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Friday Night Extra 20.7.18 with studio guests Breaking 3

Breaking 3 came to the studio tonight and played four tracks live. Greg Goulding, Sophie Griffiths and Will Packham met at St. Martins’s school and have only been playing together for around a month. They are all aged sixteen years.  Already they have had a number of gigs. They share a love of classic Motown and Soul, along with some contemporary artists. This was reflected in their music choices tonight.

We remembered the Live Aid concert on July 13th 1985, estimated to have been watched by 1.9 billion people. Christy e-mailed in to say he still has 17 hours of recordings on VHS from the show! Adrian Cronauer passed away during the week. His was the true story behind the film Good Morning Vietnam and the famous radio greeting.  Carlos Santana was celebrating his birthday today and we featured his music. Legendary guitarist Duane Eddy has announced three concert in the UK. He had hits spanning 28 years.  We asked listeners to guess his age, which is 80. Clearly you are never too old to rock and roll!

Tonight’s playlist

Marvin Gaye – I heard it through the grapevine

Stevie Wonder – I wish

Breaking 3 – House of the rising sun, Paradise, Help, Running. This was alive set in the studio.

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – Nowhere to run – from the soundtrack of the film ‘Good morning Vietnam’.

Four Tops – Reach out, I’ll be there

U2 – Love is stronger

Jennifer Rush – The power of love – requested by Patrick – this track sold 1,450,000 singles in the UK and was the biggest selling single of the 1980s.

Cliff Richard – Wired for sound – requested by Phyl

Quincy Jones – Soul Bossanova

Santana – Smooth, She’s not there

Live Aid 85 – Queen – Is this the world we created? – Radio Ga Ga, Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don’t go breaking my heart – live with an introduction of the band.

Lisa Harman – All the way to Utopia

Duane Eddy – Because we are young, Rebel rouser.

Beach Boys – I get around – from the soundtrack of Good morning Vietnam.

Carrie Underwood – Wasted

ECHO – Thinking of you – check out on Facebook their regular gigs in Romford.

Goodbye Look – Eye to eye. Check out on Facebook news about the band.

You can find Breaking 3 busking regularly in Chelmsford this summer.

Next week my studio guest will be Canon Edward Carter from Chelmsford Cathedral. 


Friday Night Extra 13.7.18 Ingatestone Summer show & Summer of 1976

Sarah Duke-Wooley from the organising committee of the Ingatestone & Fryerning Horticultural Society joined me to talk about the annual Summer Show that is celebrating its 52nd year. The event is on 21st of July at Seymour Field, just to the north of the village centre on the road to Chelmsford. She told us about the wide range of event, including country dancing, a dog show , a gymnastics display and a marching pipe band. There will also be stalls, BBQ, bar and an exhibition marquee. Everything begins at 12.30 with the marquee opening at 2pm. There is also a scarecrow competition.  Clearly a fun afternoon not to be missed.

In the second hour we focused on music from 1976, a summer that was really long and hot. We also looked at how prices had dramatically increased in the forty two years. Listeners were encouraged to guess the cost of a new Ford Cortina Mark 4. The highest suggestion was £3000, the lowest £300. The correct answer was £!960. Everyone, including a number of teenagers listening, stated how they loved the music from that year. Some real classics.

Tonight’s playlist

La La Land soundtrack – Another day of sun

Jimmie Rogers – English country garden – chosen by Sarah

Goodbye Look – Eye to eye – so many listeners commented how they love this track by a local band.

Vince Martin – Summer wind – Vince passed away this week.

Tab Hunter – Young Love – requested by Phyl as Tab had passed away this week.

Elton John – I’m still standing – requested by Patrick

Lisa Harman – All gone

Byrds – All I really want to do – guitarist Roger McGuinn celebrating his birthday today.


Chris in Bishop Stortford remembered it was so hot that the paint work on the bonnet of his car started to melt. Sarah recalled water standpipes in local streets.

Isley Brothers – Harvest for the world

Dolly Parton – Jolene

Peter Frampton – Show me the way – loved by Rene


Queen – Your my best friend – a number of listeners, including Chris in Harlow, told us they had been to the Queen with Adam Lambert concert last weekend at the O2 and that they were fabulous.

Rocky theme. The biggest film of the year.

Muppet show theme 1976 TV

Sweeney theme 1976 TV

Stevie Wonder – Village Ghetto land, Another star – form the album Songs in the key of life

Eagles – Taking it easy

Leo Sayer – You make me feel like dancing – Jonty’s favourite 1976 track. Chris in Harlow said all these tracks made her feel old as she could remember them!

Sophie Griffiths – A change is gonna come.

Join me next week when my studio guests will be Breaking 3, including vocalist Sophie Griffiths

Friday Night Extra 6th July 2018. Birthdays today.

Tonight we focussed around artists born on 6th of July. This took us from Bill Haley to Jet Harris, John Keeble and finally Kate Nash. A regular listener’s request led to a feature on Herb Alpert, the only artist to have USA No1s as a singer and instrumentalist. We continued our review of the Beach Boys & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra album, not being totally complimentary. We also remembered one of the unsung heroes of the music industry. Jim Mallory passed away this week. He was an engineer in both Hollywood and Nashville, winning a Grammy award and having five other nominations.

Tonight’s playlist

Carrie Underwood – Cry Pretty – new track

Beatles – Got to get you into my life – their salute to Motown music from the Revolver album.

Elgins _ put yourself in my place – classic Motown

Herb Alpert – Spanish Flea, This guy’s in love with you, Rise.  Phyl had requested Spanish flea and e-mailed in to say  how much she enjoyed the feature.

Engelbert Humpadink – A man without love – requested by Patrick. Originally an Italian song that has been translated into many different languages.

The Goodbye Look – Talking French – new tack from this local band

Bill Hayley _ Rock around the clock. Shake , rattle and roll. Just good time music from birthday boy Bill. How can you not sing along?

Lisa Harman – At Last – a great version of a classic signature song for Etta James.

Dave Koz & The Summer Horns – Got to get you into my life

Spandau Ballet – Gold. True. Birthday boy John Keeble on drums.

Sophie Griffiths – Tears

Beach Boys and RPO – Help me Rhonda. Warmth of the sun.

Henri Mancini – Pink Panther theme – engineered by Jim Mallory

Elvis Presley – How great thou art – engineered by Jim Mallory

Shadows – Apache – Another birthday boy. Jet playing base guitar.

Jet Harris & Tony Meehan – Diamonds. The two former members of the shadows had three hit singles together. This was the most successful.

Soweto String Quartet – Victory – played for Rene.

Kate Nash – Mouthwash – the final of our artists born on 6th of July.

U2 – Love is bigger than anything in its way – the track with the most audience response tonight, all positive.

Join me next week, for another show, live from Brentwood and gifted to the world.

Friday Night Extra 29.6.18 Music for a chilled Friday evening

No guests on the show tonight, just two hours of good music across the genres and decades.  We had a couple of tracks from Andrew Gold and learnt that Freddie Mercury sang backing vocals on the track  ‘Never let her slip away’. Patrick requested a track by Cher. Despite Jonty’s reservations we played it and reminded ourselves of the beginning of her career. She has a new film coming out. We continues our review of the album by The Beach Boys and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. We loved Disney girls but could not understand all that was added to Darlin. As this is one of Jonty’s favourite Beach Boys tracks, putting it politely, he was not impressed! Thanks to Chris for his positive comments about our music selection tonight.

Tonight’s playlist

Moody Blues – Voices in the sky

Beatles – Hey Jude – requested by Phyl

Lady Antebellum – 747

Joe Stilgoe – I like this one

Lisa Harman – Nothing I can do

Cher – Love and understanding – requested by Patrick

Sonny & Cher – I’ve got you babe, Rated at 444 in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest songs of all time.

Goodbye Look – Eye to eye

Chicago – If you leave me now

Beth Neilson Chapman – I find your love

Megan O’Neill – Ghost of you

Focus – Sylvia – live

Jackson Five – I want you back – remembering father and manager of all the performing Jackson family, Joe who passed away this week.

Beach Boys and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Disney Girls, Darlin’.

Point of Grace – You will never walk alone

Andrew Gold – Never let her slip away

Wax – Bridge to your heart – Andrew Gold on lead vocals.

Ward Thomas – Where the sky is

Billy Joel – Piano man

Sophie Griffiths – I wish

Byrds – Eight miles high

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


Friday Night Extra 22.6.18 with guests from the Doddinghurst Stonley Festival

Mistress Ann, in full Tudor costume, joined me tonight, together with Zoe, Claire and Jane from the festival happening in Doddinghurst on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 2th of June. This community festival, involving local schools and businesses along with All Saints church, is celebrating the heritage of the village that is associated with Richard Stonley. Zoe told us about the unpublished diaries of this Tudor man who lived in both London and Doddinghurst. His diaries reveal that he bought a copy of a Shakespeare poem, the first recorded purchase of any of his work. The diaries are in a library in Washington DC. Mistress Ann and others dressed in Tudor costume had visited the two local schools today, as well as a local supermarket. Claire told us about the numerous activities across the weekend, including those for children. These include a Tudor banquet, children’s games, a drama presentation, two lectures and services in the church. Jane informed us of the numerous ways to find out more, including the Facebook page where there are an ever increasing number of photos. She will be dressed as Lady Jane Grey’s sister, who hid from Queen Elizabeth’s spies at Ingatestone Hall. The spy, dressed in striking scarlet, has been pursuing  her all day, including at one point on a zip wire.  He will continue his evil quest across the weekend. Many listeners e-mailed in, agreeing with Jonty, that “the place to be this weekend is Doddinghurst”.


Tonight’s playlist

Aretha Franklin & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Say a little prayer

West Side Story soundtrack 1961 – Tonight – chosen by Mistress Ann, a dancer in her youth.

Stevie Wonder – Signed, sealed, delivered – chosen by Zoe.

Bill Withers – Lean on me – chosen by Claire because during all the organising of the event, there have been times when team members have had to lean on each other.

McFadden & Whitehead – Aint no stopping us now – chosen by Jane as very apt for the eve of the festival.

La La Land soundtrack – Another day of sun

Dido – Thank you – Patrick requested a track by this artist

Lisa Harman – Dunkin my biscuit – Lisa is back on the cruise ships, singing twice daily for the lucky holiday makers.

Boz Scaggs – Lido shuffle

Feature on the new Beach Boys album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

California suite, California girls, Fun Fun Fun, Wouldn’t it be nice. Jonty surprised himself by quite liking these arrangement and wanting to hear more of the album, Chris in Bishop Stortford had bought it and thought it added something interesting to the recordings. Because I am so fond of the originals, I am still very unsure. Bob in Harlow was also unconvinced. More next week.

Elvis Presley – Don’t be cruel – requested by Phyl and remembering drummer DJ Fontana.

Fleetwood Mac – Albatross – remembering guitarist Danny Kirwan

Suoertramp – Logical song – requested by Chris in Harlow

George Benson – Nature boy – George is performing next week in Southend.

Billy Joel – Uptown girl – you have to imagine 70,000 fans singing this at the top of their voices at Old Trafford Manchester last Saturday.

Matt Munro – From Russia with Love, John Barry – James Bond theme – remembering the first Bond girl, Eunice Gayson.

Join Jonty and me next week for another two hours of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

Friday Night Extra 8.6.18 with guest Revd. Andy Griffiths

Revd. Andy told us about how his journey to the role he has today with the continuing education of clergy in Essex and east London. This included living and working for five years before ordination in Budapest, where he learnt about the importance of community from his neighbours. He was also married whist there. He moved to Paris, where he was ordained and then worked for a local church. He spent so many hours engaged in his ministry that his young daughter had an imaginary daddy, an orange robot, who was always there for her when her real daddy was not. In his role now he works with clergy, and feels it is important that they do not treat their young families in the same way. He moved to Galleywood as vicar, having never previously been to Essex. Here he was determined that he would not be the centre of parish life. That should be Jesus. His role was to form teams of people engaged in local ministry. When he left eight months ago, 120 people were involved in this way. Grove Booklets have recently published ‘Refusing to be Indispensable’, written by Andy. In it he explores these ideas further. We had considerable listener reaction to the interesting ideas he raised.

We heard the title track from Megan O’Neill’s album, available to download and buy on CD today. Patrick wanted to hear a track by Petula Clark, and we were remined she sold over 68 million records. Phyl requested Strawberry Fields for ever by the Beatles. We celebrated the birthdays of Nancy Sinatra (78) and Bonnie Tyler (67). We all loved the track by Eddy Clearwater, sadly only discovered as he has passed away recently.

Tonight’s playlist

Marc Antionne – Sunland – show theme

Simon & Garfunkle – The Boxer

George Ezra – Budapest – chosen by Andy

Stranglers – Always the sun – chosen by Andy, who went to the same school as the band. He was quick to emphasise this was many years later.

Proclaimers – Sunshine on Leith

Dave Koz & friends – Got to get you into my life

George Harrison – What is life? Thanks to Chris for reminding us about the musical legacy of George.

Megan O’Neill – Ghost of you

Petula Clark – This is my song – requested by Patrick. This brought back many memories for John.

Beatles – Strawberry Fields – requested by Phyl

Sophie Griffiths – A thousand times – Sophie is singing live on 9th of June at the Ingatestone Junior School Strawberry Fair.

Nancy Sinatra – These boots are made for walking – how can she be 78 today?

Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the heart – remembered by Rene

Lisa Harman – Me and my piano

Kinks – Supersonic rocket ship – Matt, preparing for the Night swimming show at 10, had to pop in the studio to see what this track was as he loved it.

Eddy Clearwater RIP – Winds of change – we loved this track.

Walk off the earth – Happy – a copy or a cover? The video is good fun.

ELO – Living thing – Q Magazine named this track the No.1 guilty pleasure.

George Martin – Theme One – closing theme

Join me in two weeks for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood. My guests will be from Doddinghurst church, talking about the local festival.

Friday Night Extra 1.6.18 International day of the child.

Tonight we asked the question, what does a child need to know in order to have a happy, contented and fulfilling life? We were joined by Adrian, chaplain at Brentwood school. He talked about how schools take very seriously providing an education that gives a child skills that will be invaluable throughout their life. This included learning about how to live with others, including appreciating diversity and difference of opinion. He also commented about health, so that right choices are made. I was surprised that he also mentioned dealing with finances. General safety, including safety on line, is also seen as necessary skills. I commented how all this was very different from when I was a child. Adrian felt that particularly for older children, there was much more anxiety around, particularly in relation to expectations of others. A number of listeners also commented. Extra suggestions included fitness, which fitted with the June exercise initiative 30 minutes each of the 30 days. How to grow food. The view was given that every child should know Jesus loves them and they can talk to him at any time. That a child should know their parents have more experience of life and listen to them. The same person added ‘Happy parents = happy child’.


I was joined on the phone by Chris. He talked about the Beatles pastiche and parody band The Rutles and we played a couple of their tracks. A listener, who had never heard of them before, was amazed at how similar they were to Beatles tracks. Chris was going to see the band in Hertford on Saturday.

Tonight’s playlist

Crosby, Stills and Nash – Teach your children well

Billy Joel – My life – playing only one gig in the Uk this year, in Manchester in fifteen days time.

Boy and Bear – Summer sun – an Australian indie band.

Buddy Holly – True love ways – for Phyl who had recently seen a tribute act.

Gene Pitney – Something’s gotten hold of my heart – requested by Patrick

Jenny Evans – Ok, alright you win – by a jazz artist I have recently discovered

Active Essex recorded interview

ECHO – No pain, no gain

Sophie Griffiths – All I want – Sophie will be singing live at the Strawberry Fair at Ingatestone & Fryerning C of E Junior school on Saturday 9th.

Booker T & MGs – Soul limbo

Rod Stewart – Gasoline alley – co-written by Ronnie Wood, who celebrates his 70th birthday today

Lisa Harman – You are my son/sun

Beatles – Can’t buy me love

Rutles – I must be in love

Rutles – Piggy in the middle

Stephanie Gretzinger – Blackout

Sister Act soundtrack – I will follow him – how can it be 26 years since this film was premiered?

Sister Act 2 soundtrack – Oh Happy Day

Blood Sweat & Tears – God bless the child – Do listen to this track, it is wonderful jazz-rock from fifty years ago – a favourite of mine when I was a child.

Laura Mulvula – Green garden

Lady Antebellum – Golden

Join me next week when my guest will be Revd Andy Griffiths, for many years C of E Vicar of Galleywood and now with an advisory role in the Diocese of Chelmsford providing clergy on-going training.

Friday Night Extra 18.5.18 with Joanne & Simon Schultz from @actionafrica

Joanne and Simon recently returned from three months in Kenya. Part of the time was spent volunteering at the Salvation Army church in Kibera, which is a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi. They were particular struck by the way that the people in the slums had very little, yet always approached life with gratitude and many with a strong faith. They were also struck with Nairobi being large and very noisy, with some stark contrasts between shiny new executive apartment buildings and the hovels that are living areas in the slums, which residents have to rent.  The charity had originally been set up following a small group of families from the Chelmsford Salvation Army travelling to see an officer who had previously been in Chelmsford. Since then they have been involved in a number of projects. That latest is to assist in marketing wire and bead animals made by a group of mothers, Very kindly they gave Jonty an elephant and I had an ostrich. They are looking for events where they could set up a stall and sell these to raise money to be sent back. Simon commented on how amazed the mothers had been to set up a bank account.

Musically tonight we had a special feature on Bob Dylan. Continuing an exploration of the music of the Beach Boys, we played a 1996 collaboration with Status Quo that is not mentioned in any of the memoirs written by members of the band. We can see why! We had our own Harry & Megan, Harry Chapin and Megan O’Neill.  Continuing the question of whether a new version of a song should be a copy or add something very different, we played Sunshine of your love. The jury was out on the jazz version! I loved it. Jonty felt it took away the essential character, the riff, of the original.

Tonight’s playlist

Toto – Africa

Lion King – Circle of life – chosen by Joanne & Simon

Chelmsford Songsters – Christ calls

Lion King 2 – He lives in you

America – A horse with no name – requested by Patrick

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

Leon Bridges – Bad bad news

Soweto String Quartet – Victory

Harry Chapin – Cats in the cradle

Megan O’Neill – Ghost of you – Megan is singing in Billericay next month

Years & Years – Desire – requested by Adrain for Deuwe and Kris who were supposedly working hard revising – actually they were listening to us and playing games.

Michael Schulte – You let me walk alone – Germany’s entry in last Saturday’s Eurovision Song contest and amazing the favourite song of mine and Jonty.

Lisa Harman – Don’t want to rock & roll

Bod Dylan – Blowing in the wind

Byrds – Mr Tambourine man – brought back memories of primary school to John.

Status Quo & Beach Boys – Fun, fun, fun – amazingly the only version of this classic Beach Boys song to chart in the UK, which was in 1996.

Cream – Sunshine of your love

Jenny Evans – Sunshine of your love

Mango Groove – Special star

We will not be with you next week. Join us on Friday 1st of June.

Friday Night Extra 11.5.18 with Revd Paul Carr talking about Mindfulness for the Christian.

Paul joined us tonight to talk about Mindfulness and the Christian and Compassionate Mindfulness. He talked about how seeking peaceful and quiet places to reflect on life, and appreciating every moment, are at the heart of Christianity. Jesus set this as an example. This would lead to having a compassionate view on others and seeking to make life better for everyone. He spoke about Billericay Random Acts of Kindness (B.A.R.K), a group of individuals who seek to help individuals and the community. When the toll booth used to be on the Dartford Bridge, Paul used to like to pay for both his car and the next, as an example of a random act of kindness. More information can be found about mindfulness, music and other matters by checking out his blog. He chose two interesting tracks for us. The first was from Barclay James Harvest. The track Hymn linked nicely to yesterday having been Ascension Day. Chris in Harlow e-mailed her surprised that they were still playing, and had bought an album by them many years ago. Paul stated he had seen them recently and would be seeing them again in October in Islington. He also chose a track by Midland, clearly an interesting country band with a sound like The Eagles. We heard tonight from many listeners, commenting on the show and the music and seeking requests.

Tonight’s playlist

Sam Outlaw – Tenderheart

Barclay James Harvest – Hymn – chosen by Paul

Midland – Drinkin problem – chosen by Paul

Elvis Presley & The London Philharmonic Orchestra – Love letters – requested by Phyl

Ed Sheeran – Thinking about love – requested by Adrian

Carrie Underwood – Temporary home – if you do not know the song, check out the words.

Jonathan Veira – Oceaons – requested by Derek. Paul told us Jonathan would be singing in Billericay in December.

Sophie Griffiths – Bear the pain – an exclusive self-penned track from Sophie, from her up-coming E.P.

Animals – Don’t let me be misunderstood – celebrating lead singer Eric Burden’s 77th birthday today.

Brotherhood of Man – Save your kisses for me – requested by Patrick. With the Eurovision Song Contest tomorrow, Patrick wanted to remember happier times for British entries.

Stevie Wonder – Lately – requested by Dewie. Chris e-mailed to say that when they she first met Bob, her future husband, this was their song.

Emerson Lake & Palmer – Fanfare for the Common Man – for Chris in Bishop Storford who had seen them live in 1972.

Beach Boys – Sloop John B – vocals only from the Pet Sounds sessions.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Good Vibrations – with the news that an album by the orchestra, featuring the original Beach Boys vocals, is to be released on June 6th.

Dead or Alive – You spin me round – remembering drummer, guitarist, keyboard player and latterly manager of the band, Steve Coy, who passed away this week aged 57 years.

Lisa Harman – Would ya

Elvis Costello & the Attractions – She – requested by Sue.

Jamie Cullum – Pure imagination – a great version of the song originally in the 1971 film, Charlie Chocolate factory.

Never be enough – from the soundtrack of the film The Greatest Showman

Join us next week, when the studio guests are Simon and Joanne Shultz, taking about the recent voluntary work in Kenya with the Salvation Army.

Friday Night Extra 4.5.18 with charity abseiler Mandie Gaskin.

Mandie took part in the abseil last Saturday to raise funds for Ingatestone C of E. Junior school and St. Edmund & St. Mary Parish church. She had never done anything like this before. Feeling it is always good to try something new outside her comfort zone, together with it being for a good cause, she took part. Getting over the edge was the most difficult part. Once halfway down, she said she loved the experience. Mandie can be supported towards her target of raising £150 by going to her just giving page. Musically tonight we had a new exclusive self-penned track from Sophie Griffiths. We also had a feature on Pet Sounds, seen by many as the most influential pop album of all time. It was astonishing to hear that, using a modern calculation, it cost over half  a million dollars to produce. No wonder the record company were worried! They need not have been. Phyl requested the Adam Faith song, ‘What do you want if you don’t want money? which led to listeners contacting to say what they thought was more important in life than money. Answers included contentment, peace, friendship and love.

Tonight’s playlist

Simon & Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled waters

Coldplay – Adventures of a lifetime – chosen by Mandie

Ken Dodd – Tears – chosen by Mandie

Beatles – In my life – chosen by Mandie

Barry Manilow – Mandy – Jonty said we just had to play it.

Adam Faith – What do you want? – requested by Phyl – the shortest track ever to top the charts.

Corrs – Radio

Sophie Griffiths – Tears – exclusive self penned track from an up-coming EP.

Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers – Got to get you into my life – remembering Roy Young, who turned down being in the Beatles in their Hamburg days because he had a regular gig at a club.

Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo sunset

Stevie Wonder – You are the sunshine of my life – requested by Patrick – ranked by Rollingstone at 281 in their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Bucks Fizz – Making your mind up – to celebrate the birth of Jo Aston

Lisa Harman – The world in seven day – a self-penned exclusive by Lisa, only twelve days from finishing playing a world cruise.

Jamie Cullum – Love sick blues – Patrick knew it was a big hot in the early 60s by Frank Ifield, who was interviewed by Bob Simpson on the station this week.


Beach Boys – Pet Sounds feature. Jonty loves this album and proved it by buying an original pressing of the vinyl album in Cambridge.

Caroline no, I just wasn’t made for these times, Pet sounds, God only knows (vocals only). We all loved the God only knows, available on the Pet Sounds Sessions CD.

George Ezra – Budapest – requested by Adrian

Dolly Parton & Pentatonix – Jolene

Jerry Rafferty – Take the money and run

James Brown – I feel good – remembering drummer John “Jabo” Starks.

Join me next week when our guest is Revd. Paul Carr from Emmanuel church, Billericay , talking about how a Christian should view Mindfulness.

Friday Night Extra 27.4.18 Just great songs

No guest tonight, so we just played two hours of great songs. We also asked for listeners reactions to the news that ABBA had recorded two new tracks. The results were surprisingly mixed. We remembered the acting career of Verne Troyer, MIni Me in two of the Austin Powers films. We had a couple of artists featured in the Queen’s birthday show. As the evening progressed we asked listeners for their favourite ABBA track. The most caustic reply came from Chris in Harlow who e-mailed, “favourite and ABBA are not two words that appear in the same sentence!” John also stated he was not an Abba fan. Patrick, Tania, Adrian and Chris offered tracks, whilst Bob could not choose, so spent the rest of the show whistling ABBA tunes. His wife was not amused.

Tonight’s playlist

The Goodbye Look – Eye to eye

Quincy Jones – Soul Bossanova – Austin Powers theme

Roger Miller – King of he road – requested by Phyl

Kyle Minogue – Stop me from falling – from her new no 1 album. She sang this at the Queen’s birthday party TV show.

Noel Harrison – Windmills of your mind

Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter – Don’t let me be misunderstood – I think Jamie stole the show at the Queen’s birthday performance. AS Jonty noted, it was certainly a random selection of performers.

Adele – Rolling in the deep – loved by Adrian

Lisa Harman – Barbara Streisand medley. Lisa had been singing with Darren Day this week. We dedicated this her Dad, whose birthday it was today. Also to Jack and Mary, getting married on Saturday.

Barbara Streisand – A star is born – to mark her 76th birthday this week

Beach Boys – Wouldn’t it be nice – for Jonty who had bought the vinyl album this week in Cambridge.

George McCray – Rock your baby – requested by Bob.

Colin Blunstone – Say you don’t mind


Bryan Adams – Everything I do, I do for you – requested by Patrick and one of the biggest selling singles ever, number one in numerous countries.

Lady Antebellum – Need you now

George Ezra – Paradise – requested by Kristoff, a first time listener.

Nathan Carter – Beautiful life – apparently Nathan is a star in ‘Country & Irish’ – there is a new genre for us!

Dolly Parton – I will always love you – despite the fact that this is the original version by the song writer, Jonty felt it just songs wrong not to be Whitney Houston singing the song.

Pams 18 – Sonowaltz – the theme of Big L, the pirate ship Radio London, recognised instantly by Chris in Bishop Stortford.

George Harrison – What is my life – released in the UK on the B side of My Sweet Lord, but a hit in its own right in many countries.

Eric Clapton – Wonderful tonight – Eric played on the George Harrison track.

ECHO – Know where to run

ABBA – Fernando – the biggest selling ABBA track

Aretha Franklin – Respect

Joni Mitchel – Big Yellow Tax- Jonty had been humming this in Maths class today and the 17 years old boy next to him recognised it straight away.

Join me next week for another two hours of great music to make your Friday sound better.

Friday Night Extra 20.4.18 with singer songwriter & accoustic guitarist Ian Perryman

Ian Perryman joined us this evening and sang three original songs. He also sang a song by his inspiration, John Denver and two 1960s covers. He told us how he began singing publicly and writing his own material. Find our more about him on He can be heard regularly in The Rose and Crown in Wivenhoe and also around the Colchester and Clacton areas at open mike events. His music can be downloaded from soundcloud and iTunes. In the second hour we heard from Chris. She appeared on the show a few weeks back and talked about running the Brighton marathon last Sunday. This was her first marathon. She ran along with two teaching colleagues from her school. The children had decided they should run to raise money for the Red Cross. To date they have raised over two thousand pounds. Donations can be added by accessing the Red Cross page, then Brighton Marathon. She said that after the event her first reaction was “never again!” By Monday morning she was thinking about the next marathon. She felt that taking part may well be addictive.

Tonight’s playlist

Beatles -Here comes the sun – with the temperature being 27 degrees today, we had to start with this great track. It was much appreciated by Chris, listening in Bishop Stortford.

Ian Perryman – Seasons of the heart – originally sung by John Denver

Moody Blues – Nights in white satin

Steeleye Span _ All around my hat – requested by Phyl  – loved by John who said he bought the album back in the 1970s when he was in the 4th form. Reminded him of a friend from those days.

Ian Perryman – Valentino,

In Perryman – Blood in the sand – a moving song about his father’s experiences on D-Day and the fact that he would never talk about them.

Ian Perryman – Your smile

Goodbye Look – Eye to eye – featuring Brentwood’s very own Michael Horner on keyboards

Elton John – Nakita

Avicci – Hey Brother – played after the shock news of his death today

Martha and the Vandellas – Nowhere to run – featured on the soundtrack of Good Morning Vietnam. – Requested by Patrick

Beach Boys – Warmth of the sun – also from the soundtrack of that film.

Adele – Skyfall – requested by Adrian

Lisa Harman – Eurythmics medley – a wonderfully soulful track from show favourite Lisa

Sophie Griffiths – A thousand times – Ingatestone’s very own Sophie with a track available on Itunes

Sky – Toccata

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – The onion song & You are all I need to get by.

Mary J Blige – Sorry seams to be the hardest word – from the new Revamp album – not universally appreciated by listeners. Check out the recording of last week’s show, Copy or cover?

Corrs – Runaway

Join me next week for another show, live from Brentwood to wherever you happen to be.

Friday Night Extra 13.4.18 Copy or cover?

Tonight we asked, if you record a new version of a well know song, should it just be a copy, or a cover that added something new? We had a diverse playlist this evening with some surprises. A number of listeners played along, guessing the original artists. The consensus was that if you were making a recording, there should be something original about the arrangement. Lee commented that country artists felt all they needed to do was add a slide guitar and they could copy anything. You will see which songs in the playlist brought this statement. John did well with the Mary Hopkin track, noting he thought it sounded Russian. Mark and Sian contributed choices. Chris, Sarah and Bob also e-mailed in correct answers.  How many did you get right? Which are copies and which are covers?

Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze – Seals and Crofts

Echo – This will be – Natalie Cole

Ed Sheeran – Candle in the wind – Elton John

Mary Hopkin – Those were the days – requested by Phyl who knew it was originally a Russian 19th century song. Where would we be without Wikipaedia?

Cliff Richard & Phil Everley – She means nothing to me – from an album of covers, but an original.

Pentatonix – Can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley – Suspicious minds – Mark James

Lisa Harman – Man with a child in his eyes – Kate Bush

Kate Bush – Rocket man – Elton John

Elton john – Free man in Paris – Joni Mitchell

Whitney Houston – I will always love you. – Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton – Help – Beatles

Counting Crows ft Vanessa Carlton – Big yellow taxi – Joni Mitchell

Sophie Griffiths – All I want – Kodaline

Earth, Wind & Fire – Got to get you into my life – Beatles

Pet Shop Boys – Always on my mind – Elvis Presley

Johnny Cash – Hurt – Nine inch nails

Rosanne cash – I’m only sleeping – Beatles

Future Heads – Hounds of Love – Kate Bush

Lorrie Morgan – Eight days a week – Beatles

U2 – Everlasting love – in the UK Love Affair, USA Robert Knight

KIllers – Mona Lisas and the mad Hatter – Elton John

Marvin Gaye – I heard it through the grapevine – Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Join me next week when folk singer Ian Perryman will be singing live in the studio.

And do check out the Brentwood Gazette this week, with a big feature about the Easter special we did on Good Friday.


Friday Night Extra 6.4.18 Remembering

Tonight we featured a number of anniversaries. Thirty years ago this month saw the release of Travelling Wilburys Volume 1 by the supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. We played two tracks from their much anticipated first of just two albums,  with Roy Orbison on vocals.

From fifty years ago we remembered the assassination and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr. He became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement using the tactics of non-violence. From the same era we also recalled the short period when the sitar, a Hindustani classical instrument could be heard on pop records, through the influence of Ravi Shankar on George Harrison and others. The TV show ‘Hill Street Blues’  ran from 1981 – 1987. This week saw the passing of producer and writer Steven Bochco who is said to have changed TV drama for ever with the introduction of Story arcs, with more than one story running over a number of weeks.

Tonight’s playlist

ECHO – People get ready

Sophie Griffiths – I heard it through the grapevine

Johnny Cash – Ring of fire – requested by Phyl

Carrie Underwood – Just a dream

Kenny Rogers – The gambler – we played this track as Kenny has cancelled the rest of his scheduled farewell concert tour.

Kate Bush – Hounds of love – requested by Chris

Beyoncé – Sweat dreams – requested by Patrick

Commodores – Easy – Jonty said this track had been playing in his head all week.

Alessa Caira – I guess that is why they call it the blues – from a new tribute album to Elton John, Revamp, released today. Rene loved this track.

Travelling Wilburys – Handle with care, Not alone anymore

Daniel Caine – Hill Street Blues theme

Gladys Knight and the Pips – Midnight train to Georgia – for Rene and everyone watching the golf from Georgia.

Coldplay – We all fall in love sometimes – from the Elton John tribute album Revamp.

Elton John – Tiny dancer – a sublime track from the man himself

Beatles – Tomorrow never comes – featuring a sitar

Box Tops – Cry like a baby – featuring an electric sitar

Traffic – Paper sun – the biggest hit from this late 1960s period featuring a sitar.

Brentwood School Band – Something

LIsa Harman – Nothing I can do – loved by John

ELO – Mr. Blue sky – for john and everyone who had been mowing a lawn under a blue sky today.

Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin and John

Simon and Garfunkle – The only living boy in New York – on our playlist and Matt’s as well.

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

Friday Night Extra 30.3.18 Easter Special with Singer Marina Bottali- Price and guests including Alfie Clark.

Marina sang three songs live tonight Alfie Clark aged 10 sang live and talked about Easter at Ingatestone Junior School. Tim Lee told us about the celebrations for Good Friday held this morning in the town centre in Brentwood, with over four hundred people and a dramatized re-enactment of the first Good Friday. He also talked about the service he had taken at Mountnessing school about an empty Easter egg. Adrian, chaplain at Brentwood school, explained about the services for Easter that were held before the pupils had their Easter holidays, so this focussed on Palm Sunday. He also told us about last Friday being in Ypes in Belgium and how moving an experience that was for all concerned. Marina sang her three songs and talked about the importance of the resurrection in her own life. John spoke on the phone about an event happening at Emmanuel church Billericay on Easter Saturday afternoon, where they are having a Messy church for Easter. Apparently the tomb is a bread roll. Jesus is a jelly baby and the stone across the entrance to the tomb is a rich tea biscuit! Sue, who lives with husband Jim in Colorado Springs, but had worked for eight years in Cyprus, explained about the multicultural character of the church in Larnaca where she worshiped and about how they worked with refugees and others on the edge of the society.  She also said the church back in Colorado Springs regularly has 7,000 attenders on a Sunday morning. We have never had such a packed show! Jonty was back as well. We had lots of e-mails saying that Alfie was a star.

Tonight’s playlist

Carrie Underwood – Jesus take the wheel – Holly commented that she loves this song and uses the phrase all of the time, having first heard it on this show.

Jesus Christ Superstar (1986) – Hosanna

Hilary Scott & family – Thy will

Michael W Smith – Awesome God

Casting Crowns – O my soul

Lisa Harman – Psalm 23 – LIsa’s own setting.

Jesus Christ Superstar – Title song – loved by everyone in the studio and Jonty had seen the show live in London and loved it.

Chris Tomlin – Amazing grace

Carrie Underwood – How great thou art

Matt Redman – 1,000 reasons – check out the amazing video of this being sung at a live concert in Times Square, New York to an enormous audience.

Godspell – Prepare ye the way of the Lord

David Pickhall Big Band – Mac Arthur Park – they are playing live on Easter Saturday at Ingatestone Parish Church.

Join me next week for more music and chat, live from Brentwood.


Friday Night Extra 23.3.18 With Chris, running in the Brighton Marathon

I was joined on the phone by Chris who is running in the Brighton Marathon, raising money for the Red Cross. She has never in a marathon before and said that this would be the first and last time. She is running with two colleagues from Westbourne Primary School, Rob Lane and Dara O’Reilly. The School’s Council, a group of pupils, chose the charity, the Red Cross. The target is to raise £3,000. Money can be gifted via the Red Cross website. There is also a Just Giving site

Chris promised to tell us how she got on after the run.



We had three exclusive tracks tonight, giving them first radio plays.

The Goodbye Look – Eye to eye – classic jazz/rock sound with a contemporary edge

Sophie Griffiths –  All I want – a soulful rendition

Lisa Harman – It takes a man to try – chosen by birthday girl Lisa, celebrating today in Singapore.

Tonight’s playlist

Billy Joel – Innocent man

Spencer David Group – Keep on running – for Chris, Dara and Rob

Elvis Presley – Good luck charm – requested by Phyl

Ward Thomas – Good on you – for Alison who always checks out the recording

Abba – Name of the game – requested by Patrick

The Goodbye Look – Eye to eye

Sophie Griffiths – All I want

Billy Preston – That’s the way God planned it – from the concert for Bangladesh

Blood Sweat and Tears – You made me so very happy – a classic

Quincy Jones – Soul Bossanova

Caro Emerald – Riviera life – for Helen, celebrating two years living on Rhodes – this week with horrid weather!

Beatles – Let it be – naked version

Lisa Harman – It takes a man

Carrie Underwood – Good girl

Steeler’s Wheel – Stuck in the middle with you

Sly and the Family Stone – Runnin Away

Rummer – Goodbye girl – Lee noticed the likeness to Karen Carpenter

Carpenters – Goodbye to love – also a similar guitar solo at the end

Michael Buble Ft. Meghan Trainer – Someday

Inspiral carpets – This is how it feels – loved by Matt, listening in studio 2 and preparing for the show.

Beth Neilson Chapman – I feel your love – for Rene and lee and everyone feeling stressed for whatever reason.

Corrs – So young

Crosby Stills & Nash – Marrakesh Express

Join me next week for a bumper special show for Easter, with a studio full of guests, including Marina singing live.

Friday Night Extra 16.3.18 The Irish connection

With St. Patrick’s day tomorrow, the second hour of the show was devoted to Irish artists. I counted down the top five best selling artists from world wide sales. At number 5 are the Corrs with 45 million sales across  a career of 11 years. Number 4 are The Cranberries with 50 million sales in 17 years.

Number 3 is Van Morrison with 55 million sales across a career of 46 years,

No 2 is Enya. Her career has been 27 years and she has sold over 80 million.

Way ahead at number one are U2. With a thirty seven year career they have sales of a staggering 170 million world wide. I asked listeners to guess how many were their sales.  Rene came close with 200 million. Chris wrote, ‘no idea how many…zillions!’

Tonight’s playlist

Ronan Keating – Lost for words

Simon & Garfunkle – Old friends – continuing our look through Paul Simon’s career.

ECHO – People get ready – looking forward to the live set in the studio from their keyboard player Ollie Lincoln in April.

Joni Mitchel – Free man Paris – Loved by Lee working on USA tax returns.

Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up where we belong – requested by Patrick

Marillion – Kayleigh – requested by Chris as it always reminds her of her time training to teach.

Sam Outlaw – Dryin in the sun

Sophie Griffiths – I wish

Lisa Harman – This is my moment – recorded with John Parr (St. Elmo’s fire) and with him playing guitar

Beach Boys – Warmth of the sun – loved by Bob.

Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

Chris De Burgh – Lady in red

Boyzone – Father and son – Emails saying Cat Stevens original is best. Who can argue with that?

Thin Lizzy – Whisky in jar – who does not love this track?

Snow Patrol – You are all I have

Westlife – You raised me up – for Phyl who loves this song whoever sings it.

Fergal Sharkey – A good heart

Corrs – Radio

Cranberries – Dream

Van Morrison – Brown eyed girl. Have I told you lately that I love you.

Enya – Orinoco Flow

U2 – Angel of Haarlem. Still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

Thanks to the many people who contacted the show. Join me next week between 8-10 for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

Friday Night Extra with studio guest Rev. Penny Sayer

Rev. Penny joined me to talk about her innovative role, unique in the C. of E. She works alongside parishes in mid-Essex to help then think about how to turn things around. She talked about coming from a household with atheist parents, yet always feeling she had faith. Her grandmother and schooling were significant influences. After having six children, she felt the call to ordained ministry, which was a surprise to no-one who knew her. She came to her post having been previously an incumbent in east London. She clearly loves all she does. Two of her music choices were songs she sang to her children when they were babies. The other was part of her only playlist when she was at university. You can decided which is which.

Musically we continued our journey through the catalogue of compositions by Paul Simon with the magnificent Bridge over troubled waters. I think that track will still be being played in a hundred years time. The exclusive from Lisa Harman was written and recorded in just an hour! All the music and the words!!

We also featured two tracks from the phenomenal album Rumours. Released in 1977, in the UK top 50 albums and USA BIllboard 200 albums this week. By March 78 there were world-wide sales of 10 million. By 1980 13 million. By 2013 40 million and still it sells. Now 722 weeks on the UK album chart. It is the 11th best selling album in the UK of all time and the 6th in USA, with no hint of stopping.

Tonight’s playlist

The Shires – Made in England – check out the YouTube video of them singing this track live in the PhoenixFM studio.

Simon & Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled water

Joni Mitchell – Little Green – chosen by Penny

Steeleye Span – Black Jack Day – chosen by Penny

Dire Straits – Brothers in arms – chosen by Penny

Jean Michelle Jarre – Oxygen Part 4

ECHO – People get ready – check up-coming shows on the staion home-page where there are details of ECHO keyboard player Ollie Lincoln coming in to the show and playing live.

Shadows – Wonderful world – requested by Phyl

Carrie Underwood – Something in the water

Lisa Harman – All the way to Utopia – one hours work!

Laurie Green – Judas & Mary – from his charity album that can be bought directly from his website and Facebook page.

Nik Kershaw – Don’t let the sun go down on me – requested by Chris, training for the Brighton marathon.

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams, Don’t stop – both from Rumours.

Joe Stilgoe – Like this one

Pentatonix – Where are U now?

Sam Outlaw – All my life

Harry Chapin – Cats in the cradle – one of the best songs ever written.

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

Friday Night Extra 02.03.2018 with guests Fiona & Ian from Brentwood Schools Christian Workers Trust.

Fiona and Ian from the Brentwood School’s Christian Worker Trust joined me in the studio this evening. Ian said the roll of the organisations was to be of service to the schools on behalf of the churches in Brentwood. He told us they work in many schools across the sectors in Brentwood and also in Ongar and Margaretting. Assembles are taken, assistance given to religious education and clubs are run. This includes running workshops leading to Christmas and Easter. Providing prayer spaces was also important in the rush and pressure of contemporary life. The trust also provide chaplains  for schools, who are able to listen to listen to young people and help them address problems. More information about the trust can be found on, Ian told us how he will be running in the Brentwood Half-marathon on the 18th of March to raise money for the trust. He has never run a half marathon before!

He can be sponsored on

More information on any aspect of the work can be obtained by phoning the office on 01277 249275.

Tonight’s playlist

Temptations – Ball of confusion

Simon & Garfunkle – Hazy shade of winter – continuing our journey through Paul Simon’s career. With snow and freezing temperatures, it felt appropriate to play a song mentioning winter!

ELO – Diary of Horace Wimp – chosen by Rosie, who should have also joined us tonight, but was snowbound in her house.

Coldplay – Adventure of lifetime – chosen by Fiona

Switchfoot – Live it well – chosen by Ian

James Taylor – You’ve got a friend

David Essex – A winter’s tale – requested by Patrick

Vicar of Dibley theme – Remembering how Emma Chambers, the verger Alice in the series, made us all laugh. Thanks Emma.

The Real Thing – You to me are everything, Can’t get by without you – remembering lead singer Eddie Amoo

Sophie Griffiths – I’d rather go blind

Lisa Harman – Make my way for an angel – another show exclusive from Lisa

Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water – for Chris in Bishop Stortford

Kate Bush & Larry Adler – The man I love – the most commented on track by listeners tonight. – Lee, working on US tax returns,  could not believe how 1920s Kate sounded. Chris in Harlow, a big Kate fan, had never heard it before…and loved it.

Billy Joel – Just the way you are – Four Seasons – Rag doll. These two tracks are connected. Billy said that the inspiration for his song was the last line of the Four Seasons track.

Michel Buble – the very thought of you – for Jonty, who listeners kept asking, “Where is he?” He was performing in a Shakespeare play, some of which was meant to be outside…in the snow! We will hear all about it next week.

Join me next Friday evening, when my studio guest will be Revd. Penny Sayer, the Bradwell area Turn-around minister. She will be explaining this unique and innovative role, together with her spiritual journey that led to this post. I am sure it will be fascinating.






Friday Night Extra 23.2.18 with studio guest Rob Scraggs from Chesshomeless

Rob Scaggs came into the studio to update us on the work of the Chelmsford based charity Chess that works with the homeless. The new Hub building is now near completion and will provide nine overnight bedrooms as well as a central administrative centre. We spoke about the obvious on-going need for the work and Jonty commented that now he commuted to Chelmsford the need for work with homeless people had become very obvious to him. Rob said that if you saw a homeless person in the street, the important action to take was to talk to them. If they were really homeless, they would want to tell their story. He also said that buying a drink and a sandwich was good, but he advised against giving any money. The way to really help someone was to support charities like Chess that can provide ways out of homeless lifestyles. Chess has many ways that support can be provided. Of course they is through financial donations, but there are also numerous different opportunities for volunteering. More information can be found on or by phoning 01245 281104.

With the death of American evangelist Billy Graham this week, Rob and I chatted about the amazing influence of Billy on the world. Rob’s wife had been converted at a Billy Graham meeting.

Tonight’s playlist

Moody Blues – Isn’t life strange

For King and Country – Little drummer boy – chosen by Rob. You just have to watch the video. It is nothing like you would expect! Rob said he particularly liked it as he was a drummer.

Behold – Hillsong worship – Rob had seen this sung live at an event in London.

Black Eyed Peas – I’ve got a feeling – chosen simply because it is a feel good song.

Soweto String Quartet – Freedom

Ellie Golding – Vincent – requested by Patrick

Fairport Convention – Adieu, Adieu – requested by Phyl who will be seeing them live very soon.

ABC – When Smokey sings – requested by Chris for Bob and they both danced around the kitchen to it.

Paul Simon – I am a rock – continuing our exploration of the music of Paul Simon, What a song.

The Script – Superheroes – requested by Adrian hoping that the Irish rugby team will be superheroes against Wales.

Joe Jackson – Stepping out – the inspiration for LIsa Harman to write her own song – Stepping out – for her sister, Debbie Spence, who loves the music of Joe Jackson.

Crystals – Da Doo Ron Ron – we all sang along giving thanks for vocalist Barbara Alston, who died today aged 74 years.

Beach Boys – Lady Linda – based on J.S. Bach’s Jesu joy of man’s desiring. Loved by Bob, who saw them twice in concert. I am so jealous!

Harry Chapin – Taxi – for Chris from Bishop Stortford, who is a fan of Harry’s music.

Join me next week, when my guests are from the Brentwood School’s Christian Worker Trust.