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Not specifically a Blues show, but one that might be of interest to promoters like John T, Jimmyo, Duncan (if he still looks in….), Tommy W, Mike P, Linda V etc…..

BBC4 - 9:00pm - UK’s Best Part-Time Band Episode 1 of 4 Nations….

Comedian Rhod Gilbert and Ultravox frontman Midge Ure set off on an epic road trip across Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to discover the UK’s best part-time band.

From across the UK, more than 1,200 bands have entered the competition, playing rock to reggae, ska to skiffle, bhangra to blues and everything in between. Leading double lives, by day they might be doctors, window cleaners or waiters, but at night they shed their work clothes, pick up a guitar and channel their inner rock god. What binds them all? An incredible passion for music and an escape from the nine-to-five grind.

This is no ordinary talent show - this is a rock ‘n’ roll documentary following Rhod and Midge on tour, visiting bands playing in rehearsal spaces, pubs, barns and bedrooms.

At the end of the road trip, five acts are selected for a regional heat in Belfast, where they compete for a place in the grand final.

     

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2nd episode of UK’s Best Part-Time Band to be shown 9:00pm, Friday 10th June.

This time, bands from the North & Midlands…...


Rhod Gilbert joins up with former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook and sets off in a ropey old tour bus van for a road trip across northern England and the Midlands to discover the UK’s best part-time band.

The tour takes them to Liverpool where they meet a primary school teacher/lead singer of a mariachi band and are treated to an intimate band rehearsal in his mum’s bedroom. Hooky relives his punk youth with a band made up of junior doctors in Sheffield, and the pair meet a father and daughter who have a bizarre connection to Noel Gallagher and Oasis’s Definitely Maybe album.

And the family theme continues as they meet several bands of brothers - a ska outfit from a car plant in the west Midlands, and finally Rhod and Hooky are treated to the acoustic harmonies of the Geordie equivalent of the Eagles in the lead singer’s kitchen with a band looking to resurrect a career killed by punk in the 70s.

At the end of the road trip, Hooky selects five acts to play the biggest gig of their lives at the Leadmill in Sheffield, where they’ll battle it out for a place in the grand final, and the coveted title of ‘The UK’s Best Part-Time Band’.

     

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Friday 24th June - 20:00 - 21:00 - ZZ Top performing on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2016.


The Finals of UK’s Best Part Time Band are shown on BBC2 at 10pm Saturday 18th.
The 6 chosen bands go head-to-head at Manchester’s Ritz.

     

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O.K. - slight diversion here;

SKY Arts (in the UK anyway) has recently been showing 2013’s Jeff Beck; Talks Music interview; chat and special one-off performances by Jeff in front of an invited audience at Abbey Road studios. (Spotted Ben Poole among the faces….)

The show is available through SKY catch-up; well worth an hour of anybody’s time just to see in detail Jeff’s amazing technique.

     

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O.K. So it’s BBC2 and not BBC4; and while it’s Tuesday night, it is repeated in an extended format on Friday.

Just thought some folk may like to know that on tonight’s Later….With Jools Holland, Jack White is making his solo, acoustic debut, and re-visiting some of his back catalogue. May want to set your digi-boxes etc but don’t blame me if you have to wade through a lot of Sting first…....

     

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Folk may want to tune into Jools on BBC2 again this week (Tues 4th & Fri 7th); Blackberry Smoke are playing.

     

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Seems Jools is on a roll….. may want to tune in Oct 11th (& 14th)


Episode 5

Later… with Jools Holland, Series 49 Live

Joining Jools on the fifth show of the series is the classic rock and roll band The Pretenders. Led by the inimitable Chrissie Hynde, they play tracks from their upcoming ninth studio album Alone, their first since 2008. Joining them will be the record’s producer, Dan ‘The Black Keys’ Auerbach.

Two black British artists are making their TV debuts on the show tonight. Londoner Samm Henshaw is shaping up to be a new star of British rock and soul - he manages to combine a rich retro sound, steeped in a soul tradition, whilst pushing it forwards with subtle experimentation and strong songs. South London unsigned singer and rapper Ray BLK has grown out of the British grime scene and has been getting a lot of attention for her songs that channel her likes, loves and occasional dislikes for her hometown into soulful and honest R&B tracks like My Hood, that you won’t be able to get out of your head.

Finally also making their debut on the show are Empire of the Sun, the collaboration between Luke Steele, of alternative rock act The Sleepy Jackson, and Nick Littlemore, of electronic dance outfit Pnau. Together, these alt-electro pioneers are known for their elaborate stage sets and futuristic outlandish vibe. Their 2008 debut album Walking on a Dream brought the duo international success. They showcase a couple of tracks from their much anticipated third album Two Vines, along with a headdress or two.

Chatting to Jools is Paul Rodgers, original member of Free and Bad Company, 70s rock stalwarts who have reformed for a ‘swan song’ tour of the UK.

US born folk singer-songwriter and humourist Loudon Wainwright III appeared on the second ever episode of Later… back in October 1992, and he returns to the studio 350 shows later to entertain and amuse with a number or two from his latest and 26th album Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet).

Plus a performance from rising British blues rock guitarist and singer Joanne Shaw Taylor, who is making her debut on the show with a couple of tracks from her recently released fifth studio album Wild.

Is Icon still around to be reading things like this?

     

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Friday 21st Oct - BBC4   One for fans of early Pink Floyd:-


21:00 Pink Floyd Beginnings 1967-1972
Early TV appearances by Pink Floyd, including Astronomy Domine with Syd Barrett.

Pink Floyd released their first single in 1967, and as their popularity around the world grew, they increasingly travelled outside the UK to perform live shows and make TV appearances. After The Dark Side of the Moon became a global smash, the band concentrated on the creative freedom of live performance, leaving the world of TV behind, but now, after painstaking research, tapes of those early historic appearances have been tracked down and compiled into a fascinating hour of early Pink Floyd.
With front man Syd Barrett, they perform Astronomy Domine and Jugband Blues, and after Syd’s departure, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason can be seen playing a full range of their eclectic material, from out and out pop in It Would Be So Nice, through instrumental improvisations, collaboration with choir and orchestra on Atom Heart Mother and enduring rock material like Wot’s…Uh The Deal.
Beginnings 1967-1972 tracks the fascinating gestation of one of the world’s most creative and heralded groups in the less well-known period that preceded the triumphs of The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall.

     

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Anyone remember a short-lived 1980s Channel4 music show called Gastank? Hosted by Rick Wakeman & Tony Ashton and featured jams & interviews with a load of 1970s rockers; like Whistle Test meets Later… with Jools Holland.

If you do, or your just plain curious, check out this link:-
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rickwakemangastank?utm_source=pledgemusic&utm_source=iterable&utm_content=promoted&utm_campaign=newsletter_20161013&utm_campaign=iterable_campaign&referrer=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email

     

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Aside from all the tribute nights, it seems to have been a while since BBC4 came up with anything new or interesting, but this might tickle a few tastebuds & ear’oles:-

Friday 10th Feb - 21:00

  Arena:  Alone with Chrissie Hynde
Arena spends the summer with super cool self-confessed rock chick, Chrissie Hynde - shopping for clothes in Paris, hanging out with Sandra Bernhard in New York, life in London and a special trip back to her home town of Akron, Ohio.

A thoughtful and intimate portrait of a ‘lone, hungry, irritable wolf’, featuring a glorious live performance at one of London’s newest venues

     

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May be of interest; SKY Arts on May 27th are showing a new documentary; Beside Bowie - The Mick Ronson Story.

If the feature in this month’s Classic Rock is anything to go by, should be a good programme. Not only a fantastic guitar player but skilled arranger and producer; called too early in 1993.

     

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Been a while since there was something new to shout about….

Friday - July 7th - 9pm:

Rock & Roll Guns For Hire: The Story of The Sideman.
Film shining a spotlight on the untold story of The Sidemen, the musicians behind some of the greatest artists of all time. The Sidemen are the forgotten ‘guns for hire’ that changed musical history. Featuring interviews with Mick Jagger, Billy Joel and Keith Richards, this film takes viewers from the 1960s to today, via global stars such as Prince, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and BeyoncĂ©.

What the synopsis fails to mention is that the programme is hosted by 40year Bowie sideman, and no slouch on the guitar Earl Slick.

     

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