Paul Dawson, founder of the Companye of Merrie folke came to tell us about the Tudor Festival at Ingatestone Hall on the 11th and 12th of September, 11-5 daily. He plays the part of a ‘cunning man.’ There will also be a barber -surgeon, cooks, a basket maker and a magician who are joined by a puppet show. The group were recently at Heaver Castle and have appeared at numerous venues including the Tower of London. Ingatestone Hall is a delightful Tudor mansion. The normal admittance fee of adults £7, Concessions £6, children £3 (under 5s free) is the same for the weekend, where there is the added bonus of the companye giving a true authentic feel to a visit. Paul delighted us with some dialogue spoken in the style of the times.
Mal Pope – The summer’s gone
Renaissance – Northern lights – the track peaked at no 10 in the UK singles chart in August 1979.
David Pickthall Big Band – Music to drive by. David was a recent guest where we dedicated a feature to the band. Their next concert is on Saturday 18th of September, 7pm at St. Mary & St Edward Parish Church West Hanningfield. Ticket information is on David’s web pages.
Steeleye Span – Gaudete – Paul chose this track. This song of thanks to Mary was first published in 1581. This track was a surprise no 14 in 1972. The words are accompanied by a liturgical tune of the time.
Greatest Showman soundtrack – This is me.
Styx – Boat on the river. Patrick requested this track which was a hit across Europe in 1972. The band are still performing live with three of the original members. In their career they have sold over 54 million records world wide.
Shania Twain celebrated her 56th birthday. We heard her 1998 UK no 3 that was a USA no 8 and no 1 in three countries, That don’t impress me much.
Martin Jackson was a drummer in the band Magazine in 1978. He is best known for playing drums on the Swing out Sister 1986 album Real Life and their UK no 4 and USA no 6. Breakout. WE heard this track. He celebrated his 66th birthday.
LeeAnn Rimes celebrated her 39th birthday. She has had fourteen singles in the UK charts between 1996 and 2007. We heard This love from 2004.
Our contestants via e-mail today were Patrick in Ingatestone and John in Billericay. Paul was joined in the studio by Tom and Luke. It was a closely fought with many very close answers but no-one getting an artist’s age correct. John was our winner with three points. Luke had two points. Tom and Patrick both scored one point.
Jack Savarotti – This love
Elton John & Taaron Eggerton – I’m gonna love me again – Grammy award winning track from the final credits of Rocketman.
Charity walk for CHESS Homeless around Chelmsford.
Tom Hill and Luke Tovey told us about their participation in the 20 mile Centenary Walk around Chelmsford on Saturday 25th of September. Tom has the target of raising £1,000 and has already raised over £400. They have both set up JustGiving pages where they can be sponsored.
They both felt that raising money for charities supporting homeless people is very important. Tom stated that homelessness could happen to anyone, “we are all one pay slip away from being homeless”. Their interview was filmed for their YouTude channels. @Tom outdoors =, @therealtravellingamigos. They can also both be found under the YouTube channel titles on Instagram. Tom is also on Facebook @tomhill.
They chose The Proclaimers – I will walk 500 miles.
Moonlight Parade – Hanging around – latest track from the Brentwood-based band.
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Why walk when you can run.
Chart this week in
No 1 Rick Astley – Never gonna give you up. This track topped the charts in twenty five countries.
Rick Astley in 1987.
Rick Astley in 2021.
No 2. Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – What have I done to deserve this?
No 12. Wax – Bridge to your heart.
Join me next week when my guest is Paul Hamilton. He will be talking about the re-opening of St. Mary’s West Hordon following the illegal rave that led to over £20,000 worth of damage and generated fund-raising responses from across the world.