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House Music with Steve Pretty

Festive special

Season 1, Ep. 15

Steve chats with astronaut and musician Commander Chris Hadfield about making music in space, what to do if you break a guitar string whilst in orbit and how Chris' extraordinary career has always involved music. Chris ends the episode by playing his beautiful 'space carol' "Jewel in the Night".


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  • 14. Episode 8 - Series Finale

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