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Wendy MacIsaac – Off the Floor

This week’s Album of the Week is Off the Floor from Wendy MacIsaac Wendy MacIsaac is a fiddler/piano player/stepdancer from Creignish, Cape Breton, Canada. Wendy has been...

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Richard Young on Ceol’s Craic

Ceol’s Craic this Monday from 6pm features a session from Richard Young. Honorary Scotsman Richard Youngs has been involved in music his whole life. Initially discovering the...

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Stewart talks to Jim Ed Brown

On this week’s Celtic Contry, Stewart Fenwick talks with country legend Jim Ed Brown about his induction into the Country Hall of Fame. Over the past four decades, Jim Ed...

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Stewart Fenwick Celtic Country Sunday 22nd March 12- 2pm

    Stewart Fenwick Celtic Country Sunday 22 March 12- 2pm On this week’s programme, Saturday 22 March 12 – 2pm  Stewart speaks with Jade Jack, a young Texan...

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Stewart talks to Jim Ed Brown

Stewart talks to Jim Ed Brown

Mar 26, 2015

On this week’s Celtic Contry, Stewart Fenwick talks with country legend Jim Ed Brown about his induction into the Country Hall of Fame.
Over the past four decades, Jim Ed Brown has firmly established himself in the minds of Country Music Fans as a masterful presence in every aspect of the Country Music Industry Field. Born in 1934, the Native of Sparkman, Arkansas was one of five children (two boys and three girls) of a struggling lumberman and his wife. Some of his earliest memories are of close family times, when all of the members of the houshold would gather on Saturday nights to listen to the Grand Ole Opry on a battery powered radio. Jim Ed and his older sister, Maxine, were fascinated by what they heard and soon began harmonizing together. A few years later, Jim Ed and Maxine began to perform occasionally on the local radio shows.By Jim Ed’s second year in college, he and Maxine were regular members of the ‘Barnyard Frolic’ on KRLA in Little Rock, and together, they penned what was to become their first hit record, ‘Looking Back To See’.

Released on a small label in 1954, ‘Looking Back To See’ provided the necessary momentum to bring the pair to national attention. They became members of the Louisiana Hayride, and went on to join Red Foley as featured regulars on the Ozark Jubilee in 1955.

Later that year, younger sister Bonnie joined them as ‘The Browns’, and they scored immediate top-10 hit, ‘Here Today and Gone Tomorrow.’ The group signed with RCA Victor in 1956, and two number-one releases followed in quick succession, ‘I Take the Chance’ and ‘I Heard the Bluebird Sing.’

 jimedbrown_profileJim Ed’s career took a vastly different turn when he was called to a two year stint in the service. After his discharge, he rejoined his sisters to record the song which would leave the indelible mark on musical history, ‘The Three Bells.’Released in 1959, ‘The Three Bells’ sold over a million copies and created a sensation as the first number one country song ever to cross over to number one on the pop and rhythm & blues charts as well. After a two year break, the Browns were not only back, but they were more in demand than ever. Other classic hits including, ‘The Old Lamplighter’ and ‘Scarlet RIbbons’ soon followed, and in 1962, the trio joined the Grand Ole Opry.

By the mid 1960’s, however, the rigors of combining busy careers with caring for their growing families brought both Bonnie and Maxine to the decision to permanently retire from the group. Jim Ed was left to carry on alone, and in 1966, he scored his first solo success with, ‘Pop-A-Top Again.’ Through the 60’s and 70’s, he continued to grow as a star in his own right with more hit singles including, ‘Southern Loving,’ ‘Sometime Sunshine,’ and memorable ‘Morning.’

A six-season run as co-host of the syndicated weekly television series, ‘Nashville On The Road’ began in 1975, further enhancing Jim Ed’s career and leading to his being selected as a national spokesperson for Dollar General Stores.

Then in 1976, he teamed up with Helen Cornelius to form one of the most successful recording duos of all time. With smash releases like, ‘Don’t Bother to Knock’ and ‘Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye.’ Jim Ed and Helen also set an industry record when ‘Lying in Love With You’ made the largest single Country chart leap in history, vaulting from 0 to 19.

In 1983, Jim Ed started working with TNN, the Nashville Network. ‘You Can Be A Star’ for six years, and he co-hosted a show with his wife, Becky, ‘Going Our Way.’ Jim Ed still remains with the Grand Ole Opry where he is an audience favorite. Jim Ed still performs around 30 shows per year on the Opry, as well as performing a number of shows on the road. In addition to his radio and television committments, Jim Ed continues to tour throughout the nation where he presents his down-to-earth brand of family entertainment to an ever growing legion of fans.

If there is one word best suited to describe Jim Ed Brown, it is veratile. As a dynamic component in duets and a trio, as a solo recording artist, and as a popular television host, in the course of his professional lifetime, he has filled role after role with shining success. The last career of this balladeer from Arkansas can easily be likened to a well-cut gem, with its facets reflecting light on many different planes, yet collectively achieving the warm, enduring brilliance of an unforgettable star, a TRUE LEGEND…

Wendy MacIsaac – Off the Floor

Wendy MacIsaac – Off the Floor

Mar 26, 2015

This week’s Album of the Week is Off the Floor from Wendy MacIsaac

Wendy MacIsaac is a fiddler/piano player/stepdancer from Creignish, Cape Breton, Canada. Wendy has been touring all over the world for the last ten years with Mary Jane Lamond, Ashley MacIsaac, Beolach and as a solo performer.

She has performed in Italy, Brazil, the UK, Ireland, Iceland, Eastern Europe and all over North America. Wendy’s recordings include ‘The Reel Thing’ (1994), ‘That’s What You Get’ (1996) and her latest album ‘Timeline’ (2003). Beolach has recorded a self-titled album (2001), and Wendy is featured prominently on the recordings of Mary Jane Lamond.

Wendy began performing at age 5 as a stepdancer. At age 12, she began fiddle lessons with Stan Chapman. By age fifteen, Wendy was playing dances all over Cape Breton island and forming the sound that makes her so recognizable today. She soon began travelling further, to Boston, Detroit, and Toronto, to play for the popular Cape Breton dances in those areas.

At this time, Wendy also developed a strong reputation as a piano player and has accompanied just about all of the Cape Breton fiddlers of her generation.

Wendy-MacIsaac-off-the-floorIn 1995 she began touring with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and has made the road her second home ever since. Wendy has performed with the Chieftains, Capercaillie and Buddy MacMaster, to name a few. Her skills as a teacher are also in high demand at festivals worldwide, whether for fiddle, piano, or stepdancing; she is always happy to share her music and experience with others.

As manager and member of the five piece instrumental group Beolach, Wendy is able to take the traditional music of Cape Breton to the rest of the world with a larger format and a youthful energy. While Wendy MacIsaac may draw inspiration from her past; her future looks brighter than ever.

Travels With My Auntie Liz Tuesday 24th March 8-10pm

Travels With My Auntie Liz Tuesday 24th March 8-10pm

Mar 24, 2015

Tonight’s Travel With My Auntie Liz Is bringing some interviews and music from two magnificent events- Falkirk Music Pot Project Concerts Wednesday 25 March and Monday 31. In Falkirk Town Hall

The Falkirk Music Pot, performed by some of the area’s most talented musicians and created and directed by acclaimed Falkirk musician Brian McNeill, will premiere at Falkirk Town Hall on Wednesday 25 March 2015. This will be the first of two concerts highlighting the year-long programme of work funded by Falkirk’s Creative Place Award 2014 and produced by Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council.

Since March 2014, Brian, who writes, performs and teaches traditional music worldwide and founded The Battlefield Band, has been working with musicians and community groups from the area to create this exceptional programme of music. They include: Sing Forth Community Choir, Falkirk Fiddle Workshop, Falkirk Traditional Music Project, Falkirk’s School Ensembles.

The programme will include The Kelpie Suite – six linked pieces of music written by Brian specifically for the project, for orchestra, choir, traditional music groups and soloists. It was first performed at the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay at The Helix last June.  New music has also been commissioned in partnership with David Scott at the University of West of Scotland. Some of this new music and a full performance of The Kelpie Suite will be premièred during the concert, showcasing the abundance of musical talent in the area. There will also be performances by local songwriters and musicians, including Sylvia Barnes, Willy Thomson, and Andy McKean.

The music will be released as a double CD at the end of March on Greentrax Records, Scotland’s premier traditional music label. Brian has worked closely with staff and students at Forth Valley College to record the CD as part of their course work, both in the studio and on location.

The project takes its name from the Falkirk Pot, an iron three-legged cooking pot produced by the Carron Ironworks and Falkirk Foundry in the 1800s and exported to Africa and elsewhere around the world. It brings together Falkirk’s international cultural strands and draws parallels between cultural exchanges and the sharing of songs, music and stories that historically marked the end of the Falkirk Trysts, the town’s cattle markets, in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In 2014, as part of this cultural exchange, Brian and his wife Jacqueline visited Bandawe Girls’ Secondary School in Malawi. The school has an ongoing partnership with Falkirk High – Brian’s old school – and they recorded the pupils singing, which will form part of the concerts and the CD. A bonus of the trip was that they found three of the highly prized cooking pots – one of which is still in use today.

Brian McNeill said:

“It has been a long held dream of mine to give Falkirk’s music, of many different genres, the prominence it deserves. As a Falkirk bairn who has spent most of his working life away from the town, it has been an absolute pleasure to come back and find the place bursting with talent. I am delighted to have been able to realise my dream and spend a year bringing together so many different musical strands towards the concerts and the lasting legacy of a double CD. It’s been a pleasure to be involved and the people of Falkirk can be justly proud of what is happening here”.

The Falkirk Music Pot is one of three projects funded by Falkirk’s 2014 Creative Place Award.



Richard Young on Ceol’s Craic

Richard Young on Ceol’s Craic

Mar 22, 2015

Ceol’s Craic this Monday from 6pm features a session from Richard Young.

Honorary Scotsman Richard Youngs has been involved in music his whole life. Initially discovering the power of the art form by thumping the family piano as an angry four year old, in the intervening 44 years he has harnessed the same experimental, naive, playful power for all his 135 releases. Seamlessly shifting through musical genres  he has invented the ‘no genre’ genre in the process. Richard Young

For this session he will perform an extended acoustic song called ‘Parallel Winter’.

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