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Andrew Marston features music recorded in prison

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

• We're with the Bewdley musician teaching music in prisons.

• Details of four new festivals coming to Worcester over these next 12 months.

• With the Redditch artist who's currently on tour with The Three Degrees.

• More of your memories of Malvern Winter Gardens, including tales of Midge Ure, The Buzzcocks and The Cure.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Garrington T. Jones

    Never Tell A Woman

    • New Tradition Music.
  • Oysterband

    Be My Luck

    • Cooking Vinyl.
  • Yellow Belly

    Condition White

  • Jules Rendell

    Let Go

  • Recorded in prison

    • Featherstone

      Lock & Key

  • Plastic Scene

    Didn't Know

  • Vicki

    Align

  • Lucia

    What I Gotta Do

  • April Shipton

    Invincible

  • Unredacted Promotions

    Theme For Fleur White

  • Under A Banner

    Numbers

  • Tazmin Barnes

    What If

  • Artist of the Week

    • Sam Ostler

      Shine

  • The Gravity Drive

    FUN

  • Alex Valentine

    Somebody Somewhere

    • Struck Dumb.
  • Chloe Ferguson & Moc Isaac

    It Wasn't Over For Me

  • Jeremy Johnson

    A Song For Ages

  • Jake Isaac

    10 Steps To Heaven (feat. Andreya Triana)

    • The Orchard Music.
  • The Inspiration

    Golden Sun

  • Sally Night & Reinhard Summerer

    I Do Still Hope

    • Global Soul Records USA.

Prison workshops

This week, we're with a Bewdley performer teaching music in prisons.
 
Singer/songwriter Deborah Rose has been leading song and lyric writing workshops at HMP Featherstone, helping inmates express themselves through the power of song.
 
Her work has been so successful, the prisons service paid to record an 8-track album.
 
Earlier this year, Deborah returned from a 6 month tour, promoting her new album in Australia, New Zealand, Africa and America.
 
One of those highlights was being in the presence of the Queen during a writers' retreat in Scotland.

Four new festivals for Worcester

The dates have been set for four new festivals coming to Worcester in 2020, showcasing local, national and international talent.
 
The first of the events will be Worcester Light Night, taking place across the city centre on January 16, featuring live performances.
 
The Atmosphere Festival will take place on Saturday, April 25 - focussing on the environment.
 
The third festival, Disrupting the Norm, will take place from July 6 - 11 in 'surprising locations throughout the city'.
 
The fourth new festival is Worcester’s International Story Festival, which will be held in October.
 
The festivals are funded through a £3 million grant awarded to The Arches project by the Department of Culture Media and Sport Cultural Development Fund and will feature live music.

Artist of the Week

This week's track comes from a Redditch singer/songwriter who's currently in the middle of a 35-date UK tour with The Three Degrees.
 
Sam Ostler is no stranger to big performances, having played to thousands at the O2 Arena in London with disco sensation The Stylistics.
 
We loved his music so much that we passed it to every single local radio station across the country!
 
His influences include Elton John, The Beatles, U2, Keane, ELO, Kenny Rogers and Coldplay.

Malvern Winter Gardens

Malvern is well known for its classical connections, but many people are unaware of the town's other musical story.
 
From the early '60s, for a period of around 30 years, Malvern Winter Gardens rocked to the sounds of bands such The Jam, The Kinks, The Who, Pink Floyd, Motorhead, Hawkwind and many more, some of whom were in their infancy at the time.
 
Local charity Rock Around the Hills created an interactive exhibition, thanks to a £60,000 grant, celebrating the story of rock, punk and progressive rock at the Winter Gardens from 1961 to 1990.
 
The display features more than 400 posters, tickets, flyers and fanzines, as well as recorded memories from audience members, musicians and promoters who were all part of the scene.
 
Having already been at Malvern Library and the Hive in Worcester, the exhibition has now moved to the airwaves - and we're broadcasting some of those memories every Sunday, from 6pm, here on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

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BBC Music Introducing in Bromyard

Our next recording session takes place at the Conquest Theatre in Bromyard on Sunday, 24 November from 7pm.
 
If you've only ever driven through the town before, the Conquest is on what we like to call 'Nozstock Street!'.
 
The theatre has now been hosting events at its Tenbury Road location for a quarter of a century - but they'd been campaigning for a facility like this since the '50s, according to the records book.
 
Originally, events had been held in an 'old tin hut' which had been built in 1919 by the Royal British Legion. But eventually they decided an all-singing, all-dancing venue was what the town needed.
 
We'd love to see you on the 24th - simply turn up, there's no need to book.

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