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    Solway Radio Local community radio station for listeners in the Solway Plain

Second Hand Songs

Second Hand Songs with Al Gilpin

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Wednesday 7:00 pm trending_flat 8:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 pm trending_flat 8:00 pm

We play a range of cover versions, from those which are hits in their own right to hidden gems, foreign language covers, songs you didn’t realise were covers and more. We focus in on one or two songs a week and bring you the story of the song (The Cover Story), as well as creating a new “Cover Chain” each week, where we try to link different cover versions together. 


Hi, I’m Al, aka Al Bear. 

As well as SecondHandSongs I’m also host of The Bear Cave Radio Show. I’m also the founder of SuperPod: The Charity Podcast Festival. 

I got my radio start at Southampton Hospital Radio before studying Radio Production at University, helping to set up a new student radio station and presenting on local commercial radio in the North West of England. In 2020 I launched my own radio station, The Bear, an alternative online community station for Southampton. 

Cover versions have long been a musical passion of mine, and getting to bring you my favourites and discover new covers through this show is a real delight. 

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