Give Us Your Tired, Poor Ears and We’ll Give You Just Good Tunes

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Just Good Tunes is a new, hosted show format from 1320Radio and it’s a periodical dip into the buckets of melody that only the very best singers, songwriters, composers and performers deliver as standard. Quite simply we’ll be playing what we like and liking what we play, it’s all about tone.

This is a kick back and relax kind of show featuring a strong commitment to new music, combined with insider knowledge of multiple back catalogues across quite different styles.

It’s full of music that you didn’t realize you liked, but we feel sure you’ll love. Also featured in the show is background on the artists, bits of news, reminisces, and a lot of idle observation.

So, expect the usual 1320Radio fare with a mix of Roots, Oldies, Jazz, Unusual Covers, Timeless Classics and the occasional ‘OddFish”

We’ve also taken the unusual step of uploading to Mixcloud and including here some background to the items that show host and 1320Radio commander-in-chief Mike Clark will lay before your eager ears.

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Just Good Tunes No. 1

Lost Borders – Whalebone (Mirabilia) Miraculous music as always from the Shropshire three-piece who seem to have a bottomless well of original tunes. This is from their latest release and the show also features another Whalebone tune from a previous recording.

Somethin’ Grand – Madeleine Peyroux (Bare Bones) A grand day out with our Maddy who often sounds like she desperately needs cheering up herself. Guess that’s what comes of growing up listening to Billie Holliday.

Wrecking Ball – Emmylou Harris (Wrecking Ball) from the album of the same name from some years back. She also released this Neil Young song as a (now) somewhat obscure two-track cd with Lucinda Williams’ wonderful song Sweet Old World.

Here’s My Heart, Come Take It – Rachel Newton Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Gaelic as well as writing and arranging her own music. Here she sings the stunning title track from her last album, guaranteed to send shivers down the spine!

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Vocalise – Tommy Smith and the BBC SSO (Modern Jacobite) Luxurious full BBC SSO, beautifully nails that indiscernible confluence in music history where classical music and popular melody almost (but not quite) became one and the same thing.

Mandy Is Two (1969) – Stan Getz song by Fulton McGrath Johnny Mercer, previously sung by Billie Holliday. Getz plays with full orchestra and compliments the Rachmaninov piece nicely.

Games People Play (1969) – This offering from Fara is a great song from an all-female group of newcomers who speak as they find in the year of Trumpfoolery/Brexit/Fake News and Internet Propaganda.

Turn Me On – Norah Jones (Come Away With Me) On her new album Day Breaks Nora has reportedly gone back to the future and her roots as a bluesy, folky jazz singer.  The new material is very good and it also serves to remind us of the way that the tunes from her hit album stuck in the head. None more so than this one.

Don’t Say Hi – Angela Paterson (Down to the River) The Islay girl sings sweetly while we dream of that £16,000  bottle of fifty-year-old malt. If wishes were changes they’d be smooth and golden like a good dram.

There’s Gold There Somewhere – Cormac O Caoimh (A New Season for Love) Things that are (said to be) more valuable than gold include saffron, platinum, rhino horn and jade, but none of them are as valuable as your health; the love of a good woman; the love of a good man; and peace and quite to listen to Just Good Tunes.

Chris Cleverly – The Dawn Before the Day Another great find from the Fatea showcase samplers that are issued on a monthly basis by the esteemed folk and roots music review site and staunch supporter of emergent talent.

You and I – Whalebone (As Turn The Seasons) When you feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed by too much information what you need is a good tune and a place to hear yourself think. Whalebone have good tunes by the barrel-load, and they never fail to come up with music for all occasions.

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Hear Just Good Tunes nightly at 20.00 GMT on 1320Radio on Thursday 9, and Sunday 12 February 2017. Only on 1320Radio.

Just Good Tunes is a 1320Radio Production. This episode is available to listen on-demand for a limited period on Mixcloud. JUST GOOD TUNES on MIXCLOUD

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