Andrew Marston introduces live music from Rachel Bedford (Ross-on-Wye)
Unsigned, undiscovered and under-the-radar music, as recorded at the Cock & Magpie in Bewdley.
This month's live sessions were produced in the beautiful riverside town of Bewdley, at the Cock & Magpie, on the banks of the Severn.
The venue hosts a number of regular open mic nights in their upstairs bar - so it was a natural choice for us to take the Introducing show there.
The final recording made at the event was from Herefordshire's Rachel Bedford.
She's a 20-year-old singer/songwriter who's recently began studying a BA (Hons) songwriting course at BIMM (Bristol).
She's been crafting her work at a number of open mic nights around Herefordshire and the South West and is influenced by acts as diverse as Bjork, Laura Marling, Norah Jones, Florence & The Machine, Bat for Lashes, Foals, Lucy Rose, Kate Bush and M People.
All of our live studio and festival sessions since 2005
Meet The Musicians
Since 2011, we've been taking the show out on-the-road showcasing the very best musicians from our two counties.
Once a month, we've been recording acts chosen by us at a variety of venues across the area - including at some of our biggest festivals.
Our next recording session takes place on Friday 31 May at the Wychwood Festival on Cheltenham Racecourse on our very own stage and features the five acts we plan to broadcast throughout June.
Acts we've chosen to appear at the festival are Worcester's Becky Rose, This Wicked Tongue, The Delray Rockets, Leominster's George Barnett, Malvern's Dogs Of Santorini, Hereford's Jimmy Heartbreak and Brassick, who are from both counties.
None of these acts knew they were being considered for a live session - they were chosen based on the tracks they uploaded here - which led them to receiving airplay on BBC Hereford & Worcester.
Meanwhile, if you're a venue or promoter, and would like to be featured in a future recording session please get in touch.
A song has been recorded by a Herefordshire man in aid of Timbuktu which has recently been liberated after being captured by Islamic rebels.
Hay-on-Wye is twinned with the African Town - the charity Hay for Timbuktu are using their medical and educational links to try and help people recover.
Matthew Lewis who created the single says he had some help from a well known producer - hear that interview on this week's show.
On The Record
A Worcester filmmaker's series looking at music production in the county has proven to be so successful, he's launched a second series!
Jim Lowe's On The Record documents what life's like on the road for our local industry professionals.
This week, we hear from Jak Hayward from Jasper In The Company Of Others who describes what it's like to be signed to a record label.
This week, Andy O'Hare reviews:
- Cerys Daisy, Fiona McCanlis & Mark Leedham at The Pig & Drum open mic night, Worcester.
- Rufus & Dogs Of Santorini at The Pig & Drum, Worcester.
HitchHiker, The Fallen & The Fearless, Stompin' On Spiders, The Onionheads, Parkin' Lot & Dogs Of Santorini at the Worcester Beer, Cider and Music Festival on St George's Lane.
Answer Back, The Citrons, Fiona Paterson & Enzo at the Great Malvern Hotel open mic night.
BBC Introducing Musicians' Masterclass
If you're a budding solo artist, an MC, or just started a brand new band then you should check out BBC Introducing Musicians' Masterclasses.
On Thursday 21 March, we visited various locations across the UK - Glasgow, Belfast, London, Salford & Cardiff. DJs from all over BBC Radio, music industry experts and artists got together to host a day of sessions, workshops and masterclasses.
We covered everything from song writing & MC workshops to promoting your music & making the most of your Twitter accounts.
We also heard from successful artists about their own musical journeys. Our special guests included Ben Howard, Aluna George, Wretch 32, Devlin, Angel, Japanese Popstars, Phil Kieran, Badly Drawn Boy and the Manic Street Preachers.
This week, we hear from Chris York (SJM Concerts), Jeff Smith (BBC Radio 2), James Endeacott (A&R & Music Manager), Karen Boardman and Ben Mortimer (Polydor) on the importance of having a website, plus Steve Lamacq and Badly Drawn Boy on what makes a demo stand out.