Christmas and New Year 2014-15 on BBC 6 Music
Friday 19 December, 13:00 - 16:00
Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie will be live from Manchester’s Christmas Market with their annual ‘last day in the office party’. Expect live music from Badly Drawn Boy, The Unthanks and King Creosote plus chat with Maxine Peake and other special guests.
Friday 19 December, 19:00 - 22:00
Tom brings a seasonal show which will feature some specially recorded Festive covers from some of his favourite artists of the year including Marika Hackman, Francoise & the Atlas Mountains, and The Drink, plus there will be a few winter tales read by some surprise guests.
6 Music celebrates the Winter Solstice with some tailored shows to salute the shortest day/longest night of the year. Shows include:
American singer-songwriter John Grant - who recently relocated to Reykjavík - explores the music, magic and rise of Icelandic music and Nordic Noir and how a land deprived of sunlight has become a melting pot for creativity and music. Featuring interviews with The Sugarcubes, plus emerging Icelandic talent including Olof Arnalds, Asegir, Mammut, hotly-tipped Fufanu, Ben Frost who is based in Reykjavík, and Dry The River who recorded their second album there.
Overnight there will be another chance to hear Radio 4’s Wireless Nights with Jarvis Cocker in which he explores the human condition after dark.
Three Wise Women of 6 Music
Three wise women - St Vincent, Neneh Cherry and Alison Goldfrapp - take over BBC 6 Music, bearing Christmas gifts to delight the listener.
Christmas Eve, 16:00 - 18:00
Annie Clark, aka art-rock supremo St Vincent, is the first of the three Wise Woman of 6 Music and has produced one of the albums of 2014 with her fifth self-titled studio album. With a fiercely unique sound and being a full-on music obsessive, she'll be demonstrating her eclectic palate in her two hour show, from Nine Inch Nails to John Coltrane, Cate Le Bon to Peggy Lee and archive selections from Fela Kuti, Nirvana, Kate Bush, and an Album of the Day from one of hip hop's finest beat makers, musical innovators and production geniuses J Dilla.
Christmas Day, 16:00 - 18:00
Unwrapping the 6 Music archive and sharing her superlative music taste with listeners on Christmas Day will be Neneh Cherry. She burst onto the scene with her performance of Buffalo Stance, whilst pregnant, on Top of the Pops in 1988. She was instrumental in incubating the sound system culture and the triphop sound and this year, following a hiatus of 18 years, released her fourth, critically-acclaimed solo album. Her return is being hailed as one of the most creative chapters in an already fascinating career. Her music selections for her show will include punk, jazz, reggae, hip hop, and soul tracks.
Boxing Day, 16:00 - 18:00
Pioneering pop creative, Alison Goldfrapp, is the third of the Three Wise Women. She’ll be keeping listeners warm with her musical wisdom in her show on Boxing Day. She has been an innovative presence in international art-pop for over a decade, with her albums touching upon everything from trip-hop to stomping electro-glam to pastoral folk, and this year she has also co-created an award winning 30-minute film.
On Christmas Eve, Gideon Coe brings a suitably seasonal show featuring three hours of festive tunes. In his annual Obit Show on Monday 29 December, he honours the great names from the world of music who passed away in 2014 including Bobby Womack, John Holt, Phil Everly, Tommy Ramone and Gerry Goffin. And on New Year’s Day he’ll be playing some great tunes due for release in 2015.
On Christmas Day, Chris Hawkins will be speaking to one of the biggest names in kids TV, Justin Fletcher MBE, better known to many children and parents as CBeebies’ Mr Tumble. Justin will be chatting about his extraordinary life as a children's television phenomenon and also about his father, Guy Fletcher, a songwriter who wrote for Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and Frankie Valli amongst others. With this heritage, Justin is well-placed to pick some great Christmas music for the show and will be talking about his own passion for music.
Jarvis returns to 6 Music to present a one-off Sunday Service 2014 special, with some quality tracks, random thoughts and spoken word gems as Jarvis rifles through his vast record collection that he’s built up further during his year-long sabbatical from the show.
New Year's Eve
New Year’s Eve will be celebrated in style with the Craig Charles Funk and Soul House Party building the excitement. There will be guest appearances bringing music treats and Craig has invited guest DJs The Reflex, Sam Redmore and Smoove to put together special mixes for the show.
Nemone will bring in the New Year with the best electronic beats and breaks from 2014, as well as some old classics and listener favourites.
New Year's Day
On New Year’s Day, Motörhead's Lemmy will be rocking hard, taking over the 6 Music airwaves for two hours sharing his love of all things rock ‘n’ roll. He is the bass player, vocalist and founding member of Motörhead following three years in Hawkwind. 2015 is a big year for Motörhead as they mark their 40th anniversary.