Album of the Week

Album of the Week: Skerryvore with ‘Chasing The Sun’

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 27 September is from Skerryvore.  The album is inspired by sun-filled summers spent on the island of Tiree and was the...

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Concerts and Gig Guide

Inverclyde Scottish Folk & Roots Festival starts 5 October

Inverclyde’s second Scottish Folk & Roots Festival runs during the weekends from Sunday 5 October to Saturday 15 November.  Celtic Music Radio will be broadcasting live...

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Studio Guests

Live from the Paisley Spree 2014 from Friday October 10

Now in its third year, The Spree is Paisley’s annual celebration of arts and culture – and is now firmly established as a fixture on the Scottish festival map. Celtic Music...

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Outside Broadcasts

Inverclyde Folk & Roots Festival starts this Sunday, 5 October

The line-up for Inverclyde’s second Scottish Folk & Roots Festival has been confirmed with the 2014 festival running during the weekends from Sunday 5 October to Saturday 15...

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Inverclyde Scottish Folk & Roots Festival starts 5 October

Inverclyde Scottish Folk & Roots Festival starts 5 October

Sep 29, 2014

Inverclyde’s second Scottish Folk & Roots Festival runs during the weekends from Sunday 5 October to Saturday 15 November.  Celtic Music Radio will be broadcasting live from the event featuring the ‘The Session’ on Sunday 5 October from 3.00pm.

The festival opens with a spectacular concert that received a standing ovation from the sell-out Glasgow Royal Concert Hall audience during Celtic Connections 2014.

“Far, Far From Ypres” will be broadcast live on Celtic Music Radio 95FM and online and all mobile devices from 7.30pm on Sunday 5 October. 

It is the the story of an everyman Scot set in World War 1, brilliantly written and directed by Ian McCalman. The GreenockInverclyde2014a show features a cast of 25 folksingers, with BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson’s wonderful narration linking songs and stories about Jimmy MacDonald from “any village in Scotland”. This powerful show, telling of Jimmy’s recruitment, training, journey to the Somme, and return home, features songs of that era and contemporary songs about WW1. Cameo roles by Davy Nicol and Gordon McKenzie give an Inverclyde dimension to the story.

The festival is delighted to welcome back the spellbinding and evocative Celtic Connections’ evergreen Karen Matheson, recently seen by a worldwide TV audience of 1 billion people performing “Ae Fond Kiss” at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Karen was determined to return to that “wonderful, warm audience” at the Beacon for this year’s festival.

By popular request, two artists who played hugely entertaining sell-out shows last year return –  the high energy and great harmonies of the kings of folk’n’roll, Scocha, and the legendary Alastair McDonald, performing better than at any time in his long career. Tickets for both shows are guaranteed to sell fast again.

A coup for the Studio Theatre is Emily Smith, who has been part of the television Transatlantic Sessions on stage and on tour, as well as headlining her own Celtic Connections shows.

Great shows in The Studio Theatre continue with the Scottish folk music institution of Gaberlunzie; “Where Eagles Fly” soundtrack star Moira Kerr in a great double bill with our own Yvonne Lyon; and a new name to many – Amber Road, whose recent signing of a US recording deal was announced on STV. Catch them here before they embark on a US tour.

Inverclyde2014The increasingly critically acclaimed Yvonne Lyon leads the Inverclyde contingent. Music business legend Bob Harris is now counted amongst her fans, calling her live performance on his radio show “just stunning”.  Yvonne is also a former Celtic Music Radio presenter.

Songwriters John Morgan and Martin Jones, who played in last year’s folk-in-the-round, have the opportunity to showcase their talents to larger audiences by supporting Karen Matheson and Alastair McDonald respectively.

Scocha insisted on The Wherries supporting them again this year at what will be the liveliest concert of the festival, while Lynnie Carson brings her great voice and songwriting skills to complement Emily Smith.

Dave Mac will make an interesting pairing with Amber Road bringing something of an indie folk feel to festival performances. Dave’s list of support credits include Pete Doherty, Chris Helme, Tom Hingley and Nick Harper.

The Session is a new feature, open to new-to-the-festival acoustic performers, subject to programme capacity. Registration details are available in the festival programme – available at The Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay,  Greenock PA15 1HJ or at “Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk & Roots Festival” on Facebook.

The Session will be broadcast live by Celtic Music Radio 95 FM and online from 3.00pm on Sunday 5 October introduced by Ross Macfadyen, Liz Clark and Alex Jenkins. 

A support slot to Gaberlunzie at the final concert of the festival will also be up for grabs.

Festival organiser Neil Lochiel said: “With reduced funding this year, ticket prices couldn’t quite be maintained at last year’s level but, with such a great line-up across the generations, it remains a great value for money event”.

Holiday Monday Concert: Hazy Recollections

Holiday Monday Concert: Hazy Recollections

Sep 29, 2014

Today, Monday 29 September, there is a  special September Weekend Holiday Monday Concert at 4.00pm when Findlay Napier introduces Hazy Recollections from Celtic Connections 2014. 

This year’s last Hazy features ex-Endor members David McGinty and Richard Ferguson, jointly known as Fake Major.

Blue Rose Code – aka Ross Wilson – displays the captivating song-craft, with its echoes of Van Morrison and John Martyn, that he’s dubbed “Caledonian soul”.

Taking a well-earned turn in the final teatime slot, Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers roll out including a few new gems from Napier’s prolific pen. First broadcast.

Hazy Recollections at Celtic Connections 2014, Monday 29 September 4.00-6.00pm.

2nd Inverclyde Folk & Roots Festival preview

2nd Inverclyde Folk & Roots Festival preview

Sep 27, 2014

On Sunday 28 September at 6.00pm, there is a special programme on the second Inverclyde Scottish Folk & Roots Festival which includes a chat with Inverclyde Folk & Roots festival organiser Neil Lochiel and playing tracks from artists playing the festival.

The second hour of the programme has interviews with Iain Anderson and singer, musician, writer and performance director Ian McCalman about the Far, Far From Ypres project.

The Inverclyde festival opens with a spectacular concert that received a standing ovation from the sell-out Glasgow Royal Concert Hall audience during Celtic Connections 2014. Inverclyde2014

“Far, Far From Ypres” is the story of an everyman Scot set in World War 1, brilliantly written and directed by Ian McCalman.

The Greenock show features a cast of 25 folksingers, with BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson’s wonderful narration linking songs and stories about Jimmy MacDonald, from “any village in Scotland”. This powerful show, telling of Jimmy’s recruitment, training, journey to the Somme, and return home, features songs of that era and contemporary songs about WW1.  Cameo roles by Davy Nicol and Gordon McKenzie give an Inverclyde dimension to the story.

The Inverclyde Folk & Roots Festival 2014 takes place at the Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock PA15 1EQ from Sunday 5 October 2014.  More information online here.

Festival Preview Programme with Ross Macfadyen, Sunday 28 September, 6.00-8.00pm.

Album of the Week: Skerryvore with ‘Chasing The Sun’

Album of the Week: Skerryvore with ‘Chasing The Sun’

Sep 27, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 27 September is from Skerryvore.  The album is inspired by sun-filled summers spent on the island of Tiree and was the springboard  for the band forming, ‘Chasing The Sun’ is the fifth and arguably most mature sounding Skerryvore album.

Ross Macfadyen talks to Skerryvore band member Craig Espie about their music and the newly released album Chasing The Sun.

Skerryvore first formed on the tiny Isle of Tiree off Scotland’s west coast in 2005. Back then, the band consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion) who bonded with holidaymaker Fraser West (drums & vocals) and friend Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar) over a shared love of music: everything from traditional to rock and iazz.

Scottish-TOURIt was this mix of musical styles and sounds that set the path for the band’s 2005 debut album, ‘West Coast Life.’ The more the fledgling band experimented with fusing together this mix of musical styles, the more their signature sound evolved, aided by the arrival of Barry Caulfield (bass & vocals) and Craig Espie (fiddle) in time for their second album, ‘On The Road’, in 2007.

But it was with the release of self-titled third album, ‘Skerryvore’, that the band found themselves catapulted into the musical limelight winning a string of prestigious awards, including SNMA Record of the Year 2011 and STMA Live Act of the Year 2011, and garnering much critical acclaim.

In June 2012 the band released what is undeniably their most polished and radio-ready album to date. ‘World of Chances’ weaves together the band’s spine-tingling musical talents with the award winning songwriting abilities of frontman Alec Dalglish (Frankie Miller Songwriter of the Year 2011).

When not touring the different corners of the globe, the band, now with bassman Colin Cunningham, can still be found performing relentlessly, contributing to projects by Live Music Now (LMN), The Royal Blind School, Artlink Central and HMP Cornton Vale as well as special needs schools throughout the UK. They also feature in a current VisitScotland TV commercial aimed at international audiences.

Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 27 September 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 29 September 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.


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