Vic Galloway presents The Music Cafe
For two weeks I'm delighted to say I'm doing The Music Cafe on BBC Radio Scotland. It's always nice to be asked to present something a little different. Although I love my normally allocated Radio Scotland and Radio 1 slots, championing new, alternative, underground and emerging music from Scotland; I do also have interests that lie beyond unsigned indie bands, you know!
Being a music nut, doing the cafe is right up my street. Last week I had the opportunity to chat to a classical-guitar maestro from Montenegro, Milos Karadaglic who at the tender age of 27 is a complete virtuoso, having been awarded a Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London and graduated with a first class honours. Lovely chap too! I had a pre-recorded interview with Britpop icon Louise Wener of the band Sleeper, whose new book 'Different for Girls' documents that era in hilarious fashion. Last but certainly not least, it was with sadness that we all said goodbye to Scottish blues-singer Tam White, who passed away earlier in the week. Guitarist Neil Warden and jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith talked fondly about him, his music and his larger than life character. I had a ball in Inverness as ever, and was also blessed with the most prepared production team EVER - thanks to Dan and Gillian.
This week, I have the pleasure of talking about Scotland's Hip-Hop Scene and how it has developed over decades, whilst being ignored on account of the accent! I'll be chatting to a musician and songwriter Chris Singleton, who has a genuine medical problem that makes listening to loud noise or music painful! And I recently caught up with the legendary Martha Reeves, of The Vandellas fame, about Motown, Detroit City Council and playing Glasgow on her 69th Birthday in July. Tune in to hear what happened...Martha Reeves
The Music Cafe is eclectic and I'm often outside my comfort zone in terms of the subject matter. But hey, that's what life is all about and I want my broadcasting life to reflect that. If you haven't heard the shows already - they're live on BBC Radio Scotland at 13.15 every Wednesday and available for seven days on the BBC iplayer of course."