CATtales

CATtales

In this series of revealing interviews, journalist Cat tells tales about influential musicians who have been at the heart of the industry for many years and have moulded and inspired others to follow in their footsteps. Taking a friendly and informal approach, these fresh and relaxed conversations are the sort of chat overheard in the backstage bar about life and music...and occasionally even exposing a few secrets. Sit back, enjoy, and subscribe. A book of transcripts of interviews with guests not featured on the broadcast show is available for purchase. Twitter: @CATtalesPodcast Facebook: /CATtalesPodcast Instagram: @CATtalesPodcast Jingle by Lesley Curtis The content of these audio recordings is protected under copyright.... Show More

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July 5, 2020 1 min
In this series of revealing interviews, journalist Cat tells tales about influential musicians who have been at the heart of the industry for many years and have moulded and inspired others to follow in their footsteps. Taking a friendly and informal approach, these fresh and relaxed conversations are the sort of chat overheard in the backstage bar about life and music...and occasionally even an expose of a few secrets. Sit back,...
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July 2, 2020 35 min
June 2020: Two-time World Superbike Champion and former MotoGP rider, James Toseland, admits that it’s a long was to the top if you want to rock ‘n’ roll but is enjoying every moment of his second career as a successful musician and songwriter.   Collaborating with Little Angels legend Toby Jepson he has written two albums packed with classic rock and power ballads, toured with Deep Purple and Status Quo, and had Toseland’s We’ll...
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June 2020: Ricky Warwick is the ‘lad’ from Northern Ireland who got to walk in his hero’s shoes, even though he refuses to admit he wears them.   The now lead singer with Thin Lizzy, Ricky plays songs written by Phil Lynott and performs with Scott Gorham to bring them to life again. But, more than that, he is also the frontman of Black Star Riders, who have made four of the finest hard rock albums of modern times, and was also th...
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June 24, 2020 35 min
June 2020: In 1977 when singer-songwriter Judie Tzuke signed to Elton John’s Rocket label, she couldn’t imagine that over 40 years later she would still be performing. Her biggest success came a couple of years later with album Welcome to the Cruise with her single Stay With Me Till Dawn reaching number 16 in the UK Singles Chart.    Since then, she has released a series of quality albums, and lent her talents to albums by artist...
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June 21, 2020 46 min
June 2020: Matthew Ferraro’s written, arranged and produced original music for Academy Award winning films like The Insider and The Incredibles, as well as Emmy Winning TV shows such as Futurama, Dune, and Olive the Other Reindeer.   If that wasn’t enough, he also includes video games Spiderman and X-Men, BBC Radio 4 productions and hundreds of commercials amongst his portfolio, and he’s even produced a score for prayers by Pope ...
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June 18, 2020 18 min
June 2020: When Suzi Quatro burst onto the music scene in 1973 there were almost no women in rock and certainly none who played bass, sang lead vocals and completely rocked. A trailblazer, she re-wrote the rule book for women in rock & roll and went on to sell more than 50 million records.   Fast forward to 2020 and Suzi has added other strings to her bow – she’s an author, actress, radio-presenter and a poet and now, ‘Suzi Q...
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June 11, 2020 21 min
June 2020: With a career spanning over 40 years, Saxon have established themselves among Europe's greatest metal acts. Touring regularly, the band have sold more than 13 million albums worldwide counting eight UK Top 40 albums and numerous singles amongst them and have savoured success in Europe, Japan, and the United States.   Now, I chat with lead singer Biff Byford about his outlook on life after a heart by-pass operation, t...
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June 2020: Little did drummer John Coghlan know when that he joined Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in the newly-formed band The Spectres back in 1962 his life was on a course for rock stardom.   The addition of Rick Parfitt, a change of name and touring strategy later, chart-topping success beckoned for Status Quo which became one of the most successful rock bands of all time.    With over 60 UK chart hits, twenty-two reaching th...
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June 2020: In this show I’m joined by Sepp Osley, frontman and co-founder of progressive rock band Blurred Vision the week in which their second album Redemption is due to be launched.   We chat about how the world has changed very little since Sepp and his family fled war-torn Iran in the 1980s, how the band came to prominence through adapting Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall into a protest song, and why John Lennon and Bob ...
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June 3, 2020 39 min
June 2020: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Martin Simpson is hailed as the hardest working man in folk music and, after years of relentless touring, has welcomed a little breathing space imposed by recent events.   Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s finest guitarists, Martin is a true virtuoso, and has produced an impressive catalogue of solo albums as well as being in demand for collaboration as far reaching a...
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May 28, 2020 30 min
May 2020: Peggy Seeger is totally unique. A singer of traditional Anglo-American songs, she has carved a special niche for herself on both sides of the Atlantic and is considered to be one of the most influential folk singers of all time.   Classically trained, Peggy plays no less than six musical instruments, has recorded 23 solo albums, contributed to more than a hundred others and her partner, the late Ewan MacColl, wrote First ...
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May 2020: This tale is about a true rock original. He’s a vocalist, bassist, a songwriter and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.    No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style and contributed to the sound of progressive and hard rock. From his first band Trapeze in the late 60s through Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, to Black Country Communion, he’s the ‘voice of rock’, believes that ‘love is the answer and music ...
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May 21, 2020 33 min
May 2020: My guest today really needs no introduction.   She’s appeared in the 1978 film Jubilee, and Quadrophenia the following year. Her early hit singles included It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free, and by 1982 she had made two platinum-selling albums. And, after more than 40 years in the music business, she is as creatively hungry as she was in her teens.   She is a singer, an actress, a writer, a punk, rebel, and an icon...b...
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May 2020: With over 100 million albums, four Grammies, three Brits, an Ivor Novello Award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, John Illsley has done it all.  Playing a pivotal role in the success of Dire Straits, John has been credited with the creation of the band’s original sound and is the only member, other than Mark Knopfler, to make it all the way from the first album in 1977 to the final concert in 1992. Wit...
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May 17, 2020 37 min
Once the biggest selling girl groups in the world, the Nolan Sisters performed in stadiums internationally, were the opening act for Frank Sinatra, sold over 30 million records and even won the Japanese equivalent of a Grammy.  It wasn’t all a bed of roses, though, as Anne, the eldest of the siblings, reveals. Suddenly unable to secure any bookings, success came to a stop with jolt and 9-5 working came calling.  But Anne Nolan is a...
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May 2020: This tale is about one of the best rock-blues guitarist of his generation. It starts with a boyhood dream and ends with him playing alongside some of the rock greats of the last 40 years.   Co-founder of Whitesnake, he counts many of the band’s hits amongst his song-writing repertoire and co-wrote one of the most successful rock ballads of all time; the multi-million chart-topper Here I Go Again.   With an amazing solo ca...
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May 8, 2020 32 min
May 2020: In this edition, I call stateside to catch up with the fabulous, one and only, Chesney Hawkes.   Chesney shot to fame when he won the lead role in the film Buddy's Song, alongside Roger Daltrey, but it was when he found himself to be one of the first teenagers in pop history to bag the Number One spot with a debut release, that he made international stardom.    "The One And Only" stayed at the top for five wee...
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April 23, 2020 29 min
He’s the self-confessed Ronnie Corbett of the bass-playing world and, with a career in the music industry spanning almost 40 years, Grammy-winning Guy Pratt has a few stories to tell!   The chosen bassist for many of the world's elite musicians, he’s played on countless hit records with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bryan Ferry, Robert Palmer, Iggy Pop and Elton John, to name a few.   His latest project is being cast as a member of...
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April 2020: We’re rockin’ the Covid-19 lockdown with a fresh series of interview and where better to start than with the mighty Motörhead.   Following the end of the band in 2015, guitarist Phil Campbell didn’t have to look far when assembling a new band of brothers to perform with. After 30 years making mayhem with Lemmy Kilminster and Mikkey Dee, he enlisted his very own offspring to form Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons. An ...
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November 2018: Self-taught guitarist Jamie Moses has gone from playing US Air Force bases at the tender age of 13 to stadiums with Queen and Paul Rodgers, not to mention Bob Geldof, The Pretenders, Chaka Khan and even Tom Jones in between.    And the telephone hasn’t stopped ringing. Now playing with Paul Young and Los Pacaminos, The SAS Band and the Word Famous Red Sox, the accomplished musician rarely has time for any relaxation ...
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