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6MAlison Goldfrapp20141226

Wise Woman Alison Goldfrapp takes over to play two hours of her favourite tracks for Boxing Day.

This Christmas Three Wise Women take over BBC Radio 6 Music, bearing gifts to delight the listener. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day, St Vincent, Neneh Cherry, and Alison Goldfrapp each curate several hours of programming, including their own two hour show, and a selection of documentaries and live music from the 6 Music Archive, and their favourite First Time With and Iggy Pop Show.

Pioneering creative Alison Goldfrapp is the third of The Three Wise Women on Boxing Day, keeping listeners warm with her own unique musical wisdom. She has been an innovative presence in music for over a decade, touching on trip-hop, stomping electro-glam, and pastoral folk. Her 6 Music Archive selections are The First Time With David Lynch (6-7pm); Iggy Pop's Car Songs themed show (7-9pm); La Chanson de Serge - The Serge Gainsbourg Story; The Morricone Affair - a tribute to the Italian composer Ennio Morricone; a rare Kate Bush interview from 2005, in which she talks about her album Aerial; and for the Live Hour - Air (1998), Leonard Cohen (1969), Stereolab (1991), and Radiohead at Glastonbury (1997). And Alison has also selected Iggy Pop's John Peel Lecture 2014 about free music in a capitalist society, which you can hear from 9pm.

Alison Goldfrapp said, "I'm delighted to have been chosen by BBC 6 Music as one of their 'Wise Women' this Christmas. I've been looking forward to digging through 6 Music's incredible archive of music and documentary content and presenting my personal favourites to the station's listeners, alongside the brilliant Neneh Cherry and St Vincent. It will be a Christmas treat both for myself and hopefully for all of you listening at home.".

6MLaurie Anderson20151225

Laurie Anderson shares some of her favourite songs themed around fear and loss.

She is an American experimental musician, composer, performance artist, film-maker and inventor, who was married to Lou Reed. She is well-known for her innovative use of technology and was NASA's first artist-in-residence. Her two-hour show features music by artists including Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Dinah Washington, Jimmy Cliff, Beck and Lou Reed. Her curated programme choices are Lou Reed's New York Shuffle, which runs the gamut from jazz to contemporary indie to vintage rock. Originally broadcast from Lou's home, the world-renowned, avant-garde innovator co-hosted the show with music producer Hal Willner, who collaborated with Lou on the film Berlin. Laurie also picks Bob Dylan's Big Freeze, presented by Bob Harris it tells the story of Dylan's first visit to the UK during the freezing winter of 1962 - 1963; she follows this with archive music sessions from Tracy Chapman, Lou Reed and Amy Winehouse.

Laurie Anderson said: "It's wonderful to be a Wise Woman of 6 Music this Christmas. I'm going to share with my listeners some of my all-time favourite songs from some of the queens of music including Nina Simone and Anne Peebles. The songs I'll be playing are about people who are looking for things, and also about their fears. Some of the songs are about consolation, and some are about freedom and a lot of them are about problems and what to do about them.".

6MNeneh Cherry20141225

Neneh Cherry unwraps the 6 Music archive to share her superlative music taste with listeners on Christmas Day.

This Christmas Three Wise Women take over BBC Radio 6 Music, bearing gifts to delight the listener. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day, St Vincent, Neneh Cherry, and Alison Goldfrapp each curate several hours of programming, including presenting their own two hour show, and selecting documentaries and live music from the 6 Music Archive, and their favourite Iggy Pop Show and First Time With from across the year.

Neneh Cherry burst onto the scene with her performance of Buffalo Stance whilst pregnant on Top of the Pops in 1988. She was instrumental in incubating the sound system culture and the trip-hop sound, and this year she released her fourth, critically acclaimed, solo album following a 16 years hiatus - a return which was been hailed as one of the most creative chapters in an already fascinating career. Digging into the BBC 6 Music archive, she has chosen The First Time with Quentin Tarantino (6-7pm); Iggy Pop's Desire themed show (7-9pm); Looking For The Perfect Beat, about the birth of hip hop; Way Out West - The Bristol Underground Story; and live music archive from The Slits, and more.

Neneh Cherry said, "I'm honoured and touched, and in fact quite amazed, to be one of 6 Music's Wise Women this Christmas. I don't know about the wise bit, but nonetheless it's happening and I find myself in the best female company of the genius beauties St Vincent & Alison Goldfrapp. The BBC has a vast library of music and documentaries, so to have access to this world is a dream come true, or maybe the best Christmas present ever - a journey through the left field, new school, old school, now, and the future.".

6MPeaches20151227

Three wise women take over BBC 6 Music, bearing gifts to delight the listener, concluding with Canadian electro musician Peaches.

6MRoisin Murphy20151226

Mercury-nominee Roisin Murphy curates a night of her favourite music, documentaries and BBC sessions. As well as offerings from artists as diverse as Astrid Gilberto and Cameo, she picks sessions by John Cage, James Blake, Joni Mitchell and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Two places that are close to her heart a feature in the Sounds Of A City shows she's chosen (Manchester and Sheffield), while Kim Gorden's turn sitting in for Iggy Pop is also on her festive menu.

6MSt Vincent20141224

This Christmas Three Wise Women take over BBC Radio 6 Music, bearing gifts to delight the listener. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, St Vincent, Neneh Cherry and Alison Goldfrapp will each curate five hours of programming, including presenting a two hour show and looking through the 6 Music Archive to select their favourite First Time With and Iggy Pop shows from across the year and also choosing the Album of the Day.

Annie Clark, aka art-rock supremo St Vincent, is the first of the three Wise Woman of 6 Music and has produced one of the albums of 2014 with her fifth self-titled studio album. With a fiercely unique sound and being a full-on music obsessive, she'll be demonstrating her eclectic palate in her two hour show, from Nine Inch Nails to John Coltrane, Cate Le Bon to Peggy Lee and archive selections from Fela Kuti, Nirvana, Kate Bush, and an Album of the Day from one of hip hop's finest beat makers, musical innovators and production geniuses J Dilla.

St Vincent said, "I've had the pleasure to be picked as one of the Wise Women, to play some of my favourite tracks and perhaps introduce 6 Music's listeners to some music they don't know but might love, and then some things they probably do know and hopefully also love. I'm really excited to get started."

Listeners will get the opportunity to find out what goes on in the Clark family household over the festive period as well as hearing Annie's favourite track of 2014 and wise gift track, and later on The First Time with David Byrne and Iggy Pop's Preachers and Seers show.