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.
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
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