30 episodes

Lives in Music honours and showcases those who have spent their lives in music: those who make it, and those who are key to music projects.

Lives in Music Robin Valk

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Lives in Music honours and showcases those who have spent their lives in music: those who make it, and those who are key to music projects.

    Joe Broughton, the unstoppable fiddler

    Joe Broughton, the unstoppable fiddler

    Joe Broughton is a non-stop phenomenon. Years ago, I navigated the dusty corridors in the old Birmingham Conservatoire building, to do a blog post about the Conservatoire Folk ensemble. It was a thrill, getting closer and closer to the explosive NOISE that Joe was whipping up. 50 or 60 students of all stripes, creating an exhilarating blast of music. Now, under lockdown. the Folk Ensemble can't perform. But I hope they will, maybe in a year's time. And that's just one topic for this podcast.

    • 28 min
    Stephen Duffy: from Tin Tin to now. He's not about to stop.

    Stephen Duffy: from Tin Tin to now. He's not about to stop.

    Stephen Duffy grew up in Birmingham; our conversation is littered with local references, musos, studios and people. While still in Birmingham, he went on to score huge success, first as Tin Tin. Then he went solo as Stephen Duffy, and finally with his group the Lilac Time.  During that time, he has worked with some of the absolute biggest names in the business. Stephen has a pop past he can't erase – and he doesn't really want to, despite the elegant folk stylings he embraces with The Lilac Time.

    • 29 min
    21st Century Hurdy Gurdy Man: Mick Howson

    21st Century Hurdy Gurdy Man: Mick Howson

    Mick Howson has graced Ricky Cool and the Icebergs, The Destroyers, and Terry and Gerry, all in their pomp, along with other outfits, permanent and casual. Mick is a phenomenal guitarist, but give him any stringed instrument and he's at home. Now he's turned to the Hurdy Gurdy, heard in this podcast, along with other surprises.

    Lives in Music series 3 looks at peoples' music journeys, but it has a further thread: Covid 19, the resultant lockdown, and the effect on people's activities.

    • 36 min
    Tom Hyland - getting creative and busy despite Lockdown

    Tom Hyland - getting creative and busy despite Lockdown

    Ages ago, I came across Tom Hyland, strutting his guitar stuff with an early Alternative Dubstep Orchestra. Since then, I've talked with Tom on the Radio To Go blog about the risk of going fully pro with Electric Swing Circus, the joys of Electro swing, his Swingamajig festival, and a host of collaborations.

    Now, we're stuck in lockdown. I am asking guests about the impact. Tom has been pro-active, setting up a Crowdfunder to cover some costs, to collab recordings. Interesting approaches are emerging.

    • 22 min
    Kris Halpin: ability, disability and creativity. A jaw-dropping conversation

    Kris Halpin: ability, disability and creativity. A jaw-dropping conversation

    Kris Halpin, who also trades as Dyskinetic, is now known for his work with the MiMu gloves, created by Imogen Heap. The gloves let you create music by gesture and movement alone. There's another factor that informs Kris and his work: disability. It led Kris to his involvement with the gloves, as he saw they could be a fantastic tool for musicians with disabilities. The makers took him on to help with research. Here, Kris deals with his disability with jaw-dropping openness, and I am hugely grateful.

    • 30 min
    Sid Peacock and Ruth Angell: a music powerhouse

    Sid Peacock and Ruth Angell: a music powerhouse

    This podcast series looks at peoples' music journeys, but it also has a new thread: Covid 19, lockdown, and the effect it's had.

    We recorded eleven months ago, as Sid's Surge in Spring festival was cancelled. So we looked at what might still be relevant, or even taking place.

    There's a to and fro between two very different musicians, with different personalities and backgrounds. And there's the sweet story of how these two contrasting and brilliant people met and fell in love.

    • 37 min

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