Walls, songs and poetry

This is the second episode of the between the lines podcast with Gordie Walker. The response to episode one has been very positive, and we are delighted with the number of downloads and the listening figures. People have been listening from all over Ireland, UK, the USA and even China. Massive thanks from me and the whole team here at Between the Lines and a shout-out to our listeners in Shenyang.

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The Docker Poet

In this episode we are talking to John Campbell local historian, former dock worker poet and writer.  John grew up in North Belfast in and around York Street and Shore Road. John worked as a docker when times were hard and poverty was rampant. John now reflects on those days through his writings and verse and I was delighted to host him here at Intercomm and share his reflections from those times

More about John in this Belfast Telegraph article

His publisher Lagan Press

Life with and without walls

Segregation barriers collectively referred to as ‘Peace Walls’ have blighted the landscape of North Belfast for almost 50 years. Many of these structures that were erected primarily to protect people and property, have now become redundant. Kate Clark, Gerry O’Reilly and others have been working with local residents in the Duncairn area for a number of years to get them to a point where they are ready to contemplate barrier removal or transformation. Kate and Gerry discuss the changes to two of these structures – the complete removal of one in North Queen Street and the physical transformation of another on Duncairn Gardens.

Imagine Peace Walls Project

Conor Maskey from Intercomm talks to Sarah Lorimer, Coordinator of the Imagine Peace Walls Project, about the research she has carried out around the history of just some of the barriers that separate people in the North of the City.

More info from International Fund for Ireland’s website ” New anthology tells the personal experiences of interface residents”

Shock Treatment

Davy Treatment songwriter musician and performer. Davy  has played with the Peace Frog and others but now performs with his reworked version of Shock Treatment, Shock Treatment 21.  Davy has been in and around the Northern Ireland music scene for decades and we ask him along to the studio for a chat and a song Davy is the  second visitor to the BLTcast studio and he brought his guitar.

There’s more about Shock Treatment on their Facebook Page and Davy’s Facebook page is here.

Welcome to the neighbourhood


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Welcome to the first episode of the Between The Lines podcast with Gordie Walker. The team have been out and about collecting stories that we believe are interesting and help showcase some of the work that is going on in the north of the city and further afield

In This Episode

Newington Housing Association formed in 1975. It manages nearly 700 homes in mainly Interface areas in North Belfast. As times have changed so too has Newington, broadening its role from simply meeting immediate housing needs, to meeting wider community needs and taking brave steps towards transforming and regenerating communities and resolving interface issues.

Anthony Kerr from Newington Housing reflects on their work in reducing and confronting anti-social behaviour (ASB) and looks at how social and economic pressures are affecting their tenants.

Shared History – Dr Eamon Phoenix

As part of Intercomm’s Shared History programme Dr Eamon Phoenix invited 25 people from Ardoyne and Woodvale to talk about Belfast history. Among the places they visited were Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church and, were Gordie caught up with them, at Queens University.

The legacy of The Walls

Ciarán Shannon from Duncairn Community Partnership (DCP) takes with time Leanne Marshall to reflect on his life experiences before during and following the conflict.

Joby Fox

There’s music from Joby Fox, writer, musician, and performer. Joby has played with the Bank Robbers going on to perform with Bap Kennedy in Energy Orchard and pen the song Belfast. He was signed to EMI and was based in London always pushing the limits and sticking up for his home town. His new album is about to be released and the song I Love you will be available on 14th February Joby is the first visitor to the BLTcast studio and he brought his guitar.


The production team were Leanne Marshall, Conor Maskey, Cairan Shannon,
Gordie Walker and Davy Sims.

If you want a story covered drop me an email to gordie@btlcast.com or podcast@btlcast.com

The music is Our Big Adventure by Scott Homes — from the FreeMusicArchvive.com

Joby Fox guests on first Between The Lines podcast

As we begin recording the first Between The Lines podcast the legendary singer/songwriter/performer/entertainer and well known man about town Joby Fox dropped by to record a song for us.

Posted by Joby Fox on Thursday, 24 January 2019

You can hear Joby’s performance on Between The Lines episode 1 launched on 25 January 2019.