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
After a long-running show on local radio, Musique pour Armageddon, DJ Sampo compered a monthly hour-long show for swinging eclectics, built around themes to accommodate a love of ethnic music in all its different guises. Alas, www.expatsradio.com is no more and his back catalogue is no longer accessible. He changed his name by deed-poll to Prezident Markon, but is currently a DJ without portfolio, awaiting a new show here in SW France. For the moment, he contents himself with the occasional local gig.
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 and soundsandcolours.com. I have also written some 'Beginners' Guides' for Songlines. Here are a couple:
I'll say no more at this stage of the proceedings, save to say that plans are afoot...