Radio makes waves across the world

December 23 2013

A RADIO station, based in a Redland home, has achieved its goal of getting 2,000 people from across the globe, dancing in their kitchens.

A RADIO station, based in a Redland home, has achieved its goal of getting 2,000 people from across the globe, dancing in their kitchens.
Set up by Bristol Kitchen Radio, the dance party podcast has been listened to in 19 countries worldwide, including Mexico, Japan, Ghana, America and Canada.
The podcast, downloadable from Bristol Kitchen Radio's website, plays a compilation of Mexican polka, French waltz, Irish jigs and jazz numbers, with professional choreographer, Michelle Gaskell, giving simple dance step instructions over the top of the live music.
Ellen Hughes, co-founder of BKR, described the party as an antithesis of Strictly Come Dancing. "It isn't something highly polished, but it's about enjoying where you are at the moment in time, dancing around the kitchen," she said. "We thought it would be really funny lovely for people to be dancing the same steps to the same music in their kitchens, across the globe."
Musicians on the podcast include Ellen's husband Paul Bradley and his band Three Cane Whale - including trumpeter, Pete Judge, and mandolist Alex Vann - Quirkish Delight's violinist Gina Griffin, and Pedrograd's accordionist Peter Wilk.
Listeners have been encouraged to send in videos and photographs of themselves dancing along for a chance to be included in an exclusive film, which also includes footage of the shooting of the podcast by video maker and photographer, Maria Mochnacz. The deadline for video submissions is Janurary 1.
The dance party was sponsored by Claire at 5 O'Clock Apron and Towles' Fine Ales, and funded through the Arts Council.
The global dance-a-thon was a product of the Bristol Kitchen Radio's monthly show - podcasted from Ellen and Paul's home - which hosts interviews with various people from across Bristol.
"Everybody has a story to tell, we simply give people the space and time to share them ," Ellen said.
Inspired by American old-time radio, BKR sets out to achieve a similar way of uniting people from across the world, through the power of radio.
The station currently has regular listeners tuning in from 39 different countries.
Interviews are accompanied by live acoustic music, performed around the kitchen table.
Ellen said: "The kitchen is where people can come and relax, enjoy tea and cake, and there is are no time constraints.
"Our kitchen is warm and inviting, and the music around the table makes it much more intimate, with Paul making up songs about whoever is there."
The interviews last for around two hours, and are then edited down to half an hour podcasts.
BKR, which was set up two years ago, has so far interviewed Dan Stern, from The Fish Shop on Gloucester Road, Laura Hart from Hart's Bakery, film-maker, Rob Mitchell, Jo and Allison Chow from Wai Yee Hong supermarket, as well as a museum and art gallery curator, a boat builder and a neuroscientist. All the podcasts are available to listen to for free online.
Ellen, who previously worked at the British Library as an oral historian, conducts the interviews, Paul provides the live music, and Bristol-based film editor, Victoria Stevens, edits and produces the podcasts.
To listen to BKR's podcasts, visit www.bristolkitchenradio.com.

Bristol Kitchen Radio