Hefty Tomatoes

🍅What is it?

A short sharp dose of vinyl grooviness! Hefty Tomatoes is a podcast of records and chat, now in its third year.

Basically I play great music on vinyl and try to tell you a little about the songs. Sometimes there are guests who bring along a bag of records to share with us and sometimes the episode is based around a special event.

You can see a rogue’s gallery of guests below, listen to the programme and find out how to appear. Fresh ones more or less every month.


🍅The story so far

I started Hefty Tomatoes as a spin off to the blog. I’d been kicking the idea around for ages. I wanted to do a podcast talking about particular songs – the original plan was more chatting about them rather than playing them. A few years later that evolved into something a little different and probably better.

Launched in 2016, for the first year there was one half-hour episode a week for 52 weeks without a break. That was hard work and a crazy commitment. Many a week was ended with shouts of “Oh god, I almost forgot the podcast!”, much to the annoyance of the neighbours. In its second year, Hefty Tomatoes was every fortnight and more or less alternated between guest episodes and me on my own.

Now in its third year, the podcast is a longer (an hour) but less frequent. The idea is to give people more of a chance to listen to it and to give me more of a chance to make it! So far year three has focused around events (Hefty Tomatoes Live at Maguires, an Aretha Franklin tribute, a Coffee and Turntables retrospective and a Brazil special, a Christmas at Lovelocks episode, a New Year focused episode and podcasting our way around the Baltic Lupercalia Crawl). We’ll see how things pan out.

🍅Stream online

You can catch up on all the previous episodes here and there are examples embedded below. Here is the archive link: www.mixcloud.com/OldRope

FAQ: As royalties are paid for the music played via a special streaming licence, sadly the podcast cannot be downloaded. But is is easy to listen to on Mixcloud and they have their own app too. If you sign up you can get notifications when the next episode is online, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Here are some sample episodes:


🍅Be a guest

If you’d like to be a guest on Hefty Tomotoes please contact Old Rope. Cranks welcome.


🍅Gallery of Guests

Here are pics of some of the people who’ve appeared on the podcast. Click each photo to expand and open the gallery.

Old Rope participates in other podcasts (click to read more)