Jane Harbour of Spiro on Radio 3

This Friday friend, nay relation of RFSS Jane Harbour from the fabulous band Spiro will have her piece  Kynde, for six voices, orchestra and archive recording will be played on Radio 3.  Obviously we wouldn’t want you to miss Joinedends so we are sure you can listen on the iplayer!

We got some funding

We are very excited to announce that Matlock Town Council have agreed to fund our licenses for 2016 via their Community Grant Fund. We really appreciate this. Radio Free Smedley Street is not profit making and so far the four of us involved have self funded the licenses and equipment etc. We would love to be able to do more publicity and perhaps purchase some more up to date equipment as well as fund our licenses for 2017. If you would like to help out we are now accepting donations via pay pal.


We are excited to be able to play our interview with the extremely talented young singer songwriter Elliott Morris. Morris’s distinctive hammer style of guitar playing has already won him the 2013 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award and plenty of great reviews from the great and the good of the folk music scene. After his gig at the Boat in Cromford last week Alice caught up with him for a chat about musical influences and being a musician in the world of the internet and social networking. Listen to this along with some recordings from the gig on Ground Station Zero Wednesday from 8pm.

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Goodness me it’s going to be an exciting couple of weeks at Radio Free Smedley Street! As well as the Casimir Engine show tonight- bound to be a corker as -always- Rob and Martin will be having a Guest in on Wednesday’s Ground Station Zero. Kurt from exciting new Matlock drive in cinema project Guerilla Cinema will be in the studio talking about his plans, next week’s showings and much more as well as choosing some smashing music.

And for those Elliott Morris fans out there we will broadcast Alice’s interview from the Boat, Cromford on Saturday NEXT Wednesday 28th October.

Don’t forget to send in your requests!


We are looking forward to promoting the Ale House Rocks Festival which takes place on the 5th September, this week on Ground Station Zero. Mike McMaster, the brains behind the festival will be in talking to Martin about the line up, the history of the festival and choosing some tunes to give us a taste of what is to come. The second year of the festival which will be held at the Square and Compass in Darley Dale will include Ben Ottewell, RFSS favourites Patewawa, Barclay Smith, Echoed in Earth and much more.

Listen in from 8pm on Wednesday and let us know what you think about the music via Facebook and Twitter.

A bit more about Spiro

If you liked what you heard of Spiro, you can find out more about them in this article in the Guardian. or take a look at the Spiro Website.

Plus there are a number of videos on You Tube:


This week’s Ground Station Zero will be live again from our studio from 8pm on Wednesday (20th May). Some of us have had a live music filled weekend and we will be will be talking to Spiro Bristol based quartet (with familial links to Radio Free Smedley Street!!) whose music transcends folk to create something completely different. “We’ve got as much to do with minimalist classical and dance music as we have with folk. Even though we use folk tunes, they’re raw materials that the rest of the sound is built around.”

Plus the latest choices from Matlock Record Club, a bit of Belle and Sebastian (we went to see them too- but no interview sadly!) and of course your music selections- get in touch via Facebook and Twitter as soon as you can to give us your choices.

Listen from 8pm via the LISTEN tab in the top right hand corner. And for a sneak preview of Spiro see their video below.


Don’t forget to tune in to www.radiofreesmedleystreet.co.uk at 8pm tonight (Wednesday 4 February) when we’ll be broadcasting the first of a new monthly series of shows celebrating the work and music of people from the Matlock area. We’ll be chatting to the Posteritty guys (whose iconic Dr Who montage is below right) and playing songs from five artists who hail from these here parts or thereabouts including Frank, pictured below, Tom Allsop and Andy Carr.

If you miss the show at 8pm, you can hear it again at 9pm.

Don’t worry about Wolf Hall. We love it too, but you can always watch it on iPlayer later while ordering a Posteritty print of Henry VIII online…


How about this for a tree?- one Day Radio Free Smedley street will have something similar but meanwhile why not entertain youselves with a listen to our Advent calendar suggestions so far:

December 1st White Christmas by Stiff Little Fingers chosen by Casimir Engine

December 2nd Christmas Time (Don’t let the bells end) by The Darkness chosen by Alice Lockett

December 3rd Nick Lowe – Children Go Where I Send Thee chosen by by Richard Ruin

December 4th Snowflake by Kate Bush chosen by Mick Neale

December 5th Stina Nordenstam – Soon After Christmas chosen by Rob James

December 6th Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love chosen by Martin Lockett

December 7th Ring Out, Solstice Bells – Jethro Tull chosen by Jimmy Windows

December 8th Donny Hathaway- This Christmas [Original] chosen by Spindarella

December 9th Christmas time is here – The Heptones chosen by Designate at The Gate

December 10th Mary’s Boy Child chosen by Gemma Berry