Barry was born in Redruth just in time for the rock’n’roll revolution to hit. Yes in those days it took a while for news of new fangled things like Elvis to reach Cornwall.
There was no internet, only Jimmy Young with his recipes or The Light Programme on the BBC. He didn’t see a television until he was four years old.
Life was in black and white, shops closed early on Thursdays and boys wore shorts to school all year round.
At some point, whilst having his nappy changed, Barry started grooving to Baby Love by The Supremes. As soon as he could talk he was asking for records, Clive Dunn’s Grandad ( written by one of The Creation, trivia fans) and Benny Hill’s Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) were early favourites.
Then along came Slade, stomping, glitter and shouting, pure excitement. He worked his way back to The Beatles and Johnny Cash and was happy with the world of glam rock, Kenny doing the bump and The Arrows on TV until one glorious day, Cliff Richard couldn’t do Supersonic and was replaced by The Damned!
WALLOP, CRASH, THWACK, BANG!!!!!
The world changed in under three minutes. Here was music he could skateboard to. Skateboarding and punk arrived in his life in that order, and life would never be the same. Barry purchased every ‘punk’ record that he could find, from the pub rock roots of Eddie & The Hot Rods and The Stranglers to the pure pop joy of Buzzcocks and Blondie, his life took on a musical quest which continues to this day.
And that quest is what he brings you on his show, Tunes To Help You Breathe More Easily. A quest for great music from Robert Johnson t to The Aphex Twin, from Bob Dylan to Can, from Los Angeles to Liverpool, Barry brings you music from the soul, leaping across genres and ignoring the rules.
Programmes featuring Barry Gribble
I don't know how I found you, but I'm so happy I did. I listen to 96.1 online constantly. Love the variety of music and all the presenters. I'm in Eureka California and have been able to visit Cornwall once. I left my heart there and want desparately to return. Until then, at least I can listen in. Cheers!Susan
Just a quickie to say thank you for keeping us entertained on our (rainy) holiday in Falmouth. We really enjoyed the variety of music on your radio station and loved hearing all the local voices.Jamie
Just wanted to say what a lovely surprise it was on Monday morning when I first discovered your channel on my tablet. I am an artist and I love to have music and humour playing in my studio. The programme that I discovered was called the Monday Morning Comedy Collective with a presenter called Colin Leggo . A lovely lively entertaining programme with lots of humour and a good variety of music. I think a big strength of the programme is the warm personality and the professional style of the presenter. Colin Leggo was often using funny voices which I found really funny but he also encouraged the listeners to contribute to the programme. He was also interviewing a comedian which was interesting and entertaining. I will definitely catch the Colin Leggo show again and explore the other Source programmes.David Hosking