Eryn Strachan guests on Late Night Alan Burke

New Zealander Eryn Strachan, who has made Glasgow her home town, makes a welcome return to Celtic Music Radio as a guest on Late Night Alan Burke on Wednesday 7 May at 10.00pm.

Eryn is a singer-songwriter and joined the Celtic Music Radio team of presenters in 2010 with her Saturday afternoon programme “Antipodean Sessions.”

It is just over two years since Eryn released her album ‘Jade, Bone & Katie Jones’ in March 2012.

Born 1975 in Christchurch, New Zealand to a Scottish father and Kiwi mother, making Eryn a ‘Skiwi’, she came to Scotland in 2003 to find her extended family, discover her Scottish roots and to continue exploring her artistic career.

She chats with Alan on her musical career and her other activities and perhaps the possibility of a programme on Celtic Music Radio again!

Alan Burke, Wednesday 7 May 10.00pm to 12 midnight and Catch Up anytime.

Album of the Week: The Friel Sisters

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 25 January 2014 is the brand new CD from The Friel Sisters – Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher).

Alan Burke talks to the girls in the Celtic Music Radio studio about their music and new album.

Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire.

They have performed in various venues and festivals across Europe, America and Asia and have appeared as guests on stage with acts such as Altan, The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, Solas and Fidil.

Summer 2013 has seen the girls record their debut album in their home in Donegal with guest musicians Gearoid Mooney, Seamus O’Kane and Griogair Labhruidh.

The girls launched their album offically on Monday 30 December 2013 at Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy in Gaoith Dobhair in County Donegal.

More about The Friel Sisters and how to buy a copy of the album here.

Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 25 January at 12 midnight and Sunday 26 January 2014 at 2.00pm.

A Piper's Tale – Fergus Muirhead on Late Night Alan Burke

A Piper's Tale – Fergus Muirhead on Late Night Alan Burke

Aug 20, 2013

Alan Burke, on his Late Night programme on Wednesday 21 August, will have as a special guest Fergus Muirhead talking about his brand new book A Piper”s Tale.

A Piper’s Tale is a new book published later this month by Cargo Publishing and the book is full of fascinating and entertaining stories from some of the world’s greatest pipers and from every genre of the music, discuss the issues of the day.

For example, why did Willie McCallum start to play; who taught Murray Henderson and how did Roddy MacLeod manage the greatest pipers in the world in Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band?  And, where did Stuart Cassells get the idea for the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and does Ian Duncan think that pipe band pitch is getting too high?

So many questions and Fergus has the answers to these and many questions from the world of piping plus what do they think of the world of piping and where it’s going?

A Piper”s Tale will be in the shops week beginning 12 August 2013 with an official launch on Thursday 15 August at 5.00pm in the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.

The book will be available at Piping Live! at a special discounted price. It is now available to or from Amazon online.

Fergus Muirhead is an experienced writer and broadcaster. He has written on all aspects of money and consumer issues for a number of newspapers and magazines as diverse as Scotland on Sunday, The Herald, Sunday Herald, The Sun and the Journal of the Probate Section of the Law Society. He wrote a regular column in Moneywise Magazine and for five years he was Consumer Champion at best selling magazine Women’s Own.

He is the author of three money advice booklets for One Parent Families as well as a number of Chapters in the Probate Section Journal Yearbook. He has also written on-line content for RBS ‘Money Sense’ website as well as their ‘Teacher’s Guide to Finance’ Booklets.

As well as his writing credits, Fergus has appeared regularly on a number of radio and television programmes.

Fergus has travelled the world playing the bagpipes, initially with Molendinar in the late 1970s and more recently with The Caulbums Ceilidh Band. He teaches The City of Barcelona Pipe Band and is a regular at concerts, Burns Suppers and weddings in Catalunya.

He has acted as MC at concerts in every Piping Live! Festival over the last 10 years and is in demand as a speaker at Burns Nights all over the world.  Fergus was a presenter with Celtic Music Radio with a regular piping programme.

Alan Burke Late Night, Wednesday 7 August 10.00pm-12midnight and Catch Up anytime.

Pauline Alexander live with Late Night Alan Burke on Wednesday

On Alan Burke’s Late Night programme on Wednesday 18 July his special live studio guest will be songstress Pauline Alexander.

In January 2011, Pauline had the debut of her album Thoughts For The Masses and it was a busy year for Pauline which saw her performing at a number of festivals and events throughout Scotland including the Arran Folk Festival, a performance at Glasgow Cathedral for the Merchant City Festival and she also participated in Folk on the Boat fundraiser for Celtic Music Radio and the PS Maid of the Loch at Balloch, Loch Lomond.

She started 2012 with a slot on The Danny Kyle Open Stage as part of  Celtic Connections 2012 and more recently performed at the The Burns An’ a’ That Festival in May at Loudoun Hall, Ayr.

Pauline’s vocal quality has already been likened to artists such as Eva Cassidy and Karen Carpenter and her voice is quite de luxe!

Alan Burke Late Night, Wednesday 18 July 10.00pm-12midnight and Catch Up anytime.

‘Justuz’ guest on Alan Burke Late Night

Alan Burke’s guests on his Late Night programme this week are Justuz from St Boswells in the Borders.

Justuz are Gem Winter Phillips on vocals and percussion and Mike Pennington on guitar, mandoli, bouzouki and “anything else lying around”!

Mike says: “After meeting at a gig, we immediately discovered we have similar musical tastes and influences. We then drank a lot of coffee and chatted about music and decided to give it a go!

We then very quickly discovered that Gem has the voice and I play guitar better than she does, hence our roles in the band were defined rather quickly.”

Join Justuz on Late Night with Alan Burke, Wednesday 20 June, 10pm – 12 midnight.

Joy Dunlop at St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow

Celtic Music Radio recorded the Joy Dunlop concert at Glasgow’s cultural venue St Andrew’s in the Square for future transmission.

The concert was on Friday 23 March featuring an evening of first class music and song from some of Scotland’s most talented performers including Mod Gold Medal winner, Joy Dunlop.

Joy Dunlop and Twelfth Day play St Andrews in the Square, 1 St Andrew’s Square just off the Saltmarket, Glasgow tonight, Friday 23 March from 7.30pm with doors open at 7.00pm. Tickets are just £12.

Joy will have support from Patrick Bullen and Emma Joyce.


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