4 episodes

In Mad Tunes, Rai Waddingham - a singer/songwriter who hears voices, sees visions and has ongoing conversations with the nature of reality - invites other songwriters to explore the connection between music and mental health. Each episode features up to three songs that act as a launchpad, providing a window into some of the things that go on in and around our head when writing or performing music. This isn't just a mental health podcast - it's about people, stories and the way creativity can be as essential to life as breathing.

Mad Tunes: Music, Emotions & Mental Health Rai Waddingham

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In Mad Tunes, Rai Waddingham - a singer/songwriter who hears voices, sees visions and has ongoing conversations with the nature of reality - invites other songwriters to explore the connection between music and mental health. Each episode features up to three songs that act as a launchpad, providing a window into some of the things that go on in and around our head when writing or performing music. This isn't just a mental health podcast - it's about people, stories and the way creativity can be as essential to life as breathing.

    We're All Here to Learn and it's Messy

    We're All Here to Learn and it's Messy

    In this week’s episode I’m joined by Gemma Kirk as we listen to songs from her indie-folk band - Lost Chimes. Having first met in Sheffield, we talk about how she got in to songwriting and found her voice. We explore how, sometimes, painful (and, sometimes, abusive) relationships can weave in and around more upbeat songs and how - ultimately - life is messy and all we can do is live it and try to learn as we go. We talk life, death and growing confidence. We share thoughts on how it is to find oneself as a woman in rock music and some of the people who touch our lives and how we are richer for it. Gemma describes her album as a big hug and, having spoken with her, I can see why.
    Songs featured in this episode:
    All songs from Lost Chimes, released May 3, 2021. Recorded with long-term collaborator and engineer, the late John Hannon, (Understand, Liberez, No Recording) in Rayleigh, Essex. 
    Island:
    Gemma Kirk - music, lyrics
    Nicky Kirk - music
    Richard Nicholls - bass guitar
    Didn’t I Say:
    Gemma Kirk - music, lyrics
    Nicky Kirk - music, lyrics
    Voices:
    Gemma Kirk - music, lyrics
    Nicky Kirk - music
    John Hannon - violin
    Richard Nicholls - bass guitar
    Hear more from Lost Chimes:

    Bandcamp: https://lostchimes.bandcamp.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LostChimes
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lostchimes/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lostchimes/
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4LBVhlkJs8uoMUqkGzrbSz 
    Find out more about Rai:
    Website: https://www.behindthelabel.co.uk 
    Mad Tunes on twitter: https://twitter.com/madtunespodcast 

    • 48 min
    How Much I Hide in Plain Sight

    How Much I Hide in Plain Sight

    In this week’s episode I’m joined by Kevin Hewick as we listen to songs from his albums ‘Never Give Up On A Song’ and “Driven by Love, Driven by Hate’. Together, we explore the disconnection of depression and the emotional impact of performing songs that are connected with specific memories. We talk about grief, loss and how these painful and traumatic experiences impacted on his songwriting - moving him to dig deeper. We talk about the joy of writing and performing songs, of entertaining people, and the impact Covid-19 has had on this.
    Songs featured in this episode:
    A Frozen Tear in a Frozen Pool:
    From Never Give Up On A Song on Burning Shed
    Lyrics and Music by Kevin Hewick © 2021 
    Recorded, Mixed, Edited and Mastered by Adam Ellis 
    Kevin Hewick - Guitars and Vocals
    David Anderson - Drums
    Memory Coma
    From Driven By Love, Driven By Hate on Burning Shed

    Lyrics and Music by Kevin Hewick © 2017 
    Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Adam Ellis at Deadline Studios
    Kevin Hewick - Guitars and Vocals
    Adam Ellis - Mellotron
    Jonathan Read - Piano & Trumpet
    Hear more from Kevin Hewick:
    Bandcamp: https://kevinhewick.bandcamp.com
    Burning Shed: https://burningshed.com/store/kevinhewick
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevinhewick 
    Find out more about Rai:
    Website: https://www.behindthelabel.co.uk 
    Mad Tunes on twitter: https://twitter.com/madtunespodcast 

    • 40 min
    The Right Song Could Save Somebody’s Life One Night

    The Right Song Could Save Somebody’s Life One Night

    In this week’s episode I’m joined by Kenton Hall as we listen to songs from his former band - ist - and his solo project Kenton Hall & The Necessary Measures. We talk about the highs and lows of being a touring musician, filmmaker and human being. We explore songwriting; processing grief; bipolar; hitting rock bottom and finding a way through. Oh, and how the right song can save someone’s life one night - so it’s worth putting the effort in. Art matters. Now living and working without the highs, Kenton challenges the myth of the necessarily tormented creative genius and talks about how he’s finding a sense of balance.
    Songs featured in this episode:
    The Boy’s Not Right: https://istianity.bandcamp.com/track/the-boys-not-right
    Fom Toothpick Bridge, by ist
    Kenton Hall 
    John McCourt 
    Brett Richardson 
    Flash 
    Produced and Engineered by Jay Burnett 
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    Apologia: https://istianity.bandcamp.com/track/apologia
    From King Martha, by ist
    Kenton Hall - Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals 
    John McCourt - Bass, Vocals 
    Flash - Drums, Vocals 
    Brett Richardson - Bassoon, Conductor, String Arrangements, Vocals 
    Jack Bomb - Guitar, Vocals 
    Paul Swannell - Piano, Organ 
    Kevin Hewick - Vocals 
    Gaz Birtles - Sax 
    John Barrow - Sax 
    Drew Stansall - Sax 
    Jon Read - Trumpet 
    James Lindsay - Trombone 
    Anna Jordan - Piano, Organ 
    The Filthmongers' Choir - Vocals 
    Na'im Cortazzi - Vocals 
    Liam Dullaghan - Guitar, Vocals 
    Sophia Marshall - Vocals 
    Sarah Louise Collins - Clarinet 
    Jody Moore - French Horn 
    Strung Out Sisters - String Trio 
    Howard Smith - Lap Steel
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    Careful How You Go: https://kentonhallthenecessarymeasures.bandcamp.com/track/careful-how-you-go
    By Kenton Hall & The Necessary Measures
    Kenton Hall - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Glockenspiel, Percussion, Digital Erhu
    Scarlet Hall - Backing Vocals 
    John McCourt - Bass 
    Brett Richardson - Guitars, Production, Kenton-fixing 
    Alan Jenkins - Organ, Backing Vocals 
    Chris Ilett - Late night advice and additional vocal arrangements
    Song produced by Brett Richardson and Kenton Hall 
    Hear more from Kenton Hall:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/kentonhall
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kentonhallauthor 
    Blog: https://kentonhall.wordpress.com 
    Bisection - A more or less accurate account of bipolar parenting and twin wrangling: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bisection-accurate-account-parenting-wrangling/dp/1913256065 
    A Dozen Summers: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3533254/ 
    Kenton Hall & The Necessary Measures: https://kentonhallthenecessarymeasures.bandcamp.com/
    Find out more about Rai:
    Website: https://www.behindthelabel.co.uk 

    • 59 min
    What I Was Trying to Avoid by Writing the Other Songs

    What I Was Trying to Avoid by Writing the Other Songs

    In this week's episode I'm joined by Doll Normal as we listen to tunes from her album 'Dreams' and explore the different ways she has processed a difficult time in her life through songwriting. From the quirky and fun 'Take My Picture' to the intensity of 'That Night', we talk about how songwriting can capture a moment or slice in time ... crystallising both the precious and the painful aspects of our memories. We talk about how choices around the style of the song can make it more or less easy to perform and how - with collaborators - it's possible to hear one's songs differently and fall in love with them all over again. In amongst all this we explore the role of perfectionism and how to tame it, making space to appreciate aspects of a song that bring us pure joy.

    Songs featured in this episode:

    Take My Picture: https://youtu.be/GSrzuP8MQK4
    The Party: https://youtu.be/EjeEcJ8VMmc
    That Night: https://youtu.be/g0ZNW5ILaos

    Music and Lyrics by Erica Lee Martin (aka Doll Normal)
    Mixed + Mastered by Björn Wennerborg for BLR Studios

    Hear more from Doll Normal:

    Website: https://www.dollnormal.com
    Instagram: @doll.normal
    Tiktok: @doll.normal
    Facebook: @dollnormal
    Twitter: @dollnormal

    Find out more about Rai:

    Website: https://www.behindthelabel.co.uk 

    • 48 min

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