Staff Takeover

Connect with colleagues through the power and joy of music.

Share playlists, review gigs and take us on a musical adventure!

Michael Head.

Martin Sainty on A Gig

A Gig. I’ve ditched the virtual mega bus and swapped it for my mate Dans Hyundai as we head off to our first gigs since Feb 2020. Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band – Hebden Bridge Trades Club 17th Sept Being a Michael Head fan is like being part of a secret cult. His…

Michael Kiwanuka image credit: NME

Bertrand’s Play List for Black History Month

Photo: Michael Kiwanuka Image credit: NME My wife has recently banned me from listening to some of my favorite Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield’s albums. I have to confess that once I am hooked on an artist I can obsessively play it over and over. In due rights, constantly playing the same tracks can be…

Staff Takeover – Sounds from the Riverbank

By Marin Sainty Well, the virtual mega bus seems to be self-isolating in Leeds so I’ve taken a real trip to the bench to share some musical ramblings with you. Accompanying me on the bench is the new Mogwai release ‘As The Love Continues.’ I must confess to being a bit of a Mogwai nut…

Martin Sainty – In The City…Leeds

(suggested by Simon Murray) So, lets jump on the virtual Mega Bus in Bristol, head up the country, cross the pennines and stop off in Leeds. I’ve always lived within a hop skip and jump of Leeds and as a child my mum and dad would take us every Christmas to visit the big department…

Image credit: Spotify. Rounds album by Four Tet

Staff Takeover – Martin Sainty – Hands

Heres my 21st century mixtape of songs with hands in the title. It was compiled from music saved to my SD card in my phone. Spotify couldn’t find all my music choices which bizarrely makes me feel quite cool when I can ‘outdo’ Spotify. Anyway, enjoy the list and for those interested Spotify couldn’t find…

Image credit: Aurore Gemble

Staff Takeover – Bertrand Porhel, Paris 1998-2000

During this past winter, I often felt nostalgic of times when my freedoms were not curtained and I was able to socialise with no restrictions. In some way 1998 seemed a very long way off. Back then at 21 years old, with a keen interest in music, I had just landed my dream job in…

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on

Staff Takeover – Lucy McPartlan

Lucy McPartlan, Ward Clerk for the Delivery Suite at Scarborough Hospital wants to recommend local Scarborough artist , Tom Davenport. Tom has a new album out on all platforms called Quiet the Night, including a Song called Out of the Woods, which Lucy says feels very apt for the times we are living in. Lucy…

Image credit: Robert Wyatt – Blues in Bob Minor,

In The City with Martin Sainty

Destination: Bristol The first suggestion on a musical tour round the country is Bristol (thanks Bertrand for that.) So, first things first, I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never been to Bristol. The nearest I’ve been to Bristol is a Premier Inn just off the M5. But, I feel like I’ve been to Bristol, feel…

Image: Sky Blue Sky,

Bertrand Porhel – Inspiration Restoration

The last year has been the most challenging of my nursing career.  Nursing critically sick Covid-19 patients and looking after their families has been a physical, emotional, and fulfilling journey during which sadness, resilience, loss and team spirit have often collided. I am delighted to share with you some of the songs that have brought…

Introducing Martin Sainty

Martin Sainty, Palliative Care CNS and Team Leader, is a hugely creative talent and we are thrilled that he is going to be sharing some of his favourite bands and musical musings with us. In the City. Martin is set to play his virtual way around the UK, visiting cities, digging out the local bands…

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