Friday Drive

Fridays 4PM

Presented by Gemma Purves

Gemma is relatively new to Eastside Radio and joined the drive team in late 2015, yet her association with the medium goes back to childhood, pre OH&S where she could often be found snoozing in a basinet under a desk at our national broadcaster’s old HQ in Kings Cross. Fast forward a few years she finds herself back in her hometown after over a decade working in financial media and living in London.

On Friday Drive she’ll not just fill you in on the best and perhaps underreported events happening around town but also keep you up to date on the local issues that matter and what our local councils are up to. We’ll also pay special attention to inclusive events and policy– having spent time as a carer Gemma is aware that inclusive events and venues can improve life not just for those with disabilities but their friends and families also.

The music will be slightly less experimental than her earlier graveyard time slot, but will give priority to the new, the local, and touring plus whatever earworm has infected her head over the previous week.

Follow her on twitter @gspurves, or email her at

Recent Episodes

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 18th August, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 18th August, 2017
04:20pm Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue
04:21pm Billie Holiday - These Foolish Things
04:25pm Branford Marsalis - Treat it Gentle
04:51pm Benjamin Booker - Believe
RELEASE: Witness - LABEL: Rough Trade
04:58pm The Crooked Fiddle Band - The Vanishing Shapes of a Better World
RELEASE: Global Rhythms 2017 - LABEL: Eastside Records
05:40pm Mick Hart - Sunlight
RELEASE: Upside Down in the full face of optimism
05:44pm Benjamin Booker - The Slow Drag Under
RELEASE: Witness - LABEL: Rough Trade
05:51pm Ella Fitzgerald - Sugar Blues

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 11th August, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 11th August, 2017
04:05pm China Moses - Why Don't You Do Right
RELEASE: Jazz Loves Disney
04:10pm The Strides - Arnhem Land
RELEASE: Global Rhythms 2016 - LABEL: Eastside Radio
04:24pm Snarky Puppy - Beep Box
RELEASE: Culcha Vulcha
04:24pm Babs Gonzales - Prelude to a Nightmare
RELEASE: Burlesque in Jazz
04:26pm Vaudeville Smash - Science Fiction
RELEASE: Divinyls Reworked - LABEL: Creamy Spies
04:34pm Louis Armstrong - Stormy Weather
04:47pm Shonen Knife - Top of the World
RELEASE: I Wish I Were a Carpenter
05:05pm Sandy Evans - Tree Tangle
RELEASE: Rockpoolmirror - LABEL: Tall Poppies Records
05:20pm Mick Nock - El Testamen de Amelia
05:20pm Benjamin Clementine - Winston Churchill's Boy
RELEASE: At least for now
05:30pm Emily Wurramurra - Black Boy
RELEASE: Deadly Hearts
05:30pm Alister Spence Trio - Time & Place
RELEASE: Not Everything But Enough - LABEL: Alister Spence Music
05:36pm Alister Spence Trio - Room 5
RELEASE: Not Everything But Enough - LABEL: Alister Spence Music
05:41pm Genesis Owusu - Mama's Baby
05:49pm Nina Simone - Lonesome Cities
RELEASE: A Single Woman
05:53pm The Transatlantics - Keep On Running
RELEASE: Sacrifice - LABEL: Back Yard Recordings

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 4th August, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 4th August, 2017
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Diga Diga Do
RELEASE: Rattle Them Bones
Johhnny Favourite Swing Orchestra - Rootbeer & Licorice
RELEASE: Holiday Romance
Dan Barnett and Tricia Evy - Walkin' Shoes - It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
RELEASE: Berry Jazz Festival 2017
Ella Fitzgerald - McPherson Is Rehearsin' (To Swing) (Single Version)
RELEASE: 100 Songs For A Centennial - LABEL: Verve, Universal Music Group
Willie Nelson - Let's Call the Whole Thing Of
RELEASE: Summertime
RELEASE: Live at Abbey Road
Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys - 13 Onyx Club Spree
RELEASE: Swing Noir - Music From The Jazz Clubs Of The 1930s - LABEL: ABC Music
Sirens Big Band - I Still Remember
RELEASE: Kali and the time of change
Paul Robeson - Songs of Freedom
Katie Noonan & Karen Schaupp - Tikata Tappuinikichu
RELEASE: Songs Of The Latin Skies
Alister Spence Trio - Room 1
RELEASE: Not Everything but enough
Alister Spence Trio - In a good world
RELEASE: Not everything but enough
Curtis Mayfield - We've Only Just Begun
RELEASE: Curtis Live

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 28th July, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 28th July, 2017
Ben Harper - Glory & Consequence
RELEASE: The will to live
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Stranger To My Happiness
RELEASE: Miss Sharon Jones! - LABEL: Daptone Records
Jeff Duff Band - Life on Mars
RELEASE: Lost in the Stars
On The Stoop - Defy The Black Night
RELEASE: On The Stoop - LABEL: Independent
Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys - 13 Onyx Club Spree
RELEASE: Swing Noir - Music From The Jazz Clubs Of The 1930s - LABEL: ABC Music
MIles Davis & Robert Glasper & Hiatus Kaiyote - Little Church
Snarky Puppy - Gemini
RELEASE: Culcha Vulcha
Cookin' On 3 Burners - 02 Flat On My Back (feat. Tex Perkins)
RELEASE: Blind Bet - LABEL: COTB Direct
Rebirth Brass Band - Who's Rocking Who's Rolling
Quantic & Nidia Gongora - E Ye Ye
Quantic & Nidia Gongora - Dub Del Pacifico
Liquid Soul - Afro Loop
Aretha Franklin - You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 21st July, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 21st July, 2017
T.E. Yates - Burning Bungalow
RELEASE: Silver Coins and White Feathers
Alister Spence - In A Good World
Miles Davis - Here Comes Da Honey Man
Peggy Lee - The Train Blues
Nina Simone - Take My Hand, Precious Lord
RELEASE: 'Nuff Said
Labyrinth Lounge - Trouble Won't Last
Nina Simone - Obeah Woman
RELEASE: It Is Finished
San Eco - Pretty Curtains
Pokey LaFarge - Riot in the Streets
RELEASE: Music Revelations
Topology & Australian Voices - Nope Nope Nope
RELEASE: Singing Politician
Otis Redding - Mr Pitiful
Danny Ross - Inshallah Sofia
RELEASE: Live in Cuba!
Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billie Joe
Dooley Wilson - As Time Goes By
RELEASE: Casablanca
Gil Scott Heron - Your Daddy Loves Yu

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 14th July, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 14th July, 2017
Paul Kelly - Firewood & Candles
The Strides - Rasta Live (Featuring Blacker & Ngaiire)
RELEASE: Global Rhythms 2016 - LABEL: Eastside Radio
Topology & The Australian Voices - Unrepresentative Swill
RELEASE: The Singing Politician - LABEL: Topology
Topology & The Australian Voices - Not Now! Not Ever! (Julia Gillard)
RELEASE: The Singing Politician - LABEL: Topology
Cookin' On 3 Burners - Tokyo Saucer
RELEASE: Soul Messin - LABEL: COTB Direct
Greg Poppleton And The Bakelite Broadcasters - The Charleston
RELEASE: Doin the Charleston - LABEL: Independent