Tommo’s Mood Music – December 2020

Mark is doing a monthly music show with many guests choosing a favourite song or two. It’s free but he would like donations to the Samaritans and/or the Trussell Trust if possible please. Links are below for each guest


David Baddiel

David Baddiel is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter. He is known for his work alongside Rob Newman in The Mary Whitehouse Experience and partnership with Frank Skinner.

Richard Herring

Richard Herring is an English stand-up comedian, writer and ventriloquist whose early work includes the comedy double act Lee and Herring. He is described by The British Theatre Guide as “one of the leading hidden masters of modern British comedy”.

Scrooge – The Muppets
I Believe in Father Christmas – Greg Lake

Mark Steel

Mark Steel is an English comedian, broadcaster, newspaper columnist and author. A stand-up comedian, he has made many appearances on radio and television shows as a guest panellist, and has written regular columns in The Guardian, The Independent and Daily Mirror.

Black Christmas – Poly Styrene
Kung Fu Christmas – National Lampoon

Barb Jungr

Barb Jungr is an English singer, songwriter and theatre writer, who has recorded versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Sting, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen.

Gaudete – Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span
In the bleak midwinter – Bert Jansch

Denise Mina

Denise Mina is a Scottish crime writer and playwright. She has written the Garnethill trilogy and another three novels featuring the character Patricia “Paddy” Meehan, a Glasgow journalist. Described as an author of Tartan Noir, she has also dabbled in comic book writing, having written 13 issues of Hellblazer.

The Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby and David Bowie
Howling Wolf – Smokestack Lightnin’

Atilla The Stockbroker

Attila the Stockbroker, is a punk poet, multi instrumentalist musician and songwriter. He performs solo and as the leader of the band Barnstormer 1649, who combine early music and punk.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales – John Cale

Jen Brister

Jen is a critically acclaimed stand up comedian, writer and actor. She is a regular performer on the UK and international comedy circuits. She has written for BBC Scotland, presented for BBC 6 Music and Juice FM, and has been a regular contributor to magazines and online sites including Diva, g3, Standard Issue and The Huffington Post.

Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney
Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe

Josie Long is a British comedian. She started performing as a stand-up at the age of 14 and won the BBC New Comedy Awards at 17. In 2006, she won the If.comeddies Best Newcomer award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for her show Kindness and Exuberance. Jonny Donahoe is a British comedian, writer and performer. He is one half of the comedy band Jonny and the Baptists, with Paddy Gervers.

In this segment they perform two short Bill Drummond plays. So no music links on here for these two until a bit later.

Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris

Marcus Alexander Brigstocke is an English comedian, actor and satirist. He has worked in stand-up comedy, television, radio and musical theatre. He has appeared on many BBC television and radio shows. Rachel Parris is an English comedian, musician, improviser and presenter who stars in The Mash Report on BBC Two.

O Holy Night – Nat King Cole
Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter

Ian Rankin

Ian James Rankin OBE DL FRSE FRSL is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels.

Christmastime is here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
I wish you peace in your heart – Blue Rose Code Ft. Karine Polwart

Boff Whalley

Allan Mark “Boff” Whalley is an English musician and writer. Formerly the lead guitarist for the anarcho-punk and folk band Chumbawamba, he is now a playwright and the founder of Commoners Choir who released their first album in March 2017.

Jingle Bells – Frank Sinatra
Give Me Love (live) – Elliot Smith

Josie Long and Johnny Donahoe (Part 2)

See above!!

Christmas (Baby please come home) – Darlene Love
Christmas Eve / Sarajevo – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Shazia Mirza

Shazia Mirza is an English stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. She is best known for her stand up comedy The Kardashians Made Me Do It, together with her articles in British newspapers The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

It may be winter outside (but in my heart it’s spring) – Love Unlimited
Don’t stop the dance – Bryan Ferry

Robin Ince

Robin Ince is an English comedian, actor and writer, known for presenting the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage with physicist Brian Cox, his appearances alongside Ricky Gervais, and his stand-up comedy career.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Belle and Sebastian
That was the worst Christmas ever – Sufjan Stevens

Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw is a Welsh jazz singer, record producer, actor and stand-up comedian. Shaw was born in St. Asaph, Wales, and took his music degree at the University of London.

River – Joni Mitchell
Snow Angel – Kathryn Williams & Carol Anne Duffy

Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili is a British-Iranian stand-up comedian, actor, television producer, presenter, voice actor and writer. He is bilingual in English and Persian.

A spaceman came travelling – Chris DeBurgh
In the bleak midwinter – Bert Jansch

Imran Yusuf

Imran Yusuf is a Kenyan-born British stand-up comedian of Indian Konkani Muslim descent, who has appeared on various British radio and TV comedy shows.

Do they know it’s Christmas – Band Aid
Rocking around the Christmas tree – Brenda Lee

Wrap-up by Mark

Mark Wraps the evening up