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Rhythm Master On The Wire

Steve Barker’s long running On The Wire on BBC Lancashire plays a tribute to the Godson, dubmaster Glenmore Brown – Part One”


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As promised, links to the slowed-down versions of Robert Johnson tunes. Much better.

Vol 1

Vol 2


Jimi Hendrix playing Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) / In From The Storm live on Maui in 1970.


The tarnished genius of Gregory Isaacs, by Roger Steffens, from 1993,


Next week we’ll be featuring the BCB premiere of Return Of Sound System Scratch, the second compilation of Lee Perry dubplates by Pressure Sounds, to be released at the end of April.

AND tracks from the rather fine Sufis At The Cinema: 50 Years of Bollywood Qawali & Sufi Song 1958-2007 issued by Saregama in April.


‘Dear Friend of On-U Sound, As you may have already heard, we are very pleased to announce 2011 as the label’s 30th anniversary year. Our first release to mark this milestone is the brand new album ‘Voodoo of The Godsent’, by the mighty African Head Charge. For more information and to preview tracks from the new album just click the following link


As you probably know I broadcast for BCB, from Bradford, a district of great variety.

And of great beauty, not just on the hills and moors but also in the valleys and towns.

Here are a couple of very different blogs and a photo gallery, from and about Bradford.

Irna grew up in Bradford, after her mother moved here from Pakistan. I first met her when she did the best programme on the fledgling Bradford Festival Radio, a predecessor of BCB

I’ve known the Man from Bradistan since he were a lad, coming into the record shop to learn about reggae. Now he does a daily blog from Bradistan and other locations

For some reason I keep going back to this page, grim though the photo is

Tim Smith is one of the best photographers I know. He doesn’t mess about, you hardly know he’s there, and he turns in classic shots every time. Here are some



13 March

Alton Ellis – Big Bad Boy – Keith Hudson & Friends – Studio Kinda Cloudy CD – Trojan

XTC – Stupidly Happy – Wasp Star CD – Cooking Vinyl

Lemmy Special – Kwela Blues – African Serenades Vol 22 CD – thanks to Grumpy & JayB

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – Clear Spot – Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot CD – Reprise

Sister Clara Hudmon – Stand By Me – Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music Vol 4 2xCD – Revenant

About Group – Don’t Worry – Start & Complete CD – Domino

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – Crazy Little Thing – Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot CD – Reprise

Percy Sledge – The Dark End Of The Street – The Best Of CD – Atlantic

Brian Eno – King’s Lead Hat – Before And After Science CD – EG

Tamikrest – Arantane N Tinariwen – Toumastin CD – Glitterhouse

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – Long Neck Bottles – Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot CD – Reprise

Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness – The Otis Redding Story 3xCD – Atlantic

Jimi Hendrix, with Billy Cox & Mitch Mitchell – Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) / In From The Storm – live on Maui

Robert Johnson – Stop Breakin’ Down Blues – King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol 2 – slowed version

Clive Hylton & The Upsetters – From Dub Four – Lee Perry & The Upsetters: Sound System Scratch

Tim Moon – The Bristol Channel – The Angel & The Rotter CD – Inside Motion

Nightmares On Wax – Les Nuits – Carboot Soul CD – Warp

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About Rob

Rob co-founded BCB with Mary Dowson, back when the hills were young and it were all flat caps an chappatis round 'ere. It was known as Bradford Festival Radio then, and thanks to the generosity of Dusty Rhodes we got started. Now he takes photos, puts little silver discs in drawers, mumbles into microphones, and walks on the hills. Keep On Blowin..