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No Show, Just Music (January ’20)

Melodic Distraction Radio


“I took my son to The Philharmonic when he was 5 and he said he didn’t like it as there was ‘no show, just music’. So that’s the name of the show – No Show, Just Music.”

Martin Mackarel was one of the original Eric’s kids, joining at 16 in his school uniform. From then, he was editor of Liverpool’s first post punk fanzine ‘Human Gladtidings’ in 1978, which was displayed last year at the Central Library punk rock exhibition.

Decades later, Martin sang with the Liverpool Philharmonic and City of London choir, performing in a variety of interesting places. He has also been on Liverpool community radio (although drew a complaint when he played a Patti Smith record with a swear word in it). More recently, Martin has been a regular on BBC Radio 6’s ‘The Chain’. 

He pops into the studio for a guest show following years of teaching in the UK, USA and China, where he acquired some interesting records.


Electric Keyboard Orchestra – The Fire Dance
Yoshiaki Takei – It’s Been A Long Time
Patrule Cowley – Megatron Man
Black Widow – Love To The Solbat
Tristan Carey – Sputnik Code
Trouveres Troubador – A la fontenelle
The 24 Karat Five – Get You
Loais Paul – Leave The Door Where You Found It
Tina Hollier – Sky Sail
Anya Super Band – Aurala Aurala Special of the 70s
Al Stewart – Once An Orange, Always An Orange
OST – Walk On The Wild Side
Olga Bell – Krall Krassondar Koai
The Hobbits – Strawberry Children
Yosai – 1st Track Side 2
Bole 2 Harlem – Ametballe
Big Joe Williams – Mink Coat Blues

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