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May’s selection is by Beth Porter and daughter Molly. Beth, originally from Brailes, is involved in the Spell Songs project which came out of the Lost Words book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. With husband Ben, she wrote and orchestrated the soundtrack to the new Netflix Christmas animated movie – Robin, Robin.

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Dark Skies – Emma Pollock
Rain On The Woodpile / Terminus – Leveret
Souter Creek – Lau
Where’s Me Jumper? – The Sultans Of Ping FC
Dream Angus – Jackie Oates
Jack Can I Ride – Laura Veirs
Dance To Your Daddy (Live) – Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
Lola – The Kinks

Who would have known that Ben Bennett from Lower Brailes is a fan of country music? We know he likes Bob Dylan, Gregorian chants, and the poetry of Robert Browning, but after years of asking, we finally got 8 records out of him that he’d like to be marooned with on a desert island.

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How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away? – Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
How Come Your Dog Don’t Bite Nobody But Me? – Mel Tillis
If Your Phone Don’t Ring You’ll Know It’s Me – Rusty Ford
I Keep Forgettin’ I Forgot About You – Wynn Stewart
Her Only Bad Habit Is Me – George Strait
I’m So Miserable Without You, It’s Just Like Having You Around – Billy Walker
She Got The Ring And I Got The Finger – Chuck Mead
Who’s Gonna Take The Garbage Out When I’m Dead And Gone? – Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb

March selections are by Peter and Marie Jinks from Lower Brailes
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Music – John Miles
At The River – Groove Armada
Lilac Wine – Elkie Broooks
Prayer – Hayley Westernra
You Do Something To Me – Paul Weller
I Will Find You –Clannad
Private Investigations – Dire Straits
Barcelona – Freddie Mercury and Monserrat Caballé

February’s selection is by JoJo Hynes from Upper Brailes.
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Never Fight A Man With A Perm – Idles
Elephant – Tame Impala
Dare – Gorillaz
Silver Screen – Felix da Housecat
Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops – Cocteau Twins
Rock The Casbah – The Clash
Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure
Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode

December’s choices are by Ashley Frieze from Brailes.
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Mr Blue Sky – ELO
A Design For Life – Manic Street Preachers
Hello! – Book of Mormon
Hello – Lionel Richie
Hello – Adele
Hello, Goodbye – The Beatles
Shine on You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd
Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

November’s choice is by Elaine Cook from Upper Brailes.
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Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open
Maroon 5 – One More Night
Alan Parsons Project – Eye in the Sky
Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
Squeeze – Take Me I’m Yours
Alfie Boe – Bring Him Home
OMD – Souvenir

September’s choice of discs is by Eliza Self from Upper Brailes.
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Lux Aeterna – Requiem – Mozart
For The Beauty of The Earth – John Rutter
Soundcheck – Catfish and the Bottlemen
Second Hand News – Fleetwood Mac
How Did We Get So Dark? – Royal Blood
I Don’t Know Why – Imagine Dragons
Style – Taylor Swift
She – Harry Styles

August choices are from Tracey Thorne at The George Inn
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Top of the World – The Carpenters
My Life – Billy Joel
This Is The Life – Amy McDonald
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Come on Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
More than Words – Extreme

July choices have been sent in to us by ex-Guide Leader Tracy King
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Place Your Hands – Reef
Mr. Blue Sky – ELO
The Model – Kraftwerk
In The Mood – Glenn Miller
Temptation – Heaven 17
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Daddy Was A Bankrobber – The Clash
Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim

June choices have been sent in to us by Reverend Heather Parbury. She describes it as a personal choice beginning with early listening to Worldwide Family Favourites, and ending with lockdown in 2020.
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A Scottish Soldier – Andy Stewart
I’m A Believer – The Monkees
Variations for Cello (played by Julian Lloyd Webber) – Andrew Lloyd Webber
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes – Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Fields of Gold – Sting
The Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite – Paul Reade
Inspector Morse Theme – Barrington Pheloung
Final Countdown – Pangbourne College Marching Band

May’s choices have been sent in to us by Marianne Ballantyne.
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Salut d’Amour – Edward Elgar
The Joker – The Steve Miller Band
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue – Crystal Gayle
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves Ave Maria – Schubert (version sung by Hayley Westenra)
Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits

April’s selection is courtesy of Sheila Russell from Lower Brailes.
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The Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti
Peterloo Overture arranged for brass band – Malcolm Arnold
Carmen Suite, Ballet for strings and percussion – Shchnedrin Janacek Sinfonie
Kyrie Call to Prayer from African Sanctus – David Fanshawe Libera Me from Verdi’s Requiem
Bohemian Rhapsody – sung by Mnozil Brass
Death of the Maiden Schubert – performed by the Takacs String Quartet