Ever since the advent of the Beatles, music has been my 'soul food to go'. Please Please Me was the first long player I owned. I think it cost 28s 10d. The Stones' 'Not Fade Away', in its orange-striped Decca sleeve, helped to salve the disappointment of learning that The Gramophone Shop, Belfast had sold out of Millie Small's 'My Boy Lollipop'.
Lost & Found
My monthly hour-long show for swinging eclectics was built around themes to accommodate my love of ethnic music in all its different guises. Alas, www.expatsradio.com is no more and my back catalogue is no longer accessible. DJ Sampo or Prezident Markon (my French alter ego) has a new local show lined up in SW France. More news when this goes live.
Much of my radio raw material came from tireless trawls through sale bins and charity/pawn shop racks. Some came from the CDs I review periodically for Songlines magazine. I have also written some 'Beginners' Guides' for that estimable organ. Here are a couple:
I'll say no more at this stage of the proceedings, save to say that plans are afoot...