with ROLO McGINTY of


“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is writer, singer and guitarist from a John Peel favourite, The Woodentops a band whose nifty songwriting turned to the dancefloor to much acclaim in the mid 80s.

Organic on record, raw live, they’ve had a bit of a balearic revival this summer with old hit “Why, Why, Why” and now this fella is heading out on tour supporting Velvet Sheep favs The Wedding Present. With a very erudite choice for his “song for ewe”, it’s the super talent of Mr. Rolo McGinty!


Catching up with Rolo I asked him what he was up to, when I first made contact earlier this year:

“We have a series of remixes of our song “Why Why Why” coming out this summer.Wall of sound are putting it out. It was a big turntable hit in the late 80’s and now the remixes are already proving to be a hit on USB stick in the clubs 30 years later. We are about to embark on “Stripped Tour” in which the songs are taken to bare bones and rock the house. After that Ive some dj and acoustic performance in Ibiza, a place my music has been alive and the sound of the summer but this will be my first physical visit.”

You can find those remixes and loads more on The Woodentops here.

Most recently announced on his FB page Rolo adds:

“I’ve been asked to do some solo dates supporting The Wedding Present on their tour. Just me. These dates are
Nov 20 Clochester Arts Centre
Nov 21 Chatham Britannia Theatre
Nov 22 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Nov 23 Exeter Lemon Grove
Nov 24 Bristol the Fleece
Nov 30 Aberdeen Tunnels
Dec 1 Edinburgh La Belle Angele
Dec 2 Sunderland The Point”

Here’s an earlier take on “Why, Why, Why”…

But for a man that has operated on the cusp of many genres, what is Mr. McGinty’s “song for ewe”, so without further ado, it’s over to Rolo…first with his caveat to the idea of choosing an obscure song you’ve enjoyed lately…

“Stipulations being what they are and being honest, this is a fairly obscure track I listened to today.

I am a long term lover of John Martyn’s music. Most of it. Somebody put up a track Ive not heard in years on Facebook yesterday and I clicked it. Great to hear it again.

Its the first thing John Martyn recorded using his echo technique. It reminds me of a great time in my life living in the country listening to stuff like this along with punk and reggae soul and Parliament. Its basically a jam, not song a freak out. As a songwriter I love a freeform.

The piano player could shut up a bit but the drummer is really giving it some, its tribal. Of course the double bass is exquisite. It’s Danny. John Martyn has always was an ace guitar player, here though he’s dropping into a new world of syncopation that is basic acoustic techno.

Hypnotic banging and all from his fingers and thumbs. He perfected the idea later on but here he’s just found it. So its an atmospheric jazzy knees up from me.

Not what I usually am listening to but its “Glistening Glyndebourne”. As a teen one of my first outings alone to London was to see him play solo at the Marquee in Wardour St. It was one of the most unforgettable gigs Ive ever seen. It was a quadrophonic trip out with some expertly performed folk songs dropped in.”