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The New Curiosities Box: Show Seventeen

July 17th, 2018

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In this show we speak to up and coming singer songwriter Eileen Quigley as she lauches her new EP 'Jumpers for Goalposts', we gaze into the past through the For-wards project's 'Iris' as it adds mood to Erdington and we say goodbye to one of Birmingham's oldest markets through the immersive arts experience 'Everyting Must Go'.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 27th June 2018 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production.

With thanks to Friction Arts, For-wards, Eileen Quiqley, M7 PR and 448 Creative.

'Jumpers for Goalposts', Artificial Flowers' and 'Soundtrack of Life' by Eileen Quigley appear with kind permission. All rights are reserved.

Title and incidental music: 'Café connection' by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Sixteen

June 13th, 2018

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In this show we speak to Andrew Jackson about his Windrush inspired exhibition of photography 'From a small island' as it opens at MAC Birmingham, mingle with the crowd and get their take on its fresh perspective, we speak to some of the team behind The Rep's current production of 'Our Country's Good' and ramp up for the musically charged 'For-wards' project as it builds to a crescendo!

Thanks to Andrew Jackson, MAC Birmingham, Bobbie Jane-Gardener & the For-Wards Project, Simon Startin, Keiren Hamilton-Amos, The Rep Birmingham, 448 Creative and M7 Public Relations and all those willing folks who attended the exhbitions opening night.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 30th May 2018 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version.
Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

Title music: 'Café connection' by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Fifteen

April 29th, 2018

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In this show we meet guitar master and multi-platform experimenter Aziz Ibrahim as he takes it to another level through his Project 70: Asian Blues, we get funny and chase the jokes (and audiences) with Comedy Carousel host Andy Robinson and we stretch to the far corners of the box as we speak to Melbourne duo Sÿde about their brightly low-fi sound all the way from sunny Australia.

"Middle Road"(Ibrahim) by Aziz Ibrahim from the Album 'Lahore to Longsight' is copyright 2001 (Indus Records) and appears with kind permission.

"Above the Clouds" (Stephens/Hyde) by Sÿde (Featuring Olivia Reid) and "Orbit" by Sÿde (featuring Ashe) are copyright 2017 (Dew Process Records/Universal) and appear with kind permission. 

All rights are reserved and observed.

Thanks to Aziz Ibrahim, MAC Birmingham, Andy Robinson, The Glee Club Birmingham, 448 Creative, Will & Mitch of Sÿde, Infectous PR and Lucky Ent.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 25th April 2018 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Fourteen

April 3rd, 2018

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In this show we come over all choral as I catch up with the Birmingham Bach Choir, explore the bravely creative by way of stand-up comedian Lou Conran and talk Debut Album with local singer-songwriter Danielle Cawdell.

An excerpt of thier live recording 'Come Lord Jesus' and 'Finale' appear courtesy of the Birmingham Bach Choir and by kind permission.

'Future Gazing' and 'Silence' by Danielle Cawdell are taken from her debut album 'Silence Set Me Free' (Cawdell), Copyright 2018 Reveal Records. These tracks appear in this podcast version with the permission of the artist and all rights are reserved.

Thanks to Claire Cowley, Lou Conran, Danielle Cawdell, Dan Whitehouse, the Birmingham Bach Choir, MAC Birmingham and 448 Creative

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 28th March 2018 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirteen

March 6th, 2018

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In this show we take on some of those issues that others fear to face! 
Reflecting on passing and legacy we consider the darkly comic 'The Death Show' at Birmingham Rep, ponder politics and Black identity in the English countryside through 'Black Men Walking' at The Belgrade Theatre (Coventry) and we try to give jazz a definition with Sax masters Paul Dunmall & John O'Gallagher.

An excerpt of thier live concert appears courtesy of Paul Dunmall/John O'Gallagher/Calundronius. All copyrights are acknoweldged and observed.

Thanks to Tony Evans at TDE Promotions, Chris Trent at Calundronius Recordings, Lucy Nicholls and Antonia Beck, Outer Circle Arts, Eclipse Theatre Company, Royal Exchange Theatre, Tonderai Munyevu, The Belgrade Theatre Coventry, MAC Birmingham and The Rep Birmingham for their support in the making of this progarmme.

A special thanks to Marcia Springer.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 28th February 201 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

 

 

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Twelve

February 4th, 2018

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We're back for the first show of 2018! Show 12 takes on Cinderella at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (Oh yes it does!) and we reflect on the Shout Festival of queer arts & culture in early January, as well as learn more about February activities for LGBT History Month. There is also a bit of prog rock...

This show was first broadcast on the 24th January 2018 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

For more links and info check out our blog: http://thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.co.uk/ission and all rights are reserved and copyrights observed.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Eleven

December 29th, 2017

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It’s show number eleven! And it’s Christmas!...In this festive show we get funny with Birmingham Stand-up comedian James Cook, we take in the magic of The 101 Dalmatians at The Rep with cast member Nadi Kemp-Sayfi and we sprinkle some fairy folk dust over proceedings with The Albion Christmas Band as they kick off their yuletide tour at MAC Birmingham.

Thanks to James Cook, Nadi Kemp-Sayfi, The Albion Christmas Band, The Rep Birmingham and MAC Birmingham for their support in the making this programme.

“In Bethlehem City” (Trad.Northamptonshire.arr. Albion Christmas Band) and “Silent Night” (Joseph Mahr/Franz Grubner, arr. Albion Christmas Band) are taken from “Magic Touch” by The Albion Christmas Band and appear with kind permission and all rights are reserved and copyrights observed.

This show was first broadcast on the 20th December 2017 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

For more links and info check out our blog: http://thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.co.uk/

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Ten

November 26th, 2017

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In this, the tenth show of the series, I finally catch up with poet and wordsmith John Hegley, get deep into community theatre with cast members from Steven Camden's 'I Knew You' and there's music from Dan Whitehouse & Jess Morgan as they complete a short, collaborative tour.

Thanks to John Hegley, Lorna Laidlow & Brenton Hamilton, Dan Whitehouse & Jess Morgan, The Rep Birmingham, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust, The Old Print Works (Balsall Heath) and MAC Birmingham for their support in the making this programme.

‘Everything Is Free’ (Cover) (Welch/Acony Records), ‘Helpless’ (Cover) (Crosby/Stills/Nash/Young/Atlantic Records) by D.Whitehouse & J.Morgan and ‘Come To The Opera With Me Loretta’ by Jess Morgan (Drabant Music,2016) appear with kind permission and all rights are reserved and copyrights observed.

This show was first broadcast on the 22nd November 2017 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & On-line.

For more links and info check out our blog:
http://thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Nine

October 29th, 2017

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In this show we get insight and perspective on a study of women's activism, protest and peace camps with artist Sally Payen, explore the wonder of the Polyphon with folk singer & songwriter Luke Daniels and make it all up in a conversation (& more) with Jon Trevor, Director of Birmingham Improv Festival 2017.

Thanks to Sally Payen & Mandy Fowler, MAC Birmingham, Luke Daniels, Mandy Rose at M Seven PR and Jon Trevor & the Improv Players at Box of Frogs for thier support in the making this programme.

'Revolve & Rotate (part2)'by Luke Daniels (Gael Productions Ltd, 2016) and 'The House that Jack built' by Luke Daniels (Gael Records Ltd, 2017) appear with kind permission and all rights reserved and copyrights are observed.

For more information and links check out our blog: thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.com

This show was first broadcast on 25th October 2017.

Some tracks referenced in the show do not appear in this podcast version, See our spotify playlist to fill in the gaps!

For more links and info check out our blog:
http://thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.co.uk/

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THE NEW CURIOSITIES BOX: SHOW SEVEN

September 2nd, 2017

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It's a bit of bargain- Two shows in August! In this one we take an extended exploration through the wonder that is Punjabtronix with DJ Swami, salute the passing of another musical great and get some fresh thinking from Go Go Penguin.

Thanks to DJ Swami, Asian Arts Agency, Go Go Penguin and MAC Birmingham for their support in the making of this podcast.

'The New Curiosities Box' is written & presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2017 for Switch Radio 107.5FM & DAB.

"Jugni- Instrumental", "Challa- Instrumental" and "Partitions- Instrumental" appear courtesy of DJ Swami, Asian Arts Agency and Arts Council England.

"All Res" by GoGoPeguin from the album 'Man Made Object' appears courtsey of Blue Note Records 2017.

Usage with permission and rights reserved & All copyrights are observed.

For more information and links check out our blog: thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.com

This show was first broadcast on 30th August 2017.

Some tracks referenced in the show do not appear in this podcast version, See our spotify playlist to fill in the gaps!

For more links and info check out our blog:
http://thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.co.uk/

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