Category Archives: Friday Night Extra

Friday Night Extra with Tom Page singing live

Folk singer Tom Page brought his ukulele to the studio and sang three tracks live. From Galway to Graceland was a sad tale about a woman selling up in Ireland and going to be at Graceland, claiming that she had been married to Elvis Presley. Sip, jigs and reels had the feel of a sea shanty. Moonlight was a quieter, thoughtful piece. Tom chatted with Jonty about playing the instrument and singing lessons. He also engaged in a general chat about Lent, encouraging us to take up something that enhances us spiritually. There was a general thought around being more considerate to others. In the second hour we had an extended feature about Dennis Edwards, second lead singer with the Temptations, who led them into a more experimental genre of soul music in the late 1960s. There were also exclusive tracks from Lisa Harman and Sophie Griffiths.


Tonight’s playlist

Sam Outlaw – Everyone is looking for a home

Seal – fly like an eagle

Tom Page – From Galway to Graceland – live

Tom Page – Slip, jigs and reels – live

Tom Page – Moonlight – live

Shires – Made in England

Simon & Garfunkle – Homeward bound.

Aled Jones – Eriskey love lilt – requested by Phyl

James Taylor – You’ve got a friend – chosen by Tom

Pet Shop Boys – Its a sin – requested by Patrick

Spira Jira – Morning dance

Sophie Griffiths – I wish

Carole King – It’s too late – chosen by Tom

Coldplay – Clocks – requested by Adrian

Eagles – Hotel California – requested by Ed

Lisa Harman – I don’t wanna fight

Temptations, My girl, Cloud nine, Ball of confusion, Papa was a rolling stone.

Join me next week for another live show from Brentwood.

Friday Night Extra 2.2.18 with guest Lisa Harman

Lisa joined us on the phone to chat about her life on the cruise ships and her music. We had two exclusive tracks, Music in my mind was based on the idea of Beethoven having his mind full of music. In Wasn’t it love Lisa sung of the emotional situation of unrequited love. Both are original compositions and she amazed us in the studio by saying that she was at school, aged about twelve years, when she wrote Wasn’t it love. Since she last chatted to us, holiday makers on a number of cruise ships have had the joy of Lisa as part of the entertainments team. She is soon to fly to Sydney to join the Queen Mary 2 as part of the entertainment on a world cruise. She is not looking forward to the flight, but is anticipating an amazing birthday in Singapore. She talked about putting an album together, but with such a wide and varied catalogue, she was unclear as to whether the music chosen should be from one genre or should show the breadth of her music. Jonty and I felt that she should just mix it up, because it would all be of stunning quality.

We also had a feature on Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard, following requests from listeners. We played tracks from different time so their careers. We thanked regular listen Patrick for reminding us of the Australian band Savage Garden. We had the first play on the show for music by Newton Faulkner. I am sure we will feature him again.

Tonight’s playlist

Jackie Wilson – Sweetest feeling

Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – It takes two

Lisa Harman – Music in my mind

Lisa Harman – Wasn’t it love

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary  _ Lisa commented that she gets asked to sing this a lot because of the chorus “Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river”. Have been on a cruise, I can understand this request from passengers!

Marc Antione – Latin Quarter

Paul Simon – Call me Al

Savage garden – Truly, madly, deeply – requested by Patrick

Elvis Presley – Return to sender, In the ghetto – for Derek

Cliff Richard – The day I met Marie, Mr pretty one – We tend to forget the renaissance in his career that Cliff Richard had in the 1980s.

Alison Krauss – Living prayer

Crispian St. Peter – You were on my mind

Lady Antebellum _ Golden

Soweto String Quartet – Weeping – for Rene folding church notice sheets.

CHO – Nowehere to run – Adrian requested a track for Dewie who is running tomorrow

Newton Faulkner – Dream catch me – Jonty had seen Newton play live and introduced us to his music. We loved it.

Hugh Massekala – Grazin in the grass

Yes – Wondrous stories – enjoyed by Matt, who follow us after 10 o’clock.

Join me next week for another live show from Brentwood.


Friday Night Extra 26.1.18 Featuring the music of Hugh Masekela, Jim Rodford & Neil Diamond.

Tonight we celebrated the musical legacy of three diverse performers. Hugh Masekela was a South Africa jazz trumpeter, with a distinctive Afro-jazz sound. He was also an anti-apartheid activist, whose music was banned in his homeland. Jim Rodford was the bassist with the Swinging Blue Jeans, the Kinks and the Zombies. Both of them passed away this week. Neil Diamond announced that due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease he would cancel the rest of his tour and no longer play any live concerts. It was great to play three tracks from each of them. We also heard from local musicians Sophie Griffiths, Michael Horner, with his jazz trio and ECHO, featuring Ollie Lincoln on keyboard. Patrick requested a rarely heard track from the 1990s by Orchestral Movers in the Dark. We also had a request for a track by Andy Williams. This led to a realisation that Andy, who first recorded in 1948, had a UK chart career from 1956-2017. With the 2017 top 20 chart entry being ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’, his chart performance may just keep on coming.


Tonight’s playlist

Moody Blues – Blue guitar

Sam Outlaw – All my life

Sting – Fragile

Simon & Garfunkle – A hazy shade of winter

Andy Williams – Music to watch girls by, Can’t help loosing you.

The Beat – Can’t help loosing you

Hugh Masekela – Johannesburg Hi-lite jive, Grazin in the grass, Bring back Nelson Mandela.

OMD – Call my name

Sophie Griffiths – I wish

Inspector Morse theme

Pentatonix – Can’t help falling in love

Nathan Trent – Running on air

ECHO – This will be

Lisa Harman – Fall like the rain – worth listening to the recording for this exclusive track written by Lisa in 1988.

Michael Horner Trio – My ship

Monkees – I’m a believer – written by Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond – Craklin Rosie, Sweet Caroline, I am I said – we had our own mini concert.

Joni Mitchel, featuring Seal – How do you stop?

Swinging Blue Jeans – Hippy Hippy shake – Jim Rodford on bass.

Kinks – Come dancing – Jim Rodford on bass

Zombies – Moving on – Jim Rodford on bass

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

Friday Night Extra 19.1.18 with Sophie Grffiths singing live.

Sophie Griffiths joined us in the studio tonight and sang three numbers live. She talked about how she first sung live at Ingatestone C of E Junior school and loved the experience. Encouragement at Secondary school has led her to develop her love of singing. She told us how her father’s love of MOTOWN and soul music had influenced her love of that style of music and she loves singing songs from that genre. Sophie entered the Open Mic UK competition as a duo with a friend and reached the regional final This led to her being approached by ChartHouse studio to join their Artists Development programme She came third in the Quay Junior Talent competition and this led to a decision to enter Essex Factor, where she reached the grand final. She clearly has a bright future. Up-coming gigs are 22nd Jan supporting D’LuXE at Premier Cinemas Romford and performing at SEEA Awards on Sunday 28th at 4pm. Sophie is delighted to be supporting Kids Inspire, singing at a charity curry night on 31st of Jan at India Night in Chelmsford. She is also singing at St. Peter’s church, Hutton at a quiz night on 24th of Feb supporting 7 year old Shiloh, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Other dates to be confirmed. You can find more info on Facebook @SophieGriffithsSinger Instagram @sophiegriffithssinger Twitter @sophiesinger

In the second hour we celebrated the career of the Cranburys, remembering the great voice of Dolores O’Riordon. We also remembered singer Peter Sarstedt and actor, Peter Wyngarde, best remembered as Jason King in the TV detective shows. He was said to be the inspiration for Austin Powers.

Tonight’s playlist

The Eagles – Take it easy

Sophie Griffiths singing live I heard it through the grapevine, I’d rather go blind & Runnin.

Adele – Chasing pavements

Derek & The Dominoes – Layla -full version

Bastille – Good grief -for Adrian

Ralph McTell – Streets of London – for Phyl

Hollies – Just one look – for Patrick

Verve – Bitter sweat symphony

David Bowie – Lets dance – for Sian

Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin and John

ELO – The dairy of Horace Wimp – an amazing track if listened to through headphones

Cranberries – Dreams, You and me

Peter Sarstedt – Where do you go to my lovely? – for Margaret who commented on the Facebook post

Lisa Harman – What the world needs now – Patrick e-mailed in to say that Lisa was now his favourite singer

Quincy Jones – Soul Bossanova – theme fro Austin powers

Jason KIng theme – Mike Townsend Orchestra. Chris had never heard of him, but was fascinated to know about the Austin Powers link.

R. Dean Taylor – There is a ghost in my house – in appreciation of Keith Rogers, who retired from PhoenixFm today. Keith has a radio career dating back to 1970 on Radio North Sea International, where he was Dave Rogers. I remember listening to him and he was one of the people who inspired me to dream of being on the radio. Who would have thought I would ever work for the same station as a legend such as Keith.

Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn – the track was adored by Rene.

Shakatak – Brazilian dawn.

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

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.


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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.

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.




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.

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

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.

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…





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.

Friday Night Extra 8.9.17 with guests Moira & Daria talking about The Hyve Dance & arts festival.

We welcomed organiser Máira and dancer Daria talking about the festival happening on the 17th of September in Hylands Park between 10 am – 10 pm. This will be an amazing event for the whole family. Dance workshops, battles, cinematography room, food and drinks, casting agency room, fashion shows and pop up shops. Workshops led by internationally recognised teachers in a wide range of genre, including Hiphop, Bollywood, House, Ballet, tap, Latin, jazz, popping, whacking, Irish etc. Moira told us how an idea a year ago had grown into a huge event, with some people flying in from San Francisco to watch the dancing. Daria had only been dancing for a year. She had flown to Paris for special lessons and enjoyed seeing the Eifel Tower. She is featured in the YouTube video about the event.  More information, including how to take part on the website You can e-mail for details





The show tonight included a special feature on Steeley Dan, following the death of original member Walter Becker.  Many listeners commented on the music and we will play more tracks by them in the following weeks.

Tonight’s playlist

Lou Reed – Perfect day

David Bowie – Lets dance

Bruno Mars – 24k – chosen by Moira and Daria

Jennifer Lopez – Dance again – chosen by Moira and Daria

Paul Young – Come back and stay

Dusty Springfield – I only want to be with you – requested by Phyl

ECHO – I way a little prayer to you – you can see ECHO live in Ingatestone on September 30th at the parish church.

Miles Davis – Human nature

Harry Chapin – W.O.L.D. – loved by Jonty, who had never heard it before, and Adrian e-mailing in.

The Band Perry – Gentle on my mind – a multi grammy award winning song

Alison Krauss – Paper aeroplane

Lisa Harman – Fall like the rain – a wonderfully emotional and moving performance of her own song. A Friday Night Extra exclusive.

Bruce Forsyth – Generation Game opening 1973 – remembering the funeral of Bruce this week.

Yoseph Cat Stevens – What love did for me – a new track from a legendary artist

Steeley Dan – Rikki don’t loose that number, Reelin in the years, Do it again – all classic tracks loved by listeners.

Celine Dion – Think twice – requested by Patrick

Zager & Evans – In the year 2525

Glen Campbell – Galveston – for Adrian, who l;ike us is enjoying revisiting Glen’s musical legacy.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, from our place to your place.