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‘It was never supposed to make that noise’

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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Towards the Point? Series 4, Show 6

April 8th, 2015
In this the last show of the current series we go clubbing through the ages and reflect on milestones for Pompey Clubs of the 60s and 80s, get mixed up in Electronica through a tribute to Tangerine Dream frontman 
Edgar Froese, and try to identify the key ingredients for a lasting scene. There are also some forthcoming events and releases for you to ponder in our absence!

'Towards the Point?' is written and presented by James Sandy & Dave Allen and is A King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.

This show was first broadcast on Monday 23rd February 2015.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music mentioned in this show does not appear in this podcast version.
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Towards the Point? Series 4, Show 5

February 14th, 2015

In this first show to bolt out into 2015 we consider the year ahead in celebrations, commemorations and anniversaries. We explore the 'Democracy Streets' project coming soon to Fratton (and the rest of the UK) with our guest presenter Jon Adams (University of Portsmouth Research Fellow & Artist in Residence) and pick up on some interesting milestones of pop culture, art and film. There is also a good slug of events to keep you out for the rest of the week!


This programme was first broadcast on Monday 26th January 2015.
Due to copyright restrictions the music referred to in this podcast is not included.
Towards the Point? is written & presented by Dave Allen and James Sandy ans is A King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.
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Towards the Point? Series 4, Show 4

January 7th, 2015
In the last show of the year, we consider the place of winter in the arts by way of choice music from Fleet Foxes, Fell City Girl and Captain Beefheart (to name but a few). Dave lurks out the Retrospective Soundtrack Players as they launch their new album at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth and we dust off some wintry poems and paintings to sparkle the final drift.

'Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel Gets Its Wings' appears courtesy of The Retrospective Soundtrack Players/Xtra Mile Recordings and all rights are reserved 2014.

Due to copyright restrictions other music tracks mentioned in this podcast do not appear. Check our blog for links towardsthepoint.blogspot.co.uk

'Towards the Point?' is written and presented by James Sandy & Dave Allen and is A King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.

This show was first broadcast on Monday 29th December 2014. 
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