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Andrew Marston introduces the Herefordshire musicians that sail the world

Unsigned, undiscovered and under-the-radar music from Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

• With the Worcester musician who's releasing a charity single in memory of his brother.

• Chatting to Stourport's Vinny Peculiar, who was tutored by Clifford T Ward.

• The frontman of Noah and the Whale talks about his "homecoming gig" in Worcester, next week.

• We're with the Herefordshire couple who spend most of their life on a sailing boat playing shows wherever the wind takes them. And - this week - it's taken them to the Caribbean!

2 hours

Music Played

  • Matt Woosey

    Jealous Man

    • Confidential.
  • Benedict Ludlow

    Didn't Know

  • Oysterband

    Everybody's Leaving Home

    • Cooking Vinyl.
  • Sophia

    Little Things

  • Interviewed

    • The Inspiration

      Golden Sun

  • Lee Jones


  • Gareth Forsyth

    Fixed In Time

  • Jayne Gaze

    Where Love Resides

  • Artist of the Week

    • Vinny Peculiar

      I Came Back As A Girl

  • Philip Whitehead


  • Marie-Claire Berreen & Her Husbands

    Little One

  • Trevor Babajack Steger

    Black Dog

  • James Gwynne


  • Sean Jeffrey


  • Lensé

    The Dream I Had

  • Gwen Woodfield


  • Martin D Yates

    The Swallow

  • The Stoned Cherries

    Forgotten Man

  • Marcel Zidani

    Chanson Triste

We Are Sailing!

This week, we hear from the Herefordshire duo Mice in a Matchbox, who've spent the last few years floating across the globe, dropping anchor and playing shows wherever the wind takes them!
Singer/songwriter Sally Stamford, from Kington, and guitarist/vocalist Jim Rolt, from Bromyard, have been recording us an audio diary about their adventures on board the boat Chaos.
In this episode, we hear hear of their travels to Carriacou and Grenada.

Charity single

Many people dream of being in a band and producing a single. 35 years since leaving music behind, Marc Brandrick has done just that.
But this one's rather special; it's raising money for Brain Tumour Support - the charity that cared for his brother, Garry, who died of the disease over Christmas.
They both grew up in Hallow, near Worcester.

Artist of the Week

Musician and poet Vinny Peculiar (AKA Alan Wilkes) has released 13 albums so far, which he considers as "outsider pop music".
His various bands have included ex-members of The Smiths, Oasis and Aztec Camera.
Vinny was tutored and inspired by Clifford T Ward at North Bromsgrove High School with Tom Robinson later saying "Vinny Peculiar songs make you laugh, cry and think at the same time".
Andrew Marston labelled him as #6 in his ones to watch out for in 2019, for Herefordshire & Worcestershire.


Matt Owens: Noah & The Whale

This week, we hear from Matt Owens - the former frontman of Noah & The Whale - who's returning to Worcester to play a gig this week.
From the Royal Albert Hall to Glastonbury, Matt's played some incredible gigs - including several tours of America.
But this week, he returns 'home' to Worcester - where his family live - to promote his debut solo album at the Marr's Bar on Thursday.

BBC Music Introducing in Kidderminster

Our next recording session will take place on Sunday, 27 January at Kidderminster College.
The venue, which has made a name for itself as being the national HQ of the government-funded MAS Records scheme, is supported by Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs) and Karl Hyde (Underworld).
We'll be bringing along handpicked musicians from Herefordshire and Worcestershire to record their live sessions for broadcast.
They've all uploaded their tracks to the BBC Music Introducing Uploader - but didn't know they were being considered for this incredible opportunity!
This free event, which is open to everybody, kicks off at 1pm and you're more than welcome to turn up anytime until 5pm.




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