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Lest you think us modest, let us tell you what we think of The Gascony Show:
Rocking, Funny, Engaging, Flattering, Intriguing, and of course, Modest!
The best talk! The best music!
Simply put: The Best!
We have so much fun making this show, we don't want to forget the best bits, so we've put this archive together to help us remember the various funny bits and themed shows that we've done.
Stemming from Bavaria, Andreas Hoegl is an accomplished industrial technician, airplane mechanic, fan of old cars and motorbikes, and serious enthusiast of blues rock music. An expat living in France for 18 years now, he is president of the flying club in Castelnau Magnoac. This was his second visit to the Gascony Show, and true to form, he again brought along some great blues and rock albums from his personal collection, the kind of music that you don't hear very often. Catch this very entertaining interview with Andreas again, CLICK HERE
Local rock musician Steve Walton hadn't been back to play for us in the studio for quite some time, 18 months in fact, so we were well overdue a visit. We've heard him play many venues as lead singer for Blues Café, but it was great to catch a couple of solos, to enjoy his distinctive vocal delivery and the essence of his unique blues/rock/soul mix. To listen again to Steve's interveiw on the Gascony Show, CLICK HERE
Alan Sheets made a discovery that may fundamentally shift the foundation upon which human civilization is built. He discovered what seem to be replicable and physically demonstrable expressions of the soul. Through his foundation, New Equations, Alan directly addresses human spirituality and how it is physically expressed in the world today. Visiting from northern California, on the European leg of a world tour, Alan was in the studio to chat with John. Listen again to what Alan had to say, CLICK HERE
Anthon Mardell Fereirav
Anthon from Leicestershire, a very gentle fellow with a super voice, was spending some time at a wee chateau in the south west of France. While here, he played some great gigs with the blues/rock group Blues Café. We had the pleasure of a visit of Anthon in the studio, where he played some lovely tunes. If you missed Anthon live on the show, you can catch him again, CLICK HERE
Jambalaya is a music group playing country music, bluesgrass and cajun. The group is composed of four members representing three generations of musicians, one being a British expat, the other lads all from the Tarbes area in Gascony. In the group, we have:
Kevin aka Kéké - solo guitar.
Serge aka Tété - rythmic guitar and song.
Jean aka Jeannot - banjo.
Stuart aka Papy - autoharp, washboard and song.
To catch this this super bluesgrass goup again, CLICK HERE
Perry and Caroline Taylor
Perry Taylor and his lovely wife Caroline came to chat with us. Perry's witty drawings of country life are a great success. They capture the simplest of pleasures in the French countryside. Rugby, grape picking, hunting, playing boules or quilles, mushroom hunting, market scenes, chance encounters and village life. Full of detail and always something funny going on, whether it's farmers, expats, ducks or chickens. Listen to Perry and Caroline's story again, CLICK HERE
French girl Céline Perencin came on the show to give a shout-out to some dear friends and to practice her english. Céline recited a poem and even told some jokes on the air. What a lot of fun that was! Listen again, CLICK HERE
If it's folk and country that you like, the lads in Triangle can give it galore. What a wonderful sound in the studio. Not only music though, some great chat as well. In the group, we have:
Chris Frost – song, guitar.
Serge Nicola – song, guitar.
Rod Sykes – double bass, brass.
It was a great show! Listen again, CLICK HERE
We were delighted when the members of Palace said that they would take some time out of their busy schedule to come play for us live on the radio. In the group, we have:
Antoine Clément - guitar and song.
Maxime Comacle - drums and choruses.
Sylvain Legrand – bass and song.
It was a great show! Listen again, CLICK HERE
Martha's Kitchen paid us a visit in the studio to play some of their fine tunes on the air. They are a relatively young group playing folk, Irish, Celtic and Anglo-American traditional & contemporary music. In the band, we have ...
Finbar Hosie: song, banjo, mandolin, guitar.
Herman Loos: song, guitar.
Jack Golding: violin, song.
Jules Buckingham: cross flute, Irish flute, song.
If you missed the live show, you can catch it again, CLICK HERE
More whimsical jokes and great music, as John is joined in the studio by his younger brother Eamonn Slattery, to co-host this episode of the Gascony Show. It was the first time on the radio for Eamonn, but you'd think he was an old hand at this radio stuff. To listen again, CLICK HERE
Simon Farmer and Rodrigo Lobo Van Wersch
World adventurers Simon Farmer and Rodrigo Lobo van Wersch came to the studio to talk of their adventures and to hightlight the plight of the Orangutans who are losing their natural habitats in Indonesia and Malaysia. To listen again, CLICK HERE
Martine and Dominique De Rauw, Patrick Gigase and Jessica Uytterhoeven
Belgium came to the Gascony Show as John was joined in the studio by Belgian friends Martine and Dominique De Rauw, Patrick Gigase and Jessica Uytterhoeven. The chat centered around moving to France from Belgium, cultural diffences between the two countries, and setting up a new business in France. Some super Belgian tunes were played. To listen again, CLICK HERE
Anna Hamilton Lautzenheiser
Anna, who stems from North Carolina in the good old US of A, first visited Gascony some 24 years ago, fell in love with the region, the culture, the people and most importantly, the french bread, the baguette. Her dream, to return to Gascony one fine day. While she was here, finally realising this dream, Anna came to the studio to have a chat with us. To listen again, CLICK HERE
Jeff and Diane Huntley
Leprechaun myths and Irish merrymaking, nothing like it! To make it special, Jeff and Diane Huntley from Bellgarde came into the studio to help John celebrate Saint Patrick's Day 2013. Jeff just recently took up singing, and Diane has just taken up the tin whistle. What a couple! To listen again, CLICK HERE
Simon and Alistair Irving
Lots of laughs with old friends as John is joined by Scotsman Simon Irving and his rugbyman son Alistair Irving, two great characters living in Castelnau Magnoac. To listen to the show again, CLICK HERE
Margaret Moss, former studio manager at the BBC's Broadcasting House, joined John Slattery on the Gascony Show to talk about here life in France, and more importatnly, her new adventure, a boutique in her home village of Campuzan. Margaret's interview was very interesting, listen again, CLICK HERE
Alexis Busche and Pascale De Monjour
Blues/rock singer Alexis Busche stems from Hamburg in Germany and lives in Pavie, near Auch. She is accompanied by French bass player Pascale De Monjour from Cahors. A super combination of a great voice and some nice guitar playing. If you missed the show you can listen again, CLICK HERE
John Slattery invites distinguished guest Leaf Fielding to chat and choose the music for the show. Leaf Fielding was one of the drug-dealers jailed as a result of the famous 1977 drug cartel bust in the UK called Operation Julie. Having participated in a "Desert Island Discs" type event while in prison, partly to overcome the boredom, he was delighted to have another go at it. Listen again to Leaf and John, CLICK HERE
Sue Whatmough was in the studio to share the results of her analyses of the end of the Mayan calendar and her thoughts on life beyond December 21, 2012. Formerly a casting director, Sue is a creative writing instructor, and author of her autobiography entitled No Copy of the Script The Triumphs and Tragedies of a Casting Director. Sue blogs regularly on the Anglo Info website. Listen again to Sue as she joined John in the studio, CLICK HERE
Amanda Hodgkinson is a British expat living in Gascony, housewife, mother, journailist, singer and poet, and now author of a very popular novel, 22 Brittania Road. Her book is described as one of the most searing debuts to come along in years, a powerful story of primal maternal love, overcoming hardship, and, ultimately, acceptance - a story that will pierce your heart! Listen again to Amanda as she joined John in the studio, CLICK HERE
Stemming from Bavaria, Andreas Hoegl is an accomplished industrial technician, airplane mechanic and fan of old cars and motorbikes. An expat living in France for 18 years now, he is president of the flying club in Castelnau Magnoac. On the Gascony Show, he tells his story and shares with us his passion for rock and blues music. If you would like to know a bit more about Andreas, his flying club, and the pilot training course that he offers, call him direct on 06 95 23 68 33. Or simply catch the interview with Andreas again, CLICK HERE
Dominique and Martine De Rauw
A most gregarious couple of Belgian expats living in nearby Thermes Magnoac, Dominique and Martine De Rauw joined us in the studio to tell us all about their entreprenurial projects to make delicious Belgian waffles at some of the weekly village markets here in the region, and also to sell knitting needles and wools in their local shop and over their website. Listen again to Dominique and Martine as they chat with John, simply CLICK HERE To find out more about Dominique and Martine De Rauw, CLICK HERE
Jeff Huntley, prominent resident of the village of Bellegarde in Gascony and a great musician with a passion for Blues and Jazz, is the very gregarious man behind Live Music France, an associaton supporting and promoting live music in the Gascony region. Jeff also runs Live Music Sunday, a frequent Sunday afternoon event with great lineups of musicians and singers. Listen again to Jeff and his wonderful selection of music for the show, simply CLICK HERE To contact Jeff and receive further information on upcoming events, CLICK HERE
Before moving back to the UK for career reasons, Richard Jones lived together with his family in Monbardon in Gascony for many years. He is still passionate about the south west of France and visits often. Now Richard Jones is a man with a big heart. In fact, in the spring of 2013 he will be partaking in a risky Arctic husky expedition across ice-capped mountains, all in aid of the British Heart Foundation, a very worthy cause indeed. To sponsor Richard in his endeavours to raise funds for the British Heart foundation, CLICK HERE. To catch the interview with Richard again, CLICK HERE
Artist Paul Woods came on the show to tell his compelling personal story of changing the established view on erotic art, and our view on sexuality and eroticism as a whole. Paul’s story is certainly a remarkable insight into a time (70s and 80s UK), a mindset, a generation and a major chapter in British and indeed World art history. To catch the interview with Paul Woods again, CLICK HERE
Peter Horton and Jane Thomasson
These traditional Cornish folk have been living in France for many years, attracted to the Gascony region because it offered all they required to pursue their multitude of projects. These include their permaculture association, their specialist willow growing business called Wych Willow, and their Gaia's Company that includes music and theatre performances and interactive workshops, as well as Gaia - the Cabaret. While with us in the studio, they sang some super folk tunes, like sea shanties and a great old Irish tune. If you missed the show you can listen again, CLICK HERE
Claire Aberlenc, Phillippe Druot and Alexis Gibert
A wonderful blues group from the Carhors area in France, this trio happened to be playing at Le Realais du Chateau in Saint Blancard for the afternoon. Just before they went on, they made a visit to the Gascony Show and sang us some very nice songs, unplugged. If you missed the show you can listen again, CLICK HERE
Susanne Schmidt and Sue Whatmough
To announce an upcoming vernissage at the gallery Chrystal Chamaleon in Castelnau Magnoac, artist and gallerist Susanne Schmidt joined us on the show. With her was the accomplished writer and graphic designer, Sue Whatmough, who will be giving a talk on creative writing at the same event. If you missed the show you can listen again, CLICK HERE
Here in France we often have expatriates on the show to tell their story, but rarely do we hear the voice of the children of ex-pats. Alistair Irving, son to ex-pat parents, who was moved to this region when he was quite young, was on the show. Alistair is a young budding rugby star, now living in the UK and playing for London Scottish. But Alistair has a firm plan to move back again to his adopted home in the south west of France. To listen to the interview again on the Gascony Show, CLICK HERE
Claudia Hildeblom, Katrina Viksna and Paul Woods
A lot of fun on the Gascony show as two young backpackers, Claudia Hildeblom and Katrina Viksna, came to stay with local erotic artist Paul Woods. All three were in the studio for a chat about travelling, modelling, and erotic art in the south west of France. To see Katrina and Claudia's travel blog, CLICK HERE. To listen to the interview again on the Gascony Show, CLICK HERE
Wendy and Simon Deaville
Friends of the Gascony Show, Wendy and Simon Deaville from Saint Blancard, joined John in the studio. Their story is similar to that of a lot of expats living in France – quit the UK and move to this lovely country in pursuit of a better lifestyle, renovate an old house in the countryside, and start your own business to support yourself. Catch their interview again on the Gascony Show, CLICK HERE
Aldéric Le Pan
Ceramics sculptor and contemporary artist Aldéric Le Pan (aka Vimo REVI) told his story on the Gascony Show. The original work of this young artist finds its inspiration mainly in mythology, with dishes, amphorae and vases being decorated by legendary rams, bulls, snakes, fauna and other figures. To listen again to Aldéric's interveiw on the Gascony Show, CLICK HERE
One could wonder how this flamboyant ex-RAF pilot, Les Quigley, has such a great gift of the gab and disarming charm, until one doscovers that he is blessed with a combination of Irish and Australian roots. Listen again as Les, who shares his time between his homes in Gascony and Yorkshire, joined us on the show to share some of his great stories, his reminiscence on years gone by, and his unease for the wellbeing of future generations. Catch it again, CLICK HERE
Rock musician Steve Walton recently moved to Gascony and lost no time in gaining recognition in the region for his distinctive vocal delivery and the essence of his unique blues/rock/soul mix. This is the hallmark of the musical style of Steve's new band here in France. To listen again to Steve's interveiw on the Gascony Show, CLICK HERE
World renowned wildlife painter and portrait artist Michael Jackson came on the show. Michael has an amazing ability to seek out and paint in detail the wildlife he encounters while trekking and travelling to all sorts of exotic corners of the planet. To hear what Michael had to say, CLICK HERE
It was so hilarous! You gotta have heard this man! Scottish ex-pat Simon Irving telling some great stories. Listen again to how cat's eyes were invented, or how Simon used quite a lot of explosives to blow the doors off a Hillman Imp car. To catch the show, CLICK HERE
Local self-made entrepreneur Patrick Hill tells all about his life journey to get to the top of his game in corporate UK. Patrick also gives some insight into his new passion, the challange to launch local art gallery Chrystal Chamaleon on the world stage. If you missed this great show you can listen again, CLICK HERE
After a golden career as casting director for television and film, and now an accomplished writer and graphic designer, Sue told us all about her creative and autobiographical writing courses, her bi-weekly blog for AngloInfo called POT POURRI and, of course, her book NO COPY OF THE SCRIPT and its forthcoming sequel. If you missed the show you can listen again, CLICK HERE
Keri Garrison and Aaron Hartig
A lovely young couple of world travellers from Oregon, USA, came to chat with us in the studio. Yes indeed, charming people Keri Garrison and Aaron Hartig described the wee bit of destiny that led them to a sejour of hard work and great fun on a small farm in the south west of France. Listen again to their story, CLICK HERE
Little did Grainne know that during her autumn visit to see brother John and family in the south west of France, she would be persuaded to make a guest appearance on the Gascony Show. Listen again to what Grainne had to say, CLICK HERE
Chris Frost and Serge Nicola
Guitarists/singers Chris and Serge are passionate about their music. Serge is French, a Nicois in fact, and Chris stems from the UK. They play all sorts of songs and we particularly like their Irish ballads. Have a listen, CLICK HERE
A newly formed rock/pop group here in Gascony. We caught up with Going South at one of their rehearsals in a tiny village in a remote part of the french countryside, then they came on the show for a chat. To hear the sound of Going South, CLICK HERE
Young rock musician Benjamin Scott
A young and up and coming rock/funk singer/musician, Ben Scott from East London was is in the studio to play a few songs and to tell us all how it is these days to be starting out with a new rcok band. To hear what Scott had to say, CLICK HERE
Leaf Fielding was one of the drug-dealers jailed as a result of the famous 1977 drug cartel bust in the UK called Operation Julie. Leaf’s book To Live Outside The Law, that tells the story from his early days and his first experience with LSD, to his amazing falling from grace, has just recently been published. For Leaf's interview with John, CLICK HERE
Irish music enthusiast Julie Christaud
A truly talented Irish music enthusiast, flautist, festival organiser and pharmacist, not only is Julie Christaud an accomplished musician, but for a girl who is native to Tournay, she has the quaintest Irish accent. To hear Julie chat with John, CLICK HERE
Susanne Schmidt of Studio 65 & Chrystal Chamaleon
Joy Askew and Roger Askew
Two truly multi-dimensional singers, Joy Askew and her brother Roger Askew, joined us on the show and sang some of their favourite songs. Joy, who worked closely with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Joe Jackson, and fronted the all-girl rock band called Bitch, told her story of life as a song-writer and touring musician. Why not listen again, CLICK HERE
The lovely Claire and Phil Jefferson
The extraordinarily talented painter and self-published poet and writer, Claire Jefferson (pen name Stella Wulf), was on the show to tell us all about her work. By her side on the show to lend moral support, and apparently always by her side, was her dashing husband Phil. To hear the Jeffersons chat with John, CLICK HERE
Palm Edwards on art and film making
The lovely Palm Edwards, long time resident of the Gascony region, shared lots of laughs as she chatted on the show about the special art exhibition in Trie sur Baise and her life in film-making. Why not listen again, CLICK HERE
The Wilson Boys
The Wilson clan from Halifax in Yorkshire just cannot seem to get enough of the south of France. Not only does Lee Wilson drop by frequently on his motorbike, but now he brings the whole clan down by car. A very interesting interview. Why not listen again, CLICK HERE