Growing up in the cultural desert that was 1960s and 70s Northern Ireland, radio was a break from the ongoing violence and destruction around me. Listening to the chart shows on the BBC was good but hearing alternative music on Radio Caroline and Radio Luxenbourg was much more inspiring. I’ve always loved music, all genres (that aren’t commercial), I’ve made mixtapes since the early 70s and have also worked with bands and hosted radio shows.

Singing with Chainsaw Days 1989
Singing with Chainsaw Days 1989

Tunes From Turtle Island

Since the Spring of 2018 I’ve been producing and hosting the show Tunes from Turtle Island broadcast by the London arts radio station ResonanceFM on FM digital and live-streamed. Since 2019 the show has been broadcast by Austrian radio stations Radio Agora, Radio Freequenns, Radio Proton and Radio Fro. Radio Onde Furlane in Italy.

As far as I know it is the only European radio show to exclusivity promote Native American, First Nations and the indigenous peoples of North America musicians, bands and sound artists. I play all genres of music from hiphop, rock, jazz and blues through to traditional, country, folk and more and from the first period of recorded sound, right up to the present day. I also include news articles on environmental destruction, social and human rights issues impacting on the indigenous communities.  Originally inspired by the Standing Rock protests of 2016/17. Whilst watching videos produced in solidarity with those protests I heard a number of bands and artists that I’d never heard before and decided to delve further into the indigenous music scene of N. America. I found a treasure trove of music (but also a huge amount of info on the most marginalised people of North America). I started to put together a show featuring only indigenous artists from Mexico, America and Canada, and so Tunes From Turtle Island was born.


Since May 2020 the show has been podcast, to get it as a weekly podcast go to Simplecast.
or search for ‘Tunes from Turtle Island‘ in your favourite podcast app.

More info and links can be found at
Tunes From Turtle Island
or the
Facebook and Instagram pages.

All current and previous shows can be viewed at


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