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Our weekly schedule

All times are in 24-hour format and are local to Catalonia (Central European Time (UTC+1) or Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) depending on the time of year).

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Monday

  • 12:00–13:00 IMC Now & Then – Pete Matthewman
  • 14:00–15:00 Tunes From Turtle Island – Andrew GJ
  • 16:00–18:00 Independent Artists
  • 18:00–19:00 Happy Hour with Daren B – Daren Bavister
  • 21:00–23:00 Guilty Pleasures 45s – Neil Greaves

Tuesday

  • 10:00–11:00 The Richard Harris Folk and Blues Show – Richard Harris
  • 12:00–13:00 Icons Of Music – Norman Jay
  • 14:00–15:00 IMC Now & Then – Pete Matthewman
  • 16:00–18:00 Independent Artists
  • 18:00–19:00 The Country Mile – Dave Watkins
  • 20:00–21:00 Dare to Win – Eddie Garrido

Wednesday

  • 12:00–13:00 Song Academy
  • 14:00–15:00 A Kick Up The 80s – Geoff Dorsett
  • 16:00–18:00 Independent Artists
  • 18:00–20:00 A Blast From the 80s – Gary Hopkins
  • 20:00–21:00 Cocktails and Cool Tunes – Norman Jay (LIVE)
  • 21:00–23:00 Kimbo’s Soul Jazz Funk Connection – Kimbo

Thursday

  • 12:00–13:00 Invisible Folk Club – John Bickley
  • 14:00–15:00 Blues Cafe – Steve James
  • 16:00–18:00 Independent Artists
  • 18:00–19:00 Tunes From Turtle Island – Andrew GJ
  • 20:00–21:00 A Kick Up The 80s – Geoff Dorset
  • 21:00–23:00 Guilty Pleasures 45s – Neil Greaves
  • 23:00–24:00 The Richard Harris Folk and Blues Show – Richard Harris

Friday

  • 12:00–14:00 Impromptu Sessions Live (LIVE)
  • 14:00-15:00 A Blast From The 80s – Gary Hopkins
  • 15:00–16:00 - Happy Hour with Daren B – Daren Bavister
  • 16:00–18:00 Independent Artists
  • 18:00–19:00 IMC Now & Then – Pete Matthewman
  • 20:00–21:00 Dare to Win – Eddie Garrido
  • 22:00-24:00 Chris Palin’s 70s Chart Show – Chris Palin

Saturday

  • 10:00–11:00 Blues Cafe – Steve James
  • 12:00–13:00 Invisible Folk Club – John Bickley
  • 13:00–15:00 Guilty Pleasures 45s – Neil Greaves
  • 15:00–17:00 Chris Palin’s 70s Chart Show – Chris Palin
  • 17:00–18:00 Song Academy
  • 18:00–19:00 Happy Hour with Daren B – Daren Bavister
  • 20:00–24:00 Paul Cator’s Soul Show – Paul Cator

Sunday

  • 09:00–10:00 Tunes From Turtle Island – Andrew GJ
  • 10:00–12:00 Chris Palin’s 70s Chart Show – Chris Palin
  • 12:00–14:00 Rolling Back The Years – NormanJ (LIVE)
  • 14:00–15:00 A Kick Up The 80s – Geoff Dorset
  • 15:00-17:00 Nige On The Radio – Nigel Bateman (LIVE)
  • 17:00-18:00 Icons of Music – Norman Jay
  • 18:00–19:00 The Country Mile – Dave Watkins
  • 20:00–22:00 Kimbo’s Soul Jazz Funk Connection – Kimbo
  • 22:00–23:00 Blues Cafe – Steve James

Who are we?

Norman Jones

aka Norman Jay

NormanJ

Singer-songwriter, radio producer, broadcaster and author. Born 28 December 1949 in Salford, Lancashire.

At the age of 16 he formed The Normans – a guitar-vocal duo with friend, Norman Green. The duo made appearances at over 100 northern clubs (chauffeured by Jay’s dad, Arnold) before disbanding. His first attempt in the music industry, but not the last. Entertaining was in Norman’s blood, whenever there was opportunity to sing he never hesitated.

“Music is my passion. I have been a professional singer for over 40 years. I studied music (performance/studio recording and live sound), I have performed live all over Europe, been interviewed many times and had several TV appearances. I came to Catalonia and believe I became the first English-language radio presenter on Radio Mora FM and la Cala RTV, and produced radio for the federation of radio stations in Catalonia.

I relocated to Catalonia in 2008, and five years ago set up Catalonia Radio – because I was disillusioned by local radio here. At that time I was writing in the Catalonia Today magazine too about radio. The internet was not so good then and my listeners seemed to be everywhere except Catalonia.

My programmes are now well accepted in Catalonia on Epic Radio, but that is based in Canada. So I have decided, to launch once again an English-language station dedicated to Catalonia’s people and songwriters. Welcome to TopCat.”

shows

Rolling Back The Years

Rolling Back The Years

Icons of Music

Icons of Music

The Impromptu Sessions

The Impromptu Sessions

Paul Taylor

aka pault aka elmussol

pault

Olive farmer, techie, proofreader/typesetter and life-long music geek. Born in the mid-1960s in north-east Lancashire.

Paul also lives in southern Catalonia on an off-grid olive finca. He does the tech and online stuff for TopCat – runs the radio server and website (more details at the foot of the page). Provides online services under the elsmussols.net banner. Passionate about music generally and Free & Open Source Software.

guests

Dave Watkins – The Country Mile

Country Mile

Playing new release authentic Country, Honky Tonk, Outlaw, Western, Bluegrass, Ameripolitan and more. Nominated for ‘DJ’ and ‘Show’ at the 2020 Academy of Western Artists Awards.

Produced in Frome, England and Syndicated Worldwide on 70+ stations.

FacebookOn demand ∙ email: thecountrymile@yahoo.com

Daren Bavister – Happy Hour with Daren B

aka DJ Daren B

Daren Bavister

tel: +44 7811 330070 ∙ email: dj-darenb@gmx.co.ukThe UK Voiceoverman

Pete Matthewman – IMC Now & Then

IMC Now & Then)

“Hi. My name is Pete Matthewman and I hail from Brookfield a smallish country town about 50km west of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.

I was the Founder/Host of My Country Australia (Radio Show) for the past six years and 300+ episodes. My love of country music started about ten years ago, when I was introduced to Rascal Flatts and ever since that day I have been hooked.

When I started MCA it was predominately-American country music that I played for first 4-5 months. I have found that Australia has some of the best country music artists going around and they then took up most of the show. MCA has now been retired and I have started It’s My Country – a 24/7 Online Country Radio Station and as an off shoot from that IMC Now & Then was born.

In my private life, I am married with 2 kids and 3 grandkids, I work fulltime for Netafim Australia and am involved with sporting clubs in my local area.

I look forward to bringing you all the latest and greatest country music from around the world.”

It’s My Country Online

Richard Harris – The Richard Harris Folk and Blues Show

The Richard Harris Folk and Blues Show

Playing songs from the little well-known to the more obscure.

Andrew GJ – Tunes from Turtle Island

aka DJDroid

Tunes from Turtle Island

“Hi I’m Andrew GJ

Tunes From Turtle Island is the only European radio show to exclusivity promote the indigenous musicians, bands and sound artists of North America. Turtle Island is one of the indigenous names for North America which includes Mexico, the USA, Canada, and Greenland – the indigenous people of these countries all produce an amazing variety of music. On the show you’ll hear every genre, from classical to punk/rock, from jazz/blues to hiphop/rap from spoken word/experimental to country/trad powwow and the list goes on and on! All of it made by the descendants of the first peoples to inhabit the continent.

I include environmental and social news from the communities there and also music facts. Did you know, both Jimi Hendrix and Duke Ellington had Cherokee grandmother’s, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas) is Shoshone, Jimmy Carl Black ,the drummer of The Mothers Of Invention was Cheyenne, and Robbie Robinson of The Band is Mohawk? The Gathering of Nations is the largest Pow-Wow in the US with over 785 tribes from around Turtle Island participating, and there are up to 100 dance, drum and singing competitions. Here’s hoping that you enjoy my eclectic mix of music and learn something new, happy listening.”

Turtle Island Radio ShowFacebook

Steve James – Blues Cafe

Steve James

Steve lives in London, UK and is a lifelong musician having picked up the guitar at twelve years old.

He loves all types of music and has played in many different types of bands from blues to dance to jazz to folk.

He is still playing in bands and love every minute of it. Steve has a special love of the Blues and sharing that love with people on the radio is a real privilege.

Paul Cator – Paul Soul Show

Paul Soul Show

Nigel Bateman – Nige On The Radio

Nige on the Radio

Nige has been on the radio for over 30 years and has been involved in that time with hospital radio, community radio, rsl’s and has also worked production and Commercial Production for Radio City in Liverpool.

Nige has also been nominated for a Sony Award in Commercial Production.

He has met and worked with people like Billy J Kramer, Gerry Marsden, Billy Butler, Bill Mitchell (famous voice over), Pete Best, Ken Dodd, Bill Oddie, Keith Skues and many more. Nigel has always had a keen interest in 194 Radio City and used to run a website that was a tribute to the memory of the good old 194 days but now runs a 194 Radio City group on Facebook.

Nigel’s interest in music is reflected in his shows with 60s, 70s, easy listening, Northern Soul, novelty songs and lots of songs we all know and love but you don’t hear on the radio any more.

Facebook ∙ email: nigelradio123@gmail.comTwitchMixcloud archive

John Bickley – The Invisible Folk Club

The Invisible Folk Club

The Invisible Folk Club is an hour of great music with a late night vibe. Presented by Jon Bickley and produced by Steve Yarwood, the show covers grass roots music, traditional or original, across the spectrum of folk, country, blues and Americana. There are many shades, the music is broadly acoustic but we are more than happy to go electric when it feels right, it never harmed Bob Dylan! You’ll hear some famous names and some who are bubbling under, we like to promote new music while tipping a hat to the pioneers who came before. We have good relationships with various PR people so we have access to a lot of newly released material. Let us know what you think, maybe we can swap some ideas.

The Invisible Folk ClubFacebook

Geoff Dorsett – A Kick Up The 80s

A Kick Up The 80s

Geoff is a Music Jock and eight-time award winning DJ. Started music career aged 13, with some local discos. By age 18, he was working with Mecca ballrooms – opening venues around the UK and by 1974 was on air at the opening of commercial radio in Sheffield, Radio Hallam. Shifts on other local radio stations in the 80s and pirate radio.

Currently on air every morning at Forest FM with All our Yesterplays, Saturday nights with The Soul Show and Monday evenings with A Kick Up The 80s. He currently syndicates three shows – Solid Gold Sixties, Supersonic 70s and Kick up the 80s to 75 stations in 24 countries. For the last twelve years, he (along with producer Adrian) has presented the cult radio programme The Soft Rock Show on Monday nights at Express FM. It’s a four-time award winning show which has sessions, breaks new artists and covers every genre. It also interviews artists from every decade, and to date has done 2,880 interviews. Geoff has interviewed amongst others – Sir Cliff, members of the Stones, Genesis, The Eagles, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Toto; and from every decade – Freddy Cannon, Tommy Roe, Marty Wilde, The Searchers, The Hollies, Sweet, Slade, Suzy, Leo Sayer, Rick Astley, Go West, Dodgy etc. Plus the greatest songwriters and the best authors.

The Soft Rock Show ∙ email: chunkygeoff@gmail.com

Neil Greaves – Guilty Pleasure 45s

Neil Greaves

My passion for music drew its first breath when Radio Rentals took our TV away. I was ten years old. Not being one who waits to be entertained, and being of a curious nature, I decided to explore my mother’s vast record collection, the bulk of which represented the genres of folk and country. But, hidden in its depths were some real sonic treasures. After a short search, I unearthed Bob Marley’s Burning and the Wailers albums, Donny Hathaway’s Extension Of a Man, and the complete works of Ray Charles and Millie Jackson. This was truly my Eureka moment!

Now I had a new passion, now I could see a path before me, one that I would follow from that day forth. Paper-round money was now being used to service a new addiction – a new hunger.

No longer would I be visiting the local toyshop to buy yet another Airfix Spitfire (1:72 scale) to cover in inappropriately-applied glue. No, from now on, it was now the racks of vinyl in my local record stores that beckoned me with their seductive contents. Aylesbury’s Record House, Earth Records and Our Price were my after-school haunts. Even now I can still recall, as if it were yesterday, the alluring scent of clean, fresh vinyl that permeated these (what were in my mind) palaces, these shrines dedicated to music, sanctuaries where I could escape from the world and be Me.

The Grundig radiogram, my then pride and joy, with the glow of its valves radiating evocatively through the louvered vents of the rear cover, would now be pumped to the max, and my my bedroom window would be wide open. This was the life, sharing the music I loved with the kids playing outside my house, while Mother would scream her own chorus of disapproval, “NEIL! TURN DOWN THE BASS!”. I knew it in my heart, my blood, my soul, I wanted to be a DJ.

So now you know a little more about me from my perspective. In the eyes of others I’ve been described as (amongst other things that I think I’ll keep to myself!) charmingly and uniquely amusing, but I will let you, my beautiful listeners, be my judge…

I look forward to playing my music for you. – Greavsie

Kimbo – Kimbo’s Soul Jazz Funk Connection

Kim Pearce

Kimbo has been a DJ since a teenager, he first started tuning in to pirate radio catching the radio bug. He built his own mixer using two record players and a tape deck allowing him to play the music he enjoyed.

He kept an interest through all the changes in radio over decades, liking any music style and went on to become a mobile DJ playing at minor venues around London.

After a spell in the wilderness due to family commitments he found he could come back to his interest through a local community radio station. He joined it from its inception on the internet to becoming an FM station.

FacebookMixcloud

Chris Palin – Chris Palin’s 70s Chart Show

Chris Palin's 70s Chart Show

Starting my entertaining career at the age of 15, I’ve been DJing, presenting radio and voice overs ever since. You might even hear me on a telephone system you call. My weekly 70s Chart Show reflects that week’s top 40 from a 70s year.

Chris PalinFacebook

Gary Hopkins – A Blast From The 80s

A Blast From The 80s

Playing the greatest hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s via dedicated shows and the best UK, US and worldwide retro charts.

Blast80sFacebookMixcloud

Eddie Garrido – Dare to Listen

Dare to Listen

Eddie Garrido is from Mexico, his father was a musician, and has toured Spain and lived in Madrid. Eddie is also a fine composer and musician living in the United States. His new jazz show is exclusive to Topcat Radio.

Keep in contact

On socialmedia

We have a Facebook page – please follow and like us.

By email

For programming, sponsorship and publicity, contact Norman: normaninspace@gmail.com.

For technical, contact Paul: pault@elsmussols.net.