Golden Ears is a new comedy drama set in the grassroots of the UK Music Industry featuring a Dad Manager, a Toilet Venue and a dog called Memphis. It will be serialised as a monthly podcast and include the odd song and a bit of animation along the way.
Series set up - Recently widowed Neil Sparks has a dead-end office job in a travel agency and lives alone with his 26 year old unemployable son Dorian who spends all his days working on the debut album which he thinks will make him famous. Realising that his son’s band has reignited memories of his own forgotten dreams of becoming a successful musician – Neil comes up with a deal: Dorian can use his mother’s savings to try and make it over the next six months after which he has to get a proper job. There is only one other condition: Neil has to be the manager, and what he says goes…
Episode 4 ‘Radio Savage’
Neil has an exciting breakthrough with the band, but also has to manage a tricky situation regarding Dorian’s hopes and fears for the future. Meanwhile, Joyce tells her husband Fergal he has to choose between her or the carpet during a row over the pub refurbishment.
Episode 3 (bonus song) ‘Sausage Rock ‘n’ Rolls’
Oliver and Joyce sing the praises of the Sausage Rock 'n' Roll in an attempt to turn the Black Pig's fortunes around.
Episode 3 ‘Brunch’ (Neil goes to London part 2)
Music Promoter Donald comes up with a food-based solution to turn around the fortunes of the Black Pig but meets resistance from Fergal the landlord. Meanwhile, dad-manager Neil continues with his meetings & then reports back to The Sickness at their rehearsal.
Episode 2 (bonus song) ‘Sell Your Nan’
Dad-manager Neil Sparks has a breakfast meeting with Gary Gold to discuss his son Dorian's band.
Episode 2 ‘Breakfast’ (Neil goes to London part 1)
Neil gets the train to London to have a Munch and some Brunch and then maybe a spot of Lunch with various Music Industry Movers and Shakers, but possibly bites off more than he can chew. Meanwhile, Joyce tries to calm Fergal down after a band express their feelings about the landlord with a spray can.
Episode 1 (bonus song) ‘Breakfast Meeting’ feat. Neil Sparks
Breakfast Meeting by Neil Sparks (episode 1 bonus song)
Endearing and funny
Loved it. The whole familiy listened to this on a roadtrip. Enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Days later everyone is still singing the songs.
Little hidden gem
Lovely British podcast. Great actors and interesting story. Really deserves a listen 👍🏻👍🏻
Please make more episodes
Unusual and funny
Great novel take on music business in the weeds. Characters resonate in the right way - a bit "I know him" and a bit hilarious.
Definitely worth a listen.