Album of the Week

Album of the Week: Dumb Instrument ‘Silent Beard’

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 26 August is from Ayrshire band Dumb Instrument with their new CD ‘Silent Beard’ Dumb Instrument are...

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Concerts and Gig Guide

Glasgow 2014: Festival Club – XX Commonwealth Games

Glasgow is proud to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games from Wednesday 23 July until Sunday 3 August.   As part of the celebration, music and events are happening throughout the...

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Studio Guests

First World War songs specials start 6th August

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I this year, Gordon Hotchkiss will be presenting a six part series of inserts on songs about the war in his weekly...

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Outside Broadcasts

Review: Rosanne Cash, Southern Fried Festival, Perth: 27 July 2014

Being so effortlessly classy can’t possibly be as easy as Rosanne Cash makes it look. Over 80 delicious minutes focused on a sizeable and mouth-watering chunk out of her...

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First World War songs specials start 6th August

First World War songs specials start 6th August

Jul 30, 2014

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I this year, Gordon Hotchkiss will be presenting a six part series of inserts on songs about the war in his weekly Wednesday Hotchpotch programme on Celtic Music Radio at 7.00pm.

With over one hundred songs, poems and music, this will possibly be the most comprehensive coverage of music relating to the war presented on radio.

The series of programmes will feature a mixture of original songs recorded at the period and more contemporary songs written about the war.

The first programme on Wednesday 6th August will look at the origins of the war, the early days, recruitment and the European Countries involved.

The second on Wednesday 13th August will explore how it turned into a truly World War featuring amongst others songs from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Turkey and the USA.

The third Programme on Wednesday 20th August will concentrate on Scotland’s involvement in the Great War.

The fourth on Wednesday 27th August will look at Ireland’s involvement including the role of the Ulster Volunteers and the Easter Rising in Dublin.

The fifth programme on Wednesday 3rd September will look at the major battles and opposition to the war including revolution in Russia.

The final Programme on Wednesday 10th September will concentrate on some of the songs sung by the troops and the end of the war.

Join Gordon Hotchkiss across Glasgow on 95FM and www.celticmusicradio.net from Wednesday 6th August at 7.00pm.

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Review: Rosanne Cash, Southern Fried Festival, Perth: 27 July 2014

Review: Rosanne Cash, Southern Fried Festival, Perth: 27 July 2014

Jul 30, 2014

Being so effortlessly classy can’t possibly be as easy as Rosanne Cash makes it look.

Over 80 delicious minutes focused on a sizeable and mouth-watering chunk out of her impressive catalogue of albums, The Man In Black’s Grammy Award-winning daughter showed why she’s such a popular artiste and a songwriter hugely respected among fellow performers. The mood switched seamlessly from country to gospel tones with Celtic roots planted in many songs.

With husband, John Leventhal providing spot-on guitar support, Cash flowed through the set with songs from her latest, widely lauded album, “The River and The Thread” and previous gems “The List” and “Black Cadillac.” She was polished but genuinely spirited.

Roseanne cashHer new album is a historic trek through the steamy and creepy American South, through fields where her dad was once set to work as a boy. With her introductions to the newest songs, “A Feather’s Not A Bird”,” Etta’s Tune” and the haunting, “When The Master Calls The Roll” she sounded like a fun history teacher who would be adored by her pupils.

There was so much to admire and enjoy. The Hank Snow cover of “I’m Moving On” fairly bounced as Leventhal cut loose while Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode To Billie Joe” – a tale no-one ever tires of hearing – was simply divine with the crowd hanging on every word.

Before singing “Western Wall” Cash told us that Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt covered the song for their 1999 “Tucson Sessions” album and this gave her enormous pleasure as a songwriter.

The sell-out show gave us enormous pleasure, too. It rounded off the Southern Fried Festival in Perth in fine style. Cash said she hoped to be in Scotland – “her spiritual home” – again soon: everyone was pleased to hear that.

Mike Ritchie

Lorraine McCauley live session and talk on Ceòl ’s Craic

Lorraine McCauley live session and talk on Ceòl ’s Craic

Jul 25, 2014

On Ceòl ’s Craic’ this Monday, 28 July at 6.00pm will be songwriter Lorraine McCauley who is making a name for herself as one of the most original voices among the new generation of folk and roots performers.

‘Light in the Darkest Corners’ – the debut album of her Edinburgh-based band ‘Lorraine McCauley and The Borderlands’ – received rave reviews on its release in 2012.

Her songwriting delivers biting commentary on social and personal issues in a musical style that is simultaneously melancholic and uplifting. We look forward to a live solo session from a singer who has been making a big impression on festival and concert audiences over the last couple of years.

Lorraine will be chatting to Ishbell Murray plus a live session is promised.

‘S ann à Dùn nan Gall a tha an t-seinneadair is sgrìobhaiche Lorraine Nic Amhlaigh, aon de ghininealach ùr ceòl traidiseanta is tùsail aig a bheil guth a tha a’ tabhainn rudeigin annasach agus air leth tarraingeach.

Chosnaich clàr a’ chòmhlain aice, ‘Lorraine McCauley and The Borderlands’ moladh làidir nuair a thàinig e a-mach ann an 2012.

Tha an sgrìobhadh aice a’ togail air cuspairean sòisealta is pearsanta ann an dòigh a tha a’ soirbheachadh ann a bhith aig an aon àm, tùrsach is dòchasach.

Tha sinn air leth toilichte gum bi cothrom againn an t-seinneadair tàlantach seo a tha a’ gealltainn a bhith a’ tàladh luchd-èisteachd bho air feadh an t-saoghail san àm ri teachd, a chluinntinn beò leatha fhèin san stiùideo air ‘Ceòl ’s Craic’.

Ceòl ’s Craic, Monday 28 July 6.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Album of the Week: Dumb Instrument ‘Silent Beard’

Album of the Week: Dumb Instrument ‘Silent Beard’

Jul 25, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 26 August is from Ayrshire band Dumb Instrument with their new CD ‘Silent Beard’
Dumb Instrument are winners of The Billy Kelly Songwriter Award and are Tom Murray, Mikey Grant, Kieron Campbell, Vanessa Smith and Nick Smith who all come from various parts of Ayrshire.
The band is playing The Merchant City Festival this weekend on Sunday 27 July at 12.30pm on the Brunswick Street Stage, just outside of the Brunswick Hotel in the Merchant City, Glasgow.
Dumb INstrument silent beardDumb Instrument began with the lyrics of Tom Murray, the Jazz/Ragtime influenced piano accompaniment of Mikey Grant and the solid bass of Kieron Campbell. The amalgamation is impossible to pigeonhole into one particular genre although “Jakey Rock” would be a decent attempt.

The band’s first gig was at the T Break auditions for T in The Park in May 2006. Musically, Dumb Instrument are a vocal driven modern day Robert Burns with a comic twist over a poignant folk/jazz inspired piano, bass and fiddle.

Album of the Week, Saturday 26 July 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 28 July at 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.


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