Mary Katherine interviews Joan Armatrading

The charm and appeal about Mary’s interview was the tone of familiarity between a community radio part-time presenter and a major musician from the seventies who is still performing, writing and maintaining a singing voice; Joan Armatrading.

Mary Katherine  is never shy and was overflowing with confidence interviewing a woman of her own age. The interview was all done remotely, recorded and uploaded today 1st September 2012 at

The “golden oldies” radio presenter put forward her own views and pushed audaciously a face to face critique of Armatrading’s current work right there and then off the cuff. Joan was able to come back in her reasoned slow pace and explore the personal reactions Mary put forward about “Back On Track”.

Both women were at ease; no doubt about that. Given Mary’s title  “Joan Armatrading, the Queen ” as an impulsive note  Joan took it all in her stride and had to justify to Mary Katherine all her raison d’etre. This was  a bold interview given to us in snippets interrupted nicely by Armatrading’s earnest songs at

Mary even promoted her community radio station based in Waltham Forest College E17 in a casual matter of fact conversation piece.

There was much agreement between the two women about shared mantras on “Living up to good living” the sub- text of Mary Katherine Present’s show on Saturday mornings.

Joan ‘s label is “Hypertension”, a German-based record promotions outfit. Mary Katherine probed all the whys and the wherefores.

Joan would like to continue working with musicians on her own show and never gave big names when Mary Katherine asked her with whom she’d like to work. Mary Katherine, relaxed as ever called Joan “love”. Crikey!

The juggle was that the  interview during “Culture Corner” was full of universal love and at the same time Mary’s morning show was all about addressing HATE.  Mary expounded the virtues of the new CD  “This Charming Life” with passion and a level of research.

Our informal hostess as Joan’s biggest fan told us the internet radio listeners that the star will be touring  Ireland , Scotland, Hastings, Southend ,then London 23rd and 24th November 2012. SOLD OUT.

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