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John Collings

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Isabel McCue MBE is Janice Ross’s guest on Scotspeak 18:00 on Tuesday 23rd October.

Scots’ Speak guest this week is the wonderful Isabel McCue MBE, founder of Theatre Nemo who uses the Arts to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness, loneliness and isolation. A tireless campaigner, Isabel’s dream is to establish a holistic centre in Glasgow which will offer creative space to use the Arts as …

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Dr. Marianne McAra is Janice Ross’s guest on Scotspeak 18:00 on Tuesday 16th October.

Scots’ Speak guest this week is Edinburgh raised but Glasgow based, Dr. Marianne McAra, Research Fellow at Glasgow School of Art who lives in the stunning Beresford building on Sauchiehall Street. Marianne began her professional life as a carpenter and stage-designer, and music was always an inspiration. Learning to play the violin at the age …

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Thomson Forrest is Janice Ross’s guest on Scotspeak 18:00 on Tuesday 9th October.

Scots’ Speak guest at 6:00pm on Tuesday 9th October 2018 is a man of the soil, Thomson Forrest who hails from Dalserf in the Clyde Valley. His father, a keen market gardener grew the famous, sought after but now rarely seen, ‘Scotch tomato’. Leaving school at fifteen, Thomson worked outside on the land for fifty …

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Album of the Week 6th October 2018. Body & Soul by Katee Kross

21-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter from Bishopbriggs near Glasgow. Katee has already worked with some top names including Dougie MacLean, Barbara Dickson, Karine Polwart, James Grant, John Doyle, Findlay Napier, Tony McManus and Seasick Steve. Katee has written and released two full length albums. The first, ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ was released on the 26th March 2016, with the …

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Album of the Week – Keep The Flame Alight by Martha L. Healy

Keep The Flame Alight by Martha L. Healy. Scottish singer-songwriter, Martha L. Healy, returns with her new album ‘Keep The Flame Alight’ on the 5th October 2018. The album was written and recorded in Nashville and sees her develop her personal songwriting voice whilst remaining true to the musical influences of her childhood. Growing up, …

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Album of the Week 21st September Free One – Kinnairs Quintet

Kinnaris Quintet’s debut album, Free One. One of the most anticipated releases in years, Free One sees five supremely talented women – Jenn Butterworth, Laura-Beth Salter, Aileen Reid Gobbi, Fiona MacAskill and Laura Wilkie – give full expression to their musicality, unburdened by thoughts of what should be done but instead allowing the tunes to …

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Jan Ross’s guest

Jan Ross’s guest on Tuesday 11th September is the maestro Douglas Lawrence.  As an accomplished player of twenty years with the Scottish National Orchestra, Douglas is one of Scotland’s finest musicians whose fiddle style straddles both classical and traditional music.  A keen footballer and captain of the school team, Douglas had big decisions to make …

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Do you ever dream?

This has been an ordinary week.  We managed to lose things so I thought of Matt McGinn and The Red Yo Yo.  This will lead me to follow on with other children’s songs and songs about children. Form this start I started thinking about the youth work in church and this led me to play …

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John Collings features new CD from Jim Bryne.

Join John Collings today, Friday at 2.00pm for another edition of his Week.  Says John: “We had some brilliant sunshine last weekend and so I’ll play the title track from ‘Every Day is Sunshine’ which is a new CD by Glasgow singer-songwriter Jim Byrne.  His new CD will be released on October 11.  I’ve also …

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John’s Week 19 August

I think that I’ve got some interesting music for my show including ome by Jim Byrne and some by Ciaran Dorris as well as lots of other good stuff.


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