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We take a look through Penny Smith's record collection

From dragging a guitar around the pubs of Rutland to having her ears blown off by Muse, this broadcaster is the folk, opera and world music fan who’s really put in the Solid Air miles

I grew up in Rutland and everything involved cycling two miles somewhere. I was learning the piano and going to choir practice, travelling to and from Uppingham all the time. I’d had my first brush with folk via Bob Dylan and I told my mum I was giving these up. ‘I think I’m going to learn how to play guitar,’ I said. So I went on an outing to Nottingham – I had my injections, got my visa – and I bought a teach-yourself-guitar book. I’d read and play folk music, and walking huge distances in the country – that’s when I used to sing my songs. You can’t sing a Radiohead song on a hike, you need other people to help out. Whereas Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs…

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