Crowdfunding an E.P. as part of a future musical

I am crowdfunding an E.P.

Yeah, I am aware I haven’t been on here much for ages; but I have not been idle.

Still supporting unsigned artists, doing a regular Thursday evening show dedicated to playing unsigned artists as much as I can.

Now, I am planning to produce an E.P. of four songs from two unsigned bands, Bison, and Tankus the Henge.

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Olli On The Radio 12th Oct 2014

The Voice every Sunday from 3:00 – 6:00 pm

It’s Olli On The Radio – with the unsigned show – on the Voice – local radio for North Devon

Listen in North Devon
  • On 106.2 and 107.8 fm 
  • Or on D.A.B. 
Listen worldwide

Featuring the best unsigned and under the radar bands from North Devon and beyond. As well as classic tracks and current chart music.

New to the show music from “The Undercover Hippy”, “Steve Waters”, “Chris Good” and “Tankus The Henge” 

And music also from local artists, “Scott Xander Linn & the Broken Bottles”, “Breaks Collective”, “Skatatones”, “Rushwood”, and “Falling Apart”

Across the pond this week features a band called  SIMO from Nashville Tennessee 

Gone But Not Forgotten, Forgotten But Not Gone, features Lynsey De Paul – You can still influence my decision as to which of her songs to play although I am leaning towards “Ooh I Do” because I’m guessing you’ve heard “No Honestly” and “Rock Bottom” enough just lately –
Forgotten But Not Gone is a new single from Katrina Leskanitch of Katrina and the Waves fame. #GBNFFBNG

Getting in touch

If you want to get in touch with me there’s a bunch of ways to do it.

  • Phone 01271 323 010
  • Text “VOICE” plus your message to 66010
  • Email
  • Twitter @thevoicefm 
  • Carrier pigeons should be directed to the back of the co-op 21 High Street Barnstaple

Weather for North Devon


Areas of mist and fog will slowly clear to give some sunny spells in the morning. It will become rather cloudy and windier in the afternoon, however, and outbreaks of locally heavy rain will push into southernmost counties later. Maximum Temperature 16C.


Spells of sometimes heavy rain will spread northwards across the region overnight. It will also be windy for many, with a risk of gales across exposed England Channel coasts. Minimum Temperature 8C.


It will be a cloudy, breezy and damp day with further spells of rain, which could be heavy in places. As a result it will feel quite chilly. Maximum Temperature 14C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Tuesday, fog patches clearing, then sunny spells and isolated showers. Band of stronger winds and locally heavy rain moving northeastwards later on Wednesday, clearing to sunshine and showers on Thursday.

Issued at: 0500 on Sun 12 Oct 2014

Undercover Hippy

Introduced to me by a music promoter called Richie of the Mojo Hobo agency who also handle several local artists including Small Town Jones, and Tuesday Syndicate. Undercover Hippy kicked off as a solo artist but has gradually assembled a band along the way. His stuff is very fresh with catchy riffs and great lyrics with a great sense of humour.

Last Chance To Dance” is the track I’m playing and it really should get your feet moving

 Steve Waters

I had a clandestine meeting with my friend Ginny, well, if you can call coffee in the Manor House Cafe, Ilfracombe clandestine.
She wanted to give me a CD. We chatted about Littermouth because Ginny does PR for the Bude rockers, and we also talked about Dave Sharp who Ginny knows quite well. It was via Dave that she met Steve Waters and they are planning a collaboration between the three of them.

Meanwhile, I’m playing “Father’s Song” from Steve’s album “Learning As We Go”

 Tankus the Henge

First of two tracks from the band that describe their sound as apocalyptic carnival rock and roll. “Recurring Dream” there’s a superb video for this on YouTube. Tankus  play in Ilfracombe 23rd October and Barnstaple 24th October do get along to one or both of those.

Scott Xander Linn & the Broken Bottles

Much loved local band,   Liz  always requests them when I ask for requests and I know a lot of you like them but don’t say anything so….

The Breaks Collective

A friend of mine by the name of Andrew, spotted me in a shop the other day and asked if I was the chap on the radio who played a song by a local band last Sunday.
I had to admit is was probably me. He then went on to say he couldn’t remember the name of the band but he really liked it. All he could recall was that I’d said the guitarist Harvey had just started a course in music in Bristol.

Obviously it could only be The Breaks Collective so this is that track “Fun In Mind” for Andy, who has also since found the band online. THIS is what I do this for.

Gone But Not Forgotten, Forgotten But Not Gone

This week it’s a self selection, I’d love to get your requests for this though. Twitter @OlliOnTheRadio #GBNFFBNG

Lynsey De Paul died on the 1st October this year aged 64 (OR 66 depending on whether you believe the BBC or the General Registry Office)
She had a string of hits in her own right including “Sugar Me”, “Ooh I Do”, and “No Honestly”, as well as the Eurovision song “Rock Bottom” with Mike Moran.
She also wrote and co wrote a number of hits and worked as an atress and presenter.

Katrina Leskanitch was the lead singer of Katrina and the Waves. Obviously they are most famous for “Walking On Sunshine” and the Eurovision winner “Love Shine A Light”
The band broke up shortly after  that amid a lot of legal wranglings but Katrina Leskanitch who was a huge teenage crush of mine still looks and sounds  amazing and has released a brand newalbum “Blisland” from which I am playing the title track.

 Across the pond this week features SIMO from Nashville Tennessee They have a sound reminiscent of late sixties early seventies psychedelic rock and have been compared to Hendrix and Cream, as well as taking influences from the more recent garage rock scene of bands like Jet and The Strokes.

SIMO is  J.D. Simo – Guitar; Frank Swart – bass; and Adam Abrashoff – drums.

I’m playing Shake It, which is track 2 from their eponymous debut.

Skaad For Life #Skaad4life

It’s a no brainer this week and next. Skata Tones are supporting Tankus the Henge at the Golden Lion Tap, in Barnstaple and as North Devon’s best loved Ska/Reggae band they are a shoe in for this slot.

“Cash 22” (it’s all about the money)

Chris Good is from Plymouth and I heard of him because he posted a comment on here. 

Love the blog, what a great find.

While I get stuck into digging around, perhaps you’d be happy to take a peek at my debut album, launched on Radio Devon and BBC Introducing, Devon on 1st Feb. Links to Spotify are on my site.

Thank ye!

Chris Good

I haven’t even looked at this blog for ages, so when I did I followed up all the genuine comments and downloaded tracks where possible.

“Would You Sail With Me” is from his e.p. “To The Sun” and can be downloaded free via his website


Angela Elswood – vocals Alex Rushton – guitar  and Aiden Gotch – drums
I’m still salivating at the prospect of new material from this outfit from Bude but for now I must content myself with “She Came From The Blue” which is available from Bandcamp

Falling Apart

Punk rock covers band Falling Apart have been very busy gigging with support from a brand new all girl band called The Distraction. Four 17 yr olds who have still got a lot to learn but I believe they will be giving me a single to play before the year is out.

Meanwhile let’s have “I Wanna Go” from the fully matured Falling Apart.
Greg Schofield – Guitar;  Andrew Argyle – Drums;  Dan Emery – Bass; and Noel Grummitt bringing the band in on keyboards.

Tankus The Henge

Two Tankus songs in one show, I know it’s cheeky but my excuse is that I am really excited to have secured their services for a gig in Ilfracombe as well as their gig in Barnstaple. I’m still going to go to both gigs anyway but for those who rely on public transport it is now much easier to get along to one or other. Musically this band are great but they also put on a fantastic carnival of a show that really shouldn’t be missed.



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Jaz Delorean (solo)

Jaz Delorean – the album

Jaz Delorean prior to a Tankus the Henge gig at The Beaver, Appledore

The lead singer and pianist of Tankus The Henge, a prodigious talent, who can also be seen playing trombone and accordion in the band’s live sets, dressed in a battered hat and a variety of suits usually in eye searing shades of orange or red, also has a solo career.

He is no less flamboyant and theatrical, in his renditions of the songs on this 7 track eponymous album, despite the reduced instrumentation.

This is a bit like Tankus the Henge stripped to the bones just Jaz’s tinkling, clamouring, beautiful yet raucous piano, coupled with his rich gravelly vocals and some thoughtful and humourous lyrics.

All I do is talk about the weather,
whether I’m right,
whether I’m wrong …

The track listing is as follows

  1.  Weather 02:57
  2.  Pragmatophobia And Other Delusions 04:51
  3.  Shoeshine 03:17
  4.  Temporary 04:00
  5.  Indigestion 03:19
  6.  Wayward 03:09
  7.  Rondo 06:24

Rondo is an instrumental and I could imagine as I listened a flickering black and white film, the theatrical sighs of a silent actress, the cunning mute laugh of a be-cloaked villain, the storyboards explaining the tale of woe.

Wayward tells the tragic tales of various circus type characters, a prevailing theme with Tankus the Henge.

A fair few of the songs have quite deep

Here’s the album on Bandcamp so you can check it out and buy it if you like it.

By far my preferred way to buy unsigned music is from Bandcamp.  They pay the artist more than the likes of Amazon or iTunes and the download interface is WAY better than Soundcloud or similar.

I’m looking forward to Tankus the Henge performing their gigs in Ilfracombe and Barnstaple in a couple of weeks time. I should get a chance to meet the band properly as I have arranged their accommodation. Maybe some kind of interview could happen?

Jaz has his own blog on Tumblr it’s a good read.

Twitter here


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… sod that; read this.

RIGHT, I was writing my first post in ages when…….

It wasn’t going well. I’m sharing this computer with an eight year old girl who watches Barbie videos on YouTube. Not professional videos but videos of grown up women playing with Barbies. How sad is that?

So I watched the news, and Points South West, and then East-Enders came on and I decided to go out and see a band at The Chill Bar. Headlining was Falling Apart who, by the way were the best I have seen them and that is saying something.

Supporting was a very new band, The Distraction, playing their fifth gig. All aged 17, and all girls.  Now, I had seen video of one of their early live performances at a local open mic. They obviously had potential but needed some refinement and experience. There was also a recording that they had done at the Ariel Studios. The recording was tidy but not quite broadcast quality. A decent demo. All in all I was hoping to see potential.

I was not disappointed, the song they recorded is their own composition. It is a  great little song with a catchy stop start riff, quite vocal driven, would be right up xFM’s street. The rest of their songs so far are covers. White Stripes, Blur, Jet, Joan Jett, etc. The Lady Gaga (or whatever) didn’t work for me. Anyway, generally good stuff, with a few raw edges, to be expected from four 17 yr olds who are still doing A levels.  The Donnas were pretty raw in their early recordings.

Then I found my mind pondering the Multiverse.
Countless parallel universes each differing only by a single decision made by one individual.
In each universe there is one small difference; one decision that one person made that changed the course of history. Just like Arnold Rimmer in Red Dwarf, who exists in the form of “Ace” a gung ho space jock who  test pilots a universe-hopping spacecraft and meets infinite versions of himself; including Arnold Judas Rimmer, the dead guy with the goalpost forehead, full of insecurities, blaming everyone but himself for his woes.

I could visualise a future in which these four young ladies carried on playing gigs around North Devon for six months and then ended up gradually losing faith in the music business and getting “proper jobs” or having kids and settling down.
And I could also see them playing sold out gigs in big venues, getting heavy rotation on xFM radio, and on the front cover of Kerrang magazine.

There is even a universe where they get signed by Simon Cowell and produce a pop version of  “My Sharona” but I really don’t want to think about that. 

This isn’t meant to be a long post so I will stop shortly. I’ve had a few beers at the gig, so I want to press “publish” before I go to bed and wake up regretting my actions.

The band needs to do the following things, almost all at once and not absolutely in this order. Hence bullet points not numbers.

  • Singer get professional vocal coaching
  • Guitarist practice for several hours every day
  • Record their first original song to a proper broadcast standard, which may take a day in the studio
  • Spend some money on clothes to create a LOOK that fits with their style of music AND appeals to the target audience.
  • Sort out a manager, and a simple legal agreement about writing credits, performance credits and all that stuff that music legals do.
  • Get a proper band website, and make sure social media is all set up properly.
  • Get a Bandcamp site to sell their msuic
  • Get an ISRC for their music, register with PRS, get airplay for their new single (the last part is easy)
  • Start looking for gigs across the country and beyond

There are probably other things but as I said, I’ve had a drink.

Money may well be a challenge.


I will pledge.

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Watch this space

Oh dear me it’s been WAAAY too long since I posted.
I might be getting some more free time, ominous work meeting about my crappy day job. Money’s not much but have been getting out of debt,  and the boss is nice but patronising. Really not ready to walk away from it but maybe the decision is not mine to take.

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Sorry for the lack of posts

To anyone who has been following this blog and especially to the bands that have taken the trouble to comment or message me.

I must apologise, I have been too wrapped up in work and paying off debts to give this site any attention.

This state of affairs may well continuefor some time to come.

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Olli’s Radio Show 13-04-14

Olli on the radio
The Voice N Devon

Local radio for North Devon, on digital, online and on 106.1 and 107.8 fm across North Devon

Thank you to Anna Takken for an excellent show as always.

It’s all about the girls today, I decided to pick out 11 superb pieces of music featuring girls.  I could fill a dozen shows with female vocals from unsigned artists so I apologise if your favourite is not here.

  • I’ve got Lenny Savage from Bristol.
  • Kiera Osment from North Devon
  • Spyplane from Kent
  • Holly Morwenna from the deep dark woods on the other side of Devon.
  • Galley Beggar from London
  • Auction for the Promise Club from a country called Cornwall.
  • Daylight Saving from Kent.
  • Sound Of The Sirens from Exeter.
  • The Reasoning from Cardiff
  • Jax from North Devon
  •  Scarlet’s Wake from Nottingham


Issued at: 0400 on Sun 13 Apr 2014


Sunny, less than 5% chance of rain, Maximum Temperature 15 °C.


Staying dry overnight not much cloud so temperatures could drop low enough for a little frost. Still less than 5% chance of rain. Minimum Temperature 3 °C.


After a chilly start, it will be a fine day with spells of strong sunshine. With winds becoming even lighter, it will feel pleasantly warm in the sun. Maximum Temperature 16 °C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Largely fine and sunny. Chilly at night but becoming increasingly warm by day. Probably turning somewhat cloudier through Thursday but it should remain mainly dry.

Unsigned bands

Lenny Savage – Bristol

She’s only done the one album that I’m aware of but she still gigs regularly mostly around the Bristol and Avon area.
Quantrelle has 11 eclectic tracks with a retro feel, broadly similar to Caro Emerald. Track 4 “Satellites

Kiera Osment – North Devon

Of course, immensely talented teenagers are two a penny round these parts, but then again Devon just has more than it’s fair share of talent.

 Spyplane – Kent

Sherrie Tappenden has a voice that just gets me right. It’s not perfect in the way of a polished popstar but I know that she will take that as the compliment it is intended to be. J’Adore is a live recording and the band took delight in switching to reggae just for long enough to make her giggle at the end.

Holly Morwenna – Devon

She’s from the other side of Devon but we won’t hold that against her. She’s a big hit on BBC introducing which is where I first heard her. I am going to play “Open Up The Sky” for you.

Galley Beggar – London

They sound like they should be from Glastonbury or something with their modern take on folk. Outlandish Knight is a traditional folk song with many versions including Steeleye Span’s version titled Lady Isabell and the Elf Knight. This one finishes with a great bit that should get your feet moving.

Auction For The Promise Club


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Olli’s Radio Show 06-04-14

Olli On The Radio
The Voice N Devon

local radio for North Devon – Online – On Digital, and on 106.1 and 107.8 across North Devon.

Thank you to Anna Takken for an excellent show as always.

This week I am double tracking various artists and running a competition with a prize.

Also got some great news for you about the North Devon Gigathon which I was promoting last week.

But let’s get the weather out the way before we go any further.

Weather for North Devon

Issued at: 4.00 am today

The rest of today

Cloudy across the region with an 80% chance of rain.
It’s going to be heavy at times, particularly over higher ground, although possibly becoming patchy later.
It will be windy, especially around the coasts and hills.
Maximum Temperature 15 °C.


Patchy rain, low cloud and hill fog will persist throughout the night.
The rain is likely to become more widespread and heavier towards dawn.
80% chance of getting rained on throughout the night.
Remaining mild and windy.
Minimum Temperature 9 °C.


Southerly winds move round to the south west, but rain continues although moving northeast bringing the chance of some dry spells tomorrow afternoon. Around 20 – 40% chance of rain.
Some sunny spells following, but sharp showers possible.
Maximum Temperature 13 °C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday

Generally fine, dry with variable cloud, some sunny spells and light winds for Tuesday and Wednesday. A weakening band of patchy rain (generally less than 5% chance) gradually moves south over the region late Thursday.


Saints Of Sin came and rocked the Chill Bar last night with some of the best original rock songs ever. I’m playing two tracks from them today “Living Young” which is their single and “Animal” which is track 2. from their album “Seven Deadly Sins” which is released officially today.

You can find out more about the band by visiting their website which is 

I’ve got a Saints Of Sin T-Shirt and a copy of “Seven Deadly Sins” to give away to somebody, but you will need to listen because I’m going to ask three questions that a child of six would know the answers to, but if you don’t know the questions then you’ve got no chance.  To make it even easier for those who can’t go online to check, I will blatantly give out the answers during the course of the show so there’s no excuse.

1st Question

Unsigned Bands

I’s not all about Saints Of Sin this week. Last week I was talking about the north Devon Gigathon and I neglected some of my other favourites because of that.

Boardwalk Isabella

Such a great band with a fantastic following. I’m going to single out Natasha Romanova among the host of re-tweeters if only because she has such a lovely sounding name.

Boardwalk Isabella’s New Single “The World Is A Mirror” is the follow up to their debut “Resurrection Man” I’ll be playing both today so here’s the first.

Jared Richter Band

I decided to play I-Dream early in the week, and then I got a message from Jared telling me that their new single would be ready in time for me to play it today and offering me the chance for a worldwide exclusive.

How could I refuse. So I-Dream coming up now, and the new single “Don’t You Run From Love” a bit later on in the show.

Saints Of Sin

2nd Question 

First off is their debut single “Living Young”

Later on I’ll be playing “Animal” which is not the Def Leppard song

3rd Question

Troy Faid

Troy is from Leeds but he is in Devon in May. The band are right down in Penzance on Thursday 15th May then playing for the first time in Barnstaple at Lillico’s on Friday 16th May and a second gig at the Dartmouth Music festival on Saturday.

Troy’s second album is Solus and I plan to play the title track and one called “A Rant And A Widdle”
Although if I get the go ahead in time I might play a track from the new album that hasn’t been released yet.

Sound of The Sirens

Two lovely young ladies who both sing and play guitar. Lots of harmonies and beautiful melodies. They are coming to Ilfracombe on Friday 25th April playing a gig at The Boathouse. I will definitely be there right at the front.

Their new album is called “Long Way Down” and I am going to play the first and last tracks from that. “The Night Before” and “Faith in Fire”


It is three weeks since I last played Bison which is way too long.







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Olli’s Radio Show 30-03-14

Olli On The Radio
The Voice FM

local radio for North Devon – Online – On Digital, and on 106.1 and 107.8 across North Devon.

Thank you to Anna Takken for an excellent show as always.

Coming up, as well as some great music old and new, this week’s show is centred around the North Devon Gigathon, a 12 hour live music marathon taking place on 26th April.

Early Bird tickets have been extended until 31st March which is tomorrow so you can still get tickets for just £20 for a 12 hour non stop show featuring 24 superb local bands. 



A warm day with plenty of hazy sunshine, south westerly winds around 10 – 20 mph  and the chance of rain less than 5%. Maximum Temperature 18 °C.


A clear night at first, but clouding over during the early hours. Turning misty with low cloud developing to give fog over the hills. Chance of rain increasing to 40% around dawn. Minimum Temperature 8 °C.


Starting off cloudy with early rain easing off, before more cloud moves across from the South East bringing increasing the chance of rain to 60% but interspersed with some sunny spells. Rain clears northwards by late evening leaving cloud but less than 5% chance of rain overnight.  Maximum Temperature 16 °C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Variable but often large amounts of cloud are likely throughout and feeling warm in bright or sunny spells. However occasional showery rain is likely, which could be heavy and thundery.

Issued at: 0400 on Sun 30 Mar 2014

Unsigned Bands

North Devon Gigathon – 26th April

Full details at

A spectacular all day fun filled music fundraising event for North Devon Hospice and supporting the local music scene. Featuring 24 top local bands & acts from North Devon performing non-stop on two stages for 12 hours. Licensed bar open from 6pm, Hog Roast, seating/tables/toilets, band merchandise stall, prize raffle, special guest appearances and some very special prizes to be won. Date Saturday 26th April 2014. Event starts at 12 midday. Final confirmed bands/acts and running order below. Tickets now on sale…£20 for 24 bands!! now that’s a bargain!!….

Raising money for North Devon Hospice

Just in case you don’t know, North Devon Hospice are a local charity providing specialist care and support to those with a life-threatening illness and to their loved ones, completely free of charge.

The chances are, if you DON’T know who they are and what they do then you are one of the lucky ones who has never had a relative or friend with a terminal illness. I do know an awful lot of people who have. 


Rich Woods, Rob Knight Lynn, Kit Pearce, and Ryann Snow, put on a superb show every time they play. Rich has a fantastic voice, really soaring and he can handle all those classic rock numbers that the band do so well. They came into the studio for a Street Live session a while back and did some tracks. Superb recordings but the band ae even better live.

Slaughtered Lamb

Doug Macfarlane – Bass
Martin Gallantree – Drums
Symon Otani – Guitars and vocals
James Cann – Guitars

A highly respected North Devon rock and metal covers band. Plans are afoot to get them onto Street Live in the not too distant future.


Phil Saunders, Mike Cook & Keith Norburn, Dan Pearse a four piece alt-punk band. I’ve played them before on the show. You can find them on Facebook and their own website is

Redkite (all one word)

Sam Chalkley – Vocals & guitar.
Jo Peacock – Keys, violin & vocals.
James ‘Stix’ Walden – Drums.
Kev Teague – Lead Guitar. (also of The Flamin’ Ratrods)
Giles Isaac – Bass.

They describe themselves as

A cover band with a twist. Re-working popular songs to suit our style and throwing a few suprise song choices out there.

I can tell you from seeing Sam Chalkley solo at The Boathouse, that she has a brilliant voice.

The Black Dogs

Matt Roberts – Bass Guitars
Andy Higgins – Drums, Percussion & Vocals
Gary Saunders – Guitars & Vocals

They won themselves a recording contract last year at a gigathon at The Old Bus Station. Currently working on those recordings and I hope to bring you something from them in the not too distant future.

Small Town Jones

Small town Jones is basically Jim Jones
with occasional additions from
Dave Little
Peter Bruntnell
Will Greeves
Michael Reed
Matt Street
Lincoln Youree
Martin Neil
Paul Gibbings
and other special guests

I’ll play a track from his album Freight Ships


When I moved to Devon one of my most treasured discoveries was the local word for a woodlouse. I long to have a reason to talk about woodlice just so I can use it.  Meanwhile, “Chiggypig” are a 4 piece band paying homage to the most explosive, controversial, and inspiring era in rock music the punk rock era from the late 70,s to modern day

Kiera Osment

I saw Kiera the other day in the shop where I work. In fact it was she who inspired me to do a show based on the bands playing the gigathon, so thank you Kiera for that. She’s a big favourite of Street Live. A stalwart even.

Julian Langer

Another Street Live favourite, he’s just a brilliant songwriter, singer and guitarist who should be a household name already.

Scott Xander Linn & the Broken Bottles

Fantastic band featuring the talents of Scott Linn guitar and vocals, Nathan Layland on bass and Toby Parker on drums. We play them loads on the Voice and rightly so. No apologies for playing them again now.

Leighton Howley

Leighton Howley came into the studio a few weeks ago and did a Street Live session with Roy Grimes. We’ve kind of picked on his track “Out of my Depth” as the favourite out of a really high quality bunch of recordings.

Anti Plastic Explosives

A.P.E. are a four piece band who describe themselves as “The loveable degenerates of party-punk/aggro-ska.”
the line up is

Matt Egan – Guitar/vox:
Rob Cowper – Lead Guitar
Alex Watson – Bass
John James – Drums/vox

I’ve got one track of theirs that I’m allowed to play on the radio so we’ll go with that one then.

Grey Blokes

are an acoustic duo featuring Ian Hudson and Kevin ‘Beano’ Green other than that I don’t know a whole heap about them.

Such and Vincent 

Heidi Such and Darren Vincent are an acoustic covers duo, performing a wide range of unusual tracks from 60’s to present. From Depeche Mode to Electric 6 – expect the weird and wonderful!


Roholio are a Barnstaple based dynamic folk duo, inspired by the likes of Johnny Cash & Seth Lakeman.

Roholio consists of singer/songwriter Roseanna Ball on vocals, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin and banjo and Mike Lake on double bass, vocals and guitar.

Specially requested by Liz Green even before I decided to concentrate on the gigathon. Roholio have been in, a couple of times, to Street Live so there should be plenty of choices for a track to play.

Trudi Mackie-Brown

Trudi came into the studio to do Street Live with Roy Grimes on Thursday 6th March just a few weeks ago. By the way you can listen to the whole of that interview as well as all the other Street Live sessions by going to and scrolling down to the “Listen Again” links.

The Verbals

A three piece indie punk band consisting of Matt Smart, Ali Mackenzie, Guy Squires. I’ve played them a fair bit on the show and every time I do they generate a load of great feedback which is great.

One Man Boycott

The awesome One Man Boycott steps in to fill the slot left by Dogleg who sadly had to pull out due to circumstances beyond their control.

He’s a huge favourite of mine and a great addition to the line up

The Rivals

I expect to have something from these artists to play for you in the near future. Watch this space as they say.


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Olli’s Radio Show 23-03-14

Olli On The Radio
The Voice FM

local radio for North Devon – Online – On Digital, and on 106.1 and 107.8 across North Devon.

Thank you to Anna Takken for an excellent show as always.

Coming up we’ve got a host of great unsigned bands from North Devon and beyond, as well as some great music old and new.


Today and tonight

The rest of today should be clear and dry with plenty of sunshine till about half six when it sets. Less than 5% chance of rain and winds from the north and west so feeling chilly out of the sun. Overnight temperatures dropping to around freezing so be careful on the roads early tomorrow as black ice is highly likely.


Cloud will have built up overnight with the wind changing to south and south east. The chance of rain increases steadily from less than 5% in the early morning, to more than 95% during the afternoon. So don’t plan any picnics. That rain is going to continue until well into the evening before easing off overnight into Tuesday.


More of the same sort of thing for the rest of the week, feeling as cold as recent days with a mixture of cloud and rain and the occasional break in the clouds. your best chance of a bit of sun being on Wednesday morning.

Unsigned bands

Got a great line up of unsigned bands for you today including the first play in Devon of Boardwalk Isabella’s new single “The World Is A  Mirror”, a brand new track from Far North District, they are from Combe Martin, and a track from Bideford punk rockers Anti Plastic Explosives.

Genres include Punk, Hair metal, Folk, Reggae, Glam-Rock-Disco-funk, Pop, Funky-Indie.

Boardwalk Isabella – North Devon

James Hughes, Nathan Porter, Steve Tanton, and George Thomas

This is the first playing of the band’s brand new single “The World Is A Mirror” which is released tomorrow. It manages to combine elements of glam rock with disco and as far as I am aware represents a whole new sub-genre of music.

 Saints Of Sin – Hampshire

Are one of the best bands I have ever seen live.

Rui Brito – Lead Vocals
Marcus Jenkins – Lead Guitar
Matt Spencer – Lead Guitar
Ashley Jenkins – Lead Bass
Josh Rose – Lead Drums

If you like Guns ‘N’Roses, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and any of that type of music then you MUST get along to see these guys when they next come to North Devon. Which is Saturday 5th April at the Chill Bar. I will be there and so should you. I’ve sent a message to the Palladium asking if they can book the band in Bideford so people who can’t get to ‘Combe can see them as well. No promises though.

 Anti Plastic Explosives – North Devon

You might think that North Devon has a lot of folk bands and we do, but we also have a good selection of punk bands, as well.  I’ve played you Captal a fair few times, and various others but I haven’t played you any Anti Plastic Explosives until now.
That’s mainly because I didn’t have anything that we would be allowed to broadcast. But Matt Egan has just sent me this track “Nostalgia” which is clean enough for radio play. Ahem.

 Jared Richter Band – Essex

They may come from right over the other end of the country in the land of the East Saxons, but music recognises no boundaries and requires no passport.

They have literally been together for five weeks now, and this is their only recording. “I-Dream” it has already been picked up by BBC introducing and I decided to give it another whirl after the massive response it got on Twitter last week.

It’s funky indie and very radio friendly.

Skata Tones – North Devon

Fresh from their excellent session on Street Live with Roy Grimes on Thursday evening; and by the way, if you like local unsigned music do check out the shows on Tuesday evening with Lee Wardle and Thursday evening with Roy Grimes.

If you are in a band and want to come on and do a live set then that’s the place to be. You can join the Street Live group on Facebook

However, I’m going to play the track I played last week because I love it. They did do a version of this on Roy’s show which you can check out on the Voice website scroll down to “Listen Again” and just click the Street Live banner.

Mozart’s Revolver – USA

This band have actually disbanded and are no more. The only reason for playing this track is because I love it and I think maybe you might too. Irish folk blended with heavy rock. The song is called Síocháin Please tell me what you think. Tweet @thevoicefm email

Far North District – North Devon

This band consisting of Star Evans Tony Dredster

  • Jack
  • Star Evans
  • Chris Millington
  • Kev Holt
  • Tony Dredster

I asked Tony who does what in the band and this is what he told me.

jack is the singer songwriter and rhythm guitarist. Star also helps write and plays egg shakers and guitar, Kev plays cajon drum. I play lead guitar and picking parts. Chris Millington plays harmonica, mandolin, violin, cello, guitar. And we all do vocal harmonies, all 5 of us.

They’ve been going for around a year and have just finished recording an e.p called There’s A Light, four tracks and if ever there was a band that should be on Street Live soon then this is it.

I’m going to play you the last track called “Break The Chains” it reminds me of something but I can’t put my finger on it. Anyone can help me out get in touch please. Text Voice plus message to 66010 help me out, it’s driving me crackers.

Too Pro – featuring Ellie Campbell – North Devon

Just to prove to you that I am not only about folk and rock here’s as classy a piece of pure pop as you will ever hear. Too Pro is the studio project and brainchild of Nathan Layland who is also bass player with Scott Xander Linn & the Broken Bottles.

Be Real” features the vocal talents of the delightful Ellie Campbell who is a local singer songwriter in her own right.

Tankus The Henge – London

I’ve had a request for this one from “Someone” I usually don’t let a show go by without playing either Tankus or Bison. This time I asked for suggestions and Cakewalk was put forward so Cakewalk it shall be.

Snugs and the Bishop – North Devon

Peter Bradshaw on vocals and bass; and featuring the talents of music graduate and Boardwalk Isabella guitarist George Thomas on guiter (unsurprisingly)

Cry no More set out to be a bit like classic Gary Moore but George got a bit carried away with emulating the Irish guitar hero and … well listen for yourself. I still love it though, it doesn’t suffer for wearing its influence firmly on its sleeve.

Cream Tangerines – Leicester

A three piece consisting of
Cam Potts – Vocals/Guitar
Dom Potts – Bass
Louis Potts – Drums & Cymbals

They give their main influence as The Beatles but they are a bit heavier than the fab four in the main and remind me more of Led Zeppelin among others.


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