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Bill Bryson

Cerys chats to author Bill Bryson about his latest book, The Body. She also curates a playlist celebrating the Day of The Dead and the Celtic Samhain.

Cerys chats to author Bill Bryson about his Royal Society Science Book Prize nominated publication, The Body. This is the second nomination Bill has received for his science writing, previously winning the prize for his 2003 book A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Cerys marks the end of October and the start of November, exploring festivals around the world celebrating the time of year where the veil between the living and the spirit world is thought to be at it's thinnest, ranging from the Celtic Samhain to the Latin American Dia De Muertos. Plus Musician, songwriter and South East London Folklore Society's George Hoyle explains some of the history behind these traditions.

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Last on

Sun 1 Nov 2020 10:00

Music Played

  • Pedro Vargas

    Viva Mexico

  • Demon Fuzz

    I Put A Spell On You

  • Lila Downs

    Yunu Yucu Ninu

  • Marimba Chiapas

    Las Chiapanecas

  • Clarence Brewer

    Halloween Blues

  • Robert Johnson

    They're Red Hot

  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet

    Take Five

  • Bande Gamboa

    Pe di bissilon (Detroit Swindle Remix)

  • The Mighty Mocambos

    Arabesque Breakin Suite (Live at Jam PDM)

  • Doug Carn

    Desert Rain

  • Kevin Johansen

    Atahualpa, You Funky!

  • Kapelle So&So

    Is This Love

  • Jimmy Smith

    Theme From Where The Spies Are

  • Otis Redding

    These Arms of Mine

    • Atlantic Soul (Various Artists).
    • Warner E.S.P..
  • Norah Jones

    My Heart Is Full

  • Booker T. Laury

    Big Legged Woman

  • Aaron Taylor

    The Ritual

  • Big Mama Thornton

    Hound Dog

    • The Original Hound Dog.
    • Universal-Island Records.
    • 1.
  • The Rattles

    The Witch

  • Jackie Mittoo

    Hot Tamale

  • Los Folkloristas

    Coplas del Muerto (Coplas) [Mexico]

  • Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey

    Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window

  • J.J. Cale

    After Midnight

    • Mercury.
  • Calexico


  • Amparo Ochoa

    La Calaca

  • Johnny Heartsman

    Ain't No Sunshine

  • This Is the Kit

    The Turnip

  • Oscar Lang

    Apple Juice

  • Lila Downs, Niña Pastori & Soledad

    La Cumbia del Mole

  • Ebony Rhythm Band

    Light My Fire

  • Rafael Méndez


    • The Legendary Trumpet Virtuosity of Rafael Mendez.
  • Chuck Berry

    Trick or Treat

  • Stanley Turrentine


  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Duppy Conqueror

  • Banda Yacapixtla

    Danza De Los Viejitos

    • Danzas y Bailables Regionales.
  • Orchestra Baobab

    Bul Ma Miin


  • Sun 1 Nov 2020 10:00