Album Of THe Week January 14th 2012

The Saw Doctors formed in 1986 in Tuam, County Galway, they have achieved eighteen Top 30 singles in Ireland, including three number ones. Their first number one, “I Useta Lover,” topped the Irish charts for nine consecutive weeks in 1990, and still holds the record for the country’s all-time biggest-selling single. Renowned for their live performances, the band has a cult following, especially in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. On 15 February 2008, they received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards.
They describe themselves as a band who were ‘Born into a repressed, catholic, conservative, small-town, agrarian, angst-ridden and showband infested society we’re trying to preserve the positive elements of our background and marry them to the sounds which have culturally invaded our milieu through TV, radio, 45’s, fast food restaurants, 24 hour petrol stations and electric blankets!’
They were recently on tour in Scotland and lead singer Davy Carton dropped in to studio 2 a few hours before going on stage in the Barrowlands for a chat with our own Edmund

Ciaran Dorris back with his Sunday Session

Ciaran Dorris is back with a ‘guest’ castaway and as a special New Year treat all the way from Cedar Park in the The Lone Star State of Texas will be Lynn Durkee – ‘The Texas Fairy’ – long time listener to the show and also executive producer of ‘Thank Folk It’s Friday’.

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Ciaran Dorris Sunday Session, 8 January 2012, 5.00-7.00pm.

Festival Fling features Bablefish

Stupendous, scintillating, scandalsingly and brilliant, that is how to describe Bablefish who have an alternative Burns Concert at Celtic Connections in the Oran Mor at the top of Byres Road, Glasgow on Wednesday 25 January at 7.30pm with a whisky tasting from Bruichladdich Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky plus special guests.

On the Festival Fling programme today, Saturday 7 January presented by Liz Clark, Bablefish are featured with a recording of their Lomond Folk Festival concert in July 2011.  Bablefish are Adam Sutherland, John Somerville, Andy Thorburn, Iain Copeland and words by Jock Urquhart.

“Book your tickets for the January gig at soon as it will be mobbed” says Liz

Festival Fling 2-4.00pm Saturday 7 January.  Repeat 1-3.00am also on Catch Up.

Album of the Week: Alasdair Roberts & Friends

The first CD Album of the Week in 2012 is the CD by Alastair Robert & Friends with an album titled ‘Too Long In This Condition’ on the Navigator Records label.

Bill Morris talks to Alasdair Roberts about his new CD and his music on our Album of the Week programme on Saturday 7 January 2012 at 12 noon with a repeat at 12 midnight and on Monday9 January at 6.00pm.

Alasdair Roberts has been based in Glasgow for the past ten years. His first releases consisted of home-made four-track recordings of his songs under the name Appendix Out.

The new CD ‘Too Long In This Condition’ features 10 ballads and one tune which have been in Alasdair’s live repertoire for the past three or four years and wich he has been keen to record for some time.

Alasdair has a few appearances in Glasgow during the Celtic Connections 2012 festival period in Glasgow in January 2012, some connected with the festival and some not.

On 25 January Burns Night, he’ll be appearing with Naomi Bedford at the Mitchell Theatre Glasgow.  Naomi’s recent album Tales from the Weeping Willow recorded by Gerry Diver in London, features some vocal and guitar contributions from Alasdair and a host of other collaborators. Later that evening he’ll be appearing at The Old Hairdresser for a ‘Byrne’s’ Supper which will celebrate the life and work of Talking Heads’ David Byrne as well as of the fellow who must be Scotland’s most celebrated poet, Robert Burns.

On 27 January he’ll be joining RM Hubbert for the launch of his new album Thirteen Lost and Found, recorded by Alex Kapranos in the Scottish Borders. The album features many collaborators including Alasdair on a vocal its closing track.

Then on 28 January, Alasdair will be joined by Shane Connolly, Rafe Fitzpatrick and Ben Reynolds to play at a tribute concert to Alistair Hulett at St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow.

Album of the Week, Saturday 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday at 6.00pm

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