Monday, January 28, 2013

Show: 27.1.13 with Tom Stade

 Listen to the latest show below including an interview with comedian Tom Stade. No stranger to national TV and a regular hit at the Edinburgh festival, Tom talks about his new show, coming to The Junction on February 7th and the art of comedy. You can also read about it on Local Secrets. There's also music from Fuzzy Lights, The Doozer and Lee 'Scratch' Perry who are all playing Cambridge in the next month.

Cornershop - Lessons Learned From Rocky I To Rocky III
Fuzzy Lights - Fever Dreams
The Doozer - The Light
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer - The Model
The Spaghetti Faction - Magic Mushroom Chilli Con Carne
Tom Stade - Interview
Lee ‘Scratch’Perry - Kentucky Skank
The Incredible Bongo Band - Last Bongo in Belgium
Talk Normal - Bad Date
Boom Bip and Charlie White - Sabrina
Lionshare - Downstream
Phil Odgers - Dusty Fields (Featuring Eliza Carthy & John Jones)
Charly “The City Mouse” Fasano - Three Bachelors
Need a Name - Rain, Roads and Lights

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Show and Tell, Fuzzy Lights and more in Cambridge this week

 Fuzzy Lights launch their new album next weekend at The Portland

Show and Tell returns to the Portland on Tuesday night with music, poetry, theatre and improv comedy on the bill including a few poems from myself and Headstand favourite Leanne Moden. Check out the review of the last one here and get all the details here. That night is also the first in a run of fortnightly Smokers by The Cambridge Footlights at the ADC. I have yet to see a Footlights show, it's easy to overlook something like groundbreaking new comedy being produced when it's happening on your doorstep. Monty Python, Fry and Laurie, Mitchell and Webb and many more started out in the Footlights. Smokers are the breeding ground for new talent and always feature an unpredictable selection of brand-new material.
Headstand favourites The Scissors play Man on The Moon on Friday and on Saturday Fuzzy Lights play the Portland. They've been getting regular airplay of their new album 'Rule of Twelfths' recently which they are launching at an event which includes a terrific supporting line up of 'Hong Kong in the 60s' and The Doozer. For details of the show and a review of Fuzzy Lights' new album check out Moving Tone.

That's about it as far as I know. If there's anything else, give me a shout!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tom Stade

This Sunday the show will include an interview with comedian Tom Stade who brings his new show Tom Stade Totally Rocks to the Junction on February 7th. He'll be talking about the show and how he finds comedy in the ordinary and mundane. Make sure you tune into Cambridge 105 at 8 - unless you're going to Other Voices at The Fountain in which case you're excused but remember to check back for the podcast later in the week. Here's Tom doing some comedy on the telly!

Look out for more on Tom Stade on Local Secrets.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Music and Spoken Word in Cambridge This Week

A busy week for events kicks off on Monday with the launch of new Cambridge Tour Walking with Women. The tour gives a history of Cambridge focusing on achievements of women and has been put together by Hollie McNish with the help of other women writers from Cambridge. The launch at Michaelhouse spoken word, illustration, architecture and storytelling in celebration of Cambridge's female past. Tickets are selling fast so book now here.
CB1 poetry at the Punter returns for its first session of the new year on Tuesday with
Michael Schmidt. For more information about Michael and the event see the CB1 website.
On Saturday there is music and spoken word aplenty at Shindig at St Philips on Mill Road. Read my interview with headliners Rue Royale here and get all the info on other acts and how to get tickets here. Finally Fay Roberts is running a poetry writing workshop at the Fountain on Sunday afternoon (27th January) followed by Other Voices with Malcolm Guite and Nick Stibbs in the evening. See the Allographic website for full details.
That's about it then. If I've left anything out let me know and have a good week!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Free Music Compilation From Mr Bongo

The well established record label Mr. Bongo Recordings, famous for re-issuing rare and forgotten records from around the world, the label behind legend Terry Callier and recently giving a platform to pop sensation Hollie Cook, have put together a 2013 sampler album and giving it away absolutely free. 
Spanning everything from Dub-Reggae, Jazz, High life/Afro-Beat etc. from around the world, with some very rare recordings, this album will have something for even the most discerning of music fans.
I look forward to sharing these songs on future shows but you can get them all now from

Monday, January 14, 2013

Show: 13.1.13 with Steve Larkin

This show features an interview and poem from performance poet Steve Larkin. There is also a lot of new music including a track from the new album by Cambridgeshire band Fuzzy Lights and one from Christopher Owens' new album which you can read my review of here. There is also a song by Rue Royale who play Shindig in Cambridge on January 26th.

Antibalas - Dirty Money
Fuzzy Lights - Summer Tide
Indians - Cakelakers
Rue Royale - What Next Dear One
Steve Larkin Interview
Volunteers - Straight Edge Kids Make Me Wanna Binge Drink
Sam Hughes - The City
Christopher Owens - Here We Go
Beat Mark - Breezing
Ivor Cutler - Baked Beetles
Bruce Mcrae - Cries of The Innocents
Gaze is Ghost - Invisible Cities
The Emer Mulholland Group - Widower’s Song
Stealing Orchestra - Time Travel Waltz
Bubble Pie - Swing
Krackatoa - Brazilian Wax On Wax Off

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Steve Larkin

Performance poet Steve Larkin was in town this week to perform at Hammer and Tongue - the event he started nearly ten years ago. Tune into the show this Sunday to hear him talk about the origins of Hammer and Tongue, Slam poetry and his own prolific career. Here's a poem from his acclaimed show Nonce:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Mill Road Radio Show

A new show follows Headstand this Sunday on Cambridge 105 focusing on Mill Road. As a Mill Roader born and bred I'm proud to see the road get its own show and I look forward to the stories and information presenter Ceri Ann Littlechild has to share. Make sure you tune into Headstand at 8pm and stay tuned for Our Mill Road at 9.

More details here.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Show: 30.12.12

The last show of 2012 featured more festive tunes from artists including Aidan Smith and local band Beverly Kills who feature on the new compilation Rocket to Romsey. You can read my review of the compilation here. There is also a poem from Simon Mullen from one of the videos featured on the blog which you can see here and a song from Andy Buclaw recorded at a night that Tom Adams and I also performed at. You can find all the music from that gig and many others over the last year at

George Ezra - Let it Snow
Aidan Smith - Christmas Hangover
Beverly Kills - Walking in the Air
Porky the Poet - Father’s Christmas
William S Burroughs and Kurt Cobain - The Priest They Called Him
The Mountaineering Club Orchestra - Christmas at Godthaab (Absorb the Sun Remix)
Terry Edwards - The Christmas Song
Sam Hughes - Punks at The Cashpoint
Simon Mullen - Fire150
The Decapitated Hed - Kolendy Scięcie
Richard Wilbur - Year’s End
Starporn - The Ice Dropper
Andy Buclaw - The National Curriculum
Ghostpoet - Morning Ft Micachu
People Like Us - I’m Backwards
Ubik - I’m not myself