This week's show is dedicated to the memory of the late, great John Sicolo who died a year ago this week.
John co-founded The Legendary TJ's in Newport, Gwent - a venue that had a profound and positive impact on Welsh music. When I started doing my first 'proper' radio show in October 1993, the majority of the Welsh music we got most excited about had been nurtured or supported in that venue. It was those bands - Dub War, Novocaine, 5 Darrens, 60ft Dolls, Rollerco - that made me realise, very early on, the potential for truly great bands lurking relatively unknown in Welsh towns not unlike the one I had grown up in. It was an important lesson to learn. And it was TJ's - and John - that taught me that lesson.
We're moving premises in Wrexham at the end of the month, so there has been a major sorting out operation going on. I've been sorting through thousands of CDs/records/MiniDiscs/DATs/tapes & music papers looking for the most precious items to take with us on the move. After John's sad death last year, I scoured the building looking for an interview I'd conducted with him back in 1998. We didn't archive anything back then. I couldn't find a copy anywhere and sadly resigned myself to it being lost forever.
However, when I started clearing the shelves, the very first item I put my hand on was a dusty MiniDisc with the word 'John' written on it in my handwriting. I didn't dare believe it was a copy of the interview, but (obviously) it was. I've no idea how it got there and no idea how it was missed last year. Producer Jeremy has edited some of the highlights from the interview together for us to broadcast in this week's show in tribute to John's memory. What a man. Still sadly missed.
There is an hour long documentary, TJ's - The John Sicolo Story, being broadcast from 7-8pm on BBC Radio Wales as part of Radio Wales Music Day (Friday 25 March). Elsewhere in the show I play a selection of tracks from the bands involved and detail some of the ways we're going to be celebrating Welsh music on the day.
Tickets are available now for our gig in Clwyd Theatr Cymru (Mold) featuring Colorama, Masters In France, Houdini Dax, Courteous Thief and DJ Fuzzyfelt. Claim your free tickets (it's an 18+ event) by calling the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line on 03700 10 10 51, Monday to Friday 9am-7pm. Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis and will be posted to the recipients.
You can keep up with latest developments for Radio Wales Music Day on the BBC Wales Music blogs and via Twitter. The hash tag for the day is #rwmd.
Elsewhere in the show, Huw Williams takes time off from the Pooh Sticks' reunion gigs to remind us of Cindy Williams 60's singles for Parlophone. Lara Catrin translates some Geraint Jarman, and Ben Hayes treats out ears to some classic baroque pop from The Turtles.
Oh, and there is plenty of fascinating, Welsh music to get your earholes around. This week we have debut plays for My Pet Monster, Kat Jonband, Barefoot Dance of the Sea and Mars to Stay.
Please send demos/new releases/gig info/recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales, Library & Arts Centre, Rhosddu Road, WREXHAM LL11 1AU
Have an excellent music filled week,
60FT DOLLS - 'Piss Funk'
JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'Whirring (album Version)'
GENTLE GOOD, THE - 'Aubade'
LLEUWEN - 'Cawell Fach Y Galon'
WOLF CURSE - 'Heathens Beneath Our Feet'
SATURDAY'S KIDS - 'Pillow'
ROLLERCO - 'Rollercoaster'
JOHN SICOLO - 'Interview Part 01'
MANIC STREET PREACHERS - 'Motown Junk'
MY PET MONSTER - 'Whatdafughbug'
DERRERO - 'Radar Intruder'
NO THEE NO ESS - 'All Replaceable Parts'
PAMELA WYN SHANNON - 'The Bee Boy's Song'
COLORAMA - 'Turnham Green'
MASTERS IN FRANCE - 'Little Girl'
HOUDINI DAX - 'O.l.l.'
FRIENDS ELECTRIC - 'Something You Should Know'
EMMY'S UNICORN - 'Call Out [live Version]'
ESOTERRA - 'Montage Of Fat'
SOLUTIONS - 'Sons Of Daughters'
KAT JONBAND - 'Do You'
HUW WILLIAMS - 'Spoken Contribution'
CINDY WILLIAMS - 'Eyes Of A Man'
JAMIE ANDERSON & OWAIN K - 'Airwalk'
CATATONIA - 'Bleed'
JOHN SICOLO - 'Interview Part 02'
SMALL FACES, THE - 'All Or Nothing'
MILK RACE, THE - 'Attention Please'
DANCERS - 'Stay A While?'
MODERNAIRS, - 'Loss'
VIOLAS - 'Sea Shells'
FFRANCONSTEIN - 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Lab'
NODZZZ - 'Highway Memorial Shrine'
SAMOANS - 'Vladimir'
JOSHUA CAOLE - 'One Of You Again'
BAREFOOT DANCE OF THE SEA - '531 Miles From Aberdeen To Cardiff'
LARA CATRIN - 'Spoken Contribution'
GERAINT JARMAN A'R CYNGANEDDWYR - 'Gwesty Cymru'
MARS TO STAY - 'Staywell'
D. GRITTY - 'Real Talk (radio Edit)'
BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution'
TURTLES, THE - 'Outside Chance'
CHRISTOPHER REES - 'Heart On Fire'
SEAHAWKS - 'Into Night'
RENé GRIFFITHS - 'Heno, Mae'n Bwrw Cwrw'