Danny Kyle Open Stage Day 15 5th Feb at Celtic Connections 5- 7pm

Danny Kyle Open Stage Day 15 5th  Feb  at Celtic Connections 5- 7pm

Feb 4, 2017

Danny Kyle Open Stage Day 15 Saturday 5  Feb 2017
Danny Kyle Open Stage is broadcast live by Celtic Music Radio 5-7 pm and on Archive
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The Meadows –  Carmarthernshire – Wales    Listen Again
Melody Meadows/ Fantasia Meadows / Harvey Meadows/ Titania Meadows
The Meadows play original works, both instrumental and sung, along with fresh interpretations of folk music from various traditions, predominantly drawn from Celtic culture. Their concerts are an ethereal journey of sounds: a fusion of atmospheric, contemplative, emotional textures combined with high-energy, exhilarating folk music which gets people dancing. To date they have played numerous concerts, including charity tours, various festivals and events across the U.K., The Wales Millennium Centre, along with BBC Introducing, international radio airplay, articles in the press including Celtic Life International and Celtic Guide


Kate Kyle
– Dumfries  –  Listen Again 
Kate is a young  singer/songwriter based in Dumfries.  Writing songs  soulful country and folk influenced. Kate gigs around her local area performing at Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival / Thornhill Music Festival / Festival of Politics as well as local clubs and events.  Kate has also won awards for her songwriting  and is also out performing as a duo with Elia Davidson.!
She was  the South Scotland finalist for Holyrood Rocks 2015 and went on to compete and perform at Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. This lead onto being asked back to perform as a featured artist, 2016, Festival of Politics. Upcoming performances include, Wee Burns Supper Festival, The Beatles Charity event, Maidens of Music, Arts Festival – Guitar Strings, among others.




An Dha – Brighton –  Listen Again 
Jaya Hanley / Sarah James
“Experience the fire of Scottish Traditional music, the delicacy of classical perfection and the spirit of jazz and the life of the city from Urban Folk Duo An Dh, And Dha means ‘The Two’ in Gaelic, two musicians , a Violin and a Cello, on a journey exploring life and music together.
An Dha are a Fiddle and Cello duo writing and performing folk  music that combines styles and genres to explore the boundaries of contemporary fok music. They formed in 2013 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire after Violinist Jaya Hanley and Cellist Sara James visited the Isle of Skye and were entranced by the beauty and music of the island.  In 2016 they won the London Fiddle Convention Competition, various awards in the St Albans Folk Completion’s and were finalists I the Bath Folk Competition” .


Elia Davidson – Dumfries –  Listen Again
Sixteen year old singer songwriter Elia Davidson won the Amnesty International Youth Awards Songwriting Competition in 2015 and was invited to judge this year’s entries in London alongside Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs) and Neil Amin Smith (Clean Bandit). Merchant City Festival (via Scottish Music Centre), at Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and at Youth Beatz. In November of 2016, Elia was chosen to play on the Creative Scotland funded Hit the Road tour performing in Dunfermline, Dumfries and Glasgow. In addition to touring, Elia was fortunate to participate in a series of songwriting workshops alongside the likes of Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Findlay Napier, Callum Wiseman (Prides) and Ross Leighton (Fatherson). Elia also performs in a duo along with Kate Kyle!
Elia released her self- titled debut EP on Smart Indie in 2016 and is looking forward to returning to the studio in the summer of 2017 to record her follow up EP.



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 Any queries  or enquiries regarding the Danny Kyle Open Stage please  contact Liz Clark direct on dkos.info@yahoo.com

Live from Celtic Music Radio Studio, Admiral Street . Saturday 4th Feb – 11 am to 5 pm at Celtic Connections 2017

Live from Celtic Music Radio  Studio, Admiral Street . Saturday 4th Feb – 11 am to 5 pm at Celtic Connections 2017

Feb 4, 2017

Saturday 4th Feb live on www.celticmusicradio.net and 95fm in the fair city of Glasgow
Live from Admiral Street Studio  11 am to 5pm at Celtic Connections from 20 January to 5 February 2017

From 11am – 5pm Local and international artists with music / interviews / chat
From 5-7 Live from The Danny Kyle Open Stage   – any enquires re DKOS email Liz at dkos.info@yahoo.com

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11am John Malcolm
Stalwart of the Scottish music folks scene John brings a rich story and teller of tales through his music and song.  From his many years with the folk group Cruachan with a highly recommended ‘Loose Change’ album to his duo with storyteller and author Stuart McHardy, and his solo performances, not to mention being a valued member of The Lanarkshire Song Writers Group and their CD releases.  John also works with children in schools under the New Makars Trust ensuring that generations of children know where the stories and songs come from and encouraging them to learn, to write their owns songs ensuring that the music continues and grows.




12pm Freereelin
Davy Lees / Lesley Thompson / Stuart McQueen 

Freereelin’ are a feisty ceilidh band playing ‘across Fife, Tayside, Stirlingshire, Perthshire, West Lothian and beyond, Freereelin’ are a 3-piece group of experienced musicians whose passion is for great music, energy and fun.’   All have and play in different amalgamations and groups over the years and bring rich blend of their musicality, humour and passion to lively trio. From weddings to Ceilidhs, corporate to concerts they can get folks dancing in the aisles and singing along to well kent songs.




1pm Les Vieux  
Bill Macaulay / Ely Farrelly / Sandy Semeonoff

Cajan comes to Glasgow in the form of local group Les Vieux. Strutting out their music so that if you close your eyes you are transported to the Louisiana Boyous.  Gigging in and around Glasgow are a firm favourite of lovers of Cajan music as well as collecting new recruits along the way.







2pm Lizabett Russo Trio  Appearing at Celtic Connections 4 Feb The Mackintosh Church along with 3Hattrio
Scotland-based singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo stands out in the most cluttered of genres, marked out by her Romanian heritage and her wealth of travelling experience. She brings a diverse and eclectic range of influences to her tracks, which move from traditional acoustic ballads to up-tempo jazz – and just about everything else in between. In 2013, Lizabett self-released her EP entitled The Traveller’s Song  Gigging extensively through the UK from clubs to the Cambridge Folk Festival and supporting such acts as Rachel Sermanni, Rozi Plain, Tim Edey and Trembling Bells .






3pm Adam McCulloch   
Well renowned local singer Adam McCulloch  brings his rich deep seated Scottish traditional music to the fore in his performances and song writing, blended seamlessly with his distinctive gypsy jazz and bluegrass influences with his trio.   With a well received and critically acclaimed debut CD ‘In These Times’ firmly placing him, either as a solo artist or with his trio, on the Scottish folk scene calendar from festivals to folk clubs.







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James McMurtry and Nathan Bell, Celtic Connections, Oran Mor, Glasgow, February 2, 2017.

James McMurtry and Nathan Bell, Celtic Connections, Oran Mor, Glasgow, February 2, 2017.

Feb 4, 2017

The Continental Club in Austin, Texas is a legendary venue and I’m envious of its patrons as they have the chance to hear the imperious James McMurtry and gorge on his unparalleled collection of bluesy, swampy, rocking, bar-room blues very regularly.

The rugged, award-winning McMurtry’s second ever Scottish gig ended more than seven years of live musical starvation for his fans, who filed out truly satisfied with what he and his hot, hot band served up over 80 blistering minutes.

He was in brilliant form at this Celtic Connections’ show – droll, fierce, rattling out his stories with incomparable wordplay involving fascinating characters while cracking out great licks with a sneer rarely off his face: and throughout, his mean, three-piece team stung and chomped and bruised, letting off steam in robust fashion. But, they caved into calm gentleness when required as on the take-a-deep-breath beauty of You Got To Me, from 2015’s glorious album, Complicated Game.

Bayou Tortue opened the show, rolled out with the fervour of a man who couldn’t wait to kickstart the action. And the tension in the scintillating Red Dress – from St Mary of the Woods released 15 years ago – was cranked up by the band in particularly lithe and moody mode. “Remember when we’d get together / Burn the candle don’t you know / Smoke and drink and live forever / No one there to tell us no” The displeasure of the song’s narrator gradually rose and seeped into every line and word as we were towed along on a grinding beat and biting guitar with McMurtry at his scowling, don’t-you-dare-mess-with-me best.

Copper Canteen from the latest album was terrific: storytelling of small-town life set to an uncanny, lazy rhythm with the craftsman’s words spilling forth : “We turned into our parents before we were out of our teens” sang the gun-cleaning narrator. These Things I’ve Come To Know – McMurtry alone and acoustic – was calm and comforting and then Choctaw Bingo got the no-holds barred treatment with lightning quick words, swirling guitar chords and a pounding rhythm that had us jumping.

A McMurtry visit is a rare treat all in all – but oh, so tasty it was.

Also appearing was Nathan Bell, who was no slouch either, lyrically, and delivered a memorable, if too brief a set. His tales of men struggling to support families in America were poignant, expertly penned and delivered with heart. They are the focus of his current remarkable album, I Don’t Do This For Love, I Do This For Love and his delivery of the title track was intense, thoughtful and uplifting. Nathan Bell deserves a wider audience – clearly, the Oran Mor patrons were more than hooked after this, his first-ever UK gig.


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