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Jan 16

Studio Guests – The Friel Sisters – Tues 16th Jan – Travels With My Auntie Liz 8-10pm

The Friel Sisters Join Liz on Travels With My Auntie Liz on Tuesday 16th January 2018
Re their album launch and sold out gig at Celtic Connections on 20th January in St Andrews In the Square !

Also on the show
Matthew Tighe  spoke to Liz earlier in the week re his upcoming gig at Celtic Connections on 26th January in the Piping Centre and the release of his new album  recorded at Greentrax and produce by Brian McNeill 




















The Friel Sisters

Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire.

 They have performed in various venues and festivals across Europe, America and Asia and have appeared as guests on stage or toured with acts such as Altan, The Chieftains, Lúnasa, The Máirtín O’Connor Trio, Cherish the Ladies, Solas and Fidil. Summer 2013 saw the girls record their debut album at their home in Donegal with guest musicians Gearoid Mooney, Seamus O’Kane and Griogair Labhruidh.  Now back with their new album  ‘Before The Sun ‘ being launched at their sell out concert in St Andrews In The Square on 20 January   2018


13th January 2018 Aros, Isle of Skye  Venue: Aros Community Theatre 

20th January 2018  Celtic Connections – ‘Before the Sun’ Official Launch *SOLD OUT*  Venue: St. Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow

4th February 2018  TG4 Gradam Ceoil  Clare – Winner of Ceoltóir Óg/Young Musician of the Year 2018  Venue: The Waterfront, Belfast

2nd – 4th March 2018  Corofin Trad Festival  Concert featuring Bríd Harper, Tony O’Connell, Cyril O’Donoghue & The Friel Sisters  Venue – Teach Ceoil 

12th March 2018  Short Switzerland Tour  Venue: TOURBOmusic Showcase Night, Theater Winkelwiese, Zurich

14th March 2018  Short Switzerland Tour  Venue: Rebhaus, Grüningen

15th March 2018  Short Switzerland Tour  Venue: Schurr, Luzern

16th March 2018  Short Switzerland Tour  Venue: Werkstatt, Chur

17th March 2018  Short Switzerland Tour  Venue: Osteria La Fabbrica, Locarno

18th March 2018  Short Switzerland Tour  Venue: Café Marta, Bern

21st March 2018  Edinburgh Folk Club with Cathal McConnell  Venue: The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh

Jan 16

Studio Guest –DOSCA – 16th Jan – with The Phat Controller aka Iain Copeland

Joining the Phat Controller will be DOSCA talking about their new album and upcoming gigs and of course their album launch at Celtic Connections and gig with the legendary Croft No 5 on 20 January at St Lukes’

With influences from Scottish and Irish folk, as well as a hint of jazz, the band’s self-titled debut EP was launched early in 2015, leading them on to a number of prominent appearances throughout Scotland and further afield – including the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Edinbugh’s Usher Hall, Piping Live! in Glasgow, and a return to Celtic Connections in 2016. They are set to launch their highly-anticipated debut album ‘Meridian’ at Celtic Connections 2018, featuring their new line-up which includes young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017 David Bowden, whose award coincided with fiddler Charlie Stewart’s winning of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017

The Band
Charlie Stewart  -Fiddle/Strings
James Harper  – Bagpipes
Joe Armstrong  – Flute/Vocals
Luc McNally -Guitar/Bouzouki/Backing Vocals
David Bowden – Bass Guitar/Double Bass
Stephen Henderson -Drum Kit/Percussion

Album –  Meridian :- launched on 20th January 2018
1. Meridian
(Comp. Hamish MacLeod)
2. Accidental Thumb The Sunday Club (Comp. Finlay MacDonald) Neil Angus McDonald (Trad.)The Accidental Thumb (Comp. Charlie Stewart)
3. Pound A Week Rise Pound A Week Rise (Comp. Ed Pickford)
4. Jimmy’s Pipe Major Jimmy McGregor (Comp. John Scott)
5. Two For Joy Two For Joy (Comp. Brian Finnegan)
6. Oblique Mom’s Jig (Comp. Jerry Holland) The Oblique Jig (Comp. Niall Vallely) Dolina MacKay (Comp. James Scott)
7. Arthur McBride Arthur McBride (Trad.)
8. Rosebank Rosebank Wing (Comp. Stephen Henderson) The Old Favourite (Trad.) Thadelo’s (Comp. Johnny O’Leary)
9. Golden Brown Golden Brown (Comp. Kyle Warren) Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight (Trad.) 10. Storm The Presque Isle (Comp. Finlay McDonald) Highland Storm (Comp. Scott MacAulay)

Guest Musicians :-

Cameron Jay – Trumpet (tracks 1, 5 and 10)
Michael Butcher – Tenor Saxophone (tracks 1, 5 and 10)
Liam Shortall – Trombone (tracks 1, 5 and 10)
Fergus McCreadie – Piano (track 7)
Gus Stirrat – Additional Guitars and Synth
Produced by Gus Stirrat.
All tracks arranged by Dosca.
Brass arrangements on tracks 5 and 10 by Luc McNally.
Tracks 4, 5 & 6 recorded by Mattie Foulds at Caribou Recording.
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 & 10 recorded by Gus Stirrat at Solas Sound.
All tracks mixed by Gus Stirrat and mastered by Iain Hutchison at GloWorm Recording.
Artwork by Louise Bichan.
All rights reserved. 


Jan 11

Bob Cheevers House Concert

Celtic Music Radio’s first house concert of 2018 features Bob Cheevers with his duo partner Geoff Haves on Monday 19th February at 1930.

Although admission is free, we would appreciate a suggested donation of £10 on the night, 90% of which is retained by the artist.
Get your ticket via the Eventbrite page

Long recognized by peers as being blessed with the acute vision of a master painter coupled with the precision attention to detail of a great novelist, Cheevers has written over 3,000 songs in his five decade career. Along the way he has rightfully earned the mantle of master songwriter as well as the respect of his many songwriting pals, including Texas icon Ray Wiley Hubbard, who recently said, “Bob is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen.”

Bob is a cult favorite in the UK and Europe where he has toured for more than a decade, Cheevers continues to find inspiration in the life he’s chosen in Texas as well as the rich Southern heritage that came from his growing up in Memphis. His rootsy, blues-flavored songs spin tales of life in a conversational language of the heart that rock the soul. They are intimate and expansive, poignant and bracing, tender and raucous, unflinchingly honest and redemptively healing. As he laughingly is known to say, “I don’t know if these stories are true, but they happened to me.”

Jan 10

Celtic Music Radio – Live from Celtic Connections 18 Jan – 4th Feb 2018




CELTIC Music Radio is set once again to play a major role in Celtic Connections – 10 years since it launched its every day, round-the-clock broadcast service at the festival.

The Glasgow-based station has lined up nine hours a day of live dedicated programming for the 18 days of Celtic Connections from four locations.

This is the 13 th  year in a row the station will play a prominent part in Connections, which starts on January 18 and runs through to February 4.

Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, said:
We’re delighted to have Celtic Music Radio on board once again to broadcast live from the festival. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish them a very happy 10 th birthday since their 24 hours a day broadcasting began and we look forward to continue working with them in the future.

Over the 18 days – in addition to its normal 24-hour music programme schedule – Celtic Music Radio will broadcast for 153 hours from Celtic Connections and feature more than 70 live acts on 95FM across Glasgow and worldwide via its website.

Its Celtic Connections’ programmes – on air between 11 am and 5 pm daily – will include up-close-and-personal sessions from international acts as well the best musicians Glasgow and other parts of the country have to offer.

New and upcoming bands plus headline artists appearing at Celtic Connections are set to be part of the volunteer-run, charity-status station’s increased output.

The action will take place in the Buchanan Suite at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall from Mondays to Fridays and from the station’s studios at Admiral Street, Kinning Park on Saturdays and Sundays.

In addition, from 5 pm to 7 pm each day, the station is broadcasting the Danny Kyle Open Stage from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

For the sixth year running, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is providing an outside broadcast unit support for the live performances, operated by Honours’ degree students

And for the third time, GCU is hosting a series of lunchtime concerts – Celtic Connections On Campus – starting on January 22. These will feature some of the best musical talent from colleges and universities across Scotland live on Celtic Music Radio.

Alex Jenkins, chair of the board of directors at Celtic Music Radio, which has covered Celtic Connections since 2006, said:
“We are proud to be at the heart of the action at Celtic Connections with our own festival of music.

Patrick Quinn, Senior Lecturer in Audio Technology at GCU, said:
“This is a unique opportunity for our audio students to work on live radio with a worldwide audience while developing our strong links with local and national broadcasters.”

Listeners in the Glasgow area will be able to catch all the action on 95FM while those everywhere else can hear what’s going on via the station’s web link: www.celticmusicradio.net.

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Jan 09

500th edition of Planet Waves with Sandy Semeonoff Tues 9th Jan 2018 7-8pm

Listen in tonight to Sandy Semeonoff’s 500 edition of Planet Waves Tuesday 9 Jan 7-8pm

Over the last 10 years Sandy has brought us stunning world music from every inch of the planet ! Bringing to our ears forgotten gems, unforgettable tracs and introducing us to exhilarating new to our ears artists. Having worked for years as a BBC music librarian he has the ear for hunting down exquisite music from around the world   


Sandy  will be on sabbatical after his 500 show to recharge his batteries and to go looking for even more fantastic music from around the globe.

I know that you will wish him well and a speedy haste yeah back Sandy!


Thank you for the support of MusicNewsScotland
Celtic Music Radio is run entirely by volunteers and relies on donations and advertising to fund the station.
Running costs approximately £2500 per month, we would ask if you could either donate when you can, or text CELT22 £amount – send 70070 , or even set up a standing order for £5 – £10 per month?  for a 24 / 7 – 365 days per year of your of the music you love to listen too! – Thank you for listening and supporting the station



Dec 31

Live Hogmanay Party (31st Dec!) 10pm – 1am With Uncle Gordon & Auntie Liz

Tune in to Celtic Music Radio on Sunday 31 st December at 10 pm and see in the bells
with live from the studio with  Gordon Hotchkiss & Liz Clark right through to 1 am in 2018!
For the crack / for your messages / for the music.


Get in your requests ! by phone 0141 237 9205 (from outside the UK +44 141 237 9205)   
By email  studio@celticmusicradio.net  
Text: 0777 507 9595  Charged at your normal network rate. (from outside the UK +44 777 507 9595)
Or on our Facebook Pages   Gordon    Liz 

On behalf of us all at Celtic Music Radio – You are a fantastic audience  we thank you for your support of the station over the year and we look forward to catching up with you in 2018.!! From the entire Team


Thank you for the support of MusicNewsScotland
Celtic Music Radio is run entirely by volunteers and relies on donations and advertising to fund the station.
Running costs approximately £2500 per month, we would ask if you could either donate when you can, or text CELT22 £amount – send 70070 , or even set up a standing order for £5 – £10 per month?  for a 24 / 7 – 365 days per year of your of the music you love to listen too! – Thank you for listening and supporting the station


Dec 23

‘Sanctuary’ – Ross Ainslie – CMR’s Album of The Week 23rd Dec 2017

New album  Sanctuary – Ross dropped in earlier to see the Phat Controller for a chat about his stunning new album  and some insight as to what brought him to this very emotive album!

Listen again – First Hour  – Second Hour 

‘This third album from Ross brings together a lot of his influences over the years playing in bands like Salsa Celtica and India Alba.

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Dec 22

Celtic Music Radio’s Mike Ritchies’ ‘Show on Sunday’ Voted Best Radio Show -by Americana UK


Celtic Music Radio presenter, Mike Ritchie, has come out top of a leading music website’s 2017 readers’ poll.

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Dec 19

Studio Guest – Daniel O’Donnell – Christmas Eve Sun 24th Dec -with Stewart Fenwick 12 – 2pm

Studio Guest – Daniel O’Donnell – Christmas Eve Sun 24 Dec -with Stewart Fenwick 12 – 2pm


Whilst everyone is waiting for Santa to arrive, we’ve got an equally welcome guest on this week’s Celtic Country, when the legendary Daniel O’Donnell talks to Stewart Fenwick.

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Dec 16

‘ Pocket of Wind Resistance’ –   Karine Polwart  with Pippa Murphy – CMR’s Album Of The Week  16th Dec 2017

‘ Pocket of Wind Resistance’ –   Karine Polwart  with Pippa Murphy – CMR’s Album Of The Week  16 Dec 2017 Released 17 th November 2017

Taken from  Karine Polwart stunning staged show of ‘Wind Resistance’ – held to rave reviews, at Celtic Connections and Dublin International Festival as well as staged her first Edinburgh festival show, the music  weaving an ambitious story about the majesties and brutalities of nature with projections of a dank, webby world behind her.

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