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Welcome to 89.1 Radio Blue Mountains

89.1 Radio Blue Mountains is a not-for-profit, all volunteer community radio station serving the upper and mid Blue Mountains since 1993 and broadcasting 24 hours a day from its studio in Gang Gang Street, Katoomba.

The station is committed to providing a radio service for the whole community with a diverse range of programming.

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Music From My Collection Monday Drive Time, with Paul Cosgrave 4 – 6pm

Paul celebrates his 250th program on Monday April 14 by packing as many tracks from his collection as possible into two hours of international music. He usually gets through 20 or 22 tracks but he’s aiming for 28 on Monday, covering some favourite tracks over five years’ worth of Radio Blue Mountains programs.

There’ll be music from all genres with Columbian ‘vallenato’ from Jesus Manuel Estrada, Australasian favourites from Kate Miller-Heidke and Dragon, a sensuous French tune from Francoise Hardy and the Duran Duran classic Girls On Film. The Mighty Sparrow’s calypso treatment of Idi Amin marks the 25th anniversary of the dictator’s downfall; and Billy Paul sings his elegant cover of Elton John’s Your Song. Texas experimental band, Explosions In The Sky, present Postcard From 1952 and Amanda Palmer’s musical spray, Dear Daily Mail, will inject some quality feminist satire (see full playlist).

News, weather, rail and traffic news complete Monday’s drive time mix, 4.00pm – 6.00pm. Paul posts current and previous playlists with program contact details on the radio page at www.photoswordspeople.com. You can send comment and requests via pwp.com@gmail.com, or via this website.

Playlist April 14 2014: Jesus Manuel Estrada – La Mitad De Mi Vida Chinowiso Maraire – Everyone’s Child Joan Armatrading – The Weakness In Me Kate Miller-Heidke – I Got The Way Eric Burdon & The Animals – Sky pilot Cyndi Lauper – Strawberry Fields Forever China Crisis – Black Man Ray Sigur Ros – Staralfur Sally Oldfield – The Morning Of My Life Joanna Newsom – Sprout And The Bean Duran Duran – Girls On Film Explosions In The Sky – Postcard From 1952 Billy Paul – Your Song Mighty Sparrow – Ballad Of Idi Amin Moody Blues – Your Wildest Dreams Amanda Palmer – Dear Daily Mail Dick Gaughan – Freedom Come All Ye Francoise Hardy – L’Amitié Incredible String Band – My Blue Tears Jimi Hendrix – Land Of My Fathers Iris de Ment – Let The Mystery Be John Prine – My Souvenirs Nina Simone – Here Comes The Sun Dragon – Bondi Road The Byrds – Turn, Turn, Turn Sallyangie – Children Of The Sun Tom Waits – Heart Of Saturday Night Rodriguez – Cause

RBM website image (captioned on pic): ‘Jonsy’ Jon Þor Birgisson of Sigur Rós, at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre – image by © paul cosgrave

Monday Drive Time, with Paul Cosgrave: 4 – 6pm

Music From My Collection

The brand new release from Baltimore’s Future Islands, Seasons (Waiting On You), features in this week’s MFMC.  The Maryland band’s debut album, Singles, is gaining major critical acclaim after its release ten days ago.  And the Beatles classic, Strawberry Fields Forever (‘Love’ remix), is featured.  The title refers to a children’s home in Woolton, Liverpool, close to composer John Lennon’s childhood home.

There’s an album classic from Santana’s Abraxas, plus American music from Incubus, Ben Harper and Emmy-Lou Harris – and some delicious Mexican music from Tishina Josa, backed by the great Tex-Mex accordion master, Flaco Jimenez.  Music from Iceland’s Ásgeir and the UK’s Tanita Tikaram, Jack, Kinks and the Beatles, and a world music gem from Nigeria’s Femi Kuti, bring a real international flavour to Monday afternoon music.

News, weather, rail and traffic news complete Monday’s drive time mix.  Paul posts current and previous playlists with program contact details on the radio page at www.photoswordspeople.com.  You can send comment and requests via pwp.com@gmail.com, or via this website.

Playlist April 7 2014

Future Islands – Seasons (waiting on you) from new album singles

Sister Smile – Dominique

Nicola Milan – The Waiting Game

Emmy-Lou Harris – Beneath Still Waters

Santana – Incident At Neshabur

Ben Harper – Waiting On An Angel

Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever

Paul McCartney – Slow Boat To China

John Legend – Slow Dance

Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns And Money

Asgeir – King And Cross

Tanita Tikaram – Sighing Innocents

Femi Kuti – Beng Beng Beng

Daniel Lanois – Where The Hawkwind Kills

Jack – My World vs Your World

Kinks – Days

Incubus – If Not Now, When?

Tishina Josa with Flaco Jimenez – Dehave Vorale

Mike Addis  – Duelling Banjos


RBM website image (captioned on pic):  The gatepost at Strawberry Fields, Liverpool


Blackheath Philosophy Forum 2014

The 2014 program starts on Saturday 19 April and continues fortnightly thereafter.

The program of nine talks has three sub-themes each of two sessions, with every third talk being on a stand-alone topic.

Blackheath Community Hall, cnr Gardiner Crescent and Great Western Highway, Blackheath (opposite train station)
Talks are held Saturdays fortnightly at 4.00pm
Entry $10 (includes tea/coffee and snacks)
Wheelchair access.  Hall is heated.

phil forum

‘Music From My Collection’ – Monday Drive Time, with Paul Cosgrave 4 – 6pm

This Monday (March 31), Paul presents his usual eclectic mix of music for all tastes, with a ‘hot summer city’ double from The Lovin’ Spoonful and Pokey Lafarge; Canned Heat’s My Crime;  African music from the great Toumani Diabate and his Symmetric Orchestra;  and there’s news of Martin Doherty’s Blackheath concert in April to promote the new album recorded with his wife, Lyn.

You’ll hear indigenous star Shellie Morris playing with guitarist Glen Heald at Sydney Opera House.  There’ll be some delightful jazz, with Steve Jewell in conversation on his new solo album Blues and Ballads, plus the saxophone of Scott Hamilton;  and some rare guitar music from Pentangle’s John Renbourn playing with Stefan Grossman, currently touring Australia – see full playlist.  

News, weather, rail and traffic news complete Monday’s drive time mix.  Paul posts current and previous playlists with program contact details on the radio page at www.photoswordspeople.com.  You can send comment and requests via pwp.com@gmail.com, or via this website.

Playlist March 31 2014

Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra – Single

Shellie Morris – Swept Away, with Glenn Heald

Gretchen Peters – Jezebel

Sister Sourire – Dominique

Canned Heat – My Crime 

Tony Bennett – I Left My Heart In San Francisco

Tony Bennett & KD Lang – La Vie En Rose

Dierdre – Waiting For Spring

Scott Hamilton – Nocturne For Autumn

Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City

Pokey Lafarge – City Summer Blues

Steve Jewell in conversation on his new album ‘Blues & Ballads’

Steve Jewell (with Kristina Frazer) – Alone And Blue

Three Piece Suite – 3rd movement, Trio Opus 14 #4 in D maj, Luigi Bocherrini

Stefan Grossman – Theme From Charles Mingus’s “The Shoes Of The Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jiveass Slippers”

Martin & Lyn Doherty – The Boll Weevil

Billy Bragg – Thatcherites 

Colleen Hewitt – Carry That Weight

Gyan – Wait

RBM website image, same as last week (captioned on pic):  Martin Doherty At The Ivanhoe Hotel

paul cosgrave    professional photography, writing, audio & voiceovers broadcasting mondays 4.00pm-6.00pm 89.1 FM, streaming @ rbm.org.au

A Jazz Hour – April 8: 12.00pm

Blue Mountains based musician, Gary Daley, will be a special guest on A Jazz Hour on Tuesday April 8th at 12.00pm – talking  to presenter Barry O’Sullivan about his latest live project, Bungarribee, which will premiere at a  Live at the Village concert at Springwood on Friday April11th.

The vision and inspiration for Bungarribee came after the glowing reviews for Gary’s major 2011 work, Sanctuary.

Gary Daley’s reputation as a composer continues to grow, being better known as a musician with The Catholics, Greening from Ear to Ear, the James Valentine Quartet and others. His new music being played at this concert was composed in January at the artists retreat, Bundanoon, on the NSW South Coast.



A Jazz Hour – April 1: 12.00pm

Bruce Cale (acclaimed composer and jazz bassist) and John Shand (music and theatre critic for The Sydney Morning Herald, dramatist, librettist, author and drummer), will be the special guests on A Jazz Hour on March 25th and April 1st talking about their upcoming concert at The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Their performance will create an intimate, improvised conversation of surprising breadth and beauty using violin, viola, cello, double bass, drums and percussion – See more at: http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/5-apr-dreams-falling/#sthash.tD6P9Wah.dpuf

Blackheath Wine Fair

Come and join us at Blackheath Wine Fair on Saturday 12th April

blackheath_winefest1The fair is an established Blackheath annual event, enjoying popular support from locals and visitors – some 4,000 people attend each year.

A delicious fair for lovers of great food and wine with a collection of 20 stalls at the New Ivanhoe Hotel, Blackheath.

Taste the wines of Mudgee, Cowra, Bathurst and Orange.

Partake of inspired dishes from local cafes, deli’s and vendors, sample produce from around the region (such as Altitude Deli, Ruby fruit, Taste of the Bush)

Experience the height of a Blackheath Autumn, with all of it vivid colours & knee high leaf coverage.

Take in the spectacular mountain scenery at Govetts Leap, Evans Lookout or Mt Blackheath.

Listen to live music and family entertainment throughout the day and the popular Blackheath Growers Market on Sunday in the community hall.