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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.


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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.

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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.



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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.




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Friday night extra 13.10.17 with guests Betsy Scott & Sharon Paul.

Betsy Scott and Sharon Paul Oct 17

Tonight my guests were Sharon Paul and Betsy Scott. They have both recently completed the two year course in Christian Studies run by the Diocese of Chelmsford. They told us it is 30 years since this course began and over 2,000 people have been students. They both said how much they had enjoyed it. They described a typical evening, which included prayer, chocolate biscuits and marshmallows, good fellowship and fascinating theology. The course had clearly been important within their journeys of faith. It was a significant step along the way as they sought to know more about God’s desires for their lives. They had chosen two interesting tracks for us to hear. They were also converts to Phoenix98FM!

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy

Katie Melua – A million bicycles

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw – Keep my eyes on you. This track is from the soundtrack to the film ‘The Shack’ and was chosen by Sharon.

Hillsong Worship – What a beautiful name – chosen by Betsy.

Shires – Made in England

Andrew Gold – Thank you for being a friend

Imagination – Just an illusion

Shakatak – Easier said than done

Tornados – Telstar – requested by Phyl

Steeley Dan – Rikki don’t loose that number

Sophie Griffiths – A change is gonna come – an exclusive track. A soulful rendition of a classic track from 15  years old Sophie of a song written by Sam Cooke.

Sam Cooke – What a wonderful world it would be.

Sandie Shaw – Long live love – requested by Patrick

Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo sunset – a welcome return play of a Friday night classic.

Lisa Harman – Save the last waltz for me – yet another exclusive play of an original track from the multi-talented Lisa.

Travelling Wilburys – End of the line – vocals from Tom Petty

Carly Simon – You’re so vain – requested by Chris, but who for?

Paul Simon – Call me Al – for birthday boy today Paul. Listeners were staggered to know Paul is 76 years old today.

Traffic – Paper sun

Steve Winwood – Valerie

Lady Antebellum – Lay our flowers down – from the soundtrack of  ‘The Shack’

George Martin – Theme 1.

Join Jonty and I next week for another two hours of good music and chat for your Friday evening entertainment.

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Friday Night Extra 6.10 17 with Isabella & Annabelle talking about a trip to Lesotho, followed by Rob from CHESS.

Rob and Patrick 6.10.17Isabella & Annabelle were part of trip by 17 students from the Anglo European School to Lesotho. This had really opened their eyes to the difficulties of life for many people and changed their own views about the priorities in their own lives. The aim was to help with environmental sustainability, agricultural development and promoting health and safety awareness.  One of the ways they funded the trip, organised by was by selling trees to be planted there to help combat soil erosion. £5 buys a stabilising tree, £10 a fruit tree. They took with them gifts, including 20 thermal cooking bags called ‘wonder bags’. A shocking number of childhood deaths are due to smoke inhalation and these bags would help. The trees and the bags can be sponsored via the website. This also has a wide range of other information about how the work can be supported. Both girls wanted to go back at some time in the future.

We featured a first radio play for Sophie Griffiths track, A thousand times. Sophie is aged 15 years and comes from Ingatestone.

In the second hour we were joined by Rob, from CHESS. He gave us an update on the charity. In particular he told us about their autumn fund raiser, Daly dinning. They are looking for 1000 events. You simply organise an event where people eat and then ask them to contribute. He also gave us information about the sleep out in the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral on November 24th. He said the most powerful part of that experience was getting in the car and driving home for a shower, when of course those who are really homeless cannot. Information about how to support CHESS and also be involved in numerous voluntary capacities are to be found on

Tonight’s playlist

Billy Joel – Uptown girl

Toto – Africa – chosen by the girls

Shakira – Waka Waka – chosen by the girls

Depeche Mode – I just can’t get enough

Gary Barlow – 6th Avenue

Ward Thomas – Cartwheels

Sophie Griffiths – A thousand times

Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygen part 4 – loved by Chris who e-mailed in that she had not heard it for years

Piano Guys – Its gonna be OK

London Grammar  – I believe – chosen by Rob

Tears for Fears – Closer – chosen by Rob

Kings of Leon – Closer

Billy Fury – In thoughts of you – requested by Patrick

Billy Fury – Halfway to paradise – requested by Phyl

Tom Petty RIP – Free falling – requested by Rene

Lisa Harman – Capital of my heart – another exclusive and a first radio play

Alison Krauss – A living prayer

Joni Mitchel – Big yellow Taxi 1970

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood to the world.Isabelle & Annabelle 2 Sept 17CHESS

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Friday Night Extra 29.9.17 including an appreciation of Billy Joel

Tonight we heard music from ECHO who are playing live at Ingatestone Parish church on 30th at 7p.m.

They base their music on classic MOTOWN and soul tracks and then give them a Christian edge. Musically we focussed on Billy Joel who has sold over 150 million albums in his career. We hear from listeners tonight engaged with a whole lot different activities whilst listening to the show. Lee was cooking a meal for his son and the son’s girlfriend . Chris as marking books from School after booking tickets for a Nial Rodgers concert on-line. She had to own up that the concert was on a Friday evening! Caelon was packing before going to university tomorrow. Rene was folding pew sheets for church. John had come in from taking his mother out for a meal to celebrate her birthday. Patrick was simply sitting and listening to us. It was fascinating for Jonty and I in the  studio to read all these responses. We had an exclusive first play from the Michael Horner Trio, a great young local jazz ensemble. We also heard a track from Lisa Harman, This featured the voices of Al Pacino and Gabriel Byrne as well as Lisa herself. Awesome!

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme

Pentatononix – Cracked

Glen Campbell – Adios

Tremaloes – Call me No 1 – requested by Patrick and a No 2 in 1969

Jamie Cullum – Edge of something

ECHO – Higher and higher – there version of the Jackie Wilson classic

Jackie Wilson – I get the sweetest feeling

David Bowie – Changes – with Matt going to play the album Hunky Dorey tonight in full.

Beach Boys – Blue birds over the mountain

Lisa Harman – She was so beautiful – the opening song from ‘The Rebound’ – a story told by songs of three characters whose lives are intertwined. A show exclusive.

Chicago – If you leave me now

Michael Horner Trio – There is no greater love

Tight Fit – The lion sleeps tonight – following on from a 9 o’clock news story about rugby player Scott Baldwin having been bitten by a lion in South Africa Billy Joelwhen he stroked it.

The Move – Flowers in the rain – to mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Radio One

Michael Buble – Everything

Billy Joel – An innocent man

Billy Joel – My life

Billy Joel – Tell her about it

Coldplay – Every teardrop is a waterfall – for Caelon, packing, or was it his mum…

ECHO – For once in my life

Chic – Good times – for Christ booking the Nial Rodgers concert

Earth, Wing & Fire – September

Yardbirds – Shape of things to come

ABBA – Mama Mia – with the Greatest hits album back in the Top 30, after over 800 weeks in the chart! Who is still buying it?

Piano Guys – Its gonna be OK

George Martin – Theme One

Join me next week when Isabella and Annabel will be telling us about an aid trip to Africa. Old friend of the show Rob from CHESS will be telling us about the November sleepout for the homeless charity.

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Friday Night Extra 22.9.17 with Graham Hamborg, Gary Seithel and singer Eugene Phillips.

Eugene Phillips Sept 17 1Graham came to talk to us about how he became a Vicar and his 40 years in ordained ministry. Before he went for training, a friend had said, “Graham is the last person I can imagine as a Vicar!” His varied ministry included being a curate in Slough and for eighteen years a Vicar in Buckinghamshire. In recent times he has been involved in the training of newly ordained clergy. He said how he has loved it all. Retirement plans include for the first time owning a house and for the first time and being able to do with whatever he and his wife want to do. He will also be working on a book that has to be finished during 2019. Gary came to talk about the free BBQ in Ingatestone tomorrow between 11.30 – 2p.m. outside the church. It will be a great event, a real celebration. Eugene will be singing at the event tomorrow and stunned everyone with his wonderful voice, singing two songs live tonight. This was a real treat.

Tonight’s playlist

Crosby, Stills and Nash – Marrakesh Express

Boney M – Rivers of Babylon – chosen by Graham

Van Morrison & Cliff Richard – Whenever God shines his light

Van Morrison – Have I told you lately that I love you

Tight Fit – The lion sleeps tonight – requested by Phyl

Michael Horner Trio – Autumn in New York – a show exclusive from a talented group of local musicians.

Harry Chapin – Cat’s in the cradle

Eugene Phillips – The king is coming – sung live in the studio

Eugene Phillips – The light of the city – sung live in the studio

Shania Twain – Swinging with my eyes open

Lisa Harman – Nothing I can do – loved by my studio guests – another show exclusive

Bob Lind – Elusive butterfly

ECHO – Reach out, I will be there – catch them live as part of the concert in Ingatestone church on Saturday 30th at 7p.m.

Joe Stilgoe – What’s on?

Diana Krall – Night and Day – loved by Matt, getting ready for his show.

I will see you next week with another two hours, live from Brentwood to wherever you may be…





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Friday Night Extra 15.9.17 with Mark & Max from Ride & Stride and Gary & Paul from School’s Ministry Billericay

Mark & Max 15.9.17Tonight Mark & Max Morris explained how they have taken part in this event organised by Friends of Essex Churches for 14 years, raising over £5,000. This money is divided between the charity and a nominated church, in their case St. Mary the Virgin, Fryerning. They said they really enjoy the event, even though some years it has rained. Max, who is aged 14 years,  said he had grown up taking part in this charity riding and striding, as well as being part of the church family in Fryerning. Mark said how all these churches supported in this way really need people to help them raise funds.


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In the second hour Gary Bott and Revd Paul Carr spoke about the twenty five years of work in local schools of the charity School’s Ministry Billericay. They work in all the schools in Billericay taking assemblies, lunch time clubs, assisting with the curriculum and helping with pastoral care. One of the numerous recent projects has been to buy a bus which can be taken to a school to provide a place for quiet reflection. To celebrate 25 years of the work, there is a special event on Sunday 24th of September at 4pm at  Emmanuel church. There will be a thanksgiving service followed by a reception and refreshments. More info on

Revds Carr and Bott 15.9.17

Tonight’s playlist

Ward Thomas – Cartwheels

Queen – Bicycle

Mixtures – Push bike song

Aretha Franklin – I say a little prayer for you

Lisa Harman – All gone – another exclusive track written by Lisa and recorded by Jayne MacDonald and featured in her live shows.

Abba – S.O.S. – with the news that a show is planned for next year featuring avatars of the four members of the band!

Pentatonix – Take on me

Tears for fears – Everybody wants to rule the world – requested by Patrick

Seal – Kiss from a rose

Miles Davis – Summertime

ECHO – We are family – catch them performing live at Ingatestone church on 30th of September

Bon Jovi – Living on a prayer – chosen by Gary and loved by listeners

Sting – Fragile

Lauren Housley – Show me what love is – look out for listings of Lauren playing live in Billericay at Emmanuel church.

Casting Crowns – O my soul

Beatles – All you need is love

Chicago – Your my inspiration – we were surprised to find that Chicago were the most successful band in the USA for both single and album sales. But maybe with a continuous fifty year career and 36 albums, we should not be surprised.

Michael Buble – The very thought of you – requested by Karen – listening in her classroom in Toronto, six hours behind us – after the children had gone home.

Join me next week, along with guests Revd. Graham Hamborg, talking about his 40+ year ministry career and Gary Seithel telling us how to get a free BBQ sausage or burger in Ingatestone the next day.

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