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The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 9 August is the new CD from North Sea Gas called ‘The Fire and Passion of Scotland.’ North Sea Gas are Dave...

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Hotchpotch series on WW1 songs – this week: Ireland

Celtic Music Radio is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in song. Presenter Gordon Hotchkiss has started a six-part series of inserts on songs about...

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Joy Dunlop on Ceòl ’s Craic, Monday 6.00pm

Ceòl ’s Craic is delighted to have Joy Dunlop as guest musician on this week’s programme on Celtic Music Radio 95 FM on Monday 18 August at 6.00pm. Joy Dunlop has come to be...

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Hotchpotch series on WW1 songs – this week: Ireland

Hotchpotch series on WW1 songs – this week: Ireland

Aug 19, 2014

Celtic Music Radio is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in song. Presenter Gordon Hotchkiss has started a six-part series of inserts on songs about the War in his weekly “Hotchkiss Hotchpotch” programme on Celtic Music Radio 95 FM at 7.00pm Wednesdays with a repeat the following day, Thursdays at 12noon. 

The third programme in the series on Wednesday 20 August at 7.00pm will look at Ireland’s involvement including the role of the Ulster Volunteers and the Easter Rising in Dublin.

gordon 20th augThis Wednesday, 20 August at 7.00pm, Gordon Hotchkiss will be continuing his look at songs concerning the First World War and he will be considering the Irish involvement in the Great War.

This will primarily focus on the opposition to the Home Rule Bill in the North and the slaughter of the Ulstermen at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and also the Easter Rising in Dublin in the same year.

These events which shaped modern Ireland have left a rich legacy of both traditional and contemporary song.

“With over one hundred songs, poems and music, this could well be the most comprehensive coverage of music relating to the war presented on radio,” said Gordon.

The series will feature a mixture of original songs recorded at the period and more contemporary songs written about the war. The first programme looked at the origins of the war, the early days, recruitment and the European Countries involved.  Broadcast on Wednesday 6 August, it is available on Catch Up here.

The second explored how it turned into a truly World War featuring, amongst others, songs from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Turkey and the USA.  Broadcast on Wednesday 13 August – listen here on Catch Up.

Recruitment ww1The third programme in the series on Wednesday 20 August at 7.00pm will look at Ireland’s involvement including the role of the Ulster Volunteers and the Easter Rising in Dublin.

The fourth programme on Wednesday 27 August will concentrate on Scotland’s involvement in the Great War.

The fifth programme on 3 September examines major battles and opposition to the war including revolution in Russia with the final show (10 September) concentrating on some of the songs sung by the troops and the end of the war.

Celtic Music Radio has offered copies of the programme to other community radio stations around the UK and it is set to broadcast in Canada.

Join Gordon Hotchkiss across Glasgow on 95 FM on Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm repeated Thursdays 12 noon.   Thanks to Music News Scotland for their coverage of this season of special programmes.

Joy Dunlop on Ceòl ’s Craic, Monday 6.00pm

Joy Dunlop on Ceòl ’s Craic, Monday 6.00pm

Aug 17, 2014

Ceòl ’s Craic is delighted to have Joy Dunlop as guest musician on this week’s programme on Celtic Music Radio 95 FM on Monday 18 August at 6.00pm.

Joy Dunlop has come to be recognised as one of the most versatile and hard working Scottish Gaelic singers performing today.

Her ability to communicate her intimate knowledge of traditional Gaelic song, particularly that of her native Argyll, through the emotional power of her singing and a natural and engaging connection with her audiences has ensured that she is in constant demand.

Her career has been marked by a string of awards including the Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and two consecutive nominations as Gaelic Singer of the Year while her debut album Dùsgadh (Awakening) received high acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including being named the Scots New Music Roots Recording of the Year and winning the Fatea Tradition Award.

A passionate ambassador of Gaelic language and culture, Joy is also in demand as a television presenter, dancer, journalist and educator.

Her signature across all her work is the generosity with which she shares her culture and the elegance she brings to her interpretations.

Ceòl ’s Craic, Monday 18 August, 6.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Tha Ceòl ’s Craic air leth toilichte fàilte a chur air Joy Dunlop mar aoigh ciùil na seachdain sa.

A-measg nan seinneadairean Gàidhlig òga tàlantach a tha againn an-diugh tha Joy aithnichte mar tè a tha a’ cheart cho comasach air amhrain Ghàidhlig a sheinn ann an nòs ùr ‘s a tha i air amhrain a lìbhrigeadh ann an stoidhle traidiseanta.

‘S e ceòl Gàidhlig bhon sgìre aice fhèin, Earra-Ghaidheal, a tha aig crIdhe an stòras ciùil aice agus tha i air leth comasach air am meas a tha aice air a’ chuspair seo a chur thairis gu luchd-èisteachd ann an dòigh brìdheil, ealanta is dibhearsanach. Choisinn i cliù dhi fhèin thairis air na bliadhnaichean airson a bhith dìcheallach ann a bhith a’ cur air adhart cultar agus cànan na Gàidhlig agus tha na duaisean a bhuannaich i a’ dearbhadh gu bheil eolaichean ciùil aig an ìre as àirde a’ cur meas air nan sgilean aice mar seinneadair Gàidhlig.

Nuair nach eil i a’ seinn air an àrd-ùrlair tha iarrtas mòr air na tàlantan eile aice ann am foghlam, craoladh, dannsadh agus sgrìobhadh.

Live from the All Ireland Fleadh Sligo this weekend

Live from the All Ireland Fleadh Sligo this weekend

Aug 15, 2014

Celtic Music Radio 95 FM is at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo and returns with an live broadcast from Sligo on Sunday 17 August from 2.00 to 6.00pm.

Gordon Hotchkiss with Joan and Alex Jenkins are based at The Glasshouse Hotel in the centre of Sligo to capture the atmosphere and buzz of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which means The Music Festival of Ireland and that is exactly what it is.

The Fleadh, as it is usually called, is the largest single festival of Irish Music and can reach attendances of 400,000 over the course of nine eventful days.

Sligo gordon brian quinn 160814Pictured left is Gordon Hotchkiss interviewing Brian Quinn of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo on Saturday afternoon during the broadcast. The Fleadh is a competition for amateur musicians.

The focus was always on individual ability and so it is to this day. Few places in the western world have managed to maintain their musical traditions as successfully as Ireland has. The Fleadh is the showcasing of this tradition as well as  a celebration of the individual skills of the competitors. It is a valuable testament to creativity. It is a celebration of the new ways for doing the old things. It is a great holiday. It is a big party.

glasshouse1Celtic Music Radio is based in The Glasshouse Hotel (pictured left), Sligo’s only 4 star city centre hotel, towering dramatically over the Garavogue River .

Celtic Music Radio in association with Tourism Ireland is broadcasting live from The Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo in north-west Ireland on Saturday and Sunday 16-17 August with Gordon Hotchkiss and the rest of team talking to musicians, competitors, visitors and organisers plus live music sessions.

sligo swagman's barMore live music sessions into the late Friday night and early morning in the centre of Sligo at the Swagman’s Bar stage and Gig Rig. Pics: Alex Jenkins

Tune in Sunday to Celtic Music Radio 95 FM from 2.00 to 6.00pm for more from Sligo, Ireland.

 

Steve Earle at Kelvingrove Park Bandstand, Glasgow

Steve Earle at Kelvingrove Park Bandstand, Glasgow

Aug 14, 2014

Steve Earle played Kelvingrove Park Bandstand, Glasgow on Thursday 7 August 2014 – Mike Ritchie was there in the sunshine.

The full-blooded hymn that is Jerusalem has been played plenty in recent weeks in Glasgow when English athletes picked up gold medals for Commonwealth Games’ successes – and many a spectator enjoyed the stirring tune.

Steve Earle’s glorious track of the same name from the 2002 “Jerusalem” release, which rails against hopelessness and lack of solutions both personal and international, brought this excellent open air gig to a close. It is way beyond stirring: it is emotional and thought-provoking, driven and potent. And Earle tackled it again in a way at this superb gig that was as fresh as the day he wrote it. Indeed, there was no single track delivered that failed to please, even though we’ve heard the man many times before.

This park gig in the west end of the city at a £2 million revamped bandstand suited Earle and he was clearly feeling at home in “weirdly sunny” Glasgow as he surveyed the 2,000 fans in this tree-fringed amphitheatre in the Dear Green Place. Walking to the gig along the riverbank – past a fox going about its business, ducks making a racket, a late evening picnic and a young boy learning to ride a bike – was an unusual but pleasing experience. Being in Earle’s company for an hour and 45 minutes at the end of our stroll was even more pleasing as his perfect set list swept us along.

Fearless Heart (brilliant on this outing), My Old Friend The Blues, Taneytown, Someday, Feel Aright, I Ain’t Ever Staisfied, Goodbye, The Devil’s Right Hand, Copperhead Road, Galway Girl – don’t you just wish you’d been there?

All punched out with rugged charm, vigour and poise as the sun began to set. Earle the musical craftsman, sharing his inimitable treasure trove songs of almost three decades with an audience who knew the words and joined in when the leader in the bandstand demanded, and often without invitation. Some even danced in front of the stage.

Steve knows full well how to rock but it’s worth remembering he knows how to do mellow as well. Humility and candour are never far from the surface, either, cue a blistering, “Cocaine Cannot Kill My Pain.”

He’s faced down his demons, overcoming broken romances, for example, through his “chick songs.” He is still recovering and I reckon that’s why we stick by him. But that’s no chore. His unerring knack of producing timeless songs allied to his unwavering ability and willingness to perform live are key to his popularity. He’s promising a new “blues” album and a return band tour next year by which time he’ll have turned 60.

Can’t wait.

Mike Ritchie


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