Schedule – 22/04/2019 (Bank Holiday! :) )

Good morning, good people of York!! We hope that you have had an amazing Bank Holiday weekend – what. a. scorcher!!! 🙂
 
We have an exciting day of programmes prepared for you, including music, visual arts, the history of York’s relationship with chocolate and more. Tune in from midday: www.tworiversradio.stream
 
Midday – 1pm – Declan Minskip presents the Lunchtime Rush. There will be exciting and eclectic music as ever and all of the positivity you could ask for on this Bank Holiday Monday afternoon!!!
 
1 – 2pm – The Art of the Matter with Claudia Wardle investigates a group Easter-related images. Claudia will also be interviewing local artist, Pennie Lordan and local historian, Cristina Figueredo.
 
2 – 3pm – Harrison Fretwell-Bates has produced another fantastic show charting an important part of our city’s history. Take a step back in time today and find out about York’s long-term relationship with CHOCOLATE.
 
3 – 4pm – Alex & Sam will be bringing you the very best in an as yet undisclosed sub-genre of rock this afternoon. Tune in and turn your system up to 11 for What Rock?
 
4 – 5pm – This will be a show from the archives.
 
5 – 6pm – This will be a show from the archives.
 
6 – 7pm – This will be an episode of Bob Horton Brings the Weirdness from the archives.
 
7 – 8pm – Graham Blueskies is in the hot-seat hosting Breaking York – bringing you the very best in local and independent music. Today, York-based band The Receivers will be live in the studio playing some tunes and chatting about their current UK tour! Not to be missed.
 
 
This will be our final live broadcast on a Monday for a while. We are a voluntary organisation and need to take some downtime to recruit new volunteers, fund-raise and plan for a more sustainable future of Two Rivers Radio.
 
We will continue to promote events, gigs, music, comedy, happenings and more via our social media channels.
 
We will be updating and improving our website over the coming weeks so please do keep checking in and if its down, don’t worry – it’ll only be temporary.
Two Rivers Radio will be back soon!  Bigger and better than ever!!
 
If you would like to get involved with Two Rivers Radio in any way – presenter, producer, studio technician, administrator, fund-raiser or if you would like to support Two Rivers Radio and independent community media, please do get in touch!
 
07913 685823 // tworiversradio@gmail.com

Schedule – 15/04/2019

Good morning! Two Rivers Radio will be #liveandloud today from midday.

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Declan kicks things off with The Lunchtime Rush – top chat and an eclectic, exciting song selection.

1-2pm – One from the archives

2-3pm – Fasil Demsash hosts Black York

3-4pm – One from the archives

4-5pm – One form the archives

5-6pm – Will Son Tomm blows the dust off some classics and he once again reveals the Connoisseur’s Stash!

Its a short day today, but nevertheless we hope that you will tune in and enjoy!! 

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Today’s Schedule! (08/04/2019)

Good morning people of York!!

We have a very exciting day full of fresh and original radio brought to you by our wonderful team of volunteer producers and presenters. We broadcast live every Monday from our pop-up studio at The corner pin.

Listen live by clicking HERE to launch the stream in your media player!

At midday Declan Minskip kicks things off with The Lunchtime Rush. Declan will be joined by special guest Tom Rudd of BeSpeak to discuss all things poetry happening in #York. There will also be the usual eclectic mix of classic and contemporary tunes to liven up your Monday. Its a 2 hour special so get locked in and enjoy!

2-3pm – LGBT Hour is back! Join Lisa Kelly as she answers the big topical questions to some controversial subjects that have been the subject of heated debates recently. Also this month Lisa brings you news of forthcoming events and mixes it all up with some great #LGBT related music.

3-4pm – In need of some musical inspiration? Then tune in at 3pm as Alex & Sam answer that most important of questions… What Rock?

That 80s show is back at 4pm with Lisa Kelly bringing you the chart hits from the 1980’s but what month is featured? Lisa will give you news from the featured month to help you along and all best songs from throughout this month during each year of a fabulous decade for music. Message TRR here or Tweet @TwoRiversRadio with you answer.

5-6pm – Maxime is presenting a special Baguette et Croissant avec des invités très spéciaux.

6-7pm – Rosey’s Time Capsule returns and we are finally in Spring! 1968 was a terrible year for heros and promising politicians: 41 years ago this past week, MLK Jr was assassinated on April 4, on a hotel balcony in Memphis Tennessee. But lots of events have happened in early Aprils. Today we’ll look at a few of the notable ones that seem to actually have occurred on or about April 8, and listen to some great tunes.

7-8pm – Graham Blueskies is back in the hot-seat with the very best in local, independent and emerging music. Tune in for news of up-coming and recent releases, some exciting new competitions! Quiet Eyes Staxtonbury Music Festival  –  Tune into Breaking York!

Soul Funktion will be spinning some fine and funky soul music between 8-9pm.

9-10pm – Beats ‘n Pieces is back with Jonah Hebron. Let him take you by the ears and guide you through a world of global hip-hop, beats and syncopation.

Two Rivers Radio is a not-for-profit community radio station run exclusively by a team of dedicated volunteers.

If you would like to get involved or support Two Rivers Radio please contact us here: tworiversradio@gmail.com or call Jez on 07913 685823.

Review: Vanity & Vision

On Saturday 16th March, guests at “Vanity & Vision” witnessed a glamorous tale of rivalry, Peter Schaffer’s masterful film of 1984, Amadeus, based on his play of the same name. Not only did the masterpiece itself delight viewers, but all in attendance were also treated to an evening that oozed the eighteenth century.

Hosted at the magnificent York Mansion House – home to the Lord Mayors of York – the event was a collaboration between CinemArts Ltd., whose Creative Director is John Beecroft, and the York Literature Festival. Guests arrived for 19:00 to be greeted with a drink and the opportunity to explore the splendid eighteenth-century abode before taking their seats at tables in the State Room to enjoy light music by composers of the Georgian era.

John Beecroft of CinemArts Ltd. gave a short introduction before Amadeus began on the large screen, a fictionalised biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a film widely considered to be one of the best of all time. The screening was also punctuated with intermissions, the first of which consisted in a fabulous performance from guest Soprano, Janette Davies, of a repertoire of typical eighteenth-century drawing room music. Delectable platters of Baroque-inspired food were served to guests by York-based food, drink, and event specialists, Blakefields, who also provided the fine array of drinks all evening with a bar at the back of the hall. All in all, “Vanity & Vision” was an doubly alliterative eighteenth-century extravaganza!

To learn more about CinemArts and their forthcoming immersive cinema experiences, please follow on social media!

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Words by Claudia L. Wardle  (presenter of The Art of the Matter)

Header image courtesy of CinemArts Ltd

Photo image: Claudia L. Wardle

Vanity & Vision

Enjoy a wonderful film and immerse yourself in the food, music and style of the day at Mansion House.

Join CinemArts Ltd in celebrating the life of one of history’s greatest composers – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

During the evening you will enjoy a Baroque inspired meal platter and a bar will be available throughout for purchase of a range of drinks.

Saturday 16th March @ 7pm – £25

Review: No Frills – Sleaford Mods

I took a trip to Fibbers last week to see The Fall sound-a-likes The Sleaford Mods.

Prior to their arrival on stage we were treated to support act Liines (I can only assume the extra I is to make their name easier to Google). The band themselves are a 3 piece alternative, post-punk band from Manchester.

The easiest comparison to make in terms of their sound would be Gang of Four (repeated statements as lyrics and a bass which seems to be turned up to 11). The band consists of lead singer Zoe McVeigh (who looks like Justine Frischman from Elastica and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance had a love child), Tamsin Middleton on the aforementioned dirty bass and Leila O’Sullivan on drums.

I have to say, having never even heard of the band before, I was mightily impressed with their stage presence and their songs even if some of them are a little too derivative of 1980’s post punk for my liking. I would definitely recommend checking them out on whatever device you use to listen to your music.

Following the satisfying starter course of the support band, The Sleaford Mods came on for our main event of the evening. If you have never seen the band before, my only warning would be to not go in expecting all the sensory stimuli which normally comes when you see a successful band. There are no frills here; no light shows, no smoke machines, a very basic, unmoving background image on the screen behind. It is literally two men and a drum machine. The first thing to say about the band would be that Andrew Fearn has the easiest job in music from a live performance perspective. He stands there with his bottle of lager and presses play at the start of the song – that’s it! This is not a criticism by the way as I think it actually adds to the bands don’t give a shit attitude that they seem to have towards anything that could be considered as extraneous. Vocalist James Williamson has good stage presence, particularly his extensive use of what can only be described as the T-Rex arm whilst gesticulating. Suprisingly, some of his mannerisms also cross into Morrissey territory.  His ‘singing’ style can best be described as a hybrid of spoken word/ shouting/ rapping. All in all, he keeps the crowds attention well throughout their set.

The bands set consisted of many songs of their new album ‘Eton Alive’ which is a good thing as I feel this is their strongest album to date due to the increased complexity of the backing music composed by Andrew Fearn, and the introduction of some much needed melody during choruses (something which I think really helps to differentiate between songs). The new songs were punctuated by old favourites such as ‘TCR’ which seemed to have the most resonance with the live crowd.

Overall, I would definitely recommend seeing them live but I perhaps would have liked to see a bit more stage banter in between the songs to introduce the context due to the live setting the lyrics can sometimes get a bit lost in amongst all the other noise going on in the venue. This is important as the lyrics, telling the stories of everyday UK life, are the main selling point of the band.

Words by Christian Greenwood  (Presenter of Music History 101: the Story of…)

Image Credit: YelloMustang / www.fibbers.co.uk

York Wellbeing Day – Family Edition (10/03/2019)

If you listen regularly to either Information Takeaway or Yor Living Well, you will know that Juliet Powell organised York’s very first Wellbeing Day last year.

Tomorrow, you can join Juliet and a host of fantastic health & wellbeing practitioners for the inaugural York Wellbeing Day – Family Edition.

Be at Hotel du Vin York from 1:30pm tomorrow to meet, talk to and learn from:
A Global Community Of Wellness
Environment Healing
Relax Kids York and Selby with Kirsty
SHH safe healthy happy
The Happy Healing Hut
Chiropractic 1st
Finding Perspectives
Pretty Plaits

Two Rivers Radio will be live from York Wellbeing Day – Family Edition from 1:30 – 5pm, talking to the practitioners and playing the much of the great music you will have heard on Juliet’s shows over the last 18 months.

Tune in here: www.tworiversradio.stream

LGBT Mastermind 2019

Spoiler Alert!  If you are planning on listening to the LGBT Mastermind quiz at 5pm this afternoon and don’t want to know who won – stop reading now.

 

Listen live at 5pm by clicking here! HERE

There has been a wide programme of events this February in York to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history organised by York LGBT History Month, and on Thursday night last week it was marked by LGBT Mastermind. Hosted at the Corner Pin on Tanner Row, the event was based on the television programme ‘Mastermind’ and saw six contenders competing to answer the most LGBT-related general knowledge questions within two minutes. With Lisa Kelly asking the questions and Jake keeping time and score, the contenders responded to a wide range of cultural and socio-political questions, the answers to which were often rather surprising and indeed fascinating.

The event began with an exceedingly keen group of contenders and supporters singing, until everyone curbed their enthusiasm to make way for the event. The first contender, last year’s champion Annis, was up! The whole thing had to be restarted as the mood lighting – albeit magical and romantic – was slightly too dim. With this issue rectified, it was all go. Questions were asked and answered relating to all manner of things (I personally learned a lot!), such as the Stonewall Campaign, Sir Ian McKellen’s knighthood, statues of Alan Turing, York Pride, Sappho… The list goes on. There were two rounds with an interval of notable camaraderie and conviviality! Annis, CJ (who guessed LGSM to stand for Lesbian and Gay SadoMasochists), Dale, Ian, Martin, and Rebecca all had the chance of a further two minutes in the second round to cash in some more points. At the reckoning, it turned out that Annis had been knocked from the champion spot and been usurped by Ian, who emerged as victor with 15 points.

Overall, the event proved to be an immense success, with much laughter and celebration as well as discussion of serious matters concerning LGBT history which the event aimed to address. I had some very illuminating conversation with participants and supporters alike both in the interval and after the event when the group remained for a while for a jovial chat. Congratulations to Ian, the LGBT Mastermind 2019 champion!

 

Picture & words credit: Claudia L. Wardle

24 Hours of D&D – for Charity!

Two Rivers Radio presenter of What Rock?, is taking part in a big charity event this weekend.  He and friends will be playing Dungeons and Dragons for 24 hours straight from 5pm tonight.

The event will be raising money for Special Effect, who make video game controllers for disabled people (mainly children) so that they can play video games in the same way an able bodied person could.

Follow the link HERE to learn more!!