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Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick 15:00, Friday, 19 June 2009

Stan Was, a producer in the Radio 4 presentations department (and practically the in-house photographer - you'll see lots of his work in the Radio 4 pool on Flickr.com) was present in the Loose Ends studio Saturday and took some lovely pics of the two bands on the show: The Mummers and Smoke Fairies. You can listen again to the programme for the next couple of days here. First, The Mummers:


And Smoke Fairies:

smoke_fairies.jpgYours truly was present for a magical collision of Radio 3 interactive head (and Proms producer) Roland Taylor and Radio 4 newsreader Kathy Clugston in Studio 70A this week. They had, naturally, brought their Ukuleles and they played Ode to Joy - the centrepiece of the big Ukulele Prom that Roland is producing - down the line for a Radio Ulster arts programme. Then I recorded Kathy and Roland's impromptu verse and chorus from Norwegian Wood. Here's the audio and here they are in action:Taylor_Clugston.jpg.

Very musical place, Radio 4.


  • Comment number 1.

    Any relation to the producer Don Was?

  • Comment number 2.

    As a Radio 3 listener, messageboarder and promenader, I would like to add that Roland did a pretty good job with the Ukulele, Steve, even if 'Ode to Joy' sounds better with a full orchestra, whether BBC or other (the Berliners aren't bad, even if they Rattle).

    Nevertheless, as you know, Steve, I do occasionally listen to Radio 4 (Reith, for example), so if you want to join us at the legendary Nag's Head (or indeed, prom 45), please all feel free. As for music, Radio 3 is probably slightly more musical than Radio 4, although who, do you feel, has the most catholic tastes?

    Cheers! c.

  • Comment number 3.

    For me, I think Radio 4 is more catholic tastes than Radio 3.

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  • Comment number 4.

    That is not Kathy Clugston, surely! I'm an avid Radio 4 listener and still get surprised when I see photos of people you listen to so often.

  • Comment number 5.

    I'm afraid it is me, although a particularly hatchet-faced photograph was selected -- thanks Steve!


  • Comment number 6.

    We are making a great deal of effort in diverting public attention from MP's allowances to Fred the Shreds pension ; but now he has been forced
    to give some of it back to be frizzled away by the Government. How about
    Mr and Mrs Kinnock with their alleged 10 Million in allowances and multi pensions !?

  • Comment number 7.

    If music be the food of love, oldsepticsam, play on. As for Kathy, do not worry at all. It is the sound that counts, at least on radio. BBC Radio 4 may indeed have more catholic music tastes than Radio 3, Gregg.

    Radio 3 tends to avoid 'pop', if only because so many other stations broadcast the stuff. Yet classical, jazz and world music can all, on occasion, be popular, so the distinctions between different musical genres tend to fray on the edges.

    Radio 4, with its focus on speech, can take a less tribal view of music than 1, 2, 3 etc. I should perhaps confess, as a promenader, to more protestant tastes, although, on occasion, methinks we do protest too much!



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