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: Simon Duggal - a huge track record, total recall, amazing stories
Simon Duggal, with his brother Diamond Duggal, is a hugely influential producer, promoter and now record label manager. They may not be that well known to you, but they work worldwide across as many genres as they can handle. Like Ruby Turner, Steel Pulse and Apache Indian, they started out in Handsworth, Birmingham. Their own brand, Swami, is massive worldwide. On top of that, they have their very own 'Oh Brother Where are Thou' style breakout hit. That's before we get on to Shania Twain...
Roy Williams, Black Country legend
Roy williams is a super-capable, veteran music pro from the Black Country of the UK, who has had a massive influence on music making both locally and worldwide. Roy helped launch the legendary JBs in Dudley. Then he went on to managing, sound mixing, often for a lifetime friend, Robert Plant. and doing an awful lot for an awful lot of people, because it was the right thing to do. But it's the sidelines that make this conversation interesting - the by ways, the diversions. And, of course, the stories.
Fifty Years in Fairport Convention, fifteen in Jethro Tull, and now running the biggest Folk Festival in the UK
Dave Pegg has played Bass with one group for half a century: the excellent Fairport Convention. Fairport have one of the most tumultuous histories in British Folk-Rock. But, like many groups that survive that long, they have a spectacularly loyal following, and that now means that they are on a more stable footing than at any time in their history.
But before Fairport, there was gigging five nights a week in the effervescent 60s Birmingham pubrock scene, a stint with the legendary Ian Campbell Group.
Stewart Johnson: a long route to Birmingham Bluegrass country
Stewart's life took him all over Europe and the UK as a post-war Army brat; that exposed him to a host of influences. From there, he went in to rock, with some success, followed by stage work, all the while nurturing his deep love for bluegrass and the best in country music. He's passed this on to his children, leading to the first family band in Brum, and kicking off his daughters' solo careers, crafted in the teeth of opposition on both sides of the Atlantic. It's a great story.
Lives in Music: John Mostyn. Manager, Idealist and Enabler.
With some fifty years in the business across a dizzying range of bands and activities, John Mostyn is endlessly interesting. He's done the mega-deals, battled with the music industry at the very top levels, and he's worked just as hard on small local projects which simply deserved some help. And he has some incredible stories.
Gavin Monaghan of the Magic Garden
Gavin Monaghan is a producer who commands massive respect worldwide, but who is equally at home working with local bands he has an affinity with. He loves his work. The people who work with him love his work as well. He operates from an unassuming but brilliant complex, the third premises that he's named Magic Garden. Music of all shapes and descriptions flows from there out to the world.