Presenting: Spoonful of Blues
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland a long time ago, migrated with my wife and two daughters in 1983 to Brisbane, returned to England in 1992 and retired to Perth in 2011. The first gig I attended was in Edinburgh in 1964 – line-up included the Yardbirds with Eric Clapton. My introduction to the blues was by various bands in the 60s especially Cream and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. They led me to the original blues artists whose music continues to give me so much pleasure. My wife and I still love listening and dancing to live blues, especially at the Perth Blues Club.
How did you become involved?
I contacted the station asking if there was any chance of joining the roster of people presenting Spoonful Of Blues as I had 8 years experience of presenting “Nothing But The Blues” on 4ZZZ in Brisbane. The station put me in contact with the program’s co-ordinator…. and here I am.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
This is too difficult, but here goes – there are literally 100s that I could not go without!!!
- JB Lenoir – Alabama Blues
- Otis Spann – Candid Spann Vol.1 (Is The Blues)
- John Mayall – Blues Alone
- Jimmy Yancey & Cripple Clarence Lofton – Pitchin’ Boogie
- Magic Slim & The Teardrops – Grand Slam
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
The friendly and very helpful staff and members and of course the appreciative listeners.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
Since at the time of writing I have only presented 9 shows I will have to go back to my debut on 19 March 2012 – a night that will haunt me to my dying day. First of all in the studio I tried to set up in both turntables were without a stylus. As most of my programmed show consisted of vinyl this necessitated a quick move to the other studio. During my first few words to air, I got the name of the program wrong. Then a BB King CD failed to play, I ejected another CD whilst it was in the middle of playing to air and I started an album track only to find that the turntable was set to reverse. The second hour got better, I think.
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
Woodstock Rock because I was a teenager in the 60s growing up listening to a lot of the music that is played on the show.
What do you do in real life?
I am retired and am enjoying spending time with my wife, daughters, their partners and our grand children, researching family history and, time permitting, listening to my collection of tapes, LPs and CDs.