Music Scene

 The best of local and unsigned bands from the Coastal Towns, Kent and further afield, send us your mp3, photos and gig lists to be included on-air 2011 – 2013 Red Sands Radio Life Ring Logo


Red Sands Radio Theme Tunes Wed 06/07/16

We’ve had a number of enquiries about the Red Sands Radio Theme Tunes so here;s the information:

The Red Sands Radio Themes & Fillers

The Red Sands Radio Station Opening Theme Tune used from 2007 – 2014 is by the French Band ‘Air’ entitled ‘La Femme D’Argent’ (The Silver Woman/The Money Girl)

This comes from their album ‘Moon Safari’ recorded in Paris between April – June 1997 & released on the 19th January 1998, in the UK by Virgin Records: 7243 8 44978 2 8

I was given an advanced copy by Fiona at Virgin when running Medway FM where we promoted the track ahead of it becoming popular to a wider audience. It was included daily during the ‘Medway FM Café Live Lunch’

Red Sands Radio Closedown Theme Tune is by ‘Franck Pourcel’ entitled ‘On A Clear Day You Can See Forever’. The track from the Musical of the same name was composed in 1929. ‘Robert Goulet’ also recorded it in 1965 for his ‘On Broadway‘ LP which Offshore Radio Essex used as a Tender call

Red Sands Radio Fort

We played it in tribute to the original Radio 390 theme, which was a KPM library piece by the ‘Telecast Orchestra’ called ‘Sentimental’, sounding very similar & often confused with ‘On A Clear Day’ There’s no evidence, although many think Frank Chacksfield recorded the track

The late French Orchestral leader ‘Franck Pourcel’ recorded the track originally in 1965 with vocals for the ‘Overture’ LP

Re-recorded, it appeared again in France on a 1977 compilation Music Cassette called ‘Unforgettable Melodies’ featuring the orchestras of Franck Pourcel, Ron Goodwin, Geoff Love & Manuel & His Music Of The Mountains

‘Unforgettable Memories’ on CD was released in UK on the EMI Music for Pleasure Label: CD-DL-11- 1120 in 1991 & Readers Digest included it on ‘Melodies Moods & Memories’ an 8 vinyl LP set in 199 GMMM-A-215

Both tracks, as well as the 30+ Red Sands Radio fillers were edited to suit, & remixed with ‘live’ atmospheric recordings of the resident Fort Seagulls, the Redsands North Buoy, & waves lapping around the Forts legs

Red Sands Radio 2015 Mon 13/07/15

Red Sands Radio 2015 …

RSR Antenna

Red Sands Radio Antenna

With many people disappointed that Red Sands Radio isn’t on-air for what would have been our 9th year, we reiterate the reason(s) we’re not on-air as usual this summer

Whilst we’ve sighted a shortage of competent professional presenters: Press Release #2 2015

In tandem we have a deficiency in funding with both KCC (Kent County Council) & CCC (Canterbury City Council) no longer contributing towards the project

In the background the Local Authority have plans to redevelop our harbour studio building so we’ve had to vacate the premises

Image Visage Sat 06/07/13

Front man of cult 80′s band Visage …

Image Visage

Image Visage

… Steve Strange the man responsible for the imagery tell Red Sands Radio Music Scene how he created the image

Roving Mike Sat 06/07/13

Mike Elwood always on the lookout ‘roving’ for unsigned bands & artists …

High on the Range

High on the Range

… His Saturday Show ‘Red Sands Radio Music Scene’ plays the pick of local & unsigned talent

Tonight the programme closes with a completely amateur composition by George White

Gathering No Moss Thu 04/07/13

The Rolling Stones destined to close Glastonbury one day …

Rolling Glasto 2013

Rolling Glasto 2013

 … Spoke highly of the experience following a memorable performance the band

Local artists Peter Ganders interpretation of the gig

Ants take a Bow Wow Mon 01/07/13

Mike mixes with the the famous …

Dave Barbarossa, Mike, Roberto Pereno

Dave Barbarossa, Mike, Roberto Pereno

Dave Barbarossa from ‘Adam & the Ants’, ‘Bow Wow Wow’, don’t mention the C90

Robert Pereno from 80′s Band ‘Shock’ & Star of the film ‘The Promoter’ 

Is this Mike? Sat 29/06/13

Caught casting a line off Hampton in his home town Herne Bay …

Bass Man

Bass Man

… could this be Mike Elwood known to be a bit of a fisherman?

Bands Best Covers Sat 21/07/12

Featured bands this week were:

A local band called The Counterfeit Notes and Bullit with a track from their new album Coming Up For Air “We Could Be anywhere”

We asked what songs are often played by local bands?

Most common - Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison, Come Up & See Me by Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebels, Mercy by Duffy, Red Red wine by UB40

Thank you for the contributions

EPICentre Saturday Evening Sat 21/07/12

Conclusion of the EPICentre Food Festival on Saturday 21st July with happy stall holders and the promise of another fine day tomorrow



With very heavy rain across the region the Gorrell Tank was drained

Gorrell 2

Gorrell 2

The outfall goes into the Harbour at the South Quay and is not normally a problem, but the shear volume of water moved the SB Greta away from the quay

Gorrell 1

Gorrell 1

Secured fore and aft and with springs extra lines were put ashore to prevent her from being pushed out



Departing Whitstable Harbour ‘Emeline’ an Oyster Dredger F14 was built at Collars Yard Whitstable in 1904 and named after owner Mr Whorlows daughter

Converted into a yacht at Anderson, Rigden & Perkins yard she went to Spain, abandoned by her owners who weren’t able to settle harbour dues she was discovered in the 1950′s by Leonard Cole who owned Leonard’s Toys in the town

Impounded by Spanish authorities she was put up for auction

The vessels plight was highlighted by the Whitstable Times with a group purchasing her for £500, completing the 1000 mile trip the 44′ 25 tonne vessel arrived in Faversham in 1993. A complete rebuild was completed in 2007 with just the original keel & stern retained

For more on the ‘Emeline’ see Simply Whitstable

Banned Sat 14/07/12

Saturday 14th July Featured bands were Southern Country, Emily & the Beats, Will Sid Smith, theme for the show what’s the funniest name for a band you know or might choose for one – Ben & Jerry & the Ice Cream Lickers, Sunshine Sandy & the Burger Flippers, Harry & the Flash Floods, Texas Tom & the BBQ Splinters, Life is Like a Box of Chocolates, Pig & Fire, Full Metal Chicken, The Angry Salad, Keyboard Kev & the Locksmiths

Pittance Sat 07/07/12

Saturday 7th July Will Sid Smith ‘Tonight’ and Brad Pittance and the Pirates ‘Satisfaction

Choos Sat 30/06/12

Saturday 30th June the Goose Bumps ‘Blood Shot Eyes’, The Choos ‘Higher and Higher’.

Old man of the Sea Fri 29/06/12

The Old Neptune sitting on the beach long a local music venue …

Old man of the Sea

Old man of the Sea

Hear some of the acts on the Red Sands Radio Music Scene every Saturday evening

Blue Thu 28/06/12

Mike Elwood plays the local unsigned bands in Red Sands Radio Music Scene but is no stranger to the stage

Wanted Blues Brothers

Wanted Blues Brothers

With long term friend they toured as a Blues brothers tribute act

Blues Brothers

Blues Brothers

Mike both sang and played the harmonica in the duo

Blues Brothers Tribute

Blues Brothers Tribute

The Boys Tribute Show Programme



But in the day there’s always his proper job?

Research Fri 22/06/12

Check out the best bands & follow up with some research

Karen & Brian Hitcham of Oxford Street Books

Karen & Brian Hitcham of Oxford Street Books

Oxford Street Book at the old Radio City (299) office have a plethora of fine publications along with a fantastic range of local books & hard to find collectible publications