Album of the Week

Robin Adams – The Garden

This week’s Album of the Week is The Garden from Robin Adams Americana-UK.com says: “There is somewhat of a renaissance in Scottish folk and acoustic music at the...

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Concerts and Gig Guide

Sound of Yell guest on Ceòl ‘s Craic Monday 25 May

Bidh Ceòl ’s Craic a’ cur fàilte air Stevie Jones agus an còmhlan aige ‘Sound of Yell’ Diluain 25 Cèitean air Ceòl ’s Craic @ Celtic Music Radio. Mar neach-ciùil a...

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Studio guests

The Derailers talk with Stewart Fenwick

On this week’s Celtic Country, Stewart Fenwick talks with The Derailers, who were recent visitors to Scotland for the Caithness Country Music Festival. The Texas based band, who...

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Outside broadcasts

WIN a Martin J18 Guitar with Bill Adair

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to own this magnificent Martin J18 guitar and, in the process, help underprivileged children in India. Next year Bill Adair will be going to India to...

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Robin Adams – The Garden

Robin Adams – The Garden

May 22, 2015

This week’s Album of the Week is The Garden from Robin Adams

Americana-UK.com says:

“There is somewhat of a renaissance in Scottish folk and acoustic music at the present time. Celtic soul is in abundance and Glaswegian Robin Adams with his new album, ‘The Garden’, should be considered one of its greatest exponents. Based around his musings on Vincent Van Gogh, ‘The Garden’, presents an understated delight of open tunings and Nick Drake like arrangements.

Recorded in his home overlooking his garden, Adams was able to record the majority of the album on his own calling in occasional musicians to add subtle instrumentation, the most noticeable of which being the cello. This lends ‘The Garden’ a gentle and introspective air which is compelling nonetheless. Vocally Adams is reminiscent of Don Mclean in certain moments but such statements detract from Adams’s originality and distinctiveness. This is an album that has many hidden depths which reveal themselves with repeated listens. It’s a treat.”

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WIN a Martin J18 Guitar with Bill Adair

WIN a Martin J18 Guitar with Bill Adair

May 19, 2015

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to own this magnificent Martin J18 guitar and, in the process, help underprivileged children in India.

Next year Bill Adair will be going to India to work with street children in Kerala, an area where there are over 200 slums and children have no access to arts education. His time will be spent on arts projects run by the charity GVI (www.gvi.co.uk) which enable children from difficult backgrounds to express themselves and develop self-confidence through music, storytelling, drama and creative writing. Although this is voluntary work and Bill is giving freely of his time, this project costs money. In order to meet some of these costs Bill is offering this beautiful Martin guitar as a prize in a Grand Prize Draw. All the proceeds from the draw will go to funding my work in India.

The J18
One of Bill’s prized guitars and named ‘Rory’ after blues guitarist Rory Block.
Solid Mahogany back and sides, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, original chrome tuners with ebony buttons and fitted with a Fishman under saddle pick up.
This is a very rare guitar. Martin only produced 312 of this model and as there will only be 250 tickets available you have a great chance to own a piece of Martin history!

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£10.00 per ticket
You can buy tickets directly from Bill, by post or by using Pay Pal (mail@billadair.net).

The draw will take place on Sunday 4th October at the Ingleton Folk Weekend and the winner announced at the festival and on Bill’s website: www.billadair.net.

Don’t miss out on a great chance to own a Martin guitar and help street children in India.

Celtic Music Radio has no involvement with the running of this prize draw.

Robyn Stapleton – Fickle Fortune

Robyn Stapleton – Fickle Fortune

May 16, 2015

Fickle Fortune from Robyn Stapleton is this week’s Album of the Week

Scottish singer Robyn Stapleton is BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year. Robyn performs the traditional songs of her Scottish and Irish heritage, in the Scots, English and Gaelic language. She is described as having one of the finest voices in Scottish music, with a uniquely pure tone, wonderful control and an empathy and sensitivity for traditional songs.

This year alone, Robyn has performed live on BBC television, as part of the Commonwealth Games and to an audience of 8,000 at this year’s Proms in the Park with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

She is also building a strong reputation as a song leader and tutor, keen to pass on her knowledge of traditional music to others. Robyn is very proud of the her own Scots dialect and this year became an Ambassador of the Scots Language.

She was awarded Person of the Year at this year’s Dumfries and Galloway Life Awards and is a nominee for Scots Singer of the Year at the Trad Music Awards.

RS_AlbumCoverHer first album, entitled ‘Fickle Fortune’, is our Album of the Week this week.

The Derailers talk with Stewart Fenwick

The Derailers talk with Stewart Fenwick

May 14, 2015

On this week’s Celtic Country, Stewart Fenwick talks with The Derailers, who were recent visitors to Scotland for the Caithness Country Music Festival.

The Texas based band, who are heavily influenced by the Bakersfield California sound, have been part of the wider music scene for over 20 years.

In a career that has given rise to more than a decade’s worth of fine-tuned, highly anticipated and wonderfully received music, the Derailers continue to build the relationship between song, listener and dance floor.

Each album has been a mix of well-crafted original songs and cover songs so thoughtfully chosen and so representative of the band, fans think they are as original as the band themselves. Challenged by their fans to create a sound that mirrors the shuffle of happy boots on a hardwood floor, the Derailers have fed the hungry dancehall crowds with their classic country beats and a 60s pop sensibility. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores long after the last drink has been served.

In terms of sound, the Derailers have gotten smoother with age. As Hofeldt puts it, “I think we have retained the path we are going for. But we have certainly grown as players and allowed other influences to come in.” Their music celebrates the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of today’s country music. Hofeldt describes his view of country music as, “finding out what love really is, versus what you thought it was when you were a kid.” For all the fans of the Derailers, love is all you need.


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