TTBA Album of the Month: Belle And Sebastian

TTBA Album of the Month: Belle And Sebastian

The Turn the Beat Around ‘Album of the Month’ for August is the current offering from Glasgow band, Belle and Sebastian with How to solve our human problems.

Belle And Sebastian have proved to be a surprisingly robust band. The Glasgow sextet are fronted by a former church caretaker and they are still going strong 22 years. This is their 10th album, and is more proof of their staying power.

How To Solve Our Human Problems is an album containing 15 new songs with Ian Arbuckle featuring tracks each week on Turn The Beat Around on 100.8 Revival FM on Wednesday nights from 8.00-10.00pm, and Saturday afternoons 3.00-5.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.

TTBA June Album of the Month

TTBA June Album of the Month

The Turn The Beat Around programme Album of the Month for June 2018 is the 21st album from singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading and it is called Not Far Away.

“I write,” says Joan Armatrading, “because I love it.”

Joan Armatrading is an artist who has always stayed true to herself and love, as another famous person once wrote, is not love if alters when it alteration finds.

Grounded in her music and confident in her abilities, Joan has never buckled to current trends and genres in over four decades of superlative music-making. ‘Influential’ and ‘pioneering’ are just two of the epithets that have been rightly attributed to her.

In 2018 Joan Armatrading re-signed to BMG. Her first album for the label is the 10 track ‘Not Too Far Away’, released just a few weeks ago.

Joan writes, produces, arranges and, again, plays all the instruments. A deeply personal album that is both intense, poignant and, at times, positively jaunty, it gets straight to the heart of things. The songs are a catalogue of emotion that is as engaging, direct and relevant as it is individual. No prevarication on this album.

‘Not Too Far Away’ is a great testament to a woman who has gone where no British female artist has gone before and who is not afraid to tell it how she sees it.

It is a strong and telling statement from one of the best loved, most enduring and, unquestionably, accomplished artists working today.

Turn The Beat Around with Ian Arbuckle, Wednesdays 8.00-10.00pm; repeated Saturday afternoons 3.00-5.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.

New York blueser Jim Drew talks to Lins Honeyman

New York blueser Jim Drew talks to Lins Honeyman

This Friday, 27 April from 8.00pm, The Gospel Blues Train with Lins Honeyman features the first part of an exclusive interview with New York-based blues rock artist Jim Drew.

An experienced songwriter and performing artist, Jim recently released his latest album ‘Manumission’ with his band Humble Soul and Lins caught up with Jim to talk about the album’s “freedom” theme and some of the highlights of his lengthy career.

Part two of the interview will air on 100.8 Revival FM and online on Friday 4 May at 8.00pm.

The Gospel Blues Train, Friday 27 April at 8.00pm; Saturday 28 April at 7.00pm and Tuesday 1 May at 10.00pm plus Catch Up anytime for 7 days after broadcast.

TTBA Album of the Month: Stills & Collins

TTBA Album of the Month: Stills & Collins

The April Turn The Beat Around programme album is ‘Everybody Knows’ by Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, credited to “Stills & Collins”.

Despite Stills playing on several of Collins’ recordings, they never recorded as a duo or performed on stage together. Stephen Stills said that he and Judy Collins “…talked over the years and muddled through conversations about if we did make a record together…”, ultimately releasing Everybody Knows and going on tour.

You can hear selected tracks on the Turn The Beat Around programme with Ian Arbuckle on Wednesday evenings 8.00-10.00pm and on Saturday afternoon 3.00-5.00pm plus at Catch Up anytime.