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Kelham Island Discs No.12: Jack Whitham in conversation with The Urban Tiger
Jack Whitham: Football legend for Sheffield Wednesday, Liverpool, England under 23's and others. A lifetime of devotion to Football, to his family, his talent for writing a good song and for performing them too. His career was curtailed by tragedy but Jack has risen above that through a determination and spirit that encompasses all the many walks of his life.
Okay so this isn't Radio One and I'm not really a DJ. But... here are a few original tracks from people I have interviewed over the last couple of years and one or two others thrown in. The mood is variable, as I say I'm no DJ, but I hope enjoyable. Get your stompin' boots on for some of them too!
Kelham Island Discs No.11: Jorge Ramirez Pozo in Conversation with The Urban Tiger
Recorded entirely in Room 324 by kind permission of the Holiday Inn overlooking Brentford Lock in London, Jorge Ramirez displays vividly why his music and good humour helps to fill restaurants and pubs wherever he plays. Jorge is a long-time friend who I don't see enough of. He also attempted to improve my guitar playing...Hmmmm...
Pearl 9: Arthur Thickett. An extra-ordinary man
Arthur Thickett passed away some time in 2011. Perhaps he'd had enough of our capacity to make war not love. Arthur's is a moving life story of a remarkable man. Here, his loves, hopes and desires are wrestled with on a daily basis. Here also are the things he hated, mostly war and hypocrisy. A more-than intelligent child of his time, struggling to overcome humble beginnings, Arthur chimes for us all.
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Kelham Island Discs No.10: Stewart Lodge in Conversation with The Urban Tiger
This time the Urban Tiger is in conversation with Stewart Lodge, a comedy practitioner who defies convention and genre. There is a thin line between comedy weird and comedy genius and I think Stewart stands astride that line in a way that I respect and admire. Especially when he performs 'Little Johnny Cash'. See if you can categorise his talent, I can't...
A Stent In Time
A Stent In Time by Bill Allerton