Sep 172012

Free From Back PainWe’ve got a busy week planned here on East Lothian FM. Here’s a few highlights on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Iain G will be talking to Dr Andrew Keats and Debbie Cook about lower back pain and particularly axial spondyloarthritis (SpA). They have news about an exciting new treatment that could help thousands of sufferers. Join Iain for Brunch at 11am. This interview is scheduled for just after 12 noon.
  • Donald T is bringing us a Holiday Special between 2 & 4pm Monday and Tuesday this week.
  • Lee J Watt presents his first show at 8pm Monday.
  • Fish is joining Andy Morris on Wake Up With Mo at 1030am Tuesday.
  • Also on Tuesday Stewart Glass and Calum Smith will be joining Hector MacAulay on his Traditional Scottish Music Show. They’ll entertain us with live Ceilidh music.

Don’t forget, you can contact all our presenters Live in the Studio by
calling 01620 822 888 or emailing

Sep 162012


Onwards & Upwards

As the new University terms begins, a couple of our presenters are moving away to continue their studies. Everyone at East Lothian FM wishes Rory Fraser and Rachel Laird all the very best. They both joined the ELFM family very early on and we were delighted to have them. Fingers crossed, they’ll make it back into the Studio for a holiday special!

New Voices on ELFM

So, with a couple of our presenters heading off to Uni, what better time to welcome new faces to the station?

Alan “Shakin” Stevens has already made himself comfy in our Studio chair. His Afternoon Show started last week and he will be a regular fixture every Wednesday and Thursday Afternoons.

Lee J Watt will make his début on Monday evening. To celebrate the event, he’s invited Shorty (of Friday night’s Shorty’s Club Classics) along for a chat. Join him at 8pm every Monday from tomorrow.

Gregor Robertson is one of East Lothian FM’s Directors. So far, he’s kept fairly quiet and avoided too much attention, but that couldn’t last! He’ll change the tempo on Wednesday with his Classical Corner. 2 hours of classical music between 4 & 6pm. He’ll join us again at 4pm Thursday for an hour of Folk music.

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Sep 132012

FishLocal Rock Star Fish will be joining Andy Morris during ‘Wake Up With Mo’ on East Lothian FM next Tuesday morning at around 10.30 am.

Fish is promoting a benefit gig at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington on 28th September. He’s raising money to help out the Waterloo Bistro, his favourite restaurant in Haddington, which was flooded out earlier this year.

The lade which runs past the restaurant and the nearby River Tyne burst its banks and seriously damaged the restaurant which has had to close until repairs have been completed. Although insurance has paid for the damage, a flood prevention scheme is needed to stop future damage being caused.

So listen in next Tuesday to hear more about the gig from Fish himself.

Tickets can be purchased directly from Fish’s website as well as the Tyneside Tavern, Plough Tavern and Kesley’s Bookshop in Haddington and Anderson’s Butchers in North Berwick.


Sep 122012


ShakatakShakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music – but then Shakatak is a particularly unusual group. Because of the nature of their music, their fan base is one that is far reaching while always retaining an ‘underground’ element. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily as serious jazz/funk musicians, enjoying both high ‘cult’ status and instant recognition as a household name.

After a number of successful top-twenty singles in the UK, the band went on to score unprecedented international success with the release of the classic ‘Nightbirds’ recording and the title track has now become a standard in the popular music repertoire. This success was repeated with the top ten hit ‘Down On The Street’ and the award-winning video established that band’s personnel of Jill Saward (Lead Vocals), Bill Sharpe ((Keyboard), Keith Winter (Guitar), George Anderson (Bass Guitar) and Roger Odell (Drums).

Barry Palmer is one of contemporary music’s best kept secrets! He joined Scarborough based band Brave New World in the 70’s.

His early solo career was highlighted by his 1974 No. 2 smash hit The Bump under the pseudonym of Kenny. He then became the lead singer of German band Triumvirat signed to EMI, which had considerable success most notably in Europe and America.

He has also recorded an album with Mike Oldfield “Discovery” and a major tour. He has sung and performed with other major players such as Rod Argent, Kirsty McCall, Aled Jones, Simon Phillips (drummer The Who, Toto, Judas Priest), Preston Heyman (drummer Tom Robinson Band, Atomic Rooster) Phil Spalding (bass player Mick Jagger, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Robbie William) and many many more.

The Animals have maintained their reputation as one of Newcastle’s finest 60’s groups for over 40 years, with their hits Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Baby Can I Take You Home and their massive No 1 hit House Of The Rising Sun.  John Steel from the Animals joins Graeme Logan to have a chat about the bands history and where it is today.


Claire Druett – Claire will be with us live in the studio with her regular short story slot.

The Look – This unique band was formed in the Seventies when friends-since-school Jonny Whetstone and Mick Bass decided to start writing and performing their own music. The front man – Jonny with his rugged style is perfect on both vocals and guitar. Mick is best known for his fantastic ability and skill on the Hammond.

They started out as progressive rock band The Kreed but as they picked up bassist Gus Goad, who has worked with musical legends including Bjork and Steve Coogan, they reformed as The Look, were signed to MCA Records, and never looked back.

Their hit single I am the Beat in 1981 sold 200,000 copies in the UK within three months, and considerably more Worldwide. Reportedly, this was the first record Damon Albarn ever bought. They went straight to number 6 in the charts which led to their memorable performance on hit television shows Top of the Pops and Tiswas. The Look soon became favourites of the likes of Radio1 DJ Simon Bates and Ted Carroll from Chiswick Records. Unfortunately, The Look’s record label later went bust, however this didn’t stop the band from soldiering on and doing what they did best – playing to crowds of tens of thousands of loyal fans.

Back in 2004, The Look brought out their second album, Pop Yowlin which CD Universe described as a collection of ‘perfect little pop/rock nuggets’.

This time around The Look are taking things a step further with their new album Tunes and Stories. They have signed to a new record label – Beat Town Records and have secured an exciting new management deal with Urban Influence’s Julian White, which has led to a publishing deal with the stupendous Demon Music Group. To add to this triumph, The Look also have the world acclaimed Universal distributing their long awaited new album.

The Look understand it is important to continue to develop their music and were also keen to stay with their tradition of picking up local talent, therefore, they have drafted in the help of teenage guitarist Jake Jacobs from Jonny’s home village of Woolpit in Suffolk. Jake was also joined in the studio by backing singers Amelia Whetstone and Rachel Kate Bryceland. The band were fortunate enough to attract the attention of Alex Baird who plays drums on every track of the new album – Alex is the man who once powered the Jag’s ‘Back of your Hand’ to the charts.

Sep 062012

Next week is Suicide Prevention Week and ELFM, in conjunction with Changes CHP and NHS Lothian will be bringing you a series of interviews and discussions every morning after the 10am news.

To introduce the topic, John Boyce (Public Health Practitioner with NHS Lothian), will be in the studio tomorrow (Friday) at 10am.

Each morning next week, Brian from Changes CHP will bring a special guest into the studio for an open and frank discussion about suicide and it’s effects.

Changes CHP can offer a range of training and information on Suicide. If you’re interested, click on the image below to see the full size PDF or check out their website at: for contact details.

Suicide Information Poster

Sep 062012

L&B Police LogoPolice are appealing for witnesses to a collision that happened in East Lothian yesterday (Wednesday).

The incident, involving a car and a tractor, happened on the southbound carriageway of the A1 approximately two miles south of Haddington.

The 18-year female passenger of the car suffered a broken leg , and was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.  The drivers of both vehicles were uninjured.  The road was closed in both directions to allow emergency services to deal with the incident, and both carriageways reopened after an hour.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said:

We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, who hasn’t yet been in touch with police, to contact us on 0131 311 3131.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind drivers that the ongoing harvesting season is a particularly busy time for the farming industry and consequently there is a much greater likelihood of encountering tractors and other agricultural machinery, especially on rural roads.

It is important that drivers fully appreciate that farm vehicles are often much larger, less manoeuvrable and can be travelling much slower than their own vehicle, and take these factors into account when driving or planning a journey.