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Mighty Radio’s Live Sounds show, which supports local bands and singers, took listeners back to the 1960s this week when people said “fab” and “groovy”.

Special studio guests on Tuesday night were Merseyside/West Lancs band Zingaro (pictured) who describe their music as “an eclectic mix of neo-soul, latin and acid jazz grooves” – in other words groovy.

Southport journalist Martin Hovden, who co-hosts the show every Tuesday (6pm-10pm) with local singer/songwriter Cameron Maerevoet (both pictured), said: “Live Sounds has been a regular feature on local radio for 10 years and this is the first time we have given a platform for such a unique, mellow, sound – courtesy of the excellent Zingaro.

Live Sounds started life in 2004 as a weekly column in the Southport Champion and Southport Visiter. And then in 2009 I was invited to present a radio version of the show. It’s been on Southport Community Radio, Dune FM and now Mighty Radio 107.7FM, broadcasting from Southport town centre.

We’re really proud of the fact that every song we play during the four-hour show is by a local band or singer. We have so much talent in our area which we should cherish, encourage and support.”

He added: “The new series of Live Sounds started two months ago and the big difference we’ve noticed so far is the number of older bands who have been in touch. Live music has no age barriers. I’m 67 and Cameron is 21, so we have all age groups covered.”

Studio guests so far include young Southport band Ask Elliot, who won the Liverpool Rocks title recently, Some Time Today, Ametrines, Rhyming With Orange, Ryan Hardy and Jamie Hardy. Future guests include Scott Beckett, Tia, Grace and Phil Calland.

If you want your music played on Live Sounds and/or want to be a studio guest, contact Martin on martin.hovden@blueyonder.co.uk

Mighty Radio broadcasts 24/7 on 107.9FM, or you can listen online on www.mightyradio.co.uk or download the Mighty Radio app.