Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music including an interview with a grande dame of English folk, June Tabor.
For more than 30 years, June has been one of the most respected singers on the folk scene, revered for her bold and clear style and masterful interpretations of songs both traditional and contemporary.
June's highly anticipated new album, Ashore, is released on Topic Records this week, and on tonight's show she tells Mike all about it.
Mike plays tracks from the album as June explains how seafaring and coastal themes inspired the song choices; choices that range from the traditional Great Silkie Of Sule Skerry and I'll Go And Enlist For A Sailor to a powerful and sparse rendition of Elvis Costello's song Shipbuilding.
Ashore is June's 13th solo album in a rich and varied career characterised not only by essential solo work but also fruitful collaborations with the likes of the Oyster Band, Martin Simpson, Maddy Prior and Les Barker.
Presenter/Mike Harding, Producer/Kellie While for Smooth Operations
BBC Radio 2 Publicity
Michael Bublé presents the inside story of a song created for Sinatra, covered by Elvis and desecrated by Sid Vicious: My Way.
The song started life as a French song, Comme d'habitude, and has been covered by rap stars, flamenco bands, opera singers and even Sesame Street characters. It became a funeral favourite in the UK and Sinatra himself professed to hate the song. And in the Philippines, My Way killings have been reportedly provoked by karaoke versions of the song.
This final instalment of BBC Radio 2's Song Stories features an exclusive interview with the song's creator, Paul Anka. There are also contributions from Donald Trump; Julio Iglesias; Julien Temple; "Mr Las Vegas", Steve Wynn; and Sinatra biographers James Kaplan and Will Friedwald.
Presenter/Michael Bublé, Producers/James Hyman and Nick Minter for Head On Media
BBC Radio 2 Publicity
Trevor Nelson presents a movie theme special in celebration of the 2011 Academy Awards which take place on Sunday 27 February. The selection includes film-inspired tracks from Isaac Hayes, Bobby Womack and Curtis Mayfield.
Presenter/Trevor Nelson, Producer/Dan Cocker for Somethin' Else
BBC Radio 2 Publicity
Andris Nelsons conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Prometheus and Symphony No. 3, and Jennifer Pike joins them in The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams.
With the very first notes of his Eroica Symphony, Beethoven blew the world of music wide open. It was supposed to be about Napoleon, but the real hero of this musical revolution is Beethoven himself.
The programme starts with the Eroica in embryo, in Beethoven's Prometheus Overture and ballet music, followed by something completely different: Vaughan Williams's hugely popular The Lark Ascending distils the tranquillity of the English countryside to its purest essence.
Jonathan Swain presents the concert, which is followed by music from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Diverse Orchestras programme.
Presenter/Jonathan Swain, Producer/Anthony Sellors
BBC Radio 3 Publicity
Mark Pougatch presents the day's sports news, plus build-up to tonight's football action.
From 7.45pm there's live commentary on the Champions League round-of-16 first-leg game between Marseille and Manchester United, plus Premier League updates from Everton versus Birmingham City.
At 9.40pm Final Whistle has post-match reaction and analysis from tonight's games.
Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mike Carr
BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity
The Breakfast Show has a special treat for all cricket fans today: a visit to The Oval to meet England batsman Mark Ramprakash. Tommy Sandhu and early sports presenter Sohail Sahi report back on their batting masterclass, finding out all about Mark's techniques.
Presenters/Tommy Sandhu and Sohail Sahi
BBC Asian Network Publicity
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