Album of the Week

Lauren Dalgleish – Red Brick Road

This week’s album of the week is ‘Red Brick Road’ by Lauren Dalgleish As hinted at by the album’s title, American author L. Frank Baum also makes an appearance via the...

Read More

Concerts and Gig Guide

Ags Connolly – Star Folk Club – 14 April 2015

AGS CONNOLLY, Star Folk Club, The Admiral Bar, Glasgow, April 14, 2015. While I may be struggling to get my head around exactly what Dale Watson’s ‘Ameripolitan’ movement is...

Read More

Studio guests

Ceòl ‘s Craic Monday 13 April 6pm

Bidh Ceòl ’s Craic www.ceolscraic.org a’ cumail seisean ciùil le Alasdair Roberts Diluain 13 Giblean eadar 6 is 7f air Celtic Music Radio. Ann an 2012 chlàr Alasdair agus an...

Read More

Outside broadcasts

Perthshire Amber 2015

Perthshire Amber Festival 2015 announces their line-up The festival base of operations in the tiny village of Butterstone in Perthshire will have its broadband buzzing and phone...

Read More

Recent Posts

Ags Connolly – Star Folk Club – 14 April 2015

Ags Connolly – Star Folk Club – 14 April 2015

Apr 17, 2015

AGS CONNOLLY, Star Folk Club, The Admiral Bar, Glasgow, April 14, 2015.

While I may be struggling to get my head around exactly what Dale Watson’s ‘Ameripolitan’ movement is – one that Ags Connolly readily supports – it was dead easy to open my mind to enjoy Ags’ blissful, melancholic songs at this absorbing gig.

Country music by the man from Oxfordshire is respectfully observed but his drawled lyrics and tone meant everything   throughout the show sounded fresh, revitalized and in no small measure stirring.

It helps when you’ve got a bundle of strong, evocative songs – and Ags has, by the flatbed truckload as his current album, How About Now emphasises. A Good Memory For Pain swung things in the “great opener” direction, setting the tone for a set that wandered seamlessly through timeless true country territory highways and by-ways with the likes of Johnny Paycheck looking in, admiringly. She Doesn’t Need Anyone Anymore is one of my favourites from the album and here it was swooning and gorgeous with a real Merle Haggard growling flow.

One of Ags’ oldest creations, Trusty Companion has a terrific tempo and stomp while Get Out Of My Mind, the song that took him the longest to write, got an outing that was heartfelt as Ags caressed the lyrics with all the tenderness he could muster in his adopted vocal American twang.

On I Saw James Hand, about one of the artiste’s idols, Ags sings: “I didn’t know I was country and that made up mind // when I saw James Hand in London first time.” It’s a great homage with Ags singing about getting the T-shirt of his hero and all. On That’s The Last Time, the vocals were cracked and warm and, of course, the perky history lesson album opener, When Country Was Proud, re-inforces Ags’ whole outlook on music and life.

Listening to him live, you’ve got to remember that How About Now is, remarkably, his debut album, now widely acclaimed. Based on it and the impressive quality of this sparkling live show, the future on that dusty country road he looks down so fondly is filled with endless musical possibilities.

 Mike Ritchie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perthshire Amber 2015

Perthshire Amber 2015

Apr 14, 2015

Perthshire Amber Festival 2015 announces their line-up

The festival base of operations in the tiny village of Butterstone in Perthshire will have its broadband buzzing and phone lines overloaded at 4pm (UK time) today when fans from all over the world compete for sought after ‘package deals’ and tickets for favourite venues.  Scotland’s “wee gem of a festival” is back for 2015 with a sparkling line-up of brilliant music.  Headliners include ‘home grown’ talent Dallahan, Emily Smith, Rura, Ross Ainslie, Blazin’ Fiddles, Karine Polwart, Benny Gallagher and The Wrigley Sisters all playing alongside Dougie MacLean, festival founder and the singer songwriter who gave us Scotland’s unofficial anthem Caledonia.  The festival begins on 30 October and runs for ten days until the 8 November, bringing song, music and fantastic tunes to stunning autumnal Perthshire.

The well-loved festival features 25 venues throughout the region including historic castles, the stunning Dunkeld Cathedral, cosy village halls, the ancient Ironage Crannog on Loch Tay and the prestigious Perth Concert Hall.  The Barn at Inchyra is a new venue for 2015, which is a wonderfully atmospheric venue dating from 1877 and formerly home to the cattle from the Inchyra Estate.  It fell into ruin only to be beautifully restored over the past couple of years and festival organisers are delighted to add The Barn at Inchyra to the host of quirky and fascinating venues used during the festival.

The festival has always had a strong representation of ‘rest of UK’ and international talent and this year is no different Bella Hardy, Elliott Morris and Jess Morgan hailing from different parts of England The Mae Trio from Australia; Jessie Will from New Zealand, Stanley Samuelson from the Faroe Islands will all travel to Scotland for the festival as well as the welcome return of Buddy MacDonald from Nova Scotia, Canada.

Dougie MacLean, Co-founder and Musical Director of the Festival comments:

It was such a busy year in 2014 with the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, my collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and celebrating 40 years as a touring musician and were keen to build on that success for 2015.  I am delighted with the line-up for this years festival, it offers a great mix of exciting new talent with traditional folk and well-known names.  Though I’m looking forward to the summer I always love that time when the leaves start to turn – its my favourite time of year and Perthshire always looks stunning in the autumn. Somehow we’ve managed to do it every year and once again I have that feeling that 2015 will be the best Perthshire Amber yet!

Last year the festival broke records by bringing over 10,000 visitors to Perthshire and an economic impact of well over £1 million which festival organisers are keen to extend that this year.  With the help of Dougie MacLean’s international profile, visitors from 26 different countries were drawn to the festival in 2014 along with music fans from all over the UK, which all adds to the exciting festival atmosphere.

The fringe programme ‘Amber Discoveries’ will continue to support and promote new music and up-and-coming talent through the Open Mic afternoons and early evening Cabaret Amber, which are both free admission.  The ever-popular Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession will return to the streets of Dunkeld to mark the first Sunday of the festival processing to the historic Stanley Hill where a Clanranald Medieval Village will somehow sit comfortably alongside a visit form the Antonine Guard!…all amid an afternoon of great music and some crazy games that all the family can enjoy! As usual throughout the 10 days there will be guided walks, talks and demonstrations, which will be announced later in the year.  Along with the return of the ‘always sold out’ SongBus the festival is introducing in 2015 new ‘Morning Minibus Trips’ taking visitors to explore special parts of Perthshire, which are off the tourist trail to give them a real flavour of Perthshire’s undiscovered hidden gems.

 

Perthshire Amber Festival – 30 October – 8 November 2015

Tickets on sale from 4pm (UK time) on Tuesday 14 April

www.perthshireamber.com to find out more and book tickets

or call the box office on 00 44 (0)1350 724 281

Follow us: www.twitter.com/perthshireamber

Join us: https://www.facebook.com/Perthshire-Amber-The-Dougie-MacLean-Festival/

perthshire amber logo 2

Lauren Dalgleish – Red Brick Road

Lauren Dalgleish – Red Brick Road

Apr 11, 2015

This week’s album of the week is ‘Red Brick Road’ by Lauren Dalgleish

As hinted at by the album’s title, American author L. Frank Baum also makes an appearance via the influence of his book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – threaded throughout the ten track album are songs that act, in effect, as a soundtrack to a forthcoming book and animated featured both entitled Red Brick Road.

The story is set in an earlier period in the history of Oz and tells the tale of Queen Jennifer of Secerno, her plight, and why she had to send her baby daughter Dorothy in a twister to Kansas…

Scottish singer songwriter Lauren Dalgleish has already garnered some deserved attention with a winning song (Queen of Oz) at the UK Songwriting Festival in association with Burnsong. On release of her debut album Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 Music show featured the ‘Celtic’ flavoured ‘Apparently’, Sell out shows at festivals have brought glowing reviews:

Big Burns Supper

“It was a superb gig – one of those evenings where you tuck away the experience in order to be able to say in 20 years time that you saw her when she was still at school – honestly, if you weren’t there, you have no way of appreciating just how good this was”

Ross Muir

But as anyone who has seen Lauren Dalgleish perform live can testify, what grabs the attention first and foremost is her voice and a vocal intelligence that belies her teenage years.

The songs from Red Brick Road are the the perfect foil to the voice of Lauren Dalgleish, every song stands strong and each brings out a new musical or vocal facet of Lauren Dalgleish.

The ethereal vocal and acoustic guitar instrumental ‘Tornado’ closes out the album.

Taking its musical lead from the arrangement given to ‘Ae Fond Kiss,’ the tune plays the part of the twister that blew Dorothy all the way to Kansas.

Back in the land of Oz however Dorothy followed the Yellow Brick Road, as did Judy Garland in her guise as Dorothy in the classic film musical; Elton John would later sing Goodbye to it with a classic of his own.

Lauren Dalgleish has taken a different coloured road, but it’s a path that will hopefully lead to a lengthy and recognised music career.

Ceòl ‘s Craic Monday 13 April 6pm

Ceòl ‘s Craic Monday 13 April 6pm

Apr 8, 2015

Bidh Ceòl ’s Craic www.ceolscraic.org a’ cumail seisean ciùil le Alasdair Roberts Diluain 13 Giblean eadar 6 is 7f air Celtic Music Radio. Ann an 2012 chlàr Alasdair agus an seinneadair Gàidhlig, Mairi Mhoireasdan ‘Urstan’ – proiseact ciùil a chaidh a stèidheachadh le Ceòl ’s Craic. Thàinig an clàr a-mach fo shuaicheantas ‘Drag City’ – a’ chompaniadh chlàran stèidhte ann an Chicago a tha air a’ mhòr-chuid de na clàran aig Alasdair fhoillseachadh. Tha Alasdair ainmeil air feadh an t-saoghail mar neach-ciùil a bhios a’ cur an dreach fhèin air òrain traidiseanta a bharrachd air a bhith a’ sgrìobhadh stuth tùsail ann an stoidhle a tha mac-meanmach is annasach. Bidh e ag obair tric ann an co-bhanntachd ri luchd-ciùil eile agus luchd-ealain bho diofar ghnèthan. Thigibh còmhla rinn airson uair a thìde de cheòl beò agus còmhradh Gàidhlig aig 6f Diluain. Tuilleadh fiosrachaidh air www.facebook.com/pages/Ceòl-is-Craic\

 

Ceòl ’s Craic www.ceolscraic.org will be hosting a live music session on Monday 13 April by guitarist and singer Alasdair Roberts. In 2012 Alasdair collaborated with Gaelic singer Mairi Morrison on ‘Urstan’, an album commissioned by Ceòl ’s Craic and released on the Chicago based Drag City label. Alasdair, an exceptionally gifted guitarist, is internationally known for his self-written material as well as his unique interpretations of traditional songs and ballads. He has collaborated widely with many different musicians throughout his career as well as working with a variety of artists from other disciplines. Join us for an hour of live music and Gaelic conversation at 6pm on Monday. More details on www.facebook.com/pages/Ceòl-is-Craic\

 

 

 

 


Celtic Music Radio 95 FM, Floor 5 West Wing, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 0HF
| Text: 0777 507 9595 |
Celtic Music Radio is a Charity registered in Scotland, number SC041172

Click to visit website - Celtic Connections Music Festival 2015

Glasgow Caledonian University PPL UK PRS for Music   Community Media Association Ofcom Scottish Traditional Music Awards nominee 2014