Each week, the singer-songwriter with Squeeze Chris Difford is joined by a music guest to talk about the highs and lows of their career.
Coming soon we hear from Sting, Robbie Williams, Ruby Turner, Alfie Boe, Nile Rodgers and more...Launches on Monday 9th August.
I Never Thought It Would Happen - Amy Wadge
Joining Chris in this episode is Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Amy Wadge. Amy was gripped by music from a very early age and was writing her own songs on the family piano at 9 years old, and by 11 had switched to guitar having been hugely inspired by Tracy Chapman's debut album. Soon thereafter, she and a friend were gigging regularly around her hometown of Bristol and signed their first record contract aged just 14 and released their first single at 16. There then followed a run of solo EPs and albums, but it was a meeting with another young singer-songwriter that would change Amy's life. That musician was Ed Sheeran, and their first collaboration was Ed's 2010 EP, "Songs I Wrote With Amy". From that point onwards they've become regular collaborators, with their co-written "Thinking Out Loud" landing the duo a Grammy. Amy is now an in demand songwriter for hire, spending much of her time in Nashville and has worked with artists from James Blunt, John Legend and Keith Urban to Kylie Minogue, Alicia Keys and Deltra Goodrem.
I Never Thought It Would Happen - Alfie Boe
In this episode Chris is joined by a lad from Fleetwood in Lancashire, who was discovered by Baz Luhrmann and is now recognised as one of the most gifted and popular British classical singers. In this extensive and revealing conversation, Alfie discusses growing up in a musical family, the youngest of 9 children, and how a job in a car workshop kick-started his career (a story straight out of Hollywood). He also talks about being fired for falling asleep on the job, studying at the Royal College Of Music, his love of songwriting and the huge successful collaboration with Michael Ball.
I Never Thought It Would Happen - Midge Ure
Midge Ure is the musician joining Chris in this episode, to discuss his long and highly eclectic career. From his inauspicious start in a teen pop band to work alongside Sex Pistol Glenn Matlock, through a stint with Thin Lizzy and onto groundbreaking work with Ultravox and Visage, the world changing Live Aid and a diverse solo career. All of this, from the highs to the lows, is considered with lots of humour, self deprecation and keen insight.
I Never Thought It Would Happen - Yungblud
Joining Chris for this episode is Doncaster born actor and genre hopping musician, Dominic Harrison - who's better known as Yungblud. In a funny, profound and sometimes profane conversation the duo cover everything from music as a close companion in childhood, seeing The Who live at 9 years old, eating pink tacos with Slash, to how fans can empower an artist (and vice-versa) and being in a co-dependent relationship with 5 million people.
I Never Thought It Would Happen - Evelyn Glennie
Joining Chris in this episode is the world's foremost solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie. Topics covered in the conversation include her idyllic childhood in the spacious rural countryside of Aberdeenshire followed by the move to noisy, crowded London to study at the Royal Academy Of Music. The duo also touch upon the difficulties of touring the world with a selection of her 2000+ percussion instruments, the glass harp and Evelyn's admiration for Ed Sheeran.
I Never Thought It Would Happen - Billy Bragg
Joining Chris on this episode is Billy Bragg, singer-songwriter, activist, "one-man Clash" and skiffle aficionado. Across the conversation Billy discusses his first musical loves, how hr came to pick up the guitar and his eye-opening trip to the United States, on tour with Echo And The Bunnymen. They also touch upon Kirsty MacColl, empathy in music, the art of writing books and the pros and cons of life in the army.
Great interviews and insights
Chris Difford’s podcast is a fascinating look at songwriting and the ups and downs of a music career. Even if I’m unfamiliar with a particular artist on the show that week, I’ve still been fascinated to hear their journey and processes in songwriting. Really great, quality show.
Chris is great. So low key, but he asks interesting questions that “professional” interviews don’t seem to realize gets more to the core of a person.
Of course, I would love for Chris to interview Glenn Tilbrook and Jools Holland.
Happy to have met Chris after a Squeeze concert. Nice guy!
Just what I’ve been waiting for
Chris is a beautiful storyteller. He asks the questions we are thinking ourselves. I would love to hear him relax a little more and share more of himself. I’m hoping that he interviews Paul McCartney. I’m sure there are some amazing stories between them.