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Feb 16

‘One of Those Days’ – Davy Lees – CMR’s  Album of The Week 17th Feb 2018

Davy Lees will launch his album on Friday 16 Feb on ‘Thank Folk It’s Friday ‘ with our Ross Macfadyen 8-10pm


One of Those Days is a showcase of Davys’s musical talent. The title track is a humourous look at life when Murphy’s Law comes into play, while Hector the Hero, Black is The Colour and Los Companeros are tracs to enjoy whilst relaxing after a hard day.  Hight energy tracks such as Was It You, Close it Down and The Ballac of St Annes Reel will have you dancing around the room Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 04

COLTER WALL and TYLER CHILDERS, CELTIC CONNECTIONS, TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW, February 3, 2018.

All the young dudes were out in force – well, two to be exact – to bring their selection of fine songs and American songbook influences to this Celtic Connections’ gig, leaving us fairly certain that we’ll be hearing a lot more of them both.

From Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canadian Colter Wall has a languid, scraped boots, shambling approach to his warming, folk-country tales – and his winning, deep-set baritone belies his 21 years on this earth.

With Steve Earle counted as a fan, Colter is sure footed on his own tracks from his self titled album – Codeine Dream, Nashville chum, Me and Big Dave and Motorcycle – and when he threw in the excellent cover of Townes Van Zandt’s Transcendent Ramblin’ Railroad Blues, which is also on the album, he pleased the full house.

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Feb 04

Danny Kyle Open Stage Showcase of The 6 Finalists 2018 on today between 5-7 pm

Tune in to Celtic Music Radio 5-7 every day to listen to ‘Tomorrow’s Talent Today’ from the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections 2018 on their 25 Anniversary

Today we bring you the 6 Finalists of the 260 entrants and the 70 acts that appeared On The DKOS

You can also listen again on Archive Site 

The Finalists

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Feb 04

Day15 of The Danny Kyle Open Stage Saturday 3rd Feb 2018 – Live from the Exhibition Hall 5-7pm

Tune in to Celtic Music Radio 5-7 every day to listen to ‘Tomorrow’s Talent Today’ from the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections 2018 on their 25 Anniversary

You can also listen again on Archive Site 

 

Fjanna – Shetland – Listen again on Archive Link 
Fjanna are an extremely talented group of young Shetland Musicians who have scooped not only individual but collectively many accolades locally and nationally in the Traditional music scene over the last eighteen months

Mike Luarenson(14) on accordion, Arrna Philip (16) on drums and pipes, Jodie Smith (15) on  fiddle and Anya Johnston (14) on both fiddle and Piano . The band have been in great demand recently, the highlight of their journey so far being the supporting act for Phil and Aly during their 30th Year Anniversary Tour visit to Shetland. As well as traditions tunes they mix them with their on compositions! A great achievement for the youngsters in 2017 was producing, designing and marketing their first CD Route 970

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Feb 04

John Taylor – The World Is Watching

Album of the Week commencing Monday 5th February is The World Is Watching from John Taylor

In 2009 John Taylor followed in the footsteps of David Grey by independently pressing a thousand copies of his first album Bring the Stars Alive which featured the song Pull You Through. That song proved to be a turning point in John’s music career three years later when it was used in the US hit show Californication and entered the singer songwriter charts around the world including a number one spot in Sweden.

John sent in this album to Celtic Music Radio, where it become an Album of the Week.

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Feb 02

Day14 of The Danny Kyle Open Stage Friday 2nd Feb 2018 – Live from the Exhibition Hall 5-7pm

Tune in to Celtic Music Radio 5-7 every day to listen to ‘Tomorrow’s Talent Today’ from the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections 2018 on their 25 Anniversary

You can also listen again on Archive Site 

 

George Murphy and Frank Cassidy – Dungiven Co Derry
George Murphy has been collecting, writing and playing music and song for quite some time , a founder member of Failter Folk Group, now a solo player but gigs extensively with Frank Cassidy . Frank has performed with many distinguished musicians.  Together they bring a rich and varied repertoire  from self pend light hearted songs to more traditional. The have recently recorded a CD and have performed at many folk events throughout Ireland/ Scotland, England and Wales . They are firm favourites at the Girvan Folk Festival as well at Portpatrick and Newtonstewart Festivals in Scotland

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Feb 01

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS, CELTIC CONNECTIONS, 02 ABC, GLASGOW, JANUARY 31, 2018.

The first of many gigs for Courtney Marie Andrews this year – she had 117 official shows in 2017 – convinced many fans here that they should be joining this beguiling singer/songwriter’s journeying by heading to Edinburgh when she returns with her band in April.

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Feb 01

Day 13 of The Danny Kyle Open Stage Thursday 1st Feb 2018 – Live from the Exhibition Hall 5-7pm

Tune in to Celtic Music Radio 5-7 every day to listen to ‘Tomorrow’s Talent Today’ from the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections 2018 on their 25 Anniversary

You can also listen again on Archive Site 

 

Pure Dynamic Strings   Listen again on Archive Link
Lynette Beaton –Keybord Vox /Gillian Grant – Violin 1 /Ari Loughin – Double Bass /Enrico Mazzoni – Violin 2 /Luke Anderson – Guitar / Roan Anderson Drums –Cajon
We are an eclectic string ensemble and session band who cover a variety of genres including contemporary, classical, traditional Scottish, folk and our own material which is mostly written by our keyboard player, Lynette Beaton. We started off as a string quartet but wanted to enhance the sound and texture of our music by adding guitar and drums. This utelised the string sound so we were able to cover an array of music in a more individual way.We have performed at a number of venues in and around Inverclyde and Glasgow and have just recorded two demo tracks for promotional purposes and applications. Our aim is to cover and perform original material and songs people love in a unique way to suit our vibe and style. We love performing and making music and we hope this comes across in both our audio and visual recordings

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Feb 01

Day 12 of The Danny Kyle Open Stage Wednesday 31st Jan 2018 – Live from the Exhibition Hall 5-7pm

Tune in to Celtic Music Radio 5-7 every day to listen to ‘Tomorrow’s Talent Today’ from the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections 2018 on their 25 Anniversary

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Gráinne Hunt – Dublin – Listen Again on Archive Site Link
Vocally captivating, Gráinne Hunt’s intriguing soulful tones have regaled audiences worldwide, spanning the globe from Ireland to Latin America.  Gráinne has shared the stage with Mark Geary, and Glen Hansard, and has been compared to vocal icons, Tracy Chapman and Natalie Merchant. Originally from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Gráinne’s Irish roots are subtly and beautifully etched within the melodies of her compositions.
Praise for Firing Pin ‘The Words of it all’….breathtakingly beautiful’ Dan Hegarty, 2FM’How I feel when I listen to Joni Mitchell or Mic Christopher’s Skylarkin”  Remy’s Music and Film ‘Love mini album ‘Firing Pin’… Mark it down as one to nab’ ‘her debut release is hewn out of a subtle special talent’  Tony Clayton Lea, Irish Times

 

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Jan 31

Review – Dale Watson & The Lone Stars – 29th Jan 2018 at Celtic Connections

Dale Watson and The Lone Stars – Old Fruitmarket  29 Jan 2018

Hailing from Austin, Texas Dale Watson brought his own brand of country music and rockabilly to The Old Fruitmarket as part of Celtic Connections. Accompanied by his band The Lone Stars, named after the state of Texas, Dale treated the audience to a country extravaganza, paying tribute to many country greats as well as singing his own material.

Dale Watsons deep baritone voice boomed out from the speakers as he sang a wide range of country songs in a style he calls “Amerpolitan”. His music goes from country to rockabilly fluently. Alongside Dale who played the electric guitar were his band consisting of Don Pawlack (steel slide guitar), Mike Bernal (drums) and Chris Crepps (double bass).

As much as everyone enjoyed the first half of the show most people were eagerly anticipating the second half which was dedicated to the music of the great Johnny Cash. Dale’s voice and the bands music was perfect for paying tribute to Cash. You could almost shut your eyes and imagine it being him on stage such was the quality of the performance. Hits like “Walk The Line”, “Ring Of Fire””Green Green Grass Of Home” and “Fulsom Prison Blues” reverberated throughout the venue from Watson and his special guests including Rab Noakes and James Grant.

This was a very entertaining show led by Dale Watson who is the ultimate showman. His music covers many generations and is delivered with great aplomb.

 

Danny Matheson

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