My Life In Five Songs

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04Judy Collins20110525 (BBC7)
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Judy Collins delves into her personal music collection to find five special songs.

1/1 Judy Collins is an American singer and songwriter with a successful career spanning over fifty years.

Born is Seattle one of her early influences was her father Chuck who hosted his own radio show in Seattle and then in Los Angeles.

Judy enjoyed early chart success with Both Sides Now written by Joni Mitchell and Turn Turn Turn from the pen of Pete Seeger.

Known for her political activism she's participated in benefit concerts for many causes including civil rights, the Vietnam War protests and women's rights.

The show opens with Both Sides Now and Judy goes on to pick the following five tracks.

1: Diana Krall with Quiet Nights

2: In My Life by The Beatles

3: Gotta Sing High by Kenny White

4: Amy Speace with Weight of the World

5: The Stranger Song by Leonard Cohen

Phil also plays a little of Judy's version of Farewell to Tarwathie before closing the conversation with another of Judy's classic tracks, Chelsea Morning.

0102Lorraine Mcintosh20091124 (BBC7)
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The singer, actress and composer reveals the five songs that are most important to her.

Lorraine McIntosh is a singer, actress and now a composer. As female vocalist with Deacon Blue she enjoyed the success that comes when a band sells over 6 million records. Equally at home in front of a camera Lorraine's appeared in films and on TV and she's now turned her hand to writing songs. In conversation with Phil Cunningham she reveals the 5 songs that are really special to her.

0104Edwyn Collins20091208 (BBC7)
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Edwyn Collins tells Phil Cunningham about the music that has defined his life.

The Corries signing Sally Free and Easy and David Bowie's Conversation Piece are two of the songs Edwyn Collins has chosen as being really important to him. He talks to Phil Cunningham about the significance of these songs and the three others he's picked in My Life in 5 Songs.

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Phil Cunningham talks to writer and musician Pat Kane of Hue And Cry.

Phil Cunningham talks to the writer and musician Pat Kane of Hue and Cry about his life and asks him to pick five songs that are milestones along the way.

Phil Cunningham talks to writer and musician Pat Kane of Hue And Cry.

Phil Cunningham talks to the writer and musician Pat Kane of Hue and Cry about his life and asks him to pick five songs that are milestones along the way.

0304Eve Graham20110303 (BBC7)
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The New Seekers singer Eve Graham chats to Phil Cunningham about her life.

Eve Graham enjoyed worldwide success and recognition as lead singer with The New Seekers.

Forming a school band at Perth Academy in the 1960's Eve was destined for a career as a singer.

Hits with The New Seekers included Never Ending Song of Love, Circles and the international hit I'd Like To Teach the World to Sing.

Chatting to Phil Cunningham she picks 5 tracks that are special to her and tells of her adventures in the world of pop including the time the New Seekers appeared on the same bill as Dionne Warwick who refused to meet her backstage.

Eve's Five Songs:

1: How High the Moon, by Les Paul and Mary Ford

2: Teddy Bear, by Elvis Presley

3: Walk on By, by Dionne Warwick

4: California Girls, by the Beach Boys

5: The Way Old Friends Do, by Eve along with the Glasgow Phoenix Choir.

0308Mary Black20110331 (BBC7)
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Irish singer Mary Black delves into her personal collection to find five special songs.

Mary Black enjoys a successful career as a singer of both Irish and contemporary songs.

Sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in the business she has recorded numerous albums and has received many international awards.

Recalling the influence singers like Billie Holiday had on her decision to become a singer, Mary also tells Phil Cunningham about her days on the road with the legendary Irish folk group De Dannan.

Picking her 5 tracks Mary also introduces Phil to one of the new young Irish singers she admires and has high hopes for.

Opening with Mary singing Summer Sent You she goes on to pick these five songs:

1: Billie Holiday - God Bless the Child.

2: Sandy Denny with Fairport Convention - Crazy Man Michael.

3: Joni Mitchell - A case of You from the Blue album.

4: De Dannan - Jimmy Byrne's and Dinkies Reel from the album Anthem.

5: Wallis Bird - To My Bones.

04Elkie Brooks2012020720181009 (BBC7)

Elkie Brooks introduces Phil Cunningham to her five favourite songs.

Phil Cunningham talks to a series of musicians about their lives, careers and influences.

With hit singles with songs like 'Pearl's A Singer', 'Fool if You Think it's Over' and 'Lilac Wine', Elkie Brooks is one of our most successful female artists.

As a fifteen-year-old she entered and won a singing competition which launched her professional career. Elkie's first big break came when she joined the Rock/Jazz fusion band Dada and then she joined Robert Palmer in the Rock' n Roll band Vinegar Joe in the early 1970's. She was The Melody Maker face of 1973.

Pearl's a Singer was a million seller for her in 1977 and several hit singles followed.

Talking to Phil Cunningham she reveals her love of paragliding, the important part Humphrey Lyttleton played in her life and how she shared a stage with The Beatles.

Still singing and touring Elkie has her own band and will be performing in Scotland in February.

Phil Cunningham opens the programme with Pearl's a Singer and Elkie goes on to pick these 5 songs.

Mavis Staples - Down in Mississippi

Buddy Guy - 74 Years Young

Steely Dan - Reeling In The Years

Ray Charles - Drown In My Own Tears

Bad Company - Seagull

Phil closes the programme with the track Purple Rain from her 2010 album Powerless.

Elkie Brooks introduces Phil Cunningham to her five favourite songs.

Phil Cunningham talks to a series of musicians about their lives, careers and influences.

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Elkie Brooks introduces Phil Cunningham to her five favourite songs.

With hit singles with songs like 'Pearl's A Singer', 'Fool if You Think it's Over' and 'Lilac Wine', Elkie Brooks is one of our most successful female artists.

As a fifteen year old she entered and won a singing competition which launched her professional career. Elkie's first big break came when she joined the Rock/Jazz fusion band Dada and then she joined Robert Palmer in the Rock' n Roll band Vinegar Joe in the early 1970's. She was the The Melody Maker face of 1973

Pearl's a Singer was a million seller for her in 1977 and several hit singles followed.

Talking to Phil Cunningham she reveals her love of paragliding, the important part Humphrey Lyttleton played in her life and how she shared a stage with The Beatles.

Still singing and touring Elkie has her own band and will be performing in Scotland in February.

Phil Cunningham opens the programme with Pearl's a Singer and Elkie goes on to pick these 5 songs.

Mavis Staples - Down in Mississippi

Buddy Guy - 74 Years Young

Steely Dan - Reeling In The Years

Ray Charles - Drown In My Own Tears

Bad Company - Seagull

Phil closes the programme with the track Purple Rain from her 2010 album Powerless.

0402The Proclaimers2012021420120214 (BBC7)
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Craig and Charlie Reid from the Proclaimers select songs for Phil Cunningham.

With hits including 'Letter From America', Craig and Charlie Reid from the Proclaimers select songs for Phil Cunningham. From February 2012.

Craig and Charlie Reid from the Proclaimers select songs for Phil Cunningham.

Phil Cunningham talks to a series of musicians about their lives, careers and influences.

0406Kate Rusby2012031320120313 (BBC7)
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Folk singer Kate Rusby chats to Phil Cunningham and chooses her favourite songs.

Kate Rusby's been described as one of the most talented folk singers of her generation.

Headlining at many national folk festivals and touring widely she's built a loyal following of fans and is one of our best known contemporary folk singers.

Her unwavering love of folk music hasn't stopped her collaborating with other well-known musicians and singers including Eddi Reader, Roddie Woomble and Ronan Keating. Kate's recording of the Ray Davis song The Village Green Preservation Society was used as the theme tune for the successful TV series Jam and Jerusalem.

Kate tells Phil Cunningham about her five special songs and reveals a newly found skill. She's a dab hand at stripping wallpaper and painting having recently restored a house in her home village which is now her family home.

Phil starts with Kate's song 'I Courted a Sailor' and Kate goes on to pick these five songs.

1: Nic Jones - Little Pot Stove

2: Hot Rize- Won't You Come and Sing For Me

3: The Cardigans- Lead Me into the Night

4: Aberfeldy- Slow Me Down

5: Damien O'Kane- Summer Hill.

Folk singer Kate Rusby chats to Phil Cunningham and chooses her favourite songs.

Phil Cunningham talks to a series of musicians about their lives, careers and influences.

Kate Rusby's been described as one of the most talented folk singers of her generation.

Headlining at many national folk festivals and touring widely she's built a loyal following of fans and is one of our best known contemporary folk singers.

Her unwavering love of folk music hasn't stopped her collaborating with other well-known musicians and singers including Eddi Reader, Roddie Woomble and Ronan Keating. Kate's recording of the Ray Davis song The Village Green Preservation Society was used as the theme tune for the successful TV series Jam and Jerusalem.

Kate tells Phil Cunningham about her five special songs and reveals a newly found skill. She's a dab hand at stripping wallpaper and painting having recently restored a house in her home village which is now her family home.

Phil starts with Kate's song 'I Courted a Sailor' and Kate goes on to pick these five songs.

1: Nic Jones - Little Pot Stove
2: Hot Rize- Won't You Come and Sing For Me
3: The Cardigans- Lead Me into the Night
4: Aberfeldy- Slow Me Down
5: Damien O'Kane- Summer Hill.

Folk singer Kate Rusby chats to Phil Cunningham and chooses her favourite songs.

Phil Cunningham talks to a series of musicians about their lives, careers and influences.

05Colin Macintyre2012121620181030 (BBC7)
20181031 (BBC7)

Colin Macintyre talks about the five songs that have had the most influence on him.

Phil Cunningham talks to a series of musicians about their lives, careers and influences.

Colin Macintyre is a Scottish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Growing up on the west coast island of Mull he records under his own name and under the name of Mull Historical Society.

Colin talks to Phil Cunningham about his musical influences and picks five special songs which are important to him and have helped influence his career.

Phil opens the programme with the track The Lights from Colin's latest album City Awakenings.

Colin picks these five songs:

Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence

David Bowie - Changes

Radiohead - No Surprises

Bob Dylan - Queen Jane Approximately

The Flaming Lips - Race For The Prize

Phil closes the programme with Must You Get Low from the City Awakenings album.

0501Colin Macintyre2015062620121213 (BBC7)
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Colin Macintyre is a Scottish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Growing up on the west coast island of Mull he records under his own name and under the name of Mull Historical Society.

Colin talks to Phil Cunningham about his musical influences and picks five special songs which are important to him and have helped influence his career.

Phil opens the programme with the track The Lights from Colin's latest album City Awakenings.

Colin picks these five songs:

Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence

David Bowie - Changes

Radiohead - No Surprises

Bob Dylan - Queen Jane Approximately

The Flaming Lips - Race For The Prize

Phil closes the programme with Must You Get Low from the City Awakenings album.

Colin Macintyre is a Scottish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Growing up on the west coast island of Mull he records under his own name and under the name of Mull Historical Society.

Colin talks to Phil Cunningham about his musical influences and picks five special songs which are important to him and have helped influence his career.

Phil opens the programme with the track The Lights from Colin's latest album City Awakenings.

Colin picks these five songs:

Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence

David Bowie - Changes

Radiohead - No Surprises

Bob Dylan - Queen Jane Approximately

The Flaming Lips - Race For The Prize

Phil closes the programme with Must You Get Low from the City Awakenings album.

0502Eleanor Mcevoy2012122020121220 (BBC7)
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Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy talks to Phil Cunningham about her life and music.

Eleanor McEvoy is one of Ireland's most successful and popular singers.

She wrote the song Only A Woman's Heart which was on the album A Woman's Heart which also featured fellow musicians Mary Black, Dolores Keane, Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Maura O'Connell and was the biggest selling album in Irish musical history.

In the 20 years since the album's release Eleanor has made her mark on the music scene at home in Ireland and abroad.

Born in Dublin she took an interest in music and song from an early age, joined the Junior Irish Youth Orchestra as a young teenager and for four years played with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland before pursuing her career in popular music.

Eleanor tells Phil Cunningham about her love of both pop and classical music and she picks five tracks that have been milestones along her musical journey.

Phil opens the show with the track Only a Woman's Heart and Eleanor goes on to pick these five songs:

Mama Weer All Crazee Now" by Slade

Sylvia's Mother from Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show

Music For a While - Henry Purcell. Sung by countertenor James Bowman.

Memphis Tennesseeby by Chuck Berry

Someone Like You by Adele

Phil closes the programme with Eleanor's song You'll Hear Better Songs (Than This).

Mama Weer All Crazee Now"" by Slade

Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy talks to Phil Cunningham about her life and music.

Phil Cunningham talks to a series of musicians about their lives, careers and influences.

Eleanor McEvoy is one of Ireland's most successful and popular singers.

She wrote the song Only A Woman's Heart which was on the album A Woman's Heart which also featured fellow musicians Mary Black, Dolores Keane, Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Maura O'Connell and was the biggest selling album in Irish musical history.

In the 20 years since the album's release Eleanor has made her mark on the music scene at home in Ireland and abroad.

Born in Dublin she took an interest in music and song from an early age, joined the Junior Irish Youth Orchestra as a young teenager and for four years played with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland before pursuing her career in popular music.

Eleanor tells Phil Cunningham about her love of both pop and classical music and she picks five tracks that have been milestones along her musical journey.

Phil opens the show with the track Only a Woman's Heart and Eleanor goes on to pick these five songs:

Mama Weer All Crazee Now" by Slade

Sylvia's Mother from Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show

Music For a While - Henry Purcell. Sung by countertenor James Bowman.

Memphis Tennesseeby by Chuck Berry

Someone Like You by Adele

Phil closes the programme with Eleanor's song You'll Hear Better Songs (Than This).

0503Seth Lakeman2015061920130103 (BBC7)
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Seth Lakeman delves into his personal music collection and reveals five special songs.

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Seth Lakeman has established himself as a leading folk musician. A celebrated singer he's also a multi-instrumentalist and respected songwriter.

Growing up in Devon with musical parents Geoff and Joy it is little wonder he and his brothers Sam and Sean became musicians.

Seth tells Phil Cunningham how music was always a feature of the family home along with a good dose of healthy rivalry. The annual highlight was when they all went on family busking holidays in France where they performed as the Frantic Five.

Now in demand throughout the country Seth has several albums to his name and recalls playing on BBC Scotland's Hogmanay Live along with Phil.

Phil's association with the family goes back many years having played at Geoff Lakeman's 40th birthday celebrations where a young Seth knew him as Mr Monkey!

Phil opens the show with Seth's song Lady of the Sea before Seth picks these five tracks:

Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli - Shine

Randy Newman - Short People

Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning

Joan Osborne - St Teresa

Toots and the Maytals - Louie Louie

Phil closes the show with the track Hard Road from Seth's latest album, Tales from the Barrel House.

Seth Lakeman has established himself as a leading folk musician. A celebrated singer he's also a multi-instrumentalist and respected songwriter.

Growing up in Devon with musical parents Geoff and Joy it is little wonder he and his brothers Sam and Sean became musicians.

Seth tells Phil Cunningham how music was always a feature of the family home along with a good dose of healthy rivalry. The annual highlight was when they all went on family busking holidays in France where they performed as the Frantic Five.

Now in demand throughout the country Seth has several albums to his name and recalls playing on BBC Scotland's Hogmanay Live along with Phil.

Phil's association with the family goes back many years having played at Geoff Lakeman's 40th birthday celebrations where a young Seth knew him as Mr Monkey!

Phil opens the show with Seth's song Lady of the Sea before Seth picks these five tracks:

Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli - Shine

Randy Newman - Short People

Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning

Joan Osborne - St Teresa

Toots and the Maytals - Louie Louie

Phil closes the show with the track Hard Road from Seth's latest album, Tales from the Barrel House.

Seth Lakeman delves into his personal music collection and reveals five special songs.

Phil Cunningham talks to a series of musicians about their lives, careers and influences.

0505Craig Armstrong2015062620130131 (BBC7)
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Craig Armstrong tells Phil Cunningham about five special tracks in his record collection.

5/8 Craig Armstrong is a respected composer and arranger and a Royal Academy of Music graduate.

His film credits include the scores for William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet which earned him a BAFTA award and Moulin Rouge which earned him an Ivor Novello award for best original score. He wrote the music for the film Love Actually and has produced his own albums including Piano Works and Film Works.

Phil Cunningham opens the programme with the music to accompany the Balcony Scene from the soundtrack to the film Romeo + Juliet and then they go on to talk about these five tracks.

The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles

Lontano for Orchestra (1967 ) - Ligeti

Safe from Harm - Massive Attack

Lets make our own movies - AGF - Westernization Completed

Because of Toledo - The Blue Nile

Phil closes the programme with Enno Morricone's Love Theme.

Craig Armstrong is a respected composer and arranger and a Royal Academy of Music graduate.

His film credits include the scores for William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet which earned him a BAFTA award and Moulin Rouge which earned him an Ivor Novello award for best original score. He wrote the music for the film Love Actually and has produced his own albums including Piano Works and Film Works.

Phil Cunningham opens the programme with the music to accompany the Balcony Scene from the soundtrack to the film Romeo + Juliet and then they go on to talk about these five tracks.

The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles

Lontano for Orchestra (1967 ) - Ligeti

Safe from Harm - Massive Attack

Lets make our own movies - AGF - Westernization Completed

Because of Toledo - The Blue Nile

Phil closes the programme with Enno Morricone's Love Theme

Craig Armstrong tells Phil Cunningham about five special tracks in his record collection.

Phil Cunningham talks to a series of musicians about their lives, careers and influences.

Phil Cunningham talks to a series of musicians about their lives, careers and influences.