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Album of the Week: ‘Harponium’ by Catriona McKay

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing 23 August is a collection of Catriona McKay’s newly composed music in an album title ‘Harponium’ which...

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Concerts and Gig Guide

Hotchpotch series on WW1 songs – this week: Scotland

Celtic Music Radio is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in song. Presenter Gordon Hotchkiss has started a six-part series of inserts on songs...

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Tributes to Jean Redpath with Liz Clark

There will be tributes on Celtic Music Radio for singer Jean Redpath who died at the age of 77 on Thursday 21 August in a hospice in Arizona, USA.  The Edinburgh-born singer,...

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Tributes to Jean Redpath with Liz Clark

Tributes to Jean Redpath with Liz Clark

Aug 26, 2014

There will be tributes on Celtic Music Radio for singer Jean Redpath who died at the age of 77 on Thursday 21 August in a hospice in Arizona, USA.  The Edinburgh-born singer, who grew-up in Fife, died after losing her battle with cancer. 
On Liz Clark’s Travel’s with my Aunt programme from 8.00pm on Tuesday 26 August, Liz will pay tribute to Jean Redpath.  Liz comments: “Jean was a lovely lady who I had the great privilege to meet on a number of occasions throughout the years, and she did more than most to promote Scottish music – especially Burns in the USA as well as here in Scotland.  It is great that we can still have her music with us.”
Liz will also be doing a tribute for fiddler Buddy MacMasters (pictured below) who died Wednesday evening, 20 August, at his home in Judique, N.S., just two months short of his 90th birthday, leaving behind a wife, Marie and two children, Allan and Mary.  He had stopped playing the fiddle in recent years as age and creeping infirmity ate away at his abilities, but his good humour remained, as will his legacy.buddy macmasterNatalie MacMaster, his niece, a world-renowned fiddler who emulates her uncle’s style commented: “Buddy put Cape Breton fiddle music on the map.”  Natalie remembers those long ago nights in Glencoe Mills, Nova Scotia. She was a child and when her uncle would hold court Thursday nights at Glencoe Mills the joint got hopping.
Before Liz’s programme, Sandy Semeonoff on his Planet Waves will also pay tribute to Jean Redpath and will include Jean singing Tae the Weavers from “First Flight” album and also The Birks of Aberfeldy from “The Scottish Fiddle: The Music & the Songs” 
Sandy will also feature Buddy MacMaster with the Father John Angus Rankin Set with pianist Hilda Chasson from “The Judique Flyer” CD.
Sandy Semeonoff, Planet Waves, Tuesday 7.00pm; Liz Clark, Travels with my Aunt 8.00pm, Tuesday 26 August and Catch Up anytime. Repeat Wednesday 27 August 12noon and 1.00pm.

Laura-Beth Salter guests on Ceòl ’s Craic, Monday 6.00pm

Laura-Beth Salter guests on Ceòl ’s Craic, Monday 6.00pm

Aug 24, 2014

We’re very excited to have singer and mandolin player, Laura-Beth Salter, as guest musician on the Ceòl ’s Craic show this week on Monday 25 August at 6.00pm writes Ishbel Murray.

Now based in Glasgow, Laura-Beth originally hails from Lincolnshire. Her background is in the Blues, Oldtime and Bluegrass music that her parents play, but after studying the Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene, being a founder member of The Shee and performing with bands such as The MacLean Project (Dougie MacLean’s big band) and Shooglenifty.

Laura-Beth’s New Voices commission of songs and instrumentals for Celtic Connections 2012 earned her a nomination for the MG Alba Scots Trad Award ‘Composer of the Year’ and was where the majority of the tracks on her debut album ‘Breathe’ originated.

Ceòl ’s Craic with Ishbel Murray, Monday 25 August, 6.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

laura bethTha sinn a’ gabhail fiughar mhòr ri failte a chur air an t-seinneadair agus cluicheadair mandolin Laura-Beth Salter gu program rèidio Cheòl ’s Craic na seachdain sa.

Ged is ann à Siorrachd Lincoln a tha Laura-Beth tha i a-nis stèidhte ann an Glaschu.

’S e an ceòl Blues, Ragtime agus Bluegrass a chuala i a pàrantan a’ cluich nuair a bha i òg a thug buaidh oirre an toiseach ach as deidh dhi a bhith na h-oileanach air cùrsa ceum Ceòl Traidiseanta chaidh i an sàs ann an ceòl dùthchas.

Mar aon dhen luchd-ciùil a chur air chois an còmhlan ‘The Shee’ bha i a’ cluich a le còmhlain a leithid ‘The Maclean Project’, (còmhlan mòr Dougie Maclean) agus Shooglenifty.

Thàinig a’ mhòr chuid dhen cheòl bhon chiad chlàr aice, ‘Breathe’, bhon chruthachadh de cheòl a rinn i airson Celtic Connections ann an 2012 agus tron obair seo chaidh na sgilean sònraichte aice mar neach-ciùil aithneachadh le duais MG Alba airson Cumadair- ciùil na Bliadhna.

Hotchpotch series on WW1 songs – this week: Scotland

Hotchpotch series on WW1 songs – this week: Scotland

Aug 23, 2014

Celtic Music Radio is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in song.

Presenter Gordon Hotchkiss has started a six-part series of inserts on songs about the War in his weekly “Hotchkiss Hotchpotch” programme on Celtic Music Radio 95 FM at 7.00pm Wednesdays with a repeat the following day, Thursdays at 12noon. 

This week, Wednesday 27 August, Gordon will be featuring the role Scotland played in the Great War.

The Great War was one of the most awesome, bitter and ultimately destructive conflicts in Scottish history. It virtually wiped out a generation of young men from all over the country.

scots recruiting poster - wed 27 aug bIn many battles throughout the war Scots soldiers went over the top to the skirl of the bagpipes.

The pipers were virtually unarmed and of the 2,500 who served throughout the war almost a half were killed or wounded.

Only two Pipers received VC’s out of the 638 VC’s awarded to British and Commonwealth troops during the war.

A total of 147,609 Scots lost their lives in the four-year-long conflict between 1914 and 1918.

Themortality rate in the war for Scottish troops was over twice that of the rest of the British Army – a horrendous 26.4% compared to 11.8%.

In fact, Scotland suffered the third highest percentage casualty rate of all the counties who fought in the war, only Turkey and Serbia had higher percentage casualty rates.

These statistics fail to grasp the impact the war had on Scotland but it is shown in different aspects in a scots - burns recruting poster - wed 27 auglegacy of both Traditional and Contemporary songs, music and poetry which will be featured in the programme.

Next week, the fifth programme of the series on Wednesday 3 September examines major battles and opposition to the war including revolution in Russia.

The final programme of the series is on Wednesday 10 September.  This edition will be concentrating on some of the songs sung by the troops and the end of the war.

Join Gordon Hotchkiss across Glasgow on 95 FM on Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm repeated Thursdays 12 noon and Catch Up anytime.

Album of the Week: ‘Harponium’ by Catriona McKay

Album of the Week: ‘Harponium’ by Catriona McKay

Aug 23, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing 23 August is a collection of Catriona McKay’s newly composed music in an album title ‘Harponium’ which highlights her prowess as both harper and composer.

Melody driven with Catriona’s signature harmonic and rhythm harp style, Harponium combines both the strength and delicacy of her harp with bold, warm, characterful harmonium.

catriona-mckayReviewer, Rob Adams in The Glasgow Herald commented: “Harper Catriona McKay is a musical free spirit who can tackle wholly improvised works and has the ability to take traditional music out to the edge without sacrificing traditional forms and techniques at the altar of experimentation.

Indeed, it is the easy intermingling of her fearless adventures with her folk roots that makes Harponium such an enriching, rewarding and uplifting listening experience.

Essentially, as its name suggests, a blending of Scottish harp and harmonium, both played by McKay herself, into one new instrument, this is a triumph of brilliant musicality, joyous expression, daring harmonic shifts and moving melodicism.”  

Catriona McKay’s Harponium album is available to buy now from coda music


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