Welcome to Connections, the programme that brings music together like a game of dominoes. The simple rule is that each song played on the show has to 'connect' to the next one in some way...The science stops there...

You can listen to the programme LIVE at and on good old fashioned radio on 94.9FM in the Istanbul area at 17:00 Istanbul time every Saturday. (That's 15:00 GMT, 10:00 EST (Where it's a sort of breakfast show) and 03:00 Sunday NZST (Where it's a through night jam) In addition, I'm steadily adding the archived programmes that date back to October 2009, so there's plenty to keep you going...

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Connections Christmas Special 22nd December 2012

Connections 159 22nd December 2012

Here's my Christmas Special from 22/12/12 featuring James Brown looking goood, smellin' goooood and makin' love gooood, with lots of ghetto references, as only he can...Elvis is blue, we urge you to keep it decimal and Phil Spector is around more than once...Enjoy!
Look on it as an apocalypse survival party!!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Connections 158 15th December 2012

Here's the link to my show 158, during which we start with Ravi and keep the sitar vibe for some part...That which is without sitar is either from Vision On, has much echo or might be a Turkish Tram inspired blues or even a Peruvian freak out!! Enjoy!

Connections 158 15th December 2012 

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Connections 157 9th December 2012

Hello there! Here's show 157... during which we contemplate speaking in Brubeck, songs with weak ends, anything on Nepentha records, rhythms of life and keeping it EEEE ZZZZZ...Oh, music by Dave Brubeck, Jacques Perrey, Syd Dale, Kraftwerk, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel and Janko Nilovic, to name but a few...Listen in!

Connections 157 8th December 2012 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Connections 155 24th November 2012

Here's a link to my show from 24th November, during which we deal with deep baths, rugs and polished floors, the laissez faire of Shuggie and obeying the pelican...Enjoy! Music includes Shuggie Otis, Quincey Jones, Led Zeppelin and The Yardbirds...

Connections 155 24th November 2012

Connections 156 1st December 2012

Connections 156 1st December 2012

Here's the link to my show from 1st Dec '12, during which we deal with some Beatles conspiracy, get you in the Moog with Baris Manco, marvel at the virtuoso...and darn right awkwardness of Todd and don't panic! Bowie saves the day...Enjoy...

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Connections 154 17th November 2012

Hello all! Here's a link to Connections, from 17/11 featuring a very special guest..Music without borders and no quibbles!! Enjoy!

Connections 17th November 2012

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Connections 153 November 10th 2012

Hello! Here's the show from 10th November, during which The Grateful Dead get Saintly, Pink Floyd flog bananas, banana eating music in general and refrigerator thief extraordinaire R.Dean Taylor runs for the hills...


Connections 153 10th November 2012 

Connections 152 3rd November 2012

Hello! Here's the belated link for 3rd November's show, during which we contemplate all things Commercial, get temporarily invaded by cowpokes and get a choice of hold music in the bargain...Tamam mi? Includes Frank Zappa, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Zappa WITH Linda Rondstadt...yes, honestly...Mississippi John Hurt and Taj Mahal, to name but a few!! Enjoy!

Connections 3rd Novenber 2012 

Monday, 29 October 2012

Connections 150 20th October 2012

Hello there! Here's a link to Connections from 20th October 2012. Enjoy!

Connections 150 20th October 2012

Connections 151 27th October 2012

Hello all! Here's the link to Connections from 27th October, during which I contemplate the possibility of Phil Lynott as a closet Brummie, instigate an agony uncle feature and ponder the echoes of Garfunkel...Enjoy!

Connections 151 27th October 2012

Monday, 15 October 2012

Connections 149 13th October 2012

Hello all! Here's the link to the programme from 13th October...Includes a tribute to 'Big Jim' Sullivan, The Beatles, Ivor Cutler and Limmie and the Family Cooking!


Connections 149 13th October 2012

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Connections 148 6th October 2012

Hello! Here's the link to Connections from 6th October 2012

Connections 6th October 2012

The playlist:

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band- Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man (Reprise, 1972)
The Monks-Shut Up (Polydor, 1966)
Teardrop Explodes- Sleeping Gas (Zoo, 1979)
Alternative TV-How Much Longer (Deptford Fun City, 1977)
REM- It's The End Of The World As We Know It (and I feel fine) (IRS, 1987)
Portishead-Sour Times (Go! Beat, 1994)
Lalo Schidrin-Danube Incident (Paramount, 1969)
Donna Summer-Down Deep Inside (Casablanca, 1977)
Dixie Cups-Iko Iko (Red Bird, 1965)
Yoko Ono/ Plastic Ono Band - Open Your Box (Apple, 1971)
The Beatles- Love Me Do (Parlophone, 1962)
Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band- Zig Zag (Buddah, 1967)



Saturday, 29 September 2012

Connections 147 29th September 2012

Hello! Welcome to show 147 dedicated to Andy Williams, who passed away earlier this week.

You can listen to this show at Connections 147 29th September 2012

Happy listening!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Friday, 31 August 2012

Catch up! Connections 140, 141 and 142

Hello! Here are links for the last 3 shows so we're up to date!

The usual links to follow shortly, but as you can see, I've been running 3-4 shows behind on here over the Summer!

So here are the links... Just click on them to take you to Mixcloud

Connections 142 25th August 2012

Connections 141 18th August 2012

Connections 140 11th August 2011

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Connections 139 4/8/2012 (8/4/2012 US)

Hello and welcome to happy show 139...resurrecting Northumbrian Urban singers to put you in that holiday mood!! YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:-

Connections 139 4th August 2012

...and so to the music...

Don't You Wish You Had (What You Had When You Had It) by Ruth Copeland (Invictus Records 1971)

Woo Together by Bernie Worrell (Arista Records 1978)

The Rubberband Man by The Spinners (Atlantic Records 1976)

Mama Can't Buy You Love by Elton John (MCA Records 1979)

I Can't Give You Anything But My Love (Avco Records 1975)

Thin Line Between Love and Hate by The Persuaders (Atco Records 1971)

Baby, Don't Change Your Mind by Gladys Knight and The Pips (Buddah Records 1977)

Roobarb by Johnny Hawksworth (BBC 1974)

Tequila by The Champs (Challenge Records 1958)

Sleepwalk by Santo and Johnny (Canadian American Records 1959)

Hawaii 5-0 by The Ventures (United Artists Records 1969)

The Silent Boatman by Ruth Copeland (Invictus Records 1970)

and that's about all! hop you enjoyed!!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Connections 138 28/7/2012 (7/28/2012 US)

Hello and welcome to show 138! As ever, YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:-

Connections 138 27th July 2012

...and on with the music...

The Time Of The Season by The Zombies (CBS Records 1968)

Hold Your Head Up by Argent (Epic Records 1972)
New York Groove by Hello (Bell Records 1975)

Blowing Up My Mind! by The Exciters (RCA Records 1969)

Dr Kiss Kiss by 5000 Volts (Epic/ Philips Records 1976)

Summer of 42 by The Biddu Orchestra (Epic Records 1975)
Sister Marie by Nilsson (RCA Records 1968)

Half Moon by Janis Joplin (Columbia Records 1970)

(Walk Me Out In The) Morning Dew by The Grateful Dead (Warner Bros Records 1970)

Words Of Love by The Mamas and The Papas (RCA Victor 1966)

Gimme Shelter by Merry Clayton (Ode Records 1970)

Pink Moon by Nick Drake (Island Records 1972)

A Rose For Emily by The Zombie (CBS Records 1968)

...and that's it for another show!! Hope you enjoyed!


Monday, 20 August 2012

Connections 137 21/7/2012 (7/21/2012 US)

Hello and welcome to show 137! This show was dedicated to Jon Lord. As ever, you can LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:-

Connections 137 21st July 2012, on with the music...
Speed King by Deep Purple (Harvest Records 1970)
Sea Diver by Mott The Hoople (CBS Records 1972)

Rebel Rebel by David Bowie (RCA Records 1974)

Mighty Joe by Shocking Blue (Pink Elephant Records 1969)

Left Bank Two by The Noveltones (De Wolfe Records 1964)

Accroche Toi, Caroline by Paris Studio Group (De Wolfe Music 1967)

Dans Le Monde Entier by Francoise Hardy (Vogue Records 1965)

In The Rain by The Dramatics (Volt Records 1972)

Float On by The Floaters (MCA Records 1977)

You're Getting A Little Too Smart by The Detroit Emeralds (Westbound Records 1972)

The Painter by Deep Purple (Harvest Records 1969)

and that's all for another show! Hope you enjoyed!


Connections 136 14/7/2012 (7/14 2012 US)

Hello and welcome to show 136!! This show is dedicated to The Rolling Stones on their 50th anniversary.. YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:-

Connections 14th July 2012

So, as ever, on with the music...

Dancing With Mr D by The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones Records 1973)
Theme From 'Shaft' by Isaac Hayes (Stax Records 1971)

Do The Funky Chicken by Rufus Thomas (Stax Records 1969)

(I Lost My Heart To A) Starship Trooper by Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip (Vogue Records 1978)
Star Wars Cantina Theme by John Williams (20th Century Records 1977)

Harry Lime Theme From The Third Man By Anton Karas (Originally released by London Records 1949)

Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce (ABC Records 1973)

On The Rebound by Floyd Kramer (RCA Records 1961)

You Don't Love Me by Dawn Penn (Studio One Records 1967)

The Israelites by Desmond Dekker (Trojan Records 1968)

Toast by Streetband (Logo records 1978)
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow? by The Rolling Stones (Decca Records 1966)

Anyway, that seems to be about it...hope you enjoyed!!