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Oysterband's John Jones on BBC R4

YorkshireYankee 22 Sep 11 - 10:31 AM
Cats 22 Sep 11 - 05:45 PM
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Subject: Oysterband's John Jones on BBC R4
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 22 Sep 11 - 10:31 AM

Am just now listening to BBC Radio 4's Ramblings programme, which features John Jones. The broadcast is almost over (and this is the repeat), but you can Listen Again here, and it looks like it will be available for a while -- not just seven days.

Here's the description:
Clare Balding returns with a new series of walks based on suggestions from listeners to the programme. The series begins as Clare joins John Jones, lead singer and melodeon player of the folk rock group, Oysterband. Back in 2009, John decided to bring together the two passions in his life, walking and music. Marrying the private and public for the first time, he set off on the Feet Don't Fail Me Tour, in which he walked from gig to gig sometimes covering up to 20 miles a day before arriving in the next town for the next evening's show. Since then, John has completed two further walking tours, the latest being the "Spine of England" in May 2011 during which he walked with his group the Reluctant Ramblers across the Pennines. Playing gigs in and around the Peak District, he picked up friends, fans and fellow musicians along the way. Today Clare joins John high up in the Chiltern Hills. They take one of the most spectacular paths down the chalk escarpment and on to the Ridgeway, walking through the villages of Crowell and Chinnor before descending into the Vale of Oxfordshire. Accompanied by Darren Spratt, Walks Leader with the Chiltern Society, they pass through red kite country and follow ancient footpaths to arrive at the Towersey Folk Festival where John will perform at the end of the walk.


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Subject: RE: Oysterband's John Jones on BBC R4
From: Cats
Date: 22 Sep 11 - 05:45 PM

Listened to this driving down the M5 and only found it by chance. Really worth a listen


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Subject: RE: Oysterband's John Jones on BBC R4
From: Mo the caller
Date: 22 Sep 11 - 05:50 PM

Hmm, walking /cycling / using public transport to get to gigs may sound very green.But how does all your gear get there?


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Subject: RE: Oysterband's John Jones on BBC R4
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 22 Sep 11 - 06:13 PM

'Walking Through Ithonside' - John Jones


Received 'Ragged Heroes' in the post today, the new Oysterband and June Tabor CD.

SUPERB!!


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Subject: RE: Oysterband's John Jones on BBC R4
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 03:31 AM

It's a good programme - the format of 'Ramblings' is a mix of describing the countryside they're walking through and what the walk means to the featured group of people who are doing that walk; JJ's thoughts about his lifestyle and how that and his music are affected by the act of walking to a gig and getting a better sense of locale are a good match.

I was horrified to hear that Chopper joined the Oysters in *1988* though, I still think of him as the new boy :)


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Subject: RE: Oysterband's John Jones on BBC R4
From: melodeonboy
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 09:54 AM

"Hmm, walking /cycling / using public transport to get to gigs may sound very green.But how does all your gear get there?"

Yes, it is usually rather difficult! Festival gigs where the PA is provided can offer the opportunity. I caught the train down (with cajun accordion in one hand and a bag of leads in the other!) to Faversham for the Gumbos' gig at Faversham Hop Festival.


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Subject: RE: Oysterband's John Jones on BBC R4
From: theleveller
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 10:01 AM

A man of boundless enery. At Moonbeans Festival, after a long and gruelling set he came and chatted with people in the bar and then did a spot in the singaround tent in the early hours of the morning.


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