Category Archives: Friday Night Extra

Friday Night Extra 20.4.18 with singer songwriter & accoustic guitarist Ian Perryman

Ian Perryman joined us this evening and sang three original songs. He also sang a song by his inspiration, John Denver and two 1960s covers. He told us how he began singing publicly and writing his own material. Find our more about him on He can be heard regularly in The Rose and Crown in Wivenhoe and also around the Colchester and Clacton areas at open mike events. His music can be downloaded from soundcloud and iTunes. In the second hour we heard from Chris. She appeared on the show a few weeks back and talked about running the Brighton marathon last Sunday. This was her first marathon. She ran along with two teaching colleagues from her school. The children had decided they should run to raise money for the Red Cross. To date they have raised over two thousand pounds. Donations can be added by accessing the Red Cross page, then Brighton Marathon. She said that after the event her first reaction was “never again!” By Monday morning she was thinking about the next marathon. She felt that taking part may well be addictive.

Tonight’s playlist

Beatles -Here comes the sun – with the temperature being 27 degrees today, we had to start with this great track. It was much appreciated by Chris, listening in Bishop Stortford.

Ian Perryman – Seasons of the heart – originally sung by John Denver

Moody Blues – Nights in white satin

Steeleye Span _ All around my hat – requested by Phyl  – loved by John who said he bought the album back in the 1970s when he was in the 4th form. Reminded him of a friend from those days.

Ian Perryman – Valentino,

In Perryman – Blood in the sand – a moving song about his father’s experiences on D-Day and the fact that he would never talk about them.

Ian Perryman – Your smile

Goodbye Look – Eye to eye – featuring Brentwood’s very own Michael Horner on keyboards

Elton John – Nakita

Avicci – Hey Brother – played after the shock news of his death today

Martha and the Vandellas – Nowhere to run – featured on the soundtrack of Good Morning Vietnam. – Requested by Patrick

Beach Boys – Warmth of the sun – also from the soundtrack of that film.

Adele – Skyfall – requested by Adrian

Lisa Harman – Eurythmics medley – a wonderfully soulful track from show favourite Lisa

Sophie Griffiths – A thousand times – Ingatestone’s very own Sophie with a track available on Itunes

Sky – Toccata

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – The onion song & You are all I need to get by.

Mary J Blige – Sorry seams to be the hardest word – from the new Revamp album – not universally appreciated by listeners. Check out the recording of last week’s show, Copy or cover?

Corrs – Runaway

Join me next week for another show, live from Brentwood to wherever you happen to be.

Friday Night Extra 13.4.18 Copy or cover?

Tonight we asked, if you record a new version of a well know song, should it just be a copy, or a cover that added something new? We had a diverse playlist this evening with some surprises. A number of listeners played along, guessing the original artists. The consensus was that if you were making a recording, there should be something original about the arrangement. Lee commented that country artists felt all they needed to do was add a slide guitar and they could copy anything. You will see which songs in the playlist brought this statement. John did well with the Mary Hopkin track, noting he thought it sounded Russian. Mark and Sian contributed choices. Chris, Sarah and Bob also e-mailed in correct answers.  How many did you get right? Which are copies and which are covers?

Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze – Seals and Crofts

Echo – This will be – Natalie Cole

Ed Sheeran – Candle in the wind – Elton John

Mary Hopkin – Those were the days – requested by Phyl who knew it was originally a Russian 19th century song. Where would we be without Wikipaedia?

Cliff Richard & Phil Everley – She means nothing to me – from an album of covers, but an original.

Pentatonix – Can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley – Suspicious minds – Mark James

Lisa Harman – Man with a child in his eyes – Kate Bush

Kate Bush – Rocket man – Elton John

Elton john – Free man in Paris – Joni Mitchell

Whitney Houston – I will always love you. – Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton – Help – Beatles

Counting Crows ft Vanessa Carlton – Big yellow taxi – Joni Mitchell

Sophie Griffiths – All I want – Kodaline

Earth, Wind & Fire – Got to get you into my life – Beatles

Pet Shop Boys – Always on my mind – Elvis Presley

Johnny Cash – Hurt – Nine inch nails

Rosanne cash – I’m only sleeping – Beatles

Future Heads – Hounds of Love – Kate Bush

Lorrie Morgan – Eight days a week – Beatles

U2 – Everlasting love – in the UK Love Affair, USA Robert Knight

KIllers – Mona Lisas and the mad Hatter – Elton John

Marvin Gaye – I heard it through the grapevine – Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Join me next week when folk singer Ian Perryman will be singing live in the studio.

And do check out the Brentwood Gazette this week, with a big feature about the Easter special we did on Good Friday.


Friday Night Extra 6.4.18 Remembering

Tonight we featured a number of anniversaries. Thirty years ago this month saw the release of Travelling Wilburys Volume 1 by the supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. We played two tracks from their much anticipated first of just two albums,  with Roy Orbison on vocals.

From fifty years ago we remembered the assassination and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr. He became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement using the tactics of non-violence. From the same era we also recalled the short period when the sitar, a Hindustani classical instrument could be heard on pop records, through the influence of Ravi Shankar on George Harrison and others. The TV show ‘Hill Street Blues’  ran from 1981 – 1987. This week saw the passing of producer and writer Steven Bochco who is said to have changed TV drama for ever with the introduction of Story arcs, with more than one story running over a number of weeks.

Tonight’s playlist

ECHO – People get ready

Sophie Griffiths – I heard it through the grapevine

Johnny Cash – Ring of fire – requested by Phyl

Carrie Underwood – Just a dream

Kenny Rogers – The gambler – we played this track as Kenny has cancelled the rest of his scheduled farewell concert tour.

Kate Bush – Hounds of love – requested by Chris

Beyoncé – Sweat dreams – requested by Patrick

Commodores – Easy – Jonty said this track had been playing in his head all week.

Alessa Caira – I guess that is why they call it the blues – from a new tribute album to Elton John, Revamp, released today. Rene loved this track.

Travelling Wilburys – Handle with care, Not alone anymore

Daniel Caine – Hill Street Blues theme

Gladys Knight and the Pips – Midnight train to Georgia – for Rene and everyone watching the golf from Georgia.

Coldplay – We all fall in love sometimes – from the Elton John tribute album Revamp.

Elton John – Tiny dancer – a sublime track from the man himself

Beatles – Tomorrow never comes – featuring a sitar

Box Tops – Cry like a baby – featuring an electric sitar

Traffic – Paper sun – the biggest hit from this late 1960s period featuring a sitar.

Brentwood School Band – Something

LIsa Harman – Nothing I can do – loved by John

ELO – Mr. Blue sky – for john and everyone who had been mowing a lawn under a blue sky today.

Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin and John

Simon and Garfunkle – The only living boy in New York – on our playlist and Matt’s as well.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra.

Friday Night Extra 30.3.18 Easter Special with Singer Marina Bottali- Price and guests including Alfie Clark.

Marina sang three songs live tonight Alfie Clark aged 10 sang live and talked about Easter at Ingatestone Junior School. Tim Lee told us about the celebrations for Good Friday held this morning in the town centre in Brentwood, with over four hundred people and a dramatized re-enactment of the first Good Friday. He also talked about the service he had taken at Mountnessing school about an empty Easter egg. Adrian, chaplain at Brentwood school, explained about the services for Easter that were held before the pupils had their Easter holidays, so this focussed on Palm Sunday. He also told us about last Friday being in Ypes in Belgium and how moving an experience that was for all concerned. Marina sang her three songs and talked about the importance of the resurrection in her own life. John spoke on the phone about an event happening at Emmanuel church Billericay on Easter Saturday afternoon, where they are having a Messy church for Easter. Apparently the tomb is a bread roll. Jesus is a jelly baby and the stone across the entrance to the tomb is a rich tea biscuit! Sue, who lives with husband Jim in Colorado Springs, but had worked for eight years in Cyprus, explained about the multicultural character of the church in Larnaca where she worshiped and about how they worked with refugees and others on the edge of the society.  She also said the church back in Colorado Springs regularly has 7,000 attenders on a Sunday morning. We have never had such a packed show! Jonty was back as well. We had lots of e-mails saying that Alfie was a star.

Tonight’s playlist

Carrie Underwood – Jesus take the wheel – Holly commented that she loves this song and uses the phrase all of the time, having first heard it on this show.

Jesus Christ Superstar (1986) – Hosanna

Hilary Scott & family – Thy will

Michael W Smith – Awesome God

Casting Crowns – O my soul

Lisa Harman – Psalm 23 – LIsa’s own setting.

Jesus Christ Superstar – Title song – loved by everyone in the studio and Jonty had seen the show live in London and loved it.

Chris Tomlin – Amazing grace

Carrie Underwood – How great thou art

Matt Redman – 1,000 reasons – check out the amazing video of this being sung at a live concert in Times Square, New York to an enormous audience.

Godspell – Prepare ye the way of the Lord

David Pickhall Big Band – Mac Arthur Park – they are playing live on Easter Saturday at Ingatestone Parish Church.

Join me next week for more music and chat, live from Brentwood.


Friday Night Extra 23.3.18 With Chris, running in the Brighton Marathon

I was joined on the phone by Chris who is running in the Brighton Marathon, raising money for the Red Cross. She has never in a marathon before and said that this would be the first and last time. She is running with two colleagues from Westbourne Primary School, Rob Lane and Dara O’Reilly. The School’s Council, a group of pupils, chose the charity, the Red Cross. The target is to raise £3,000. Money can be gifted via the Red Cross website. There is also a Just Giving site

Chris promised to tell us how she got on after the run.



We had three exclusive tracks tonight, giving them first radio plays.

The Goodbye Look – Eye to eye – classic jazz/rock sound with a contemporary edge

Sophie Griffiths –  All I want – a soulful rendition

Lisa Harman – It takes a man to try – chosen by birthday girl Lisa, celebrating today in Singapore.

Tonight’s playlist

Billy Joel – Innocent man

Spencer David Group – Keep on running – for Chris, Dara and Rob

Elvis Presley – Good luck charm – requested by Phyl

Ward Thomas – Good on you – for Alison who always checks out the recording

Abba – Name of the game – requested by Patrick

The Goodbye Look – Eye to eye

Sophie Griffiths – All I want

Billy Preston – That’s the way God planned it – from the concert for Bangladesh

Blood Sweat and Tears – You made me so very happy – a classic

Quincy Jones – Soul Bossanova

Caro Emerald – Riviera life – for Helen, celebrating two years living on Rhodes – this week with horrid weather!

Beatles – Let it be – naked version

Lisa Harman – It takes a man

Carrie Underwood – Good girl

Steeler’s Wheel – Stuck in the middle with you

Sly and the Family Stone – Runnin Away

Rummer – Goodbye girl – Lee noticed the likeness to Karen Carpenter

Carpenters – Goodbye to love – also a similar guitar solo at the end

Michael Buble Ft. Meghan Trainer – Someday

Inspiral carpets – This is how it feels – loved by Matt, listening in studio 2 and preparing for the show.

Beth Neilson Chapman – I feel your love – for Rene and lee and everyone feeling stressed for whatever reason.

Corrs – So young

Crosby Stills & Nash – Marrakesh Express

Join me next week for a bumper special show for Easter, with a studio full of guests, including Marina singing live.

Friday Night Extra 16.3.18 The Irish connection

With St. Patrick’s day tomorrow, the second hour of the show was devoted to Irish artists. I counted down the top five best selling artists from world wide sales. At number 5 are the Corrs with 45 million sales across  a career of 11 years. Number 4 are The Cranberries with 50 million sales in 17 years.

Number 3 is Van Morrison with 55 million sales across a career of 46 years,

No 2 is Enya. Her career has been 27 years and she has sold over 80 million.

Way ahead at number one are U2. With a thirty seven year career they have sales of a staggering 170 million world wide. I asked listeners to guess how many were their sales.  Rene came close with 200 million. Chris wrote, ‘no idea how many…zillions!’

Tonight’s playlist

Ronan Keating – Lost for words

Simon & Garfunkle – Old friends – continuing our look through Paul Simon’s career.

ECHO – People get ready – looking forward to the live set in the studio from their keyboard player Ollie Lincoln in April.

Joni Mitchel – Free man Paris – Loved by Lee working on USA tax returns.

Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up where we belong – requested by Patrick

Marillion – Kayleigh – requested by Chris as it always reminds her of her time training to teach.

Sam Outlaw – Dryin in the sun

Sophie Griffiths – I wish

Lisa Harman – This is my moment – recorded with John Parr (St. Elmo’s fire) and with him playing guitar

Beach Boys – Warmth of the sun – loved by Bob.

Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

Chris De Burgh – Lady in red

Boyzone – Father and son – Emails saying Cat Stevens original is best. Who can argue with that?

Thin Lizzy – Whisky in jar – who does not love this track?

Snow Patrol – You are all I have

Westlife – You raised me up – for Phyl who loves this song whoever sings it.

Fergal Sharkey – A good heart

Corrs – Radio

Cranberries – Dream

Van Morrison – Brown eyed girl. Have I told you lately that I love you.

Enya – Orinoco Flow

U2 – Angel of Haarlem. Still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

Thanks to the many people who contacted the show. Join me next week between 8-10 for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

Friday Night Extra with studio guest Rev. Penny Sayer

Rev. Penny joined me to talk about her innovative role, unique in the C. of E. She works alongside parishes in mid-Essex to help then think about how to turn things around. She talked about coming from a household with atheist parents, yet always feeling she had faith. Her grandmother and schooling were significant influences. After having six children, she felt the call to ordained ministry, which was a surprise to no-one who knew her. She came to her post having been previously an incumbent in east London. She clearly loves all she does. Two of her music choices were songs she sang to her children when they were babies. The other was part of her only playlist when she was at university. You can decided which is which.

Musically we continued our journey through the catalogue of compositions by Paul Simon with the magnificent Bridge over troubled waters. I think that track will still be being played in a hundred years time. The exclusive from Lisa Harman was written and recorded in just an hour! All the music and the words!!

We also featured two tracks from the phenomenal album Rumours. Released in 1977, in the UK top 50 albums and USA BIllboard 200 albums this week. By March 78 there were world-wide sales of 10 million. By 1980 13 million. By 2013 40 million and still it sells. Now 722 weeks on the UK album chart. It is the 11th best selling album in the UK of all time and the 6th in USA, with no hint of stopping.

Tonight’s playlist

The Shires – Made in England – check out the YouTube video of them singing this track live in the PhoenixFM studio.

Simon & Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled water

Joni Mitchell – Little Green – chosen by Penny

Steeleye Span – Black Jack Day – chosen by Penny

Dire Straits – Brothers in arms – chosen by Penny

Jean Michelle Jarre – Oxygen Part 4

ECHO – People get ready – check up-coming shows on the staion home-page where there are details of ECHO keyboard player Ollie Lincoln coming in to the show and playing live.

Shadows – Wonderful world – requested by Phyl

Carrie Underwood – Something in the water

Lisa Harman – All the way to Utopia – one hours work!

Laurie Green – Judas & Mary – from his charity album that can be bought directly from his website and Facebook page.

Nik Kershaw – Don’t let the sun go down on me – requested by Chris, training for the Brighton marathon.

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams, Don’t stop – both from Rumours.

Joe Stilgoe – Like this one

Pentatonix – Where are U now?

Sam Outlaw – All my life

Harry Chapin – Cats in the cradle – one of the best songs ever written.

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood.

Friday Night Extra 02.03.2018 with guests Fiona & Ian from Brentwood Schools Christian Workers Trust.

Fiona and Ian from the Brentwood School’s Christian Worker Trust joined me in the studio this evening. Ian said the roll of the organisations was to be of service to the schools on behalf of the churches in Brentwood. He told us they work in many schools across the sectors in Brentwood and also in Ongar and Margaretting. Assembles are taken, assistance given to religious education and clubs are run. This includes running workshops leading to Christmas and Easter. Providing prayer spaces was also important in the rush and pressure of contemporary life. The trust also provide chaplains  for schools, who are able to listen to listen to young people and help them address problems. More information about the trust can be found on, Ian told us how he will be running in the Brentwood Half-marathon on the 18th of March to raise money for the trust. He has never run a half marathon before!

He can be sponsored on

More information on any aspect of the work can be obtained by phoning the office on 01277 249275.

Tonight’s playlist

Temptations – Ball of confusion

Simon & Garfunkle – Hazy shade of winter – continuing our journey through Paul Simon’s career. With snow and freezing temperatures, it felt appropriate to play a song mentioning winter!

ELO – Diary of Horace Wimp – chosen by Rosie, who should have also joined us tonight, but was snowbound in her house.

Coldplay – Adventure of lifetime – chosen by Fiona

Switchfoot – Live it well – chosen by Ian

James Taylor – You’ve got a friend

David Essex – A winter’s tale – requested by Patrick

Vicar of Dibley theme – Remembering how Emma Chambers, the verger Alice in the series, made us all laugh. Thanks Emma.

The Real Thing – You to me are everything, Can’t get by without you – remembering lead singer Eddie Amoo

Sophie Griffiths – I’d rather go blind

Lisa Harman – Make my way for an angel – another show exclusive from Lisa

Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water – for Chris in Bishop Stortford

Kate Bush & Larry Adler – The man I love – the most commented on track by listeners tonight. – Lee, working on US tax returns,  could not believe how 1920s Kate sounded. Chris in Harlow, a big Kate fan, had never heard it before…and loved it.

Billy Joel – Just the way you are – Four Seasons – Rag doll. These two tracks are connected. Billy said that the inspiration for his song was the last line of the Four Seasons track.

Michel Buble – the very thought of you – for Jonty, who listeners kept asking, “Where is he?” He was performing in a Shakespeare play, some of which was meant to be outside…in the snow! We will hear all about it next week.

Join me next Friday evening, when my studio guest will be Revd. Penny Sayer, the Bradwell area Turn-around minister. She will be explaining this unique and innovative role, together with her spiritual journey that led to this post. I am sure it will be fascinating.






Friday Night Extra 23.2.18 with studio guest Rob Scraggs from Chesshomeless

Rob Scaggs came into the studio to update us on the work of the Chelmsford based charity Chess that works with the homeless. The new Hub building is now near completion and will provide nine overnight bedrooms as well as a central administrative centre. We spoke about the obvious on-going need for the work and Jonty commented that now he commuted to Chelmsford the need for work with homeless people had become very obvious to him. Rob said that if you saw a homeless person in the street, the important action to take was to talk to them. If they were really homeless, they would want to tell their story. He also said that buying a drink and a sandwich was good, but he advised against giving any money. The way to really help someone was to support charities like Chess that can provide ways out of homeless lifestyles. Chess has many ways that support can be provided. Of course they is through financial donations, but there are also numerous different opportunities for volunteering. More information can be found on or by phoning 01245 281104.

With the death of American evangelist Billy Graham this week, Rob and I chatted about the amazing influence of Billy on the world. Rob’s wife had been converted at a Billy Graham meeting.

Tonight’s playlist

Moody Blues – Isn’t life strange

For King and Country – Little drummer boy – chosen by Rob. You just have to watch the video. It is nothing like you would expect! Rob said he particularly liked it as he was a drummer.

Behold – Hillsong worship – Rob had seen this sung live at an event in London.

Black Eyed Peas – I’ve got a feeling – chosen simply because it is a feel good song.

Soweto String Quartet – Freedom

Ellie Golding – Vincent – requested by Patrick

Fairport Convention – Adieu, Adieu – requested by Phyl who will be seeing them live very soon.

ABC – When Smokey sings – requested by Chris for Bob and they both danced around the kitchen to it.

Paul Simon – I am a rock – continuing our exploration of the music of Paul Simon, What a song.

The Script – Superheroes – requested by Adrian hoping that the Irish rugby team will be superheroes against Wales.

Joe Jackson – Stepping out – the inspiration for LIsa Harman to write her own song – Stepping out – for her sister, Debbie Spence, who loves the music of Joe Jackson.

Crystals – Da Doo Ron Ron – we all sang along giving thanks for vocalist Barbara Alston, who died today aged 74 years.

Beach Boys – Lady Linda – based on J.S. Bach’s Jesu joy of man’s desiring. Loved by Bob, who saw them twice in concert. I am so jealous!

Harry Chapin – Taxi – for Chris from Bishop Stortford, who is a fan of Harry’s music.

Join me next week, when my guests are from the Brentwood School’s Christian Worker Trust.

Friday Night Extra 16.2.18 with an appreciation of the music of Paul Simon.

Tonight’s show included an appreciation of the music of Paul Simon, who has announced that the Homeward Bound tour will be his last. We also had a number of requests tonight. John was struggling with giving up chocolate for Lent, so we played him a track by the band Hot Chocolate to give him his chocolate for the day. Phyl requested a track by Pat Boone, so we had to dust-off the Phoenix FM 78rpm player. Sounded good. We had an exclusive track from Lisa Harman, who e-mailed in for a track by Barry Manilow. She said that the song, ‘Could it be magic’, which is based on  a prelude by Chopin, had inspired her to write sons based on classical music. Arthur’s theme brought in comments from listeners about both the song and the film. When we played a track from Motown the Musical, we instantly had three e-mails from listeners who had all seen it recently and loved it.

Tonight’s playlist

Mark Antionne – Sunlife – new show theme.

Michelle Ward – What a wonderful world – a version from our weekday mid-morning presenter

Moody Blues – Ride my see-saw

Carrie Underwood – There’s something in the water

Piano Guys – Its gonna be O.K. – Jonty’s favourite track of the night

Beatles – You can’t do that – requested by Patrick

Beatles – Can’t by me love – played for Jonty because he said he had never heard it!

Pat Boone – When the swallows come back to Capistrano – requested by Phyl

Lisa Harman – You are my son/son – Lisa said she had written this song for a friend and her son, and before tonight it had never been heard by anyone else.

Christopher Cross – Arthur’s theme

James Taylor – Up on the roof

Sophie Griffiths – I’d rather go blind

Theme from the Avengers – thanks for all who e-mailed in to identify the T.V. programme

ECHO – Aint nobody

Blossoms – Charlemagne – requested by Adrian

Simon and Garfunkel – Sound of Silence

Paul Simon – Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

Simon & Garfunkle – Bridge over troubled waters

James Morrison – Come back and stay – requested by Chris

Hot Chocolate – Everyone’s a winner

Barry Manilow – Could it be magic – requested by Lisa

Motown the Musical (broadway cast) – Aint no mountain high enough

The Supremes – Up the ladder to the roof

George Martin – Theme One

Join me next week when my guest is Rob Scaggs from CHESS, the Chelmsford-based charity working with homeless people throughout Essex.