Jan 16, 2016
We will be uploading recordings of all performances on the Open Stage to our archive site. You can access these recordings by clicking the “Archive Site – Danny Kyle Stage” button on the right of our website, or by following this link.
The Finalists of this years Danny Kyle Open Stage broadcast live by Celtic Music Radio 5-7 pm and on Catch Up Hosted by Celtic Connections in the Exhibition Hall at the...Read More
Bidh Ceòl ‘s Craic @ Celtic Music Radio a’ craoladh seisean-ciùil beò bho Orcastra Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu Diluain 8 Gearran eadar 6 is 7f. Chaidh an seisean ciùil...Read More
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Feb 9, 2016
Applications are now open for the 2016 Open Mic at Perthshire Amber.
This year the afternoon Open Mic sessions will again be held in the “Wee Festival Hall” upstairs at The Royal Dunkeld Hotel and hosted by Ewen Sutherland, who is a fine performer in his own right as well as a wonderful and encouraging compere. Dougie and Ewen formed a folk duo while at school and then went on to form a band called Puddock’s Well, which had an influence on the development of what is now called “the celtic music scene”- with members Andy M Stewart and Martin Hadden joining well known folk band Silly Wizard And Dougie himself joining The Tannahill Weavers.
The Open Mic concept has been in existence for years at music festivals, but of late has become more widely known through the very successful Open Mic sessions started by Danny Kyle at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival. The Open Mic gives the chance to musicians, who aren’t performing at the evening concerts, to get involved in the weekend’s music.
The most important thing about an Open Mic is the audience. Over the past years the welcoming, attentive and responsive audiences at the open mic sessions helped to make the events enjoyable for all the performers involved.
Celtic Music Radio are also looking forward to bringing you the Open Mic live, wherever you are in the world!
If you’d like to perform (Saturday 5th or Sunday 6th November 2016) click the image to read the info and follow instructions.
Feature image by Rob McDougall
Feb 7, 2016
Bidh Ceòl ‘s Craic @ Celtic Music Radio a’ craoladh seisean-ciùil beò bho Orcastra Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu Diluain 8 Gearran eadar 6 is 7f. Chaidh an seisean ciùil seo a chlàradh bho chionn ghoirid aig Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu. Nochd cuid dhen luchd-ciùil iongantach seo aig an tachartas againn an-uiridh far an robh oidhche de cheòl agus danns againn aig an CCA. http://ceolscraic.org/events/ceol-is-dannsa/. Tha sinn a’ gabhail fiughar ris an ath thachartas òigridh air Disathairne 18 Ogmhios agus an sàr-luchd-ciùil seo fhaicinn a-rithist air an àrd-ùrlair.
Bidh sinn a’ cur fàilte air an t-seinneadair Gàidhlig Alasdair MacIlleBhàin chun a’ phrògraim mar chèilidhche Gàidhlig na seachdain seo. Gheibh sinn cothrom faighinn a-mach mu dheidhinn na tha air a bhith a’ dol fhad ‘s a tha e fhèin agus an luchd-ciùil eile air a bhith a’ deiseileachadh airson na h-oidhche Gaelictronica a bhios air an cumail Disathairne sa tighinn. Tuilleadh fiosrachaidh mu dheidhinn seo aor an làrach-lìn againn www.ceolscraic.org
Tuilleadh fiosrachaidh ri fhaighinn air www.facebook.com/pages/Ceòl-is-Craic
Ceòl ‘s Craic Diluain 8 Gearran eadar 6 is 7f. agus uair sam bith air Catch-Up.
Ceòl ‘s Craic @ Celtic Music Radio will be broadcasting a live music session by the Glasgow Gaelic School Orchestra on Monday 8 February between 6 and 7pm. This session was recorded recently at Glasgow Gaelic School. Some of these fantastic musicians at our youth event last year when we held a night of music and dance at the CCA http://ceolscraic.org/events/ceol-is-dannsa/. We’re looking forward to the next youth event which will be held on Saturday 18 June at the CCA when we’ll be seeing these amazingly talented young people on stage again.
We’ll be welcoming Gaelic singer Alasdair Whyte to the studio as our Gaelic guest of the week. We’ll hear how he and the other musicians involved in our Gaelictronica event have been getting on as they prepare for this exciting new addition to our annual programme. Our website www.ceolscraic.org has more information on the event.
More information on the Ceòl ‘s Craic FB page.
Ceòl ‘s Craic, Monday 8 February 6.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.
Feb 4, 2016
Scottish rock star James Grant had not one but two sell out gigs in this Celtic Connections Festival. It was a case of rock music meets orchestral music with the introduction of the Hallelujah String Ensemble. An inspired combination.
Seasoned campaigner James Grant was on top form as he delivered a top notch performance ably accompanied by his own band and the string ensemble. This Glasgow singer songwriter gave a whole new dimension to his hits including I Can’t Stop Bleeding, Jacquelines Shoes and Lips Like Ether when accompanied by the ensemble. One major highlight of the show however was when all the instruments were put to one side as James Grant gave a purely orchestral backing version of Nature Bay which was both evocative and emotional. The deep resonant voice of Grant was at its very best.
Getting the audience on his side at an early stage in the proceedings by saying that he was missing out on one of his idols performing in Glasgow, Robert Plant, just so he could sing for them and hoped they were enjoying the concert. The massive round of applause soon told him what he wanted to hear. That warm applause stayed with him all the way through the night and got louder as the pace increased. I was left thinking I was in a past food takeaway when factions in the crowd kept shouting for Cheeseburger however it was of course one of Grant’s early hits. They weren’t overly disappointed as the good tunes kept coming. By the time he came back onto the stage for his encore the crowd were on their feet and ready to dance which they duly did as soon as the band struck up the opening notes to Hallelujah Man. James Grant brought this concert to an end with a fitting tribute to the late David Bowie with an outstanding version of Bowie’s Starman.
A wonderful end to a fantastic night of music delivered by a consummate professional.
Danny & Ruth Matheson
Celtic Music Radio
Feb 4, 2016
This wonderful brother and sister duo made a very welcome return to Glasgow on what was possibly their biggest audience to date. Playing to a capacity crowd in this brand new RSNO auditorium they made many new admirers with a stunning performance.
Just a few days before this concert Heather Leigh was in her sick bed suffering from a bad chest and throat infection but you would never have guessed this with the strength of her voice. Having been described before of having a voice of an angel delivered like a whirlwind she sang her way through songs both old and new. Recently the UK has been battered by storms Gertrude and Henry, Heather’s voice is more powerful than those two put together! Heard from a lady in the crowd, ” Hey that lassie can fair hit the notes”. The other half of this band is older brother Alex Leigh who plays the guitar quite sublimely as well as joining in with the vocals in some songs.
Considering Taylor & Leigh only got notification of this gig a few days before it they still put together a fantastic set including some of their older material such as Two Steps From The Hangman, House Of Cards, Cut To The Bone to new material like Different Kinds Of Lonesome. Throw in a couple of cover songs like The Cure’s Just Like Heaven and Whisky and You all impeccably performed and you have a truly wondrous gig that will stay with people for many a long night. It is only a matter of time before Taylor & Leigh take to a stage like this one as the headline act. They are more than ready for it.
Danny & Ruth Matheson
Celtic Music Radio