Hamish Burgess presents the The Maui Celtic Radio Show on Celtic Music Radio 95 FM on Tuesdays at 12.00pm until 2.00pm.
Hamish Burgess’ weekly show is produced and recorded on the island of Maui, Hawaii in which Hamish plays two hours of the best Celtic music from around the planet.
Hamish travels to many countries interviewing musicians for the programme and often has interview clips with the top traditional Celtic musicians and folk singers, such as the late Liam Clancy, George Millar of The Irish Rovers, Paddy Moloney, Carlos Nunez, and many more.
He often does themed shows, where he talks about the traditions of the Celtic people and the music. These have included themes on the Celtic festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, the Summer Solstice and the Winter Solstice. Also modern themes of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, St.Patrick’s Day, Valentines Day, Easter, and Canada Day and Independence Day. Other subjects have included Robert Burns, Sea Shanties, Celtic Emigration, and Irish Rebel Songs, and a musical tour of the Celtic Lands.
From an Old Aberdeen Scottish family, Hamish Douglas Burgess grew up in Cornwall in south west England and now lives on the island of Maui, where he has promoted Scottish culture for the last 14 years.
He is the owner of Maui Celtic, a Celtic goods retail company as well as an organization which is a cross-cultural link for music events, genealogy, Celtic art and heritage. His website at www.mauiceltic.com is a resource and archive for all things Scottish and Celtic in Hawaii.
Hamish (pictured left) was honoured to be named The Caledonian Society of Hawaii’s ‘Scot of the Year’ for 2010, for services to the Scottish/Hawaiian community.
As Scottish Ambassador for The Princess Ka’iulani Project, Hamish also took the story of Hawaii’s most beloved Hawaii/Scot back to her father’s homeland in 2009, where he was a featured guest on BBC Scotland and Celtic Music Radio Glasgow as well a contributor to Scottish national newspapers. He also reports freelance on Scottish events, such as The Gathering, for local Hawaii and mainland newspapers.
Hamish is a Celtic artist, producing traditional and modern Celtic art including album and DVD covers, many for iconic band The Irish Rovers who now in their 50th year with his art for the band on stages around the world, and recently seen on national television on PBS. His art can be seen at www.mauiceltic.com/gallery.htm
Hamish is also a well-known local bagpiper, a founding member of The Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums, a non-profit bagpipe band serving the Maui community, now renamed The Isle of Maui Pipe Band. He is now a solo player at ‘Fleetwoods on Front St.’ and plays for weddings and cultural events throughout Hawaii.
In the summer of 2000, he travelled to Scotland to represent Maui and the Hawaiian Islands in The Millennium Pipe March, where the biggest gathering of pipers ever marched through Edinburgh, and raised money for the Marie Curie Cancer Research charity.
He is also a promoter of traditional Celtic music, producing concerts on Maui with partner Jennifer MacKay Fahrni, ranging from pubs and church halls, to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. These include the world’s top Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, the late Irish singing legend Liam Clancy, Michael Black, and World Champion Bagpiper Jack Lee to name but a few. He has organised his own Robert Burns Night on Maui for the last nine years.
He was honoured to be an instigator of having Douglas Herring’s now famous Hawaii Tartan actually made into kilts being worn in Hawaii, before it was officially recognised by the State.
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Maui Celtic Radio Show, Celtic Music Radio 95 FM, Tuesdays between 11.00am-1.00pm (UK time).