We’re enjoying a well-earned break at the moment but will be back with new tales soon. In the meantime, check out past tales in the episode section.


Dec. 9, 2022

128: The other one with Slade's Dave Hill

Dave Hill is a national treasure. Half a century after Slade’s first hit, surviving a stroke, depression and the departure of his former band mates, Dave is still going strong and entertaining Slade fans with live performances of the band’s …

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Oct. 11, 2022

127: The other one with Status Quo’s John Coghlan

Before becoming one of the biggest names in rock history, Status Quo honed their craft as a holiday camp act at Butlins in Minehead. Sixty years later, the same venue was the chosen to host the last performance of John …

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Aug. 1, 2022

126: The one with Buzzcocks' Steve Diggle

Founding member of Buzzcocks, one of punk’s most seminal bands of all time that managed to fuse rapid-fire rebellious energy with pop craftsmanship, Steve Diggle is nothing short of a punk hero. With a plethora of hits under his belt …

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July 11, 2022

125: The one with Owen Paul

Owen Paul is everyone’s favourite waste of time. Singer, producer and co-writer of the 1986 pop hit My Favourite Waste of Time, Owen was the overnight sensation who spent years honing his craft and who went on to forge a …

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June 6, 2022

124: The one with Dr Feelgood's Wilko Johnson

This tale is about a legendary guitar hero who has officially cheated death. To successive generations of guitar aficionados, Wilko Johnson is a cult figure in the rock world. He’s been a Blockhead and a founding member of Canvey Island’s …

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May 18, 2022

123: The one with Carl Palmer

Carl Palmer is a drummer’s drummer. His dazzling speed and mastery of the drums has secured him multiple awards and well as a respected place in history as one of rock and roll’s greatest drummers. A consummate professional, a brilliant …

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May 10, 2022

122: Cat o’ Nine Tales: Fairground Attraction’s Eddi Reader

Tale 9… Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader has three BRIT Awards to her name, fronted punk outfit Gang of Four, harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, and topped the UK charts with Fairground Attraction. But when I caught up …

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May 10, 2022

121: Cat o’ Nine Tales: Malinky’s Karine Polwart

Tale 8… Karine Polwart’s edgy and evocative writing and vocal poise have been steadily winning her respect and affection in the UK and internationally over the past six years as a member of traditional groups Malinky and Battlefield Band. But …

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May 9, 2022

120: Cat o’ Nine Tales: The Proclaimers

Tale 7… It was 30 years since The Proclaimers made their legendary TV debut on The Tube, performing the now classic song Letter From America. Back then, the charts were dominated by the likes of Rick Astley and Sinita and …

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May 7, 2022

119: Cat o’ Nine Tales: The Animal’s Mick Gallagher

Tale 6… There are few keyboard players as accomplished as Mick Gallagher. He’s contributed to albums by iconic punk-rockers The Clash, played with Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Robbie Williams, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox, and been a right Animal! But …

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May 1, 2022

118: Cat o' Nine Tales: Laura Cantrell

Tale 5… Laura Cantrell’s country vibe struck a chord with the Cambridge Folk Festival crowd with her soft, melodious tones wooing the audience. Her 2000 debut album, Not the Tremblin' Kind brought the Nashville-born and New York City-based performer considerable …

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April 28, 2022

117: Cat o' Nine Tales: Aztec Camera’s Roddy Frame

Tale 4… Roddy Frame is an absolute delight. It’s rare for a performer armed only with an acoustic guitar to create a sound which could be mistaken for ten men and his charismatic stage-presence completely captivates any audience. This style …

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April 24, 2022

116: Cat o' Nine Tales: Phill Jupitus with The Blockheads

Tale 3… Phill Jupitus may be best known as a stand-up comedian and for his time presenting Never Mind The Buzzcocks than singing but I caught up with him just as he was about to go onstage to front a …

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April 21, 2022

115: Cat o' Nine Tales: Nils Lofgren

Tale 2… There’s so much more to Nils Lofgren than just being part of Bruce Sprinsteen’s E-Street Band. He’s played with Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Patti Scialfa, and Grin as well as being inducted …

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April 16, 2022

114: Cat o' Nine Tales: Fairport Convention's Vikki Clayton

Tale 1… There’s more to ex-Fairport Convention Vikki Clayton than excellent song writing, a haunting singing voice and musical talent. Beneath the quiet exterior lurks a passion for cats, a fetish for shoes and an empathy for mankind. This tale …

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March 8, 2022

113: The one with Wishbone Ash's Andy Powell

Wishbone Ash are the musicians’ musicians and original and founding member Andy Powell is happy with that. With over 50 years and more albums than Andy can recall under its belt, Wishbone Ash is still going strong despite seeing more …

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Feb. 25, 2022

112: The one with Blue Öyster Cult's Albert Bouchard

Albert Bouchard has been in the rock game for a long time. A lover and appreciator of all things music, Albert was one of the founding members of the legendary rock group, Blue Öyster Cult, which sold over twenty million …

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Feb. 18, 2022

111: The one with Genesis' Steve Hackett

British guitarist Steve Hackett has thrilled audiences for decades with his epic electric guitar work, first as a member of the Peter Gabriel-fronted version of Genesis and since then as a prolific solo artist. The influence Steve has had on …

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Feb. 11, 2022

110: The one with Neville Staple From The Specials

Original rude boy, 2-tone pioneer, and former frontman for The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat, Neville Staple has been at the forefront of the ska movement for over 40 years. Not only is his 2-Tone legacy huge, but …

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Feb. 1, 2022

109: The one with Steve Harley

Steve Harley has spent over 50 years making us smile. The rebel with a cause really has done it all; achieving number one chart success, selling millions of records worldwide and writing music that will live on forever. One of …

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Jan. 28, 2022

108: The one with Tight Fit’s Steve Grant and Denise Waterman

Anyone living in 1982 couldn’t possible avoid signing, no dancing (well in my case anyway), to the iconic tune The Lion Sleeps Tonight by pop sensation Tight Fit. O-whim, o-whay! Lol Famed for their skimpy jungle outfits, the single reached …

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Jan. 24, 2022

107: The one with Rick Wakeman

The words ‘legend’, ‘superstar’ and ‘world-renowned’ are over-used these days but when referring to Rick Wakeman, they are more than appropriate. A classically trained keyboardist, Rick reached international stardom with the influential band that pioneered progressive rock: Yes. However, his …

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Dec. 8, 2021

106: The one with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band's Zal Cleminson

Back in the 70s there was no other gang quite like the aptly named Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB). With a unique combination of blurred music genres, eye-catching theatrics, and progressive rock rifts, SAHB bedazzled viewers of Top Of The …

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Nov. 22, 2021

105: The one with Rozalla

Dance anthem Everybody’s Free is the defining song of the 90s peaking at No.6 in the UK, selling more than 6 million copies, and catapulting Rozalla to international stardom. Hit after hit and a tour with Michael Jackson followed for …

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