My featured guest on the third episode of Spirit and Roots was the always excellent Simon Stanley-Ward. Here is a video of him playing ‘Beluga Whale’ from his new record.

We spoke about the influence of the 2 great John’s – Otway and Prine – on his music, and how a side-career in stand-up comedy helped him develop into into the dynamic performer he is today.

You can listen to the entire interview and show here:

Episode 3 Playlist

1/ THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF LOS ANGELES – The Times They Are A-Changin’  / Dylan’s Gospel

2/ DELBERT MCCLINTON – B-Movie Boxcar Blues / Second Wind

3/ SIMON STANLEY-WARD – The Monster Song / Simon Stanley-Ward

4/ SIMON STANLEY-WARD – Beluga Whale / Songs From Various Places

5/ JOHN PRINE – Lake Marie / Live On Tour

6/ JOHN OTWAY – A413 Revisited / The Best and Second-Best of John Otway

7/ LINDA THOMPSON w/ ANTONY – Beauty / Versatile Heart

8/ IRMA THOMAS – I Think It’s Going To Rain Today / Simply Grand

All artist links can be found in the YouTube and MixCloud footnotes.