We came, we saw, we launched a podcast.

Today sees the inaugural Northern Soul podcast, produced and presented by broadcast journalist Lucy McNamara. Each week the 40 minute show will include interviews with major bands and musical artists, as well as showcasing up-and-coming talent. Interviewees will include musicians playing in the North of England and local names. Other interviews will feature a host of well-known Northerners, from artistic directors from across the cultural landscape to authors and celebrity chefs.

This week Lucy talks to Mercury Music Prize nominee Kathryn Williams and the Inspiral Carpets’ Clint Boon.

Williams was born in Liverpool and now lives in Newcastle. Her new album, Crown Electric, is the name of the power company that employed the young Elvis Presley as a delivery truck driver. Boon joined the Inspiral Carpets in 1986. Today he combines his work with the Inspirals with presenting a daily show on XFM and DJ-ing.

Among the music being played this week is Findlay, Elvis Presley, Chase & Status and a couple of belters from the Breaking Bad soundtrack.

Lucy says: “I like nothing more than a sticky floor, a pint of cider and a good band on a Friday night. I love music and I’m eager to seek out new bands. The podcast is a dream come true and I can’t wait to start playing the music that people want to hear.”

Click below to hear Clint Boon talking about “the world coming to Manchester again” and Kathryn Williams describing “the beauty of music”.


You can get in touch with Lucy via Twitter @Lucy_McNamara or via Northern Soul @Northern_Soul_