4 episodes

Stuart Maconie and Elizabeth Alker meet up to tell each other extra-ordinary tales from 400 years of musical history.
From a murderous 16th Century madrigal composer to Batley Variety Club - Yorkshire's very own Caesar's Palace... and from the espionage-tinted roots of the theremin to the wild weekend that was the Bickershaw pop festival... Notable has the lot. Produced by Geoff Bird, artwork by Rory Clifford.

Notable Notable

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9 • 53 Ratings

Stuart Maconie and Elizabeth Alker meet up to tell each other extra-ordinary tales from 400 years of musical history.
From a murderous 16th Century madrigal composer to Batley Variety Club - Yorkshire's very own Caesar's Palace... and from the espionage-tinted roots of the theremin to the wild weekend that was the Bickershaw pop festival... Notable has the lot. Produced by Geoff Bird, artwork by Rory Clifford.

    Batley Varieties Club/Pierre Henry's Liverpool Mass

    Batley Varieties Club/Pierre Henry's Liverpool Mass

    Elizabeth and Stuart return with two more tales plundered from music's well-stocked historical attic. First up is Stuart with the incredible story of the variety club in a northern wool town that played host to some of the world's biggest entertainers, then Elizabeth charts the creation of the world's first electronic mass to mark the opening of Liverpool's Catholic Cathedral.
     
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    • 32 min
    Is Paul Dead?/The Greatest Year in Jazz

    Is Paul Dead?/The Greatest Year in Jazz

    Elizabeth and Stuart return with two more tales from the hinterlands of musical history. Stuart makes the case for 1959 as the highpoint in jazz thanks to a slew of innovative albums from some of the genre's greatest exponents, while Elizabeth wonders how a rumour that Paul McCartney died in the early years of The Beatles ever gained traction. The episode also features the one and only recording of our plucky pair playing music together, appropriately enough introducing the exciting* new 'Notable Exception' feature.
    (*mildly diverting)
     
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    • 31 min
    Notable: Christmas Special

    Notable: Christmas Special

    "Elizabeth, it's Christmas!"
    "I know, Stuart, it's brilliant!"
    "Yes but we've only had one episode out, we've no business putting out a Christmas Special all about Phil Spector's Christmas album and the history of the Christmas Carol Service."
    "You're right Stuart, that would be daft. Shall we do it anyway?"
    "Go on then, Elizabeth. Merry Christmas!"
     
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    • 24 min
    Notable: Bickershaw and the birth of the Theremin

    Notable: Bickershaw and the birth of the Theremin

    Elizabeth Alker and Stuart Maconie invite you to prick up your ears and listen to the first in their new podcast series, 'Notable'. In each episode, they'll take turns to tell one another extra-ordinary tales from music history, spanning genres and centuries with wit, charm and effortless ease. Sort of. In this their maiden voyage, Elizabeth regales Stuart with the story of the birth of the Theremin, the unlikely offshoot of the Soviet espionage machine, while he describes for her the wonders of the Bickenshaw Festival, when the likes of Captain Beefheart and The Grateful Dead graced a muddy Lancashire field.
     
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Ono25 ,

Friends

So interesting and easy, like a dinner (tea for us up north) party or conversation down the pub.

Shoeboxrecords ,

Small but perfectly formed

At first I wanted this podcast to be at least twice as long but now realise it’s concise nature is one of its strengths. Two subjects each time which, generally, touch on popular culture and music but heads off at slight tangents too in the course of the discussion. Reminds me a little of QI in those terms. Just a great little bundle of information.

Mr Snodes ,

A nice ramble

Really enjoyed this - only nb is that this is narrow casting to music fans, not broadcasting, so saying things like “Joe Strummer - who later went on to form the Clash” is a bit unnecessary.

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