ReCooper8 in September – Susie Wilkins, The Handsome Family, and Kokomai Arts Fest!

Susie Wilkins, London-based singer-songwriter, and my special guest this month!
Susie Wilkins, London-based singer-songwriter, and my special guest this month!

Thursday 19th September @ 8pm

Sunday 22nd September @ 10pm

Thursday 26th September @ 8pm

92.7FM or click ‘listen live’ at Arrow FM

Every once in a while you hear a singing voice that makes your spine tingle.  And the effect isn’t limited to one genre of music.  They could be singing soaring ballads, dramatic arias, mournful melodies to love lost, rock anthems – some vocalists just have that special something that can make us well up, curl up into an emotional ball of self-pity, or vow to take on The Man… just as soon as this track is finished and I’ve put my air guitar back in its case.

Hong Kong born, London-based singer songwriter Susie Wilkins has one such voice.  Her most recent album, Anywhere but Here, is a balanced mix of ballads and more rock-pop numbers, many exploring the themes of love, grief and loss, emotions with which Susie has, in the past, been too familiar.  I was lucky enough to meet with Susie in a cafe in Stoke Newington, London where we sat down for a good long while, eating muesli, drinking coffee and discussed the ingenious birth of Anywhere but Here.  Tune in to 92.7FM on Thursday 19th September at 8pm, or click ‘listen live’ at Arrow FM to discover Susie’s intriguing story and wonderful voice.  My sincere thanks to Susie for her time, and her patience – trying to eat your breakfast while being interviewed takes some stamina!

This month I’m also CRAZY about the Kokomai Arts Festival taking place between 18-27 October!  And who couldn’t be excited – there really is something for everyone.  Visual arts, dance, music, film, community projects and inspiring speakers!  Check out the website, and tune in to ReCooper8 on Thursday evening to discover my pick of that particular week!  Also, watch this space for news about Kokomai’s own radio programme on Arrow FM, airing weekly leading up to and during the Festival!

Music this month from Susie Wilkins, The Handsome Family, and UB40.

Thank you for listening, and don’t forget, if you have an idea for your own show on Arrow FM, the Wairarapa’s Community Access Radio Station, then contact me via this blog or via my email lucy_e_cooper2003@yahoo.co.uk.  There is room on the airwaves for everyone!

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