Thursday, 31 May 2012

Zoe Jackson of Living the Dream

Last Thursday we were joined on the show by Zoe Jackson, founder of the Living the Dream Theatre Company, a group run by young people, for young people. Since Zoe was last on the show she's been very active and has even won two prestigious awards, including a Woman of the Future award! Zoe admits that the award gives her a lot to live up to but we here at Radio Verulam believe that she will do just that.

Zoe has also been fortunate enough to meet many famous people (as evidenced by the picture below; just who is that beardy bloke? Can't he afford a shave?) and spoke in depth about all of the services that Living the Dream provide, including Zoe's personal favourite: the flash mob (an example of which can be found here).

For more information on Zoe or her company then visit the website here.

Tawny Cortes, co-founder of Endpaper Theatre

Tonight Danny was joined on the phone by Tawny Cortes who told us all about the excited work that her and her theatre company are doing. First up, on Sunday 3rd June, Tawny is performing a one-woman show called 'Looking After the Pooters' which is based on the book 'The Diary of a Nobody'.

Tawny spoke about the challenges of putting on a one-person show but said how fun it was at the same time. The play premiered at the Maltings Arts Theatre last September and so is having a mini-revival. The show isn't the only thing that Tawny is up to. Tawny and her company, Endpaper Theatre, are putting on three shows called 'Grave Expectations' based on several of Charles Dickens' ghost stories. The performances are on the 5th, 6th and 9th June at the St. Albans South Signal Box.

If you want more information on the Compass Theatre where 'Looking After the Pooters' is being performed then you can visit their website here. You can also find out more about Tawny and her company at their website here.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau


Elizabeth Crampton from St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau was our guest this evening , the topics covered included time off and pay for bank holidays, Mortgage rates and payments.

A recent scam has been identified by the CAB, this involves being contacted to say your council tax band can be reduced.The fraudsters claim they can get you put into a lower band which only they can do and they ask for money to do so. This is something you can do yourself by contacting the council.
For this or any other scams you can contact action fraud via the web site listed below or contact them on 0300 1232047.


http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/
http://actionfraud.org.uk/

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Harpenden Arrow Runners Feature with Colin Wareham

    Colin Wareham was our guest on the show today. He rang in to chat to talk us about the Harpenden Arrow Runners, which he started five years ago in 2007.

    The group is now around 90 members and could be around hundred members by the end of the year! If you can run between 2 to 3 miles in 30/40 minutes and are 18 or over then you are eligiable to join the club. The group run off and on round as well as cross country and is an excellent way to get fit and look after yourself.  The more experienced members go on to really test their limits and and take "Ultra Mararthons". The important thing is no matter your abilties you're never alone!



Big Dates coming up on the Arrow Calender there is the  St Albans Half Marathon  (10th of June) and the Marston Forest 5k (17th June).

 They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.20pm  and aim to run just after 7:30pm. and meet at  St Georges School Sports Centre, Carlton Road (except for the 5k each month).

If you'd like to join or would like more information, click on the following link:

New Music Playlist w/c 28th May 2012

Hi Drivetimers

It's a bit late again (what's new, I hear you cry?!?!) but here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Amy Macdonald - Slow It Down
Avalanche City - Sunset
Coldplay & Rihanna - Princess Of China
Emeli Sandé - My Kind Of Love
Emin - Baby Get Higher
Engelbert Humperdinck - Love Will Set you Free
Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band - Sing
Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
Gun - Break The Silence
Jessie J - Stand Up
Karima Francis - Wherever I Go
Katie Melua - Moonshine
Keane - Silenced By The Night
Kelly Clarkson - Dark Side
Kovak - Killer Boots
Maroon 5 - Payphone
Melody Gardot - Amalia
Michael Kiwanuka - I'll Get Along
Morten Harket - Scared Of Heights
Nell Bryden - Buildings and Treetops
Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
Paul Weller - When Your Garden's Overgrown
Rumer - P.F. Sloan
Scissor Sisters - Only The Horses
Stooshe - Black Heart
The Beach Boys - That's Why God Made The Radio
Tom Jones - Hit Or Miss
Ultravox - Brilliant
Items in BOLD are new additions


Our featured track for the week is Black Heart by Stooshe:

Monday, 28 May 2012

Business with Roma Bhowmick



This afternoon we had the pleasure of Rhoma Bhomwick's company as she joined us to discuss and update us on the news from the world of Business on her regular monthly slot Business Link. Roma gave us a Q&A session in light of the huge number of questions you, the listeners emailed in. We learnt the ways to set up a business, more information on this can be found on the Business Link site or hmrc.gov.uk. We also had the difference between Social Enterprises and Franchising as well as how they work explained. More information for franchising can be found at www.thebfa.org or franchiseinfo.co.uk. Roma also covered the best way to go about finding a new accountant, including the difference between certified and chartered accountants. Again more information is provided at www.ica.wc.com and www.uk.acc.global.com.

For more information there is a helpsheet available that you can download here. (PDF) As well as a helpline: 08457 171615. You can also follow Roma on twitter; tweet her or email Roma at: roma.bhomwick@radioveralum.com with any Business related questions you may have.

Friday, 25 May 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 25th May 2012

On this week's show Simon Carver & Danny Smith discussed the new releases Men in Black 3, Moonrise Kingdom, Snow White and the Huntsman and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

Simon's choice for films on free-to-air-TV are as follows:


Saturday
The Client
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Film4


Sunday
About a Boy
7.00pm – 9.00pm
ITV2

A History of Violence
11.35pm – 1.20am
Channel 4


Monday
Stargate
11.45pm – 2.10am
ITV4


Tuesday
The Matrix
10.40pm – 1.05am
ITV1


Wednesday
Atonement
10.30pm – 12.50am
ITV3


Thursday
A Fish called Wanda
11.45pm – 1.30am
BBC1

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Mummy Bloggers are Taking Over West Herts


This evening we joined by Lisa Pearson and Helen Wills who are both St Albans based mummy bloggers. A blog is like a diary and a huge number of mums blog.  It is described as being therapeutic and helps to make you feel less isolated as the blooging community is a supportive tool.  Some bloggers get up to 50,000 hits a month and the community goes worldwide.

Both Lisa and Helen are up for awards at the Mad Blogs awards.

More details can be found at:

http://MummyWhispererBlog.com
http://www.actuallymummy.co.uk/

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton

It's near the end of the month again and that means it's time for Gwendoline Alderton to return to the Radio Verulam Studio ...

As the Chelsea Flower Show's starting this week, she decided it was topical to talk about floral patterns. If you wish to decide to decorate your house it's important to consider what's in fashion and what look you would like to go for. Currently it's very fashionable to have a more humble, organic and rustic look. For wall paper this could be a 'Ditsy Print' or 'Tea Rose Print'.

Find a good place to start, perhaps with a fabric or product. This could be a set of curtains, artwork or even a nice rug.  Twee floral patterns on a tea set looks quintessntially english and is particularly fashionable at the moment.



If you wish to go for another look, you could go for more contemporary or traditional styles. Just remember don't go overboard!


For more information on Gwendaline and her interior design services, visit www.ga-interiors.co.uk.

Playlist w/c 21st May 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Amy Macdonald - Slow It Down
Avalanche City - Sunset
Coldplay & Rihanna - Princess Of China
Emeli Sandé - My Kind Of Love
Emin - Baby Get Higher
Engelbert Humperdinck - Love Will Set you Free
Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band - Sing
Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
Jay James Picton - Play It By Heart
JD McPherson - North Side Gal
Jessie J - Stand Up
Jodie Marie - Like A Runaway
Karima Francis - Wherever I Go
Katie Melua - Moonshine
Keane - Silenced By The Night
Kelly Clarkson - Dark Side
Maroon 5 - Payphone
Melody Gardot - Amalia
Michael Kiwanuka - I'll Get Along
Morten Harket - Scared Of Heights
Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
Paul Weller - When Your Garden's Overgrown
Rumer - P.F. Sloan
Scissor Sisters - Only The Horses
The Beach Boys - That's Why God Made The Radio
Tom Jones - Hit Or Miss
Ultravox - Brilliant

Items in BOLD are new additions


Our featured track for this week is My Kind Of Love by Emeli Sandé:

Monday, 21 May 2012

Michelle and Emily from the CVS 'Volunteer Speed Dating' and 'Employability Workshops'


Tonight we were joined in the studio by the delightful Michelle Hart and Emily Huntingford. Michelle and Emily both work for the CVS and have returned to the show to talk about volunteering over the summer months. If you're interested in volunteering over the summer or even right now you can get more information about the CVS in St. Albans you can visit their website: www.cvsstalbans.org.uk, call them on: 01727 852657, or visit the centre: 31 Catherine Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL35BJ

Emily has updated us on the 'Speed Dating for Volunteers' and the event will be held on the19th June at Cafe Nes below the Alban Arena, for young people aged 16-19 and Michelle listed further opportunities for other members of the public to get involved and help out. Michelle also spoke about upcoming workshop training for people over 20, struggling with unemployment, which will help to improve their employability. The courses will take place on the 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th from 9.30am-11am (the last day session will continue to 2.30pm with a lunch provided) on: 01727852657 or email Julie: julie@cvsstalbans.org.uk

Friday, 18 May 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 18th May 2012

Tonight Danny was joined in the studio by our resident film expert Simon Carver to discuss the best films on free-to-air television and the weeks new releases: The Dictator and The Raid.

Here is a list of Simon's choices for films on television this week:

Saturday
Bonnie and Clyde
11.40pm – 1.35am
ITV1

Sunday
Men in Black
9.05pm – 10.55pm
Film4

Man on Wire
10.00pm – 11.30pm
BBC2

Tuesday
The Exorcist
11.05pm – 1.30am
ITV4

Wednesday
The Beguiled
11.00pm – 1.10am
ITV4

Thursday
Fantastic Mr Fox
9.00pm – 10.45pm
Film4




Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 11th May 2012

On last Friday's Radio Verulam Film Guide, live from the Herts Ad offices, Simon Carver & Danny Smith were joined by Herts Ad Editor Matt Adams and discussed the following new releases: Piranha 3DD and Dark Shadows.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

WHD Special Guest - Sabrina De Souza

Today on WHD our special guest was Sabrina De Souza. A couple of months ago local girl Sabrina was on the show as she and her colleagues took part in the global campaign Live Below the Line.

It is an innovative awareness and fund raising campaign that's making a huge difference in the fight against extreme poverty. By living off just £1 per day for food for 5 days, you will be bringing to life the direct experiences of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty and helping to make real change.

She did the challenge twice - first in March and last week but found the recent time the most difficult. She says that it redefines your relationship and the meaning of food. At the end of the five days she treated herself to fish and chips after raising money for her chosen charity! Well done Sabrina!

For more information see www.livebelowtheline.com/uk

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

New Music Playlist - w/c 14th May 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Amy Macdonald - Slow It Down
Avalanche City - Sunset
Coldplay & Rihanna - Princess Of China
Emin - Baby Get Higher
Engelbert Humperdinck - Love Will Set you Free
Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
JD McPherson - North Side Gal
Jessie J - Stand Up
Jodie Marie - Like A Runaway
Karima Francis - Wherever I Go
Keane - Silenced By The Night
Kelly Clarkson - Dark Side
Melody Gardot - Amalia

Michael Kiwanuka - I'll Get Along
Morten Harket - Scared Of Heights
Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
Paul Weller - When Your Garden's Overgrown
Ren Harvieu - Open Up Your Arms
Rumer - P.F. Sloan
Scissor Sisters - Only The Horses
The Beach Boys - That's Why God Made The Radio
Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny - London
Tom Jones - Hit Or Miss
Train – Drive By
Ultravox - Brilliant

Items in BOLD are new additions


Our featured track for the week is Slow It Down by Amy MacDonald:

Monday, 14 May 2012

Mummysphere


This evening Kirsty Hornblow was our guest on West Herts Drivetime, Kirsty has set up Mummysphere to inform young mothers and mothers to be of events in and around the St Albans area.

Whether you are pregnant, a parent or a grandparent come along to Harpenden Public Halls 10am-4pm on Saturday 19th May for the Harpenden Baby Show. Not only will there be plenty of local businesses to find out about, there will be a cafe and a baby safe play area provided by Busy Babes of Harpenden. Advance tickets are on sale from the Baby Years Shop, 10 Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2TL £5 in advance or £6 on the door. Come along, we would love to see you and there are exclusive offers to be had on the day.
Full details of Mummysphere can be found at the web site http://themummysphere.co.uk/

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Richard Hawley's 'Standing At the Sky's Edge'




Opening with an eeriness, this album moves through the genres of late 90s rock and indie guitar music into it’s own developed record with evident fixed ideas in direction. Influences I think Hawley takes on for this album include; Oasis, Embrace, The Verve and to a certain extent, relatively newcomers to the scene, The Horrors. Hawley is a well established musician, probably best known for his short spell in Pulp, but it is obvious from the start that these British guitar bands are what contributes to the shape and feel of the album. This doesn’t by any means allow for this album to sound all samey-samey. The lazy, British and Faris from the Horrors-esque like vocals really gives it something that makes it stand apart from any average Kasabian, Mark Knopfler or My Morning Jacket record.
Track 1, ‘She Brings The Sunlight’ has a pretty large soundscape. With instrumentation including a pretty brash sitar and violin, the development of the parts work well to create a strong introductory track to the rest for the album. The guitar solo at 4:03 was inevitable, but with a splash of flange, it creates the perfect harmony between the melody of the solo and the sitar in the background.
‘Standing At the Sky’s Edge’ is a chilled out, reminiscent-of-a -Moby track with a soft piano part, lots of reverb, sustained vocals on harmony and a close mic (this also goes for ‘The Wood Colliers Grave’). All in all a very relaxing and unhurried track that deviates (shortly) from direction to a pointless, downwards chordal progression but otherwise the track is memorable and worthy of the album title to summarise the atmosphere. 
‘Seek It’ and ‘Don’t Stare At The Sun’ give a more relaxed feel. With a repetitive riff in 'Seek It', its easy to kick your feet up and relax. ‘Dont Stare at The Sun’ contains less effects on the vocals add uses brushes on drums with an acoustic guitar that soothes the mood. This also goes for ‘Before’ which is excellently produced and has a wonderful build up into the escapism-like-instrumental.
It has to be said that by the time you get to track 7, ‘The Wood Colliers Grave’ you’re ready for a bit of a pick up... Which luckily is indulged by ‘Leave your Body Behind You’. A drum-heavy and instrumentally busier track then the rest of the tracks, providing a colourful side in a minor key. With a simple and catchy bassline, predictable chords and riffs it’s a compact and well written track that I fear is slightly overburdened in production where the (albeit repetitive and relatively simple) vocals are abandoned. But as ever, the guitar part is brought to the forefront from the mid section onwards to rock the heck out of the back-end of the track.
More impressive guitar indulgence can be found in ‘She Brings The Light’, ‘The End of Time Will Bring You Winter’, ‘Before’ and ‘Leave Your Body behind You’. Produced well with effects are essential here. Meanwhile, the continuous movement of the album such as ‘Time Will Bring You Winter’ into ‘Down In the Woods’ shows maturity, strong awareness of music and the needs of the listener to play on moods.
All in all, an enjoyable, well respected album in my opinion. If my Dad was into cooler music I’d happily share this with him, but as his collection consists of Enya, The Corrs and Savage Garden I think I’ll just keep it to myself....(and you guys!)

 Like Richard Hawley? Then why not try Bombay Bicycle Club? The Black Keys or Jack Savoretti? Otherwise Head to my blog for more genres : Vive's Verve.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Michael O'Shea From The Courtyard Cafe Cycles From London To Paris For Grove House!



On today's show we were joined in the studio by proprietor of the Courtyard Cafe in Hatfield Road, Michael O'Shea.  He will shortly be embarking on a 4 day cycle ride from Crystal Palace to Paris in aid of the Ian Rennie Grove House Hospice.

Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care (IRGH) provides hospice care at home and in day hospice for patients with a life-limiting illness in Herts and Bucks. Their care is tailored to patients’ needs, whether that is end of life care or support through treatment and into remission. The charity’s free of charge services also include support for all the family following diagnosis, during the illness and after bereavement. Their nurses work closely with other healthcare professionals, striving to eliminate hospital admissions where possible and making the choice to stay at home a reality for thousands of patients each year.

Michael spoke of his preparations for the cycle ride and of the other ways he has been raising funds through the Courtyard Cafe.  If you would like to sponsor Michael, why not visit his Just Giving page:  http://www.justgiving.com/michael-oshea

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Portuguese Custard Tarts- Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Portuguese Custard Tarts- Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson

My motto has always been ‘never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking.

So today’s treat is - Portuguese custard tarts

       Ingredients

            3 free-range egg yolks
            125g caster sugar
            30g cornflour
            1 tsp vanilla extract
            175ml full-fat milk
            225ml double cream
            300g ready-rolled puff pastry
            Plain flour, for dusting

Preparation method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease the wells of a 12-hole
muffin tray with butter.

2. In a pan, heat the sugar, egg yolks and cornflour over a low to
medium heat, whisking continuously until thick.

3. Add the vanilla extract, then add the milk and cream in a thin stream,
whisking again, until the mixture is thick, smooth and well
combined.

4. Continue to stir the custard mixture until it comes to the boil, then
remove from the heat and cover the surface with a plate to prevent a skin forming.

5. Roll out the puff pastry onto a clean work surface lightly dusted with flour. Cut the pastry in half and place one sheet on top of the other. Roll the pastry sheets up like a Swiss roll and cut the roll into twelve slices.

6. Lay each of the rolled pastry slices flat onto the work surface and roll
out into 10cm/4in discs using a rolling pin.

7. Press a pastry disc into each of the wells of the prepared muffin tray.
Divide the cooled custard equally among the pastry cases.

8. Bake the tarts in the muffin tray for 18-20 minutes, or until the custard has set and is pale golden-brown. Let them cool in the tin.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

New Music Playlist - w/c 7th May 2012

Hi Drivetimers

We seem to be failing to bring you this playlist on Mondays - we will try harder for next week!  Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Avalanche City - Sunset
Beach Boys - That's Why God Made The Radio
Darren Hayes - Stupid Mistake
Emin - Baby Get Higher
Engelbert Humperdinck - Love Will Set you Free
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
JD McPherson - North Side Gal
Jessie J - Stand Up
Jodie Marie - Like A Runaway
Karima Francis - Wherever I Go
Keane - Silenced By The Night
Marlon Roudette - New Age
Melody Gardot - Amalia
Michael Kiwanuka - I'll Get Along
Morten Harket - Scared Of Heights
Norah Jones - Happy Pills
Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
Paul Freeman - Tightrope
Paul Weller - When Your Garden's Overgrown
Rebecca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
Ren Harvieu - Open Up Your Arms
Rumer - P.F. Sloan
Scissor Sisters - Only The Horses
The Proclaimers - Spinning Around In The Air
Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny - London
Tom Jones - Hit Or Miss
Train - Drive By

Items in BOLD are new additions.

This week's featured track is by New Zealand band Avalanche City and is called Sunset:


Monday, 7 May 2012

Jodie Marie's 'Mountain Echo'




The enticing vocals of Miss Marie are enough to sell this album by itself. It's unquestionable that she has a beautiful voice with the ability to seep across many genres from pop into folk, jazz and blues. One could argue she has a tone (especially in 'Greeney-Blue') that matches Laura Marling (which believe you me is a compliment and a half from me as I am her NO. 1 FAN). This is really explored in the album. From the more bluesy tracks ('Singing Black Canvas') to the jazzier ('I Got You') and just for good measure some folk ('Greeney-Blue'), all tracks incorporate her abilities as a vocalist to showcase the extend of her voice.

 This however does sometimes act as a tad of downfall to the album. The change of direction in genres confuses me slightly. Undoubtedly, genres such as bluegrass, folk and blues have similar ties with each other...but I feel that if there was more binding of direction, the album may sound slightly more developed and perhaps mature. The album is one which shows some real highlights that sparkle just that little bit more than other, weaker tracks ('Remember Me') where there's simply not enough musical development.

 Saying that though, it doesn't stop me from enjoying the range of this genre-jumbled album. 'Greeney-Blue' for instance is a beautiful soft folk tune with lazy guitar accompaniment and a strong level of command in the vocal. 'What Would It Take?' matches this similar style but not to the quality or maturity that 'Greeney- Blue' has.

Upbeat, classy and jazzy 'I Got You', uses huge orchestration inclusive of strings, many guitar parts and  an organ to really add va va voom. Vocals let rip here which I enjoy after the contrast of Greeney-Blue beforehand. However, I'm uncertain as to whether the vocals are still big enough to match the sheer size of the instrumentation. I would've also really liked maybe a break-down in the middle to add an extra section and some suspension to the track. However, I consider it to be a well composed, catchy and finger clickin' good! Similarly, largely orchestrated 'On The Road' is a delightfully bright, exciting and catchy gem which matches Marie's vocals in all it's grandeur.

'Like a Runaway' is a very Alison Kraus-like-country-come-bluegrass track. The use of country electric guitar, harmonies on vocals, brushes on drums and saloon styled piano helps point this album is a slightly alternative light. I think the contrast in these genres, such as the pop-ier track 'Numb' goes to show just how well the album is produced. Not only is the delicacies of Marie's vocals captured well ('Greeney-Blue'), but the right feel for the more country orientated tracks and prioritising of instrumentation against effects and the placement of vocals has really been produced very well.

My fave tracks are; 'Greeney', 'On the Road' and 'I Got You'.

Like Jodie Marie? Then why not try Lianne La HavasHoney Ryder or Marching Donald?

Otherwise head to my blog Vive's Verve

Friday, 4 May 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 4th May 2012

On today's Radio Verulam Film Guide, Simon Carver was replaced by the ruggedly handsome Chris Aikman so he and Danny Smith discussed the following new releases: Safe, Silent House and Beauty and the Beast 3D.

The following are Chris' recommendations for films on free-to-air TV:

Friday
Boogie Nights
ITV4
11:15pm

Saturday
Die Hard
Channel 4
9:30pm

Sunday
Men in Black
Channel 4
7:05pm

Monday
This Is Spinal Tap
ITV4
11:05pm

Tuesday
The Hurt Locker
Film4
9:00pm

Thursday
Police Academy
ITV4
9:00pm


Thursday, 3 May 2012

St. Albans Wood Recycling's Geoff Deans

Tonight Danny was joined on the phone by Geoff Deans from St. Albans Wood Recycling, a social and community group that collects wood that would otherwise be headed for the landfill and either sells it on at affordable prices if it still useful or turns it into furniture that can also be bought. The group is always looking for volunteers and Geoff says the group is a good way for people to move from volunteering to employment in industry.

If you want to learn more about the group then you can visit their website here

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 30th April 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Carrie Underwood - Good Girl
Darren Hayes - Stupid Mistake
Emin - Baby Get Higher
Engelbert Humperdinck - Love Will Set you Free
Honey Ryder - Marley's Chains
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
JD McPherson - North Side Gal
Jessie J - Stand Up
Jodie Marie - Like A Runaway
Juan Zelada - Barman
Keane - Silenced By The Night
Marlon Roudette - New Age
Morten Harket - Scared Of Heights
Norah Jones - Happy Pills
Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
Paul Freeman - Tightrope
Rebecca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
Ren Harvieu - Open Up Your Arms
Rumer - P.F. Sloan
Scissor Sisters - Only The Horses
The Proclaimers - Spinning Around In The Air
Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny - London
Tom Jones - Hit Or Miss
Train - Drive By

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for the week is Tightrope by Paul Freeman:

Wednesday's Special Guest - Paul Freeman


On today's show we were priviliged to be joined by international singer/songwriter Paul Freeman. 

Paul was born in Newport, South Wales, named after Paul McCartney and his songs are impeccable crafted, rich and well rounded.  He has written songs with Mark Owen, Take That and hatched ideas that would later come to fruition on Take That’s Circus album.

Paul re-located to Los Angeles where he played guitar with Shania Twain and later James Blunt who asked him to play on his hit single “You’re Beautiful”.  He has also headed out on a succession of US tours, opening for Los Lobos, Joe Cocker and Todd Rundgren who said “If there was any justice Paul Freeman would be a household name!”

Paul returned to the UK and signed to Universal Estupendo Records and was handpicked to support Roger Dalty on his UK and US tours.  In late March 2012, Daltry asked Paul to play with him at a charity show and found himself onstage at a packed Royal Albert Hall, performing his new single “Tightrope”, backing Roger Daltry, Amy McDonald, Steve Winwood and jamming with Ronnie Wood!

Paul's single "Tightrope" is out on Monday 7th May.  For more information about Paul and his music, check out his website www.paulfreemanmusic.com

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Travel and Tourism Feature with Charles Baker

It's the start of the month and that means that Charles Baker our local Leisure and Tourism expert is back in the studio to tell us what to expect in the coming month.

Firstly we've got a Bank Holiday weekend coming up! Charles gave us just small taster of what's going on in Hertfordshire this weekend : There's a plant sale Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, 12 noon to 5 pm. It includes pre-1950’s varieties of plants, many grown from the Shaws Corner garden. The Event is FREE! Though normal admission prices apply to House and Gardens. Sale also on Sunday 6th starting at the same time. There's also a live show of The Sound of Music at the St Albans Arena starting at 2.00pm. 

On the Sunday there's the re-enactment  of the Beating the Bounds Ceremony in St Albans. This was when members of the church and town officals would walk around the corners of St Albans bumping boys on their heads at special marker points along the route.  It will start at Kingsbury Watermill in St Micheal's Village and will be led by the Mayor of the District Council and instead of bumping boys on the head there will be some of our local politicians taking their place!

There's plenty of events going on this weekend so be sure not to miss out and stay in! If you would like more information please ring the local tourism office on : 01727 864511 or go to their website:

www.enjoystalbans.com

 At the begining of June is also Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee and Hertfordshire is hosting a number of exciting events from June the 2nd to the 5th. Just to mention a few of the events going on there's the Harpenden Diamond Jubilee Family Fun Day. Expect to find many side stalls and an arean and stage featuring musical performances and activites.

 In St Albans there's the St Peters Street Diamond Jubilee Street Party. It will kick off at 12.00pm with a bring or buy lunch and will continue throughout the day.  Expect more side stalls, fun and festivities. There's a number of musical performances starting from 4.00pm to 9.45pm  The day will come to a close with The Lighting Of The Jubilee Beacon at 10.00pm. Up and down the country beacons will be lit celebrating this marvolous and historic event so make sure you're part of it!

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Or email : tic@stalbans.gov.uk
Or ring the local tourism office: 01727 86451