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 can only say how much pleasure Source FM has given us over the years! What an amazing radio station! Unbelievably and consistently excellent! Well done and thank you, Best wishes, JeremyJeremy
Just stumbled across this station whilst scrolling - loving it! Listening in SE London xHeather
I just discovered your wonderful station! Wow love it....from Barbara Hepworth to the Buzzcocks! Very cool indeed. I grew up as a kid in Cornwall (St. Day and Grampound) in the 60's my family emigrated to California in 1967. My love for anything brewed in Cornwall is strong! I have spent the last 40 years as a Graphic Designer for TV and Print here in Los Angeles, I was also an online DJ for a local station here. So happy to have discovered Source!James