Musical Meanderings

Anathema – Musical Meanderings 8th July 2014

I’ve been playing the music of Anathema for a while and I’ve enjoyed and found it interesting how they’ve evolved their sound over their career. Always looking to push boundaries…

 
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Superknown – Musical Meanderings 1st July 2014

More re-integration back to UK life this week and looking ahead to a couple of events- speaking to Vincent from Anathema, which I’ll be recording and sharing next week. It…

 
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Third Eye – Musical Meanderings 24th June 2014

It was great to be back on Phoenix after a bit of a break. I had a healing adventure in Spain, escaping the rat race and visiting friends. It allowed…

 
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Total Self Chrysalid – Musical Meanderings 27th May 2014

It was back to the music this week and a pleasure to look forward to another few events. As well as the Sunrise Celebration this weekend which I spoke about…

 
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Brandon Boyd – 22nd May 2014

I had a double helping on Phoenix FM this week and it gave me a wonderful opportunity to share I conversation I had with a wonderful artist who has been…

 
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Sunrise Celebration 2014 – Musical Meanderings 20th May 2014

What a pleasure it was to look forward to a great festival coming up from the 29th May to the 1st of June. It’s the Sunrise Celebration and it was…

 
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A Few Twos – Musical Meanderings 13th May 2014

This week I revisited some long not played artists in twos. With half an eye on Soulfly’s visit to The Black Sabbath event at Hyde Park in July, I enjoyed…

 
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Herida and Minerva Falls – Musical Meanderings 29th April 2014

This coming bank holiday Sunday, the 6th May will host a wonderful gig at Chinnerys on Southend seafront. It’s been organised by Dawson’s Music Management and it’s in aid of…

 
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Catching Dreams – Musical Meanderings 22nd April 2014

More forward momentum on this week’s show, mainly catching up with artists that have featured before, but I’ve caught up to date with their more recent material. I celebrated a…

 
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Dawing Dreams – Musical Meanderings 8th April 2014

It was wonderful to looking forward to some more out and about this coming summer after booking a ticket to see Black Sabbath in July. The line up includes bands…

 
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Chris Liberator – Musical Meanderings 1st April 2014

After a break of over a year, it was such a pleasure to welcome back Chris Liberator back to the Phoenix FM studios. We had such a wonderful conversation last…

 
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Out and about with Sabatta – Musical Meanderings 25th March 2014

It was great to get back on the conversation vibes tonight, and even better to head out for a drink to do it. After playing the conversation I recorded in…

 
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Today Is A Good Day – Musical Meanderings 18th March 2014

It was back to just music fun this week and with half an eye towards the Spring equinox towards the weekend. It’s been an interesting year so far, going by…

 
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Robert Francis – Musical Meanderings 11th March 2014

This week it was wonderful to continue the momentum of the year and share a great conversation I was able to record with Robert Francis while he was in town…

 
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Dar Williams – Musical Meanderings 4th March 2014

When I saw and interviewed The New Mendicants at Dingwalls back at the end of January I also had the pleasure of chatting to Malojian who was supporting them. During…

 
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Light Tide – Musical Meanderings 18th February 2014

Back to some old school meanderings during tonight’s show. The first hour showcased a lot of what I’ve been enjoying recently, with the likes of Mother Love Bone, Black Crowes…

 
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Valentines Fun – Musical Meanderings 11th February 2014

Love was in the air for this show as a love theme sort of took over. I was compiling music and thought I would find a variety of songs that…

 
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The New Mendicants and Malojian – Musical Meanderings 28th January 2014

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of heading down to Dingwalls in Camden for lovely gig and conversations with lovely people. The New Mendicants were playing and supporting their new…

 
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Always New Music To Hear – Musical Meanderings 21st January 2014

The new year has been continuing and I’ve been so grateful to have more new music come my way. As I talked about in the show, I have always been…

 
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Into January – Musical Meanderings 14th January 2014

January is well underway (once again, how quickly!) and it’s very easy to fall into a midwinter depression. We’re around the day when someone worked out (or made up) that…

 
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Launch – Musical Meanderings 7th January 2014

2014 is underway and it was great to continue as I mean to…continue! On tonight’s show I continued to celebrate the likes of Trippy Wicked and Chico Science, but I…

 
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New Years Eve – Musical Meanderings 31st December 2013

So we’re here. The end of 2013 arrived and where did it all go. It only seems like yesterday that I was sitting in the sun during precious moments of…

 
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Tangra Festival 2013 – Musical Meanderings

After a bit of a delay, I enjoyed having a fond look back at my time at the Tangra 2013 festival in June. I did play a show special back…

 
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Christmas Eve – Musical Meanderings 24th December 2013

Well Christmas came all a little bit quick! As I discussed in the show, it only seems like yesterday that I was sitting in the sun. But no matter it’s…

 
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Band4Life, The Santa Cause – Musical Meanderings 26th November 2013

There have been two previous Band4Life events in Southend and on those occasions I’ve had the pleasure of being joined by Chris Powell on the phone before hand to catch…

 
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I Bet On Sky – Musical Meanderings 27th August 2013

Here’s the playlist for 27th August 2013 1.  Van Halen – The Full Bug (Diver Down – 1982) 2.  Rage Against The Machine – Bulls On Parade (Evil Empire –…

 
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Trancemutation – Musical Meanderings 20th August 2013

Here’s the playlist for 20th August 2013 1.  Faith No More – From Out Of Nowhere (Live) (Live At The Brixton Academy – 1990) 2.  Metallica – Jump In The…

 
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Nocturnal Network – Musical Meanderings 6th August 2013

Here’s the playlist for 6th August 2013 1.  Helmet – Milquetoast (Betty – 1994) 2.  Rollins Band – Inhale Exhale (Come In And Burn – 1997) 3.  Ty Segall –…

 
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Sound City – Musical Meanderings 30th July 2013

Here’s the playlist for 30th July 2013 1.  Mother Love Bone – Capricorn Sister (Apple – 1990) 2.  Living Colour – Pride (Time’s Up – 1990) 3.  Temple Of The…

 
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Devi Prayer – Musical Meanderings 23rd July 2013

Here’s the playlist for 23rd July 2013 1.  Tool – Prison Sex (Undertow – 1993) 2.  Megadeth – My Last Words (Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? – 1986) 3.  Thin Lizzy…

 
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I Feel You – Musical Meanderings 18th June 2013

Events tonight meant that I was able to start the show half an hour earlier. It was great to be able to make the most of it and it also…

 
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Secret Plants – Musical Meanderings 11th June 2013

Here’s the playlist for 11th June 2013 (Albums in brackets) 1.  The Cult – Sweet Soul Sister (Sonic Temple – 1989) 2.  Texas Is The Reason – Back And To…

 
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Band4Life – Musical Meanderings 4th June 2013

As the sun continues to shine it was lovely to look forward to a busy few days, especially over the weekend. Over in Southend at the Peter Boat on both…

 
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Rocking eternally – Musical Meanderings 28th May 2013

  This week it was once again back on my own in the studio, but it gave me a chance to celebrate a previous week of musical moments. I had…

 
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E.V.P – Musical Meanderings 21st May 2013

Tonight’s show was one I have been looking forward to for a while. Earlier this year I was able to record an interview with psychedelic trance artist Alex Diplock, otherwise…

 
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Move On Up – Musical Meanderings 30th April 2013

Here’s the playlist for 30th April 2013 (Albums in brackets) Listen again to follow… 1.  Spiritualized – Lay Back In The Sun (Pure Phase) 2.  Tool – Vicarious (10,000 Days)…

 
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Psy Sisters – Musical Meanderings 23rd April 2013

This week I had the pleasure of sharing information about a new project in the psychedelic trance scene called Psy Sisters. It’s a collective of talented female artists which include…

 
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Transition Festival 2013 – Musical Meanderings 16th April 2013

As I mentioned last week during my show, over the Easter period I was able to enjoy another transformative occasion in Spain at the latest edition of the appropriately titled…

 
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Andy Force – Musical Meanderings 9th April 2013

Last week I returned fully charged from the Transition festival and inspired by the experiences I had, the people I met and the conversations I had with them. I was…

 
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Tales From The Coin Spinner – Musical Meanderings 26th March 2013

This was my last show before a break for a week when I was able to head to Spain for another wonderful time at the Transition festival. It’s a very…

 
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Eyes Wide Open – Musical Meanderings 19th March 2013

It was back to the meandering selection tonight as I was back on my own.  Even though I’m coming to prefer my conversations and connections with guests, I really enjoyed…

 
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Sleepy Wood – Musical Meanderings 12th March 2013

After a break for a week I returned to some more rocking guest fun. And indeed once again from Southend as Sleepy Wood followed in the footsteps of the likes…

 
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Stratus Rocks – Musical Meanderings 26th February 2013

I enjoyed being joined by more great guests this week when Southend band Stratus Rocks joined me live in the studio. As well as more fantastic conversation they were able…

 
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Dream On Me – Musical Meanderings 19th February 2013

Still on my own unfortunately this week, but I’m already getting ready for the visit of Stratus Rocks to the studio next week. I enjoyed playing Washes Away again which…

 
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Instant Karma – Musical Meanderings 12th February 2013

I dove extensively into my record collection this week to bring an even more varied meandering selection. It was great to enjoy flowing amongst The Rolling Stones, My Morning Jacket…

 
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Raising The Bar – Musical Meanderings 5th February 2012

No guests this week, but I still enjoyed a rocking start to February with a return to some psychedelic vibes. January seems to have passed all too quickly, but it’s…

 
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The Fifty-Four Plates – Musical Meanderings 29th January 2013

I had the pleasure of enjoying more live music in the studio this week as I was joined by Southend band The Fifty-Four Plates. It was great to see all…

 
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Ebb and Flow – Musical Meanderings 22nd January 2013

Here’s the playlist for 22nd January 2013 (Albums in brackets) 1.  Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magic (Blood Sugar Sex Magic) 2.  The Black Keys – Money…

 
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Yinka – Musical Meanderings 15th January 2013

This week saw the welcome return of Yinka Oyewole to the Phoenix FM studios. The last time I spoke to him on the show was on the phone while he…

 
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Chris Liberator – Musical Meanderings 8th January 2013

I got 2013 started on a rocking note this week as I had the pleasure of being joined live in the studio by acid techno legend Chris Liberator. It’s a…

 
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Times Are Changing – Musical Meanderings 18th December 2012

It was the last show of 2012 and soon before the 21st of December which is a time many people have been talking about for a while, along with the…

 
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Renu – Musical Meanderings 4th December 2012

It felt a little bit like an action packed show tonight as I was joined live in the studio by Renu as she came in to talk about her new,…

 
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Yes, I know – Musical Meanderings 27th November 2012

I had to adjust to being back on my own this week, and despite missing having people to talk to and flowing conversation, I enjoyed returning to a flowing musical…

 
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The Cortège – Musical Meanderings 20th November 2012

      After the fun of Herida last week, it was fantastic to be joined by another three piece rock band in the studio who’s music I’ve been enjoying…

 
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Herida – Musical Meanderings 13th November 2012

After an extended period of time on my own, I enjoyed welcoming guests back into the studio this week. It was great to be joined by Phil, Ad and Col…

 
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One Eyed God – Musical Meanderings 6th November 2012

After a few weeks on my own it was a nice change this week to once again have guests featuring on the show, and hopefully the first of many! After…

 
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Halloween – Musical Meanderings 30th October 2012

Halloween has never been a particularly favourite holiday of mine, but as with many things in life, I’ve noticed the more I’ve participated, the more fun I’ve had. It’s not…

 
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Turn The Page – Musical Meanderings 23rd October 2012

This week I continued to enjoy the continuing evolution of the flow of music during the show as well as the flow of life. As much as I’d like to…

 
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Keeping At It – Musical Meanderings 16th October 2012

Back to the updates for this week and it was interesting to discover the pattern that seems to emerging recently with the flow of the music when I don’t have…

 
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Aura – Musical Meanderings 25th September 2012

Continuing from the Boom special last week, I thought I would celebrate a wonderful conversation I had on a train from Castelo Branco in Portugal back towards Spain after the…

 
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Boom Festival 2012 – Musical Meanderings 18th September 2012

Last week I mentioned that I’d just returned from adventures where I’d enjoyed rocking at some of the best psychedelic trance festivals in Europe. This week I decided to celebrate…

 
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The Return – Musical Meanderings 11th September 2012

This week saw my return to these shores after an adventure around Europe which ended up lasting more than five weeks. I had the pleasure of being able to attend…

 
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Vibe Festival 2012 – Musical Meanderings 10th July 2012

This week I enjoyed celebrating the good vibes I enjoyed at the Vibe festival at the end of June in the Czech Republic. It was their first year putting on…

 
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We Gotta Have Peace – Musical Meanderings 3rd July 2012

Here’s the playlist for 3rd July 2012 (Albums in brackets) 1.  Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Down Below We’re All Going to Go (Curtis) 2.  Jesus…

 
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Happiness Enquiry – Musical Meanderings 19th June 2012

It was back to guest fun this week when my friends Lynnette Curtis and Kevin Wood joined me live in the studio for a chat and to play music live…

 
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Downloaded – Musical Meanderings 12th June 2012

On this week’s Musical Meanderings I had the extra pleasure of an extra hour and started at 9pm. It gave me more time to enjoy my metal roots as I…

 
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There’s no rush, but it helps to have Rush – Musical Meanderings 5th June 2012

Been getting back on the playlist action. Looking forward to some great guests here on Musical Meanderings and adventures over the summer which will be reported on here. In the…

 
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K.i.M – Musical Meanderings 17th April 2012

It was fantastic to continue to celebrate the new Tuesday night slot for Musical Meanderings by being joined by another great guest live in the studio. K.i.M, otherwise known as…

 
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Yinka Oyewole – Musical Meanderings 25th March 2012

Tonight we were jet setting again as I had the chance to catch up with Yinka during his latest stay in New York. He’s got a long standing affinity with…

 
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Musical Meanderings 18th March 2012

1.  Guns ‘N’ Roses – Mama Kin            (G’N’R Lies) 2.  Babes In Toyland – Mother            (Fontanelle 1992) 3.  Broadcast – Elegant Elephant        (Mother Is The…

 
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Entering March – Musical Meanderings 5th March 2012

Entering March and the first hints of spring, it was a great chance to celebrate some new singles. I once again played the new version of ‘Brooklyn’ by Sabatta, along…

 
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Narkez MC: First Play – Musical Meanderings 26th February 2012

It’s still strange to be rocking here with guests again this week, but it’s something that will be address over the coming weeks! It was still nice to plow into…

 
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Kay Elizabeth – Musical Meanderings 12th February 2012

This weekend was the first in our brand new studio in the Brentwood Centre. It was a great occasion and it reflected well on everyone at Phoenix involved in the…

 
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De Fuego – Musical Meanderings 15th January 2012

I was fortunate to be joined by more wonderful musical guests in the studio on Sunday when Edina Balczo and Davide Lufrano Chaves, otherwise known as De Fuego were able…

 
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Hamish Jenkinson – Musical Meanderings 8th January 2012

On Sunday I had the honour of being joined on the phone by Hamish Jenkinson, creative director of the Old Vic Tunnels, trustee of the Kevin Spacey Foundation and Chairman…

 
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Alicia Bastos – Musical Meanderings 18th December 2011

This week on Musical Meanderings I had the pleasure of being joined by Alicia Bastos who is a Arts and Culture project manager, as well as being an accomplished artist…

 
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Old Music Through New Ears? – Musical Meanderings 11th December 2011

I took another break from having a guest this week and had the pleasure of playing some new music I found this weekend. Actually, when I say new music I…

 
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The Freewheelin’ Troubadour – Musical Meanderings 4th December 2011

On the show on Sunday it was great to set the tone in a different direction than usual by being joined by The Freewheelin’ Troubadour himself, Dion Power. We heard…

 
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Like two sides of two different coins! – Musical Meanderings 27th November 2011

It was an interesting change to land at the studio this week without any guests. I’ve gotten used to the company over the past couple of weeks, but I found…

 
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Elephant 12

Chatting to Graham Stannard on Musical Meanderings

 
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Designs Of Chaos – Musical Meanderings 13th November 2011

I had the great pleasure of being joined in the studio by Designs Of Chaos for tonight’s show. They certainly helped with providing a metal edge to the proceedings! It…

 
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Ramping it up – Musical Meanderings 6th November 2011

This week’s journey had been building up for a couple of weeks. I’ve been wandering an electronic meander and it culminating in a full on first hour with some great…

 
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Getting Spooky – Musical Meanderings 30th October 2011

Things were getting a bit spooky on Halloween weekend as it seemed to be more popular than ever. The previous week found me carving pumpkins for the first time since…

 
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Getting Electrified – Musical Meanderings 23rd October 2011

It was great to take a little change of direction this week. From a few weeks of variations of rock music, I thought I’d have a gentle transition into a…

 
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Joana and her friends – Musical Meanderings 16th October 2011

This week I thought I’d take the opportunity to play songs from some of my favourite female artists, inspired by my chat with Joana Glaza from Joana and The Wolf…

 
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Sun is shining – Musical Meanderings 2nd October 2011

Last weekend the word on everyone’s lips was weather as we made the most of a wonderful spell of a hot version of it- a belated blast of summer before…

 
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Natural progressions – Musical Meanderings 25th September 2011

On Musical Meanderings on the 25th I continued my new theme of more natural progressions between songs, tonight Meandering from Black Sabbath through to ambient electronic music via Tanya Donelly…

 
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Sabatta – Musical Meanderings 18th September 2011

Continuing my catch up, here’s info on my show on the 18th which unfolded in two parts. First of all I played with a new style of Meandering which took…

 
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Back in the swing of things – Musical Meanderings 11th September 2011

This evening I’ve been enjoying revisiting some of my recent shows and having a catch up with posting them. After our little flurry of heat and sunshine we have autumn…

 
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Latitude warm down – Musical Meanderings 14th August 2011

It was great to get back in the seat tonight after what seems like too long. Many thanks to Chris for filling in appropriately last weekend. I’ve been out and…

 
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Meandering Through The Years

Graham was away this week so I stepped in (avoiding any injuries this time!) to cover the show. Decided to stick with the same format as last time and play…

 
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Latitude warm up – Musical Meanderings 10th July 2011

It’s that time of the year again, where a few of us here at Phoenix FM look forward to the Latitude festival. It’s only next weekend & I enjoyed looking…

 
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The Dustaphonics on Musical Meanderings – 26th June 2011

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] At the end of a beautiful weekend where the sun returned to lift everyone’s spirits,  it was wonderful to celebrate by featuring The Dustaphonics…

 
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Musical Meanderings – 12th June 2011

Rain was the order of the day (or weekend!) as lots of people were out & about this weekend enjoying the first big weekend of festivals. Glade was on up…

 
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Mark Wynn on Musical Meanderings – 5th June 2011

It was great to be joined live in the studio last Sunday by singer/songwriter Mark Wynn. He joined me during his travels- he’d been up in York, then played in…

 
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Musical Meanderings – 22nd May 2011

Here’s the playlist for 22nd May 2011 (albums in brackets) 1st Hour 1. Teenage Fanclub – Hang On (Thirteen) 2. Bruce Springsteen – War 3. The Joy Formidable – Whirring…

 
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Musical Meanderings – 15th May 2011

Here’s the playlist for 15th May 2011 (albums in brackets) 1st Hour 1. Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly (There Is Nothing Left to Lose) 2. David Bowie – Let’s…

 
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Divine Hangover – 8th May 2011

It was great to have a bit of a quiet weekend for a change & enjoy the aftermath of the Divine Comedy Top 20 show on Friday. It was great…

 
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Easter Bank Holiday Meanderings – 24th April 2011

Here’s the playlist for 24th April 2011 (albums in brackets) 1st Hour 1.  Spiritualized – Lay Back In The Sun                       (Pure Phase)…

 
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Phillious Williams on Musical Meanderings – 17th April 2011

Last night on Musical Meanderings I was joined live in the studio by Mark, Mark & Ted from Southend based band, Phillious Williams. They had a lively weekend playing out-…

 
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Musical Meanderings – 10th April 2011

It was great to get back in the saddle this week after having last week off. Thanks again to Chris Siviter for covering last week. The break gave me a…

 
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Accidental Meanderings

On the way to the studio to cover Musical Meanderings this week for Graham I had a rather unfortunate falling over accident which caused quite some considerable damage to both…

 
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Martin Mays in on Musical Meanderings – 27th March 2011

It was great to be joined in the studio tonight by singer/songwriter Martin Mays. We were able to hear some of his songs, find out where he is with some…

 
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Savage Circuit on Musical Meanderings 20th March 2011

It was rather fantastic to be joined in the studio tonight by Alchemy records Trance artist Savage Circuit. It was great to catch up with him & listen to four…

 
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Musical Meanderings tomorrow 20th March

Just a reminder to join me tomorrow on Musical Meanderings from 10pm- midnight, when I’ll be joined in the studio by Alchemy records Trance artist Savage Circuit & hearing some…

 
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Spring has sprung? – 13th March 2011

I had another great weekend, catching up with some friends at a birthday party. I heard & was inspired by some new music there as well, some of which I…

 
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Flying The Funk

It was great to top off a great weekend by dabbling in slightly different styles of electronic music with the likes of Vessel, Brisker & Magitman & Chihei Hatakeyama. I…

 
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Pubaging! – 27th February 2011

It was great to once again head to the studio after a weekend in London catching up with friends & rocking straight over here. It was great to play some…

 
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Back in the saddle – 20th February 2011

Here’s the playlist for Sunday 20th February (albums in brackets) 1st Hour 1. Poison – Nothin’ But A Good Time (Open Up & Say….Ahh!) 2. Ramones – When I Was…

 
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Endurance fun – 6th February 2011

Tonight’s show was one of those that took a life of its own. I found out earlier today that unfortunately Taylor wasn’t around for Rock The Week, so I initially…

 
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Keep the resolutions & new year flowing – 30th January 2011

It’s almost the end of January & already I’m struggling to keep on top of my resolutions. I was hoping by now to have developed a bit more of a…

 
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Psychedelic Trance – 23rd January 2011

It was great to have a bit of an early experience of a fresh start in this new year. I had the pleasure of catching up with my friend Rollo…

 
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2011 Under Way

1st Hour 1. Monster Magnet – Powertrip (Powertrip) 2. Nirvana – Breed (Nevermind) 3. Grandmaster Flash – White Lines (Don’t Do It) 4. Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod (Psalm…

 
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New Year. New Start. Let’s Go!

The holiday season passes by so quick doesn’t it? It was great to have a bit of time off between bits of work to get on with a bit of…

 
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