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More Lunar Commentators

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

The commentary ‘highlights’ from Saturday at the Lunar Festival are now available on soundcloud. All part of The Commentator‘s Listen Again service.

The Lunar Commentators

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Live from NYC

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Live coverage from the Foyer of The Public Theatre, New York City. Don’t miss any of the action. Web casting 23:30 – 03:30.

When is Boring Not?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Tomorrow The Commentators return. This time they are ‘stateside’ for their first American engagement since the heady days of the original New York Cosmos – Pele, Beckenbauer et al. On Friday they will bringing eager listeners all the comings, goings and lingerings in the Foyer of The Public Theater, Manhattan. Due to the time difference UK listeners will have to tune in between 23:30 and 03:30 GMT to catch the action live as it happens (the link will be on this homepage).

Fans of The Commentators may also be interested in the television broadcasts which are the subject of the TED talk linked to above.

Malala Laurette

Saturday, October 11th, 2014


I’m really pleased to learn that Malala Yousafzai has become a Nobel Laurette. She is an extraordinary person. The thing I find easy to forget is that she was extraordinary before she was shot by the Taliban. She was shot because she was extraordinary and her response to the shooting merely confirmed how extraordinary she is. By shooting Malala the Taliban have empowered her. Continue reading “Malala Laurette” »

Getting Better

Monday, September 1st, 2014


The Commentators were much better on Sunday than they were on Saturday. After that first day we reflected on what went well and what could have gone better. As each outing for The Commentators is a new setting we have to answer the question as to how it works in that setting. Sometimes that can be established in advance; at the BE Festival we made a plan and executed it. Sometimes we have to learn from experience. Continue reading “Getting Better” »

Folk Commentary

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

The Commentators did a full eight hour shift at Moseley Folk Festival yesterday. Their coverage of events was audible through speakers at various points around the site and now in bite size podcast form via Soundcloud. Remember these are not carefully crafted pieces made for radio, they are slices of the vast sprawling rolling thing.

There is more to come today.

Access All Areas

Friday, August 29th, 2014


Terrifyingly someone has slipped The Commentators Access All Areas wristbands for the Moseley Folk Festival, which means they can now bring their loyal listeners exclusive coverage from everywhere and anywhere. Tonight Johnny Marr was able to suit-up un-commentated upon backstage but tomorrow night will Richard Thompson be so lucky? On Saturday will The Waterboys escape having their entire rider inventoried over the airwaves?

Visit this website regularly over the weekend for regularly posted podcasts bringing you the ‘Almost Live’ experience of Moseley Folk. If you are on-site over the weekend seek out any one of nine listening posts to find out exactly what’s going on where you are and in areas not everyone can access.

Listen Live: The Commentators

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Webcasting Live from Library of Birmingham 18:00 – 22:00 Friday 15th November for Children In Need. Images of The Commentators’ other projects along with archive recordings can be found here and there is more about them in this new essay.

Back Where They Belong!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Exciting news! In a rare development for The Commentators their phones rang today. In an even rarer development it turned out to be their agent. Astonishingly she had received a call from the BBC asking after their availability this Friday. Being a good agent she replied that this would “depend on some factors” and that she “could move a few things around” and basically “yes they are” (they could be called off the golf course and out of the potting shed). Continue reading “Back Where They Belong!” »

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