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New Folk Programme in Manchester!

Harry Basnett 14 Jul 03 - 03:15 PM
songs2play 09 Jul 03 - 02:44 AM
Alio 08 Jul 03 - 12:37 PM
Pied Piper 08 Jul 03 - 10:46 AM
Mark Dowding 08 Jul 03 - 04:25 AM
GUEST,Vince 02 Jul 03 - 08:25 AM
Alio 02 Jul 03 - 05:17 AM
Mark Dowding 30 Jun 03 - 07:24 PM
Harry Basnett 29 Jun 03 - 02:11 PM
Harry Basnett 26 Jun 03 - 05:55 PM
GUEST,noddy 26 Jun 03 - 11:19 AM
Alio 26 Jun 03 - 06:59 AM
Mark Dowding 25 Jun 03 - 06:22 PM
Mark Dowding 25 Jun 03 - 10:03 AM
Alio 25 Jun 03 - 07:58 AM
songs2play 25 Jun 03 - 02:38 AM
Raggytash 24 Jun 03 - 06:41 PM
Bernard 24 Jun 03 - 06:22 PM
Harry Basnett 23 Jun 03 - 02:56 PM
Alio 23 Jun 03 - 06:30 AM
GUEST,noddy 19 Jun 03 - 04:25 AM
songs2play 19 Jun 03 - 02:37 AM
Noreen 18 Jun 03 - 10:31 AM
GUEST,noddy 17 Jun 03 - 11:18 AM
Mark Dowding 16 Jun 03 - 07:05 PM
Alio 12 Jun 03 - 06:54 AM
Mark Dowding 11 Jun 03 - 10:22 AM
Noreen 11 Jun 03 - 08:59 AM
GUEST,noddy 11 Jun 03 - 07:28 AM
Alio 11 Jun 03 - 04:20 AM
alanww 10 Jun 03 - 07:24 PM
Noreen 10 Jun 03 - 02:03 PM
Harry Basnett 10 Jun 03 - 01:25 PM
Mark Dowding 10 Jun 03 - 01:23 PM
Alio 10 Jun 03 - 12:47 PM
GUEST,noddy 10 Jun 03 - 10:51 AM
Alio 10 Jun 03 - 07:32 AM
Mark Dowding 10 Jun 03 - 05:39 AM
Barb'ry 26 May 03 - 11:09 AM
Harry Basnett 26 May 03 - 07:30 AM
Mark Dowding 26 May 03 - 07:28 AM
Bernard 21 May 03 - 09:08 PM
Mark Dowding 21 May 03 - 08:18 AM
Ralphie 21 May 03 - 04:39 AM
Alio 21 May 03 - 03:59 AM
Bernard 20 May 03 - 08:17 PM
Harry Basnett 20 May 03 - 07:48 PM
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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 03:15 PM

Eric Bogle interview tonight...


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: songs2play
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 02:44 AM

Another cracking show Ali.
AND, Our Joan Blackburn got 3 mentions (at least I think I heard three, but I was up a ladder most of the time wallpapering at my lad's house)

Keep up the good work,
Leighton ( - one of Joan's little helpers)


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 12:37 PM

Sorry Pied Piper - I know my preference is for songs, but I have tried to include some instrumentals. You'll just have to keep reminding me I'm afraid. Hopefully tonight will redress the balance somewhat, as I'm also playing the track from mat Walklate's CD which I meant to play last week.

By the way, I was criticised by a Saddleworth local for not mentioning a club in the Tameside area, which I didn't even know about! If I don't mention a club, it's not because I don't want to; it's probably because no one has told me about it!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Pied Piper
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 10:46 AM

At last some instrumental Music.
PP


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 04:25 AM

Don't forget to tune in tonight to hear the Rising Sun Band live in the studio plus a chat with Brian Peters.

"Sounds of Folk" on BBC GMR - 95.1 and 104.6FM 7:00 - 8:00pm

Phone-in 0161 228 2255
Email ali.obrien@bbc.co.uk


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,Vince
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 08:25 AM

Hey what a great idea Harry & Sara. A great song by the 'aging raver'. In my opinion, Roy Harper's one of the best contempory song writers this country has ever produced. His guitar playing's a bit nifty too! See him in September at the Lowry.

Was you at his sixtieth at the Festival Hall? A great night that was.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 05:17 AM

Sorry about Ken Perlman - it was wrong in City Life as well! I tried ..... but I failed!!!

John was good to interview last night - it was difficult not to laugh all the time - he's a real character! And there were loads of calls afer the programme wanting to know more about the Tinkers.

I've got the Rising Sun Band coming in next week, so that should be really interesting.

Thanks for all your support folks.

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 30 Jun 03 - 07:24 PM

Hope you 'catters that went to Four Fools had a good time - I certainly did. Hands up who wants to see more of Christina Smith and Jean Hewson!

Tonight's guest on the programme is John Howarth of the Oldham Tinkers who will be talking about the Legplaitters Ceiidh Band amongst other things - cricket, tennis, tiddlywinks, etc permitting!

BBC GMR Sounds of Folk 95.1 and 104.6 FM - 7-00 till 8-00

Don't forget to write or email after the show


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 29 Jun 03 - 02:11 PM

The Ken Perlman error wasn't Ali's fault...he's down in 'Folkal Point' as appearing on the 29th. so there's been a communication breakdown somewhere.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 26 Jun 03 - 05:55 PM

Perhaps next week you could play Roy Harper's "When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease"......

Love..........Harry and Sara.

PS. Well done Mark!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 26 Jun 03 - 11:19 AM

sorry Ali missed you again. At this rate it looks like I hear your prog once every two weeks.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 26 Jun 03 - 06:59 AM

They're great thanks Mark - wish I'd done my hair though!!

I've sent the web address to the GMR bosses - they like to see any publicity!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 06:22 PM

OK the pictures are on the site - please have a look


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 10:03 AM

Thanks for the comments Ali and Leighton. I really enjoyed doing the show - an hour soon passes - especially when it's reduced to forty minutes! We would both have liked to have a couple more tracks of music on and I had a bit more to say as well but those ominous words "...and now we're going to Old Trafford to join Andy Peebles" meant we had to cut it all out. Maybe next time.
I'll put a few pictures on the folk north west website later tonight - follow this link:
Pictures


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 07:58 AM

I thought Mark did really well. I've got John Howarth coming in next week, and the Rising Sun Band plus Brian Peters the following week.

I nearly had a stand-up fight last night - I was NOT amused about the cricket! And I actually got some complaints by phone after the show about the amount of cricket they'd been subjected to!

The good news is that I've been told that the BBC are very happy with the show, and with the number of supporting messages that they've been getting.

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: songs2play
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 02:38 AM

Another cracking show Ali, nice to hear from Derek Gifford and LocTup Together. Also congrats to Mark - nice bit of info about Four Fools Folk Festival and Folk Northwest.

Keep up the good work,
Leighton


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Raggytash
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 06:41 PM

Philistine


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Subject: CORRECTION!!
From: Bernard
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 06:22 PM

Teensy correction needed...

Ken Perlman appeared at the Open Door LAST Sunday (22nd June)!!

Pity the cricket (Y-A-W-N!!) interrupted the programme... I've never been able to understand the attraction of listening to live cricket on the radio... it's like listening to concrete setting...!! (Miaow!!).

Yer doing a great job, Ali!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 23 Jun 03 - 02:56 PM

Many a malt imbibed I'll wager! Good luck with the show tomorrow, Ali..

All the best.......Harry.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 23 Jun 03 - 06:30 AM

Thanks for all the lovely messages eveyone - it's making me feel very emotional (mind you, that could be a result of all the "wee drams" we had in the Scottish Highlands last week!!!)

Ali

PS I had a lovely chat with Eric Bogle just before I went to Scotland - I'll be playing that on the programme just before Saddleworth Festival.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 19 Jun 03 - 04:25 AM

hi Noreen. Made it but only just, think I missed the first track or two.
Well done Ali.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: songs2play
Date: 19 Jun 03 - 02:37 AM

Mark, thanks for the reminder.
Well, I finally managed to tune my old transistor radio to GMR, and I'm very glad I did. An absolutely wonderful programme - Congratulations Ali.
The only fault I could pick up on was that it was too short.:-)
Good music, and very interesting, informative and entertaining dialogue between.
Keep up the good work.
Leighton.(one of Joan's "little helpers" at Wigan Folk Club).


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 18 Jun 03 - 10:31 AM

Did you?


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 17 Jun 03 - 11:18 AM

I WILL get home in time to tune in.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 16 Jun 03 - 07:05 PM

This is your weekly reminder to tune in to 95.1 or 104.6FM(if you're in Saddleworth) to Sounds of Folk this Tuesday night just after the 7-00pm news. No guest this week - it's all music and diary dates. Don't forget to tell Steve Taylor or Mike Shaft what you think of the show. steve.taylor@bbc.co.uk or mike.shaft@bbc.co.uk Tell them you would like the show to continue when the footy comes back on.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 12 Jun 03 - 06:54 AM

They are very keen on football on GMR - since my programme started we've been listening to the station, and it's VERY heavy on sport in general! So I'm not holding out much hope at the moment!
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 10:22 AM

Sent an email to GMR Editor Steve Taylor this morning and got this reply back:

Thanks for this. Ali has certainly made a splendid start and I've been
pleased to receive several letters and e-mails like yours. It looks like the programme is going to pose me a problem (though a very welcome one) when the soccer season returns in August. We'll have to see what we can do.

Best wishes

Steve Taylor
Editor BBC GMR


Keep writing in!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 08:59 AM

Went well, noddy, Ali coping extremely well with technical hitches, carrying on with an interview while probs sorted out.

I've just sent an email to Ali and another to mike.shaft@bbc.co.uk saying how much I'm enjoying the prog & long may it continue. More feedback the better, folks!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 07:28 AM

got stuck at work and missed you. bother. how did it go?


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 04:20 AM

You're all quite right - sending letters does make a difference.

The day after my fist show the boss of GMR, Steve Taylor, called me on my mobile to say congratulations, and also to say that it was good to get some very favourable Emails.

So please, please write in!

Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: alanww
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 07:24 PM

Brilliant for you and for Manchester folk, Ali. Many belated congratulations! Look forward to hearing it when I'm up your way!

"And birds do whistle overhead ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 02:03 PM

Just starting now.
x


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 01:25 PM

You're right, Ali...but even if it means a new time slot the important thing is to keep the programme on the air.

It's essential everyone keeps sending in e-mails and letters in support of the programme.

All the best.................Harry.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 01:23 PM

Hi Noddy

It's not really up to Ali to convince the bosses what a good programme it is - she's already done that - it's up to the likes of you and me to write in and tell them. If it's perceived nobody's listening then they will pull it - simple as that. The trouble with the GMR listening area is that it encompasses plenty of non-premiership football clubs as well as City and United (I don't think they've got a contract for commentary on Utd home games which is why they concentrate on City and Bolton) Tuesday night is usually when the likes of Wigan, Stockport, Rochdale, Bury, etc play midweek games and so there has to be some coverage to satisfy the masses. It may be possible for GMR to keep the 7-00 till 8-00 slot on a Tuesday for the folk show and start the sport programme at 8-00 but we need to convince the station management that we listen to it and we like it and we want it to continue. Write in now - not at the end of August.

Mark


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 12:47 PM

Noddy, you're speaking to the converted here! Apparently GMR are BIG City supporters, so they're a big focus of the station.
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 10:51 AM

Man Utd wont last long when they sell Becks so I would not worry.

Put presure on your bosses to keep you on the one time and day. Change and you will lose your following and have to work hard to re establish it.
Just like moving a date for a club or festival.
Place
Promotion
Price
Product    You need to get them ALL right.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 07:32 AM

Thanks for that Mark. Yesterday I recorded next week's programme as we're off up to Scotland. As it was during the day I didn't invite a guest, so played loads of music - 11 or 12 tracks I think.

Future guests - Mark himself, John Howarth, Rising Sun Band (with Brian Peters), Anthony John Clarke, and a telephone interview with Eric Bogle.

The bad news is that my son is sure that football will be back on in August as GMR are great supporters of Manchester City, and of course, City are in the European Cup this year!

Oh well!
Ali


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 05:39 AM

Don't forget to tune in tonight - 7-00pm just after the news! Jim Scofield is the guest talking to Ali.
Ring in after the programme 0161 228 2255
Email ali.obrien@bbc.co.uk


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Barb'ry
Date: 26 May 03 - 11:09 AM

Ali - belated congratulations from Andy and me! Problems with my emails, never mind yours! You're a natural... beats Terry Wogan any day! Will bring in Jamesons, cake and fruit wine next time we pass
good luck for tomorrow
Barbara xxx


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 26 May 03 - 07:30 AM

Beaten me to it again, Mark.......


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 26 May 03 - 07:28 AM

Don't forget to listen in tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7-00pm for an interview and songs from Clive Gregson.
BBC GMR 95.1FM and 104.6FM
Ring in after the show - 0161 228 2255
Email ali.obrien@bbc.co.uk


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Bernard
Date: 21 May 03 - 09:08 PM

Lots of people must have been listening - the 'ticket hotline' for Clive Gregson at the Railway tonight (Thursday 22nd) went mad!!

I'll reciprocate by plugging the programme tonight, and I'll ask people to write in with their support.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 21 May 03 - 08:18 AM

I've sent my email to Mike Shaft - assistant editor at GMR - and had a reply back from him. He thought the programme was excellent and thought that Ali was great.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Ralphie
Date: 21 May 03 - 04:39 AM

Ali....
Congratulations from the BIG HOUSE in London town...
Maybe some kind soul can let me hear it one day....sure it was good though!!

Regards Ralphie


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Alio
Date: 21 May 03 - 03:59 AM

Thanks so much all of you - I was a bit jet-lagged as I only got home from Turkey at 5.00a.m!!

Sorry I didn't get all the diary dates in - I was so worried I'd not have enough material that I took far too much, and then there wasn't time. I've already prepare next week's programme, and I won't make the same mistake (hopefully!!)

I've been logged on as a user, so my email is now ali.obrien@bbc.co.uk. I'll be going in during each week to pick up emails, collect my post, and work on the programme.

Haven't heard the programme myself, but all my family thought it was great - except Geoff and Gareth (my son) said that I kept saying "err" and "um"!! How picky can you get?

I did get loads of calls after the programme, which was lovely. Sorry about the loo - nerves I think! And I was recording an interview with Clive, so couldn't answer the phone at that time. He sang two songs for next week's show.

Thanks again - love Ali.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Bernard
Date: 20 May 03 - 08:17 PM

The girl done good!! ;^))

Obviously I'm dead pleased that Clive Gregson's gig at the Railway on Thursday (22nd May) got a big plug!! I'd be delighted to go into the studio and do a plug for my gig at the White Lion, Swinton... ahem...!!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 20 May 03 - 07:48 PM

Should have read AGES......


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 20 May 03 - 07:12 PM

E-mail sent already......agea ago....when i 'phoned Ali was on the loo!!!


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 20 May 03 - 06:49 PM

Great start for the show and the fact that lots of people were ringing in bodes well for the future. I managed to get through after waiting a minute and Ali said the phone lines were busy.

Now get your letters and emails in to the station to tell them how much you enjoyed it!

Here's to next week's show.


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Subject: RE: New Folk Programme in Manchester!
From: Noreen
Date: 20 May 03 - 06:38 PM

Good one, Ali! Yes, I heard about the e-mail probs after I'd been trying various combinations...! And I tried to phone after the show, but was engaged- a good sign.

Loved your choice of music, Ali. And you sounded so calm and collected. You obviously need some of us there heckling!


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