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TalkingAlbums: Exploring connections between                               people and their music.

Phil & Alistair

Talking Albums features Alasdair Dempster and Phil Parnham talking with guests, for whom music is an important part of their lives, about an album that is special to them.


Each podcast mixes conversation with listening to music from the chosen album - learning a little about the music and the artists, but also importantly exploring the personal relationship that the guest has with the music.

We want them to be podcasts to celebrate, appreciate music and the people who listen to it.


We hope you enjoy them ... and would love to hear any comments or suggestions for future guests.  Please write to

Special thanks to Thomas Lebioda at Labelship Studios for the recordings and technical expertise.  And our thanks to TalkingGigs for hosting this page on the website


Best wishes from Alasdair and Phil

Featured Podcasts

To listen to an individual podcast, click on the album cover ...

Charles Ritchie ... talking about Buena Vista Social Club
(1996, World Circuit Records)
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Charles set up TalkingGigs in 2014 to present top artists from the UK and around the world, playing and talking about their music, country, culture, influences and much more.

Nicky Crewe - talking about Astral Weeks by Van Morrison (1968, Elektra Records) 
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Nicky Crewe on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks ...


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Mike Reid  - talking about Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus (1959, Columbia Records) 
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Mike has played tenor sax, over many years,  with dozens of pop, rock, jazz and blues bands you've never heard of - but most recently, in Sheffield, with Jungle Lion (Ska) and Papa Soul.


To listen to any of these or the other intriguing podcasts on the Talking Albums Soundcloud site ... just click


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