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.
Broadcast on Gashouse Radio Tuesday 27th December and Saturday 31st December 2011
Did Santa not leave you anything nice? Never mind, take this - in the last week of the year, a mixtape of all my favourite of the tunes by independent artists played on Kate’s Sunshinecast during 2011.
There was WAY too much awesome tuneage to cram into one show, so the ‘Best of 2011′ show turned into a two-parter and this is part one, filled with rock, pop, acoustic, ska, nova-romantic, anti-folk, stripped-down punk, electronica, easy-listening, alternative rock, a tiny bit of random jazz and some tunes that just defy categorisation (my favourite and my best) and another two hours of the same excellent stuff to look forward to next week.
Complete playlist with links to artists’ pages/websites to follow. Love and sunshine and best wishes for a brave new year, from Kate. x
Broadcast on Gashouse Radio Tuesday 20th December and Saturday 24th December 2011 You can subscribe to the rss feed for the show, grab it with a bunch of podcatchers, you can get it with iTunes, or from right here, right now. Download (right-click & save as) It’s Christmas! This cracker of a show is packed with Christmas songs from UK independent artists (plus a couple from the US and one from Oz) - songs you’re not sick of, unike the usual festive fare blasted at you by every mainstream commercial station on TV & Radio and on the PA in every shop in your local mall and high street. It also has jokes from sparkling co-host of the show, crown princess of comedy Niamh Lynn-Devere.
Next week’s show will be a ‘best of 2011’ Special, on the last Tuesday of the year. I’ll be playing all my favourites of the artists I played on the show during 2011, but I’m open to listener suggestions - leave a comment here or on the facebook page for the show.
There’s no poetry segment in this week’s show but - drum roll - there’s a new monthly poetry show called ‘Ode to Nowhere’ starting right here on Gashouse Radio in January 2012. English poet Simon Smith will be along for a chat about all things poetical in the first edition of the show, there’ll be guest readings from Joe & Bliss of The Blissful Mop, we’ve got digital beat poetry from Poet and the Loops and contemporary spoken word tracks from To love Sophia, as well as a host of other exciting contemporary poetry from unpublished or less than widely known poets.
In the meantime -
Sunshinecast Episode 27 - Getting Jingly With It
Podcast (made to replace the technical glitch afflicted live show broadcast on Gashouse Radio on Tuesday 13th November) aired on Saturday 17th December 2011, 1 - 3pm Eastern/6pm UK.
This show is full of new tunes from UK independent artists and more than a few Christmas songs to get that tingly, jingly feeling started. Next week’s show will be non-stop Christmas and party tunes from independent artists. If you’re looking for Christmas party music and you’re bored of the same old Christmas numbers that get played to death on mainstream radio and TV and in shops, year after year, you’ll want to take a listen to the show, this week and next week.
Sunshinecast Episode 26 - Post-Thanksgiving blues cure - Nic Bennett Live Session
Broadcast on Gashouse Radio Tuesday 29th November and Saturday 3rd December 2011
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 Ep20 - Bluesky Pie Unplugged at Folkestone’s Quarterhouse Theatre
Broadcast on Tuesday 18th October and repeated Saturday 22nd October 2011
This week’s Sunshinecast is a very special one. Recorded live last Sunday (9th October 2011) at the Quarterhouse Bar and Restaurant in the Quarterhouse Theatre in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter in Kent, the Garden of England, this is a Bluesky Pie Promotions Unplugged showcase special. Playing on the night were: Arcelia, The Stinson Boys (named for Barney Stinson - yes, THAT Barney Stinson - “suit up!”), Brad Higgins, We Become Heroes, Matt Finn and Mr. Payne. This show features songs from all the artists there on the night, plus interviews with all except Arcelia; I missed them out of the interviews, somehow.
Not to worry though - get yourself a lovely big serving of Arcelia by listening again to this podcast, recorded when Arcelia popped in to the Sunshine Studio to play a live set and chat on air, a couple of weeks back.
Discovery of the night for me was Mr Payne - a fantastic rapper.
I don’t like rap generally, but this guy blew me away - his lyrics are witty, charming, insightful and compassionate, lyrical and musical in equal measure, and delivered with measured power and rhythmic grace. Yes, really. Check him out. This track is written about something that happened to him on the night I was there, recording this set. ’Drunk woman’ went up to quite a few people that night… Mr Payne is the real deal, I shit you not.
I think I’m ‘sober lady’ at the end of the song - my claim to fame. Eeek! :)
You can’t tell from the stylish pictures of the Quarterhouse Theatre like this one from ‘Architecture Today’, but the outside of the building looks like England’s finest and largest cheese grater.
Thanks are owed to Simon Foster of Arcelia for his assistance with recording the night (he let me use his Marantz recorder, which was a lot less hassle than setting up my digital eight-track) and to Dave Sharp of Academy FM, (who was also recording the gig for the airwaves) who shared his recording from the stereo out of the desk with me.
Check out the Bluesky Pie website at www.blueskypie.co.uk
Sunshinecast Ep19 - Ben Parcell and Rhythmix vs X Factor
Broadcast on Tuesday 11th October and repeated Saturday 15th October 2011
Features an interview with Ben Parcell about his new EP ‘Painted by Numbers’, released Monday 10th October plus all the tracks from it, an interview with Russ Grooms, regional coordinator for the charity Ryhthmix. We talk about the great work the charity does on musical projects with and for young people from challenging backgrounds, and the difficulties the charity faces because of the X Factor bosses’ refusal to change the name of the girl band formed by the show.