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Tubular Bells Xmas 2013 Facebook Campaign


On last weeks RPG show, Micky showcased "Tubular Bells" by The Children of Ireland that was recorded and produced by Tom Newman (the producer of the original 1973 album by Mike Oldfield) and Paul Brett.  On the back of that show, Micky came up with the idea (based on the "Rage Against The Machine" campaign in 2009) of promoting the single with a Facebook campaign to try and hit the number 1 spot in the charts for Christmas, 2013.  This way, UK TV show, The X-Factor would not continue to dominate the Christmas chart as it has done in previous years.  Tom and Paul loved the idea and they agreed to have the page created and published on Facebook.  Within 24 hours the response was amazing, gaining over 400 "likes".

The plan would be to get everyone to buy and download the track from the relevant online retailers, iTunes and Amazon being the main vendors, from Sunday the 15th of December, 2013 when the sales that week would count towards the official Christmas chart.

It's early days still and people continue to join the campaign.  The aim is to make the campaign page go viral and the word is spreading.  Tom and Paul have contacted all of their friends, colleagues and acquaintances to help get the page more awareness, and Radio Pure Gently would like you to do the same!

If you would like to help the cause, the Facebook page is:   Just click the like button to join.

From the 15th of December, go to: for iTunes and for Amazon to purchase the single and let's beat the X-Factor to the Christmas number one spot! 

All proceeds from the sale of the single and the album will go towards continuing the development of the program with the schools and will be rolled out to other parts of the UK where Pink Floyd's "The Wall", The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and tracks by The Police will be re-created by the children.

Micky's interview with Tom Newman can be heard on the podcast and you can listen to it here:

Radio Pure Gently is extremely proud to be involved with this campaign.  

RPG Podcast 31st October 2013



Here is the podcast for the 31st of October, 2013. Halloween!
Enjoy the new music!

This week's featured acts: Aviators, Todd Snow, Tom Newman & The Children of Ireland, Shamus Dark, Absinthe Junk, Line Runners, Sean Taylor, Irish Sea Sessions and Bloodflower.

If you like what you have heard, click the relevant links to find out more.

If you are an independent band or artist and would like to submit your music for our consideration, email us at


DOWNLOAD (Right click link and select: Save Link As)


Duff Sounds

Duff Sounds

A short biography from Duff's Soundcloud page:  "Duffsounds is a studio project based in West Midlands/Wales borders UK. All songs are written, performed, recorded and mixed by me, with contributions from other musicians to the writing and performing on some of the tracks."


Nzca Lines Re-mix:

Reggae tunes on Soundcloud:

Vibes from Bristol Archive Records:

Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor has rapidly grown to be one of the hottest new names in the UK blues/acoustic scene. His incredible passion for performance, sheer talent and songwriting of the highest calibre is a testament to his frequent comparisons with John Martyn, Chris Isaak and Tom Waits.

He has opened for artists such as John Fogerty, Neville Brothers, Tony Joe White, Eric Bibb, Tom Paxton, Tift Merritt and Band Of Horses. He has toured Holland, Switzerland, Australia, France and Ireland.

The past couple of years has seen Sean’s profile rocket with three UK tours and festival performances at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Beautiful Days and many others

In September 2013 Sean's new album 'Chase The Night' is released. The album was recorded in Austin, TX with producer Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani Di Franco & Eliza Gilkyson) and features legendary double bass player Danny Thompson.


Linerunners were formed from the remnants of two Hereford bands "Beyond This" and "The Fex". 
Steve and Phil Davies, being the "Fex" half, with Tobias Armitage and Nick Betts hailing from "Beyond This".
They quickly developed a distinctive sound and song writing style whilst gigging in and around Hereford, before recording their first EP in 1998, followed by another in 2001.
Charlotte Millward-Brookes joined in 2006, adding a new vocal dimension and another two EP's have followed in subsequent years.
They are currently working on an album.
Defying categorisation, Linerunners' thoughtful melodies and dark vocals continue to evolve.

Vocals and percussion - Tobias Armitage, Vocals and percussion - Lotty Millward-Brookes, Bass guitar - Nick Betts,Drums and vocals - Phil Davies, Guitar and vocals - Steve Davies




Bloodflower are Jonnie Owen and Tom Manning -
Bloodflower is a collaboration between two long term friends, artist,
Jonnie Owen and producer, Tom Manning. 

The duo entered Monnow Valley Studios in September 2012 to work on a few ideas together. What started out as a creative experiment has progressed into a long term musical partnership. 

Jonnie and Tom made their live debut at Huw Stephens' Swn Festival in October this year, bolstered by their full live band setup.  Their initial releases to date, namely the January free download track 'Indigo' and current release  'Horizon', have received critical acclaim from key taste-maker music blogs and radio play from the likes of Huw Stephens & Jen Long/Ally McCrae on BBC Radio 1, John Kennedy on XFM, Chris Hawkins on BBC Radio 6, Q Radio and Amazing Radio. 

The band play their first London show on December 10th for Huw Stephens at The Social.

Todd Snow

Todd Snow is an American ambient musician who records a distinctive form of experimental music.  Todd's ambient terrain is a blend of natural, urban and atmospheric sounds. His music takes listeners on a hypnotic, immersive journey perfect for drifting, dreaming and stargazing.






Here is a short biography from his official website:

"What I do: I’m a independent alternative musician, and I dabble in just about every genre in existence, from classical to modern electronica. I have recorded 4 studio albums, and 3 remix albums. I’m experienced in production, songwriting, sound design, drum programming, and thematic composition. I am currently looking for opportunities to score games or films that may require soundtracks. Meanwhile, I’m honing the craft of scoring by working on indie games.
Who I am: My name is Tyler Shaw a.k.a. Aviators and I hail from Vermont. I began my musical journey at the age of 4, when I began playing the violin. I played it for 8 years before quitting and moving on to other things. I figured that playing the violin would never get me anywhere in life, but I now realize that it had grown my skills in music theory, as well as teaching me to read music. I picked up the guitar shortly after quitting violin, and instead of taking lessons I taught myself. Instead of going the typical route of learning chords and such, I just played around with solos and learned to play songs by ear. In early 2011, I took my first step in music production; I began using a DAW. Garageband was my first one, and it taught me all the basics. I played around with everything I could and pumped out a couple absolutely horrible songs. After months of fiddling with Garageband, I chose to move to a more pro-level DAW. Fruity Loops was my first choice, and I quickly learned that I wasn’t ready for such a big switch. Having no idea what I was doing was a good thing, though… It allowed me to learn quickly by trial and error. I played around with it for a couple months, and I ended up working on what became my debut album, Reflections of a Dream."

Official Website:

The track "Open Your Eyes" is free to download here"  DOWNLOAD (Right click and select "Save As")


Tubular Bells - The Children Of Ireland

Tom Newman's new recording of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells with The Children of Ireland. A beautifully crafted and played version of Mike's multi million selling album by the original producer Tom Newman recorded live in classrooms and schools in Ireland with young musicians including autistic and disabled young people. It was many years in recording and a true labour of love by Tom to give young musicians the chance to experience classic albums by way of re recording them in the flavour of their own countries tradition. The album on CD runs continually.

Micky had a chat with Tom about the project and he also spoke about his thoughts of the current state of the music industry.  You can hear that entire interview on the podcast here.

The single "Tubular Bells" by The Children of Ireland is 79p, but please buy and download the full album from the Viral Discs and Downloads website.  It costs £7.99 and is worth every single penny!

Download the single and the album here:
Check out the website too.