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The BadgerThe Badger Here

Started getting into Music in the Sixties after hearing Needles and Pins by the Searchers.

First Album I bought was the Best of the Bee Gees way before Saturday Night Fever.

My musical direction changed when I saw Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull on Top of the Pops playing Living in the Past. I then became a Progressive Rock fan Emerson Lake and Palmer were my favourite followed by Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson etc.

As I have aged and matured nicely I have embraced all types of music I love going to see Live Music in Pubs, Concert Halls, Stadiums wherever.

Can only play the fool but I am the equivalent of Jimi Hendrix at that. To compensate for my lack of musical talent I DJ both locally and down in London not the Fatboy Slim type of DJing more Weddings, Barmitzva's, Birthday's, Wake's even.

My name is Tommy and recently I was called up to sing at a Karaoke and a girl in the bar said that's not Tommy it's the Badger and she was right I have had that nickname since I was 14.One of my friend's said I had a snub nose like a Badger's and it stuck as one of my other friends was also called Tommy which made life easy. I also have the grey hair creeping in now, so looking more Badger like by the minute.

I really admire people with musical talent and lucky for us new bands like Muse, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Glasvegas, Biffy Clyro, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Flood of Red to name but a few are producing excellent sounds for our edification and delight.

Many of my favourites are still going strong like Paul Rodgers,Lynard Skynard, Nazareth, Rodger Waters, Asia, Foreigner, Wishbone Ash, AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney,The Stones. My favourite band of the moment is Marillion still producing excellent and thought provoking music.

Sadly some greats have recently passed away like Gary Moore, Mick Karn, Gerry Rafferty and Captain Beefheart.I did some Hospital Radio back in the 80's. Every time I tried to get involved with Heartland I ended up working in London as is the case now fortunately for me Ross Easton had to give his Saturday afternoon slot up due to work commitments and I have taken over his slot from 14:00 till 17:00 every second Saturday. My show usually has a theme base but requests take priority. I could talk for Scotland but on my show I let the music do the talking.

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