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Flight of the Sky Pilot

15 May 2022


Sometime World – Wishbone Ash (Argus)

Old Mother Europe – Arlekin (The Secret Garden)

Song of the Wind – Cirrus Bay (The Search For Joy)

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – Joni Mitchell (Mingus)

White Water – Fergus McCreadie (Forest Floor)

Out of The Woods – Lydian Collective (Return)

The Lady Tied To The Lamp Post – The Tangent (Songs From The Hard Shoulder)

I Think I Love You Too Much – Ben Poole (Time Has Come)

Hide And Seek – Imogen Heap (Speak For Yourself)

I’m Not Alright – Pattern-Seeking Animals (Only Passing Through)

The Crow and The Nightingale – Marillion (An Hour Before It’s Dark)

Breathing – Kidsø (Fir)

Deep Sleep 1 – Akku Quintet (Live)

I Remember The Age of Steam – Stewart Clark (Journeys)

Wind Distorted Pioneers – Big Big Train (Goodbye To The Age of Steam)

Interstellar Overdrive – Pink Floyd (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn)


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Flight of The Sky Pilot

Easter Sunday

17 April 2022


Easter – Marillion (Season’s End)

Fugue in D minor – Egg (Egg)

White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow)

I Am The Resurrection – The Stone Roses (The Stone Roses)

Lazarus – Porcupine Tree (Deadwing)

The Bright Ambassadors of Morning – Pure Reason Revolution (The Dark Third)

Love – Joni Mitchell (Wild Things Run Fast)

Afterlife – Avenged Sevenfold (Avenged Sevenfold)

The Believer – Marquis Hill (New Gospel Revisited)

Efedra – Mario Laginha (Jangada)

Dreamers – Mark Lockheart (Dreamers)

Hand Jive – Miles Davis (Nefertiti)

Donovan Ellington – Rosalie Cunningham (Two-Piece Puzzle)

This Time – Kite Parade (The Way Home)

Glade – Fergus McCreadie (Forest Floor)

Just Another Day – The Prog Collective (Epilogue)

Focus III – Focus (Focus 3)


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Podcast 14: 101 Dimensions – ambient & electronic instrumental music, curated by The Sky Pilot

Broadcast 10 April 2022


A Revealing Moment – Mirada (Unfolding Memories)

The Haber Process – Malcolm Galloway (Wasp 76b)

Leviathan – The Grid/ Fripp (Leviathan)

2/2 – Brian Eno (Ambient 1: Music For Airports)

De-Composition Part 1 – Earlyguard (Slowmotion 2011-2016)

Brainsurgeons 3 – The Utopia Strong (The Utopia Strong)

Sensing Elements – Tangerine Dream (Quantum Gate)

Icarus – Nova Cascade (Above All Else)


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The Sky Pilot Stands in (again) for The Northern Star

First broadcast 31 March 2022


In The Light – Led Zeppelin (Physical Graffiti)

Miss California – Lana Lane (Neptune Blue)

Rivers Of Mercy – Tears For Fears (The Tipping Point)

Reconnected – Moon Halo (Together Again)

Suddenly The Rain – Simon Says (Tardigrade)

Roads To Moscow – Al Stewart (Past Present & Future)

Hollywood – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (Ghosteen)

Burma-Shave – Tom Waits (Foreign Affairs)

Sorgmantel – Anglagard (Viljans Oga)

Circles – Vly (I/(Time))

Ohlop – Oddarrang (Hypermetros)

Wah-Wah Sowahwah – Yazz Ahmed (Finding My Way Home)

Pilot in the Sky of Dreams – Threshold (European Journey)

Egoist Hedonist – Riverside (Lost ‘n’ Found – Live in Tilburg)

The Weight of the World – Sanguine Hum (The Weight of the World)

Blackline – Coast (Coast)

Déjà vu – Ryan Porter (The Optimist)

Solid Air – John Martyn (Solid Air)

Hide in Your Shell – Supertramp (Crime of the Century)

No Lullaby – Jethro Tull (Heavy Horses)


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A ‘Long Ones’ Special

24 March 2022


A Kid Called Panic – Moon Safari (Lover’s End)

I Am Me, I Am Free – The Paradox Twin (Silence From Signals)

The Standing Field – Machines Dream (Earth (EP) )

Le Mystère de Gué Pucelle – Alco Frisbass (Le Mystère du Gué Pucelle)

Tenemos Roads – National Health (National Health)

Osiris – Maisha (There Is A Place)

_96 – Graham Costello’s Strata (Obelisk)

UR- – Accordo dei Contrari (UR-)

Travelling Fast – Pat Metheny (Tokyo Day Trip)

The Crunch – Mysteries of the Revolution (Mysteries of the Revolution)

Home – Retreat From Moscow (The World as We Knew It)

Ghost Light – David Bainbridge (To The Far Away)

Golden Sunset Roulette – Vienna Circle (Secrets of The Rising Sun)

East Coast Racer – Big Big Train (A Stone’s Throw From The Line)


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Flight of The Sky Pilot

Show 11

Broadcast 20 March 2022


Carry On – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Déjà Vu)

A Change Is Gonna Come – D’Virgilio, Morse & Jennings (Troika)

Emperor – Baber/ Wileman (Baber/ Wileman)

Dyadi – Malady (Ainavihantaa)

There Is You – Caravan (It’s None of Your Business)

Under Your Spell – The Tangent (Auto Reconnaissance)

Always The Sun – The Stranglers (Themeninblackin Tokyo)

Going Somewhere – Rachel Flowers (Going Somewhere)

Black Mist – Checking For Echo Project (Life & Other Short Stories Vol 2)

Song For The Fallen – Kamasi Washington (Heaven & Earth)

Hopeless Dreamer – Karfagen (7)

Follow Your Heart – Sunchild (Synesthesia)

Maytime – Tiger Moth Tales (A Song of Spring)

Jiggery Pokery – Duckworth Lewis Method (Duckworth Lewis Method)

When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease – Roy Harper (HQ)

All Blues – Miles Davis (Kind of Blue)


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The Sky Pilot Takes Over The Krazzloft

In an special one-off show, The Sky Pilot moves into the Krazzloft with 4 hours of Prog, jazz, fusion, rock, soul and folk.

Openers from 1969

  • Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby Stills & Nash (Crosby Stills & Nash)
  • Time Has Told Me – Nick Drake (Five Leaves Left)
  • Empty Skies – Elton John (Empty Skies)

A Fix of Folk

  • Who Knows Where The Time Goes -Fairport Convention (Unhalfbricking)
  • Solo – Sandy Denny (Like An Old Fashioned Waltz)
  • My Johnny Was A Shoemaker (medley) – John Renbourn (The Lady & The Unicorn)

That Fusion Feeling

  • Here Comes The Jiis – John McLaughlin (Black Light)
  • Is There Anything About? – Brand X (Is There Anything About?)

Six-Pack Hack

  • Breaking All The House Rules – Budgie (Bandolier)
  • Too Much Alcohol – Rory Gallagher (Check Shirt Wizard Live in ’77)
  • Doctor, Doctor – UFO (Strangers In The Night)
  • How Does It Feel – Slade (Cum On Feel The Hitz)
  • No Laughing In Heaven – Gillan (Future Shock)
  • Phantom of The Opera – Iron Maiden (Iron Maiden)

All-American Rock

  • Dreams – Allman Brothers (The Allman Brothers Band)
  • Visions – Eagles (One Of These Nights)
  • Tuesday’s Gone – Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-Nerd)
  • Even Trolls Like Rock & Roll – Tony Joe White (The Train I’m On)

Slide Into A Side

  • Intruder – Peter Gabriel (Peter Gabriel (3) (Melt))
  • No Self-Control – Peter Gabriel (Peter Gabriel (3) (Melt))
  • Start – Peter Gabriel (Peter Gabriel (3) (Melt))
  • I Don’t Remember – Peter Gabriel (Peter Gabriel (3) (Melt))
  • Family Snapshot – Peter Gabriel (Peter Gabriel (3) (Melt))
  • And Through The Wire – Peter Gabriel (Peter Gabriel (3) (Melt))

From My Vinyl Collection

  • Hurdy Gurdy Glissando – Steve Hillage (L)
  • Solitude Standing – Suzanne Vega (Solitude Standing)
  • You – Tony Banks (A Curious Feeling)
  • Jacuzzi – Steve Hackett (Defector)

Jazz Old and New

  • Open The Gates – Maisha (Open The Gates)
  • Aisha – John Coltrane (Ole Coltrane)
  • Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter – Island Feeling (Good Hope)

A Soulful Chill-down

  • Right To Be Wrong – Joss Stone (Mind, Body & Soul)
  • You Ain’t The Problem – Michael Kiwanuka (Kiwanuka)
  • What Can I Say – Boz Scaggs (Silk Degrees)
  • You Might Need Somebody – Randy Crawford (Secret Combination)
  • Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder (InnerVisions)

Saying Goodbye

  • Tara – John McLaughlin (Is That So?)

The Sky Pilot is back on Sunday 20 March with the usual mix of all-sorts…

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Flight of The Sky Pilot

Show 9

Broadcast 20 February 2022


Unconditional – Abel Ganz (Abel Ganz)

Where Did Saturday Go? – Jethro Tull (The Zealot Gene)

Made From Sunshine – Big Big Train (Welcome To The Planet)

Stationary Traveller – Camel (Stationary Traveller)

Inner Urge – Joey Alexander (Warna)

Slouching Towards Bethlehem – Joni Mitchell (Night Ride Home)

Cowgirl In The Sand – Neil Young (Live At The Filmore East)

Quasar – Herbie Hancock (Crossings)

Moanin’ – Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (Moanin’)

Consolation – Markus Reuter (Truce 2)

Spirit – Dongyang Gozupa (Gap (EP) )

Conquistador – Procol Harum (Procol Harum)

Day Of The Eagle – Robin Trower (Bridge Of Sighs)

Stop In The Name Of Love – Mick Grabham (Original Paint)

The Losing Game – Verbal Delirium (From The Small Hours Of Weakness)


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Flight of the Sky Pilot

Show 8 – Some of the best of 2021

Broadcast 16 January 2022


Last One Home – Lifesigns (Altitude)

Rite of Accession – Elephant9 (Arrival Of The New Elders)

Notwithstanding – Gilgamesh (Gilgamesh)

Jean Pierre – Miles Davis (The Lost Concert)

As The Spirit Sings – John McLaughlin (Liberation Time)

20 20 – Dave Holland (Another Land)

Southbound – Chris Potter (Sunrise Reprise)

713 – James Francies (Purest Form)

Bright Size Life – Pat Metheny (Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV) )

Circles – John Holden (Circles In Time)

Ordine Nuovo (Reingold Mix) – Tillison Reingold Tiranti (Allium: Una Storia)

Delusion Angel – Theo Travis (Songs From The Apricot Tree)

The Hungry Heart – Smalltape (The Hungry Heart)

This Is The Way I Am – Rachel Flowers (Bigger On The Inside)

Love’s Lost Property – Three Colours Dark (Love’s Lost Property)

Endnotes – Big Big Train (Common Ground)

Cycles Of Behaviour – Nick Fletcher (Cycles Of Behaviour)


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Flight of the Sky Pilot

Show 7 – A Seasonal Special

Broadcast 19 December 2021


12 Days of Progmas – Somewhere

Ring Out Solstice Bells – Jethro Tull (Songs From The Wood)

I Believe in Father Christmas – Greg Lake (Works vol 2)

A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris De Burgh (Spanish Train and Other Stories)

Bethlehem – Leafblade (The Kiss of Spirit and Flesh)

Visions of Angels – Genesis (Trespass)

God Child – Miles Davis (Birth of the Cool)

We Three Kings – Fibonacci Sequence

In Dulce Jubilo – Mike Oldfield (Ommadawn)

River – Herbie Hancock, with Corrine Bailey Rae (River: The Joni Letters)

Snowfalls – Big Big Train (Merry Christmas)

Snowbound – Genesis (…and The There Were Three…)

Hygge – Tiger Moth Tales (The Depths of Winter)

Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis – Tom Waits (Blue Valentine)

Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo – Kate Rusby (Angels and Men)

Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon

Another Christmas Song – Jethro Tull (Rock Island)

A Festive Ghost – Cosmograf

Winter’s Mourning – Gandalf’s Fist

There’s No Lights on the Christmas Tree Mother, They’re Burning Big Louie Tonight – Sensational Alex Harvey Band (Live at the BBC)

Run With The Fox – I Am The Manic Whale (Christmas Selection Box)

We Wish You A Merry Christmas – L Shankar (Christmas From India)


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