Peter Flanagan (library footage) is a graphic designer and has worked in offshore commercial radio, the IT industry, and as a recording engineer. He has often brushed shoulders with fame, though he is fairly confident none of it has rubbed off. Peter has inadvertently babysat Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor, once smuggled albums for John Peel, and was dismayed to discover recently that the carpet stain he was responsible for, shown on a the cover of a hit album had been edited from the remastered cd versions.
In addition to some years’ backroom duties with Rocket, Peter was involved in establishing the Lewes Community Cafe, and is a member of the team who organise the annual Lewes OctoberFeast food festival.
Peter’s musical tastes are confusingly broad, not least to himself; as a presenter he is consistently reliable in departing from his own carefully-honed playlists. The silences which can punctuate his Rocket programmes are inevitably the result of last-second inner wrangling over choice of next track. Peter has a large following, but has developed an intriguing agility at shaking off the bailiffs.
Following a number of showstopping interventions on BBC 6Music, and tumbling gracelessly down the Station Street of inevitability, Peter pursues his wondering rocks with a host of his musical tastes under the title of Sympathetic Resonance this year an unapologetic tartiflette of music dear to his ears and soul. Expect to meander in the wide neighbourhood of Tom Waits, Thea Gilmour, Lau, Philip Henry and Hannah Martin, Roger McGuinn, Ronnie Lane, plus chats with a few unsuspecting musicians and other distinguished guests. ‘We did at least enjoy the bit with bells’ – Morris Monthly.