Friday night Extra 12.6.20 with guest Ollie Lincoln from the band ECHO & singer-songwriter Paul Bell.

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with guest Ollie Lincoln from the band ECHO & singer-songwriter Paul Bell.
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring

Ollie chatted about the history of the band. Their music is a unique mixture of Motown with a gospel twist. He told us that he joined the band five years ago. Their aim is to play feel-good tracks that get everyone on their feet. They have played in pubs, festivals, all kinds of venues where you would not expect music with a faith base to be played. Ollie said all the band members have amazing stories of the reaction of their audiences and how the unexpected faith element in the music has helped people. He also said there are times when people¬† say “we love the music, but why do you have to sing about Jesus?” Ollie said that the band members will always talk about why faith is important to them.

In the second hour I was joined by Paul Bell.

He has released five albums and has been performing concerts on Facebook and Youtube from his garden during lockdown. He thought he would write a new song and in a morning wrote ‘The birds are still singing’.

ECHO & Paul’s music are available from their websites and all the usual platforms.

Tonight’s playlist

The Goodbye Look – I can’t stop

ECHO – Aint nobody, This will be – both the the album Soul Proprietors.

The Mamas – Move – Ollie said that for years he has been a big fan of Eurovision. With cancelation of the finals this year, together with friends, they have had their own version. This track, that would have been the Swedish entry, was their collective favourite. He noted that because of lockdown it had effectively been lost to a wider audience.

Tom Jones – Lord help the poor and needy – from the 2010 album Praise and blame. Requested by Phyl to mark Tom Jones’ 80th birthday.

Birthdays from this week

John Sidney 61 from the band They might be giants. We played Birdhouse in your soul.

Len Barry 78. We played his 1960s UK no 1, 1 2 3

Reg Presley RIP lead singer with the Troggs. Reg would have been 79. We played his composition Love is all around us.

Simon & Garfunkle – Sound of silence – requested by Patrick

Jamie Lawson – Ahead of myself

Chart this week 1990

No 1. EnglandNewOrder (all one word on the label) – World in motion – featuring an unforgettable (!) rap from footballer John Barnes.

No 4 Adamski ft Seal – Killer. Seal co-wrote the track. He said the song was about freeing yourself from whatever holds you back.

No 19 The Chines – Still haven’t found what I have been looking for. Bono said that this cover of the U” track from the 1987 album Joshua tree was the only cover of the song that did it justice.

The general feeling from listeners was that this selection  from 1990 made them feel old. How could the tracks be 30 years old?

Sting – Fragile

Paul Bell – The birds still sing

Caro Emerald – Rivera life (acoustic)

Moody Blues – The voice – from their 1981 album Long distance voyager.

Joe Stilgoe – Rainbow connection.


Next week my guest is Ian Adams.

Ian is a publish poet, author and chaplain of Ridely Hall Theological College in Cambridge. Ian will be talking about the link between creativity and spirituality and how this can help through the lock down and the pandemic.

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