Brentwood, 5.07pm: 15°C, clear sky

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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