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On the Road With...is a show dedicated to revealing the realities of life on the road. Created and hosted by musician, singer, entertainer and songwriter Gareth John, the show features conversations with experienced, reputable, successful touring professionals from the performing arts and entertainment industry. They discuss how they got into touring in the first place, the situations they've found themselves in and how its impacted on their career, the people they've worked with, the mental health implications of touring and much more.

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On the Road With...is a show dedicated to revealing the realities of life on the road. Created and hosted by musician, singer, entertainer and songwriter Gareth John, the show features conversations with experienced, reputable, successful touring professionals from the performing arts and entertainment industry. They discuss how they got into touring in the first place, the situations they've found themselves in and how its impacted on their career, the people they've worked with, the mental health implications of touring and much more.

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On The Road With...

Latest release on Oct 11, 2020

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On the Road With...is a show dedicated to revealing the realities of life on the road. Created and hosted by musician, singer, entertainer and songwriter Gareth John, the show features conversations with experienced, reputable, successful touring professionals from the performing arts and entertainment industry. They discuss how they got into touring in the first place, the situations they've found themselves in and how its impacted on their career, the people they've worked with, the mental health implications of touring and much more.

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Gareth introduces this brand new show, where he talks to touring professionals in the performing arts about life on the road, how they got into touring, the mental health effects, their future touring plans, and much more.

May 10 2020

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#1 On The Road With...Spike Munro

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In the first ever episode of 'On the Road With...' host Gareth John talks to Spike Munro, musical journeyman and former guitarist with UK pop group, Marmalade, who have had 14 top 20 hits in the UK charts, including 'Reflections of My Life', 'Falling Apart at the Seams' and 'Ob La Di Ob La Da'.

Check out Spike's brand new show 'Around Midnight with Spike Munro' on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Around-Midnight-with-Spike-Munro-103981237979183/

You can listen again to the songs from this episode on the official 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, which features all the commercially available music so far from the show. 

May 17 2020

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#2 On The Road With...Alison Wheeler

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Gareth is 'on the road with' former Beautiful South singer Alison Wheeler, talking about her beginnings in the music business, the various roles she has held, current and future projects, the marrying of the ever-changing music industry with live touring and much more.

To keep up with Alison's many projects, including The South tour dates, follow her/them on social media.

'Alison Wheeler - The South' on Facebook

@AlisonDarley on Twitter

alisonwheeler_thesouth on Instagram

Two of the tracks from this episode are from Alison's jazz outfit, Southern Beauty. You can find them on Facebook - SouthernBeautyJazz

For more updates on The South's tour dates and upcoming releases - like 'The South Band' on Facebook, @thesouthuk on Twitter or visit their official website http://thesouth.co.uk/

You can listen again to the songs from this episode, including 'Can't We Be Friends' from Gareth's debut solo album 'As Long As I'm Singing' on the official 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, which features all the commercially available music so far from the show.

May 24 2020

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#3 On The Road With...Malcolm Strachan

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In this episode, Gareth talks to fellow trumpet player Malcolm Strachan, founder of funky-horn masters The Haggis Horns. They talk about the realities of being on the road, the beginnings of an impressive legacy for the group, Malcolm's recent debut solo album, how the landscape might look coming out of lockdown for touring artists, and much more.

For more info on Malcolm's solo career, and the Haggis Horns, check out the following links:

Official Haggis Horns Website - http://www.thehaggishorns.com/

You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Their new record, 'Stand Up For Love' is out now, and its a corker!

Meanwhile, Malcolm's debut solo album, 'About Time', was also released in March, and is available on all streaming/download services and for purchase on Bandcamp.

You can listen again to the songs from this episode on the official 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, which features all the commercially available music so far from the show. 

May 31 2020

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#4 On The Road With...Drew Stansall

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Gareth chats with Drew Stansall, former saxophonist with The Specials, Laurel Aitken, Prince Buster any many others. His good friend and co-founder of The Paradimes also set up his own very successful touring club night based around the film Quadrophenia.

They discuss the different levels of touring, the potential positives and difficulties of playing in London as an unsigned band, and much more.

To keep up to date with Drew's Quadrophenia Night tour dates, you can find it on Facebook (search 'Quadrophenia Night') and Twitter (@quad79)

You can listen again to the songs from this episode on the official 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, which features all the commercially available music so far from the show. 

Jun 07 2020

52mins

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#5 On The Road With...Dennis Rollins

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Gareth sits down with Dennis Rollins, the UK's premier trombone player who, as well as a having a highly successful career in his own right, has toured with The Brand New Heavies, Jazz Jamaica, The Skatalites, Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis to name but a few.

They discuss Dennis' hectic touring schedule over the last six months, the studio vs live debate, the character of the trombone, the importance of musicians, venues and promoters working together amidst Covid-19 and Brexit, among other topics.

For more information on Dennis' upcoming releases/tours etc. go to:

https://www.dennisrollins.com/

You can listen again to the songs from this episode on the official 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, which features all the commercially available music so far from the show. 

Jun 14 2020

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#6 On The Road With...Tharun Chelley

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For the final episode of Season 1, Gareth is joined by likeable stand-up comedian and writer Tharun Chelley. In a wide-ranging discussion, they talk about the importance of exposure for up and coming performers, the weirdness of livestreams, the difference regional subjectivity can make in stand up comedy, and much more.

Tharun's also launched his own podcast called 'Total Obvious Comedy', available on Youtube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and many more.

Jun 21 2020

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#7 BONUS: On The Road With...Hayley McKay

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In this special bonus episode with full video available on Youtube, Gareth sits down with rising Country music star from the North-East, Hayley McKay. Since they first met at The Forum in Darlington back in 2016, Hayley has gone on to perform at The British Country Festival, Glastonbury, TV performances in Ireland and Scotland as well as fascinating trip to Nashville on a writing and gigging mission!

Fresh from the release of her #1 charting single in the Ignition Country Charts, they discuss the unbeatable buzz of playing live, the 'virtual' form that has taken during lockdown, with Hayley's virtual tour raising money for the #saveourvenues campaign, the Nashville experience, the importance and routines of keeping vocally healthy as a singer, and much more.

To keep up with Hayley's new music releases, tour dates and videos, you can follow her at:

http://www.hayleymckay.co.uk/

'Hayley McKay Music' on Facebook, @mckay_hayley on Twitter, 'hayleymckaymusic' on Instagram, and 'Hayley McKay' on Youtube.

You can listen again to the songs from this episode, including Hayley's latest single 'Thinking About Last Night', on the official 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, which features all the commercially available music so far from the show. 

Jun 28 2020

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#8 On The Road With...Roy Ellis

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To kick off season 2, Gareth is joined by none other than Mr. Symarip himself - The Boss, Roy Ellis! Best known for his global hit 'Skinhead Moonstomp', Roy is renowned as one of the best showman in reggae, as well as leading a double life in Switzerland as a gospel, soul and jazz singer. Gareth and Roy discuss everything from diet on the road to Roy's on-stage antics, the importance of putting on a show, the break up and subsequent events in the Symarip camp, and much more.

Check out Roy's latest album 'Almighty Ska' on download/streaming outlets and you can listen again to the songs from this episode on the official 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, which features all the commercially available music so far from the show. 

Jul 05 2020

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#9 BONUS: On The Road With...Nick Corbin

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For this special bonus episode as part of Season 2, Gareth is joined by singer-songwriter and former New Street Adventure frontman, Nick Corbin, fresh from the release of his debut solo LP, 'Sweet Escape'. They talk about, among other things, the possibility of a 'new normal' of livestreams post-lockdown, the challenges of building a fanbase on social media from scratch, the current concern over the future of live music venues and the reasons behind the ending of New Street Adventure.

You can check out Nick's debut release as well as his previous singles, videos etc. via his Facebook page, and by following him on Twitter/Instagram @nickcorbinmusic. 'Sweet Escape is also available to stream or download on all major digital music outlets.

Don't forget the songs played in this episode, including Nick's latest single 'Long Long Gone' are also available on the 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify.

Jul 08 2020

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#10 On The Road With...Gaz Birtles

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Gareth sits down with former Beautiful South Saxophonist and current singer with The South, Gaz Birtles. The Leicester-born musical journeyman, who has also shared the stage and studio with Fun Boy Three, Boy George and Fun Lovin' Criminals among others, also talks about his own projects Yellowbelly and The Swinging Laurels, as well as how the music industry has changed drastically for everyone other than those artists and bands at the very top, the other roles he has held within the industry outside of being a musician, and much more.

To keep up with The South's tour dates and releases, like their Facebook page 'The South Band', or follow them on Twitter @thesouthuk.

You can listen again to the songs from this episode on the official 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, which features all the commercially available music so far from the show. 

Jul 12 2020

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#11 On The Road With...John Barrow

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Gareth is joined this week by musical journeyman and author of the book 'How Not To Make It In The Pop World', John Barrow. After speaking with his long-time friend and collaborator Gaz Birtles last week, Gareth and John discuss everything from John's new book, to the old adage of 'what happens on the road, stays on the road', how John and Gaz found themselves in the Swinging Laurels with a record deal when they had just two saxes, a synth and drum machine and much more.

To purchase the third edition of John's new book 'How Not To Make It In The Pop World' go to the following link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Make-World-diary-almost-has-been/dp/1412014131/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid&sr&fbclid=IwAR2Hgw_3c3pOyuL0Blb2KT4v2pE9CzM39KApDv7Pmy51o-wDRY9x-6uVBMM

Here's a bit more information about the book, an advert put together by next week's guest, Gaz Birtles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcb5dGpCyDs&fbclid=IwAR3kzXP61DZjhI83f2ajVqj4Sac9eeE-8NXjWz3MDlA0GfAW9vuLsnFL4GE

You can listen again to the songs from this episode on the official 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, which features all the commercially available music so far from the show. 

Jul 19 2020

45mins

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#12 On The Road With...Oli Page

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Today's guest is a little different to the others, the first guest on the show who works behind the scenes as a touring event manager/planner, Oli Page.

Gareth and Oli talk about working in areas of the UK that have a low-engagement rate with the Arts, the support that the Arts Council have provided in this challenging period for the sector, the importance of mental health awareness and the role that performance and events can play in raising that, and much more!

Oli is also the founder of 'Eye on Leicester', a website with a series of interviews putting the spotlight on the people who make Leicester creative: https://www.eyeonleicester.co.uk/

@eyeonleicester on Instagram

Remember, you can listen to all the commercially available songs played on the show to date, by following the 'On the Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify.

Jul 26 2020

36mins

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#13 On The Road With...Talulah Blue

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In this penultimate episode for Season 2 of the show, Gareth talks to multi-skilled burlesque performer Talulah Blue, who has taken her craft all over the world since making the transition from graphic designer to full time performer some years ago. As well as burlesque, Talulah also performs with fire and hula hoops, as well as running her own costume design and retail business.

They discuss the realisation of what 'burn out' looks like via the COVID-19 pandemic, the uncertainty of the future, the mental health difficulties faced by performers, burlesque history and culture, how Talulah has built her career from doing a show over ten years ago at The Musician Pub in Leicester, and much more.

For more information, follow Talulah Blue on Instagram (@Talulah_Blue), Facebook @talulahblueburlesque, or visit her webshop at www.talulahbluecreations.com.

You can listen again to the songs from this episode on the official 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, which features all the commercially available music so far from the show. 

Aug 02 2020

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#14 On The Road With...Carol Leeming

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In the final episode of Season 2, Gareth talks with multi-discipline artist and creator Carol Leeming. Having worked with Gareth as a guest vocalist for his former band, The Funk Soul Collective, Carol has had major chart success and film credits as a singer, as well as working in theatre, film, as a poet and vocal coach/music educator. They talk about Carol's projects prior to and during lockdown, which of the many areas she works in is her 'first love', the heady days of the Leicester Jazz Festival and much more.

You can follow Carol's many projects via her social media accounts under @daretodiva.

Remember to follow the 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist, to stream all of the commercially available music played so far on the show.

As this is the end of the second season, we'll be taking two weeks off, and look forward to seeing you for the start of Season 3 on Sunday 30th August.

Aug 09 2020

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#15 On The Road With...Lauren Bird

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In the first episode of season three, Gareth sits down with multi-talented singer and comedian, Lauren Bird. They talk about her reasons behind branching out into comedy, having sung with her sister for many years, the importance of etiquette in show business, her personal writing process for stand-up comedy, the 'Leicester lockdown' and much more.

You can check out Lauren's main band Nanna Radleys, which she fronts with her sister Sarah, on Facebook and Youtube.

Don't forget, to hear all the commercially available songs played on the podcast in one place, like the 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify.

Aug 30 2020

59mins

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#16 BONUS: On The Road With...Mark Powell & Brian Cohen (Fred Farr & Johnny Lovelock in Peaky Blinders)

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In this special second episode of Season 3 with full video on Youtube, Gareth sits down on zoom with two very special guests - actors Mark Powell & Brian Cohen, who played Fred Farr & Johnny Lovelock in seasons 1-3 of Peaky Blinders respectively.

The two journeyman actors are also musicians, and have performed through both mediums, as well as writing their own comedy and dramatic material for a number of years, and they discuss everything from the effect of Covid-19 on working actors, the uncertainty and 'boom & bust' nature of creative industries, and the chain of command/organisation on a film set. They also go into their musical upbringings and how the two performing styles have co-existed, as well as the mental health benefits of the creative buzz, and much, much more.

You can keep up with Mark and Brian's work through their Facebook group, just search 'Fred Farr & Johnny Lovelock'.

To catch up on all previous episodes from Seasons 1, 2 and 3, please subscribe to this channel or wherever you get your podcast fix.

Remember to follow the 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, to stream all of the commercially available music played so far on the show.

Sep 06 2020

1hr 13mins

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#17 On The Road With...Lisa Millett

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Gareth is joined for this episode by well-respected singer Lisa Millett. With an unusual story including early ambitions of becoming an opera singer, classical training, and an impressive career in house music, jazz and soul, Lisa & Gareth have recently written together for King Brasstards next release.

In this wide-ranging chat, they talk about Lockdown and what its meant for creativity, the incompatibility of social distancing and gigs, Lisa's fascinating journey through performing arts culminating in the 'happy accident' of becoming so well-known in the House genre, why they love some of their favourite singers, and much more.

As she discusses in the episode, Lisa is in the process of launching her own record label, with numerous releases in the pipeline. To catch up on all previous episodes from Seasons 1, 2 and 3, please subscribe wherever you get your podcast fix.

Remember also to follow the 'On The Road With...Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify, to stream all of the commercially available music played so far on the show.

Sep 13 2020

57mins

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#18 On The Road With...Matt Jones

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'I started as a sound engineer because I wasn't a very good musician' - Matt Jones

In a first for the show, with full video on Youtube, Gareth talks to vastly experienced sound engineer and tour manager, Matt Jones. This is the first time we've had a crew member rather than performer as a guest, and Matt certainly has some interesting tales to tell, including when ended up at the last minute doing the front of house sound for the legendary James Brown, his time working for US-based Rock Band Pixies and how that came about, and many more. He has also worked with a 'who’s who' of music icons including Radiohead, Sister Sledge, Dionne Warwick, Katherine Jenkins, Will Young and many more alongside his ‘day’ job working on Monitors for Pixies. 

They also discuss the Joy Division Orchestrated and Hacienda Classical projects which Matt played a huge role in project managing, the differences in managing people in corporate and music environments, how Matt got started in the industry, and the 'green shoots' he's saying for a return to work for an industry badly damaged by Covid-19.

To catch up on all previous episodes of the show from the last two seasons, click subscribe wherever you get your podcast fix, and be sure to follow the 'On The Road With Featured Songs' playlist to catch up on all the commercially available songs picked by Gareth and his guests.

Sep 20 2020

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#19 On The Road With...Aynsley Lister

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In this episode, Gareth chats with established touring artist Aynsley Lister. Having toured extensively for 22 years, Aynsley is built up a highly respectable following, particularly across the continent, with an impressive album catalogue and, in normal circumstances, a very full show diary!

Aynsley and Gareth discuss, among other things, how the loyal and growing fanbase have kept him going all these years, how you grow as an artist and change with each new album release, his beginnings as a young blues-rock singer-songwriter, the double threat of Covid-19 and Brexit for touring performers, the enjoyment he's gained recently from working as a writer and session musician outside of his own music, and much more.

The songs chosen for this episode are 'Straight Talkin' Woman', and 'Broke', both from Aynsley's 2013 release 'Home', as well as Ffion Rebecca's 'Love Again' in which Aynsley accompanied her on guitar, released through the HQ Familia label earlier this year.

As always, you can stream all of the commercially available music from the show via the 'On The Road With Featured Songs' playlist on Spotify.

Sep 27 2020

56mins

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