• Notable
5 episodes

Stuart Maconie and Elizabeth Alker meet up to tell each other extra-ordinary tales from 400 years of musical history.

From a murderous 16th Century madrigal composer to Batley Variety Club - Yorkshire's very own Caesar's Palace... and from the espionage-tinted roots of the theremin to the wild weekend that was the Bickershaw pop festival... Notable has the lot. Produced by Geoff Bird, artwork by Rory Clifford.


Elvis in Scotland/Freud's Musical Influence
2021 Jan 1835m 46s
Stuart recounts the tale of Elvis Presley's only (or was it?) visit to these Isles, when he landed at Prestwick airport on his way home from serving in the army in Germany. Elizabeth, meanwhile, makes the bold argument that pretty much all music that came after him was influenced by the work of Sigmund Freud - and yes, that does include Jedward.
Batley Varieties Club/Pierre Henry's Liverpool Mass
2021 Jan 1132m 27s
Elizabeth and Stuart return with two more tales plundered from music's well-stocked historical attic. First up is Stuart with the incredible story of the variety club in a northern wool town that played host to some of the world's biggest entertainers, then Elizabeth charts the creation of the world's first electronic mass to mark the opening of Liverpool's Catholic Cathedral.
Is Paul Dead?/The Greatest Year in Jazz
2021 Jan 0431m 23s
Elizabeth and Stuart return with two more tales from the hinterlands of musical history. Stuart makes the case for 1959 as the highpoint in jazz thanks to a slew of innovative albums from some of the genre's greatest exponents, while Elizabeth wonders how a rumour that Paul McCartney died in the early years of The Beatles ever gained traction. The episode also features the one and only recording of our plucky pair playing music together, appropriately enough introducing the exciting* new 'Notable Exception' feature.
Notable: Christmas Special
2020 Dec 2124m 24s
"Elizabeth, it's Christmas!"
Notable: Bickershaw and the birth of the Theremin
2020 Dec 1042m 26s
Elizabeth Alker and Stuart Maconie invite you to prick up your ears and listen to the first in their new podcast series, 'Notable'. In each episode, they'll take turns to tell one another extra-ordinary tales from music history, spanning genres and centuries with wit, charm and effortless ease. Sort of. In this their maiden voyage, Elizabeth regales Stuart with the story of the birth of the Theremin, the unlikely offshoot of the Soviet espionage machine, while he describes for her the wonders of the Bickenshaw Festival, when the likes of Captain Beefheart and The Grateful Dead graced a muddy Lancashire field.
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