Category Archives: Friday Night Extra

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.

Friday Night Extra with Tom Page singing live

Folk singer Tom Page brought his ukulele to the studio and sang three tracks live. From Galway to Graceland was a sad tale about a woman selling up in Ireland and going to be at Graceland, claiming that she had been married to Elvis Presley. Sip, jigs and reels had the feel of a sea shanty. Moonlight was a quieter, thoughtful piece. Tom chatted with Jonty about playing the instrument and singing lessons. He also engaged in a general chat about Lent, encouraging us to take up something that enhances us spiritually. There was a general thought around being more considerate to others. In the second hour we had an extended feature about Dennis Edwards, second lead singer with the Temptations, who led them into a more experimental genre of soul music in the late 1960s. There were also exclusive tracks from Lisa Harman and Sophie Griffiths.


Tonight’s playlist

Sam Outlaw – Everyone is looking for a home

Seal – fly like an eagle

Tom Page – From Galway to Graceland – live

Tom Page – Slip, jigs and reels – live

Tom Page – Moonlight – live

Shires – Made in England

Simon & Garfunkle – Homeward bound.

Aled Jones – Eriskey love lilt – requested by Phyl

James Taylor – You’ve got a friend – chosen by Tom

Pet Shop Boys – Its a sin – requested by Patrick

Spira Jira – Morning dance

Sophie Griffiths – I wish

Carole King – It’s too late – chosen by Tom

Coldplay – Clocks – requested by Adrian

Eagles – Hotel California – requested by Ed

Lisa Harman – I don’t wanna fight

Temptations, My girl, Cloud nine, Ball of confusion, Papa was a rolling stone.

Join me next week for another live show from Brentwood.

Friday Night Extra 2.2.18 with guest Lisa Harman

Lisa joined us on the phone to chat about her life on the cruise ships and her music. We had two exclusive tracks, Music in my mind was based on the idea of Beethoven having his mind full of music. In Wasn’t it love Lisa sung of the emotional situation of unrequited love. Both are original compositions and she amazed us in the studio by saying that she was at school, aged about twelve years, when she wrote Wasn’t it love. Since she last chatted to us, holiday makers on a number of cruise ships have had the joy of Lisa as part of the entertainments team. She is soon to fly to Sydney to join the Queen Mary 2 as part of the entertainment on a world cruise. She is not looking forward to the flight, but is anticipating an amazing birthday in Singapore. She talked about putting an album together, but with such a wide and varied catalogue, she was unclear as to whether the music chosen should be from one genre or should show the breadth of her music. Jonty and I felt that she should just mix it up, because it would all be of stunning quality.

We also had a feature on Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard, following requests from listeners. We played tracks from different time so their careers. We thanked regular listen Patrick for reminding us of the Australian band Savage Garden. We had the first play on the show for music by Newton Faulkner. I am sure we will feature him again.

Tonight’s playlist

Jackie Wilson – Sweetest feeling

Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – It takes two

Lisa Harman – Music in my mind

Lisa Harman – Wasn’t it love

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary  _ Lisa commented that she gets asked to sing this a lot because of the chorus “Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river”. Have been on a cruise, I can understand this request from passengers!

Marc Antione – Latin Quarter

Paul Simon – Call me Al

Savage garden – Truly, madly, deeply – requested by Patrick

Elvis Presley – Return to sender, In the ghetto – for Derek

Cliff Richard – The day I met Marie, Mr pretty one – We tend to forget the renaissance in his career that Cliff Richard had in the 1980s.

Alison Krauss – Living prayer

Crispian St. Peter – You were on my mind

Lady Antebellum _ Golden

Soweto String Quartet – Weeping – for Rene folding church notice sheets.

CHO – Nowehere to run – Adrian requested a track for Dewie who is running tomorrow

Newton Faulkner – Dream catch me – Jonty had seen Newton play live and introduced us to his music. We loved it.

Hugh Massekala – Grazin in the grass

Yes – Wondrous stories – enjoyed by Matt, who follow us after 10 o’clock.

Join me next week for another live show from Brentwood.


Friday Night Extra 26.1.18 Featuring the music of Hugh Masekela, Jim Rodford & Neil Diamond.

Tonight we celebrated the musical legacy of three diverse performers. Hugh Masekela was a South Africa jazz trumpeter, with a distinctive Afro-jazz sound. He was also an anti-apartheid activist, whose music was banned in his homeland. Jim Rodford was the bassist with the Swinging Blue Jeans, the Kinks and the Zombies. Both of them passed away this week. Neil Diamond announced that due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease he would cancel the rest of his tour and no longer play any live concerts. It was great to play three tracks from each of them. We also heard from local musicians Sophie Griffiths, Michael Horner, with his jazz trio and ECHO, featuring Ollie Lincoln on keyboard. Patrick requested a rarely heard track from the 1990s by Orchestral Movers in the Dark. We also had a request for a track by Andy Williams. This led to a realisation that Andy, who first recorded in 1948, had a UK chart career from 1956-2017. With the 2017 top 20 chart entry being ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’, his chart performance may just keep on coming.


Tonight’s playlist

Moody Blues – Blue guitar

Sam Outlaw – All my life

Sting – Fragile

Simon & Garfunkle – A hazy shade of winter

Andy Williams – Music to watch girls by, Can’t help loosing you.

The Beat – Can’t help loosing you

Hugh Masekela – Johannesburg Hi-lite jive, Grazin in the grass, Bring back Nelson Mandela.

OMD – Call my name

Sophie Griffiths – I wish

Inspector Morse theme

Pentatonix – Can’t help falling in love

Nathan Trent – Running on air

ECHO – This will be

Lisa Harman – Fall like the rain – worth listening to the recording for this exclusive track written by Lisa in 1988.

Michael Horner Trio – My ship

Monkees – I’m a believer – written by Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond – Craklin Rosie, Sweet Caroline, I am I said – we had our own mini concert.

Joni Mitchel, featuring Seal – How do you stop?

Swinging Blue Jeans – Hippy Hippy shake – Jim Rodford on bass.

Kinks – Come dancing – Jim Rodford on bass

Zombies – Moving on – Jim Rodford on bass

Join me next week for another show, live from Brentwood.

Friday Night Extra 19.1.18 with Sophie Grffiths singing live.

Sophie Griffiths joined us in the studio tonight and sang three numbers live. She talked about how she first sung live at Ingatestone C of E Junior school and loved the experience. Encouragement at Secondary school has led her to develop her love of singing. She told us how her father’s love of MOTOWN and soul music had influenced her love of that style of music and she loves singing songs from that genre. Sophie entered the Open Mic UK competition as a duo with a friend and reached the regional final This led to her being approached by ChartHouse studio to join their Artists Development programme She came third in the Quay Junior Talent competition and this led to a decision to enter Essex Factor, where she reached the grand final. She clearly has a bright future. Up-coming gigs are 22nd Jan supporting D’LuXE at Premier Cinemas Romford and performing at SEEA Awards on Sunday 28th at 4pm. Sophie is delighted to be supporting Kids Inspire, singing at a charity curry night on 31st of Jan at India Night in Chelmsford. She is also singing at St. Peter’s church, Hutton at a quiz night on 24th of Feb supporting 7 year old Shiloh, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Other dates to be confirmed. You can find more info on Facebook @SophieGriffithsSinger Instagram @sophiegriffithssinger Twitter @sophiesinger

In the second hour we celebrated the career of the Cranburys, remembering the great voice of Dolores O’Riordon. We also remembered singer Peter Sarstedt and actor, Peter Wyngarde, best remembered as Jason King in the TV detective shows. He was said to be the inspiration for Austin Powers.

Tonight’s playlist

The Eagles – Take it easy

Sophie Griffiths singing live I heard it through the grapevine, I’d rather go blind & Runnin.

Adele – Chasing pavements

Derek & The Dominoes – Layla -full version

Bastille – Good grief -for Adrian

Ralph McTell – Streets of London – for Phyl

Hollies – Just one look – for Patrick

Verve – Bitter sweat symphony

David Bowie – Lets dance – for Sian

Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin and John

ELO – The dairy of Horace Wimp – an amazing track if listened to through headphones

Cranberries – Dreams, You and me

Peter Sarstedt – Where do you go to my lovely? – for Margaret who commented on the Facebook post

Lisa Harman – What the world needs now – Patrick e-mailed in to say that Lisa was now his favourite singer

Quincy Jones – Soul Bossanova – theme fro Austin powers

Jason KIng theme – Mike Townsend Orchestra. Chris had never heard of him, but was fascinated to know about the Austin Powers link.

R. Dean Taylor – There is a ghost in my house – in appreciation of Keith Rogers, who retired from PhoenixFm today. Keith has a radio career dating back to 1970 on Radio North Sea International, where he was Dave Rogers. I remember listening to him and he was one of the people who inspired me to dream of being on the radio. Who would have thought I would ever work for the same station as a legend such as Keith.

Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn – the track was adored by Rene.

Shakatak – Brazilian dawn.

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