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Album of the Week: Ewan McLennan ‘Stories Still Untold’

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 20 September is the new CD from Ewan McLennan called ‘Stories Still Untold’. Celtic Music Radio’s Ross...

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Brendan Monaghan talks to Mary K. Burke on Sunday night

Brendan Monaghan, the Irish singer songwriter will be a guest on the Mary K. Burke Show on Sunday night, 21 September from 8.00pm. Brendan performs his material at home and in many...

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Album of the Week: Ewan McLennan ‘Stories Still Untold’

Album of the Week: Ewan McLennan ‘Stories Still Untold’

Sep 20, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 20 September is the new CD from Ewan McLennan called ‘Stories Still Untold’.

Celtic Music Radio’s Ross Macfadyen talks to Ewan McLennan about his music and his new album.

Writing on his website, Ewan says: “I thought that with the release of my latest album, it was worth writing a few words on the songs and the recording process that went into it.

Probably more than either of the two previous albums I’ve released this one – the 3rd, ‘Stories Still Untold’ – came together gradually over quite a stretch of time. Some of the songs that have ended up on it are favourites of mine I’ve been singing for years, tweaked or even overhauled for this. Some of them are traditional songs that I’ve long loved but have never dared sing before. And some of them are songs I’ve written or dug-up and arranged over the last couple of years.

ewan cdThis time around, I went with a quite different approach from the last two albums. In the case of the last two albums I’d worked away on an album-length set of songs until I felt they were ready to record. This time around I came to the recording process with a whole bunch of songs, probably twenty or so (self-penned and traditional), and then decided at the end which ones were best and which ones worked best together. I’ve felt this gave me a bit more room for maneuver. It gave what I did a bit more freedom, a bit more flow and I’ve been able to distil the album down only to songs that really worked.

The recording process itself also happened slightly differently from before. Although still on Fellside Records, this new album wasn’t recorded at their studio as before but instead at the studio of renowned folky producer and musician Mattie Foulds in Scotland. I worked with Mattie for a couple of weeks putting the whole thing together and had a really good time doing it.

Once again I had the priviledge to work with an incredible bunch of musicians, although all different this time around. Beth Porter is playing cello, Lauren MacColl viola, Inge Thomson accordion, Ross Ainslie whistle and Siobhan Miller harmonies. Having all these people contribute to the album gave it a really nice breadth in terms of the instrumentation, although it’s scattered quite sparsley throughout.”

Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue.

From a BBC Horizon Award for his debut album to his recent performances on the acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions, recent years have been marked by numerous awards and accolades for his music.

Ewan McLennan’s new album, ‘Stories Still Untold’, is already attracting critical acclaim and is sure to further cement him as “one of the bright lights on the folk scene today.”

Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 20 September 12 noon, 12 midnight and Monday 22 September 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Brendan Monaghan talks to Mary K. Burke on Sunday night

Brendan Monaghan talks to Mary K. Burke on Sunday night

Sep 19, 2014

Brendan Monaghan, the Irish singer songwriter will be a guest on the Mary K. Burke Show on Sunday night, 21 September from 8.00pm.

Brendan performs his material at home and in many different countries around the world and has has shared the same bill as many top international artists and has written material for several recording artists.

He has released five albums “Precious Time”, “No More Words”, “Look no Further”, “Flicker of Hope” and “Never too late to come home” and are all released on Brambus Records.

Brendan Monaghan supported Nanci Griffith at the 2012 Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.  In May 2013, his song “T’was only a Lie“ reached number one in the International Celtic Music Charts .

He has received very enthusiastic reviews for his music as he continues to progress in his art form. In 2014 Monaghan releases a retrospective album called  “Lovers always Win.”

Mary K. Burke Show, Sunday 21 September, 8.00-10.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Gordon reviews the Referendum Result

Gordon reviews the Referendum Result

Sep 19, 2014

Gordon Hotchkiss will review today’s Scottish Referendum on Independence result in music and song on Homeward Bound today, Friday 19 September from 3.00pm.

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters rejected independence.  With the results in from all 32 local authority council areas, the “No” vote won with 55% that is 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for “Yes” (45%).  The electorate turnout was 84.5%.

It was with the result from Fife area council at 6.08am, Scotland confirmed the “No” to independence.

Glasgow, Scotland’s largest local authority council area and the third largest city in Britain and where Celtic Music Radio is based, voted in favour of independence by 194,779 to 169,347, with Dundee, West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire council areas also voting “Yes”.

  • Alex Salmond is to step down as First Minister of Scotland after voters decisively rejected independence.  The announcement was made at a press conference in Edinburgh on Friday afternoon, 19 September 2014. Mr Salmond said he would resign as SNP leader at the party’s conference in November 2014, and then stand down as first minister when the party elected its next leader following a ballot of members.

Special on the historic relationship with England

Special on the historic relationship with England

Sep 17, 2014

Thursday 18th September, is of course the Referendum on the futuresaltire of Scotland.union jack

Throughout the years, Scotland has had a complex relationship with England and later United Kingdom Governments.

Gordon Hotchkiss as part of his Hotch Potch programme will consider this historic relationship in song.

Amongst other topics covered will be the Wars of Independence in the 13th and 14th centuries, cross border raiding, Flodden, the Covenanters, the Darien Scheme, the Act of Union in 1707, the Jacobites, Radicalism, the 1820 Rising, North Britons, Socialist Agitation and the more recent awareness of Scottish Identity and Culture.

Hotchkiss Hotchpotch with Gordon Hotchkiss special on the historic relationship with England, Wednesday 17 September, 7.00-10.00pm; repeated Thursday 18 September 12 noon – 3.00pm and Catch Up anytime.


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