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The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty

September 13th, 2018

NCB20.jpegIt's show 20 and we delve into the stacks as I clear the fluff from a recent record fayre at MAC Birmingham, we catch up with the genre splicing wonder of Brum based band PRAM, get sent to Coventry for an innovative theatre performance "Meet Me in the Ruins" playing in the grounds of Coventry Cathedral, as well as some upcoming comedy events and new music.

With thanks to:
VIP Record Fairs, Sam & Max of PRAM, Domino Records, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Nick Walker, Coventry Cathedral, 448 Creative, Infectious PR and MAC Birmingham.

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'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 29th August 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 2018.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Nineteen

August 14th, 2018

NCB_JS.jpegIn July's second outing we reflect on the life and work of enigmatic songwriter Nick Drake through Tanworth in Arden's annual celebratory gathering, we go back to the show's roots as we catch up with Switch prior to the band's sunset performance at the MAC and there's time for murder by way of Graeme Rose's innovative theatre piece 'Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder'.

With thanks to:
Switch (The band), The Warriors, Dan Whitehouse, Holly Radford, Youth Music and all at MAC Birmingham.

Graeme Rose, The Rep Birmingham and staff at Thimblemill Librbary.

Phillip Littleford, Peter Rice & all at The Nick Drake Gathering 2018.

Switch and the 'MAC Makes Music' project are part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. The work has been made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England

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'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 25th July 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 2018.

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The New Curiosities Box: BE Festival 2018 Special

July 25th, 2018

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In this special show from this year's BE Festival 2018 we catch a glimpse of the City's annual celebration of arts, performance, theatre and dance as it reflects the soul of Europe in the heart of Birmingham. I quiz Kulu Orr on his mastery of gadgets and sound through performance piece 'Control Freak', seek comfort from the edges of danger as I explore the art of taking care of yourself with Marc Oosterhoff and gaze at the one-man- all audience musical threatrical spectacular that is Paul O'Donnell's 'We've got each other'.

BE Festival 2018 is produced by The Brimigham Repertory Theatre annually in July and is an innovative programme of theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual, performing arts, workshops and backstage events. BE Festival is supported by Arts Council England, the Jerwood Charitable Trust and a number of European embassies and cultural institutes- For more information go to befestival.org

With thanks to:

Cie.Kirkas- Kulu Orr 'Control Freak', Cie. Moost- Marc Oosterhoff 'Take Care of Yourself', Paul O'Donnell 'We've Got Each Other', Catherine Butler and the Team at The Rep Birmingham and those brave enough to talk to me at that Bar backstage.

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.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 18th July 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.

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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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