iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Andrew Marston introduces live music from Verden Allen's Soft Ground (Hereford)

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Andrew Marston introduces live music from Verden Allen's Soft Ground (Hereford)

2 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 24 February 2012

• Verden Allen, in session, from Mott The Hoople at our BBC Introducing recording session. But while we were too polite to ask him if he'd do any old Mott songs – he did them anyway! Find out which ones as we open the show and blast away the cobwebs!
• The Roving Crows, from Ledbury, pick up two international awards in America.
• BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens tips big things for Malvern/Worcester producer Shaun Williams.
• Tripbuk, from Leominster, joins us in Leicester Square to talk about the BBC Introducing Musicians' Masterclass.
• Colwall's Jenny Hallam hires a coach to bus her fans to London for the launch of her brand new album this weekend.

Music Played

20 items
  • In Session

    • Image for Verden Allen's Soft Ground

      Verden Allen's Soft Ground All The Young Dudes


    • Image for Dodgy

      Dodgy Find A Place

      Strike Back Records

  • Interviews

    • Image for Jenny Hallam

      Jenny Hallam Let Me Down

    • Image for Jenny Hallam

      Jenny Hallam BBQ Sauce

  • Reviews

    • Image for Slack Granny

      Slack Granny Let Them Eat Pie

  • BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens with his Tip Of The Week

  • Gig Guide

    • Image for Da Vinci

      Da Vinci Show Me The Money

  • In Session

  • Image for FREnchfire

    FREnchfire We Get A Little Love

  • BBC Introducing Musicians' Masterclass

    • Image for Kamos & Tripbuk

      Kamos & Tripbuk Flying High

    • Image for Kamos & Tripbuk

      Kamos & Tripbuk Crystal Skull

  • Interviews

  • Papers

    • Image for Viva La Revolution

      Viva La Revolution Zooey

  • In Session

  • Image for Synthetic Epiphany

    Synthetic Epiphany Where We Begin

  • Image for Propulsion

    Propulsion The Great Escape

  • Image for Boothill Town

    Boothill Town I'm On The Run

  • Sessions

    You must enable JavaScript to play content

    This week's session was produced in the recording facilities at Hereford's Royal National College.

    Our next artist is no stranger to these facilities, having recently recorded his latest music video here - and is no stranger to the Hereford music scene either - with a career that spans over 40 years.

    Verden Allen was the founding member and keyboard player with the Hereford band Mott The Hoople - and before that, worked with The Cheeks who went on to form The Pretenders.

    Queen were a fan, Aerosmith were a fan - so much so, they had a big bust up backstage at the Hammersmith Apollo as to who was going to support Mott first.

    But it was later the love of David Bowie, who wrote their big hit single All The Young Dudes, that cast them to super-stardom.

    He's now back on the scene - taking on the name of one of his old Mott songs - Verden Allen & Soft Ground.

  • Meet The Musicians

    You must enable JavaScript to play content

    BBC Introducing supports the very best unsigned, undiscovered and under-the-radar musicians.

    Every month, we take the show on the road to showcase some of the very best acts from our area.

    Our next recording session takes place at the Stourport Civic Centre on Sunday 11 March from 2.30pm.

    We'll bring the bands - all we need now - is the fans!

    So if you'd like to Be Part Of It then simply turn up on the day - it's free to get in - but you must be prepared to make lots of noise for local music!

    Meet The Musicians
  • Jenny Hallam

    You must enable JavaScript to play content

    We meet the Herefordshire musician who's launching her new album in London tomorrow.

    Jenny Hallam, from Colwall, is officially releasing the CD at the Archangel on Kensington High Street and to get fans there, she's hired a coach from Malvern!

    We'll talk to Jenny from BBC Western House - and her proud parents in Worcester.

    Jenny Hallam's BBC Introducing session
  • The Roving Crows

    The Roving Crows

    Things are going from strength to strength for the Ledbury fiddle folk band The Roving Crows.

    They've just won well-deserved international recognition by taking home two titles at the Irish Music Awards in Missouri.

    The group won Top Celtic Rock Band - and as if this coveted title was not enough, Caitlin Barrett also took home the prize of Top Fiddle Player.

    In Pictures: The Roving Crows at the Wychwood Festival
  • Reviews


    Some of the gig and CD reviews that have been sent in.

  • Tripbuk

    You must enable JavaScript to play content

    Five of our most inspiring musicians from Herefordshire & Worcestershire headed to BBC Maida Vale and Abbey Road - to learn about the record industry from some of the biggest names in music.

    Muchuu, Tina V, Small Morris, Robinson and Tripbuk - many of whom featured in our Top Ten Tunes of 2011 - travelled to West London to hear advice from Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, Wretch 32, Jamie Cullum, Maverick Sabre, Friendly Fires, Magnetic Man and Frank Turner.

    For the second year running, DJs from across the BBC Radio networks including Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6Music, Asian Network and Local Radio hosted a day of sessions, workshops and masterclasses.

    Other industry names included Festival Republic's Melvin Benn - who's responsible for the Big Chill, David Haynes from Soundcloud, BBC Radio 1's Head of Music George Ergatoudis and founder of Mute records Daniel Miller.

    Tonight we hear from our final musician - Tripbuk, from Leominster, who produced grime and dubstep music.

    He sessioned with us on Easter Day last year then later joined the Herefordshire producer Kamos on our stage during August's Big Chill Festival.

  • Local Papers

    Local Papers

    What the local press is saying about music making this week.

    Local Papers
  • Gig Guide

    Gig Guide

    Live music from local musicians and gigs in our area.

    Gig Guide
  • Music Map

    Music Map

    A local history of great gigs and musical legends.

    Music Map
  • Festivals


    Find out what music festivals take place in our area.




Danni Hunt

Danni Hunt's list of live music from local musicians


Local papers

What is being said about local music in this week's papers


The Nozstock Festival

The biggest events in Herefordshire & Worcestershire


Mike Davis

Mike Davis' session snaps from our recording roadshows



Andy O'Hare's take on the local music scene


Andrew Marston interviews KeyGreen at the Wychwood Festival

The interviews you may have missed on the radio



A local history of great gigs and musical legends

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss