From The Archives: The Little Pink

Back in July 2009 there was an early interview with The Big Pink by Alexis Petrides in The Guardian in which they complained about people assuming they were gay. Here's a taster: "...most striking of all was a backstage shot of Furze completely naked, with a fully clothed Cordell draped over him, gently cupping his genitals. The theme carried over onto the sleeve of their…

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A Letter From The Front…

Today being the anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, I wanted to share this poignant letter my grandmother received from the front in 1915 - sent by her pre-war sweetheart shortly before he died:  You can also hear the audio version of the letter here. My Dear May, I am attempting to answer your epistle of loving cheer under somewhat trying circumstances. I…

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That’s MY song that is!

Guest post by Scott Milligan of Kitten Pyramid. “That’s my song, that is,” said Mary, one of the four elderly ladies lying in bed watching my band, Kitten Pyramid, perform at Queen’s hospital in Burton. Hospital wards, like cheap hotels, are rarely homely places. They’re how I’d imagine the space stations of the future: basic, functional and clean. On this ward, there was nothing but cream walls,…

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Add An Icon To Your Comments

In the comments on our Listening Post Eromnim3 once asked: "How do you add an icon to your name?" The small photo you see beside some users' names in the comments at Fresh On The Net is called a Gravatar. To create your own, prepare a square image (up to 512 x 512 pixels) then head along to http://en.gravatar.com and create a free account there,…

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Steve Knightley: Grow Your Own Gig

Steve Knightley from Show Of Hands joined my on my Saturday night show on BBC Radio 6 Music this weekend to talk about his forthcoming solo tour of UK village halls under the banner of Grow Your Own Gig. The principle is that any fan can become a promoter - just find a small venue the size of a badminton court and sell a hundred…

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Rebekah’s New Single

REBEKAH DELGADO - Music Box [Starts: 45:20] https://www.facebook.com/therebekahdelgadopage We all know the route to success for a dedicated musician can often involve considerable hardship along the way. I still vividly remember my own early days with the Tom Robinson Band, when my one culinary treat was a single (small) Macdonalds hamburger with no fries, on my way back from signing on at the dole office…

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Mercury & Me

World Aids Day 2013 falls next Sunday, December 1st. My friend the author and journalist Tim Wapshott has kindly written us this reminder of another landmark date - today's anniversary of a tragedy that finally helped sway public opinion towards supporting the worldwide fight against Hiv/Aids. [Tom Robinson] Twenty two years ago today, Sunday November 24, is for many of us the day the music…

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Tanglewood Guitar For Sale

Debs's guitar: click to zoom image in new window FreshMod Debs McCoy is selling her Tanglewood TW55NSB electro acoustic guitar - with hard Tanglewood SKB flight case. She bought it brand new 18 months ago - the guitar cost £699 and the case was £122. The guitar's in near-mint condition with mahogany back with sitka spruce top, rosewood fingerboard and headstock. Debs is having to…

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#Folk6Music

On Sunday 13 October 2013, NowPlaying @6Music presented a two hour show in celebration of The Full English digital archive of 68,000+ songs, documents and artifacts hosted online by the English Folk Dance And Song Society. We also highlighted the new 12-track The Full English album put together by Fay Hield from the EFDSS archive with an all-star ensemble featuring Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson. Nancy…

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Please Don’t Be Greedy

Our inbox is currently receiving up to 200 tracks per week and we check out every one of them so that you don't have to. Our moderators listen without prejudice to what comes out of the speakers: when working through that much music in a single afternoon we don't have time to look each artist up on a spreadsheet before clicking "approve". So chances are,…

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