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 23rd June, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 23rd June, 2017
04:08pm Slipdixies - I've Found A New Baby
RELEASE: Red Hot Mama
04:17pm Jennifer Salisbury - Washing Line
RELEASE: Unspoken Rule
04:17pm Baldwins - Dirty Sheets
04:28pm All Our Exes Live in Texas - Boundary Road
RELEASE: When We Fall
04:28pm Queen Porter Stomp - Why Do Birds Sing
RELEASE: Queen Porter Stomp
04:35pm Tex Don & Charlie - A Man In Conflict With Nature
RELEASE: You Don't Know Lonely
04:40pm Tina Harrod - The Revolution is Eternal - The Revolution is Eternal
RELEASE: SIMA March Series Compilation CD - LABEL: SIMA
04:49pm Tami Neilson - Holy Moses
RELEASE: Don't Be Afraid
04:54pm Jazz Party - Rock n Roll Graveyard
04:58pm Brenton Foster - mx
RELEASE: The Nature of Light
05:06pm Edwina Blush - Cafe Au Lait
RELEASE: Sea For Cats - LABEL: Free Energy Device
05:13pm Julian Taylor Band - Bobbi Champagne
RELEASE: Desert Star
05:19pm Zoe K - Glad I Stayed
05:30pm New Venusians - Get Along
RELEASE: New Venusians - LABEL: Fresh Selects
05:31pm Steve Wernick - War For Peace
RELEASE: Love Is a Gamble
05:35pm David Bray - Road Rage
RELEASE: Night Rains
05:45pm Christian Scott - IDK
RELEASE: Diaspra
05:46pm Slipdixies - Pee Wee's Blues
05:56pm Micheal Franti - LIstener Supported
RELEASE: Stay Human

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 16th June, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 16th June, 2017
04:03pm Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - God is in the house
04:10pm Blind Willie Johnson - I'm gonna run to the city of refuge
RELEASE: Dark was the night
04:16pm Abigail Washburn - City of Refuge
RELEASE: City of Refuge
04:35pm Nina Simone - Erets Zalat Chalev
RELEASE: Folksy Nina Simone
04:40pm Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars - Gbaenyama
RELEASE: Libation - LABEL: Cumbancha
04:55pm Somi - 3 - Black Enough
RELEASE: Petite Afrique - LABEL: Sony Music
04:57pm Jelly Roll Morton - Original Jelly Roll Blues
RELEASE: Walking To New Orleans (Disc 1) - A History Of The Crescent City Piano Pioneers - LABEL: Proper Records
05:03pm Julia Hulsmann & Theo Bleckmann - Beat! beat! drums!
RELEASE: A clear midnight
05:11pm Marcel Khalife - Now, In Exile
RELEASE: Fall of The Moon - CD1 - LABEL: Nagam Records
05:28pm Majid Bekkas et African Gnaoua Blues - Mimouna Saadiye
RELEASE: Ici Ou Ailleurs
05:32pm Somi - 13 - Like Dakar
RELEASE: Petite Afrique - LABEL: Sony Music
05:37pm Jeremy Rose - Night Wanderer
RELEASE: Within & Without - LABEL: Ind
05:46pm Dynamic Hepnotics - Soul Kind Of Feeling
RELEASE: Hepnobest - LABEL: Right On Records
05:47pm Tina Harrod - The Revolution is Eternal - The Revolution is Eternal
RELEASE: SIMA March Series Compilation CD - LABEL: SIMA
05:56pm Amy Winehouse - Rehab
RELEASE: Back to Black
05:56pm Diana Ross - Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 9th June, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 9th June, 2017
Billy Bragg - A New England
RELEASE: Life's A Riot Between The Wars
Christian Scott Atune Adjuah - Twin
RELEASE: Stretch Music
Liquid Sul - Black Earth
RELEASE: Liquid Soul
Chick Corea - La Fiesta
RELEASE: Guide to the North Sea Jazz Festival
Trichotomy - Semi-Quasars
RELEASE: Known-Unknown - LABEL: Challenge Record
Woody Herman & Charlie Parker - Cuban Holiday
RELEASE: Bird with the Herd - LABEL: Alamac Records
Queen Porter Stomp - Shake That Thing
RELEASE: Queen Porter Stomp
Satoko Fuji - excerpt from Fukushima Suite
RELEASE: SIMA Winter Jazz Festival
Sirens Big Band - Balkanator
RELEASE: SIMA Winter Jazz Festival
Dynamic Hepnotics - The Meaning Of Life
RELEASE: Hepnobest - LABEL: Right On Records
Tina Harrod - Dear Henry
RELEASE: SIMA Winter Jazz Festival
Count Basie - Taxi Dance
Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam
RELEASE: Let It Be Me (Live)
Declan Kelly Presents Diesel n'Dub - Short Memory
RELEASE: Global Rhythms 2016 - LABEL: Eastside Radio
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - This Land is Your Land
RELEASE: Naturally

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 2nd June, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 2nd June, 2017
04:02pm Shining Bird - Distant Dreaming
04:09pm The Bamboos - On The Sly
04:09pm Australia - Breathe In
RELEASE: Portraits of People, Places and Movies
04:19pm New Venusians - Game Change
RELEASE: New Venusians - LABEL: Fresh Selects
04:19pm Johnny Nicol - Carib
RELEASE: Moving Forward
04:26pm Dianne Reeves - Sky Islands
RELEASE: Blue Note Trip Heat Up Simmer Down - LABEL: Blue Note
04:28pm Queen Porter Stomp - Havana Hannah
RELEASE: Queen Porter Stomp
04:53pm Neutral Milk Hotel - Two-Headed Boy
RELEASE: In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
04:53pm George Benson Feat Wynton Marsalis - Unforgettable
RELEASE: George Benson Inspiration - LABEL: Univerasal
04:59pm Ornette Coleman - Rubber Gloves
RELEASE: The Complete Science Fiction Recordings
05:08pm Nakho & The Medicine People - Warrior People
RELEASE: Dark As Night
05:18pm Jeff Duff Band - Heroes
RELEASE: Lost in the Stars
05:25pm Prince - When Doves Cry
RELEASE: Purple Rain Soundtrack
05:48pm Amy Winehouse - Me & Mr Jones
05:48pm Nina Simone - I Put A Spell On You
05:54pm Gil Scott Heron - 95 South (Of All The Places We've Been)
RELEASE: Nothing New
05:57pm Otis Redding - Are You Lonely For Me Baby
RELEASE: King & Queen

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 26th May, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 26th May, 2017
Jackie Orszaczky and the Grandmasters - grovin
RELEASE: family lore
the world according to james - keep no secrets tell no lies
RELEASE: lingua franca
tim hopkins popcorn - Norwegian Wood
RELEASE: freshly popped
Jackie Orszaczky budget orchestra - blueberry hill
RELEASE: deep down and out
the vampires meet lionel loeke - brand new
RELEASE: the vampires meet lionel loeke
hamish stuart - someone else's child
RELEASE: someone elses child
Jackie Orszaczky - tiszta szivvel
RELEASE: Deserted Downtown
Jackie Orszaczky - seven long years
RELEASE: Deserted Downtown
stu hunter - mdu moonshine
RELEASE: the migration

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 19th May, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 19th May, 2017
04:03pm Janelle Monae - Heroes
04:05pm Kamasi Washington - The Rhythm Changes
04:20pm Satako Fuji New Trio - Spring Storm
RELEASE: Spring Storm
04:31pm Brad Mehldau Trio - Black Hole Sun
04:51pm Tamara Kuldin - Blackbird
RELEASE: Love, Longing & Lullabies - LABEL: Independent
04:56pm Tamara Kuldin - My Favorite Things
RELEASE: Love, Longing & Lullabies - LABEL: Independent
05:08pm Bob Barnard - New Orleans
RELEASE: Cornet Chop Suey - LABEL: Opus 3
05:11pm Sirens Big Band - Hawassa To Addis
RELEASE: Kali and the time of change