The magical Magnetic North are blessing Salford with a live session this fine eve, and by jeepers we can barely wait!

Erland Cooper, him of Erland and The Carnival fame, roped in fellow band mate Simon Cooper as well as Riley favourite Hannah Peel to create The Magnetic North. The vision was to create an ode to the Orkney Islands, Erland's home, after he was visited in a dream by Betty Corrigall (a local women who met a tragic end).

The resulting album was recorded in Stromness on Orkney, with the aid of local musicians and singers, and with the history, geography and culture of these islands firmly in mind. The final album was released on Full Time Hobby, and the group are currently on tour around the UK.

Welcome The Magnetic North: it's a pleasure to have you.


All female London trio Girl Ray return to Salford for another Marc Riley session.

London band Girl Ray return to Salford for another Marc Riley session,

Old friends of the show the band are currently on their first headline tour of the UK. Their debut album Earl Grey (recorded in Ramsgate's Big Jelly studios) was released back in August.

Plus as its a Wednesday Marc askes the big question - Who's On My T Shirt Tonight Then?

And if that wasn't enough classic BBC session tracks from Bauhaus, Status Quo, The The and St Vincent.


Join Marc and Rob Hughes as they venture into the Parallel Universe.

Join Marc and Rob Hughes as they venture into the Parallel Universe, armed only with an old music paper and some top tunes.

Plus cult guitar hero Chris Spedding undergoes Marc's Manic Q and A.

And if we can squeeze them in classic BBC session tracks from Bauhaus, Status Quo, The The and St Vincent.


The majestic Bowerbirds join us from London for their first Marc Riley session.

The Bowerbirds make up the Ptilonorhynchidea bird family that mainly feed on fruit and insects, build elaborate courtship nests and live in the tropical regions of New Guinea and Northern Australia.... Well that's true, but these particular Bowerbirds are a duo from North Carolina who play beautiful American folk music.

Current album The Clearing was released back in March on Dead Oceans and is the couple's third LP, this one was mainly recorded in Bon Iver's Wisconsin studio with Brian Joseph producing. Their latest material continues to see the pair drawing on their influences in nature, from its power and immensity through to its fallibility, and also their personal relationship that suffered in previous years.

Currently on tour across the UK before returning to America we have been waiting awhile but we are excited and eager to welcome Bowerbirds in session from that there London town.


All the way from Australia. Marc is joined by the mighty Liars.

All the way from Australia. Marc is joined by the mighty Liars

Formed in 2000 the band have developed their own brand of electronic punk over eight albums, the latest of which TFCF came out this summer. Following the amicable departure of fellow founder Aaron Hemphill, Angus Andrew is the now their only constant member. He wrote the album in his home studio in a remote area of Australia and announced it via a series of videos on the band's website.

Plus part one of a brand new feature - the A-Z of Psychedelia, starting with (you're ahead of us here) the letter A - for Acid, Amboy Dukes and Ambrose Slade.

And if that wasn't enough there are classic BBC session tracks from Bauhaus, Status Quo, The The and St Vincent.

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Calling in to play some songs and have a chat with Marc is the amazing Perfume Genius.

Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, hails from Seattle and produces some of the most personal and frank music you are likely to hear - true heart on your sleeve stuff.

It all began when he moved with his mother from New York to the isolated Everett, WA, which created a compulsion to create music in Hadreas. His debut, Learning, was released in 2010 and followed by Put Your Back N 2 It on Matador records last year.

What better way to spend your Wednesday evening than in the company of a beautiful singer songwriter and Marc as well!

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It's a debut session from RM Hubbert today. What has taken us so long?!

As one of Glasgow's most prolific artists, Hubbert has been releasing music under different guises since 1993, gaining critical acclaim with El Hombre Trajeado. After the ending of El Hombre Trajeado back in 2005 Hubbert took a break from playing live and studied different musical forms, so when he returned in 2008 he'd added new styles and sounds to his arsenal. Hubberts debut was originally self-released but was then picked up by legendary Scottish label Chemikal Underground in 2010. With the release of his debut Hubbert took to playing live again gaining support slots to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, King Creosote, Mogwai and Bill Well's and Aidan Moffat.

It has been an eventful few years for Hubbert but with his second LP Thirteen Lost and Found released this January just gone and currently being on a UK tour we are very happy he decided to continue playing live.

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Bristol based The Liftmen are in session tonight. The band comprises Rasha Shaheen (bass and vocals); Jamie Whitby-Coles (drums); Neil Smith (guitar and vocals); and Sam Wisternoff (electric noise).

The first single was a double A-sided, red vinyl 7" of Meatraffle and Backwards, released in 2003, with an accompanying video. This helped bring the Liftmen to the attention of Twisted Nerve's head honcho, Andy Votel.

Twisted Nerve have been releasing their music ever since, including new album Luftwaffe Pond. The band came to Marc's attention when Neil Smith came in with This Is The Kit and handed over a Liftmen CD... twas instant love and Marc invited them in for a session toute de suite.

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Hello there, look who we have in session tonight! Only the blooming Three Johns that's who!

Jon Langford, John Hyatt and Phillip "John" Brennan are currently back with a five date tour around the UK, the first live dates since 2006. The Leeds based band that formed back in 1981, just before the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, were totally different to Langford's main band The Mekons.

The Three John's were a silly/serious bunch at the height of Thatcher's Britain who played pure pop punk with a left leaning and were often seen as a socialist band. But as they were once quoted saying; "We're not a socialist band. We're a group of socialists who are in a band. It's a fine distinction but an important one".


Post punk pioneers Wire join Marc for a session.

Post punk pioneers Wire join Marc for a session

Often cited as one of the most important rock groups of the 70s and 80s Wire are possibly the founding fathers of post punk. Their sixteenth studio album Silver/Lead was released on 31st March this years- almost 40 years to the day after their first gig as a four-piece band at London's fabled Roxy club.

Still innovative and adventurous they're taking break from their current UK tour to pop into 6 Music's Salford studio.

Plus classic BBC session tracks from Bauhaus, Status Quo, The The and St Vincent.