On The Riffs
On The Riffs

A series of specialist music shows produced for BBC Radio Orkney. The monthly programmes showcased the very best in blues & rock music with an emphasis on new releases. The shows also featured some of the best local musical talent to emerge from the Orkney islands. It ran for 2 seasons during 2013/14.

Robert Cray & The Andrew Taylor Group (Season 2 Episode 7)

In the last show of series 2 of On The Riffs we hear from Orkney band the Andrew Taylor Group and Douglas Montgomery from local AC/DC covers band Rocker. Rory talks to US blues legend, Robert Cray about his 17th…

Bad Apple (Season 2 Episode 6)

This month we feature one of Orkney’s newest local bands, Bad Apple. The 5 piece blues / rock group has formed with experienced musicians from other established local acts. They’re influenced by artists like Blackberry Smoke, The Temperance Movement, Popa…

The Hoodoo Men (Season 2 Episode 5)

This month we hear from local band the Hoodoo Men, plus there’s new music from Laurence Jones and Christina Skjolberg. Along with that there’s the local chart and the gig diary as well as tracks from The Rolling Stones, Johnny…

Alpha Dixie (Season 2 Episode 4)

In the first programme of 2014 we celebrate the birthdays this January of some rock royalty including Jimmy Page and Malcolm Young. Also on the show, an interview with Orkney band Alpha Dixie as well as the live music gig…

The Condition (Season 2 Episode 3)

Following the release of the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival we feature 3 tracks including performances from Jeff Beck, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Beth Hart and Eric Clapton. We also feature a much loved Orkney band – The Condition…

The Tribe (Season 2 Episode 2)

This month we feature covers band ‘The Tribe’ who’ve been on on the go in Orkney since 1987. Also on the show – new music from Kings of Leon, Jonny Lang and Joanne Shaw Taylor as well as the live…

Genuine Draft (Season 2 Episode 1)

Rory and Hamish are back for a second series of On The Riffs. This month we feature the Orkney band Genuine Draft as well as reviewing this year’s Orkney Blues Festival with one of the events organisers. In addition to…

Hybrid Constellation (Season 1 Episode 7)

On this month’s edition of On The Riffs we featured Orkney band Hybrid Constellation who have just released their debut EP, and Albany Down a Bedford based contemporary blues rock four piece whose second album is a real rocker. As well…

Ippykak (Season 1 Episode 6)

Westray band Ippykak are our featured band, and we have an interview with them plus tracks from their debut album – Quarna. There’s also new music from Eric Clapton, Danny Bryant, Spin Doctors, Joe Bonamassa, Bon Jovi, Jimi Hendrix and…

Bad Taste & Bags Of Rock (Season 1 Episode 5)

On this month’s show we hear from Marcus Cordock and Andrew Taylor; two of the members of Orkney blues sensation ‘Bad Taste’. Marcus is also the bass player for the Scottish band ‘Bags of Rock’ and Andrew plays lead guitar for…