Friday Night Extra 16.4.21 with guest Danny Wignall from the Red House Rhythm & Blue Duo.

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with guest Danny Wignall from the Red House Rhythm & Blue Duo.
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring

Danny is guitarist with the Red House Rhythm & Blues Duo. He told us that the idea for the band grew out of meeting Chris Hollinghurst at a clergy conference where Chris was playing keyboards. He also talked about his love of the music of the band Over the Rhine. Normally he is not someone who is drawn to music by lyrics, but when he first heard this band in 2005 he was struck by the depth of the lyrical content. He also liked the way that the musicianship was not “showy”. He now owns over twenty albums by them and has seen them live three times in the UK. They come from Ohio and live at Nowhere Farm. The three tracks that Danny chose from across their career all have a very different sound, but each has a lyric to ponder.

Tonight’s playlist

Blues Band – Let the good times roll

Johnny Cash – Ring of fire – this 1963 track was requested by Phyl. Billboard magazine rated it as the 87th Greatest Song of All-time.

Over the Rhine – Born, Baby if this is nowhere, Let it fall  -chosen  by Danny.

Birthdays quiz.

Leona Lewis celebrated her 36th birthday. She has sold of 20 million records world-wide. We heard Footprints in the sand from her 2006 no 1 album Spirit.

Pharrell Williams surprised those taking part in the quiz as he was 48 years old. We heard the 2014 track Gust of wind.

Tony Orlando, best know as lead singer in Dawn, celebrated his 77th birthday. We had to play Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree, the best selling track in 1973 in the Uk and the USA and a no 1 in eight other countries.

Thanks to Chris in Harlow, Chris in Surrey, Sarah, Lee and Bob in Harlow, Patrick and Rene in Ingatestone and Danny for taking part. Bob and Patrick both had the correct age for Leona Lewis. Chris in Harlow was correct with the age of Pharrell Williams. Patrick and Chris in Surrey were one year out with the age of Tony Orlando. Our winner tonight by one point was Patrick.

Red House Rhythm & Blues Duo with guest vocalist Matthew Hollinghurst – Down at the crossroads.

We also chatted with Karin Ridgers, returning to her Friday evening 6-8pm show The House of fun next week. She is rather nervous about returning to the hsow she presented for three years until lockdown in March last year. During this time she has been listening to a lot of music from Depeche Mode. She recalled as a fifteen year old seeing lead singer Dave Gahan at Billericay station. He was not impressed when she asked for a kiss. Next week Karen will be playing music chosen by guests on her shows.

Depeche Mode – Peace – a track from their 2009 UK no 2 album Sound of the Universe. 

London Grammar – Strong – this 2013 track was requested by Patrick.

Dave Edmunds – Small things (Big things come one day) – a song given to Dave by Bruce Springsteen. Requested by Chris in Surrey.

Chart this week in

No 1 Beatles – Lady Madonna. This track was released in mono. No 1 in six other countries.

No 4. Otis Redding – Sitting on the dock of the bay. He recorded the track twice, including once just days before his death in a plane crash. It was released posthumously and reached no 3 in the UK and no 1 in USA.

No 5 Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world. This track topped the charts in UK, Austria and after being featured in the film Good morning Vietnam in 1988, Belgium and Australia. Louis recorded the track when he was 66 years old.

Walk off the earth – How it is

Luke Purdie – Aint down south.

Join me next week when my guest is Lisa Whymark, giving us an update on the Daily Bread Café based in Hutton. She will also tell us about an artist whose music she has been listening to during lockdown.

Phot taken on a visit to the studio By Lisa in 2019.



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