...BECAUSE SOME OF US THINK THAT THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT
What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Gonzo Magazine Issue #241

Gonzo Magazine Issue #241
THE ANORAKS IN THE UK ISSUE
 
Carol Hodge talks about the excitement of playing Glastonbury with Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life, we meet a bloke who wants to make a giant bronze statue of Great Cthulhu in the Orkneys, Phil Bayliss’ reggae themed Listening Post, the details of Hawkwind’s legal victory and the Doctors of Madness box set.
 
Good ‘ere innit?
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, and Strange Fruit, but Friday Night Progressive is on hiatus for a few weeks. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
 
This issue features:
 
Carol Hodge, Steve Ignorant, Roger Waters, Iggy Pop, Banksy, Lady Gaga, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Stella McCartney, British Sea Power, Kris Kristofferson, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jimmy Nalls, Thomas Michael Bond CBE, Geri Allen, Dave Rosser, Gary DeCarlo, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Alan Dearling, Phil Bayliss, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, U-Roy, King Tubby & Friends, Burning Spear, Ijahman, Morgan Heritage, Fat Freddy's Drop, Jeremy Smith, Doctors of Madness, Glen Vaudrey, Great Cthulhu, Kev Rowland, Tim Burness, Tyrannosorceress, 8Kids, Art Fristoe Trio, Barrows, Beasto Blanco, Evelyn and Iris, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, David Bowie, Sting, Bill Haley, Bob Marley, Beatles, Jon Downes and the Amphibians From Outer Space
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
 
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
 
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
 

SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Blodwyn Pig - Same old Story 197



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Lies
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Pigthology
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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

FOR THE LOVE OF GAUDI
and Yorkshire's Sculpture Park
and Oslo's Gustav Vigeland Park
and every Sculpture Park and Garden
For sculptures are frozen music

and the music never stops.

Incredible Sculpture Garden in India Has Taken 50 Years to Build (and It's Still Not Finished)

COMING THIS WEEKEND



Carol Hodge talks about the excitement of playing Glastonbury with Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life, we meet a bloke who wants to make a giant bronze statue of Great Cthulhu in the Orkneys, Phil Bayliss’ reggae themed Listening Post, the details of Hawkwind’s legal victory and the Doctors of Madness box set. 

YES (BROADLY) IN THE NEWS


“It has remained essentially unused for 46 years, though Steve Howe (Yes guitarist) did use it on a track in the first of his 'homebrew' demo recordings, ...


Rick Wakeman joined The Strawbs, made an album, left, joined Yes, made another three, left, made four solo records, and joined Yes a second time.

Prog - Remembering YES (official) bassist Chris Squire
Known for his often thunderous basslines and harmonic vocals, Chris Squire was the musical lifeblood of Yes. Prog traces his entire career in music ...


Elsewhere, the Chris Squire Virtuoso Award will return for another year, along with the coveted Prog God, won in 2016 by Jon Anderson. “It's been a ...

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Union
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Union (2CD)
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HERMAN'S HERMITS IN THE NEWS


WHO ARE THEY: Hailing from Manchester, England, Herman's Hermits had a short, but very successful run in the mid 1960s with their squeaky clean ...

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Live At The Hilton
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Thursday, 29 June 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steel Pulse- Your House



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Living Legacy
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Door Of No Return
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Rastanthology II The Sequel 
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Introspective 
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African Holocaust 
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True Democracy 
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YES IN THE NEWS



Still, I'm at a loss as to what Jon Anderson contributed to the song musically or lyrically. The Cinema version, available on the deluxe reissue of 90125, ...

Yes members talk us through their tumultuous Hall Of Fame induction. Features / 1 hour ago / by Dave Everley and Paul Lester. Jon Anderson playing ...

Yes Interviews: 11/15/78 - Patrick Moraz interview
Yes Interviews Date: 11/15/78 Item: Patrick Moraz Interview Find more Yes material here: ...

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Union
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Union (2CD)
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TIM BLAKE TALKS ABOUT DAEVID ALLEN AND HAWKWIND


He has continued to record and perform over the years, including a return to the Hawkwind fold in 2007 following his original tenure back in 1979/'80.

FRANK ZAPPA IN THE NEWS


Following his critically acclaimed book "Frankie & Bobby: Growing Up Zappa," music legend Frank Zappa's younger brother Charles Robert "Bob" ...

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Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..


In 1965, Ray Collins asked Zappa to take over as guitarist in local R&B band the Soul Giants, following a fight between Collins and the group's original guitarist. Zappa accepted, and soon assumed..


On September 19, 1985, Frank Zappa testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee, attacking the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC, a music organizati..

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

TRANSFORMATIONS
THE WIFE OF THE OWNER OF THE THAI FOOD VAN
is having a child soon.So he bought a farm (for the raising of ostriches)
and he will shift his insurance/car sales small business online soon.
So the open stage Wednesdays at Rad Radam may end any moment
and folk are already turning their attention to future possibilities.
The owners of Manchaca Market have closed down the open mic Tuesdays
Poets still appear like mushrooms to fill chairs and make verse
and solo musicians return to accompany them.Such is Life!
A new open mic begins in summer storms at Austin Pizza Monday Nights!
Death can wait for Time to Stop.There will be grieving enough!
But while we are alive,we will gather,and sing,and speak
and share-because we know the alternative (is not there..
These are the days we are living in-where EVERYTHING is threatened!
The dance calls-and we cannot demur!In the light of public violence-DANCE!
In the light of cruel politics -DANCE MORE!With crime and corruption-DANCE FASTER!

They may outnumber us-but we have the dance in our eyes and our feet,in our minds and hearts and liver and kidneys!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: H. Purcell - The Fairy Queen (Z.629)



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England, My England
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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

WANNACRY!!
Inline imageInline image UKRAINE THROUGH RUSSIA
Beware the PETYA!
Derived from GOLDENEYE
Stolen from NSA
Call it RANSOMWARE
Pay them in BITCOIN
You have been HACKED!

By anonymous BAD ACTORS!Inline imageInline image

Al Atkins Interview | Judas Priest



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Demon Deceiver
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Reloaded
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NICO interview



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Behind The Iron Curtain
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ANNIE HASLAM IN THE NEWS


Following their successful South American tour, Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam will be back in the US Northeast in October and November 2017 ..

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Dawn Of Ananda . 
CD - £7.99

Monday, 26 June 2017

FAIRPORT CONVENTION IN THE NEWS


Folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention will continue to mark their 50th anniversary at their annual Cropredy Convention festival from 10-12 August, ...

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CORKY LAING ON THE RADIO


This coming Friday evening, June 30th, on WORT's “The Rattlesnake Shake” (8:00 – 11:00 pm CDT) D.J. el Serpentine will be joined by rock luminary, ...

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Playing God
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RICK SPRINGFIELD IN THE NEWS

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado is proud to announce a special two-evening performance by legendary performer, entertainer and actor Rick Springfield. Set in the limited-seat, historic Stanley Concert Hall, Springfield's Stanley performance gives fans an up-close-and-personal concert experience in one of the nation's most spectacular setting.

The concert is part of a new entertainment platform recently rolled out by the Stanley Hotel called StanleyLive, bringing dozens of rotating concerts, comedy events, inspiring speakers and film events to Estes Park each year.

http://www.timescall.com/news/ci_31082188/legendary-performer-rick-springfield-make-two-night-performance


Enter now for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Rick Springfield in concert on Friday, September 22nd at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, ...

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Live And Kickin
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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?


RULE OF THUMB
THUMB DRIVE vs TYPEWRITER
Predilection for Antique Formats-
SNAP! Camera pre-cameraphone.
Peck at a ribbon typewriter
Memories of carbon paper.Xerox.
Slow woodpecker tap tap tap of Jack Kerouac
"That's not WRITING!.That's TYPING!"
And the worship of the rolled scroll
Unveiled for students of the Arcane
whose Ancestors left stories as clues
for a lifestyle that is no longer new
but was Beat seeds for a birthed personal truth.
Easy to hate.Disdain over distance.Even now,
we nibble at BEAT  beats,making caricatures
of snapped fingers and bongos in coffee shops
and Universal Black for love of jazz and drugs
Our eyes are screened for Security.
Our fingers Tweet each early morning
Our Temporary Emperor makes human errors

Who can erase such mistakes?Johnny Depp?

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Dmitri Shostakovich : Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op.93 (Kirill Kondrashin)


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Testimony
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

YES IN THE NEWS


At the time, Yes guitarist Steve Howe revealed that the group will perform one song from the studio albums through 1980's Drama “plus a couple of ..


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Union
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Union (2CD)
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THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: St Albans Cathedral We Have A Gospel To Proclaim

Being Sunday I always post sacred music. The name of the deity may change, or even the deity Him/Herself but the spirit remains the same

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes: 



"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?



STAYCATIONS RULE THE ROOST
Bombs in Paris and in London
Ecology destroyed Amazon&Africa
Wars and unrest in the Middle East
   Stay@home,those countries say/stay @home today
So we watch wild-life documentaries
See Paris &London@the movies
Read travel guides and foreign TV
   Stay @home say we,so stay @home we stay
Cruise ships call,but we are all @home
Cheap flights-but then the TSA
bus tours go off the road
  So-stay @home we stay.Stay @home and play
And let those tourists come to OUR town now
We have so many beautiful homes and gardens
Which bloom because we gave attention

   We stayed @home ,my dears.Stayed at home and they came here..

Friday, 23 June 2017

Gonzo Magazine #240

Gonzo Magazine Issue 40
THE SUMER IS ACUMEN IN ISSUE
We mark the Summer Solstice, with an issue including Alfredo Zitarossa and The Beatles, and an exclusive excerpt from Tony Klinger’s new book. Alan reviews The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, Biffo looks at Video Games featuring Pop Stars, and Jeremy goes to see King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

Good ‘ere innit?

And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and the final episode of Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, but Friday Night Progressive is on hiatus for a few weeks. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!

This issue features:

Alfredo Zitarrosa, Queen, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Yoko Ono, Coldplay, Eno, Neil Hannon, The Divine Comedy, Barry Gibb, Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Albert Johnson "Prodigy", Brian Cant, Stephen Furst, Sheila Raye Charles, Byron Christopher Murrell, Belton Richard, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton Gardner and Dyke, Tony Klinger, Alan Dearling, Joanna Cannon, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Kev Rowland, Elephant Plaza, Wednesday 13, Witch Vomit, Flyinglow, The Ferrymen, Jim Jackson, Mr Biffo, Paradise9, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Beatles, Elvis, Motley Crew, Biz Markie, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Bob Marley, Neil Nixon, The Dope King’s Last Stand

Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:

Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:

SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #217

Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks).

Neil Nixon, the founder and presenter of the show has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.

The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

Hasil Adkins:  Haunted House 
The Slits:  Instant Hit 
Hawkwind:  Space Ship Blues
Robert Johnson:  Debbie’s Theme 
Baba Zula:  Eferhali Yaprak 
Brinsley Schwarz:  Private Number 
The Doctors of Madness:  The Noises of the Evening 
Young Fathers:  Get up 
Devilish Dear:  I Wanna do it 
Devilish Dear:  These Sunny Days
Robert Johnson:  I’ll be Waiting 
Robert Johnson:  Burnin’ Love     
Temple City Kazoo Orchestra:  Kazooed on Classics 
Mannequin Pussy:  Clue Juice 
The Doors:  My Wild Love
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard:  Melting 
Ringo Starr:  (It’s all Down to) Goodnight Vienna 
The Menzingers:  After the Party 
Ballboy:  All the Records on the Radio are Shite
Eat Static:  Implant 
Stinky Picnic:  You’ve Unlocked the Hamster World
Stinky Picnic:  If you Can’t Make it #4 
Julian Cope:  Sunspots 
Mbilia Bel:  Manzil Manzil 
Mbilia Bel:     Awesome
Robert Johnson:  Guide my Energy 
Robert Johnson:  Stones in my Passway 
Chief Kegwin:  Dot Cotton 


Bill Bruford - Interview - 12/4/1984 - unknown (Official)


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Bill Bruford took up music and drumming at the age of 12. By age 27 his musical character had already been forged in the fiery furnace of four of the biggest progressive rock groups of the day: Y..


'Skin and Wire: PianoCircus featuring Bill Bruford play the music of Colin Riley', in which a composer supervises a jazz drummer who used to be a rock drummer playing with a group of classical pianist..


Inside the beating heart of some of one of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, lies a percussion section with a very individual and separate identity. The Ne..


British percussionist Bill Bruford and Dutch keyboard master Michiel Borstlap are two of the leading lights in contemporary improvised music. Since their first meeting at the Nijme..


Pete Lockett is one of the world’s leading multi-percussionists. An authority on Indian percussion and an expert on tablas, kanjira and bongos, he has played and recorded with countless artists ..


Bill Bruford’s Earthworks was for 22 years one of the longest-running and most successful of the UK-based jazz groups. Having already spent twenty years on the cutting edge of modern rock p..

Complete Interview with Ken Dodd 1963 - The Beatles [Eng/Spa Subtitles]


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The Beatles and WWII
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JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH IN THE NEWS


The Sheffield songsmith guests in the episode which goes out on Friday, June 30 at 8.30pm, entitled The Three Wishes. John Shuttleworth will also be ...

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Brian Appleton - My Turn To Be Poorly
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The Shuttleworths 5
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Open Mind
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Blue John
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It's Nice Up North 
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500 Bus Stops 
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The Shuttleworths 4
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Radio Shuttleworth 2 
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