Episode 159 – Mark the Red Nosed Organist

This week’s show comes to you from St Albans Organ Museum, as Mark Laflin presents and plays programme of seasonal music on both the Wurlitzer and the unique Rutt. Marks programme is sure to please all with lively tune such as Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and slower ballads such as It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.

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Music played

Happy Days Are Here Again (W)

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (W)

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (W)

Winter Wonderland (R)

Sleigh Ride (W)

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (W)

Santa Claus Medley: I Saw Mommy Kissin Santa Claus/Santa Claus Is Commin To Town/A Root’n Toot’n Santa Claus (W)

The Christmas Waltz (R)

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (W)

Happy Days Are Here Again (R)

(W)= Wurlitzer, (R)= Rutt

All tacks played by Mark Laflin. Recorded by Damon on a Zoom H2N. A big thank you to Mark for letting us record! Also thanks to Ken Slow and Barry Earl and all those involved at St Albans for keeping the organ in tip top condition.

Episode 157 – A Burton for Nick

On this week’s show Nicholas Martin takes us dancing on the 3 manual 8 rank Wurlitzer which is installed in the Town Hall at Burton-On-Trent. This fine sounding Wurlitzer was put through its paces by Nick who is no stranger to playing for dancing. So take your partners for the Ballroom Waltz, Saunter Together, Ballroom Rhumba and many more!

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Ballroom Waltz: Tenderly/Eternally

Cha Cha Cha: Wheels

Saunter Together: You Belong To Me/Don’t Balme Me/All Of Me/Misty

Mambo Magic: Mambo Italiano/Frenesi/Enjoy Yourself

Ballroom Quickstep: The Best Things In Life Are Free/You Are My Lucky Star/Ma, He’s Making Eyes At Me/The Original Dixie Land One Step

Ballroom Rhumba: All I Ask Of You/I Dreamed A Dream

Last Waltz: The Last Waltz/Let The Rest Of The World Go By/Now Is The Hour

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

All tacks played by Nicholas Martin. Recorded by Damon on a Zoom H2N. A big thank you to Nick for letting us record! Also thanks to Michael Thompson and all those involved with the Burton Wurlitzer for keeping the organ in tip top condition.

Episode 155 – Portslade: The Final Curtain

On this weeks show we say farewell to the mighty Portslade Compton/Christie. John Mann has the honours of playing the last concert on the organ in its current home and although it was sad that the organ would not sing out again in the hall, a new home has been found up the road at Ditchling on a farm no less! David Houlgate and his team deserve a massive hand for installing and maintaining this organ which has been playing in the hall for the last 28 years!

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Music played

Happy Days Are Here Again

60’s Selection: Happy Heart/Save Your Kisses For Me/Downtown/There’s A Kind Of Hush/I Only Wanna Be With You

Ivor Novello Selection: Lorelei/We’ll Gather Lilacs/Keep The Home Fires Burning/Take Your Girl/Love Is My Reason/Leap Year Waltz/Some Day My Heart Will Awake/Rose Of England

In A Monastery Garden

Singing In The Rain Selection: You Are My Lucky Star/All I Do is Dream Of You/Should I?/Would You?/Good Morning/Temptation/Fascinating Rhythm/I Cant Give You Anything But Love/You Were Meant For Me/Singing In The Rain

Sussex By The Sea

All tacks played by John Mann. Recorded by Damon on a Zoom H2N. A big thank you to John for letting us record! Also thanks to David Houlgate for keeping the organ in tip top condition.

Episode 143 – Paul Kirner and his Mighty Christie

On this weeks show we features the latest theatre organ instillation in the UK – The mighty Christie organ in Paul Kirners Music Palace, Ynyshir, Rhonda. This famous Christie organ was originally installed in the Regal Edmonton and was really made famous by Sidney Torch. This show features tracks with Paul kindly recorded especially for the show and is not what was heard on the opening concerts.

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Signature Tune – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes*

Just Another Polka

Anytime

So Whats New?

You Brought A New kind Of Love To Me

Tijuana Taxi

Please

Out Of Nowhere

‘Far Away Lands’ Selection: The Sheik Of Araby/Caravan/Slow Boat To China/The Snake Charmer/Japanese Sandman/Limehouse Blues/Chinatown, My Chinatown*

Signature Tune – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes*

This weeks show was recorded and produced by Paul Kirner. Organ maintained by Ben Snowdown and Anthony Meads. *= Recorded at a live preview performance on Saturday 13th August.

Episode 140 – A Cotton Celebration with David Ivory

On this weeks show we venture to Suffolk and to the Cotton Mechanical Musical Museum. This 90 year old  2 manual Wurlitzer was originally installed in the Leicester Square Theatre, London So in celebration of this fact, we present to you Cotton’s resident organist David Ivory. Davids going to plays a ‘traditional’ programme which includes a selection of Gilbert & Sullivan tunes, the waltz- Village Children and many more!

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Happy Days Are Here Again

Sunshine And Shower Selection: Bring Me Sunshine/Singin’ In The Rain/Powder Your Face With Sunshine/Here’s That Rainy Day/Painting The Clouds With Sunshine

Village Children

Gilbert And Sullivan Selection: Behold The Lord High Executioner/The Flowers The Bloom In The Spring/A Wand’rin Minstrel/When I Was A Lad/The Tower Song/Sentry’s Song/The Policeman’s Chorus/With Cat Like Tread/The Merriest Fellows Are We/Take A Pair Of Sparkling Eyes/Right Royal Queen/The Cachucha

Joseph Locke Selection: Le Reve Passe/Hear My Song Violetta/Count Your Blessings/Goodbyee

Ivory Rag

All tracks played by David Ivory on the 2/11 Wurlitzer in Cotton Mechanical Musical Museum. Recorded by Damon Cox on a Zoom H2n. Thanks to Jonathan Ling and David Ivory for making us welcome Organ tuned and maintained by Bob Ince and David Ivory. Photo : Wayne Ivany

Episode 137 – Peter Plays Pipes

On this weeks show you ca enjoy edited Highlights from Peter Jebsons recent concert at the Victoria Hall Saltaire. It was Peters first time playing the organ in its current home, however he has fond memories of playing it when it was installed in the Trinity Arts Centre, Pudsey. Some of the highlights from the concert incude the New Recruit March, CS Lang’s Tuba Tune, a typical memories of song selection and many more!

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Happy Days Are Here Agian

Marches: The New Recruit/Knightsbridge

Roses Of Picardy/Keep The Home Fires Burning

Russian Rag

Tuba Tune

Memories Of Song Selection: Amapola/I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover/If I Had A Talking Picture Of You/Pick Yourself Up/Sing Everybody Sing/Blue Skies Are Round The Corner/Count Your Blessings & Smile/Leaning On A Lamppost

Signature Tune: Theatreland

All tracks played by Peter Jebson on the 3/12 Wurlitzer in The Victoria Hall Saltaire. Recorded by Damon Cox on a Zoom H2n. Organ tuned and maintained David Lowe and members of the COS northern district. Thanks to Richard Stephenson for giving permission for this to be broadcast.

Episode 127 – Delights from the Dome

On this weeks show Damon throws a spotlight on the mighty Dual Purpose Hill, Norman and Beard concert organ in the Dome, Brighton. The original 1936 installation is one of the most unique sounding organs in the country and was really made popular by Douglas Reeve. On the show we feature highlights from John Mann’s recent spring concert there and tracks from Douglas Reeve and Michael Maine.

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Douglas Reeve – Pack Up Your Troubles – Musiqua 2015

Douglas Reeve – Music Of Richard Rodgers: Lover/Mountain Greenery/The Sound Of Music/June Is Bustin’ Out All Over/Oaklahoma – Grosvenor 1998

Michael Maine – Laura – Regent Recordings 1989

John Mann – March Militaire

John Mann – The Swan

John Mann & Jonathan Adams – Flirtation Waltz

John Mann – Sunshine Medley: Powder Your Face With Sunshine/Keep Your Sunny Side Up/You Are My Sunshine/Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/The Sun Has Got His Hat On/The Sunsihe Of Your Smile/On The Sunny Side Of The Street/Painting The Clouds/We’ll All Go Riding On A Rainbow

John Mann – Sussex By The Sea

All John Mann tracks Recorded by Damon Cox on a Zoom H2n. Organ currently tuned and maintained David Houlgate.

Episode 126 – Phil Kelsall at the Troxy

On this weeks show we bring you edited highlights from Phil Kelsall’s recent concert at the newly installed Wurlitzer in the Troxy. Phil’s Concert was the first solo concert on the Wurlitzer –  this will be the first of many. On this show Phil plays a section of Irving Berlin tunes, novelty items such as the Doll Dance, medley of big band hits from the 30’s and 40’s and many more!

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I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Sway/Tico Tico

Irving Berlin Selection: Reaching For The Moon/How Deep Is The Ocean/Blue Skies/What’ll I Do?/Count Your Blessings

The Doll Dance/Just For A While/Punch And Judy Polka

Big Band Selection: Cherokee/Opus One/Take The ‘A’ Train/Chattangooga Choo Choo/It Don’t Mean A Thing/Honeysuckle Rose

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

All tracks played by Phil Kelsall on the 4/25 Wurlitzer in The Troxy, Stepney, London. Recorded by Damon Cox on a Zoom H2n. Organ tuned and maintained Robert Rowley and members of the COS southern district. Thanks to Nigel Laflin for giving permission for this to be broadcast.

Episode 124 – Mark’s Musical Melodies

On this weeks show Mark Laflin presents his own programme of music from the 3 manual 7 rank Compton in St. John Vianney Church, Clayhall. Marks’s programme includes the march Repasz Band, A tribute to Glenn Miller, Voices Of Spring and many more!

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Music played

Happy Days Are Here Again

Repasz Band March

Glenn Miller Medley: In The Mood/Moonlight Serenade/At Last/Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree/Ast Last (Reprise)

The Water Is Wide

Voices Of Spring

Spring, Spring, Spring

All tracks played by Mark Laflin on the 3/7 Compton inSt. John Vianney Church, Clayhall. Recorded by Damon Cox on a Zoom H2n. Organ tuned and maintained Robert Rowley and members of the COS southern district. Melotone lovingly cared for by John Leeming

Episode 123 – Kirner’s Kaleidoscope Of Compton

On this weeks show Paul Kirner presents his own programme of music from his home- Compton Lodge, Sapcote. Paul’s programme includes All I Ever Need Is Love, Stranger On The Shore, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and many more!

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Happy Days Are Here Again

I Wish I Knew What It Would Feel To Be Free

Stranger On The Shore

All I Ever Need Is Love

Besame Mucho

The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

I Write The Songs

Sing!

After You’ve Gone

Jealousy

You Made Me Love You

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

All tracks played by Paul Kirner on the 4/20 Compton/Wurlitzer in Compton Lodge, Sapcote. Recorded by Damon Cox on a Zoom H2n. Organ tuned and maintained by Ben Snowdon.