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  • 16. Episode 36: The Only Way is Up!

    28:03
    Onwards and upwards! This compilation episode features some of the excellent advice and guidance given by the guests in all three series to date. If you are looking for some inspiration and mentorship to help you kick start your New Year, then this episode is just what you need! It features contributions from Andy Burnham, Paul McGee, Greg Patmore, Matthew Smith, Simon McCleave, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Paul Finch, Steve Bennett, Findlay Napier, Boo Hewerdine, Charlie Dore, Reg Meuross, Tim Williams, Brendan Riley and Helen Tonks.Please follow / subscribe to the podcast series and leave a review where you can. You can learn more about the series by following @halfhourmentor on Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook, or by visiting halfhourmentor.com. The series is completely independent of sponsorship and adverts so, if you would like to contribute to help keep it going, you can do so via this link.Photo by Ian Cleverdon (taken at Formby Beach, Merseyside)Contact Ian Cleverdon directly: ian@karonasound.co.ukWebsite: www.karonasound.co.uk/podcastsFollow the podcast on socials by searching for @halfhourmentorOriginal theme music composed and performed by Ian Cleverdon.Copyright 2024 Karona Sound

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  • 15. Episode 35: A Funny Thing Happened...

    10:22
    This 10-minute compilation episode features some of the funny incidents that happened to some of my Series Three guests in their careers. The stories were in answer to some quick-fire questions I asked at the end of each interview. None of these clips featured in the main interviews. You will hear contributions from Lord Tony Hall, Paul Finch, Bryony Griffith, Alice Jones, Reg Meuross, Sarah McQuaid and Boo Hewerdine.Please follow / subscribe to the podcast series and leave a review where you can. You can learn more about the series by following @halfhourmentor on Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook, or by visiting halfhourmentor.com. The series is completely independent of sponsorship and adverts so, if you would like to contribute to help keep it going, you can do so via this link.Contact Ian Cleverdon directly: ian@karonasound.co.ukWebsite: www.karonasound.co.uk/podcastsFollow the podcast on socials by searching for @halfhourmentorOriginal theme music composed and performed by Ian Cleverdon.Copyright 2023 Karona Sound
  • 14. Episode 34: Lord Tony Hall

    35:33
    In this last interview of the series, we are honoured to have great insights into the world of arts and culture from the ex-Director General of the BBC and life peer, Lord Tony Hall. He gives us a wonderful summary of how he developed his broadcasting career, and also how he dealt with a career change in his late 40s.Please follow / subscribe to the podcast series and leave a review where you can. You can learn more about the series by following @halfhourmentor on Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook, or by visiting halfhourmentor.com. The series is completely independent of sponsorship and adverts so, if you would like to contribute to help keep it going, you can do so via this link. There will be a couple of compilation episodes to conclude the third series in the next few weeks.Contact Ian Cleverdon directly: ian@karonasound.co.ukWebsite: www.karonasound.co.uk/podcastsFollow the podcast on socials by searching for @halfhourmentorOriginal theme music composed and performed by Ian Cleverdon.Copyright 2023 Karona Sound
  • 13. Episode 33: Bryony Griffith and Alice Jones

    39:43
    In this episode, we have our first double-header interview. It features Yorkshire-based folk music duo, Bryony Griffith and Alice Jones. Individually, Bryony and Alice have forged their own successful careers in the UK folk scene but have gained great critical acclaim since starting working together as a duo in 2019. Their live performances are both musically stunning and full of hilarious stage banter – you’ll hear plenty of the latter in today’s episode! Please follow / subscribe to the podcast series and leave a review where you can. You can learn more about the series by following @halfhourmentor on Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook, or by visiting halfhourmentor.com. The series is completely independent of sponsorship and adverts so, if you would like to contribute to help keep it going, you can do so via this link.Bryony and Alice’s website: www.bryonyandalice.comBryony Griffith website: www.bryonygriffith.comAlice Jones website: www.alicejonesmusic.comSpotify playlist: link hereContact Ian Cleverdon directly: ian@karonasound.co.ukWebsite: www.karonasound.co.uk/podcastsFollow the podcast on socials by searching for @halfhourmentorOriginal theme music composed and performed by Ian Cleverdon.Copyright 2023 Karona Sound
  • 12. Episode 32: John Watterson PART 2

    33:35
    This is the second part of a two-part interview featuring music festival programme director and performing musician, John Watterson (aka Fake Thackray). In this episode, John tells us how he became involved in concert promotion, progressing from putting gigs on in his local area to programming major music festivals in the likes of Ibiza and Portugal. He also shares with us his planning approach to ensure that each festival has a varied bill. It’s essential listening if you fancy putting on a local concert series to help keep music live.Please follow / subscribe to the podcast series and leave a review where you can. You can learn more about the series by following @halfhourmentor on Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook, or by visiting halfhourmentor.com. The series is completely independent of sponsorship and adverts so, if you would like to contribute to help keep it going, you can do so via this link.John’s ‘Fake Thackray’ website: www.fakethrackray.comHarmony Voyages festivals: www.costafestival.co.uk  Bryony Griffith and Alice Jones website: www.bryonyandalice.comKarona Sessions website: www.karonasound.co.uk/sessionsContact Ian Cleverdon directly: ian@karonasound.co.ukWebsite: www.karonasound.co.uk/podcastsFollow the podcast on socials by searching for @halfhourmentorOriginal theme music composed and performed by Ian Cleverdon.
  • 11. Episode 31: John Watterson PART 1

    32:35
    This is the first of a two-part interview featuring music festival programme director and performing musician, John Watterson (aka Fake Thackray). In this episode, John shares with his early career in business, how he came to be touring and paying homage to the wonderful work of the late, lamented singer-songwriter and storyteller, Jake Thackray, and how he used his business knowledge to help this become a career.Please follow / subscribe to the podcast series and leave a review where you can. You can learn more about the series by following @halfhourmentor on Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook, or by visiting halfhourmentor.com. The series is completely independent of sponsorship and adverts so, if you would like to contribute to help keep it going, you can do so via this link.John’s ‘Fake Thackray’ website: www.fakethrackray.comThe 4Ps of Marketing (via Investopedia): link hereContact Ian Cleverdon directly: ian@karonasound.co.ukWebsite: www.karonasound.co.uk/podcastsFollow the podcast on socials by searching for @halfhourmentorOriginal theme music composed and performed by Ian Cleverdon.Copyright 2023 Karona Sound
  • 10. Episode 30: Greg Patmore PART 2

    30:07
    This is the second of a two part interview featuring actor, audiobook narrator and musician Greg Patmore. Greg is having an amazing career in media: if you haven’t listened to Part 1, go back and have a listen to his backstory.In this second part, Greg provides us with a deep dive into the world of recording audiobooks: the preparation involved, the relationship with authors, and how to deal with voicing different characters and genres. It’s a masterclass on narration and will be of special interest to audiobook fans.Please follow / subscribe to the podcast series and leave a review where you can. You can learn more about the series by following @halfhourmentor on Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook, or by visiting halfhourmentor.com. The series is completely independent of sponsorship and adverts so, if you would like to contribute to help keep it going, you can do so via this link.Greg’s website: www.voiceofgreg.comGreg’s video Showreel 2016: link hereContact Ian Cleverdon directly: ian@karonasound.co.ukWebsite: www.karonasound.co.uk/podcastsFollow the podcast on socials by searching for @halfhourmentorOriginal theme music composed and performed by Ian Cleverdon.Copyright 2023 Karona Sound