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 12.1.17 with guest Pastor Symplice Usuku and an appreciation of the music of Ray Thomas.

Pastor Symplice lives in the Congo. He told us about the extreme poverty throughout the country despite the mineral wealth. The Congo is a huge country by European standards. We were shocked to hear that the rainy season lasts for nine months. In the rural areas there are no services with people living with subsistence farming. Life is little better in the cities. Pastor Symplice has founded sixty five churches and trains those feeling God’s call to the ministry. We were also joined by Pastor Ian Moore who is on the team at Billericay Baptist church. He has been to the Congo seven times and feels that despite the extreme poverty, people live lives where there seek to make the best of everything and rarely complain. Pastor Symplice also told us about when he was a young pastor he felt God told he wanted him to go to India. Over twenty years later, Ian invited him to go on a missionary trip to that country, If anyone wanted to know more about the work in the Congo, Ian can be e-mailed on

We had a special feature on the musical legacy of Ray Thomas, singer and flautist with the Moody Blues. It was good that he knew the Moody Blues will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2018.

Tonight’s playlist

Paul Simon – Under African skies

Mango Groove – Special Star

Soweto String Quartet – Victory – enjoyed by John

Toto – Africa

Ward Thomas – Carry you home

Lisa Harman – Man with a child in his eyes – Patrick and Adrian both said they loved Lisa’s version of this Kate Bush classic.

Spyro Gyra – Morning dance

Sam Outlaw – Everyone’s looking for home

Sophie Griffiths – A change is gonna come

Moody Blues – Go now, Tuesday afternoon, Isn’t life strange, Nights in white satin

Leona Lewis – Better in time – requested by Patrick

ECHO – KNow where to run

Harry Chapin – Cats in the cradle – what a great song. REne said she had not heard it for years, and loved hearing it again.

Shakatak – City river

Joe Stilgoe – People are strange – a jazzy version of a Doors classic.

Fortunes – Caroline

Join me next week, when my studio guest is singer Sophie Griffiths.

Friday Night Extra 5.1.17 That was 2017 & an appreciation of producer Rick Hall

We looked back at 2017 and some of the guests.  Also at the career from 1959 to 2017  of  legendary producer Rick Hall, who produced the “Muscle Shoals sound”.

Tonight’s playlist

ECHO – Everlasting love – studio guests in 2017

Sister Sledge – We are family – remembering Joni Sledge on vocals

Chuck Berry – No particular place to go – remembering on of the early rock & roll pioneers

J. Giles band – Freeze – remembering J. Giles

Tom Petty – The last DJ – a classic track from Tom who sold over 80 million albums, making him one of the biggest selling artists ever.

Steeley Dan – Reelin in the years & Rikki don’t loose that number – Remembering Walter Becker. They sold over 40 million albums.

Glen Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy and Adios. Glen made history by winning 4 Grammy awards in 1967.

Skillett – Stars – from my album of the year, ‘The Shack’.

Hilary Scott – Still – my track of the year

Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl. Patrick reminded us that Ed Sheeran was the artist of 2017 world wide.

Beatles – Let it be

Lisa Harman – What the world needs now – Lisa was a telephone guest in 2017 as we were introduced to her as a talented singer, pianist and composer.

Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo sunset – the most played track on the show in 2017

Turtles – Eleanor

Box Tops – The letter

Laurie Green – Feelin groovy – phone guest in 2017

An appreciation of the career of engineer and producer Rick Hall

1 Dobbie Gray – The in crowd

2 Wilson Pickett – Land of 1,000 dances

3 Aretha Franklin – Respect

4 Candi Staton – Young hearts run free

Aloe Blac & Kelly Clarkson – Love goes on

Neil Diamond – Beautiful noise – chosen in 2017 by studio guest Archdeacon Elizabeth Snowden

Walk off the Earth – Happy – chosen by studio guest Rob Scaggs from CHESS in 2017

Billy Joel – The longest time – for David & Alison who said that their highlight of 2017 was buying tickets to see Billy Joel live in Manchester in 2018.

ECHO – No pain, no gain – for Chris who said her highlight of 2017 was a moment of madness in applying to run in the Brighton marathon in 2018.

Next week my studio guests are Pastor Symplice Usuku from the Congo and Past Ian Moore, pastoral assistant at Billericay Baptist church. Pastor Symplice has planted sixty five churches in the Congo. Pastor Ian has visited the Congo on many occasions. It promises to be an insightful and fascinating conversion. Join us then.


Friday Night Extra 29.12.17 Christmas chillout

After all the festive celebrations, tonight it was time to chillout and relax. Our music mix tonight had more than a hint of the Christmas season about it.  Added to this were some other laid back tracks. Feature albums were from Lady Antebellum, Pentatonix and Elvis Presley. We heard from a number of listeners, including the Edwards family listening in Kentucky.

Tonight’s playlist

Shakatak – Christmas song

Beach Boys – Breakaway – for Jonty, not with us tonight and Richard acting as his deputy.

Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas

Laurie Green – Sally free and easy – from his album obtainable from and all profits going to charity.

Lady Antebellum – The first Noel

ECHO – No pain, no gain – from the new album Soul Proprietor

Joe Stilgoe – Rainbow connection

Peter White – What child is this?

Lisa Harman – Missing me under the mistletoe

Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Footprints in the snow

Kenny Rogers – Kentucky home made Christmas – requested by Phyl for the Edwards family, listening in Kentucky.

Katie Melua – Little swallow

Diana Krall – Christmas time is here

Pentatonix – Mary did you know? Christmas is here

The Temptations – My girl – for John, feeling the cold in Essex.

ECHO – You are the universe

Petula Clark – Downtown – for Richard, taking him back to his youth

Imagine Dragons – On top of the world – requested by the Edwards family

Shakatak – O little town of Bethlehem

Elvis Presley – Wonderful world of Christmas

Ella Fitzgerald – What are you doing New Year’s eve?

Dave Koz – What are you doing New Year’s Eve

Twelve days of an Australian Christmas – for our Australian listeners who check out the recording

Jamie Cullum – Let it snow.

Join me next Friday, 8-10 p.m. for our first show of 2018.


Boxing Day special 10 am -1pm

I was joined in the studio by a number of guests today. Rene talked about Christmas dinner on the beach in South Africa as a child. A temperature of 35 degrees and a turkey cooked on a BBQ. Christmas cards would have a traditional snowy scene and she thought these had to have come from the North Pole. She said Christmas was all about spending time with the family and that going to church played a very important part. This was still true today. She particularly related to the modern carol, ‘Mary did you know’, being a mother herself.  Jonty and Adrian came in and shared about how hospitality was important to them at Christmas and ensuring that people were not on their own. They has twenty eight people around the Christmas Day dinner table. Adrian is Chaplain at Brentwood school, where there are a number of services and plays for Christmas, emphasising the traditional themes. When he was a curate, his post was at Bath Abbey. Here during the  running of the Christmas market, the abbey would hold four services every day between 12 noon and  4p.m. These were  short services for shoppers and each service was attended by hundreds of people. A lot of the family unexpectedly turned up and gave us a rendition of “We wish you a happy Boxing Day”! Tim Lee from Brentwood Churches Together talked about a school service at St. Giles church, Mountnessing and how full of joy was the occasion. He also talked about having visited a care home, where the residents had reminisced about Christmases when they were young. He also let slip some unexpected details about the fashion he was wearing in the 1970 when at Christmas he loved the tracks by Boney M. Finally Richard told us about growing up in Norwich and particularly about the winter of 1962/63 and the deep snow. We heard from a family of listeners who were in Perth, Western Australia where they were listening to the show. It was 26 degrees and they were drinking eggnog. They also insisted commenting on the cricket, even when we had specifically asked them not to do so! We also heard from Anna, loving the show and listening in a sunny Portugal. Lisa Harman, a show favourite artist, had been in touch and told about playing at a Christmas service on the Queen Victoria, sailing to the Canary Islands. She had played the piano for the service, which was run by members of  the crew and attended by hundreds of passengers. Thanks to all who popped in today and listeners who contacted the programme.

Join me again on Friday evening between 8-10 pm.

Friday Night Extra 22.12.17 Non-stop Christmas

Tonight we played 100% Christmas tracks but not the usual ones you might expect. There were versions of traditional carols by Pentantonix, Maddie Prior & the Carnival band, Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox and Carrie Underwood. There were special features on The Phil Spectre Christmas album and Christmas Cornucopia by Annie Lennox, two contrasting but great Christmas albums.  There were a number of Songs about angels at Christmas. With ‘A Winter’s tale’ by David Essex being ranked in one poll as the fourth worst Christmas song ever, we asked listeners what they thought would be the worst. We had a number of suggestions and we bravely played the track by Shawadywady. I suggest you listen to the recording and make a decision yourself as to whether it deserves that position.

Tonight’s playlist

Lady Antebellum – I’ll be home for Christmas

Chris Rea – Driving home for Christmas

Bobby Holmes – Jingle bell rock

Brenda Lee – Rocking around the Christmas tree

Coldplay – Christmas lights – requested by Patrick

Maddie Prior & the Carnival band – God rest you merry gentlemen

Queen – Thank God it’s Christmas

Lisa Harman – No mistletoe

Crystals – Sleigh ride

Ronnetts – Santa Claus is coming to town

Pentatonix – Hark the herald angles sing

Enya – Journey of the angels

Michael W Smith – Christmas angels

David Essex – A winter’s tale

Post Modern Jukebox – Last Christmas

Maria Carey – O holy night

Annie Lennox – Angels from the realms of glory, O little town of Bethlehem, Universal child

Shawaddywaddy – Hey Mr. Christmas – and your verdict is? It reached number 13 in the U.K. charts and number 15 in Ireland.

Ela Fitzgerald – Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Shakatak  –  Merry Christmas in Rio

Carpenters – Merry Christmas darling

Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & wine

Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas time

Carrie Underwood – The first Noel

Mike Oldfield – In duche Jubilo

Join me and lots of guests for a live show on Boxing Day morning for three hours, starting at 10 a.m.

Friday Night Extra 15.12.17 with guests ECHO

Greg, Juliet & Marie from ECHO came to talk about their new album Soul Proprietor. They said it was the second of a three album project involving spiritualising well known soul tracks, all aiming to show the love of Jesus. A recent pub gig in Romford had been very encouraging and they were looking for more bookings in 2018. The album cover was of a broken pot put back together with the light shining through. They said this was a good picture for our lives. We are all broken, but God can help put us back together. We will still have cracks, but his light can still shine through.  Regular listener Patrick also joined us in the studio. As a former chef at the Ritz he shared a Christmas pudding recipe from Fanny Craddock and a Mrs. Beaton recipe for Brandy butter. Together with Richard and Terry, who had come for another visit to the show, they shared their favourite Christmas tracks and why they like them.

Tonight’s playlist

Celo Green – What Christmas means to me

Hilary Scott – Still

Pogues and Kirsty McCall – Fairy tale of New York – Terry’s favourite Christmas song

Beatles – She loves you

Pentatonix – Mary did you know

Steeleye Span – Gaudete – requested by Phyl and Derek

ECHO – Aint nobody

Echo – I get the sweetest feeling

ECHO – This is it

ECHO – People get ready

Beach Boys – I can hear music

Lisa Harman – Missing me under the mistletoe

Sinead O’Connor – Silent night – Richard’s favourite Christmas song

Sophie Griffiths – A change is gonna come

Shack soundtrack – Keep your eyes on me

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The power of love – requested by Chris and bring back memories of Christmases in the 1980

Shaking Stevens – Merry Christmas everyone – Shakin Stevens – Patrick’s favourite Christmas track.

Brenda Lee – Rocking around the Christmas tree – requested by Rene

David Bowie & Bing Crosby – Little drummer boy, peace on earth – Terry’s second favourite Christmas song.

John-MIchele Jarre – Oxygen part 4

Ward Thomas – Cartwheels

Join me next week on Friday at 8, and on Boxing day morning for three hours from 10 a.m.

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Friday Night Extra 8.12.17 with guest Laurie Green.

I was joined on the phone by Laurie Green talking about his album ‘Songs for You’. This folk and jazz collection has Laurie singing and playing acoustic guitar. In 60s New York he was a regular in the folk clubs. All proceeds from sales go to Friends of the Poor in South India, This was a charity Laurie was involved in forming. The CD can be ordered from He said that he had been encouraged by friends to produce a CD and he really enjoyed the experience. Despite being a retired Church of England Bishop, formerly the Bishop of Bradwell, to be interviewed he had to go into a side room at the night shelter for the homeless he was running on this evening at Bexhill on Sea.

I was joined by Jonty tonight and he was keen to hear my choices for track of the year and album of the year, soon to be published with all the other presenters choices in the Brentwood Gazette. The playlist also included a track from the new album by ECHO. Next week I will be joined by a member of the band in the studio to talk about their new album ‘Soul Proprietor’.

Along with a number of Christmas songs, we had a feature on the Carpenters. It is amazing how their music, so often ridiculed in the 70s and 80s, has now become far more critically acclaimed.

Tonight’s playlist.

Laurie Green – How high the moon

Laurie Green – Something in the way she moves – not the Beatles song. He recalled singing this regularly in the folk clubs in New York city.

Crosby, Stills and Nash – Teach your children well

Mike Oldfied – In dulce jubilo – requested by Jackie

Hilary Scott – Still – my track of the year .

Skillet – Stars – from ‘The Shack’ – my album of the year

Boney M – Mary’s Boy child – one of the best selling singles ever released – requested by Phyl & Derek

Lisa Harman – The man with the child in his eyes – show exclusive – her emotional rendition of the Kate Bush classic.

Michelle Ward – Wonderful world

Michael Buble – Cold December night – requested by Patrick and very appropriate for this evening.

ECHO – I got the blues – from the new album ‘Soul Proprietor’.

Pentatonix – Mary did you know – for Sue & Leonard.

Sophie Griffiths – Change is gonna come – for Sophie through to the final of the Essex X Factor.

Cat Stephens – Matthew and son

Michael Horner Trio – Autumn in New York – show exclusive

Carpenters – Close to you

Carpenters – We’ve only just begun

Joe Stillgoe – Waterloo sunset

Beach Boys – Cotton fields

Shires – Made in England

Ward Thomas – Cartwheels

Join me next week, live from 8-10 pm. Bishop Laurie

Next  week tracks and live interviews about the new album from ECHO.


Echo Soul Propretors

Friday Night Extra 1.12.17 Music from The Shack & an appreciation of arranger Paul Buckmaster.

Tonight we featured three tracks from The Shack. The album features music from the film and also songs inspired by the themes of the film. Paul Buckmaster, who died on 7th of November, worked in pop, rock, classical and country music, orchestrating the tracks. His nearly fifty year career included working with Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Guns & Roses, Carly Simon, David Bowie, Michael Buble and many others. We heard three tracks from his nearly fifty year career.  ExclusiveThe Shack tracks were played from The Michael Horner Trio, 15 year old Sophie Griffiths and Lisa Harman.

Tonight’s playlist

Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – opening theme

Joe Stilgoe – What’s on

Sting – An Englishman in New York

Derek & The Dominoes – Layla – all seven minutes.

Nancy Sinatra – Thes boots are made for walking – requested by Phyl & Derek

Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – A love so beautiful – requested by Patrick

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw – Keep your eye on me – from The Shack

Skillett – Stars (The shack version) – an acoustic version of a heavy metal Christian classic.

Dan & Shay – When I pray for you – from The Shack

Lisa Harman – Would Ya- show exclusive

Michael Hormer Trio – There is no greater love – show exclusive

Canned Heat – On the road again

Pentatonix – Carol of the Bells – requested by Sue & Leonard, listening in Kentucky.

David Bowie – Space Oddity – arranged by Paul Buckmaster

Carly Simon – You’re so vain – arranged by Paul Buckmaster

Elton John – Tiny dancer – arranged by Paul Buckmaster

ECHO – Say a little prayer – a member of the group will be in on 15th to talk about their new album.

Sophie Griffiths – I wish – show exclusive

Hilary Scott – Still – my single of the year

Chicago – If you leave me now

Nat King Cole – Christmas Song

Natalie Cole – This will be

Michelle Ward – Wonderful world – show exclusive of our weekday mid-morning presenter

Beach Boys – I can hear music – for Jonty who will be back next week

George Martin – Theme One – closing theme

It was great to be back tonight. Join me next week when my phone guest will be Bishop Laurie Green, talking about his new music CD that is raising money for a charity in India.

Friday Night Extra 27.10.17 with guests Tasmin & Polina from St. Thomas Music Foundation

St Thomas choirTasmin Graham & Polina Sosina came and talked about the new foundation set up to promote all the music at St.Thomas of Canterbury C of E church in Brentwood. Over 60 people, from young children to older people are part of the various choirs, music groups and orchestra. They said that for anyone interested in traditional church music, this was a great way to learn. They also spoke about the positive experience of being in a choir and singing with others. Polina described it as “living history keeping the tradition alive”.

Anyone interested who wanted to know more should check out the St. Thomas’ Music Foundation Facebook page or website. Sam Adams is the Director of Music and he can be e-mailed at There are lots of up-coming events including a carolling workshop for children aged 6-12 years on Saturday 16th of December at 1 pm.

Tonight’s playlist focussed around show favourites.

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show opening theme

Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin & John

St. Thomas’ choir – Steal away

St. Thomas choir ft a young Ollie Lincoln – Walking in the air

Pentatonix – Rose gold – loved by Tasmin, who noted that Pentatonix were making choral singing cool.

Dave Koz – You make me smile

Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street

Michelle Ward – Wonderful world – Michelle tweeted that she was driving back from Bluewater and heard herself singing on the radio. This was a first radio play.

Michael Horner Trio – My ship – a show exclusive.

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – Gone, gone, gone

Beach Boys – Breakaway

Lisa Harman – Nothing I can do

Jamie Cullum – Edge of something

Gotye ft Kimbra _ Somebody that I used to know – requested by Patrick. With 13 million downloads, this is one of the biggest selling digital singles.

Mike & The Mechanics – Living years – requested by Grenville & Steve and loved by John.

Beatles – Eleanor Rigby

Sophie Griffiths – A thousand times – three weeks ago we gave this single the first radio play

Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo Sunset

Toto – Africa – for Rene and everyone listening to the recording.

Billy Joel – The longest time

Andrew Gold – Thank you for being a friend

George Martin – Theme One – show end theme.

I will be away during November. Join me in December.



Friday Night Extra 20.10.17 Happy

Walk off the EarthTonight the music mix was themed around the word Happy. Songs that make you feel happy when you hear them. Songs that bring back Happy memories. Songs that when you hear them you just have to sing along, or dance, or both! There was also an exclusive tracks from Lisa Harman and the single release by Sophie Griffiths that we gave the world’s first radio play to on the show two weeks ago.

Walk off the Earth – Happy – check out the video. You will be happy.

Turtles – Happy together – I was happy to see them play live in Nashville

Three Dog Night – Momma told me not to come – the lead singer was part of the same Nashville concert.

Aha – take on me – a singalong favourite

Cliff Richard – In the country – loved by Phyl

Lisa Harman – I can’t stop laughing. We simply cannot understand why Lisa is not signed. Jonty commented that he would buy this track if he could.

Chicago – Make me smile

Beach Boys – Good vibrations – from the Smile album

ECHO – We are family – they made us all happy when they played at Ingatestone parish church

The Monkees – I’m a believer – for Angela , who remembers seeing them live in Cambridge.

Joe Stilgoe – Totally – I was happy to see Joe at an intimate gig in Maldon.

Sophie Griffiths – A thousand times –

Quincy Jones – Soul Bossonova

Pentantonix & Dolly Parton – Jolene – another sing along classic

Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the sky – and this one as well

Johnny Cash – Ring of fire – for Adrian and his parents who are visiting from Ireland. They were happy to sing along

Katrina & the Waves – Walking on Sunshine – we learnt that this track earned the band $1 million every year for the first ten years after its release. they are very happy.

Andrew Gold – Never let her slip away – Happy memories from 1978

Wax – Bridge to your heart – with Andre Gold on lead vocals

Enya – Caribbean Blue

Enya – How can I keep from singing – requested by Patrick

Jason Mraz – I’m yours

The Foundations – baby now that I’ve found you

The Proclaimers – I’m gonna walk 500 hundred miles – Jonty has happy memories of seeing the show based on their music on TV.

Jeff Beck – Hi ho silver lining – for everyone one of a certain age, happy memories of this song on the disco dance floor.

Abba – Dancing Queen – this one too!

Join me next week when my studio guests are telling us about a new music initiative at St Thomas’ church in Brentwood.