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Andrew Marston with coverage of our Christmas Lights switch-ons

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

• Cerys Matthews of Catatonia is on, talking about switching on Hay's Christmas Lights.

• Catching up with Craig David, offering some incredible tips for new musicians.

• Meeting the nationally-supported husband and wife band, from Worcester, who are our Artist of the Week.

• "When they hit the stage it's time to raise your drink and try not to spill it on your mates" - part one of our live session from Worcester 'speed folk' band The Whipjacks.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Daniel Trigger

    Unbreakable

  • Chikaya

    New Wave

  • NFA

    80 Klicks

  • Oliver Jay

    Sundae Brownie (feat. Kate Wild)

  • Subskii Producer

    Better Without You (feat. Jess Brown)

  • Savestate

    Seeker

  • Bentley

    Deep Soul

  • P R Budd

    Vortex

  • Byron Hare

    Twisted Sister

  • West Midlands

    (Give Me) The Music

  • 5parks

    I'm Leaving, That's Me Gone

  • Time Of The Mouth

    The Road

  • Artist of the Week

    • The Gravity Drive

      Kaleidoscope

  • Duchess

    Situation

  • Medusa

    Awake

  • Ekcle

    Within The Palms Of A God

  • In session

    • The Whipjacks

      All My Pains (Are Self-Inflicted) (Live from The Conquest Theatre, Bromyard)

      • This Wicked World.
      • 6.
    • The Whipjacks

      Push On (Live from The Conquest Theatre, Bromyard)

      • This Wicked World.
      • 3.
  • The Arboretum

    Falls The Shadow

    • Routenote.

Christmas Lights

The Christmas lights have gone on across Herefordshire & Worcestershire, and we've been there pushing down the switch with Santa and a host of local musicians.
 
Tonight, hear our coverage of the Malvern, Bromyard and Bromsgrove celebrations, as well as a catch-up with Cerys Matthews of Catatonia who did the honours in Hay-on-Wye.

BBC Music Introducing Live: Craig David

Craig David has sold more than two million singles and his streaming figures are well over 110 million in the last year alone.
 
Making his debut with the critically acclaimed album 'Born To Do It', 18 years ago, he has successfully return to music, winning best male at the 2016 MOBOs and Best Collaboration (with Bastille) at the NME 2018 awards.
 
He was amongst the star-studded line up at this year’s BBC Music Introducing Live at Tobacco Dock in London – where he gave his advice for emerging artists.

Features

In session

"Pounding drums, driving bass and screeching guitar fit hand-in-hand with melodic mandolin, partial nudity and attitude filled lyrics" - that’s how Worcester band The Whipjacks describe themselves!
 
When they hit the stage it's time to raise your drink and try not to spill it on your mates, which is easier said than done.
 
They are a five-piece band that play their own brand of 'speed folk' - and you may have caught them at Nozstock, Mello and Lakefest.
 
"A great fun-time band with wonderful tracks that will have you dancing on every surface!" - Andrew Marston
 

Artist of the Week

This is not the first time The Gravity Drive have been our Artist of the Week on BBC Hereford & Worcester.
 
Elijah and Ava Wolf (who's from Broadway near Evesham) played at last year’s BBC Introducing Live at Tobacco Dock in London.
 
The husband and wife fronted band compose and sing original, harmony-driven alternative rock and pop tracks.
 
Elsewhere on the BBC, they’ve had support from Tom Robinson, Dermot O'Leary and sessioned for Bob Harris.

BBC Music Introducing in Bromyard

This month's sessions come from the Conquest Threatre in Bromyard.
 
If you've only ever driven through the town before, the venue 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.

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