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Andrew Marston with details of our area's newest festival

• He once toured with Mike & The Mechanics; we’ll be hearing from Worcester musician Paul Menel.

• Hearing about a brand new festival in our area - being set up by Kidderminster’s Kemp Hospice.

• How a singing group in Worcestershire is improving the lives of its members.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Dean Hopkins

    Bang Bang Bang

  • The Inspiration

    Take Me Home

  • Kentucky Fryd

    Nowhere Road

  • Phil Hickin


  • Artist of the Week

    • Paul Menel

      Spanish Mane

  • Matt Woosey

    She Just Called To Say Hello

    • Confidential.
  • Rachel

    Living In The Moment

  • Hennesea

    Pebble On The Shore

  • BiiJ (But is it Jazz?)

    La Gothique

  • Lisbee Stainton


    • Marionet.
  • Stone Mountain Sinners

    Tons Of Home

    • Sonny Jim.
  • Carol Lee Sampson

    Hey You

  • Bo Walton

    Faster Than Time

    • Jump Jack.
  • Sally Night

    I Loved You So Much More

    • So Cosmopolitan.
    • Global Soul.
  • Lewis Boulton

    One-Seater Ride

  • Appearing at our Redditch recording session

    • Ethon Fyffe

      Could've Had It All

  • The Indigo Kings

    The Note


A Wyre Forest hospice will host its first-ever music festival, in August, to celebrate its 50th birthday.
Kemp Hospice was founded in 1969 and it costs £1.5m a year to provide free healthcare to its patients and their families.
The inaugural celebration will be taking place at SHED Food & Drink in Crossway Green, near Stourport, on Sunday, 18 August.

Artist of the Week

This week, we're championing the sound of a Worcester musician who, in a previous life, fronted a prog-rock band signed by the managers of Def Leppard that went on to support Foreigner, Jethro Tull, Ronnie Wood and T'Pau.
Famous fans include Mike Rutherford, of Mike & The Mechanics, who invited Paul Menel's band IQ to tour their classic album 'The Living Years' and compared Paul's vocal style to that of Paul Carrack.
Since his time with IQ, Paul moved to Worcestershire, grew a family and will be going back out on tour this year.

Voices Unlimited

It's a group of more than 100 people who regularly get together in Worcester to sing their hearts out, but Voices Unlimited would describe themselves as a world away from a 'conventional choir'.
Members say being part of it has changed their lives: "I had a big health scare. I wrote my own funeral. I was going to tell people what I regretted. When I got better I joined this wonderful group of people and I have sung ever since."
Another singer said: "I actually suffer with depression and I decided to do something with my life. I joined seven years ago and have never looked back. It's this massive great family every week."
Another said: "I'm part of 100 and I'm not the best singer here and I'm probably not the worst, but I love it. It just brings something to your life that you just never knew that you could have and love."
The group meets most Tuesday evenings at St. Peter's Church Hall in Worcester and to find out more, visit


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Join us from 2pm-6pm to see the best new music in town. Admission is free.




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