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Andrew Marston introduces live music from Hitchhiker (Worcester)

2 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 07 December 2012

Unsigned, undiscovered and under-the-radar music, as recorded at Lizzie's Boathouse in Upton-upon-Severn.

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  • Sessions

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    Our last recording session of 2012 took place on the first Sunday in December at Lizzie's Boathouse in Upton-upon-Severn.

    The whole event was very much in the air leading up to the gig as the River Severn had burst its banks and was giving the new flood defences a good run for their money.

    Luckily the venue was well protected - but many of the roads had been shut during the week.

    As the river levels finally dropped, we celebrated with a free gig involving some of favourite musicians right now.

    Hitchhiker was formed after Anna Mason and Sean Jeffery met while performing individually at the Worcester Music Festival in 2010, and then at several gigs and open mic nights around Worcestershire.

    Tonina Westgate joined Hitchhiker on bass in late 2011 after becoming a fan on Facebook - having never played the bass before - and Chris Hunt started drumming with them in February 2012!

    All of our live studio and festival sessions since 2005
  • Musicians

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    For the eighth year running, throughout the whole of December (continuing through our Saturday night relaunch in January), we won't be playing a single CD, MP3, tape or vinyl - because we're giving you the music you won't be able to get anywhere else on the planet.

    In 2012, we continued to take the show on-the-road to some of the biggest events and most happening places in the two counties.

    None of these artists knew they were being considered for these opportunities - they were chosen based on the tracks they sent into the BBC Introducing Uploader.

    This week, hear some of the performances we recorded in the early part of the year at the Evesham Arts Centre, Hereford's Royal National College and at the Stourport Civic Centre.

    An A-Z list of musicians from across our region
  • Interviews


    The Royal Mail in Kidderminster have recorded a charity Christmas single - under the guise of Rubber Band Aid.

    Carl Wilkes of the former group Sons Of Beaches wrote the song, Santa I've Been Good This Year, a couple of years back - and after a colleague's two-year-old son developed terminal leukaemia, he decided to get all of the posties in front of the the mic.

    Carl explains: "I have rallied all the postmen and women of Kidderminster into recording a christmas single to raise funds for local charity Cords4life.

    "Cords4life was set up last year by Joseph Beard and Fiona Harris after their baby Charlie successfully beat cancer following an umbilical cord donation.

    "Sadly Joey and Fiona have again been given the terrible news that the disease has returned and so baby Charlie is battling the cancer for a second time. "

    You can get a copy of the single from rubberbandaid1.bandcamp.com and by searching for Rubber Band Aid on Facebook.

    Some of the interviews you may have missed on-air
  • Festivals


    Many of the roads were turned into rivers there last week - and for those who live in the town - it's either the land of the festivals or land of the floods.

    Upton-upon-Severn, though, had a little piece of good news - becoming finalists in the UK Festival Awards - the industry's equivalent to the Oscars.

    The blues event was the only volunteer-led project up for the Promoter Of The Year title - having been forced to relocate the festival in just a matter of hours earlier in the year after flooding hit the town.

    Find out what music festivals take place in our area
  • Gig Guide

    Gig Guide

    Live music from local musicians and gigs in our area
  • Local Papers

    Local Papers

    What is being said about music making this week
  • Reviews


    Tonight we've sent Andy O'Hare off to the Marr's Bar in Worcester where Stalwarts The Little Hellfire Club have teamed up with new pretenders Young Pop Things to present a very special Christmas show indeed in support of Acorns Childrens Hospice.

    Some of the gig and CD reviews that have been sent in
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    Find out who we are and what we do
  • Contact


    The best ways to get in touch with us



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