I was so delighted to hear my song ‘For Free’ on Aled Jones’s lovely new podcast ‘Oh My Goodness’. With all the hardship and sorrow that people are facing around the world, it’s such a great concept to have a programme highlighting some of the good things that are happening.
I first met Aled back in 2007 when he was presenter of the BBC Radio 2 show ‘Good Morning Sunday’. It was my first interview on UK national radio and all thanks to a fan called Andy Cole who had seen me play at Bournemouth Folk Club and decided to send my album ‘Keep Walking’ (with a box of chocolates) to Hilary Robinson, Aled’s producer.
Hilary clearly loved chocolates because the next thing I know Aled was playing my song ‘Back Home’ on his show. Philip Tennant, the manager of The Waterboys, was listening and the rest is history…
I met Aled quite a few times as he very kindly asked me back on the show to talk about my Buddhist faith, launch my first book ‘Start Over Again’, do ‘Thought For The Day’ and sing live several times. He is a super lovely guy who’d give me a big hug when I came in the studio.
It was so great to hear his voice again on his new podcast – aside from being an amazing singer Aled has the most wonderful speaking voice that makes you feel somehow incredibly comforted and reassured, like everything is going to be all right. Perfect for these times…
I owe a big debt of gratitude to Aled and Hilary for supporting my music over all these years and I’m so delighted they’ve asked me to be involved in their new project. You can listen to the podcast here.