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Album of the Week: Norrie MacIver with ‘The Road Dance’

  The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 12 July is the brand new solo album from Norrie ‘Tago’ MacInver called The Road Dance. Norrie...

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Live from the 2014 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is coming to Sligo and Celtic Music Radio will be there. Translated, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann means The Music Festival of Ireland and that is exactly...

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Celtic Music Radio is NOW on 95FM

Celtic Music Radio’s Festival of Music is now under way on 95FM. The community radio station switched over to the FM waveband on Tuesday 1 July and its volunteers hope to boost...

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Live from the 2014 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is coming to Sligo and Celtic Music Radio will be there. Translated, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann means The Music Festival of Ireland and that is exactly...

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Album of the Week: Norrie MacIver with ‘The Road Dance’

Album of the Week: Norrie MacIver with ‘The Road Dance’

Jul 11, 2014

 

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 12 July is the brand new solo album from Norrie ‘Tago’ MacInver called The Road Dance.

Norrie “Tago” MacIver comes from Carloway in the Isle of Lewis and is currently living in Glasgow after graduating from the RSAMD.

When he was 15, Norrie attended the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, were he was taught by Blair Douglas and Jack Evans.

From 2005 to 2011 Norrie was the lead singer of Bodega who became Scottish Folk Band of the Year in 2009 and who also won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2006.

He has played at festivals all over the country such as Celtic Connections and the Hebridean Celtic Festival and has toured extensively in Europe. Norrie has recorded albums with both Bodega and Na Seoid and has appeared as a guest musician on the latest Skipinnish, Julie Fowlis, Rachel Walker and Daimh albums.

In December 2011, Norrie was voted Gaelic singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scot Trad Music awards.

Norrie grew up with many different styles of music and he brings all those styles together in his band. The first song he wrote, “Latha Math” was a Gaelic country song and since then most of his songs have been written in a country style with elements of Gaelic rock which, growing up with Runrig, you would expect. Singing in Gaelic and English with original songs and covers in country and folk, mean that his band will be very unique in the music scene!

Up to date, in July 2014 Norrie launched his debut album The Road Dance and where better to do so than his home festival – the Hebfest in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

Norrie MacIver’s solo album features some of the best musicians in the country, including Brian MacApline who co-produced the album with him. Norrie will be joined on stage by Alyn Cosker (drums) Ross Saunders (bass) Brian McAlpine (piano) Ben Holloway (Electric Guitar) Megan Henderson (fiddle) Nathon Jones (Dobro) and fellow Lewisman, James MacKenzie (pipes/whistles).

Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 12 July at 12 noon and 12 midnight and on Monday 14 July at 7.00pm.

Celtic Music Radio is NOW on 95FM

Celtic Music Radio is NOW on 95FM

Jul 1, 2014

Celtic Music Radio’s Festival of Music is now under way on 95FM.

The community radio station switched over to the FM waveband on Tuesday 1 July and its volunteers hope to boost its audience and further improve services.

On air since January 2008 on 1530AM/medium wave in the Glasgow area, Celtic Music Radio prides itself as a station with a mission to support new musical talent and to be a strong voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture.

The charitable status station currently has 75,000 listeners a month in the Glasgow area and thousands more in 180 countries worldwide via its internet stream.

“This switch to 95FM is a big deal for Celtic Music Radio, one of the biggest decisions we’ve taken since we launched six years ago,” said Ross Macfadyen, award-winning broadcaster and a director of the station. Our listening figures have been rising so the move to FM comes at a vital time for all of us.”

“Our programmes will be available to thousands more on 95FM so we hope what we offer will persuade people to tune in daily.

“By offering a wide-ranging festival of music round the clock, we hope to continue to appeal to our existing, loyal audience, to attract new listeners, and to bring in fresh streams of income from advertisers and sponsors to meet the increased costs we face.”

The station, run by around 30 volunteers, has a fund-raising campaign on the go as it has licence fees and increased running costs to pay because of the move to 95FM. Any income it generates, through advertising, listener donations, and special live gigs goes directly to paying these expenses.

“We’re making the move to FM to raise our profile and to give our listeners a better experience when they tune in,” said Ross. “We’ve set ourselves high standards and we’re confident people interested in the work of Celtic Music Radio will be prepared to be generous in their support.”

Presenters and station board directors Gordon Hotchkiss and Liz Clark were the first 95FM voices to be heard and the opening track played was Dougie MacLean’s Caledonia.

The service on 1530AM has now closed and the transmitter shut down and therefore listeners should tune to 95.0 FM.

Multi-award winning Scottish folk-rock band, Skerryvore (pictured below) also featured with tracks from a forthcoming album, which can be pre-ordered via the band website at www.skerryvore.com

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Celtic Music Radio launch on 95 FM on Tuesday 1st July

Celtic Music Radio launch on 95 FM on Tuesday 1st July

Jun 29, 2014

Celtic Music Radio will launch officially on 95.0 FM at 12 noon today, Tuesday 1st July when presenters Liz Clark and Gordon Hotchkiss will be in studio 1 with guests to celebrate broadcasting on the FM waveband across Glasgow.

Live in studio 1 will be band members of Skerryvore who will be telling listeners all about their forthcoming album and perhaps exclusively play a track or two from the album on high quality stereo 95 FM.

The station has a new positiong statement promising a ‘festival of music’ as it prepares to switch over from 1530 AM/medium wave to 95 FM transmission with a hope that the move to the waveband of choice will be a boost to its audience and further improve services as a result.

On air since January 2008 on 1530AM in the Glasgow area, Celtic Music Radio prides itself as a station with a mission to support new musical talent singers and songwriters and to be a strong voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture.

  • The service on 1530 kHz AM medium wave will cease on Tuesday 1st July. Listeners on 1530AM should switchover now to the FM waveband and tune to 95.0 FM to listen to Celtic Music Radio which is also available online via www.celticmusicradio.net by clicking Listen Live plus on all mobile apps.

Laura McGhee live in studio 1 on Stewart Fenwick Country

Laura McGhee live in studio 1 on Stewart Fenwick Country

Jun 29, 2014

On today’s (Sunday) Stewart Fenwick Country on Celtic Music Radio will be guest Laura McGhee.

Since Laura’s brave leap across the pond back in 2010, she has been touring all over America with artists such as John McEuen and Les Thompson (founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt band), John Carter Cash (son of country legend Johnny Cash and June Carter) and projects like the PBS hit TV show Christmas with the Celts and BBC Alba’s Rabbie & The Nashville Lassies as well as taking her solo act out on the road with the release of her latest EP “How Leaving Feels.”

The title track was written as part of a writing project at the Cash Cabin in an all female writing group.

Laura loved it so much she went on to record it with Crystal Gayle producer Mike Loudermilk.

Laura, who hails from Monifieth in the County of Angus, has been on a short homecoming acoustic tour this week, with a stripped down intimate performance of her own material.

Stewart Fenwick Country, Sunday 29 June 12 noon to 2.00pm and Catch Up anytime


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