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Verity Sharp with Andy Votel

Ahead of Record Store Day, Verity Sharp visits the BBC vinyl archive with Andy Votel. Expect folk music for insects, rare French library records, Ethiopian polyphonies and more.

Ahead of Record Store Day Verity Sharp takes a trip down to our own record store of sorts, the BBC vinyl archive, to hand pick some of the rarest records the Beeb keeps under lock and key.

The BBC's vinyl collection is coveted among record collectors, known for its shelves of obscure ethnographic recordings, lost TV music and rare oddities from across the genres. Verity is joined by musical curator and DJ, co-founder of Finders Keepers Records, Andy Votel. Andy's un-blinkered appreciation and promotion of musical lost-property crosses multiple genres and language barriers, and has resulted in a constantly mutating career transcending wide pop-cultural circles. Together they dive in to what the archive has to offer, before Verity takes her haul back to the studio to enjoy one and a half hours of vinyl hiss and crackle.

Expect folk music for insects, rare French library records, Ethiopian polyphonies, Daevid Allen's first tape meanderings and music concrete from Belgium by Karel Goeyvaerts on IPEM, a record that almost killed Andy Votel the last time he went looking for it.

Produced by Alannah Chance for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 20 Apr 2017 23:00

Music Played

  • Music

    • A Documentary History Of Broadcasting: 1920-1950 (Radio Before Television Volume One: Introduction: The Arts Of Language).
    • Folkways.
    • FB 9171.
  • Jean-Michel Lorgère


    • Trafic Pop.
    • Sonimage.
    • SL810.
  • Alfred Wolfsohn

    Lend Me Your Ears

    • Vox Humana: Alfred Wolfsohn's Experiments In Extension Of Human Vocal Range.
    • Folkways Records.
  • François Bayle


    • Electronic Panorama: Paris, Tokyo, Utrecht, Warszawa.
    • Philips.
  • Irmin Schmidt & Inner Space

    In Calcutta II

    • Kamasutra.
    • Braul Harmonic Library.
  • Albro T. Gaul

    Wasp Chewing

    • Sounds Of Insects.
    • Smithsonian Folkways.
  • Walther Hennig

    Tarantela (Sicily)

    • Folk Music from Italy.
    • Folkways Records.
  • Chamber Choir of Moscow conservatory

    Dieu Dit A Mon Seigneur

  • Ella Fitzgerald


    • Bewitched.
    • Verve Records.
  • Norman Long

    We Can't Let You Broadcast That

    • This Record Is Not To Be Broadcast. 75 Records Banned By The B.B.C. 1931-1957.
    • Acrobat.
  • Sunforest

    Overture to the Sun

    • Sound Of Sunforest.
    • Deram.
  • Sunforest

    Magician in the Mountain

    • Sound Of Sunforest.
    • Deram.
  • Angelo & Eighteen

    Midnight Flight

    • Midnight Flight.
    • RAK.
  • Karel Goeyvaerts

    Op Acht Paarden Wedden

    • IPEM 1963-73.
    • Alpha Brussels.
  • Alison McMorland & Peta Webb

    Two Pretty Boys

    • Alison McMorland & Peta Webb.
    • Topic Records.
  • Marianne Schroeder

    Klavierstuck VIII (1954)

  • The Factotums


    • Pattern Music.
  • Jed Speare

    Metal on Metal

    • Cable Car Soundscapes.
    • Folkways Records.


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