Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Music of quality on ABC Radio National

ABC Radio National continues to deliver music programs of high quality over the summer period.

The new album by British folk guitarist and singer songwriter Martin Simpson titled True Stories featured on a recent edition of the The Weekend Planet, the music program hosted by Doug Spencer on ABC Radio National each Saturday and Sunday night (10.00pm-midnight). I have written previously about the quality and beauty of Martin Simpson's musical craftsmanship.

This edition of the Weekend Planet is one of the best in 2009 and in addition to Martin Simpson, there is music by Richard Thompson, Linda Thompson, Australian jazz musician Ian Chaplin, jazz legends Clifford Brown and Martin Taylor and a host of other Australian jazz musicians. There is also magnificent Scottish air- Dancing with George- played by Australian fiddler Catherine Fraser and pianist Duncan Smith. You can listen through audio on demand here.

The sister (or brother) program to the Weekend Planet is the Daily Planet which can be heard each week day between 11pm to midnight pm and then repeated at 2-3pm the next day.

Martin Simpson's new album features the revered English double bassist Danny Thompson who recently featured in another excellent ABC Radio National music program Into the Music which is always worth a listen.

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