Album of the Week

Beg & Borrow – Battlefield Band and 12 guest artists

Beg & Borrow – Battlefield Band and 12 guest artists Sharing music  by the Scottish & Irish traditions Liz spoke to Robin Morton Temple Records about the recording and...

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Concerts and Gig Guide

Dougie MacLean on Perthshire Amber

Dougie MacLean OBE talks to Ross Macfadyen about this year’s Perthshire Amber Festival, which takes place from Friday 30th October and Sunday 8th November this year. Tune in...

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Studio guests

Stewart Fenwick chatting to Mary Kathleen Burke 11th Oct 12-2pm

    Mary Kathleen Burke will be guesting live on Stewart Fenwick’s Celtic Country next Sunday, October 11th 12 Noon-2pm to talk about her new album ‘Sweet Is The...

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Outside broadcasts

Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree Paisley Friday 9th & Mon 12 -16th October

From Friday 9 th October and from Monday 12 th to Friday 16 th October Celtic Music Radio will be broadcasting live from The Speigeltent in Paisley,  The Danny Kyle Open Stage,...

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Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree Paisley Friday 9th & Mon 12 -16th October

Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree Paisley Friday 9th & Mon 12 -16th October

Oct 6, 2015

From Friday 9 th October and from Monday 12 th to Friday 16 th October Celtic Music Radio will be broadcasting live from The Speigeltent in Paisley,  The Danny Kyle Open Stage,  at The Spree. It is also FREE to get in!
Three acts will be on per night, they are listed below (not in running order) So come along and see us and say hello!


Friday 9 th October :-

Quirky jade picQuirky Jade  From Glasgow
Joan McLaughlin / Aileen Pollacci /Isobel Evans
Quirky Jade are a Scottish acapella singing trio perform a real mixture of Scottish, Folk, African and modern songs. They started out at weddings and Burns suppers.Joni, Aileen and Izzi first sang together as a  group in 2003.They never expected then that they would be finishing their album “Quirky” in Lanarkshire’s Foundary  Music Lab with Graeme Duffin, (guitarist with Wet, Wet, Wet) producing!


Christine Sparks  -From Renfrew  Christine Sparks pic
Christine Sparks was born in Renfrew, Scotland and grew up in the land of Burns poetry and Celtic folk music.
The Celtic blood in her veins was surely a source of the magic and mystery that produced the artist.
Just as the bards of old would capture the very heart of their ancient Celtic communities in elaborate tales, myths and legends”Christine has the quality of voice that Burns’ words deserve. Both are masters of exposing raw, natural emotion, creating timeless masterpieces. I have shared her voice with a number of people who are aware of perfection in the human voice and all agree that Christine is as good as it gets.”

Murdo Mitchel picMurdo Mitchell  From Glasgow
Murdo Mitchell is a singer-songwriter from Glasgow. With his unique voice and upbeat self-penned folk-rock songs he has amassed a wide and active fan base which he can proudly say includes sixties icon Donovan. This Hurdy Gurdy Man recently said of the eighteen-year-old musician, “…he has what I had at his age, the hunger to communicate.”With such endorsements it’s no surprise then that Murdo has been adding to his ever growing fan base – over 5,000 Twitter followers – with a slew of gigs.  From busking beginnings to shining star!


Monday 12 th October:-

ArlenePaculanArlene Paculan Canada 
Arlene creates soulful pop with passion. The Filipino-Canadian’s recent successful debut album, “Everything Begins with Love” has been embraced by Canada’s largest broadcaster, the CBC, with airplay on radio. She has graced many stages across Toronto, also performed in LA, NYC, Anaheim, across Canada,  In 2012, Arlene played at TD Toronto Jazz Festival and she will be performing again at the 2015 season for the full length of the festival at Habits Gastropub, as well as touring in the UK this autumn. She alsoworks encouraging others to take up music and learn to write songs or do anything creative in their daily lives.

Land of Rubber – Glasgow land of rubber 2
Jack Mcneil-Drums, Jack Hand-Bass Guitar, Angus Burns-Guitar and vocals
‘Once escaping suburbia we have found ourselves based in Garnethill, Glasgow’s city centre.  Our intention behind the move was to become heavily involved in Glasgow’s ever growing music scene and make our mark. After only playing gigs for a number of weeks we have managed to gather a small but loyal following which seems to grow larger with every gig we play. In the past we have been described as having a distinct folk/rock sound which can be defined as our own..We have been influenced by a wide variety music stretching from John Martyn and Nick Drake to more modern energetic bands such as The Amazing Snakeheads and Uncle John and Whitelock’.

Rachelle & BrittanyRachelle & Brittany Davies  – Eaglesham
Twin sisters Racelle and Brittany Davies (15) are an acoustic driven guitar duo. Earlier this year they wond the Best Newcomers at Unsignes Scottish Pop Music Awards. They also released their debute singe ‘ Shout Out’ in May this year, Brittany wrote it about a fiend who sadly took her own life, all sales of this single from the download are going to the wonderful charity ‘YoungMinds’ The also got together with Holyrood Secondary School and took part in the YPI in The Conservatoire which helped them wing £300 for the charity. They have a very bright future ahead


Tuesday 13 th October:-

Vintage Air PhotoVintage AirPaisley 
Jasmine McFadyen – Lead Vocals & Guitar / Cameron McIlwham- Backing Voicals & Bass Buitar / Hazel Ramage – Cornet
Vintage Air are a three piece country/pop acoustic Glasgow band who focus on writing original material. They have been together for a year, starting at West College Scotland in the heart of Paisley, having an extensive range of both covers & original material, Are full of potential and are set to go far! Having graced the stages of Stereo and ABC 2, and increasing fan base.Influenced by the likes of Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift & many other acts. ‘We aim to write original songs that have a message so our fans and others can relate to them’

The Brand New Heartaches  – Inverkip the brand new heartaches photo
Gram Allan & Mark Anderson
2 solo artists in their own right, Gram and Mark came together to record and release a joint 7″ vinyl single. They take their name from their favourite version of a classic Everly brothers track, done by the country/folk legend Gram Parsons along with his longtime collaborator Emmylou Harris – Brand New Heartache. The boys are currently gigging and selling an E.P. of each of their solo work in order raise capital for their 7″ venture…


Jay MansfieldJay Mansfield – Glasgow
“Hailing from the Glasgow satellite town of Barrhead, Jay Mansfield didn’t pick up a musical instrument in earnest until he was 18. Since then, he’s been trying to catch up for lost time, as well as attempting to translate the full-band sound he hears in his head to something he can play on an acoustic guitar.A member of bands in both Birmingham and Glasgow, he nevertheless keeps coming back to the singular challenge of playing solo.  Inspired by the Manic Street Preachers, Doves, Public Sector Broadcasting, and Hans Zimmer, his songs are an attempt to capture a more cinematic sound. Despite this, he finds himself attempting to record an album of original material in almost as lo-fi one can get. There’s quite a backlog to get through, though…”


Wednesday 15 th October :-

Linzi ClarkPaisley – Linzi Clark
22 year old unsigned singer songwriter from Paisley. Releases- due to release first E.P entitled ‘Bedhead’ in September.Won a competition as a student through UWS  which enabled her to play a series of gigs in Toronto during NXNE Festival. Live review- ‘Linzi had a stunning way of creating such a haunting atmosphere with her voice and over all implements a strong distinction to other female vocalists on the circuit today. I can only envisage good things for Linzi Clark’s future endeavors,it was a pleasure to have her grace us with her wonderful opening set and we look forward to embracing her music in the future.’ Miff Morris, journalist at ‘New Hellfir Club Glasgow’.

Lucy Connor and Mirin McCaffray Lucy & Mirin

Two young singer songwriter – ready willing and able  to start their musical journey! From busking to open stages they have been wowing audiences where ever they go, while getting great experience along the way.





1Michael Timmons – Glasgow
“Michael Timmons music is ethereal, thought provoking and emotional. Recently signed to Gargleblast Records, Michael is due to release his debut single before the end of the year and his debut album next year”
I am a solo musician based in Glasgow. My music tends to be atmospheric, bare and personal. Personal experience and those around me are among the things that inform my song writing. I am looking forward to playing shows all over Scotland and the wider UK this year, I love playing my songs to people and just hope they can engage with them.

Thursday 15 th  October:-

HuradalHuradal – from Across Scotland! –
Ellidh Munro / Robbie Grieg/ Mairi Britton / Sophie Stevenson
From Glasgow to  Fort Agustus, Edinburgh to Uist Huradal’ brings together four traditional young musicians and dancers from across Scotland in a dynamic ensemble which showcases the rhythmical links between puirt-à-beul (Gaelic mouth music) and step dance. Dancers Sophie Stephenson and Màiri Britton follow in a revival which has seen an old style of percussive step dancing reintroduced to Scotland from Cape Breton. They are joined by Mòd Gold Medallist Eilidh Munro on clàrsach and vocals, and Robbie Greig on fiddle and guitar. All Gaelic speakers, they share an appreciation for the connection between the Gaelic language and music within the Scottish tradition. Puirt-à-beul have informed and influenced the traditional dance music repertoire of Scotland for generations. Drawing fresh inspiration from these ties, ‘Huradal’ seeks to reconnect the old world with the new through song, music, dance and spoken word from Scotland and the diaspora.

Martin Jones – GreenockMartin
Hailing from Sugertown , this young singer sowngwriter is no stranger to the Danny Kyle Open Stage, first being encouraged by Danny at the Killin Festival when he was smaller than his guitar. Martin has gone on to share a stage with numerous well established national and international artists!
Maturing as a writer of fine songs gigs wildly throughout Scotland and is the main stay at many a festival. Also a great supporter and champion for his own home towns Inverclyde Folk And Roots Festival


wellhappy_logo_2015Well Happy
Well Happy movement  is an organisation set up  a business that would have a positive impact on the lives of others. Their passion to make everyone Well Happy! Comes from having developed a unique understanding of the science behind the techniques that they use, and their desire to share this formation with as  possible. Three of the group have got together and formed a ‘band’ consisting of 2 Ukulele’s and some percussion! And have been out gigging – spreading the word! Have even appeared at Eden Festival !



Everyone on the stage is a WINNER out of all the winners we will have three finalists playing on Friday 16 th. October 

If you have any queries regarding the Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree – please contact Liz Clark at:- 



Dougie MacLean on Perthshire Amber

Dougie MacLean on Perthshire Amber

Oct 6, 2015

Dougie MacLean OBE talks to Ross Macfadyen about this year’s Perthshire Amber Festival, which takes place from Friday 30th October and Sunday 8th November this year.

Tune in from 8pm on Friday 9th October.

The Perthshire Amber Festival, now in it’s 11th year, is likely to exceed all expectations once again! Scotland on Sunday’s Tom Maxwell commented “Dougie MacLean has created a wee gem of a festival in his home county… a drop of Amber nectar!” This (no longer ‘wee’) 10 day event had approx 10,000 people from 25 countries attending last year and contributed well over £1million to the local economy.

Dougie MacLean has developed a unique festival which shares his inspiring music, celebrates the history and culture of his Perthshire home and showcases its beautiful scenery. The concerts, which welcome high calibre musical guests from Scotland and abroad, are staged in a variety of wonderful venues, from village halls, town halls and a grand concert hall to historic castles and the atmospheric Dunkeld Cathedral.

As well as music from Bella Hardy, Emily Smith, Ross Ainslie Band, Caper, Rura, Dallahan, Karine Polwart, The Wrigley Sisters, Blazin Fiddles, Elliot Morris, The Mae Trio and Dougie himself; the festival has grown into a veritable family affair with dozens of activities to take in the beauty of Autumnal Highland Perthshire.

From The Song Bus, The Wee Bus trips to Photographic and Archaelogical walks to the Amber Autumn Picnic in Dunkeld’s Stanley Hill Park there is literally something for everyone.

royal-dunkeld-hotel-dunkeld_The festival also takes over the Royal Dunkeld Hotel for the 10 days, creating a base of operations and the Wee Festival Hall.

Celtic Music Radio will be at the Wee Festival Hall to broadcast LIVE the Open Mic concerts on Saturday 31st October, Sunday 1st November and Saturday 7th November. You can also hear the Cabaret Amber Concerts Monday 2nd – Thursday 5th November from 5-7 pm LIVE on Celtic Music Radio

Don’t miss our gab with Dougie on Friday from 8pm.

Click here for more details of the Perthshire Amber Festival.

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Featured image of Dougie MacLean by Rob McDougall

Beg & Borrow – Battlefield Band and 12 guest artists

Beg & Borrow – Battlefield Band and 12 guest artists

Oct 4, 2015

Beg & Borrow – Battlefield Band and 12 guest artists Sharing music  by the Scottish & Irish traditions
Liz spoke to Robin Morton Temple Records about the recording and how it came about

‘Scotland & Ireland are separated by only twelve miles of water at their nearest point, so it’s not surprising that their cultures have begged, borrowed (and maybe even stolen) much from each other over the centuries.
On this album Battlefield Band, one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music, have invited twelve special guests (one for each of the twelve miles) to explore and play the music and songs shared by these two vibrant cultures.These eighteen tracks offer evidence of two intertwined and, by definition, living traditions which continue to beg and borrow from each other. Indeed these links may have been an important factor in keeping these traditions so strong, vibrant and authentic. Long it may it continue.’



18 Tracs take you back through the sands of time  from the legend of Finn McCool, Picts and the Gales, from Clans and Risings, Clearances, the Potato Famine and Emigration to industrialisation and a bit of everything in between! Showing the magnificent cross-fertilisation of music and song that binds the two nations together yet takes them both throughout the wider world.  Enriched by 12 magnificent guests which enhances the journey.
An album some time in the making but very worth waiting for
Album available fro Temple Records
You can listen again to Album of the Week on Catch Up 

Artists appearing on the album

Battlefield Band 
Mike Katz   (highland and small pipes, whistles, bass, guitar, vocals)
Alasdair White   (fiddle, whistle, bouzouki, vocals)
Sean O’Donnell   (guitar, vocals)
Guests :-

Christine Primrose   (Gaelic Song),
Alison Kinnaird (Scottish Harp & Cello),
Jim Kilpatrick (Snare & Bass Drums),
John Martin  (Fiddle),
Mike Whellans (Harmonica / Moothie),
Nuala Kennedy (Gaelic Song & Flute),
Leo McCann   (Melodeon),
Aaron Jones  (Vocals & Bouzouki),
Barry Gray    (Highland Bagpipe),
Robin Morton  (Vocals, Bodhran)
Don Meade  (Harmonica)
Tony DeMarco  (Fiddle)

Artists on Beg & Borrow CD

Artists on Beg & Borrow CD

Finlay MacDonald – Ceòl ‘s Craic Monday 5 October 6 – 7pm

Finlay MacDonald – Ceòl ‘s Craic Monday 5 October 6 – 7pm

Oct 4, 2015

Bidh Ceòl ‘s Craic @ Celtic Music Radio a’ cur fàilte air Finlay MacDonald dhan stiùideo Diluain 5 Dàmhair eadar 6 is 7f. 

Bidh Ceòl ’s Craic a’ toirt aoigheachd dha Fionnlagh Dòmhnallach Diluain 5 Dàmhair eadar 6 is 7f air Celtic Music Radio. Bidh luchd-leantainn ceòl ‘indie’ ann an Glaschu gu math eòlach air Fionnlagh bho na laithean nuair a bha e a’ cluich le còmhlain a leithid Music and Movement, Teenage Fanclub agus na BMX Bandits. Ach ‘s dòcha gur ann fon ainm ‘Lenzie Moss’ a bhios daoine nas eòlaiche air an-diugh. . Chan eil stad a’ dol air Fionnlagh cia-ta agus bidh e a’ bruidhinn mu dheidhinn  pròiseact ùr inntinneach a tha a’ tògail air sgrùdadh a tha e air a bhith a’ dèanamh air seann òrain Ghàidhlig le cuideachadh bho a mhàthair Kathleen NicDhòmhnaill – a bhios againn air aoigheachd mar cheilidhche Ghàidhlig na seachdain-sa. Agus cò a b’ fheàrr airson a bhith ga chuideachadh ach an tè a chur air chois a’ chòmhlain Ghàidhlig ainmeil Na Peathraichean Dòmhnallach. Cluinnidh sinn taghadh chlàran Kathleen agus barrachd fiosrachaidh air mar a tha i fhèin agus Fionnlaigh air a bhith ag obair còmhla. Tha fhios gur e prògram rèidio sònraichte a tha gu bhith againn dhuibh Diluain.

Tuilleadh fiosrachaidh ri fhaighinn airòl-is-Craic

Ceòl ‘s Craic Diluain 5 Dàmhair eadar 6 is 7f. agus uair sam bith air Catch-Up.

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Ceòl ‘s Craic @ Celtic Music Radio will be welcoming Alasdair Whyte to the studio on Monday 5 October between 6 and 7pm. 

On Monday 5 October from 6 to 7pm  Ceòl ‘s Craic will be welcoming singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player Finlay Macdonald to the studio. As a former member of Music and Movement, Teenage Fanclub and the BMX Bandits Finlay is well known to fans of Glasgow’s indie music scene. He is possibly better known in his current incarnation as Lenzie Moss but always keen to develop new ideas Finlay is now working on an exciting new project which focuses on his Gaelic roots. With expert guidance from his mother, Gaelic singer Kathleen MacDonald and founder member of the hugely successful 60s Gaelic band The MacDonald Sisters, he has been researching ancient Gaelic songs for an album which he plans to release next year.  Kathleen who will be taking part in the show as our Gaelic guest of the week will be playing her own selection of tracks and telling us a bit more about this exciting new collaboration. This weeks show is sure to be quite a special event.

More information on the Ceòl ‘s Craic FB page.

Ceòl ‘s Craic, Monday 5 October 6.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

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