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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Robinson Has A Good Old Moan

Our inbox is currently receiving around 160 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, if…

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Bi Visibility Day…

"So what did you do on Bi Visibility Day 2013, Daddy?" Um, I spent the whole of Monday 23rd September compiling a bi-themed YouTube playlist and embedding it on a page here at Fresh On The Net. It's my favourite 29 suggestions made by 6 Music listeners over the weekend on Facebook - here's a preview: PEACHES – I U She LIVING COLOUR – Bi…

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Fake Fans On Soundcloud

Terry Matthew from Chicago House Music blog 5 Magazine takes the lid off the underhand business - and yes, it turns out, it really is a business - of buying bogus plays, comments and follows on Soundcloud. "Fake views, fake plays, fake fans, fake followers and fake friends - the mainstream music industry has long been about 'buzz' over achievement, fame over success, the mere…

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Live Performance Workshop

On Thursday 19th January 2012 I hosted a live performance workshop called Stand & Deliver for the 2012 BBC Introducing Masterclass at Abbey Road Studio 2. Video of the full session can still be seen here: the climax was a short set by my special guest Frank Turner which starts at 1:02:00. However that video is now quite hard to find from the BBC Introducing…

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On Creative Writing

I heard a great piece by the Irish author Kevin Barry recently on Ian McMillan's programme The Verb on BBC Radio 3. Kevin's description of the daily struggle to create words from nowhere powerfully reminded me of Neil Gaiman's recent advice for aspiring writings when we chatted on my show recently. The message from both authors was simple: PERSEVERE. This is as true for songwriters as it…

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