Hear the interview of the week from the Music Show, where composer Andrew Ford entertains and informs a wide audience each week, providing two hours of essential listening from the world of music.
Femi Kuti's music and message, and Martha Marlow's stunning debut
Saturday 15 January: Fela Kuti's son and grandson continue the family legacy of writing political songs you can dance to. And a singer songwriter who's inspired by Randy Newman and Emily Dickinson.
Mama Alto and Caroline Shaw
Sunday 16 January: Jazz singer and cabaret artiste Mama Alto talks about community, connection and voice. And NYC composer Caroline Shaw on working with soprano Dawn Upshaw, pianist Gilbert Kalish and Sō Percussion.
New traditions—Northern Irish trio TRÚ and Buryat singer Namgar
Sunday 9 January: Traditional songs brought into the 21st Century by Northern Ireland's TRÚ and Buryat band Namgar.
Queer electropop in Auslan, and Easter Island's first concert pianist
Saturday 8 January: Perth electropop band Alter Boy blend sound, movement and activism to create music that is accessible to Deaf and hearing audiences alike. And why concert pianist Mahani Teave returned to Rapa Nui to open a music school.
Sea shanties and whalesong—the music of the ocean
Sunday 2 January: Uncle Bunna Lawrie shows us the coastline and whales of Mirning Country, we hear the sea shanties of the 19th Century and find out why they are still sung in pubs today.
k.d. lang's makeover and Charlie Parr's sung poems
Saturday 1 January: k.d. lang looks back on her career and Charlie Parr talks about his album of poetry and Piedmont blues.
No weekend would be complete without an episode of RN’s The Music Show. Andrew Ford and the team converse with musicians, composers and creatives the world over - informative, entertaining and always special!
New ideas and discoveries every week
Even after formally studying music, I’m amazed every week with the diversity of musical ideas and worlds that I never knew existed. The guests are eclectic and always interesting. Andrew Ford does a great job in keeping it accessible and informal with humour.
The depth and breadth of this show, year in year out, is amazing. Andrew Ford's knowledge and enthusiasm knows no bounds. I have discovered a lot of very interesting music, and composers, thourgh this show. Highly recommended.