SPIRIT AND ROOTS EPISODE #15 w/ PEPE BELMONTE – NOW UP ON MIXCLOUD

My featured guest for the 15th episode of Spirit and Roots was Irish-Italian troubadour, Pepe Belmonte. Here he is performing his track, ‘Sinking Ships,’ for us live in the studio.


We talked Hawaiian music, his childhood in Ireland and his journey back to performing after a life-threatening cycle crash in 2012.


You can listen to the entire show and interview here:


Episode 15 Playlist

1/ DAMIEN DEMPSEY – School. Days Over – Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl

2/ TOM RUSH – Child’s Song – Tom Rush

3/ TEXAS TORNADOS – She Never Spoke Spanish To Me – Texas Tornados

4/ DIRK POWELL AND THE TRANSATLANTIC SESSIONS BAND – Waterbound – Transatlantic Sessions 5

5/ JAMES TAYLOR – Copperline – Live

6/ ALELA DIANE – Lost Land – About Farewell

7/ PEPE BELMONTE – Pending On My Mind – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

8/ PEPE BELMONTE – Sinking Ships – Unreleased

9/ GABBY PAHINUI HAWAIIAN BAND – I’m Livin’ On A Easy – The Rough Guide to the Music of Hawaii: Slide & Slack key Surfing Sounds

10/ RY COODER – Yellow Roses – Chicken Skin Music

11/ PLANXTY – As I Roved Out – Live 2004

12/ JASON MCNIFF – Woody’s Annie Hall – Off The Rails

13/ DAVE ALVIN – California Bloodlines – West of West

14/ GARY CLARK – Shenandoa – The Big E: A Salute To Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons

15/ BRYAN FERRY – Falling In Love Again – As Time Goes By

16/ JOHN DILLON AND JESSE COLTER – The Last Dance and the Kentucky Racehorse

17/ JACK RUTTER – Hills of Longendale – Gold of Scar and Shale

18/ BEN HARPER AND THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA – I Shall Not Walk Alone – Live at the Apollo

19/ LUCERO – Union Pacific Line – Live From Atlanta

20/ BON VOYAGE – Kate & Anna McGarrigle (feat. Jane McGarrigle) – The McGarrigle Hour

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

PEPE BELMONTE – OUR NEXT GUEST – 23 NOVEMBER

The next episode of Spirit and Roots will be Saturday 23th November – 2-4pm (GMT).

We’re so happy to welcome as our guest one of the UK’s very finest troubadours, Pepe Belmonte. He has a new album about to drop, ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall,’ and we’ll be hearing selections from that as well having him perform for us in the studio.




Be sure to tune in and join us here:

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SPIRIT AND ROOTS EPISODE #14 w/ STEVE MAHONEY – NOW UP ON MIXCLOUD

My featured guest for the 14th episode of Spirit and Roots was North-West London’s own, Steve Mahoney. Here he is performing his track, ‘My Favourite Guy,’ for us live in the studio.


We talked about his love of Neil Young’s Shocking Pinks’ period; what it’s like to record an album in a single day; and what motivates him to write songs.


You can listen to the entire show and interview here:


Episode 14 Playlist

1/ THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA – Through Blue Light – Between Colours

2/ MINK DEVILLE – Mixed Up Shook Up Girl – Cabretta

3/ CHRISTIAN KJELLVANDER – Rider in the Rain – A Village: Natural Light

4/ STEVE MAHONEY AND THE MILKSHAKES – Evelina (Queen of Costa) – The Second Referendum

5/ STEVE MAHONEY AND THE MILKSHAKES – My Favourite Guy – The Second Referendum

6/ NEIL YOUNG – Payola Blues – Everybody’s Rockin’

7/ JOHN HARTFORD – Tall Buildings – Good’le Days: Essential Recordings

8/ OCEAN COLOUR SCENE – Outside of a Circle – B-Sides, Seasides & Freerides

9/ KEB’ MO’ – City Boy – That Hot Pink Blues Album

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

STEVE MAHONEY – OUR NEXT GUEST – 12 NOVEMBER

The next episode of Spirit and Roots will be Tuesday 12th November – 9-10pm (GMT).

My featured guest will be North-West London’s very own musical maverick Steve Mahoney. Steve and his band, The Milkshakes, are just about to release their fantastic sophomore record, ‘The Second Referendum,’ and we’ll be hearing some exclusive tracks from it.




Be sure to tune in and join us here:

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