Below are listed various interviews with the elusive DJ Monkey Pilot, where the source of his DJ name is revealed, the history of Whir-Y-Gig is discussed and the inspirations behind the fairy tale are laid bare.

Monkey Musings

WITH KATE MAGIC, DR STRANGE & WOODZEE (RE-EDITED & RE-VISITED)   Doc Strange: When was the first event under the Whirly Banner? What can you recall of it? MP: The very first was held in the summer of 1981 by Ros Madden, for twenty odd people in a pub venue. In the autumn she launched the event in ... Read more

WOMAD 2001 – Monkey Pilot Radio 3 Interview

Pete Fruin checks out the WOMAD festival and talks to DJ Monkey Pilot, the man behind the Whirl-Y-Gig… Compared to Glastonbury, Reading and newcomer the Phoenix Festival, WOMAD has always been pretty small (which is very much part of the appeal for its regular audience). The three-day event at Reading Rivermead has consistently attracted crowds ... Read more


ABBG meets co-promoters of Whirl-Y-Gig Mary and Richard who live in a quiet rural-looking corner of Harrow in a small house, which, despite the occasional tripped-out wall painting, has decoration reminiscent of a country farmhouse. Outside is a small church window embedded in their garden wall, which overlooks a large field. This is the base from which ... Read more
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