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‘It was never supposed to make that noise’

The New Curiosities Box: Show One

March 12th, 2017

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And so the first show of a new series on a new station kicks off with two maestros of the guitar! 

Sardinian Guitarist Paolo Angeli gives us a tutoral with his unique prepared guitar and Derek Gripper gives us his classical take on Malian music.

'Mancina' and 'Tinta Unita' by Paolo Angeli appear by kind permission of the artist and are copyright SIAE/Angeli Manuche Productions SCP 2015 (from the Album 'SU').

'Lampedusa' and 'Salama' by Derek Gripper appear by kind permission of the artist and are copyright BMG/No Format/Derek Gripper 2016 (from the Album' Libraries on Fire').

All rights are reserved.

Thanks to MAC Birmingham, Making Tracks and Kapa Productions for their support in the making of this podcast.

'The New Curiosities Box' is a King of the Buttons Production 2017 for Switch Radio 107.5FM & DAB.

More information and links at: thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.com

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The New Curiosities Box

March 4th, 2017

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Coming Soon to Switch Radio 107.5 FM & DAB...

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The Pie Crust End Of Year Special 2016

February 20th, 2017

Just when you thought you had escaped all those end of year montage media outpourings...

Piecrust- The Pie and Vinyl Podcast! 

Piecast is an in-house production by Pie & Vinyl and is hosted by King of the Buttons Productions for Pie and Vinyl 2017.

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Blind Boy Paxton at The Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham

November 13th, 2016

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In this podcast I take a seat at the piano with Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton prior to his recent gig at The Kitchen Garden Café in Birmingham’s Kings Heath. We discuss his multi-instrumental approach to traditional music, the challenge of authenticity and the heritage that fuels his dedicated style.

‘Soldier's Joy’ (Traditional) appears courtesy of Blind Boy Paxton. All rights are reserved and performance audio is included with permission.

With thanks to www.owlsworld.co.uk for their support in the making of this podcast.

‘Blind Boy Paxton’ at The Kitchen Garden Cafe’ is written and presented by James Sandy and is A King of the Buttons Production for KGC Events 2016.

For more information about the artist visit: www.blindboypaxton.com/

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Boo Hewerdine at The Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham

October 23rd, 2016
In this podcast we catch up with singer songwriter Boo Hewerdine prior to his recent gig at The Kitchen Garden Cafe in Birmingham’s Kings Heath.Over a hearty plate of vegetarian sausages we consider elements of Boo’s forthcoming release ‘Swimming in Mercury’, his fruitful collaborations and the wider projects that keep him busy between things.
‘Geography’ (excerpt) and ‘Hometown’ appear courtesy of Boo Hewerdine and are copyright of Reveal Records 2017. All rights are reserved and included with permission. 


Photo courtesy of http://boohewerdine.net/


‘Boo Hewerdine at The Kitchen Garden Cafe’ is written and presented by James Sandy and is A King of the Buttons Production for KGC Events 2016.
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Piecast August 2016: We’ve turned PIECRUST

August 22nd, 2016

It's back! The Pie & Vinyl Podcast is served up with a dollop of re-invention and is now: Piecrust.

There's an exploration of all things festival, some reflections on production, a few Prince references and a band called Radiohead,

What more could you want as you thumb through the acetate and wait on the gravy?

'Piecrust' is a Pie & Vinyl Production and is hosted by King of the Buttons Productions,
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Made at MAC: Life of a Song

July 16th, 2016
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In this podcast we explore the 'Life of A Song' through some unique performances from the opening night of MAC Songwriting Circle's innovative exhibition. 

The interactive exhibition looks at how songs grow from an embryonic idea, passing phrase or whistled melody, to fully formed musical productions, crystallised on magnetic tape or vinyl.

We catch up with Songwriting Circle students Danielle Cawdell, Elena Thomas, Chris Cleverley and John Meehan and course leader Dan Whitehouse to discuss the songs in depth and how they emerged from the project.

This podcast was written and presented by James Sandy and is A King of the Buttons Production 2016 for Made at MAC.

All music content appears courtesy of the respective artists and individual copyrights are observed. 

'Made at Mac: Life of a Song' runs until Sunday 28th August 2016. 
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MAC Makes Music: Macondo Sessions with Sid Peacock

May 14th, 2016

In this podcast we talk to Sid Peacock as he revives the Macondo Village Band to explore experimental composition with local Congolese artists, jazz musicians, young refugees and Mac Makes Music folk.


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This project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Cultural Engagement Fund in association with Birmingham City University and developed in association with mac makes music and the Children’s Society’s MY Place project.

Thanks to Sid Peacock and the artists who feature in this podcast who have agreed to the use of their material under license and assert their respective copyright.


This podcast was written and presented by James Sandy and is A King of the Buttons Production 2016 for MAC Makes Music.

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Piecast: Record Store Day 2016

April 10th, 2016

It's been a while and the ingredients have been slightly rejigged, but It's back. Piecast the Pie and Vinyl Podcast! Beautiful prepared and presented in time for Record Store Day 2016.

This Piecast is hosted by King of the Buttons Productions for Pie and Vinyl 2016.
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MAC Makes Music: Switch

April 10th, 2016
James Sandy, follows the members of SWITCH, to discover the inner workings of mac Birmingham’s resident young people’s band.

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The Switch Podcast is A King of the Buttons Production for MAC Makes Music 2016.

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