Aug 26, 2014
Album of the Week
Concerts and Gig Guide
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...Read More
Aug 24, 2014
We’re very excited to have singer and mandolin player, Laura-Beth Salter, as guest musician on the Ceòl ’s Craic show this week on Monday 25 August at 6.00pm writes Ishbel Murray.
Now based in Glasgow, Laura-Beth originally hails from Lincolnshire. Her background is in the Blues, Oldtime and Bluegrass music that her parents play, but after studying the Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene, being a founder member of The Shee and performing with bands such as The MacLean Project (Dougie MacLean’s big band) and Shooglenifty.
Laura-Beth’s New Voices commission of songs and instrumentals for Celtic Connections 2012 earned her a nomination for the MG Alba Scots Trad Award ‘Composer of the Year’ and was where the majority of the tracks on her debut album ‘Breathe’ originated.
Ceòl ’s Craic with Ishbel Murray, Monday 25 August, 6.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.
Ged is ann à Siorrachd Lincoln a tha Laura-Beth tha i a-nis stèidhte ann an Glaschu.
’S e an ceòl Blues, Ragtime agus Bluegrass a chuala i a pàrantan a’ cluich nuair a bha i òg a thug buaidh oirre an toiseach ach as deidh dhi a bhith na h-oileanach air cùrsa ceum Ceòl Traidiseanta chaidh i an sàs ann an ceòl dùthchas.
Mar aon dhen luchd-ciùil a chur air chois an còmhlan ‘The Shee’ bha i a’ cluich a le còmhlain a leithid ‘The Maclean Project’, (còmhlan mòr Dougie Maclean) agus Shooglenifty.
Thàinig a’ mhòr chuid dhen cheòl bhon chiad chlàr aice, ‘Breathe’, bhon chruthachadh de cheòl a rinn i airson Celtic Connections ann an 2012 agus tron obair seo chaidh na sgilean sònraichte aice mar neach-ciùil aithneachadh le duais MG Alba airson Cumadair- ciùil na Bliadhna.
Aug 23, 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 Great War was one of the most awesome, bitter and ultimately destructive conflicts in Scottish history. It virtually wiped out a generation of young men from all over the country.
The pipers were virtually unarmed and of the 2,500 who served throughout the war almost a half were killed or wounded.
Only two Pipers received VC’s out of the 638 VC’s awarded to British and Commonwealth troops during the war.
A total of 147,609 Scots lost their lives in the four-year-long conflict between 1914 and 1918.
Themortality rate in the war for Scottish troops was over twice that of the rest of the British Army – a horrendous 26.4% compared to 11.8%.
In fact, Scotland suffered the third highest percentage casualty rate of all the counties who fought in the war, only Turkey and Serbia had higher percentage casualty rates.
These statistics fail to grasp the impact the war had on Scotland but it is shown in different aspects in a legacy of both Traditional and Contemporary songs, music and poetry which will be featured in the programme.
Aug 23, 2014
The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing 23 August is a collection of Catriona McKay’s newly composed music in an album title ‘Harponium’ which highlights her prowess as both harper and composer.
Melody driven with Catriona’s signature harmonic and rhythm harp style, Harponium combines both the strength and delicacy of her harp with bold, warm, characterful harmonium.
Reviewer, Rob Adams in The Glasgow Herald commented: “Harper Catriona McKay is a musical free spirit who can tackle wholly improvised works and has the ability to take traditional music out to the edge without sacrificing traditional forms and techniques at the altar of experimentation.
Indeed, it is the easy intermingling of her fearless adventures with her folk roots that makes Harponium such an enriching, rewarding and uplifting listening experience.
Essentially, as its name suggests, a blending of Scottish harp and harmonium, both played by McKay herself, into one new instrument, this is a triumph of brilliant musicality, joyous expression, daring harmonic shifts and moving melodicism.”
Catriona McKay’s Harponium album is available to buy now from coda music