I was brought up on the banks of the River Mersey. Opposite Liverpool in a place called the Wirral. A peninsular between Liverpool and North Wales in the UK. I worked in Theatre and Opera before moving into Film and Television.
Charley Boorman "Long Way Up!"
When Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman set out on a long range motorbike trip through South and Central America late last year, they couldn’t have known what they’d create: content that could, potentially, uplift and soothe an audience going stir-crazy from a pandemic lockdown and various political crises. For McGregor and Boorman, it was just another adventure—their third, in fact, to be filmed for TV audiences.
Wavy Gravy in 2020!
Wavy Gravy is not your ordinary clown.He certainly has had a long run since his earlier days as a poet and stand-up comic, improvisational theater artist, psychedelic bus caravan luminary, and rock concert MC, and often jokes: “if you don’t have a sense of humor, it just isn’t funny any more.” Yet his reach extends far beyond the comic. He is devoted to “do something good for a change,” and his creative activism on behalf of peace, justice, and good humor is legendary. Along with Jahanara, his wife of over fifty years, he has brought joy and helped to relieve suffering for countless people around the globe, largely through his favorite projects, the Seva Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow. Wavy has been called “clown prince of the counter-culture” by Entertainment Weekly, “a saint in a clown suit” by Bob Weir, and “the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Teresa” by Paul Krassner. Now in his 80s, this iconic figure from the 60s refers to himself as a “temple of accumulated error,” yet he’s always ready with a twinkling insight, a fantastic story and a helping hand. About those stories, Ram Dass said, “everything Wavy says is true, although it’s all unbelievable.”
Matthieu Ricard was born in France, his father was the late Jean-François Revel, a French philosopher. His mother a painter and Tibetan Buddhist nun Yahne Le Toumelin. Matthieu grew up among French intellectual circles.
ZIGGY MARLEY is a man on a mission, and for one so softly spoken, his words are strong. ‘I encourage humanity to rise up and do something about the problems of our planet,’ he says. ‘We are out of balance. Our environment is being destroyed and the people in charge don’t care. They’d sacrifice everything to economics. It’s down to music to spread the word.’
Tawai is a word the nomadic hunter gatherers of Borneo use to describe the connection they feel to their forest home. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, Bruce Parry (of the BBC's Tribe, Amazon & Arctic) embarks on an immersive odyssey to explore the different ways that humans relate to nature and how this influences the way we create our societies. From the forests of the Amazon and Borneo to the River Ganges and Isle of Skye, Tawai is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself.
Six-time Grammy Award-nominated sitarist, composer and producer Anoushka Shankar released her debut EP, Love Letters. Love Letters reveals a new direction for Anoushka, a shift in style and subject, and comes at a pivotal time in her career as she signs to her new record label Mercury KX. Anoushka Shankar has been described by The Guardian as a “virtuoso sitar player”, she pushes the boundaries of how the instrument is heard and perceived and “uses it as a vehicle for creativity” (The Times)
Meeting Sam Smith
I caught up with Sam Smith and his team following him winning 4 Mobo awards. There was no studio available at the BBC. We walked across the road and used the crypt in the church opposite to record the audio interview on the link below.
I was first introduced to Sat Avtar’s music through Spirit Voyage records. Along with her social media and crowd funding campaigns.