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Show #1 - "My Kind of Music" (Sept.26, 2010)

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Ian introduces his first show: to present the music he likes, the music that he grew up on, the music that inspired him as a child. Everybody from Al Jolson and Gene Austin, to Bill Haley and the Comets. And, of course, Ian's big hit: "You Turn Me On".

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Show #2 - "Ukulele Jamboree" (Oct. 3, 2010)

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An entire show celebrating Ian's favorite instrument: the ukulele. From the Hawaiian islands to the U.S. to the U.K. - from Ukulele Ike, George Formby, "Two-Ton" Tessie O'Shea, to the ukulele orchestras of the present. And, of course ... Ian.

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*also on Special Set #1

Show #3 - "More Ukuleles" (Oct. 10, 2010)

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Ian presents artists on the cutting edge of the retro ukulele renaissance, as well as some of the classic ukulele virtuosos. Plus a few surprises you wouldn't expect in a show about ukuleles. (Jimmy Durante?)

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*also on Special Set #1

Show #4 - "Cover Songs" (Oct. 17, 2010)

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Ian covers the cover songs - songs recorded over and over again by different artists. And the record companies that would shamelessly duplicate not only the song but the actual sound of the original record.

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Show #5 - "Rock 'n Roll Party!" (Oct. 24, 2010)

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Party! A rock 'n roll dance party, with as many rock 'n roll dance favorites as Ian can squeeze into 63 minutes. Plus Ian's very first record, "Soho", recorded in a basement in Dublin in 1964. All introduced by resurrected DJ, Brian Bletheroe.

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*also on Special Set #2

Show #6 - "Travelin'" (Oct. 31, 2010)

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Ian assays songs about mobility: trains, boats, planes ... even hiking! Songs from the "usual U.S. suspects", but also from Britain and other points of the compass. And Ian will intrude on the journeys from time to time with his own motionary music.

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Show #7 - "Music Hall" (Nov. 7, 2010)

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The entire show is firmly ensconced in that most traditional of British traditions - the music hall. Join Ian as he describes the look of red plush, the smell of beer and gin, the perfume of "loose ladies". And, of course - the music!

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Show #8 - "Ragtime" (Nov. 14, 2010)

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"Ragtime". A song. A dance. And a period at the turn of the last century when "a woman was a woman, and a good cigar was a smoke". Originally frivolous music played in bars and bawdy houses, revived in the 1970s as a serious art form.

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*also on Special Set #3

Show #9 - "Transcendental Tunes" (Nov. 21, 2010)

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"Melodies to Mollify" Ian presents relaxing tunes from Nat "King" Cole, Belle Baker, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis - and even Jimmy Durante! Ian also ventures into the realm of poetry to put everyone into a relaxed mood. Dim the lights ...

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Show #10 - "British Invasion - Revisited!" (Nov. 28, 2010)

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The "British Invasion" revisited. No Beatles! Ian presents the music he heard in Britain before the British Invasion. Pioneering rock 'n roll groups who never made it to America. And some who did. With guest Harold Bronson, founder of Rhino Records.

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Show #11 - "Damned Accordions!" (Dec. 5, 2010)

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Ian confesses that he owns, plays - and records - accordions. Call it a "squeezebox", "fleabox", "poor man's piano" or "stomach steinway" - Ian presents vintage accordion legends from America, Britain, and France - plus modern accordion virtuosos.

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Show #12 - "Whistlers and Yodellers" (Dec. 12, 2010)

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Ian offers a program of different musical sounds: whistlers, yodellers, zithers, slide guitars, marimbas, didgeridoos, even a typewriter. From the folk and ethnic music of the 1930s to the popular hits of the 1950s.

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Show #13 - "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Dec. 19, 2010)

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Holiday favorites old and ... well, old. By the electronic fireside, Ian offers Dickens' favorite Christmas song, Christmas in Hawaii, a story of the little boy that Santa Claus forgot, plus Christmas as it sounded when pianos played from rolls. Jolly yuletide!

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*also on Special Set #6

Show #14 - "Teddy Fruitacre's Party" (Dec. 26, 2010)

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That notorious jolly-maker Teddy Fruitacre invites everyone in to an infamous Fruitacre 'party-warty'. Teddy explains all in his own song, "Teddy's At It Again", and plays enough more music to keep the revelry going far beyond the turn of the New Year.

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*also on Special Set #6

Show #15 - "After the Party" (Jan. 2, 2011)

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All good things come to an end - even one of Teddy Fruitacre's parties. Ian soothes everyone with some restful after-party-warty music, some bracing fresh air songs of the great outdoors, plus the reminiscences of Colonel Alexander Westin Jarvis.

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Show #16 - "Irving Berlin: The Early Years" (Jan. 9, 2011)

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Ian conducts a tour of Irving Berlin's early years - from his arrival in America through the coming of jazz in the late teen years. Ian plays songs that influenced and inspired the young songwriter, and then the first few of Berlin's prolific output.

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*also on Special Set #5

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