Danny Kyle Open Stage Finalists: 2011 support gigs at CC

Danny Kyle Open Stage Finalists: 2011 support gigs at CC

Jan 25, 2012

Liz Clark brings you up to date on the latest from the Danny Kyle Open Stage 2012.  The Danny Kyle Open Stage (DKOS) page is here.

The Danny Kyle Open Stage kicked off on Friday 20 January 2012 with two of the 2011 Finalists – Iona Marshall and Rura plus a guest appearance of Danny Coupar who was a long time friend of Danny Kyle’s and a staunch supporter of traditional music.

The other three could not perform on the day due to exams and other commitments, but we look forward to hearing them in their support gigs and at future events.

Any information required in regards to the Danny Kyle Open Stage should be made directly to Liz Clark at: dkos.info@yahoo.com Have a great festival!

Iona Marshall

Support Gig- The Big Dish Saturday 21 January at O2 ABC.

Iona Marshall is a singer-songwriter based in Glasgow, becoming recognised there for her original live fusing melodic folk with experimental synth parts, delicate harmonies, found samples and acoustic guitar hooks. Her beautiful songs are Celtic tinged and her solo performances are heartfelt and enigmatic. She sings about landscape, love, travel, spirituality and whatever sounds come out in a stream of consciousness. Mike Scott of The Waterboys says: “Iona Marshall sings and her crystal, angelic voice creates an immediate sense of connection to something mystical, other-worldly. One could easily be washed away by the lush, spell-binding sound. Iona’s ethereal qualities are clear – a strong connection to the spiritual west coast island of Iona. Her unique song-craft has been honed over many years, blending life-long influences with modern interpretations and experimentation, exploring her passions, emotions and philosophies through sublime, haunting sound-scapes.


Support Gig –Orchestra Baobab – Saturday 28 January – The Old Fruitmarket

Steven Blake (pipes, whistles)
Jack Smedley (fiddle)
Adam Holmes (guitar, vocals)New addition in 2011!
David Foley (bodhran, flute)
Chris Waite (guitars)

Rura consists of now five stunning Scottish Musicians, several of whom have been BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional  Musicians of the Year as well as going on the prestigious Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) Young Trad Tour.  Rue have had an extremely  busy year from Stapfest to Hebridean Music Festival and Piping Live to name but a few!  Joining them since ther award is Adam Holmes bringing the voice to enhance the group even further. There debut album from Greentrax will be with you soon.


Support Gig – Paul Kelly Wednesday 1 February at Oran Mor



Tensheds is the piano bashing, guitar swinging, husky voiced hobo. An individual with a chameleon like personality. An artist who won’t conform to a stereotype but who lives his life in a time old tradition. A free spirit with humble charm with stunning songs and musicianship.

For the past few years Tensheds has dedicated himself to his craft, even to the extent of living on the road in his campervan. And now, his hard working earnestness is now paying off. He won the Performing Rights Society UK Unsigned Award in 2008, the Northern Trax Making It Big Award in 2009, a Celtic Connections Danny Award in Jan 2011, Pure Rawk Best Blues Track Of The Year, and even found time to set the World Record for the Most Gigs Performed in 24 Hours – performing 8 shows in 8 different cities. Supporting the likes of Hazel O’Connor, 2011 tour



Support Gig – The Allan Kelly Gang – Friday 4 February at Oran Mor

Liam Campbell (guitar)
Roisin Anne Hughes (button accordion)
Roisin McArdle (piano )
Colette Hunter (banjo)
Patricia McArdle (flute)
Matthew Turner (drums)
Daniel Hunter (fiddle)
Siobhan McArdle (fiddle)

Yuptae are a young band hailing from the vibrant music scene in Glasgow’s South Side. Coming through the ranks of St Rocks Ceilidh Band giving them the strong sense where their music has come from and where they taking it too with innovative arrangements of traditions, contemporary and self penned tunes.

Mostly coming from musical families they in turn become the tutors for the youngsters coming behind ensuring that the Irish/Scottish traditions in music are kept alive and kicking!  Playing at local gigs and sessions over the last few years, they have built up a firm following of fans and are looking to expand this with future recordings and gigs further afield and played at various festivals throughout Scotland and Ireland in 2011 and are hoping to expand on this in 2012.

Broken Strings

Support Gig – Four Men & A Dog – Thursday 2 February Old Fruitmarket



Magnus Bichan  (Fiddle/Banjo/Border Pipes)
Guille Lopez (Cajon)
Graham Low ( Fiddle)
Aidan Moodie (Guitar)
Chloe Peace (Fiddle)
Graham Rorie (Fiddle/Mandolin)
Robbie Stevenson ( Accordion)
Broken Strings first played together in February 2009 with just five members. (from Kirkwall Academy)Under the tutorage of Douglas Montgomery.

They played at the Orkney Folk Festival Open Stage where they were pronounced the winners in May 2010 which in turn brought them to The Danny Kyle Open Stage in January 2011 and became one of the six final award winners!

Since then they have been building on their success with numerous appearances at local concerts and fund raisers in Orkney as well as coming down to Edinburgh to perform at The Fiddle Festival in November.

On 10 December 2011 they launched their new CD ‘Halda’ in Kirkwall, Orkney and was greeted with much acclaim and was the BBC Radio nan Gael album of the week.

The JPTrio



Support Gig – Sligo Sessions – Wednesday 25 January – St Andrews in The Square

Jos Kelly (Button Accordion and Piano)
Paddy Hazleton (Percussion)
Ted Kelly (Banjo and Tenor Guitar)
Niamh Farrell (Vocals)

Sligo based group The JP Trio was described by Martin O’Connor as ‘the new cutting edge of fused traditional music’, the JPTrio are an inventive and fresh new trio. All three musicians are founding members of Spraoi. Heavily influenced by jazz along with Irish music, the group is unique and exciting, fusing both genres and creating a brand new sound”.

Recently winning a Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections and getting a few Scots on there feet the wonderfully entertaining JPTrio will have the audience swinging!

Joining the band last year in time for the Stonehaven Folk Festival with her stunning voice is Niamh Farrell.

Danny Kyle Open Stage, every day 5.00-7.00pm live on Celtic Music Radio.



‘Have Mercy Las Vagas’ guest on Mark K Burke Show

Have Mercy Las Vagas is a band from Alexandria, Vale of Leven in Dunbartonshire and they guest on the Mary K Burke Show on Sunday night, 22 January from 7.00pm.

Have Mercy Las Vagas are Crispin McAlpine, Eilidh Trotter, Stephen Scott, Marc Mclean and Phil Plunkett who play a mix of folk and blues.  Learn more tonight from 7.00pm.

Mary K. Burke Show, Sunday 22 January 7.00-9.00pm. Please note, subject to delay due to the Danny Open Stage live broadcast from the Concert Hall.

Danny Kyle Open Stage: Saturday 21 January 5-7.00pm

From the first five of the 70 artists booked to appear at this year’s  Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections here are the first five for day one of  the New Year!

Running orderDavid Latto  / No More Cages/  Laurie Cameron /Rod Webster / Darcy DaSilva Band


No More Cages a 10 piece  folk band made up of the up and coming traditional musicians from Stirlingshire who are based in The Tollbooth in Stirling . Contacnomorecages@gmail.com

Darcy DaSilva A fine  young singer-songwriter from Moniaive in Dumfries & Galloway

Laurie Cameron A well traveled young singer songwriter from Perth who is working on her debut album.

Rod Webster –  Singer songwriter with a crossover of various genres and musical textures from Aviemore, Speyside in the Highlands of Scotland.

The David Latto Band –  A dynamic duo of country/Americana songwriters from Cuper in Fife.

Sit back and enjoy! Liz Clark, presenter and co-ordinator of The Danny Kyle Open Stage for Celtic Connections.  Every day 5.00-7.00pm

If you have any queries regarding the Danny Kyle Open Stage –

please contact Liz Calrk  at   dkos.info@yahoo.com

Remember – you can Listen Again and download the individual performances here

You can listen an hour later at Catch Up here for up to 30 days after broadcast.

Special £5 adult ticket offer + 2 children for for free

As part of Celtic Connections, The BIG Breakthrough takes place at the Mitchell Library Auditorium on Monday 23 January at 7.00pm.

It is a family friendly singalong show featuring: The BIG Project children’s choir, Cappella Nova (Alan Tavener), Inverness Gaelic Choir (Mary Ann Kennedy), Sangstream (Mairi Campbell), Karine Polwart and band, and a brass quartet!

Celtic Music Radio has a special offer to get £5 adult ticket (instead of £13) just telephone the Box Office on 0141 353 8000 and give the code word “choirs”.

Two children under 14 free with every adult ticket purchased.

Welcoming, in the UK’s Olympic year, this celebration of Olympic and Paralympic values – excellence, friendship, respect, courage, determination, inspiration and equality – features children and young people from The BIG Project in Broomhouse, Edinburgh with several choirs and 10 leading professional musicians, including Karine Polwart, in an interactive singalong show. The centrepiece of the evening programme is a newly-commissioned work by singer-songwriter and pianist Kim Edgar, Breakthrough, featuring all of the evening’s performers en masse with a series of overlapping themes representing the Olympic rings.

Remember, to get £5 adult tickets (instead of £13) telephone the Box Office on 0141 353 8000 and give the code word “choirs”.

Two children under 14 free with every adult ticket purchased.

Bruce MacGregor & Christine Hanson – Kissin is the Best Of A’

Bruce MacGregor & Christine Hanson – Kissin is the Best Of A’

Jan 20, 2012

This week’s Album of the Week is Kissin Is The Best Of A’ from Bruce MacGregor and Christine Hanson.

Listen to our feature programme from 12 noon and 12 midnight on Saturday 21st January.

Kissin’ Is the Best of A’ – Bruce MacGregor, Christine Hanson & Friends: This lovely new album from Blazin’ fiddler Bruce with Christine Hanson on cello could be a follow up to his 101 Reasons To Do Nothing, albeit 10 years later, since Christine also featured on that album. Bruce writes in the sleevenotes that this CD is “a collection of tunes that we enjoy playing” . Included are the ancient air ”Gin Ye Kiss My Wife I’ll Tell the Minister’, The rather lovely ‘Sunday River Waltz’ and of course ‘Kissin’ Is the Best of A” from the mighty Athol Collection of 1884. Joining Bruce and Christine are Tim Edey on guitar and box, and Brian McAlpine on piano.

Taught the fiddle by the wonderful Highlander, Donald Riddell CBE, Bruce MacGregor never anticipated playing music for a living. As a graduate in Byzantine and Medieval Italian History at Edinburgh University, he discovered that conversations in bars never moved towards this topic and so decided to chance his hand on a Business post grad. at Napier University. It was here that he discovered he hated accounts and computers, and so that was two career paths crossed off the possible list. A return to his hometown of Inverness led to him to try and sell cars at his father’s garage. He quickly discovered he was pretty hopeless at this and he didn’t really like cars – he either drives a red one or a blue. So, he took his fiddle and went busking on the High Street with a pal instead.

Click here to buy a copy of Kissin is the Best of A'A freak accident whilst being an extra in “Chasing the Deer”, one of the worst films ever made, resulted in him becoming a Researcher at the BBC in Inverness (it’s a long story…) A few years working there and moving on to being a Producer led to him making documentaries on famous Scottish fiddlers, which some folk obviously liked as they won two awards at the Celtic Media Festival. He made many feature programmes for BBC Scotland, including programmes on historical figures and landmark events.

However, the seven year itch had set in and he decided to set up Blazin’ Fiddles as a showcase band for a one-off tour. Fourteen years on and the band is still touring to packed houses throughout the country, having played at the Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and hundreds of village halls in between.

Music has taken Christine Hanson from touring Canada’s High Arctic with a tango trio to playing traditional music in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

While classically trained, Christine in her many roles – cellist, composer and sound designer – is eclectic in her musical explorations. Her experiences include compositional commissions, arranging, studio work, theatre work, and performing as an ensemble musician with a variety of groups that play classical, folk, pop-jazz, and experimental music. She is also an experienced instructor, teaching professional master classes in workshop settings on both sides of the Atlantic.

Christine also appears with the Amati trio in Canada.

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