Coast Highway

Jamie Cullum – Too close for comfort

Amy Grant – Big Yellow Taxi

Lily Allen – Somewhere we know – requested by Michael

Count Basie – Joy and Pain

Frank Sinatra – Come fly with me – Recorded live at the Sands Las Vegas

Brenda Russell – Le Restaurant

Joni Mitchel – Chelsea Morning – for Lee in the chatroom

Fairport Convention -Breakfast in Mayfair – for Phyl and Jackie who go and watch them live.

Paulinho Da Costa – African Sunrise

Elvis Presley – Wooden Heart – for Derek

Dave MacMurray – My Brother and me

Dolly Parton – Somebody’s Everything – for Sue and Leonard and everyone listening in U.S.A.

Procul Harem – Whiter Shade of Pale – for Princess Michael – probably not listening…but you never know…and singing along karaoke style

Harry  Chapin – I wonder what would happen to this world – the lyrics used on his memorial

Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

Mike Post – Theme of Hill Street Blues

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Friday Night Extra 10.1.14 with guest Rt. Revd. Stephen Cottrell Bishop of Chelmsford

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, chatted with me tonight and chose four tacks that were important to him. He said that he had spent ages choosing the tracks and it was much harder than writing a sermon. He talked about his life, his likes, the Church of England and his answers were much appreciated. One tweet said, “Thoroughly enjoying listening to the Bishop of Chelmsford. What a nice bloke.”
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Caro Emerald – Riviera Life for John & Meg listening in Cyprus
Robbie Williams – Go Gentle
Van Morison – The beauty of the days – chosen by Bishop Stephen
Johny Cash – Further up the road – chosen by Bishop Stephen
Bob Dylan – Every grain of sand – chosen by Bishop Stephen
Clash – White man in Hammersmith Pali – chosen by Bishop Stephen
KT Tunstall – SuddenlyI see
Michael Buble – I haven’t met you yet
Everly Brothers – When will I be loved – For Sue and Leonard in Kentucky following the death of Phil Everley. They had seen him playing live.
Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill
Everly Brothers – All I have to do is dream – for Patrick
Jamie Cullum – God only knows
Madonna – Don’t cry for me Argentina – Madonna, this week revealed as the 10th most expensive autograph for a living person. The most expensive is Fidel Castro. The second is Paul McCartney.
Star Trek Theme – With a story of a 51 year old female social worker who has turned her basement into a replica of the Starship Enterprise.
Ellie Golding – Your song
Toto – Africa
Dave Koz – Can’t let you go – for Joe Box as it is his last late night Friday show.
Miles Davis -Miles.

Join me again next week. And give yourself a treat and listen again to the Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt. Revd. Stephen Cottrell chatting with me.

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Friday Night Extra 27.12.13 with guests Rich and Sarah

For our last show of the year I was delighted that we had a return visit from Rich and Sarah. They sang four items for us and also chatted about how life has been treating them since their last visit. The big news is that they are getting married in 2014 and finishing university. It will be quite a year. I also played all the interviews about Christmas that I recorded with year 3 & 4 children at Ingatestone and Fryerning C. of E. Junior School and used on the Boxing Day show. We also heard the two tracks that Sam Chandler from the Anglo European School recorded for us for his visit to the show during the year. The chat room was busy with people who particularly appreciated the live set and hearing the interviews if they had missed them on Boxing Day.
Playlist
Peter White – Greensleeves – What child is this?
Lady Antebellum – This winter’s night
Rich & Sarah – Joy to the world, God in the storm
Dave Koz – Winter wonderland
Rich & Sarah – O Holy night, Examine my heart
Annie Lennox – Angels from the realms of glory
Band Aid – Do they know its Christmas?
Lily Allen – Something only we know – requested by Patrick
Sam Chandler – Plumeria – recorded exclusively for the show
David Essex – Winter’s tale
Elvis Presley – O come all ye faithful – for Jay in the chatroom
Ella Fitzgerald – What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the tree – for Rene in the chatroom
Steeleye Span – Gaudete – for William and Harry P in the chatroom

Kenny G – Silent night

Mike Oldfied – In Dulche Jubilio

Marvin Gaye – Christmas in the city

Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas time

Kenny G – Old Lang syne

Do check out the show below to listen again. I will see you in 2014.

 

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Friday NIght Extra 20th December 13 Non stop Christmas

With all the schools broken up and Christmas only five days away, thoughts turned to the Christmas songs that we love and that bring back so many memories. So the music tonight was non-stop Christmas, with one requested exception. We heard from the Ingatestone C. of E. Juniors singing two items and a few little interviews that I recorded during the week. We also heard from the Anglo European School chamber choir, recorded yesterday in Ingatestone Parish Church. News items included the longest cracker-pull in the world, over 700 people, and children being given lie-detector tests before seeing Father Christmas at Brent Cross.

Playlist
Johny Mathis – When a child is born
Ingatestone Juniors – Peace child
Peter White – Christmas song
Chris Rea – Driving home for Christmas – for Rene when she listens on Mixcloud
Annie Lennox – Angels from the realms of glory
Band Aid – Do they know its Christmas?
Stevie Wonder – Thats what Christmas means to me
Kenny G – Winter wonderland
Lady Antebellum – Noel Noel
Boney M – Mary’s Boy child – requested by Michael
Joy Strings – O little town of Bethlehem
Nat King Cole – Christmas song – for Mark
Dave Koz – Sleighride
Beatles – Taxman – requested by Lee
PhoenixFM Daytime collective – Thankyou
Cliff Richard – Saviour’s Day – requested by Patrick
Ingatestone C of E Juniors – Away in a manger
Ella Fitzgerald – Let it snow – for Lee
James Taylor – Jingle bells
Tony Bennett – Winter wonderland
Brenda Lee – Rocking around the Christmas tree
Darlene Love – White Christmas
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas time
Anglo European School Ingatestone Chamber Choir – O Holy Night
Jona Lowie – Stop the cavalry
Wizzard – I wish it could be Christmas every day – for Lauren, Adam and all other Americans listening
Kenny G – Sleighride

Join me on Boxing Day for a special show of Christmas songs and carols 10am -1pm. Why not go to the blog and leave a memory of Christmas and a request?
Next Friday I am joined by Rich and Sarah singing live.

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Friday Night Extra 13.12.13 Advent chill

With everyone dashing around it was time for two hours to chill tonight. We had six people in the chatroom tonight keeping me company. As we had a special show for the period heading towards Christmas, we dispensed with the usual theme tune. We had some seasonal news stories. The family that have put up the same artificial Christmas tree for 85 years. The hard hat and riding boots needing to be worn by Mary for the Nativity play taking place around the streets of Neath. A shop in Manchester giving away a donor kebab with every fridge.The passenger who went to sleep on a plane to find that when he woke up it was in darkness and he had been missed by the staff. The lost dog of nine years returned to her owners in time for Christmas thanks to being chipped.
Tonight’s playlist.
Peter White – Christmas song
Lady Antebellum – On this Winter’s night.
Caro Emerald – Completely
Annie Lennox – Holly and the Ivy – for Mark
Cher – If I could turn back time – for David
Hugh Masekala – Bring him back home
Jamie Cullum – The edge of something – my track of the year
White Christmas – Elvis – for Harry P
PhoenixFM Daytime Collective – Thankyou
Blood Sweat & Tears – Sometimes in Winter
Adele – Skyfall – for Rene
Stevie Wonder – That is what Christmas means to me
Peter White – O little town of Bethlehem
The Pogues – Fairy tale of New York – for Jay
Shadows – Apache – for Phyl
Tymes – Miss Grace – for Michael
Lady Antebellum – Golden – Title track from my album of the year
Gloria Gaynor – I will survive
U2 – I still haven’t found what I am looking for – for all Christmas shoppers
Joystrings – O Little town of Bethlehem to the tune of House of the rising sun
Bangles – Manic Monday
Annie Lennox – Angels from the realms of glory
Peter White – Silent Night

Join me next week for another chilled show for Advent. And do not forget to put your special Christmas memories on the show blog for Boxing Day 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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What Christmas means to me – Boxing day 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

On Boxing Day from 10 a.m. I presenting a three hour show called ‘What Christmas means to me’. This was a selection of Christmas music that is secular and sacred. We had  Away in a manger, Peace Child and two other carols from the children at Ingatestone and Fryerning C of E. Junior School recorded for the show. We also hear fifteen interviews with the children Ben Price from year 6 at the school joined me for the first hour. Tim Lee from Brentwood Churches Together was with me from 11-11.30.  A favourite item was O Holy Night recoded by the Anglo European school chamber choir at Ingatestone Parish Church. The rest of the show was Christmas favourites like “Rocking around the Christmas tree” and ”I wish it could be Christmas every day’ as well as some more unusual Christmas items from Annie Lennox, Elvis Presley and others. The chatroom was busy and the conversations included recipes for turkey left-overs.

You can listen to the show again or parts of it by clicking the link below.

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Friday Night Extra 29th of November 13 You me and the music again

On another cold night in Brentwood we had the music and the chatroom conversations to keep us warm. We talked about food following a story about goats being stolen in Jamaica and fitted with alarms, about karioke following on from Prince William singing with Bon Jovi and many other topics. No-one guessed who was singing Fool on the Hill, with suggestions including Tony Blair and Bill Clinton.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme

Lady Antbellum – Golden

Kylie Minogue – Can’t get you out of my head – for Michael

Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice – for Patrick

Luke Gulliana – To die for

Curtis Mayfield – Move on up – full version

Joni Mitchel – Free man in Paris – chosen as our second favourite Joni track in the chatroom

Katie Melua – Sailing ships from heaven

Bon Jovi – Living on a prayer – with the news of Prince William singing this with Jon Bon Jovi & Taylor Swift at a Centrepoint fund raising dinner for the homeless charity.

Marc Antionne – Rebecca’s Waltz

Cliff Richard – The day I met Marie – for Phyl who really wanted Pat Boone

Paul McCartney – Queenie Eye

Canned Heat – On the road again

Sergio Mendes – Maria Moita

Dolly Parton – Better get on livin’

Elvis Presley – Suspiscious minds -for Lee in the chatroom

Fool on the Hill – Ray Stephens – for everyone listening in the States

Coldplay – Paradise – for those who remembered their teacher sending them into the playground without a coat.

T Rex – Ride a white swan – to go with the news story of the sale of a full dinosaur skeleton

Joy Strings – O Little town of Bethlehem – to tune of House of the rising sun. We love it!

Toto – Only the children- for Rene in the chatroom, a big Toto fan

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

Ronnie Jordan – So What?

I will not be with you next week, but will be back on 13th. Check out the schedule to see who are my music guests in December.

The show can be heard again by checking on the link below.

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Friday Night Extra 22nd November 13 You me and the music

On a cold night in Brentwood we focussed on the music. We also voted for our favourite Dr. Who with the 50th anniversary tomorrow. The easy winner was David Tennant. In second place was Jon Pertwee. In third place was Christopher Eccleston. I think it was a surprise that there were no votes for Tom Baker. The biggest surprise was the number of women listeners who contacted to say they were not fans and did not have a favourite Doctor. That almost counts as heresy!
Tonight’s playlist.
Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to heaven
Mark Antionne – Madrid for Ed
Beatles – Hello, Goodbye
Kate Bush – WOW for Chris
John Cougar = Jack and Diane for Michael
Alison Krauss – Paper Airplane
Temptations – Papa was a Rolling Stone
Elvis Presley – In the Ghetto
UB40 – Can’t help falling in love – for Patrick
Kenny G and Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world – for Susan and Ian
TSB Advert theme
Beach Boys – Heroes and villians
Robbie Williams – Go Gentle
Booker T & the MGs – Hang em high
Yardbirds – Shape of things to come
Jamie Cullum – Edge of something
Joe Jackson – Steppin out for Chris who went to see him live
Cliff Richard – Don’t talk anymore for Phyl, Derek and Jackie
Dr. Who theme
Take That – Rule the world for all those listening from Ingatestone C of E Juniors
Ellie Goulding – Your song
James Taylor Quintet – Starsky and Hutch

Join me next week for another show dedicated to the music. Why not leave a request below?

You can listen again by clicking on the link below.

Phoenix 98 FM – Friday Night Extra with Patrick Sherring – 21st november 2013 by Renh on Mixcloud

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Friday Night Extra 15.11.13 featuring guest Mark Morris

Continuing the remembrance theme from last week, I was joined in the studio tonight by Mark Morris. For six years Mark served in the Royal Navy in submarines and this included being involved in the Falklands conflict. He told us about his training and also a number of incidents. He was on a nuclear submarine in Russian waters and everyone was watching Grease and started singing Grease Lightening and were told by the captain to be quiet as they were loud enough for the Russians to hear. He also talked of sailing around Port Stanley harbour and seeing the burnt out wrecks of ships. In the second hour I was joined on the phone by David who was in the Falkland Islands for the time of the 25th anniversary. He told us about flying over the wrecks with families of those lost as the wrecks are now designated as war graves. We had lots of music tonight from 1982, the time of the conflict.

Tonight’s playlist.

Booker T & the MGs – Crazy – show theme

Aloe Blacc – I need a dollar

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen

Robbie Williams – Go Gentle

Phil Harris – Bare Necessities – chosen by Mark

Jeff Conaway & John Travolta – Greased Lightening – chosen by Mark

Wham  – Wake me up before you go go – chosen by Mark

St. John’s Methodist Church USA – Shine Jesus Shine – chosen by Mark

Culture Club – Do you really want to hurt me?

ABC – All for my heart

Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra

Madness – House of fun – chosen by David

Bananarama – Shy boy

Tight Fit – The Lion sleeps tonight

Batman TV series theme

Foreigner – I want to know what love is – requested by Patrick

KT Tunstal – Suddenly I see

Beatles – Honey Pie – requested by Michael

Coldplay – Viva la Vida – requested by Chris for Bob’s birthday

You can listen to the show again by clicking on the link below.

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Friday Night Extra 8.11.13 with Sheila Evill reading extracts from her father’s WW1 diaries

It was a great privilege to sit in the studio with Sheila tonight and listen to her read extracts from her father’s World War One diaries. It was a very moving experience. As was commented in the chatroom it was extra-ordinary to realise that this was real and not a novel. Sheila read about his getting ready for war, being deployed to France and then Ypes, being shot and eventually returning to England. All this when he was a very young man. We had many positive comments, including from Lauren, who is a serving U.S. Marine in Newport Rhode Island. She reminded us that on 10th of November as we have Remembrance Sunday, it will be the 238th anniversary of the Marines. She asked us to remember all those who had served from both countries and those serving now, including her friend Jay who was listening tonight whilst on deployment. We heard from many regular listeners, and also had a request for John and Chris, first time listeners in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. The only extra news story we had tonight was about Ron Elliott who won £7,959,312 last Saturday on the National Lottery, went to work on Sunday at 6 a.m. in a local care home and intends to keep on working and spend some of his winnings in giving all the residents a great Christmas party.

Tonight’s playlist.

Booker T & the MGs – Crazy – show theme

Caro Emerald – Riviera Life

Caro Emerald – Back it up

Lady Antebellum – Generation away

Martin Taylor – Johny and Mary

Carpenters – Mr. Postman

Sam Chandler – Plumeria – Sam is a pupil at the Anglo European School who was a studio guest on show on 21st of June. The full show is still available to listen to via the show blog.

Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water

Robbie Williams – Go Gentle

Moby – The Perfect Life

Elton John – Nikita – for new listeners John and Chris

Eliza Doolittle – Let it rain

Maynard Ferguson – Birdland

Join me next week when my guest is Mark Morris, who is a veteran of the Falklands War.

You can listen to all of tonight’s show again by clicking on the link below.

Phoenix 98 FM – Friday Night Extra with Patrick Sherring ft Sheila Evill – 8th November 2013 by Renh on Mixcloud

 

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Friday Night Extra 1.11.13 with guest Sylvia Dalziel from the Joystings

We had a 1960s feel to the show tonight. I was joined on the phone by Sylvia Dalziel from the 1960s Salvation Army pop group the Joystrings, who had two top 40 hits in the 1960s. Sylvia has just published a book which tells about their extra-ordinary career that included just being picked from theological training to be in a pop group and performing at the Bunny Club in Soho for three nights. The book is called The Joystrings – The story of the Salvation Army pop group. She told us how their music had influenced other Christians to consider singing in a contemporary style and that this influence lives on. She also said that the book contained testaments about how their music changed the lives of people for the better.

Tonights heavily 60s influenced playlist was much appreciated by listeners who e-mailed the show.

Booker T & the M.G.s – Crazy – the show theme

Marvin Gaye – I heard it through the grapevine

Cliff Richard – In the country – requested by Phyl

Joystrings – O Little town of Bethlehem – in the style of House of the rising sun

Joystrings – Starry Night, an original composition by group member Joy Webb

Paul McCartney – New

Sounds Orchestral – Cast your fate to the wind

Beatles – Eleanor Rigby requested by Michael

John Barry – The Persuaders Theme – requested by Patrick

Robbie Williams – Go gentle

Walker Brothers – Make it easy on yourself – requested by Susan and Ian

Small Faces – Ichycoo Park – requested by Lee

Alison Kruass – Paper Airplane

Monkees – I’m a believer

Mamas and the Papas – California Dreaming

Moby – The perfect life

Billy Ocean – The going get tough – requested by Rene who went to see him at the O2 arena on Thursday

Bryds – Mr. Tamberine man

Beach Boys – Don’t worry baby

Dusty Springfield – Son of a preacher man

Temptations – Papa was a rolling stone.

Don’t forget you can listen to the show again by clicking on the mixcloud link below. Many previous shows are available on the blog for the night they were broadcast.

Join me next week when my guest is Sheila Evill, talking about and reading from her father’s World War One diaries.

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Friday Night Extra 25.10.13 with guest Angela Kenny and on the phone Robert Fletcher

Angela Kenny came into the studio tonight to talk about Operation Christmas Child, known to everyone as the shoe box appeal. She volunteers for the collecting centre in Ongar. This organisation is world wide. She told us that last year just short of one million shoe boxes were sent from just the UK to children in thirteen countries who otherwise would have had no presents at Christmas. More information is available at www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk
Angela brought in a beautifully wrapped box with items, each with a fact about the project.
In the second hour I was joined on the phone by historian Robert Fletcher who talked about the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Anglo European School in Ingatestone. Robert had been a pupil at the school that was potentially going to close before it was decided to open a school with a European flavour. This reveloutionary idea included needing to design a curriculum from scratch. We also talked about the opening of the Sanctuary, converted from the potting shed, to be a place of contemplation in the busy school and opened as part of the celebrations.

Our music mix tonight reflected the 1970s theme and was much appreciated by the listeners who e-mailed the show. Tonight from the States we heard from Sue, Lauren, Jimbo and Karen, as well as from listeners locally and across the UK.

Playlist for the show

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme

Katie Melua – Mad, mad men and wild, wild women

Josh Groban _ February song – chosen by Angela

Coldplay – Paradise – chosen by Angela
Mark Ayres – Chariots of Fire theme – requested by Lauren for the British Royal Navy/ Royal Marines team in Washington DC for the Challenge cup competition against the US Marines
Don McLean – American Pie
Kate Bush – The man with the child in his eyes – requested by Chris
Katrina & the Waves – Walking on Sunshine – requested by Jimbo
Paul Rodger & Queen – Cosmos Rock – requested by Michael
David Bowie – Life on Mars – appreciated by Siane
Rolling Stones – Angie
Elton John – Daniel – chosen by Robert
Roger Miller – Dang Me – live at the Grand Old Opre – requested by Patrick
Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
Eliza Doolittle – Let it rain
Euge Groove – Sneek a peek

Join me next week when I will be joined on the phone by Sylvia Dalzeil from 60s Salvation Army pop group the Joystrings as part of her tour of events around the newly published book about the group.

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Friday Night Extra 18th October 2013 with guest Val Long from Crossroads Care.

Val Long from Crossroads Care joined me this evening in the studio. We had an interesting conversation about the work of the organisation that provides help for those who need care and those who are carers. She told us about the dementure clubs that exist for those under and over 65 years of age. These are clearly invaluable. She also told us about the fortnightly young carers clubs for those aged 8-12 years and 13-19 years. It was sad to hear that due to a withdrawal of funding a club in Brentwood had closed but one was still open in Basildon. Sponsporship could help address this situation. She also talked about the sitting service that enables carers to have some much needed me time. There is also the free counselling service available to everyone who is a carer. Contact can be made by phoning 01277 201789,

e-mail info@brentwoodcrossroads.org.uk More information is on the website www.brentwoodcrossroads.org.uk

Phyl commented from London that every town needs a Crossroads Care.

Playlist for tonight

Booker T & M.G.s – Crazy – show theme

Beach Boys -That’s why God made the radio

Caro Emerald – Tangled up

Joan Armatrading  – Drop the pilot

Adele – Skyfall – chosen by Val. We also had a story later that Adele passed her driving test this week and her instructor did not know she was famous.

Elvis – It is now or never – chosen by Val

Beatles – Penny Lane – chosen by Val

Madonna – Holiday – requested by Mark off on holiday with the family to the New Forrest

Euge Groove – Vinyl – loved by Susan and Ian in an e-mail response

Cher – Believe – requested by Michael

Boomtown Rats – I don’t like Mondays – for Bob who sent an e-mail with the video link attached

Searchers – Four winds – requested by Patrick

Police – Every breathe you take – requested by Lee

BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Original Dr. Who theme with a story of 100 old episodes discovered in Ethiopia

Joystrings – Its an open secret – Sylvia Dalziel from the group will be my guest on 1st of November

Eliza Doolittle – Let it rain

Mango Groove – Another country

Kenny G and Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world Requested by Susan

Earth Wind and Fire – Promise

Kurt Whalum – Now till forever – loved by Sue in Brentwood

Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance

We also had a selection of news stories.

Included in our contacts tonight was Lauren, listening on her phone in Rhode Island, USA and loving the wonders of modern technology.

Join me next week when my studio guest is Angela Kenny from Operation Christmas Child, the shoebox appeal.

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Friday night extra 11th of October 2013 with Patrick Sherring and children from Ingatestone C of E Juniors.

I & F Jnr Sch at Phoenix 131011

Josh Wright, Josh Reiden and Ben Price from year 6 at the school joined me in the studio tonight. Josh Wright was talking about sport and asked about the favourite sports of the listeners. People liked a whole range of sports. Josh Reiden asked about how important pets are to people. We had replies mainly about dogs and cats. Ben Price spoke about his love of swimming and his ambition to swim for England in the Olympics. Everyone agreed that all children should learn how to swim. We had lots of replies via e-mail and in the chat room. People also stated how confidently they all spoke.

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & the MGs – Crazy – show theme.

Lady Antebellum – I can’t stand the rain.

Gerry Rafferty – Get it right next time.

Amy Winehouse – Back to black.

J.L.S. – The club is alive – chosen by Josh Wright.

Toto – Africa.

Sugarbabes – Hole in the head.

Coldplay – Paradise – chosen by Ben Price.

Take that – Shine – with assorted extra voices!

Queen – Radio Ga Ga.

Madonna – requested by Michael.

Paul Mauriat – Love is Blue – requested by Patrick.

Jamie Cullum – The edge of something

Vanessa Mae – Jazz with eat itself – for Susan and Ian near Reading.

Katie Melua – I will be there.

Mango Groove – Special Star – for Rene, astounded to hear this South African track on British radio.

Isley Brothers – Harvest for the world for everyone from the school.

Average White band – Pick up the pieces.

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Friday Night Extra with Patrick Sherring and guest Tony Allen 4th of October 2013

On an unusually warm October evening my studio guest was Tony Allen, Press Officer for Chelmsford Cathedral for the past sixteen years and also a Pastoral Assistant. Tony told us about the many events that happen at the Cathedral, including free concerts every Friday at 12.30. He told us that 400 volunteers are involved with the mission of the Cathedral. After National Service he was involved in the first course for journalism, with a fellow student being Michael Parkinson. Tony went on to have a distinguished career in journalism in the north of England. He had always been involved with Scouting. Much to the astonishment of many people, he left his career to work full time in Scouting. Among his many achievements was to help in the training of leaders to establish Muslim groups. He also told us of his work with Save the Children in their youth activities. As an e-mail that came in during the programme noted, “Tony has obviously had a long fulfilling life, and still does”.
Tonight’s playlist
Booker T – Crazy (show theme)
Lady Antebellum – Golden
Katie Melua _ I’ll be there
Coldplay – Viva la Vida
Laura Mvula – Green garden – chosen by Tony
Jack louissier Trio – Air on a G-string by J. S. Bach – chosen by Tony
Billie Holliday – Summertime – chosen by Tony
Otis Redding – Dock of the Bay
Sergio Mendes – Favela
Gregory Porter – Sweet country love song
Canned Heat – On the road again – requested by Michael
Kenny Rogers – Ruby don’t take your love to town – requested by Patrick
Christine Aguilara – Beautiful – requested by Rene
Soweto String Quartet – Zebra Crossing
Harry Chappin – I wonder what would happen to this world?
Elvis Presley – Suspicious minds – requested by Lee
Police – Do Do Do Da Da Da
Donny & Marie Osmond live in Vegas – The Good life – for Sue and Leonard
Ray Borretto – Past time paradise.

Join me next week when my studio guests are Ben Price, Josh Reiden and Josh Wright from Ingatestone C. of E. Junior School.

 

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Friday Night Extra with Patrick Sherring and guest Gary Seithel 27th of September 2013

It was a treat for us all to welcome back Gary to Phoenix98FM tonight. We had the pleasure of his compnay as he is helping the churches in Ingatestone tomorrow run a free BBQ. He told us that some 170+ towns in the UK have run such events since 1999. He also told us about his personal experience of being inv0vled in an event in Mexico City where the people bringing the food to the venue went to the wrong place, so they ended us buying the whole stock from a local hot dog salesman. He also told us about his own personal faith journey and movingly talked about the death of his first wife from cancer, leaving him with two young children, and about meeting and marrying his second wife and how he could see  God guiding him through the whole situation. He also brought in three tracks for us and talked about the reasons he had chosen them. In our second hour odd news stories we heard about the worlds first cupcake vending machine in LA and that the company have plans for sites in London. Those in the chatroom and via e-mail were not impressed.We also heard about London schoolboy, Curtis Elton, nine years of age, who is the world’s youngest degree level pianist and who has an album released in November. Finally there were guards on a Spanish underground train that found a wallet containing a cheque for $2 million dollars. The wallet also contained credit cards and a driving licence. However, it had not been claimed and so far the police were having trouble tracking down the owner. They said they would not return it unless the owner could verify the origin of the money. This led to the following response in the chatroom. “He was probably just taking the suit to the cleaners and the wallet dropped out, so no money laundering.”.

Playlist for tonight.

Booker T – Crazy – show theme

Caro Emerald – Tangled up

Katie Melua – I will be there

Pete & Nicki Sims – Psalm 23 – chosen by Gary

Third Day – Call my name – chosen by Gary

Bethel Music & William Matthews – Deep cries out – chosen by Gary

Adele – Skyfall

Buddy  Holly – Heartbeat – for Phyl

Wet Wet Wet – Angel eyes (radio edit) – requested by Ed

Fleetwood Mac – Albatross – requested by Michael

Toto – Mushanga – for Anna moving to Devon

Rocking Berries – for Patrick as we had no tracks by the Bachelors

Harry Nilson – Without you – requested by Alison

Katie Melua – Shiver and shake

Marc Antionne – Children at play

Jamie Cullum – The same things

Dire Straits – Sultans of swing

Led Zeppelin – Stairway to heaven.

Join me next week when my studio guest is Tony Allen, press officer of Chelmsford Cathedral and former deputy director of the Scout movement.

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Friday Night Extra 20th of September 13 with guest Revd. Gill Frith.

Revd. Gill Frith, about to retire as Vicar in Doddinghurst, joined me in the studio tonight. We had a fascinating conversation. Gill told us about her seven years as the Vicar. Clearly a highlight has been being in a Churches Together group presenting a dramatised Bible story every Monday in assembly in the local primary school. We also talked about the meditation group she has been running. This moved us to consider how everyone needs times of quiet in their lives. She also told us about her young life in Liverpool which included going to the Cavern to hear the Beatles before they were famous. In the chatroom they asked if she had got the autographs of the Beatles but sadly the answer was no. Gill also told us about her hobbies and how she plans to use these in her retirement. Casually she said that she like making things out of wood and then said she had made a working harpsicord! She also said how she hopes to continue to be involved in schools and to take time to read. It sounds like a very productive retirement. We had many positive comments about the interview.

The track listings for tonight were

Booker T & the MGs – Crazy – the show theme.

Katie Melua – I will be there

Jamie Cullum – The edge of something

Lady Antebellum – Golden

Beatles – Penny Lane – chosen by Gill

Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake – Where is the love? – chosen by Gill

Susan Boyle – I dreamed a dream – chosen by Gill

Booker T & MGs – Soul limbo

10cc – Dreadlock Holiday – suggested in the chatroom as a link for cricket with Soul limbo

Coldplay – Paradise

Cliff Richard – The Young Ones – requested by Phyl

Paul Hardcastle and the Jazz Masters – Shine

Katy Melua – I could not feel less like dancing

Dave Koz – The dance

Mumford and Son – Thistle and weeds

Elvis Presley – In the ghetto

Desmond Dekkar and the Aces – The Israelite

Curtis Mayfield – Move on up – the album version.

Join me next week when my studio guest is GarySeithel and we will be talking about a free BBQ happening in Ingatestone on the lawn in front of St. Edmund and St. Mary Parish Church on Saturday 28th of September between 11.30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

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Friday Night Extra 13th of September 13 with guest Ian Moore

It poured with rain through most of the time of the show tonight. I could hear it on the windows and roof of the studio! But it was not a distraction from my guest Ian Moore. Ian had been the Elim Church minister in Ingatestone for over twenty years. Now retired, Ian continues to be very engaged with important activities. He told us in detail about his amazing trips to the Congo, where on his first trip he was treated to a large banner across the main roads in the capital Kinshasha with his name emblazoned on it! He talked about his experiences and the wonderful hospitality he has received. He also told us about regularly being involved in activities at Chelmsford prison.
Tonight’s play list was
Booker T – Crazy
Paul Simon – Call me Al
Paul Simon – Under African skies
Caro Emerald – Tangled up
Carpenters – We’ve only just begun. Chosen by Ian.
Westlife – You raise me up. Chosen by Ian.
Robin Mark – All for Jesus. Chosen by Ian.
Frank Sinatra – New York, New York. Requested by Sue in Kentucky
Brenda Russell – Walking in New York. Played for Paige listening in San Fransisco
Whitney Houston – I will always love you. Played for Michael in Ingatestone
Killers – Human. Played for Susan and Ian living near Reading
Marty Robins -Devil woman. Played for Patrick in Ingatestone
Marvin Gaye and Tamy Terrell – It takes two. Played for Lee and Alison for their 25th anniversary tomorrow
Van Morrison – Youth of 1,000 summers
Snow Patrol – Chasing cars
Elvis Presley – Return to sender
America – Horse with no name
Euge Groove – Vinyl
We also had a lots of news stories, including the return of bicycle stolen in Brighton, the return of money stolen twenty years before from a shop in Nashville and the Pope receiving a gift of a 20 year old Renault 4 and then driving around Rome in it.
See you next week when my guest is Revd. Gill Frith, about to retire from being the Vicar in Doddinghurst.

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Friday Night Extra 6th of September 13 with phone guest Chris Waters

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It is great that we have a number of people who are regular listeners. Chris lives in Harlow but always listens along with her husband Bob when she can. Tonight Chris came on the phone to talk about taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October despite having never run a half marathon. She will be among 16,000 runners. Chris told us about how important it is to support the work of cancer charities and how her own family have benefitted from the research from the charities over the years.  You can support Chris or her daughter Sarah via the links below.

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We had a number of extra-ordinary stories tonight. We heard about a wedding that cost the couple just £1 apart from the fees for the licence. We also heard about a farmer near Verona who cuts amazing pictures in his fields even though you need to be in a plane to see them. His latest is off the Pope. How does he do it? There was also a Japanese folding car (!) an American judge ordering a criminal who threated police to wear a notice stating they are an idiot outside the Police station for three hours each day and  a woman whose pet chicken swallowed a £300 diamond earring and she has decide to wait until the chicken passes away. They were less charitable in the chat room! There were requests tonight for Michael, Patrick, Rene, Lee and Phyl. The complete listing for tonight’s music is below.

Crazy – Booker T and the MGs

One day – Caro Emerald

A simple love – Alison Krauss

We weren’t born to follow – Bon Jovi as chosen by Chris Waters

Crawling up the hill – Katie Melua

Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones

Foggy Mountain Breakdown – Flatt and Scruggs

Apache – Shadows

Golden – Lady Antebellum

John and Mary – Martin Taylor

September in the rain – Paul Weller

Don’t be cruel – Elvis Presley

Lonely boy – Andrew Gold

Luka – Suzanne Vega

Classical Gas – Vanessa Mae

When I get famous – Jamie Cullum

Dock of the bay – Otis Redding

Winter Trees – Staves

Where does the time go – Steeleye Span

Africa – Toto

Miles – Miles Davis.

Join me next week with my guests Ian and Carole Moore. Ian will be talking about a recent trip to the Congo.

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Friday Night Extra 30th of August 13 with guest Garry Smith

Garry Smith was my guest in the studio tonight. He talked about his work as a management consultant and also his involvement with a charity that seeks to combat human trafficing. We talked considerably about his recent trip to Kenya to help a group there with organising the production of items made from beads and also looking at ways that these can be marketed in the UK. He told us about a school in Bolton that is looking to make this a project for students.

The links were

enquiries@medaille-trust.org.uk

sburrowes@thornleigh.bolton.sch.uk

We had a wide range of music tonight. The full listing is below. We also had some unusual news stories. One concerned the Pope phoning a 19 year old student who had left him a letter after a mass. My favourite amongst the others was a story from Wales where Swansea Council sent the info for a road sign to restrict the entrance of good vehicles to their translation department. On the return of the info, they had it placed on the sign and then put up the sign at the entrance to the road. In English it read ‘No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential site only.’ Underneath in Welsh it read, ‘I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.’ You could not make it up!

Tonight’s playlist

Lady Antebellum – Golden

Jamie Cullum – Save my soul

Elvis Presley-In the ghetto

James Torme – A better day will come

The Divine Comedy – Song of love

Peter Cincotti – Up on the roof

Amy Grant – Big Yellow Taxi

Godley and Creme – Wedding Bells

Marc Antionne – N.Y. Strolling

Stevie Wonder – I was made to love her

Travelling Wilburys – Last night

Abba – Knowing me knowing you

Kate Bush – Hounds of love

Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin and John

Nina Simone – Feeling good ( Joe Claussell remix)

Bob Marley – Three little birds

Donovan – Catch the wind

Brian Wilson – Love and mercy

 

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Friday Night Extra 23rd of August 13 with guests Jane Leech and Julia Rose

My guests this evening were Jane Leech and Julia Rose from St. Giles Church, Mountnessing . They told us about the flower festival and craft event that is happening every day at the church over the Bank Holiday weekend. They told us that the event that happens every two years has been running since the 1970s. They also brought in three interesting tracks for us to listen to, from Cat Stephens, John Grant and the Flower duet by Delibres. We also had our ususal wide range of tracks, including a request from Sue driving to Nashville, Ed in Lincoln, Phyl in Enfield and Patrick, Derek and Michael in Ingatestone. Our odd news stories included Brent council having a hollogram as a receptionist at the town hall. This led to chatroom discussions as to who should be used in such hollograms. Ben Aflick and Jannifer Aniston appeared to be the favourites, with President Obama a close second. We also heard about Beyonce’s £1440 phone order for fast food after her V set at Chelmsford, a cat that steals everything from other people in the street and Australian politicians starring in a rock video. In the chat room the Australians did not surprise them, considering the national drink!

Play list for tonight.

Booker T and the MGs – Crazy

Marvin Gaye – I heard it through the grapevine

Jamie Cullum -Edge of something

Lady Antebellum – Can’t stand the rain

Cat Stevens – Morning has broken

John Grant – I wanna got to Marz

Flower duet – Delibres

Coldplay – Spies

Eternal – I wanna be the only one

Righteous Brothers – You lost that loving feeling

Santana – Brightest Star

Caro Emerald – Riviera life

Dire Straits – Sultans of swing

Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water

Beach Boys – California Girls

Dolly Parton – I will forever hate roses

Shade  – Still in love with you

Neil Young – Heart of gold

Sad Cafe – My oh my

Mark Antionne – Point of view

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Friday Night Extra 16th of August 13 with guest Liz Bown.

It was great to joined in the studio tonight by Liz. She has been a governor at Ingatestone and Fryerning C.of E. Junior School since 1967 and retired from the role this summer. She told us about how she originally became invovled and the roles that she has undertaken during the forty six years. She also brought in three tracks for us to hear tonight and explained the memories attached to them. We had instant e-mails saying how interesting was the interview and also that Liz had great taste in music. There were requests tonight from Geoff & Catherine, Patrick, Michael, Ed, Derek and Lee. In the second hour we had news stories relating to a Good Samaritan in Canada who films himself from his motor bike helmet helping people, a charity in L.A. that had computers stolen and then retunred by the thieves when they realised it was a charity, the opening of the cardboard cathedral in Christ Church New Zealand and a zoo in China that had a dog in a cage labelled as a lion and other miss-named exhibits. Lee in the chat-room chipped in, asking if there was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He also said there was probably a chamaelian but no-one could see it. The full track lising for tonight is below.
Booker T. & the M.G.s – Crazy
Gerry Rafferty – Get it right next time
Beach Boys – That’s why God made the radio
Alisha Dixon – The boy does nothing
Al Stewart – The year of the cat
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat cast recording – Any dream will do
Cleo Laine & John Williams – He was beautiful
Joe Sample – Rainbow
Will Young – Leave right now
Tremeloes – Even the bad times are good
Madonna – American Pie
Lady Antebellum -Golden
Jon and Vangellis – Find my way home
Kenny Gee – Theme from Titanic
Alison Krauss and Union Station – Dimming of the day
Toto – Mushanga
Queen – Good old lover boy
Phil Collins – In the air tonight
Fleetwood Mac -Albatross

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Friday Night Extra 9th August 13. You, me and the music.

No guests in the studio tonight, so we concentrated on the music. We also looked at some rather odd stories, including new research showing how a messy desk leads to creativity. Lee in the chatroom commented that the only problem was you could not find the pencil, We also heard about a 27 year old being quoted over £1 million to insure his 10 year old Astra, and not by a computer but by a real person! Rene arrived in the chatroom and told us she was ironing, so we went into a surreal world looking for music to iron by. Susan e-mailed in and suggested anything by Iron Maiden. She also suggested someone called Ironing-board Sam. Apparently he was called Sam Moore. Not the same Sam Moore of Sam and Dave but I played Soul Man anyway. Any excuse. WE also remembered the passing of Jack Clement. In a long career he produced Whole Lotta Shaking Going On for Gerry Lee Lewis and some of U2’s album Rattle and Hum. From that album we heard Angel of Harlem.

Phyl e-mailed in for a request for Hermans Hermits. Susan wanted a track by Elton John. Sue in Rhode Island USA asked for an Elvis track. Lee had People’s Parties by Joni Mitchel. Michael requested Fool on the Hill by the Beatles. We also heard amongst others from Eva Cassidy, Doors, Galdys Knight, Caro Emerald, Adele, Lady Antebellum, James Morrison, Vanessa Mae and many others.

Join me next week when my guest is Elizabeth Bown, just retired from her role as school governor at Ingatestone C of E Junior school after 46 years.

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Friday Night Extra 2nd of August with guest Oliver Lincoln

On a lovely Essex summer evening my studio guest was the very talented Oliver Lincoln who brought an electric piano into the studio for a couple of live pieces. He played ‘A thousand years’ by Christina Perri and a medly including a wide variety of tunes. He also brought in three tracks that he likes. These were Annie Lennox – Walking on broken glass; Carpenters – Goodbye to love; Whitney Houston – I will always love you. These were an interesting choice for a 24 year old. He spoke about the music qualities in each track and why he like them. He noted that he likes the Annie Lennox track because it is the kind you can put on in the car and if you have had a rough day, it automatically cheers you up. This led to discussion in the chat room about tracks that can do just that. We also heard on the phone from Michael Evill. He talked about the local drama group for people with special needs called Actability and how much he enjoys being part of the group. Other artists featured tonight included Harry Chapin, Beachboys, Coldplay, Caro Emerald, Adele, Boney James & Rick Braun, Jamie Cullum, Toto and Marc Antionne. We also heard about the Surrey Police banning tatoos, how to recognise if you dog is pleased to see you and the advert for a health and safety officer for MI5. Join me next week if you can and listen again to the show during the week.

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Friday night Extra 19th of July 2013 with phone guest Janet Collins.

The studio air conditioning was much appreciated tonight. So we tried a little musical air conditioning for a hot evening. The music mix tonight was very relaxing, including Emily Goulding, Bee Gees, Jamie Cullum, Hollies, Ralph McTell, Sandy Abrahams, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Chris Rea, Van Morrison and others. There were requests for Rene, Emiliy, Phyl & Derek, Susan & Lee, Chris, Marjorie, Lee and Michael. The chat room was busy with reaction to the music and the stories. We heard about a couple getting married tomorrow who had been separated 70 years ago when her father refused to pass on a letter from the young soldier. Life had taken her to New Zealand, they had both been married, but having met up last year now they are getting married. We also had a story of Paypal paying more money than there is in the world into someone’s account for a few seconds. Lee suggested they should have to pay the interest. Even a few seconds of 9 quadrillion dollars is a lot of interest.

I was delighted to be joined on the phone by Janet Collins from the Ingatestone and Fryerning Horticultural Society. She talked about Saturday’s Summer Show in Ingatestone, starting at 12.30. It is the 50th year of the show being orgnaised by this group, but the show goes back to the 1880s. It sounds like it will be a great day. And the weather is going to be kind.

I am not on air next week. Join me on August 2nd when my guest is the highly talented local keyboard player Oliver Lincoln. Vic will be delighted with your company next week.

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Friday Night Extra 12th of July 2013 with guests Rich Neale and Sarah Harley

Rich&SarahIt was a lovely warm evening tonight and a pleasant drive to Brentwood. We were so lucky tonight to be joined by the talented Rich Neale and Sarah Harley. Rich and Sarah write their own material. Sarah has a stunning voice and Rich accompanied her on the guitar. They played three of their own songs. These were Examine my heart, Always and He has risen. They chatted about how they write songs and also their inspiration. They also played one of their favourites, When I survey. There were lots of positive comments in the chat room and via e-mail.

You can check out more of their music via facebook. www.facebook.com/RichSarahMusic

Request tonight were for Rihanna, Lady Ga Ga and the Monkies. We also had tracks from Queen, Coldplay, Gareth Gates, Alison Krauss, Marc Antionne, Bon Jovi, Jamie Cullum, Lady Antebellum, Queen, Beach Boys and others.

Ella came back on the phone to tell us how she go on running the 5 km race to raise money for Cancer Charities. At aged 10 she raised over £700. What an achievement!

We had news stories about Andy Murray being featured in a special edition of The Beano and also of a sculptor who found some comics in a skip and used them for a paper mache figure. It turns out the comics were first editions and worth £20,000. We also heard about a charity asking for the removal of a Frddie Mercury inspired gorilla that is part of a gorilla trail in Norwich to raise money for families in East Anglia and conservation work with Gorillas in Uganda. Someone has lost a sense of humour.

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Friday Night Extra 5th of July 2013 with guest Gary Seithel

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On a lovely warm June evening Gary Seithel joined me in the studio. He told us about an event happening at lunch times in Brentwood High Street starting next Wednesday and running through until Saturday. Here you will be able to get a free beef burger thanks to the local churches. Just follow your nose to outside the Bay Tree Centre. He also told us about how he came to be invovled in helping churches put on this kind of event. He chose for us to listen to Pride in the Name of Love by U2 and Come to the Water by Chris Tomlin, Martin Smith, Kirk Franklin and the Watoto African Children’s Choir. This was a very enthusiastic track, much appreciated by Jenny and Emily in the chat room. We also had tracks tonight from the Moody Blues, Mumford and Son, Fairground Attraction, Adele, Coldplay, Canned Heat, Donny & Marie Osmond, Rick Braun, Jamie Cullum, Lady Antebellum, Marc Antionne, Canned Heat, Gary Newman, Caro Emerald and others. Join me next week when my guests are talented local song writers and singers Rich Neale and Sarah Harley. We will be chatting and they will be playing some of their music.

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Friday Night Extra 28th June 2013 Africa special with Rene Horner.

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With the world news focussing on Nelson Mandella we had a special on the music of South Africa tonight. We had tracks from African artists Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekala and The Soweto String Quartet. We also had African influenced music from Paul Simon, Toto and Elton John. Rene joined us on the phone to talk about growing up in South Africa and living through the change in the system. It was fascinating. She loved the music and suggested that we close our eyes and imagine we were listening to South African radio, sitting on the beach. On a damp June night in Brentwood that sounded like a good idea! Michael requested a track by Madonna and Phyl by Johnny Cash. We also heard tracks by Eagles, Jamie Cullum, Lady Antabellum, Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood Mac and others.

Join me next week when my guest is Gary Seithel who will be telling us about On the Move Brentwood and how to get a free beef burger at the three day event.

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Friday Night Extra 21st of June 2013 with guests Sam Chandler and Ella Morris.

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A busy show tonight. I was delighted to be joined in the studio by the very talented Sam Chandler who is a pupil at The Anglo European School in Ingatestone. Sam loves music and has been inspired by the music of Scott Joplin to write his own pieces in rag time. He brought in copies of his own compositions Peaceful Evenings and Plumeria. Everyone in the chatroom appreciated them very much. Sue e-mailed in listening in the car in Kentucky and said how much the family, who were all listening in the car draving from Nashville, enjoyed the music. After Sam finished we also had many positive comments on e-mail. In the second hour we heard from ten year old Ella who is running on Sunday at Gloucester park in Basildon for Cancer Research. If you would like to sponsor Ella there is still time. www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/kaths-little-runners

A real mix of music tonight. Ella requested Michael Buble for her mum Lorraine. Michael wanted Fats Waller ‘Your feets too big’ which got everyone laughing in the chat room. We also had tracks from Texas, Caro Emerald, Kate Bush, Marc Almond, Coldpay, Booker T and many others. We also heard about a group of people in America raising £30,000 to send a model of Dr. Who’s Tardis into space to celbrate the 50th anniversary of the show. We thought of many better uses for that money…like sponsoring Ella!

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra.

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Friday Night Extra 14th June 2013 with Pastor Lee Stephens

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It was great to be joined in the studio tonight by Pastor Lee Stephens from the Elim Church in Ingatestone. Lee talked about the development of Elim churches and also about the church in Ingatestone. He also talked about growing up in Northern Ireland during the troubles and how he came to faith. It was a fascinating chat.

Requests tonight included Elvis from Phyl, so I had to play Viva las Vegas. For Sue and Leonard in Kentucky we had Donny and Marie Osmond and Its a Beautiful Life from their Vegas show, which I am lucky enough to have seen. Michael wanted Martha Reeves and the Vandellas Dancing in the Street. Susan and Ian anything by Kenny G, so we had Songbird. Rene requested Billy Joel. Lots of activity in the chatroom tonight. We also had Flying Lizards and Money to go with a story about a Chinese woman putting £42,000 in a dawer in her house and having it eaten by termites. Heroes by David Bowie went with the story of someone in USA finding a copy of edition one of Superman being used as wall insulation. Though damaged it sold at auction this week for £114,ooo. We has Flying by Cast to go with passengers sitting four hours on the runway at Las Vegas and being recorded singing the line form the R Kelly song that goes ‘I believe that I can fly’. We also had tracks from Adele, Alison Moyet, Jamie Cullum, Caro Emerald, Lady Antebellum, Eagles, Beach Boys, Peter Cincotti, Toto and others. They can all be downedloaded from the recorded show.

Join me next week when my guest is local student and musician Sam Chandler. We will be hearing a couple of his piano pieces in the first hour and he will chat about his inspiration and love of music.

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Friday Night Extra 7th June 2013

It was great to be back tonight. I think I proved at the beginning it is not as easy as it sounds! But we got there in the end. It was great to have Andy and Lynne Neale from Pilgrims hall with us tonight. They gave us a very interesting talk about the history of the hall, the Christian activities that happen there and also about how they became invovled. We even heard that Andy’s mobile phone goes off to show it is the time to put the chickens to bed. They chose a great song by their son Richard and his girl friend for us to preview exclusively. Look out for a future date when they will come in to sing live. We heard tracks tonight from the new albums from Jamie Cullum, Lady Antebellum and Caro Emerald. We also had tracks from Gerry Rafferty, Beatles, Coldplay, Adele, Dolly Parton and the Beach Boys. To go with our news stories we had The Mike Flowers Pops, Michelle Breach & Santana, Madonnna and Musical Youth. There were requests for Susan and Ian, Emily, Jenny, Michael and Sue. She was listening in Kentucky. Join me next week when my studio guest is Pastor Lee Stephens from the Elim Church in Ingatestone.

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Friday Night Extra 19th April 2013

No guests in the studio tonight, but the show was dedicated to those brave souls who will be abseiling down the tower at Ingatestone Parish Church tomorrow to fund-raise for Christian Aid. After a slow start, busy with e-mails and in the chat room. Requests tonight for Lee, Michael, Phyl, Chris, Susan, Emily, Sharon, Becca and Anna. We had tacks tonight from Jessie J, James Morrison, Hill Street Blues Theme, Kenny Gee, Gerry Rafferty, Christians, Police, Coldpay, China Crisis, Beach Boys, Caro Emerald, Peter Cincotti, Elvis Presley, Four Seasons, David Bowie, John & Vangellis and others. Lots of odd news stories from a strange week. A school party lost in Wales because their driver put the wrong town into SATNAV. A woman who installed a chair lift in her house for her dachshunds. A man in Germany who has put a fighter plane on the roof of his factory without telling the neighbours, a bottle thrown in the sea containing a message found on a beach in Croatia 28 years later. I think you can guess the track I played. Join me for my next show on June 6th when I will be chatting with Lee Stephens, pastor at the Elim Church in Ingatestone.

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Interview with Paul Carr from Billericay Churches

My guests in studio tonight were Paul Carr and his daughter Annabel. Paul is the Team Rector of the C. of E. churches in Billericay. He talked about what that actually means and about the kind of activities that happen at the church for which he has particular responsibility, Emmanual Laindon Road. This is the very modern looking church at the end of the High Street, which Paul told us is now twenty one years old. Annabel endorsed how good the church is for people of all ages. Paul told us about his early life in Sunderland, born into a mining family. He told us how life had taken him  through working in prisons before ordination in the C of E. His M.A. studies had been concerning the importance of churches being at the heart of their communities and giving people a sense of belonging. He chose music for us from Deacon Blue, Geordie lad Jimmy Nail and Guy Tortora,  a new name to look out for in the local blues clubs.

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We had requests tonight for music by Roxy Music, Bruno Marrs, Eric Clapton, Toto and Carol Emerald. We also had tracks from Marvin Gaye, Madness, Norah Jones, Coldplay, Aloe Blac, James Morrison and others. In the chat room we found out about the history of marbles following on from a world championship win for the UK and speculated on an evening out in a pub stuck in the 1960s with no modernisatons.

Join me next week if you can. Why not leave a request for the show? Go, you know you want to.

 

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Friday Night Extra 5th April – Interview with Rev Chris Goldsmith

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Tonight I was joined by Chris Goldsmith. For nine years Chris has been the Vicar of Warley and now he is to become the Bishop of St. Germains, which means he has the responsibility for all of Cornwall. He siad how much he has enjoyed his time here in Warley and is looking forward to his time in Cornwall. He siad the best part of ministry is the people that you meet and working with them. Before ordination Chris spent 25 years in the oil industry. He also talked about how we all need to pace ourselves at walking pace rather than the speed we all experience these days following walking in Spain last year on his sabbatical.

Tracks requested tonight by Michael Buble, Take That, Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac, Madonna, Thin Lizzy and Adele. We also had tracks by Jon and Vangellis, Coldplay, Four Seasons, Jamie Cullum, Caro Emerald, Beatles, Marc Antionne, Madness and others. Join me next week, when my guest is Paul Carr, Rector of Billericay.

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Good Friday Night Extra 29th of March 2013

The full two hour show is available on the Ingatestone Junior School website. Tonight in the first hour I was joined by Annabel and Lottie from Ingatestone C of E. Junior School. They were talking about Easter and whether it was an important festival. Annabel read a poem she had written and talked about Good Friday and going on the Ingatestone Walk of Witness, along with over 100 other people. Lottie talked about Easter Sunday and Easter Eggs. Everyone in the chatroom decided that the eggs should not be eaten until Easter Sunday and that Easter was a very important festival. There were lots of people in the chatroom requesting favourite tracks. Annabel and Lottie both introduced tracks chosen by listeners. Tracks requested were  from Olly Murrs, Justin Timberlake, Jessie J, Ottis Redding, Robbie Williams and Dexie’s Midnight Runners. We felt the Eagles track requested by Michael sounded like something from the soundtrack of a Spaghetti Western, but we liked it. In the second hour I was joined by Tim who had been on the Brentwood Walk of Witness and given away 400 Hot Cross Buns. He said how much fun it had been. We also had music racks tonight from Coldplay, Mott the Hoople (Roll away the stone) Bananarama and Fun Boy Three, The Jackson Five, Toto and Kate Bush, along with others. We also looked at some rather odd Easter customs from around the world, including a giant omlette made in a French town because Napolian had one made for his army and boys in a Polish town drenching people with water to remember the baptism of a prince in the 900s. Join me next week when my studio guest is Revd. Chris Goldsmith from Warley who is soon to be a Bishop in the Diocese of Truo. Happy Easter.

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Friday night Extra 22nd March 2013 with guest Rev. Ian Jorsyz.

On the night England scored 8 against San Marino I was joined in the studio by Rev. Ian Jorsyz who is the Church of England Rural Dean of Brentwood and also the Vicar of South Weald. It was good to hear how Ian sees his role as helping and encouraging congregations to chat to each other about future developments. We also talked about Beckett Keys School where Ian is Chair of Governors. We felt encoraged by the appointment of Justin Welby as the Arch Bishop of Canterbury but also felt he had a very challenging next few years. Requests tonight were for Take That, Alison Krauss, Ralph McTell, Smokey Robinson and Marc Antoinne. With the weather horrible and the forecast worse, we had tracks that made us think of warm sunshine. These included tracks by Chris Rea and Toto. With Buzz Aldrin selling his note sheets from the moon landings we had REM Man on the Moon. We also heard about a court case in Alabama where the defendant was a 56 year old called Bartram Simpson and the judge was Mr. Burns. That is almost as unlikely as a new Pope and new Arch Bishop beginning their ministries in the same week. Join me on Good Friday next week when I am joined by pupils from Ingatestone and Fryerning Church of England Junior School and Tim Lee from Brentwood Churches Together. And remember, keep it Phoenix.

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Friday 15th of March 2013 with guest Valerie Long from Crossroads Care

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It was a pleasure to welcome Valerie Long tonight. She talked about the work of Crossroads Care in supporting carers in our local area. Crossroads is a national organisation named after the 60s & 70s soap where Sandy Richardson was a disabled character with a carer. She reminded us that one in five people will be a carer at some time in their life. More info is available on www.brentwoodcrossroads.org.uk The charity clearly does some very important work and is always in the need of more volunteers. Anyone interested can phone 01277 201789.

I apologised to everyone for playing Joe Dolce to go with the story of a train driver announcing that a passenger talking loudly on her phone should quieten down. Amazingly that song was number one in fifteen countries and sold over six million copies. Towards the end of the show we talked about a TV station for dogs, yes really there is such a station. In the chatroom they suggested The Adventures of Sherlock Bones, Paws for Thought and Chews at Ten. This was our part of Comic Relief, where I had danced Gangham Style in a school playground with 190 children earlier in the day. Tracks tonight included those from Joe Sample, Dolly Parton, Love Affair, Otis Redding, Adele, Led Zeppelin, Beach Boys, Caro Emerald, Blood Sweat & Tears, Lady Antebellum, Florence Welch, Eric Clapton and others.

Join me next week when my studio guest is Ian Jorsyz, Vicar of South Weald.

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Friday 8th of March 2013

Lydia joined me in the studio tonight. She had prepared some material about the show Wicked which she had seen in Town. She also read the events guide, back announced the Beatles and read a news story about a cat not being detected by airport security in hand luggage at both Cairo and Nottingham airports. Among the other news stories was the appearance of a comet and one Indian man planting a forest since 1979. We had requests tonight for Queen, Shakatak, Beach Boys, Ian Dury and the Blockheads and Abba. We also had tracks from Coldplay Aha, Air, Rick Astley, Otis Redding, Atomic Kitten, Johny Hates Jazz, Alison Kraus, Gerry Rafferty and a discovery track from Toto called Mushanga. Check it out, it is great. The chat room talked about SAD lights, comments about Essex by people frm other parts of the county and of course the music…and my cardigan! See you next week when I am joined by Valerie Long from Crossroads Care.

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