Martin Clarke’s Blues session - I first started listening to Martin’s show 9 months ago and during that time it has quickly become an essential part of my weekend. I didn’t know much about blues music at the beginning but I feel as though I’m on a weekly learning journey with Martin. I love the way he gives an insight into the lives of featured artists and background information on every track he plays. He knows when to slow the pace down to help his listeners chill out in the second hour of the show and the tone of his voice reflects this too. Martin really manages to share his passion of blues with his audience and encourages his listeners to go out and experience it first hand by giving details of local gigs. When Martin has guest musicians playing live in the studio, you get swept along with the energy and excitement of it all. His easy manner and natural humour makes you wonder if they are lifelong friends of his. This week he even sang a song and played a bit of blues harp...and it was brilliant!
Playing the Blues on community radio
So, Friday saw me taking the two ol’ gals over to Radio Wey for Martin Clarke’s Blues Session show (Friday’s 9pm on www.radiowey.co.uk)
What a fun way to spend a couple of hours....playing the blues and talking about National guitars. I also consider it a matter of personal triumph that I had a hand in getting Mississippi Fred McDowell and Casey Bill Weldon records played on a community radio station! Radio Wey has it’s origins in Hospital Radio and whilst it is (hopefully) not far off getting a full-on FM license, the adjacent St Peter’s Hospital still makes up a significant chunk of the listenership. I have to say, that was playing on my mind a little when I was thinking about what songs to play....half my repertoire is about sickness and death! Even then, as I was driving home, I was wondering how the second verse of “How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live” (which I did play) might have gone down with any staff that were listening:
“Well, the doctor comes around with his face all bright And he says in a little while it’ll be alright
But all he gives is a humbug pill
A dose of dope and a great big bill
Tell me how can a poor man stand such times an live”
I had this beautiful mental image of some bed-ridden patient pointing at a passing medic and yelling “yeah!” when they heard that one..... As soon as I have the audio, the highlights of the show will be available here (as a podcast and streaming if I can figure out the technology). Thanks to Martin for having me on the show. Hoping to get National Steel and my duo with Son Maxwell in there for sessions in the not too distant future.
I've been listening to Martin Clarke for over a year on Radio Wey. I find his style and professionalism very refreshing. His blues show is a perfect show to wrap up Friday night. I'm listening in the U.S. and there a few blues shows over here that I listen to on a regular basis. I have enjoyed these shows for many years and Martin's show is a welcome addition to the shows I listen to. Martin knows his music, has wonderful in-person guests in the studio and has a very appealing upbeat style. Give him a listen - you'll really enjoy it.
Hi Martin, Just a quick email to say thank you for sending on the CD’s of the radio interview. I am currently having a listen, it was a very enjoyable/relaxing interview and thank you for inviting me back. I have put up the posters you gave me at our Old Windsor site in the public area. Hope the rest of the FM shows go well.
Radio London - Summer of Love 1967 - What a superb show! Excellent format and wonderful memories! And the style was so reminiscent of the good old days. My dream was also fulfilled – being able to do (virtual) Frinton flashing! Forty one years ago, on the morning of the dreadful day, it came to me what would be a most appropriate track to be the last ever on Big L. I guess they too thought there could only be one answer. Listening to the show on Friday I thought of mailing you but decided that everything was being recreated so authentically and there was no need – I could rely on you! And when “A Day in the Life” began, the goose bumps rose again – just as they had done all those years ago. That final chord…………!
Regards - Alan