Join Kate as she brings you 2 hours of the best unsigned music from the UK and around the world. Each hour has its own theme bringing a very unique show every week. Airs live Tuesdays and repeats Saturdays at 1-3pm Philadelphia, USA (EDT)/ 6-8pm London, UK (BST) on Gashouse Radio
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This show is full of the best artists of the Broadstairs Folk Week Fringe Festival, with a live interview and acoustic performance by Rudy Warman, who is sure to be a future headliner of Folk Week.
Sunshinecast Episode 23 - Funke and the Two Tone Baby live session
Broadcast on Gashouse Radio Tuesday 8th November and Saturday 12th November 2011
Let’s get Funké - Electro-folk? Acoopstic? Bluepstation? Undefinable Genius in this week’s Sunshinecast, which features a live session from singer-songwriter and loop station supremo Dan Turnbull, aka Funké and the Two Tone Baby. With a distinctive sound like nobody you ever heard, but that somehow reminds you of old songs by the great American bluesmen, Funké ‘s music is bluesy, folksy, poppy and rocky by turn, and sometimes it’s all of these and sometimes none.
I’ve tried to define Funké ’s music before, to no avail, and I’ve tried asking you what you think it should be called, lovely radio-listening friends. Is it acoustic? Ye-es, he plays the guitar, harmonica, tambourine etc, and samples them live, with the loop station. Is it electronic? Kinda - he does use samples to layer up his tracks after all (even if did just make them, live, right in front of your eyes). Is it pop? Well, sure, it has the immediacy of pop music, but it isn’t formulaic, by any means. So - what is it? Folktronica? Acoopstic? Electro-folk? Bluepstation? We don’t know. It’s undefinably brilliant, is what it is, and that is why we lurrrve it.
This show also features an interview with Russ Grooms, regional coordinator for the charity Ryhthmix , in which we talk about the ongoing difficulties the charity is facing from media giant TV show the X Factor, who it appears are continuing to seek to exclusively copyright the name ‘Rhythmix’ despite having publicly announced the change of the name of the girl group to ‘Little Mix’.
There’s also a new mini-segment starting today (it needs a name, so all suggestions welcomed) - I’ll be reading out one poem every week, by an unpublished or less than widely known poet. This week’s poem - the first ever - is ’And Her Name Is Love’ by Alvin dela Serna Lopez.
Love and sunshine,
Sunshinecast Ep17 - Blean Hill Festival special
Broadcast on Tuesday 27th September and repeated Saturday 1st October 2011
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Download (right-click & save as) This week’s show is dedicated to the awesome songwriting talent of the festival lineup, with tracks from: Suburbanstar, DaylightSaving, Whitestar, Shy Clo, The Ambience, Arthur Kitchener, Ellie Fiore, The Alex Beharrel Band, The Zedheads, Colin Newton and SpyGenius. Check out Suburbanstar’s website for pics, media and gig dates » suburbanstar.com Features an interview and live session from Nicky and Wilf of Suburbanstar, who were in the studio helping me eat my fella’s left-over birthday cake during the show, plus a pre-recorded interview and acoustic set from Colin Newton. Buy ‘See the Truth’ by Suburbanstar on Amazon
Kate’s Sunshinecast Ep16 - Arcelia play a live session in the sunshine studio
Broadcast on Gashouse Radio Tuesday 20th & repeated Saturday 24th September 2011
We had lovely guests in the studio for this show - contemporary acoustic trio Arcelia (Simon Foster, Gavin Alexander and Teresa Gallagher) came in to play a superb live session of beautiful original songs and chat about all sorts of stuff. Simon (arranger with the British acapella vocal group The Flying Pickets and university vocal teacher) gave us his top three tips for vocal health, Gavin told us about some very exciting, even life-changing song-writing workshops and Teresa made me jealous with talk of having spent whole days in the same room as Colin Firth on the set of The King’s Speech. Sparkling co-host of the show, crown Princess of comedy Niamh Lynn-Devere told some Simply Dreadful jokes, Gavin and Simon displayed some truly touching, tender and sweet, totally heterosexual ‘did you see the game last night’ guy love and Noddy dropped by, fresh from his Toyland tour. Big ears was unavailable for comment.
Arcelia in the studio, with Kate and Niamh Lynn-Devere
Kate’s Sunshinecast Ep14 - Spyplane do it in the sunshine studio, with llamas, mermaids and urban sirens
Broadcast on Gashouse Radio Tuesday 6th & repeated Saturday 10th September 2011
We had guests in the studio for this episode of the SunshineCast - Sherrie and Joe from Spyplane came be along to play a live, acoustic set and to chat about stuff like why one should always start with a llama (that’s what Sherrie’s Facebook profile says in her ‘about me’ section- always start with a llama).
We also talked about mermaids and the Folkestone Urban Sirens. Why mermaids? Well, as part of the Folkestone Triennial celebrations, a life-sized bronze statue of a woman in the pose of Copenhagen’s ‘Little Mermaid’ was commisioned and it has caused furore in the town, with many saying that she isn’t a mermaid because she doesn’t have a fish tail. In their own words The Folkestone Urban Sirens “are a group of 16 women all aged over 30 who refuse to accept that a new statue placed on the beach for the Folkestone Triennial is a mermaid as it has no tail. It has been renamed the SOTNBWHBO: ‘Statue of the naked bird with her bits out’ So incensed were these ladies that eight of them decided to carry out drastic action and mock the new SOTNBWHBO by carrying out a covert operation at 5.30am on a Tuesday morning! Photos taken during OPERATION MERMAID will be sent weekly to the media to highlight the cause! A mermaid is not a mermaid without a tail - FACT p.s. We don’t care what Disney says, ie; Splash and it’s a bit like the Emperor with his new clothes, show a child the statue and tell them it’s a mermaid and they just look at you in disbelief and say ‘Where’s her tail?’…” The results of our distinctly unscientific survey suggest that most folks agree with the Sirens: Add your vote. Click here »Mermaid poll on Facebook (you’ll need to be logged in to your facebook account to vote in the poll).
Interview with Maidstone based singer-songwriter David Howard, October 2010.
I chatted with David about making a living, making an album and the inspiration behind some of his lyrics.
Check out David’s musician page on Facebook:
Interview with Yorkshire-based singer-songwriter Ben Parcell, September 2010
I chatted with Ben about everything, from his upcoming album, to why new bands shouldn’t be made to play cover songs if they have original material, and Ben shared his tips on how to create an online internet presence.
For more info about Ben, including gig dates, become a fan of his Facebook and MySpace pages:
Buy Ben’s album here: http://benparcell.bigcartel.com/ at £3 for the CD, or download it for free