Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 028

Episode 28 of our specialist soul, jazz and fusion show, Mixed Bag, presented by Upper Hale’s number one collector of vinyl, Mark Sumner, centres on the theme of tracks recorded in front of a live audience.

You can expect to hear tracks from Lou Rawls, Charles Earland, Donny Hathaway, and Kool and the Gang, plus Al Jarreau, James Brown, Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77, and John Heartsman.

Don’t forget, you can also listen to Mixed Bag on our online radio station, Heath Sound Vault, streaming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from our home here on the Surrey/Hampshire border.

Mixed Bag is on every day just after 8.00am, just after 3.00pm and just after 9.00pm British Summer Time.  You can listen by simply clicking on the player below, and you’ll be streaming within seconds.  Full details about Heath Sound Vault here.

Sound Vault’s online radio station begins streaming

Sound Vault has got together with “Heath Radio” to launch an online radio station, to help showcase the range of podcasts we have been making here on the Surrey/Hampshire border in the UK.  As well as showcasing the best of the podcasting output our volunteers have created to-date, there is news every hour, as well as a mix of music to help show it all off.

ABOUT OUR ONLINE RADIO STATION>

Our online radio station is brought to you in collaboration with “Heath Radio“, a community interest company on the Surrey and Hampshire border.

This online station, in addition to our existing podcasts demonstrates just what kind of value community radio can add to an area like this – and beyond.

We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Paul Wisdom, one of the driving forces behind “Heath Radio“, who has put it all together.  He was one of the launch directors on neighbouring Wey Valley Radio, the community radio station for Alton and surrounding area.

We will continue publishing podcasts in the usual way through Sound Vault.  If you are interested in making radio & podcasts yourself, and live on the Surrey/Hampshire border, do get in touch and join our band of volunteers.  Our email is SoundVaultHQ@gmail.com.

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Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 025

Episode 25 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – Sound Vault’s specialist soul, jazz and fusion show with Upper Hale’s foremost collector of vinyl – has a special focus on female jazz singers.

Expect tracks from Sarah Vaughan, Lainie Kazan, Shirley Scott and Irene Reid, plus Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Marlena Shaw, Flora Purim, Carmen McRae, and arguably Mark’s favourite of this episode, Brenda Boykin.

Join Mark for some powerful performances.

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 023

Episode 23 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – Sound Vault’s specialist soul/jazz/fusion show with Upper Hale’s number one collector of vinyl – is a Latin Soul, Jazz and Boogaloo special.

You can expect to hear tracks from the likes of Vladimir and His Orchestra; Joe Bataan; Moguito Santamaria; Ray Baretto; Chollo Rivera and The Latin Soul Drives; Bobby Paunettto; Eddie Palmieri; Tito Puente; the Fania All Stars, and Cal Tjander.

It promises to be quite a show, so make sure you are well turned out for your listening pleasure.  This week’s tracks might provoke some moves!

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 12: USRAIL012

Episode 12 is the second part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains.  This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode finds hims continuing from Mount Pleasant, Iowa to Denver Union Station, Colorado, before the train continues on to Salt Lake City, Utah in future episodes.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Map showing diversion route of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

We follow the journey taken by Tim through this episode with images of some of the points on the route, and some photos taken by Tim himself below on the Sound Vault website.

Mount Pleasant Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Members of the local Amish community at Mount Pleasant Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The setting sun….. Credit: Tim Davies.
Ottumwa – home to the company clerk from M*A*S*H, Radar O’Reilly. Credit: Tim Davies.
Ottumwa. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Ottumwa Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Osceola Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Osceola Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Osceola Water Tower. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
The observation car – home to the interviews. Credit: Tim Davies.
The observation car – home to the interviews. Credit: Tim Davies.
Creston Station. Credit: Augiejv, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Creston Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Trains at Creston Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Stanton Coffee Pot. Credit: Jared Winkler, CC-BY-SA-4.0.
Fishermen on the Missouri River in Council Bluffs. Credit: Decumanus, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Omaha. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Omaha Station. Credit: Augiejv, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Lincoln, Nebraska Station. Credit: Ammodramus, CC0.
Hastings Station. Credit: samswitzer, CC-BY-2.0.
Holderedge Ironhorse Station. Credit: Ammodramus, Public Domain.
McCook Station, Nebraska. Credit: Ammodramus, CC0.
Fort Morgan Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Cattle at Fort Morgan. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
California Zephyr at Keenesburg. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Nearing Commerce City in the morning. Credit: Tim Davies.
Commerce City. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Commerce City, near Denver. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Denver outskirts. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Run in to Denver Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Union Station. Credit: Darkshark0159, Public Domain.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Without whom we would not be here….. Credit: Tim Davies.
Overland route from timetable. Copyright. Amtrak.
The Overland Route in 1908. Public Domain.
Denver Stockyards. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Sleepers everywhere. Credit: Tim Davies.
More sleepers, all wood. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
More picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
Suncor, Denver. On the diversion. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.

We leave these outskirts of Denver behind, as we head for Salt Lake City, and the next instalment of US Railway Travelogue in Episode 13 – coming soon.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

 

Discover Music with Plastic Dino: KITTY001

Episode 1 of a brand new music show from Sound Vault – this is the pilot episode of Discover Music with Plastic Dino – hosted by Kitty, a dinosaur enthusiast on an adventure to seek out new, old and unique tunes to brighten your day.

The first show features tracks from Perfume, Kero Kero Bonito, Breakbot, Grimes, Superorganism and Daft Punk – so a decidedly electro-pop/indie-pop/synth-pop feel.

The show is put together by Sound Vault’s latest recruit, 14 year old Kitty Sholl, from Farnham, and we are very excited to welcome her to the team.  Discover Music with Plastic Dino should be making an appearance every two months!

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 021

Episode 21 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner finds Mark selecting the best of British of Jazz/Funk artists and groups from amongst his vinyl collection from between 1974 and 1983.

Expect to hear the likes of Freez, Light of the World, Linx and David Joseph, plus Hi-Tension, Incognito, Morrissey/Mullen, the Average White Band, and F.B.I.

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 020

Episode 20 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner introduces a new feature to the show. In particular episodes, Mark will select a letter of the alphabet at random from the ‘Mixed Bag’ of letters, and play tracks only from soul, jazz and fusion solo artists and groups whose name begins with that letter.

Because it is the first time he has played this feature, today’s show is brought to you by the letter “A“.

Expect tracks from Azymuth; Vicki Anderson; her daughter, Carleen Anderson; and the Average White Band, plus Roy Ayers; Animal Nightlife; Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, and Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 019

Episode 19 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner is a hip-hop flavoured special edition of Sound Vault’s specialist soul/jazz/fusion music show, from Upper Hale’s own avid collector of vinyl.

Expect tracks from the likes of Big Lady K, Roxanne Shante, Masta Ace, and Gang Starr, plus Man Parrish, Eric B and Rakim, Young MC, Main Source and Original Konfusion.

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 8: USRAIL008

Episode 8 is part 3 of the Portland to Chicago leg of Tim Davies’ journey across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains – for this part of the journey, continuing on the Empire Builder train.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the Empire Builder along the top. Credit: Amtrak.
Logo of the Empire Builder – as seen on one of the Dining Car Menus. Credit: Tim Davies.
Map showing route of the Empire Builder.

The episode of his US Railway Travelogue podcast begins at Havre, Montana – a 20 minute service stop – where there is a steam locomotive on display.  You’ll recognise some of these images as described in this episode.

Havre, Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.
Havre Station. Credit: Mitchazenia, available through CC BY-SA 4.0
Great Northern Locomotive 2584, a 4 8 4, type S-2, at Havre. Credit: Tim Davies.
Great Northern locomotive 2584, a 4 8 4 type S-2 at Havre, with the Empire Builder in the background. Credit: Tim Davies.
Watching a goods train rumble through, said to be over a mile long. Credit: Tim Davies.

From here, the train follows the course of the Milk River to Glasgow.

Agriculture, as far as the eyes can see. Credit: Tim Davies.
Prairie, big sky and hills in the far distance. Credit: Tim Davies.
Farmstead, near Havre, Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.
Big grain and big sky in Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.
Big grain and big sky in Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.
Yet more grain, more open space and a cluster of storage silos in the distance. Credit: Tim Davies.
Changing scenery: approaching and travelling along the Milk River, with the Autumn colours starting to show in the trees. Credit: Tim Davies.
Following the Milk River. Credit: Tim Davies.
Following the Milk River. Credit: Tim Davies.

Next stop is Malta Station.

Malta Station, Montana. Credit: Hikki Nagasaki, through Public Domain.
Malta Station, Montana. Credit: Loco Steve, through CC BY 2.0
View from the train, between Malta and Glasgow, Montana. Credit Tim Davies.
View from the train between Malta and Glasgow, Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.
Long term parking, nearing Glasgow! There are abandoned vehicles across Montana wherever you see signs of life! Credit: Loco Steve, through CC BY 2.0
Pulling into Glasgow Station, Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.

Next stop is Glasgow Station, Montana.

Glasgow Station, Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.
Glasglow Station, Montana. Credit: Hikki Nagasaki, under Public Domain.
Freight train at Glasgow, Montana, waiting for a clear ‘road’ westbound. Grain silo in background. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Empire Builder resting for a few minutes at Glasgow Station, Montana. Credit: Loco Steve, under CC BY 2.0.
Grain silos by the tracks. Credit: Tim Davies.
About 30 minutes west of Wolf Point, but we could be miles from anywhere. Credit: Tim Davies.

We next reach Wolf Point.

Wolf Point Station, Montana. Credit: Hikki Nagasaki, through Public Domain.
Wolf Point Station, Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.
Downtown Wolf Point. Credit: Tim Davies.
Everywhere you go, old cars are dumped at the bottom of the garden. Credit: Loco Steve, under CC BY 2.0
Culbertson Town View. Credit: Culbertson community website, and permission given by Kt Northington (Photographer and Town Clerk).
Fort Union Trading Post. Credit: Xerxes2004, under CC BY-SA 3.0
Around the Montana/North Dakota state line. Credit: Loco Steve, under CC BY 2.0
Around the Montana/North Dakota state line. Credit: Loco Steve, under CC BY 2.0
Rock faces 45 minutes west of Williston, North Dakota. Credit: Tim Davies.
Passing a small community in North Dakota – big sky country. Credit: Tim Davies.

We next reach Williston Station, North Dakota.

Williston Station, North Dakota. Credit: Tim Davies.
Williston Station. Credit: Prasenberg, under CC BY 3.0
Checking tickets prior to boarding at Williston Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Dusk on 1st October 2017 from the Empire Builder train, across North Dakota. Credit: Tim Davies.
Dusk on 1st October 2017 from the Empire Builder train across North Dakota. Credit: Tim Davies.

Then onto Stanley, North Dakota.

Stanley Station, North Dakota. Credit: Mitchazenia, under CC BY-SA 4.0
Empire Builder crossing the Gassman Coulee Trestle near Minot, North Dakota. Credit: Amtrak/Jason Berg, courtesy of Amtrak Media Relations.

We now reach Minot, North Dakota, where there is a service stop.

Minot Station, North Dakota. Credit: Loco Steve, under CC BY 2.0
Feeding the Empire Builder, at Minot, North Dakota. Credit: Loco Steve, under CC BY 2.0

Between Minot and St. Paul, we pass through Rugby, Devil’s Lake and Grand Forks stations.

Rugby Station, North Dakota. Credit: Mitchazenia, under CC BY-SA 4.0
Devil’s Lake Station, North Dakota. Credit: Mitchazenia, under CC BY-SA 4.0
Grand Forks Station, North Dakota. Credit: Mitchazenia, under CC BY-SA 4.0
A wintery scene with the eastbound Empire Builder in the ‘wye’ at Grand Forks, North Dakota. Credit: Mackensen, under CC BY-SA 3.0

More stations of the night… passing through Fargo, Detroit Lakes, Staples, and St. Cloud.

Fargo Station, North Dakota. Credit: Adam Moss, under CC BY-SA 2.0
Detroit Lakes Station, North Dakota. Credit: McGhiever, under CC BY-SA 3.0
Staples Station, North Dakota. Credit: McGhiever, under CC BY-SA 4.0
St Cloud Station. Credit: Adam Moss, under CC BY-SA 2.0

We arrive in the morning at St Paul, Minnesota Station – the twin city station with Minneapolis.

St Paul Station, Minnesota. Credit: Tim Davies.
Early morning at St Paul Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The revitalised St Paul Station, Minnesota. Credit: Tim Davies.
The revitalised St Paul Station, Minnesota. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Empire Builder waiting to leave St Paul Station. Credit: Tim Davies.

The train follows the Mississippi for 140 miles.

Messing around in boats along the mighty Mississippi near Red Wing. Credit: Tim Davies
The mighty Mississippi in Red Wing. Credit: Tim Davies.

Next stop is Red Wing Station.

Red Wing Station. Credit. Tim Davies.
Red Wing Station, Minnesota. Cars have to wait at the crossing until the train leaves. Credit: Tim Davies.

The next episode, Episode 9, takes up part 4 of the Empire Builder leg of Tim’s journey, from Red Wing to Milwaukee.  Stay tuned!

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 7: USRAIL007

Episode 7 is part 2 of the Portland to Chicago leg of Tim Davies’ journey across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains – for this part of the journey, continuing on the Empire Builder train.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the Empire Builder along the top. Credit: Amtrak.
Logo of the Empire Builder – as seen on one of the Dining Car Menus. Credit: Tim Davies.
Map showing route of the Empire Builder.

We pick up this episode as the train slows coming into Pasco Station, where passengers can disembark for a few minutes’ fresh air.

City of Pasco Transportation Depot. Credit: Allen4names under CC-BY-SA 3.0

Next stop, in three hours time is Spokane.

Spokane Station. Credit. Hikki Nagasaki. Under Public Domain.

Passed in the night, next station was Sandpoint.  Named the most beautiful small town in 2011 by the newspaper USA Today.  Shame Tim missed it!

Sandpoint Station. Credit: Mitchazenia. Under CC BY-SA 4.0

Another small town passed through in the night was Libby.

Libby Station. Credit: Mitchazenia. Under CC-BY-SA 4.0
Libby, Montana. Credit USEPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Under Public Domain.

Next en route is the seven mile long Flathead Tunnel – the third longest tunnel in the western hemisphere, and second longest in the US.

Empire Builder entering Flathead Tunnel, from the west. Credit: Loco Steve. Under CC BY 2.0
Empire Builder leaving Flathead Tunnel. Credit: Loco Steve. Under CC BY 2.0

Tim awoke next day as the train arrived at Whitefish.

Whitefish Depot. Credit: Elkman. Under CC BY-SA 3.0
Whitefish train station. Credit: Rajesh Dhawan. Under Public Domain.
Whitefish Mountain Resort (Aerial View). Credit: Donnie Clapp. Under CC BY-SA 4.0

Next stop is West Glacier.

West Glacier station. Credit: Kgrr. Under CC BY-SA 3.0.

The train moves through into a mountainous, fir-forested area, with stunning scenery, which makes the observation car very useful, but Tim still manages to catch a conversation with the odd passenger taking the same trip.

The Observation Car on The Empire Builder. Credit: Tim Davies
Mountains, forests and rivers in Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.
Mountain, forests and rivers in Montana. Credit: Tim Davies
Mountains, forests and rivers in Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.
Mountains, forests and rivers in Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.
Mountains, forests and rivers in Montana. Credit: Tim Davies.
Clinging to a mountain in Montana. Credit: Loco Steve. Under CC BY-SA 2.0

Another small station passed through – Essex – featuring the Izaac Walton Inn.

Essex Station facing west. Credit: Adam Moss. Under CC BY-SA 2.0
Izaac Walton Inn. Credit: Loco Steve. Under CC BY 3.0.
Marias Pass monument. Credit: Kjmoss1. Under CC BY 3.0

The train next passes through the Marias Pass.

Eastbound Empire Builder at Marias Pass. Credit: Loco Steve. Under CC BY 2.0
Empire Builder, crossing Two Medicine Trestle, East Glacier. Credit: Steve Wilson. Under CC BY-SA 2.0
General view. Credit: Tim Davies.
General view. Credit: Tim Davies.

Next station en route: East Glacier Park.

East Glacier Park Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
East Glacier Park Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Train Station at Glacier. Credit: Matt Beldyk. Under CC BY-SA 2.0

Next station en-route is Browning.

Browning Station. Credit: Mitchazenia. Under CC BY-SA 4.0

We start to leave the Rockies behind, as well as passing our next stop, Cut Bank, while talking to some more fellow passengers.

Leaving the Rockies behind. Credit: Tim Davies.
Between the mountains and the plains. Credit: Tim Davies.
Final view of the Rockies. Credit: Tim Davies.
Out onto the plains. Credit: Tim Davies.
Farmstead, near Cut Bank. Credit: Tim Davies.
Cut Bank. Credit: Tim Davies
Cut Bank station. Credit: Mitchazenia. Under CC BY-SA 4.0

Then on from Cut Bank to Shelby, and on to the open prairies.  Canada is only 25 miles away as we leave the station.

Cut Bank to Shelby. Credit: Tim Davies.
The open prairie, East of Cut Bank. Credit: Tim Davies
Between Cut Bank and Shelby. Credit: Tim Davies.
Between Cut Bank and Shelby. Credit: Tim Davies.
Shelby Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Air break at Shelby station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The tracks at Shelby station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Looking west at Shelby Station. Credit: Tim Davies.

Tim returns for part three of the Portland to Chicago leg of his trip on the Empire Builder, emerging from amongst the grain silos outside Shelby in Episode 8, which follows soon.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

 

A Kick In The Family (World Radio Day 2018): Voices 002

In a special podcast for World Radio Day 2018, children’s storyteller Gilly Stewart discovers the part that football has played in her own family’s cultural heritage when she tells the story of making the difficult decision to track down her birth family in the 1980s, only to discover her paternal grandfather, Tom Perry (and two of his brothers) played for West Bromwich Albion in the 1890s.

“That’s him!” Gilly’s grand-father, West Bromwich Albion’s Tom Perry.

Gilly believes it might go some way to explain why she was so keen to join the boys’ football team at college for a kick-about, but with diversity less embraced on the pitch than it is today, deliberate fouling to keep her off the pitch, and her own concern to stay ‘injury-free’ for her other love, dancing, meant she had to give up the football.

Storyteller Gilly Stewart.

If Gilly had been born today, might she have been more likely to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and play at Wembley, but for West Bromwich Albion FC Women?

Gilly is a founding contributor at Sound Vault, and lives in Farnham, Surrey.  Her regular podcast is called Tale Waves.

This podcast is one of three special shows made for Sound Vault to mark World Radio Day 2018.  The theme this year is ‘Radio and Sports‘, and in particular, issues associated with diversity in sports coverage, coverage of traditional and grassroots games, and helping people reconnect with their cultural heritage.

Sound effects credits:

Whistle from SpliceSound, via Freesound (under CC0 1.0 Public Domain)

Crowd noises from paulw2k, via Freesound (under Creative Commons CC BY 3.0)

Others from www.freesfx.co.uk – with thanks.

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 014

Episode 14 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner is a Soulful Deep House special edition of Sound Vault’s soul/jazz/fusion specialist music show from Upper Hale’s finest.

Expect tracks from the likes of Mr. Fingers, Nuyorican Soul, Hi Fi Mike and Kenny Bobien, not to mention Ferry Ultra, Deep Sensation, and Jon Cutler.  Enjoy – we’re going deep!

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 12

Sound Vault’s specialist soul, jazz and fusion music show returns for its first show of 2018, expertly curated by Mark Sumner from Upper Hale.

Tracks from the likes of Grover Washington Jnr, Jimmy McGriff, Johnny Lyttle, and Walter Bishop Jnr.  Enjoy!

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 011

Episode 11 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – Sound Vault’s specialist soul, jazz and funk show.  This is the last edition of the show before 2018.

Look out for tracks from Hudson People, the Ivan Chandler Quartet, Miles Davis, Roy Ayers, Dexter Wansel and Ingram.

Over the festive period, Mark will be posting special playlists to provide the ideal party soundtrack for both your Christmas Eve, and your New Year’s Eve festivities – so keep your eyes, and ears peeled!

Sound effects credit:  www.freesfx.co.uk

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE 011

Episode 11 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story called ‘Snow Robin‘, as we all start to get ready for Christmas.

With thanks to Bowleys Fine Shoes, Farnham for use of their window display!

It is told by one of Father Christmas’ elves, Twinkle Toes – and as ever, is all the creation of Farnham storyteller, Gilly Stewart.

Music credit: “Joy To The World” (For 2 Trumpets and 2 Trombones), performed by Michel Rondeau; CC BY 3.0 via https://musopen.org/music/3828/lowell-mason/joy-to-the-world/

Music credit: “Deck the Halls” (brass arrangement), performed by Michel Rondeau; CC BY 3.0 via https://musopen.org/music/2667/michel-rondeau/deck-the-halls-brass-arr/

Sound effects credits: all other sound effects via www.freesfx.co.uk with thanks.

Christmas Carol Crawl: Voices 001

Episode 1 of ‘Sound Vault: Voices‘ captures the Councillors’ Charity Carol Crawl 2017 around the seven pubs of the civic parish of Yateley, in the NE corner of Hampshire, raising money for the Yateley Town Mayor’s Charity for 2017-18, community transport service YelaBus.

The podcast follows the Mayor (Tony Spencer), the Town Clerk (Jane Biscombe), members of the Yateley Choral Society, and town councillors who joined them en-route as they sung carols, and delivered recitations at each of the pubs.  To provide added interest, the podcast provides a brief snapshot of the history of each of the pubs.

The first stop was The Anchor, on Vigo Lane in Yateley, where “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In” and “Deck The Halls” were sung, and the Mayor read “Santa’s Sack”.

The second stop was The Ely, on the A30 London Road, where “The Holly and The Ivy” and “Away In A Manger” were sung, and the Mayor read “A Donkey’s Christmas”.

The third stop was The Bell, on Frogmore Green, where “Ding Dong Merrily On High” and “Silent Night, Holy Night” were sung, and the Mayor read “Little Lost Fairy”.

The fourth stop was The Cricketers, on Cricket Hill Green, where “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night” and “The First Noel” were sung, and the Mayor read “Sleepy Little Shepherd Boy”.

The fifth stop was the Royal Oak, on Reading Road, where “We Three Kings of Orient Are” and “Once In Royal David’s City” were sung, and the Mayor read “The Christmas Tree”.

The sixth and penultimate stop was the White Lion, at the junction of Reading Road and Village Way, where “Good King Wenceslas” and “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” were sung, and the Mayor read “Quality Street”.

The seventh and final stop was the Dog and Partridge on Church End Green, where “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree”, “Silent Night” and a special version of “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night” were sung, and the Mayor read “When Vicar Put on’t Live Nativity”.

On the night, £338 was raised for YelaBus, and if this podcast has helped provide some festive cheer, please consider donating to YelaBus, via Yateley Town Council’s offices, next to The Tythings on Yateley Green.

Fundraising for such community transport provision has become vital following Hampshire County Council’s recent vote to cut £140 million from it’s annual budget – which will effectively mean no further support for such schemes for the elderly and less able.

Special thanks to the Yateley Society Local History Wiki site, and the research of PJ Tipton, Richard Johnston, and Elizabeth Tipton of the Yateley Society for signposting the history of Yateley’s pubs.

Thanks too for additional background to Greg Bramwell on the history of the White Lion, in ‘Myths and Legends’ in the October 2016 edition of ‘Around Yateley’ magazine.

Sound effects credits: www.freesfx.co.uk