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Mike Ritchie

mike.ritchie@celticmusicradio.net

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BATTLEFIELD BAND FOUNDING MEMBER HOUSE CONCERT

BATTLEFIELD BAND FOUNDING MEMBER HOUSE CONCERT   Celtic Music Radio’s final House Concert of the year will feature the gifted singer, songwriter and musician, Alan Reid, a founding member of The Battlefield Band. His solo show at the station’s Admiral Street studios in Glasgow takes place on Tuesday, November 20.

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Craig & Willoughby House Concert Cancelled

We are sorry to report that the Craig & Willoughby House Concert planned for Tuesday, October 16, has been cancelled. Please accept our apologies.

JP HARRIS SOMETIMES DOGS BARK AT NOTHING (Free Dirt Records)

JP HARRIS SOMETIMES DOGS BARK AT NOTHING  I met JP Harris when he was hosting his Sunday Morning Coming Down event in East Nashville’s Gallatin Avenue in September, described correctly as “an afternoon of gumbo and good times.” There are more good times to be savoured, courtesy of JP, on this hugely impressive and engaging …

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CELTIC MUSIC RADIO ANNOUNCE DUO OF HOUSE CONCERTS

Celtic Music Radio 95FM has announced its final duo of House Concerts for the year. In October, Craig and Willoughby – Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby – are lined up for their first visit. Individually, they have worked with the likes of The Righteous Brothers, Nanci Griffith and Strawbs but they have a growing following …

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COLTER WALL and TYLER CHILDERS, CELTIC CONNECTIONS, TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW, February 3, 2018.

All the young dudes were out in force – well, two to be exact – to bring their selection of fine songs and American songbook influences to this Celtic Connections’ gig, leaving us fairly certain that we’ll be hearing a lot more of them both. From Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canadian Colter Wall has a languid, …

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COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS, CELTIC CONNECTIONS, 02 ABC, GLASGOW, JANUARY 31, 2018.

The first of many gigs for Courtney Marie Andrews this year – she had 117 official shows in 2017 – convinced many fans here that they should be joining this beguiling singer/songwriter’s journeying by heading to Edinburgh when she returns with her band in April.

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THE BARR BROTHERS, CELTIC CONNECTIONS, SAINT LUKE’S, GLASGOW, JANUARY 28, 2018.

The Queens Of The Breakers is the title track of The Barr Brothers latest release – and when it emerged here this Celtic Connections’ gig truly bumped into life. It’s a flowing, chiming, rocky track and raised the temperature significantly. That’s not to say the opening songs were dull, far from it – they proved …

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HAYES CARLL and CORB LUND, Celtic Connections, Saint Luke’s, Glasgow, January 26, 2018.

The secret of what musical mates, Hayes Carll and Corb Lund get up to in hotel rooms when they go on tour is now out. They shared their nocturnal activities (that is playing music together) full-on during this lusty, rough’n’tumble, double bill Celtic Connections’ gig with both men in great humour and sparkling form musically, …

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MANDOLIN ORANGE, Celtic Connections, The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow, Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

It was by chance that Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz met at a blue grass festival nine years ago – but it is the fans of their warming and deftly created music who are definitely the lucky ones.

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Sharon Shannon Band and Special Guests, Celtic Connections, The Old Fruitmarket, February 3, 2017.

From the start this was a gig not to be missed. Packed into the Old Fruitmarket, Sharon Shannon made sure a great night was had by all. Her first tune, “Neckbelly” had us bouncing along as Sharon asked us to “go mental” and have loads of fun. The tunes came quick and fast with sets …

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