Monday, January 30, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

Theresa may...

Theresa may
Theresa might
Come for dinner
And spend the night
Perhaps she said she loved you
But will she change her mind?
Theresa may
She could be up for a bit of slap
And tickle
But she's already proved herself
A little fickle
She used to like a croissant, and a glass of
Pays d'Oc
Now she stuffs herself with
Cheeseburgers and Coke
And she says 'sheet' instead of 'shite'
Theresa may, Theresa might
Prove trustworthy and
But then again
Theresa mightn't

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Playing Golf With the Leader Of The Free World On the Day the USA Legalised Torture

I was playing golf with the Leader of the Free World
He said: "Don't feel you have to let me win."
But he three-putted on the second hole
And I chipped my approach shot in.
He drove into the bunker at the fourth
I was nine holes up at the turn
He said "the Secret Service have your wife and kids
Soaked in gasoline. Gonna let them burn?"
I laughed - hey, the guy's got some sense of humour -
And beat him 10 and eight, fair and square
I drove home, and the closer I got
I could smell the petrol in the smoky air

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Beatcroft Social, 21 January - now streaming in HD video, on Facebook and audio only

Exciting news! We are now archiving our 60 North Radio broadcasts at in high definition video and stereo. You can find the latest Beatcroft (incorporating The Museum of Lost Audio) and some of the older ones here: .

The latest Beatcroft features some great aurora shots towards the end of the show, and the Hogmanay special has Da Mirrie Dancers galore!

Of course, the Mixcloud audio-only and Facebook options are still open to you, and embedded later in this post.

A quick word about the immediate future: next week's show is a pre-Up Helly Aa special with guest Maurice Henderson of Fiddler's Bid, who'll be talking about his new book In Search of Willafjord, the story of a tune...

Then, on Up Helly Aa (Lerwick) day itself (Tuesday 31 January) 60N Radio will be on air almost all day with live video and audio. Starting with two hours from 9-11am, I will cover the opening parade of the Jarl Squad, first sight of the galley and unveiling of Da Bill, with pertinent music! Then some live footage of the Fiery Sessions concerts, followed by the Beatcroft Social back on air from 5-7pm. After that we have the legendary Davie Gardner and Peter Malcolmson and live coverage of the main event itself. So if you can't be in Shetland for the biggest Viking fire festival in the world, tune in on Facebook Live and on

Anyway, here's last night's playlist, followed by the Facebook and Mixcloud players.

Waterboys: A Girl Called Johnny
Lloyd Cole: She's a Girl and I'm a Man
Aberfeldy: Claire (vinyl single)
Randolph's Leap: I Can't Dance To This Music Anymore
Jill Jackson: Always the Last To Know
Justin Currie: If I Ever Loved You
Set the Tone: Rap Your Love (vinyl)
Lush Rollers: Out in the Woods
Kris Drever and Julie Fowlis: Not Where It's At
Aly Bain: Gillian's Reel/Charles Sutherland/Donald Stewart the Piper
Taste: Same Old Story (vinyl)
Beck, Mathewson and Humair: Suite No.5 (Gordon Beck) on CD Jazz Trio
Debbie Scott (with Peerie Willie Johnson): Lady Be Good (vinyl)
Josef K: Heaven Sent (vinyl)
Aztec Camera: We Could Send Letters
Lemonheads: My Stove (cassette)
Finnieston: Complicated Mind
Big Country: Fields of Fire
Catriona Macdonald: Shetland Reels
Icicle Works: Love is a Wonderful Colour
Astrid Williamson: Never Enough
Blue Nile: Tinseltown in the Rain

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

'Jubilation in the Land...when Johnny Strikes Up the Band' Beatcroft Social from last Saturday with rare Paul Buchanan radio session tracks

Sorry for the delay in posting, folks, but here's Saturday's Beatcroft Social from 60 North Radio, including these very rare Paul Buchanan solo sessions for a US radio station. Audio on Mixcloud and the Facebook video and audio stream.

We've been very busy this week preparing for what will be around six hours of broadcasting on Tuesday 31st January, Up Helly Aa Day. There will be special live Beatcroft Socials from 9-11am and 5-7pm, with video of some of the greatest moments in Viking action.


Warren Zevon: Johnny Strikes Up The Band
Bottle Rockets: Radar Gun
Luke Sital Singh: American Girl
Blue Nile: I Love this Life (vinyl 45)
The Hold Steady: The Swish
The XX: Brave for You
Steve Butler: Waving and Drowning (vinyl)
Japandroids: No Known Drink or Drug
Paul Buchanan radio session: A Walk Across The Rooftops
Tom Anderson, Aly Bain, Davie Tulloch, Trevor Hunter: The Unst Bridal March and The Bride's a Bonnie Ting (vinyl, from The Silver Bow Volume 1)
Lise Sinclair: Wireless (from the A Time to Keep CD)
JD MacPherson and Pokey LaFarge: Good Old Oklahoma
Poco: Rose of Cimarron
Mark Kozalek: Up To My Neck in you
AC/DC: Got Blood If you Want It
The Beat Poets:Killer Bee Honey (vinyl)
MC Solaar: La Vie Est Belle
Rilo Kiley: Portions for Foxes
Blue Nile: Stay (vinyl)
Paul Buchanan radio session: Easter Parade
Teenage Fanclub: The Darkest Part of the Night
Buckingham Nicks: Don't Let Me down again (vinyl)
Dropkick Murphys: 4-15-13
Elton John: Are You Ready for Love?
Flamin' Groovies: Shake some Action

Sunday, January 08, 2017

First show of 2017: Beatcroft Social with digital, vinyl, cassette, CD and reel-to-reel tape in The Museum of Lost Audio

Here's the full playlist for The Beatcroft Social on 60 North Radio from 7 January 2017, plus the archived Facebook Live video (no aurora visible due to heavy cloud, alas) the Mixcloud audio stream and the (partial) Spotify playlist (none of the Museum of Lost Audio stuff). Back live next week!

British Sea Power: Bad Bohemian
Canned Heat: Going Up The Country
Miracle Glass Company: How Long? (Vinyl)
Luke Sital-Singh: This Woman's Work
California Honeydrops: Sit down On It
Pete Atkin: Sessionman's Blues (Vinyl)
Fiddler's Bid: Ode To Joy
Astrid Williamson: Loaded Like a Gun
Shakin' Pyramids: Hell Bent on Rockin' (Vinyl)
Blind Boy Flugga (with Andy Munro): The Reverend Love (cassette demo/radio session)
Beck Bogart and Appice: Superstition
Lou Reed: Legendary Hearts
Frank Sinatra: Not as a Stranger (World Record Club reel-to-reel pre-record)
Pete Stack and the Rayburns: Walking the Dog
Rory Gallagher: In Your Town
Arthur Nicholson: God Only Knows
The Bible: Glory Bound (Live B-side;vinyl)
Robert Mitchum: Beauty is Only Skin-Deep
Ivor Cutler: I Worn My Elbows
Rachel Sweet: B-A-B-Y Baby
Midlake: Roscoe
We Free Kings: Love is in the Air (Vinyl)
Billy Swan: Jailhouse Rock/King Creole
Ane Brun: To Make You Feel My Love
Betty Davis: My Soul is Tired
Curlew: Shetland Reels (Ramna Stacks; Da Spirit of Whisky; Gold For Da Boannie Lasses)

Sunday, January 01, 2017

...Happy New Year, fantastic aurora on Hogmanay, some great music from Shetland...via Shetland...and onwards to the world

It's 1 January 2017, I'm the only one out of bed and the Rancilio has been duly fired up. Coffee (Bean Shop of Perth espresso blend, as used in Lerwick's excellent Peerie Shop Café) has been taken, but the benefit of doing the show last night was a late start to drinking and, due to tiredness, an early finish. Had to get up at 5.00am yesterday to get James from the airport. Now, in the house above, he, Martha, Magnus, Magnus's fiancée Katie, Susan, our pal Lizzie and three dogs (Rug the St Bernard, Cooper the Greyhound, Dexter the Hyperactive Mongrel) are all snoozing.

And it's a beautiful day! Cold northerly blowing, but clear and blue skies. After an amazing night for the aurora, da merrie dancers, the northern lights, which allowed some of our visitors, just three days in Shetland, to see a fireworks display that eclipsed Edinburgh's by a very large degree.

So anyway, here I am, and I hope you're feeling good about the 12 months to come. To cheer you on your way, here's the Mixcloud audio stream of last night's two-hour Beatcroft Social, plus the last 20 minutes or so of video on Facebook - the rest was annoyingly taken down by a Facebook algorithm without explanation. But that last half hour has some of the finest shots of the aurora, mostly from the Cliff Cam at Sumburgh head, looking north.

Back live next week! Happy New Year. Oh, and here's a full playlist too, plus a link to the Spotify playlist which includes some tasty extras (and excludes the vinyl and cassettes). And can anyone spot the ONLY EVER reference in popular song to the glorious Yamaha FS1E 'Fizzy' motorcycle?



Beatcroft Social Hogmanay Special - full playlist

Righteous Brothers/Wrecking Crew: Rat Race
The Beat: Tears of a Clown
Frank Wilson: Do I love You? (Indeed I Do)
The Ukrainians: Anarchy in the UK (vinyl)
Ryan Adams: To Be Without you
Beat Farmers: Reason to Believe
Bruce Springsteen: Cadillac Ranch
Paul Brady: Arthur McBride (live recording from 'The Missing Liberty Tapes')
Pete Atkin: Time to Burn (lyrics by Clive James)
Aly Bain, Tom Anderson, Davie Tulloch, Trevor Hunter, Violet Tulloch: Jack Broke Da Prison Door/Donald Blue/Sleep Sound in the Morning/Lasses Trust in Providence/The Bonnie Isle of Whalsay. (Vinyl, from 'The Silver Bow Volume One')
Richard and Linda Thompson: Wall of Death
Scrape the Barrel: Last Chance (cassette, from 'Shetland Calling')
The Bashies: Black Cat
Gloria Jones: Tainted Love
Seasick Steve: Abraham, Martin and John
Status Quo: Over and Done With
Joe Ely: The Road Goes On Forever
Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells: The Copper Top
Tom Robinson Band: Up Against the Wall
Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back In town
Ronnie Costley: Hogmanay in Heaven (demo)
Stone Roses: Fool's Gold (vinyl 12-inch single)
Toots and the Maytals: 54-46 - That's My Number
Chuck Wood: Seven Days Too Long
Lorraine Chandler: I Can't Hold On
Free: All Right Now