'Wordy-Gurdy' hit the airwaves early this month for a special show celebrating 30 years of Roots of Rhythm!
We also happened to notice, while checking the last time we'd seen Nigel Kennedy play here – an amazing gig at Abbotsford Convent with Allan Zavod (it was a full seven years ago!) – that Wordy-Gurdy's been featured on Roots of Rhythm for 10 years last December!
We revisited the old, with some fave themes and artists from our segment, and the new, with perceptive blues writing and rare tracks.
Nigel Kennedy, ‘Midnight blue’, Blue Note sessions (EMI Classics)
Chuck E Weiss, ‘That kuucklehead stuff’, Red Beans and Weiss (Anti)
Willis Allan Ramsey, ‘Watermelon man’, Willis Allan Ramsey (Shelter)
Scott Dunbar, ‘Memphis mail’and
John Lee Hooker, ‘John Henry’, Oxford American Southern Music CD No.18 (Oxford American)
Jackey Coyle, 'Wordy-Gurdy on the radio', February 2010
Oxford American Southern Music Issue No.18: Visions of the blues:
Maxwell George, Eliza Borné and staff, '"Memphis mail", Scott Dunbar'
Greil Marcus, '"John Henry", John Lee Hooker'
Nigel Kennedy, Australian Open 2017
Next show 9.30 a.m. Wednesday, 29 March
'Wordy-Gurdy on the radio' on Helen Jennings' Roots of Rhythm, PBS106.7FM
9.30–10am, Wednesday, 18 January 2017