Drumming at Fasnacht; Gadget Guru - Germophobe Gadgets

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23 February, 2021

Basel Fasnacht is a carnival that lasts for three days and nights, starting at 4 a.m. on a Monday morning and wrapping up at 4 a.m. on Thursday morning. It's 72 hours of throwing a city into colourful chaos - and it's 72 hours of drumming. Fasnacht would be happening right now, from 22 to 24 February 2021, but it had to be cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid. To give you a flavour of Fasnacht and an idea of what drumming at Fasnacht is like, Anna Wirz talked to drummers from Basel and from the UK to gather a kaleidoscope of impressions of what it’s like to be a part of this three-day carnival. Listen to the segment here.



This month on the Gadget Guru, Ian is initially in a good mood, then he has a bit of moan, and finishes with a gadget for the germophobe in your life. Another wide ranging four minutes on the Gadget Guru! Listen to the segment here.






To commemorate Fasnacht, our music theme was all about carnivals. We played:

Eric Clapton - Carnival

Al Johnson - Carnival Time

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line - Carnival

Kayla Diamond - Carnival Hearts

Professor Longhair - Go To The Mardi Gras

The Dandy Warhols - Autumn Carnival

Siouxie and the Banshees - She's A Carnival