Interviews : 2016

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28th December 2016  :  BBC Radio Stoke  :  James Watt  –

Re-playing his best celebrity interviews of 2016, James gives another airing to his chat with Russell that was first broadcast in October.  Russell is proud to tell of the success of “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” in the US airplay charts and the track in given a spin.
From 2 hours 21 minutes (02:21:40) into the programme.
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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27th December 2016 :   BBC Merseyside  :  Beatles Special  :  Ian Kennedy  –

BBC Radio Merseyside’s Ian Kennedy put together a great tribute to The Beatles on his show this afternoon with numerous admirers of the band and their music giving their own perspectives between some fabulous tracks.  Russell tells Ian of his admiration, particularly for Paul McCartney, at 37 minutes (00:37:50) into the programme, just after “I Saw Her Standing There  (She Was Just Seventeen)“.
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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20th December 2016  :  Radio City Talk  :  Pete Price  –

An interview recorded earlier in December.  No details, but Russell confirms there are plans to go to the US in April for a “handful” of events followed by a “stack” of concerts in major cities later in the year (Fall).  Cities mentioned include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto. 

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19th December 2016  :  Daily Post  :  Visiting Ty Gobaith  :  Eryl Crump  –

Russell and others supporting ‘Carols From Llandudno’ visit Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice ahead of the concert and Russell has an open-air interview in the video embedded in the Daily Post’s report.

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9th December 2016  :  DHL on YouTube  :  MUFC – Legendary Moments  –

A previous clip in this series was posted on 16th November, below.

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8th December 2016  :  BBC Radio Merseyside  :  Billy Butler  –

Russell tells Billy how he won the first round of Piccadilly Radio’s ‘Search For A Star’ contest and about the success of his two ‘singles’, recently released in the United States … ‘ Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough‘ and ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?‘ … with Billy playing both.  After the Traffic News there’s a brief mention of plans for Stateside appearances early next year and an airplay of  ‘Now And Forever‘ to finish.
From 33 minutes (00:33:55) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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8th December 2016  :  Daily Post  :  Eryl Crump  –

Russell reveals that he’s “very nervous” about the prospect of singing ‘Silent Night‘ in Welsh when he supports their ‘Carols from Llandudno’ charity concert at Venue Cymru on Sunday 18th December.
Tickets are still available from the Daily Post’s Events Team on  01492 574 472
(Not available from Venue Cymru’s Box Office).

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1st December 2016  :  BBC Local Radio  :  Mark Forrest  –

No ‘new news’ but a great chat with Mark Forrest who appeared to be genuinely interested in talking with Russell and not just filling air-time with yet another ‘guest’.  It was all the more appealing as there was a (slight) mix-up of tracks but we had ‘Sometime Love Just Ain’t Enough‘ followed by ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?‘  Compliments to Mark on a show that was both enlightening and entertaining …  especially the Russell bit.
From 1 hour 32 minutes (01:32:20) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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27th  November 2016 BBC Radio 5 Live  :  Jane Garvey & Peter Allen  –

Russell’s second BBC radio interview of the day and he felt like he’d been “BBC book-ended.”  He didn’t go into the studio at Salford but called in from his own studio at home in Cheshire after having travelled home from London by train.  No singing tonight and two tracks from the album only partially played.
From 1 hour 36 minutes (01:36:00) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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27th November 2016  : BBC Radio 2  :  Good Morning Sunday  :  Clare Balding

Conversation and a totally gorgeous, live performance of ‘If I Loved You‘ with accompaniment by Gregory Darling.
From 1 hour 29 minutes (01:29:10) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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25th November 2016  :  BBC Radio Manchester  :  Becky Want  –
Part 2 of 2
News of performances in ‘major US cities’ through April and May next year!
From about 1 hour 50 minutes into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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25th November 2016  :  BBC Radio Cornwall  :  David White  –
From 1 hour 15 minutes into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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25th November 2016  :  BBC Breakfast  :  Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt –

Russell was asked if it was possible for anyone to sing;  he said there was a simple way to see if someone had the necessary potential and had Charlie doing ‘fricative’ scales.  Seems he does, indeed, have the potential!

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Talking about the new album, Russell explained how his producer, Bob Rose, had encouraged him to write his own material for the first time, saying, “Just get a piece of paper and write it down …”  So he did!

BBC Breakfast is only available on BBC iPlayer for 24 hours after broadcast
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25th November 2016  :  The Telegraph  :  My First Car  :  Erin Baker  –
A re-working of the interview published on 12th October on the RAC website.

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24th November 2016  :  Celebrity Radio    :  Alex Belfield  –


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24th November 2016  :  BBC Radio Manchester  :  Becky Want 
Part 1 of 2
Becky and Russell chat from just after an hour and a half into the programme.
Part 2 tomorrow
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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22nd November  2016  :  What’s In Store Music  :  Artist Spotlight  –

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A brief re-introduction to the American audience by ‘What’s In Store Music’ focusing on the release of the True Stories album and the single version of Do You Hear What I Hear.

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16th November 2016  :  DHL on YouTube  :  MUFC – Legendary Moments  –

Another clip in this series is posted, above, on 9th December.

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16th November 2016  :  ITV1  :  Loose Women  – 

The full programme can be watched on the ITV Hub for the next 7 days (UK only).
Free registration is required and watching the advertisements is compulsory, sorry …

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16th November 2016  :  TalkRadio  :  THE James Whale  –

No “new news” but a really good hour of chat and tracks played from the new album.
Listen Again from 19 minutes 55 seconds into the audio clip …

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15th November 2016  :  BBC Coventry & Warwickshire  :  Vic Minett  –

A clear phone line and a wide-ranging chat with mid-morning moans and an airplay of Russell’s own “I’m Alive“.
From around 1 hour 30 minutes into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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15th November 2016  :  BBC Radio Kent  :  Harvey Cook  –

Harvey was ‘sitting in’ for regular host Dominic King
From 15 minutes (00:15:40) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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14th November 2016  :  BBC Coventry & Warwickshire  :  Vic Minett  –

‘Essential maintenance’ on his landline by the telephone company thwarted Russell’s scheduled chat with BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Vic Minett this morning and they intend to try again tomorrow.  Listen Again, though, to Russell’s funny description of himself, trying to get a mobile phone signal from the bottom of his garden. How many hands has he got?  Also, Vic played ‘ If I Loved You‘ from the new album.
From 1 hour 33 minutes (01:33:30) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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13th November 2016  :  BBC Radio Ulster  :  Classical Connections  :
John Toal  –

As well as their conversation, in which Russell talks about writing his own song ‘I’m Alive‘ … and football, there’s always football … there were airplays of tracks from Russell’s new album, ‘True Stories‘ – ‘With A Song In My Heart’ at 14 minutes (00:14:45) / Interview from 38 minutes (00:38:45) and ‘M’appari‘ at 1 hour 52 minutes (01:52:10). Other tracks can be partially heard under the conversation.
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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13th November 2016  :  BBC Radio Derby  :  Andy Potter  –

Russell on the importance of Remembrance Sunday
From 1 hour 18 minutes (01:18:25) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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11th November 2016  :  BFBS  :  Amy Casey  –

An Armistice Day message to British Forces around the world after performing at the Royal British Legion’s ‘Silence In The Square’
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11th November  :  BBC Radio 5 Live  :  5 Live Daily  :  Emma Barnett  –

On being honoured to have been invited to perform at the Royal British Legion’s ‘Silence in the Square’ Armistice Day event and the emotions of the morning.
From 1 hour 54 minutes (01:54:00) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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10th November  :  BBC Radio Berkshire  :  Phil Kennedy  –

Great chat, brief news about next year and a Traffic Report from “The Voice”.
From 34 minutes (00:34:18) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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10th November  :  BBC 1  :  North West Today  :  Annabel Tiffin –

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A brief interview on the lunchtime news, basically advertising ‘True Stories‘, not repeated during the evening programme.

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9th November  :  BBC Radio 2  :  Vanessa Feltz  –

Not a proper ‘interview’, just a brief phone-in, but Russell greeted Vanessa with some “Words Of Warmth”, describing his start to a typical day with cereal and coffee.
From 1 hour 15 minutes (01:12:25) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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8th November  :  BBC Radio Sheffield  :  Peggy Walker  –

Russell arrived a little late due to exceptionally dense traffic but the delay was deftly handled by presenter Peggy with an airplay of ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough‘.

A short mobile phone call with Russell followed, with him then jumping out of the car and running up to the studio while local news was aired.  They still managed a decent chat before Russell had to head off to his album signing at HMV Meadowhall.
From 21 minutes (00:21:04) into the programme on BBC Sheffield
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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7th November  :  Wythenshawe FM 97.2  :  Mike George  –

Recorded at HMV Manchester just before the CD Signing, Russell talks about the making of the ‘True Stories‘ album and reports that the single ‘Sometime Love Just Ain’t Enough‘ has been so successful in the United States that he’s now actively pursuing an agent to arrange Tours abroad.
No Listen Again available.

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7th November  :  The Telegraph  :  Lifestyle  –  Men  :  Olivia Parker  –

Russell tells Olivia Parker how his premonitions of an early death almost came true as a result of his brain tumour.  Features photos of his younger self.

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6th November  :  BBC Radio London  :  Gaby Roslin  –

Nice relaxed chat about the genesis of the ‘True Stories‘ album plus the tale of how Russell came to adopt ‘Blaze’ the greyhound from the rescue centre, followed by a super ‘live’ performance of “If I Loved You” accompanied by Gregory Darling.

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1st November   :  Metro  :  My First Home  :  Oliver Stallwood  –

Russell on affording his first home in 1990s Salford

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30th October  :  BBC Radio Wales  :  Audio Clip  :  Lynn Bowles  –

A small part of the interview (below) has been made available as a separate audio clip where Russell recounts one of his True Stories : “Workman’s club, Wembley, Vatican – he’s sung in them all” on the BBC website and ought to remain available once the full programme expires from iPlayer Radio in 29 days time.

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30th October  :  BBC Radio Wales  :  Lynn Bowles  –

Easy listening interview with airplays of ‘I’m Alive‘ & ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough‘.
From 16 minutes (00:16:10) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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24th October  :  BBC Radio Northampton  :  Bernie  Keith  –

A bonus today as Bernie Keith opens the conversation with ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.‘ Russell confirms that the single has done so well that they are now in negotiations to put on a Tour in the US.  Let’s hope they come to fruition.  The clip plays out with Russell’s own song ‘I’m Alive‘.   You DO need to listen to that!   Thanks to Bernie.
From 2 hours 40 minutes (02:40:30) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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21st October  :  BBC Radio Wiltshire  :  Graham Rogers –

Russell describes how the single ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough‘ has been unexpectedly successful as a ‘pop’ song in the United States while UK radio stations might not have thought to play it all, imagining that he only sang ‘classical’.  How wrong could they be?  In this case, very!  It’s currently #16 in the US AC chart.  Rounded off nicely with an airplay of the track.  Thanks Graham!
From 1 hour 49 minutes into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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19th October  :  Music Week  :  Hazel Davis 

Russell has his sights set on New York and Los Angeles!
Music Week is a subscription magazine not available in the shops but, for those who like their Russell interviews in print rather than just online, there are often copies listed on sites such as eBay.

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19th October  :  BBC Radio Jersey  :  Tony Gillham  –

Russell says the new album, ‘True Stories‘ will become available on vinyl!
From 1 hour 26 minutes into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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19th October  :  Wirral Radio  :  No Listen Again available.

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18th October  :  BBC Radio Stoke  :  James Watt  –

From 24 minutes (00:24:32) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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18th October  :  BRFM  :  Dan James  –

From 11 minutes into the podcast with an air play of “If I Loved You” at 34 minutes, after the commercial break.

18th October  :  Coast 1079  :  Jon Jessop  –

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23rd April  :  BBC Radio Leeds  :  Nick Ahad  –

Ahead of his Songs From The Heart concert at Leeds Grand Theatre on 30th April, the “mad as a box of frogs” Russell talks with Nick Ahad.  He explains his recent ankle injury and talks about some of the people he’s met through his musical career.  Airplays of You Raise Me Up and Nessun *Bleeping* Dorma punctuate the hilarity.
From  34 minutes 50 seconds (00:34:50) into the programme.
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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19th April  :  Lancashire Evening Post  :  One Rehearsal Before Tour –

Not a Russell interview but John Bailey, the guitarist on the Songs From The Heart Tour describes how they had only one rehearsal before the opening night and still managed to “smash it” at Crewe … which they did, actually!
Page 3 of today’s printed edition or online via the link above.

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15th April  :  The Star  :  Russell In Fine Voice  :  Alex Belfield  –

A brief recent history ahead of Russell’s shows at Sheffield and Doncaster.

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15th April  :  OX and HC Magazine  :  99.9% Certain  :  Sam Bennett  –

On the music industry, the Songs From The Heart Tour and the new album, plus a passing mention of a ‘documentary’ that is being recorded about Russell (no details).

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14th April  :  BBC Radio Wales  :  Eleri Síon  –

Russell tells Eleri about the Songs From The Heart  Tour.
From 2 hours 5 minutes (o2:05:20) into the programme.
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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5th April  :  Cotswold Style  :  ‘Castaway Collection’  :  Ellie Mainwaring  –

How would Russell make the most of things if he were to be ‘castaway’?  See Page 69 of ‘Cotswold Style’ Digital Magazine, above : PDF opens to full screen and can be zoomed in.

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31st March  :  Gainsborough Standard  :  Survival and Singing

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21st March  :  Choice Magazine  :  Life Story  –

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20th March  :  The Sunday Post  :  iN10 Magazine  :  Murray Scougall  –

Russell describes his 10 Most Memorable Moments, from childhood to present day.
Available to view, free, online or to buy as a ‘back issue‘ in print.

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14th March  :  ‘Norfolk On My Mind’ Magazine  :  Celebrity Interview  –
Pages 15 – 17 

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8th February  :  Hull Daily Mail  :  Will Ramsey  –

Ahead of his Songs From The Heart concert at Hull City Hall on 4th May, Russell tells Will Ramsey how he “loves the banter with an audience.  He also expands on the progress of the new album; it seems the ‘rock’ tracks are largely laid down but the ‘orchestral’ tracks are still to be finished.

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8th February  :  BBC Radio Derby  :  Andy Potter  –

Russell talks about having found a new record label with whom he’s recording his next album, life and death, his own song – prompted by having lost a good friend, all too soon, to illness – the forthcoming Songs From The Heart Tour and Manchester’s eternally dreadful weather.
From 2 hours 15 minutes (02:15:40) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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4th February  :  BBC Radio Sheffield  :  Kat Cowan  –
From 2 hours 8 minutes (02:08:30) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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4th February  :  BBC Three Counties Radio  :  Nick Coffer  –
From 2 hours 16 minutes (02:16:30) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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21st January  :  BBC Radio Kent  :  Dominic King  –

Russell describes his “fairytale wedding” and talks more about the new album and having signed to FOD (Field of Dreams) Records.
From 15 minutes into the programme (and repeated from 2 hours 49 minutes)
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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20th January  :  BBC Radio Bristol  :  Jonathan Ray  –

More about the new album, particularly the musicians, and the Songs From The Heart Tour.
From 13 minutes into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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14th January  :  BBC Radio Essex  :  Tony Fisher  –

Talking about the Songs From The Heart Tour and the new album
From 2 hours 11 minutes
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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13th January  BBC Radio York  :  Anna Wallace & Adam Tomlinson  –

Talking about the Songs From The Heart Tour and the new album
From 2 hours 32 minutes
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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4th January  :  BBC History Magazine  :  York Membery  –

Russell talks about his ‘History Hero’, Mario Lanza, in the January edition of the BBC History Magazine.
Back issues from 0844 844 0250

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