My Life In Five Songs

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09Midge Ure Uncut2014042120141226 (RS)

Midge Ure's interest in music was first nurtured by the records he heard on the radio in his parents' Cumbernauld flat.

Learning to play on a secondhand dance-band guitar it wasn't long before he was playing in bands and travelling to gigs all over the country.

In a revealing and entertaining conversation he tells Phil Cunningham about the excesses of the Ultravox years, his solo career and he reflects on the legacy of Band Aid after nearly 30 years.

In this extended version of the programme Phil opens the show with Midge's number one chart hit 'If I Was' and when discussing the song Vienna Phil reveals the text message he received from Midge when he was visiting the Austrian capital.

09Midge Ure Uncut20140421

Midge Ure's interest in music was first nurtured by the records he heard on the radio in his parents' Cumbernauld flat.

Learning to play on a secondhand dance-band guitar it wasn't long before he was playing in bands and travelling to gigs all over the country.

In a revealing and entertaining conversation he tells Phil Cunningham about the excesses of the Ultravox years, his solo career and he reflects on the legacy of Band Aid after nearly 30 years.

In this extended version of the programme Phil opens the show with Midge's number one chart hit 'If I Was' and when discussing the song Vienna Phil reveals the text message he received from Midge when he was visiting the Austrian capital.

0101Martin Taylor20091117

Virtuoso guitarist Martin Taylor first came to prominence in the late 1970's through his collaborations with the legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli. Nowadays Martin tours the world's concert halls giving dazzling live performances.

In conversation with Phil Cunningham, Martin explains how he grew up to the sound of his father playing Jazz and he picks five tracks which take him from his childhood to the present.

0301James Grant20110210
0301James Grant2011021020150626 (RS)

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Love and Money were one of the most successful bands to come out of Scotland in the 1980's. Songs like Jocelyn Square and Strange Kind of Love brought them wide recognition and an appearance on the Wogan show transformed their fortunes overnight.

Lead vocalist James Grant began his musical career with the band Friends Again but it wasn't until his Love and Money days that he was happy to stand behind the microphone.

Now recording as a solo artist James tells Phil about his days on the road, how his hamburger bill in the United States ran into thousands of pounds and why he'd like Susan Boyle to record one of his songs.

The programme opens with Strange Kind of Love and James picks the following 5 songs.

0302Michael Marra20110217
0302Michael Marra20110217

2/8 Michael Marra was brought up in the Lochee district of Dundee and is one of Scotland's most talented and original songwriters.

Working for a London publishing house his songs were recorded by the likes of Frankie Miller, Kiki Dee and Leo Sayer.

Returning to Scotland Michael produced his album Gaels Blue in 1985.

Supporting the likes of Deacon Blue, Barbara Dickson and Van Morrison and touring widely Michael rapidly gained a loyal fan base of his own.

The programme opens with the track The Clock from his latest album Michael Marra with Mr Mcfall's Chamber and Michael goes on to select the following songs.

1. Anyone Who Had a Heart by Cilla Black

2. Inchworm by Danny Kaye

3. Political Science by Randy Newman

4. Sweet Baby James by James Taylor

5. Macushla by John McCormack

The programme closes with part of the track Margaret Reilly's Arrival at Craiglockhart from the album On Stolen Stationery.

0303Justin Currie20110224
0303Justin Currie20110224

3/8 Justin Currie is one of the founding member of the successful Scottish band Del Amitri.

With hits like 'Nothing Ever Happens', 'Always the last to Know' and 'Roll to Me' the band enjoyed chart success during the 1990's

Justin talks to Phil about his musical family, how the band managed to avoid the attention of the tabloid press and how he has now come to terms with playing to smaller audiences as a solo performer.

Justin pick's these five songs.

!: Nothing Rhymed by Gilbert O Sullivan

2: It's All Right Ma by Bob Dylan

3: Disorder by Joy Division

4: Sitting Still by REM

5: Don't You Pay Them No Mind by Nina Simone

Phil closes the show by playing a little of Justin's song Baby you Survived from his album The Great War.

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6/8

Sandi Thom's song I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) was an international hit and launched her musical career.

She tells Phil Cunningham about her musical influences and picks five songs that have been milestones along the way.

0501Colin Macintyre2012121320150731 (RS)

3/4

Colin Macintyre is a Scottish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Growing up on the west coast island of Mull he records under his own name and under the name of Mull Historical Society.

Colin talks to Phil Cunningham about his musical influences and picks five special songs which are important to him and have helped influence his career.

Phil opens the programme with the track The Lights from Colin's latest album City Awakenings.

Colin picks these five songs:

Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence

David Bowie - Changes

Radiohead - No Surprises

Bob Dylan - Queen Jane Approximately

The Flaming Lips - Race For The Prize

Phil closes the programme with Must You Get Low from the City Awakenings album.

0505Craig Armstrong2013013120150710 (RS)

5/8 Craig Armstrong is a respected composer and arranger and a Royal Academy of Music graduate.

His film credits include the scores for William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet which earned him a BAFTA award and Moulin Rouge which earned him an Ivor Novello award for best original score. He wrote the music for the film Love Actually and has produced his own albums including Piano Works and Film Works.

Phil Cunningham opens the programme with the music to accompany the Balcony Scene from the soundtrack to the film Romeo + Juliet and then they go on to talk about these five tracks.

The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles

Lontano for Orchestra (1967 ) - Ligeti

Safe from Harm - Massive Attack

Lets make our own movies - AGF - Westernization Completed

Because of Toledo - The Blue Nile

Phil closes the programme with Enno Morricone's Love Theme.

0507Emily Smith2013021420150703 (RS)

2/4

Scottish folk singer Emily Smith first made a name for herself after winning the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award in 2002.

Emily plays piano and accordion and as well as performing with her own band and has toured widely and played with many of the most popular musicians in Scotland.

Her outstanding voice and powerful lyrics have earned her a place at Folk Music's top table.

She tells Phil Cunningham about her childhood in Dumfriesshire including a one-time fixation with Kyle Minogue and she picks five tracks that have played an important part in her life.

Phil opens the show with Emily's track Audience of Souls and she goes on to pick the following five songs:

'I Should be so lucky'

Artist: Kylie Minogue.

'We've Only Just Begun'

Artist: The Carpenters.

'Skippin' Bar'fit Through The Heather'

Artist: Alison McMorland (Album: Cloudberry Day)

Wedding Song

Artist: Anais Mitchell (Album: Hadestown)

'Mary'

Artist: Rura (Album: Break it up)

Phil closes with the track Take You Home from Emily's album Traivellers's Joy.

0601Midge Ure2014012320151225 (RS)

Midge Ure's interest in music was first nurtured by the records he heard on the radio in his parents' Cumbernauld flat.

Learning to play on a secondhand dance-band guitar it wasn't long before he was playing in bands and travelling to gigs all over the country.

In a revealing and entertaining conversation he tells Phil Cunningham about the excesses of the Ultravox years, his solo career and he reflects on the legacy of Band Aid after nearly 30 years.

In this extended version of the programme Phil opens the show with Midge's number one chart hit 'If I Was' and when discussing the song Vienna Phil reveals the text message he received from Midge when he was visiting the Austrian capital.

0601Midge Ure2014012320150717 (RS)

Midge Ure's interest in music was first nurtured by the records he heard on the radio in his parents' Cumbernauld flat.

Learning to play on a secondhand dance-band guitar it wasn't long before he was playing in bands and travelling to gigs all over the country.

In a revealing and entertaining conversation he tells Phil Cunningham about the excesses of the Ultravox years, his solo career and he reflects on the legacy of Band Aid after nearly 30 years.

In this extended version of the programme Phil opens the show with Midge's number one chart hit 'If I Was' and when discussing the song Vienna Phil reveals the text message he received from Midge when he was visiting the Austrian capital.

0601Midge Ure2014012320140126 (RS)

Midge Ure's interest in music was first nurtured by the records he heard on the radio in his parents' Cumbernauld flat.

Learning to play on a secondhand dance-band guitar it wasn't long before he was playing in bands and travelling to gigs all over the country.

In a revealing and entertaining conversation he tells Phil Cunningham about the excesses of the Ultravox years, his solo career and he reflects on the legacy of Band Aid after nearly 30 years.

Phil opens the show with Midge's number one chart hit 'If I Was' and when discussing the song Vienna Phil reveals the text message he received from Midge when he was visiting the Austrian capital.

0602Karine Polwart2014013020160610 (RS)

Karine Polwart is a one of our finest singer/songwriters. Her repertoire of folk songs is fast and she's known for writing songs with powerful lyrics and tackling subject's others would shy away from.

In a revealing and entertaining gem from the BBC Radio Scotland archives Karine talks to Phil Cunningham about the songs she heard on her parents' record collection and the impact they had on her.

Phil quizzes her on her time with the band KP and the Minichips which she formed as a ten year old and she talks about her later influences and her recent musical collaborations.

Phil opens with Karine's track Daisy before she reveals her five songs and the show ends with Tinsel Show from her 2012 album Traces.

0603Ian Mccalman2014020620140209 (RS)

3/8 For many years The McCalman's were one of the best know folk groups in Scotland. Loved by audiences for their strong vocals, sense of humour and interpretation of Scottish songs they had a huge following at home and overseas and before disbanding in 2010 the McCalmans had recorded 26 albums and produced 400 original songs

In an entertaining and revealing conversation Ian McCalman tells Phil Cunningham about 5 special songs including his favourite from his Granny's collection of 78's, a much-loved song from The Beatles and a song he wrote for his father.

Phil opens proceedings with the McCalmans song Smuggler before Ian reveals his five songs.

0604Rosanne Cash2014021320140216 (RS)

4/8

Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash lets Phil Cunningham hear five very special songs.

With fifteen albums and four books behind her Rosanne has been immersed in music since childhood. The eldest daughter of Johnny Cash her first musical choice is one her father played to her as a youngster and she tells Phil he regarded it as his favourite song.

Talking about growing up with Johnny, a love of Scotland and her latest album The River and the Thread, Rosanne gives Phil Cunningham an insight into her life and her musical influences.

Phil opens with the track I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me which won Rosanne the Grammy in 1985.

With fifteen albums and four books behind her Roseanne has been immersed in music since childhood. The eldest daughter of Johnny Cash her first musical choice is one her father played to her as a youngster and she tells Phil he regarded it as his favourite song.

0605Calum Macdonald2014022020140223 (RS)

5/8 Calum Macdonald along with his elder brother Rory and fellow Skye based musician Blair Douglas formed the Celtic rock group Runrig in the early 1970's

Since then the band have earned a loyal and enthusiastic following and they've played at such diverse venues as New York's Time Square, Edinburgh Castle and on the shores of Loch Lomond.

Still playing and writing songs, Calum tells Phil Cunningham about his childhood on the isle of Skye, the musicians who have inspired him and the enjoyment he gets in seeing his son Donald writing and recording new music.

Calum begins by telling Phil how a Runrig track was taken into space by an astronaut on the Columbia Space Shuttle that sadly ended in tragedy. He goes on to pick tracks by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Blair Douglas and lets Phil hear a song from his son's band Donald Macdonald and The Islands.

0606Aidan O'rourke2014022720160617 (RS)

Aidan O'Rourke is one of Scotland's leading folk musicians. A composer, producer and accomplished fiddler he's a member of the ground-breaking trio Lau and has formed the instrumental band Kan.

In this gem from the BBC Radio Scotland archives we hear Aiden talking to Phil Cunningham he picks tracks by Silly Wizard, Capercaillie, Massive Attack, Phil Bancroft and Steve Reich.

Phil opens the show with Aidan's track An Tobar and closes the programme with the track One Two Three from his new band Kan.

0606Aidan O'rourke2014022720140302 (RS)

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Aidan O'Rourke is one of Scotland's leading folk musicians. A composer, producer and accomplished fiddler he's a member of the ground-breaking trio Lau and has formed the instrumental band Kan.

Talking to Phil Cunningham he picks tracks by Silly Wizard, Capercaillie, Massive Attack, Phil Bancroft and Steve Reich.

Phil opens the show with Aidan's track An Tobar and closes the programme with the track One Two Three from his new band Kan.

0607Mary Chapin Carpenter2014030620140309 (RS)

7/8

American singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter has enjoyed a music career spanning nearly three decades. Her mixture of Americana and Country Music has gained her a loyal following of fans world-wide including here in Scotland.

Talking to Phil Cunningham she recalls her childhood growing up in Princeton, New Jersey, her first motor car and she discovers she shares a love of dogs with Phil.

Opening the show with the track Goodnight America from her latest album, Mary Chapin goes on to pick tracks by Joni Mitchell, Lunasa, Mark Knopfler, The Travelling Wilburys and her final choice from Tift Merritt and Simone Dinnerstein.

0608Roddy Woomble2014031320150612 (RS)

8/8 Idlewild were one of the biggest bands to come out of Scotland in the 1990's and their success was in no small way down to lead vocalist and songwriter Roddy Woomble.

Now an established solo artist Roddy's lived in New York, written for newspapers and magazines and is now more likely to be found walking down the main street in Tobermory on Mull than on New York's 5th Avenue or Glasgow's Sauchiehall street.

Roddy tells Phil Cunningham about his musical journey and picks tracks by by REM, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Lena Horne.

0608 LASTRoddy Woomble2014031320140316 (RS)

8/8 Idlewild were one of the biggest bands to come out of Scotland in the 1990's and their success was in no small way down to lead vocalist and songwriter Roddy Woomble.

Now an established solo artist Roddy's lived in New York, written for newspapers and magazines and is now more likely to be found walking down the main street in Tobermory on Mull than on New York's 5th Avenue or Glasgow's Sauchiehall street.

Roddy tells Phil Cunningham about his musical journey and picks tracks by by REM, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Lena Horne.

0608 LASTRoddy Woomble20140313

8/8 Idlewild were one of the biggest bands to come out of Scotland in the 1990's and their success was in no small way down to lead vocalist and songwriter Roddy Woomble.

Now an established solo artist Roddy's lived in New York, written for newspapers and magazines and is now more likely to be found walking down the main street in Tobermory on Mull than on New York's 5th Avenue or Glasgow's Sauchiehall street.

Roddy tells Phil Cunningham about his musical journey and picks tracks by by REM, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Lena Horne.