Welcome to Isolation Discs. A brand new podcast from Thekla that’s here to help alleviate the boredom and keep you entertained during this new era of self-isolation and social distancing. Each episode will feature a different musical artist chatting (remotely) to host Chris Arnold and sharing some of their favourite tunes that are keeping them going during the lockdown. New episodes dropping every Wednesday.
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Ooh arr! It’s time for the final Thekla Isolation Discs Podcast episode of the year and what a great guest we have to finish on! It’s the accordion-wielding, cider-drinking, West Country legend that is Tommy Banner from the Wurzels! Originally from Scotland, Tommy moved to a caravan in Somerset in the 60s to become a full time member. Now 81, he’s spent a lot of 2020 stuck at home and not where he would like to be – on stage! He shares his fantastic isolation selections and tells Chris about his youth, discovering rock & roll, moving to Somerset, his rowdy caravan party days, getting a UK number 1, travelling around central London in a tractor and also overcoming cancer. Tommy Banner – the Thekla Isolation Discs Podcast salutes you and your fellow Wurzels. And to all our listeners – a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Here’s to more live shows on the boat in 2021!
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What a guest we have for episode 18 folks – the mighty Beardyman! From the get go, the ultra-talented musician and comedian gets to work remixing Chris’s voice and there’s absolutely nothing Chris can do about it. Once he’s finished, Beardyman reveals how beatboxing got him in trouble from an early age, where he was when hearing drum & bass first blew his mind and why My Neighbour Totoro prevented him from several breakdowns during the first lockdown.The pair also discuss veganism, the joys of Brian Blessed, separating the art from the naughty artists, his talented brother Jay and why you should never remix Donald Trump. Strap in tight everyone – this one’s a wild one!
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The wonderful singer/songwriter Arlo Parks is our guest for episode 17 of the podcast and she brings with her a delightful selection of isolation discs. She talks to Chris about her 2020 which has been full of highlights despite the world coming to a standstill, including releasing a number of top tunes, creating her own BBC Radio 4 documentary and being one of the few acts to actually perform at Glastonbury this summer. Plus - dealing with lockdowns, making her debut album and meeting Bristol legend Big Jeff!
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The Thekla Isolation Discs Podcast is back! Whilst the clubs & pubs are still shut, Chris & Simon are here to guide you through this second lockdown and beyond. And great news everyone - the mighty DJ Yoda is the special guest for our grand return! The turntablist and producer reveals his isolation discs and shares his thoughts on Twitch shows, drive-in shows, what real DJing is, how he creates his albums, his love for DJ Spinbad and playing the IT Crowd theme tune in a club. Plus, Chris tests Yoda's cereal knowledge with a quickfire quiz. What's not to love?! Get rating and subscribing! Enjoy all!
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Very special guest on the podcast this week – the singer, songwriter and troubadour Mr. Frank Turner! In between his many live stream performances raising tens of thousands of pounds for music venues as well as promoting his new split EP with american punk band NOFX, Frank kindly found time to speak with Chris Arnold on a blistering hot summer’s day. Amongst revealing his isolation tracks, Frank shared his thoughts on the current situation with regards to the pandemic, the state of the music industry and the concerning situation that live shows are in. The pair also discuss the joys of punk rock, the brilliance of Vic & Bob and of course the good ship Thekla gets a mention as well. Enjoy all!
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All aboard episode 14 of the Thekla Isolation Discs Podcast! Joining Chris Arnold this week is Mr Bruce, known to many as the vocalist, lyricist and supreme mover in The Correspondents. Nowadays Mr Bruce is focusing on a new project alongside producer Angus Kemp, but he took time out of lockdown to chat to Chris about his days as a drum & bass obsessed teenager, how the Correspondents exploded on to the festival scene, more recently getting involved with Extinction Rebellion and why he ended up painting a portrait of Jimmy Carr via video chat. And if that wasn’t enough this episode finishes with a world exclusive 5 minute minimix from Mr Bruce’s new project. It’s certainly a packed episode!
Informative. Educational. Entertaining. Chris and the crew have come up with a ship shape podcast. Permission to come aboard?
Grade A Work!
An great podcast with a real mix of musicians and super relaxed interviews. Keep it up, I hope it lasts beyond Lockdown!
Great format, Chris is a v good host!