27 May 2018 – Frogfest – High Wycombe

High Wycombe annual FREE street festival is back again – FROGFEST takes place on Sunday 27th May 2018 in the High Street and surrounding venues.  The family-friendly event features a variety of musicians, food stalls and street entertainers.  2018 sees Frogfest celebrate its sixth birthday, and this year’s event promises to be the biggest ever!

FROGFEST LINEUP 2018 MAY 27th from 11.25am.

11.25 – 11.45 – Everyone can sing
11.45 – 12.15 -Main Stage – Hartbeats Vitae Drummers
12.15 -12.40 – Squirrel Stage – The Bailey Sisters
12.40 – 13.10 – Main Stage – The Brightside
13.10 – 13.35 – Squirrel Stage – The Apricot Hounds
13.35 – 14.10 – Main Stage – 3rd Lung
14.10 – 14.35 – Squirrel Stage – 91 Nights
14.35 – 15.10 – Main Stage -Tinlin
15.10 – 15.35 – Squirrel Stage – Maz Manzini Band
15.35 – 16.10 – Main Stage – Dury Service
16.10 – 16.35 – Squirrel Stage – Other Sons
16.35 – 17.15 – Main Stage – Sir Walter J Wallis
17.15 – 17.45 – Squirrel Stage – Steph Willis
17.45 – 18.25 – Main Stage – The Hot House Four
18.25 – 19.05 – Squirrel Stage – AmiR
19.05 – 19.45 – Main Stage – These Certain People
19.45 – 20.30 – Squirrel Stage – Georgia and the Vintage Youth
20.30 – 21.30 – Main Stage – The Defekters

Notice also that The Antelope will be hosting FREE live music from 1.30pm to 10.30pm, including headliners – The Sex Pistols Experience.

 

Visit the websites below for more information.

 Links

 https://www.frogfest.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/HWfrogfest/

 https://twitter.com/hwfrogfest?lang=en

PLEASE SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC IN HIGH WYCOMBE

4 April 2018 – Talking punk on Emperor’s Bits for Wycombe Sound

Not put off by my guest appearance on 21st February 2018, Andy Aliffe invited me back on to his ‘Emperor’s Bits’ show on Wycombe Sound on 4th April 2018 – this time talking about the early days of the ‘punk’ scene in High Wycombe.

The Emperor’s Bits – Wycombe Sound radio show featuring Andy Aliffe (right) and Stevyn Colgan (left).

This was another hugely enjoyable hour were I was joined and helped out by friend and Wycombe Sound’s Punkarolla host, Andy Chalk.

We got a chance to remind listeners that the likes of The Sex Pistols, Damned, Clash, and Stranglers all played the legendary Nag’s Head back in 1976 – while the following year the same venue hosted The Jam, XTC and Elvis Costello.

Of course, we couldn’t leave without a mention for ex-High Wycombe Grammar school boy Ian Dury, who played High Wycombe during his early career with Kilburn and The Highroads, before returning with his Blockheads on the Bunch of Stiffs tour at The Town Hall in October 1977.

Highlight of the show for me was hearing former Bucks Free Press junior reporter Janice Raycroft talking about the iconic Sex Pistols at High Wycombe college in February 1976. Janice, now editor of Buckinghamshire Life magazine, recalled in vivid detail her interview with Johnny Rotten, seeing Sid Viscous wielding a knife and the mixed reaction of the audience.

The show also briefly touched on the 50th anniversary of the first ever ‘Blues Loft’ gig at The Nag’s Head and it’s hoped a further edition of The Emperor’s Bits will be dedicated to the history of this sadly lost venue.

The show is available on the listen again function until 2 May 2018.

http://listenagain.wycombesound.org.uk/index.php/shows/the-emperors-bits/

Emperor’s Bits line-up 4th April 2018 – Stevyn Colgan, Andy Aliffe (nice hair), Andy Chalk and Paul Lewis

4/5/6 May 2018 – Animals Rock Festival – Dashwood Arms

Posh Birds Productions are proud to present a three-day music festival at The Dashwood Arms, Piddington, to raise much needed funds for the residents at Animal SOS Sri Lanka.  The event takes place on Friday 4th May 2018, Saturday 5th May 2018 and Sunday 6th May 2018.

Running order (all bands are providing their services for free)

 FRIDAY 4th May

7.30-8.30 2NONBlondes band

8.30-9.00 Steph Willis

9.00-10.00 Stealworks

10.30-12.00 NBS

SATURDAY 5th May

1.30-2.30 Beaver

2.30-3.00 Bob Anderson

3.00-4.00 Big Azza & The Jukesters

4.00-4.30 Bob Newell

4.30-5.30 Tiny Tina

5.30-6.00 Russell Leak

6.00-7.00 Public Service Announcement

7.00-7.30 Dave Dunbar

7.30-8.30 The Relics

9.00-10.00 World Gone Crazy

10.30-12.00 Hustler

SUNDAY 6th May

1.30-2.30 Jokers Parade

2.30-3.00 Sandy Lenny

3.00-4.00 Reeve

4.00-4.30 Thanx

4.30-5.30 The Sobernaughts

5.30-6.00 Mouth on a Stick

6.00-7.00 Papa Truck

7.00-7.30 RAFFLE DRAW (cash prize)

7.30-8.30 Silvervoid

8.30-9.00 Keane

9.00-10.00 Fawesome

10.30-12.00 The MFU

Weekend tickets just £10.

Daily ticket prices

Friday £4

Saturday £6

Sunday £6

Free entry for children

 More details from the following facebook pages 

https://www.facebook.com/poshbirdsproductions/

https://www.facebook.com/thedashwood/

 Please support your local live music venues

23-25 March 2018 – Faces of Wycombe – Photo exhibition

The Mad Squirrel Tap and Bottle Shop in High Wycombe are hosted a photographic exhibition from Friday 23rd March 2018 until Sunday 25th March 2018.  The event displayed photos from local photographer Mark Page, featuring over 160 distinctive monochrome images under the banner of the ‘Faces of Wycombe’.

Faces of Wycombe – Photo Exhibition at The Mad Squirrel, High Wycombe – 23 to 25 March 2018

Mark, a resident of High Wycombe for more than 50 years, began taking the photos during the summer of 2017 at open sessions at The Belle Vue pub. Interest in the photos snowballed, resulting in four sessions and over 160 people and several pet dogs, taking part.

The opening night also featured live music from Maz Manzini Music (from around 7.30pm).

Read more via the link below:

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/facesofwycombe

Please support your local live music venues.

24 March 2018 – Healthy Junkies + 3 more bands – FREE event at Phoenix Bar

The Phoenix Bar in Bridge Street High Wycombe hosted a four band FREE event on Saturday 24th March 2018.

24th March 2018 – FREE four band event at The Phoenix Bar – High Wycombe

Details of the bands – taken from The Phoenix website, read as follows:

Healthy Junkies

Parisian Lead singer Nina Courson met British guitarist Phil Honey-Jones in 2009 in the now defunct venue Punk in Soho. Both of them were in separate bands at the time, but it wasn’t long before ideas of their own and a new-found mutual volatility raised its wretched head and they started to write songs together. The shared influences of the likes of Iggy Pop, Nirvana, Blondie, Killing Joke,Sonic Youth, Bauhaus and Bowie played a big part and Inspiration for lyrics came from far and wide, blurring the lines between autobiography and fiction. They played their first gig together at an all day punk festival in Brighton in September 2010 where the promoter ran off with the money and Healthy Junkies only got to play for 15 mins before the festival shut down. Since then the band have played all over the U.K. including several appearances at the mighty Rebellion Punk Festival and their self-hosted monthly night at The Unicorn, Camden, London, called Punk’n’roll rendezvous – and have toured Europe regularly. Healthy Junkies were featured on a New York radio station and talk show in October and are laying the groundwork for an East coast US tour next year. On stage Nina interacts with the other band members and entices her audience in a way that has become the trademark of their live shows. Record releases include their debut album Sick Note in 2011, The Lost Refuge and Box of Chaos (STP Records) and the E.P. ‘Hair of the dog’.

http://www.healthyjunkies.co.uk/

PollyPikPocketz

PollyPikPocketz are a double-vocalist rock band from London. The two front girls Ally and Myura formed as a songwriting harmony duo in 2014. Frog joined to help produce their tracks and soon they were churning out songs like lyrical machines, developing songs that were metaphorical, humorous, full of fun and sung with angst. A year and a half later Pollypikpocketz evolved dramatically when Mat joined as the guitarist, bringing an improv-style that chose “awesome sounding ” over technical. Frog, previously a singer, found a new direction playing bass for PollyPikPocketz. The group today have a take-no-prisoners punk-rock feel. Their live sound has been described as “an intense, passionate performance that is in your face but with genuine emotion and laughter. Flowing harmonies and unique lyrics, that are tongue in cheek but always written from the heart. Incomparable to a single genre.”

https://en-gb.facebook.com/pollypikpocketz/

Who Killed Nancy Johnson?

AReading-based high-energy original punk/post-punk band with a growing reputation as an incendiary live act, Who Killed Nancy Johnson? formed in 2015 and began gigging in 2016. Their 2017 EP Cops and Robbers was followed in 2018 by Flat Earth Theory, and an album is in the works for later in the year. They have played in Europe and have radio appearances and support slots for name bands under their belts.

https://www.wknancyj.com/

Freakouts

A four-piece punk band from Surrey, Freakouts formed with the idea of inspiring carnage. Their raucous live shows make them ones to watch as they are beginning to break out of the hills and take the rest of the UK by storm. They’re loud, fast, and in your face.

https://www.facebook.com/TheFreakouts%20/

 Please support live music in High Wycombe

Check out the Phoenix Bar website below for their latest gigs

http://www.thephoenixbar.co.uk/

Please post or send your reviews of the gig – see contact page for more details.  Thanks

10 March 2018 – Blunders, Yur Mum and more – Phoenix Bar

A FREE entry five band ‘punk’ spectacular took place at The Phoenix, High Wycombe on Saturday 10th March 2018.

The Blunders – Phoenix Bar flyer for 10th March 2018

To give you an idea of what to expect the following was posted before the gig – in no particular order and with descriptions as quoted from their respective websites/social media outputs – here’s a list of the bands:

The Blunders

“Hard hitting biting lyrics with a driving yet understated beat that lets you scream at the worlds faults while dancing ya arse off.”

They impressed at The Phoenix on their previous appearance in November 2017.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/theblunders/

Yur Mum

“London based DIY grungers. Yur Mum bring their brand of high energy rock and roll”

https://www.yurmum.com/

Static Personality

“3-piece indie post-punk explosion hailing from High Wycombe. Our message is audacious, bold, subversive, witty and is an exciting new branch to the post-punk alternative indie”

https://soundcloud.com/staticpersonality

Carter Daze

“Woking’s favourite rebel sons Carter Daze’s DIY approach mixes a punk ethos with rock ‘n’ roll storytelling to create a diverse sound that’s somewhere between ‘Blue Album’ Weezer and ‘Up The Bracket’ Libertines, with a socio-political twist. With a whole host of gigs coming up across Surrey and London this spring, their live show is always intense, chaotic and not to be missed!”

https://www.facebook.com/CarterDaze/

DC Spectres

“3 Piece Garage punk/trash…fusing 60’s garage and 70’s punk with side orders of surf and Klub Foot rhythms.”

https://en-gb.facebook.com/thedcspectres/

 Please support the live music venues in High Wycombe

21 February 2018 – Emperor’s Bits – Wycombe Sound radio show

I was again honoured to be asked to guest on local radio station Wycombe Sound – this time by Andy Aliffe for his ‘Emperor’s Bits’ show broadcast on Wednesday 21st February 2018.

Andy, assisted by his friend Stevyn Colgan, launched the show earlier in 2018, with the website description claiming : ‘The Emperor’s Bits’ is an eclectic mix of music and chat and looks at the quirkier side of Wycombe history. It is not wrong!

The Emperor’s Bits – Wycombe Sound radio show featuring Andy Aliffe (right) and Stevyn Colgan (left).

I was extremely grateful to be called in to promote the wycombegigs.co.uk website and also give from some background to High Wycombe appearances by a few of the iconic artists featured to date – including The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie and The Move.

It was also amazing to share the studio with fellow guest Barbara Arucci. Barbara attended The Rolling Stones gig at Wycombe Town Hall in December 1963 aged just 13 and was lucky enough, through a family connection, to be allowed backstage with members of the group.  A photo of this meeting appeared in the Bucks Free Press and an original survives as a prize possession of Barbara until this day.

Backstage photo of The Rolling Stones taken at High Wycombe Town Hall – December 1963

Back in 1999, Barbara and her friends were invited to attend a re-launch of Wycombe Museum in Priory Road, where a blown –up version of the photo was proudly displayed.

The three girls featured in the 1963 back-stage picture with The Rolling Stones are re-united at a re-launch of Wycombe Museum in 1999 – picture from swop.org.uk

It was fantastic to hear from somebody who was actually at these great moments in the history of the town and her recollections of other music venues. Barbara also brought along another picture of The Rolling Stones, with a complete set of autographs on the rear – including the sadly departed Brian Jones.

Barbara in February 2018 with her treasured signed Rolling Stones picture.

An enjoyable hour or so in the company of Andy and Stevyn. Both gentlemen can boast an fascinating history of working in all manner of walks of life – Andy spent 20 years with the BBC, Stevyn spent 30 years working for the Police in Cornwall but has more recently worked as researcher on the QI TV show and also written several books.  You can read more via the link at the foot of this page.

They warned me I might be invited back to track through memorable music moments from the 1970’s, 1980’s and beyond.  So keep an eye and ear out for that and tune in for an hour of random fun.

You can use the ‘listen again’ feature on the Wycombe Sound website to hear the show again for up to a month after the original broadcast date.

More information on the show via the link below:

http://wycombesound.org.uk/index.php/the-emperorss-bits/

Listen again:

http://listenagain.wycombesound.org.uk/index.php/shows/the-emperors-bits/

References:

http://swop.org.uk/

9 February 2018 – Rage DC, Black Bullets, DSA, Slow Faction, Useless Easters – Phoenix Bar

Bracknell rockers Rage DC topped a five band event at The Phoenix bar in High Wycombe on Friday 9th February 2018. Entry was just £5 and was billed as ‘An evening of good old Punk Rock’n’Roll.’

Rage DC and plenty of support at The Phoenix on Friday 9th February 2018

Plenty of info on Rage DC via their Facebook group, including links to the supporting bands too.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1525034564461719/

Due on first at 7.30pm were The Useless Eaters – they are a punk covers band and are no strangers to High Wycombe having played several times at The Hobgoblin (since renamed back to The Three Tuns).

Read more about The Useless Eaters on their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/TUEUK/

Running Order

  • Rage DC 10:30:00 PM 11:15:00 PM
  • Black Bullets 9:45:00 PM 10:15:00 PM
  • Slow Faction 9:00:00 PM 9:30:00 PM
  • DSA 8:15:00 PM 8:45:00 PM
  • Useless Eaters 7:30:00 PM 8:00:00 PM

Please support live music in High Wycombe

Check out the Phoenix Bar website below for their latest gigs

http://www.thephoenixbar.co.uk/

The greatest band NEVER to have played High Wycombe

The passing of The Fall frontman Mark E Smith on Wednesday 24th January 2018 cannot be left without comment on this website.  If I don’t write something, I fear my mind will literally explode with all the thoughts and memories of the Fall over the past 40 years.

Mark E Smith – 1957 to 2018. Some Fall memories. Main photo taken at HMV records Oxford Street, 1988, Photo pass from The Garage 2002. Fall badges. Paul Lewis

The Fall have played a huge part in my discovery of music and sadly (for me and many other Fall fans in the area), despite a live career spanning more than 40 years, The Fall never made a live appearance in High Wycombe – hence I offer them up as the greatest band NEVER to have performed in a town where so many other iconic names in the music industry have graced the likes of The Nag’s Head and Town Hall stages.

Firstly, I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to Mark’s family and friends. Plus, my heart goes out to the many Fall fanatics who will see Mark’s loss as potentially leaving a significant void in their lives.

In the days following Mark’s passing I have read numerous tributes and it is perhaps ironic (but not surprising to Fall fans), that he and The Fall will now gain wider recognition for their 40 years of constant output.

It was as recent as 12th January 2018 that I was able to ‘joke’ on Wycombe Sound’s Punkarolla radio show that a two hour Fall special was in my mind. I’m grateful to Andy Chalk for allowing me to indulge in The Fall on his show and on that particular occasion, send my best wishes to Mark, before playing the title track off the ‘New Facts Emerge’ album, released in the summer of 2017

Most Fall articles will pretty much write themselves. The check list/The Fall bingo, will read something like:

  • One constant name
  • X number of band members in Y number of years
  • Z number of albums
  • One of John Peel’s favourite bands, always different, etc
  • Girlfriends/Wives in the band
  • Punch-ups and knob twiddling on stage

So, bearing that in mind, I don’t intend to write a tribute as such. There are trained journalists who will be able to collate the necessary words and pictures and I’ll give some links at the foot of this article to some that I read in the first few days since Mark’s passing.

I discovered The Fall in 1978, via John Peel of course, (oops, one off the Bingo list) but despite keeping an eye out for local gigs involving the Manchester band, it wasn’t until the early 1980’s that I managed a trip to The Hammersmith Palais to witness them in person for the first time. I went with my friend Martin.  It was the first gig I drove to having passed by driving test a few days before.  For Fall fanatics (and I know there are plenty), they will appreciate this was their ‘Hex Enduction Hour’ period.  However, I soon learnt that The Fall, unlike the majority of the other bands, didn’t ‘tour’ an album with a ‘standard’ set-list.  They would also throw in unreleased songs – with many still a work in progress.

The Fall – my poster from gig at Hammersmith Palais – 25th March 1982

Fascinated by their Palais appearance, a month later I drove to some weird nightclub venue in Oxford – getting there around 7pm to give me more chance of getting in without a ticket but then had to wait for more than a hour before the doors opened and then until about 11pm before the band came on stage.  The set at Oxford included at least three songs that were completely new to me. I particularly remember the mesmerising bass lines.  I wanted to hear these songs again.  I had to wait a few months before they were back in area for another gig (a marathon four or five bander Sunday night at The Lyceum) but needless to say the set-list had changed dramatically again and it was Monday morning before I got home.

The non-conformist set list, the random stage times and as I had now realised, an introduction at literally every gig by Mark E Smith during their opening number with his iconic slur – ‘Good Evening WE ARE THE FALL’, would become a trademark.

I was pretty much hooked from those first few gigs. All so different – The Palais gig seeing them able to sell out a major London venue and then a month later playing a dingy nightclub where you could, if you chose, stand as close to the stage as you dared.  It is a quality to be proud of and one that lasted throughout their career.

So, how many time have I seen The Fall? A question that I’ve been asked a few times over the years and several times since we lost MES.  I’ve actually lost count but from an old list I found this week, the figure was well in excess of 50 by the mid 1990’s.  Yet, even that figure would not get me into ‘Fall nutter’ category.  Fall fans embraced the internet right from the early days and the lovingly created and maintained website http://thefall.org/ is a remarkable archive and ongoing discussion place for all things The Fall and prior to this, the Fallnet mailing list proceeded all the Facebook and Twitter malarkey.  It’s still going strong now, close to 25 years after it was first set-up.

So, back to my point about The Fall being the greatest band NEVER to have played High Wycombe. The nearest venues to High Wycombe The Fall played at were in Slough (birthplace of famous Wycombe promoter Ron Watts).  The rather unassuming Slough Centre on the Farnham Road in the summer of 1986 was the first chance.  I recall being quite disappointed with the set and crowd reaction but went to The Town and County Club in Kentish Town the next night and they played seven encores!  The Fall returned to Slough for a festival in July 1992 and it wasn’t until 1996 that they finally made it to Aylesbury to play the Civic Centre – the same venue as used by Friars but a venue, for some reason, they had never previously played.

Slightly further field from High Wycombe, Reading was a regular location for Fall gigs – ranging from various appearances in front of 1,000’s at Reading Festival, to gigs in front of a few hundred-people crammed in at venues such as The Alleycat and The Fez Club. It was during a 1998 gig at one of those latter venues that I witnessed the shear tenacity of MES to carry on regardless.  Unfamiliar, at that stage, with what had gone on a few earlier in the USA, the gig was played out with a completely unfamiliar line-up and when the songs fell apart, a guitar was handed around the front row to help out.

I have to confess, the chaos of that night, temporally put my fascination of The Fall on hold. I attended a few gigs in London in the next couple of years but like watching a football team I came away thinking, I didn’t really enjoy it that much but I’ll just go to the next game and hope things got better.

It was after travelling to see Wycombe Wanderers play their final game of the 2001/2 season at Swindon that myself and a few friends decided that seeing The Fall could be a perfect antidote for seeing our team enter that ‘difficult period’. We arrived in London from Swindon by train and made our way to The Garage venue at Highbury Corner.  Approaching the doors sometime around 7.30pm, it was obvious the gig was in high demand.  Problem, we had no tickets and The Fall, by this stage were not the band to attract the usual low life London ticket touts – although I would have appreciated them at this stage.  I joked to the others that I had attended Fall gigs previously and the band had gone for drinks in a bar close to the venue.  They might have spare tickets.  We randomly selected a fairly awful pub/wine bar just across the road from the venue.  It was fairly quiet – most gig punters were now in the venue.  We ordered our drinks and then realised that Mark E Smith was sitting across the room with a non-band member.  I can’t say I was star-stuck to say something but perhaps more shy or afraid of a negative reaction.  A friend in our group, better known to us as ‘Oily Sailor’, was less shy.  Being considerably younger, he was less of a Fall fan and wasn’t bothered what response he would get from MES.  The next thing we know is that Oily is having a conversation with MES, explaining that the two ‘old gits’ at the bar are massive Fall fans but don’t have tickets.  Almost without hesitation, MES pulled out two photo passes for the gig and handed them over.  It made the two ‘old gits’ very happy and I felt it only fair that I took a few photos of a gig that completely restored my loving of the band.

It was the beginning of another period of amazing creativity for The Fall and one where MES would eventually settle on a fairly stable line-up (by Fall standards) for his band. Fall fans will argue forever about what their favourite album or track is but from that period the ‘Fall Heads Roll’ long player is generally regarded as a classic.  I never tire of seeing and hearing the version of ‘Blindness’ on Jools Holland in 2005 and wondering what on earth Mr Holland is thinking about the sound emanating from the keyboard.

The Fall may not have been everyone’s cup of tea and of course musical tastes are very much subjective. I once ‘treated’ my partner Jane (pregnant with our daughter) to a Fall performance at Cricklewood – for me, right at a high point of The Fall’s musical output.  I have to confess the sound that night was loud, the bass was thudding away so much it vibrated right through your stomach.  Jane had to leave some of the gig because she said she ‘felt sick’.  Her post-gig review was that it was, ‘just a noise’.  Pretty accurate and perhaps a complement?  I didn’t admit that I had seen other Fall gigs that had made me feel sick.

I recall MES describing Fall fans as ‘Salt of the Earth’ and it is Fall fans who will be best placed to attempt to explain the diverse range of output of the past 40 years. However, remember, if you are a non-Fall fan then don’t consider criticising The Fall – only Fall fans have that option.  We will defend the band to the very end – and returning the football analogy, just like you may do with the football team you support?

However, it always seems strange to me that The Fall sometimes were on the end of criticism from those that confessed to be lovers of ‘punk’ and other diverse musical genres. Perhaps it was the characteristic of Mark E Smith never to be drawn into the importance of style or image.  MES and The Fall were very much anti-fashion.  It is certainly a credit to MES that The Fall never became a lame tribute to themselves, playing ‘greatest hits’ set-lists or following the usual rock conventions.  He performed, created and evolved constantly in the 40 plus years since he formed The Fall.  The Fall influence has been and will be felt for years to come – for Fall fans we know that already, for others you have that to come.

Goodbye Mark. It was an absolute pleasure to have been a small part of witnessing The Fall journey.

Bill is Dead – The Fall – Snub TV

Blindness – The Fall – Jools Holland – 2005

Further reading on The Fall

http://thefall.org/

My photos from the gig at The Garage 2002 – note email address on this page is no longer valid but you can contact me via this website.

http://thefall.org/news/pics/02apr20_photos.html

Tributes and obituaries

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/24/mark-e-smith-obituary

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2018/01/25/mark-e-smith-lead-singer-fall-obituary/

http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/mark-e-smith-was-a-rogue-and-a-rascal-and-very-funny-too

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/mark-e-smith-dead-the-fall-lead-singer-dies-died-age-salford-post-punk-manchester-a8176636.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/obituaries/mark-e-smith-of-the-fall-dies.html

Punkarolla – Radio show on Wycombe Sound 106.6FM

My old school friend Andy Chalk started the Punkarolla radio show on Wycombe Sound in November 2016 – and I was privileged and honoured to be invited as a guest on the very first show.

The show plays ‘Punk Rock’, old and new and has also been another means to celebrate the live music history of High Wycombe. The show includes regular studio guests, phone-ins and interviews pre-recorded on Andy’s travels around watching and listening to the punk rock scene.

By January 2018, the show had continued into a fifth series – broadcasting between 9pm and 11pm on Friday evenings. Andy invited me in again for the show broadcast on Friday 12th January 2018 where the featured album was ‘Can’t Stand The Rezillos’ and other music with Wycombe connections, including Generation X, Damned, New York Dolls, Wire, Adam and The Ants, Joy Division, TRB and Basta Roc.   If you get a chance, please listen in and give Andy feedback through the links below.

It is possible to listen live in the High Wycombe area via 106.6 FM, via the internet and mobile app.  Shows are also available to ‘Listen Again’ for four weeks via www.wycombesound.org.uk

The direct link to the Punkarolla ‘Listen Again’ page is:

http://listenagain.wycombesound.org.uk/index.php/shows/punkarolla/

Shows from the earlier series are also available to listen to via MixCloud

https://www.mixcloud.com/WycombeSound/playlists/punkarolla/

Andy also has a Punkarolla Public Group Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/224313594628909/