Studio Guest ‘Travels With My Auntie Liz’ Tues 21st March 2017 8-10pm

Studio Guest ‘Travels With My Auntie Liz’ Tues 21st March 2017 8-10pm

Mar 21, 2017

Studio Guest ‘Travels With My Auntie Liz’ 21 March 2017 with be Paul Sheridan from the Wakes – who had sell out gigs at Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival last weekend!
Liz will also be looking at the brilliant response to Celtic Music Radio’s Charity  Auction to raise funds for the station running for the next month and giving you a heads up on some of the items that will be lodged on our Ebay Site  in the coming weeks ! If you would care to donate anything to the auction – please get in touch ! Email  or message Auntie Liz on her Facebook Page  

Formed in 2006 “The Wakes are a Folk’n’Roll band from Glasgow, Scotland. Their ambition is to make music with a social conscience. Music that matters. Their songs are songs, born from political and social struggle, of protest and of heartache and of the joys of life. Their fusion of traditional instrumentation, with a contemporary sound have helped the band to generate live shows which are energetic, euphoric, and often unforgettable.
The musical style of The Wakes is influenced by those who have gone before. There are influences of Guthrie, Springsteen and Dylan dripping from every sonnet. From traditional folk groups like The Dubliners and The Corries to contemporary bands such as The Clash and The Pogues comes the Folk’n’Roll sound”
Band Members / Paul  Sheridan – Vocals – Guitar / Chris Cruickshank – Bass- flute – saxophone / Danny  McGuinness – Whistle / Eamonn Maguire – Drums  / Connor Markey – Mandolin & Banjo/ Christopher James – Harmonica
They are off to Germany and Belgium in April:- 

12 April – Lemgo, Weite Welt
14 April – Frankkfurt / Main, Das Bett
15 April – Dusseldorf, Linkes Zentrum

CD’s   These Hands – 2007 /The Red & the Green 2013  /Vinceremos  2016 


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Quigleys Point – Guests on Travels With My Auntie Liz – Tues 14th March 2017

Quigleys Point – Guests on Travels With My Auntie Liz – Tues 14th March 2017

Mar 14, 2017

Quigleys Point – John Cassidy & Geraldine Reid – steeped in the Scottish Irish tradition – are coming in to see Auntie Liz tonight as a forerunner for  Celtic Music Radio’s Radiothon  on live from Merchant Square on Saturday 18 March during Glasgow’s St Patricks Festival .


John , a Paisley Buddy started off in the 1960’s folk scene in Glasgow as one of the original Tannahill Weavers and has not stopped playing since! Joined by Geraldine Reid the formed Quigleys Point and can be found giging in and around Glasgow most weekends . Will bring you their music and a look at the Glasgow Irish community and how strong it still is today

Liz will also be looking forward to Celtic Music Radio’s Radiothon that starts on St Patrick’s Day – 17 March – with live artists on in the hours of 12pm till midnight. Celtic Music Radio will also be broadcasting live from Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival – Merchant Square in Glasgow on Saturday 18 from 12pm till 5pm. Go to Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival  for more events running from 11 – 19 March.

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Festival Dates 2017

Festival Dates 2017

Mar 13, 2017


Some Festival Dates for you calendar 2017
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25-Feb  08-Mar Inverness Music Festival  


11-Mar 19-Mar Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival    

17-Mar 19-Mar Neil Gow Annual Scottish  Fiddle Festival   

31-Mar 05-Apr  Edinburgh International Harp Festival   


07-Apr  09-Apr  Glenfarg Folk Feast

03-Apr  06-Apr  Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin’   

21-Apr  23-Apr  Northern Streams  

27-Apr  07-May Tradfest    

27-Apr  30-Apr  Shetland Folk Festival  

27-Apr  30-Apr  Girvan Traditional Folk Festival   



05-May 07-May Moniaive Folk Festival   

12-May 14-May Fife Traditional Singing Weekend:

25-May 27-May Isle of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Festival

19-May 23-May Strichen Festival

25-May 28-May Knockengorroch World Ceilidh

25-May 28-May Orkney Folk Festival   

26-May 04-Jun   Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival   


02-June   04-June   Skye Storytelling Festival & GlendaleGathering

02-June   04-June   Portsoy Music Festival

02-June   25-June   Glasgow West End Festival

15-June   18-June   Culross Festival 

08-June   11-June   Eden Festival 

09-June   11-Jun   Keith Festival TMSA

09-June   11-June   Arran Folk Festival

09-Jun   11-June   Loanhead Music Festival 

19-June   29-June   Crail Festival    

16-June   18-June   Killin Music Festival 

23-June   25-June   Solas Festival 

23-June   25-June   Falkland Traditional Music Festival    

24-June   25-June   Scottish Traditional Boat Festival   

28-June   02-July    East  Neuk  Festival   


30-Jun   02-Jul    Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival    

02-Jul    07-Jul    Ceolas Music Summer School 

04-Jul    25-Aug  Feis an Eilein 

06-Jul    09-Jul    Stonehaven Folk Festival

07-Jul    09-Jul    Furness Tradition    

19-Jul    22-Jul    Hebridean Celtic Festival

14-Jul    16-Jul    Lossiemouth Folk Festival

14-Jul    16-Jul    Rothbury Traditional Music Festival     

28-Jul    05-Aug  Aberdeen International Youth Festival  

21-Jul    23-Jul    Cullerlie Traditional Singing Weekend 

28-Jul    30-Jul    Ugie Folk Festival   

21-Jul    22-Jul    Wickerman Festival  

27-Jul    30-Jul    Southern Fried Festival 

28-Jul    30-Jul    Speyfest 

28-Jul    31-Jul    Mugstock Festival 

30-Jul    06-Aug  Shetland Fiddlee Fenzi


03-Aug  05-Aug  Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 

07-Aug  13-Aug  Piping Live    

23-Aug  27-Aug  Marymass Folk Festival

17-Aug  20-Aug  Milwaukke Irish Fest     

16-Aug  20-Aug  Mull of Kintyre Music Festival     

18-Aug  20-Aug  Innerleithen Music Festival

24-Aug  27-Aug  Tonder Folk Festival   



01-Sep  09-Sep  Blas Festival

01-Sep  03-Sep  Kirriemuir Festival

01-Sep  03-Sep  Portpatrick Folk Festival   

06-Sep  10-Sep  Linlithgow Folk Festival  

11-Sep  17-Sep  Ceol Cholsa    

15-Sep  17-Sep  Douglasdale Folk Festival

22-Sep  24-Sep  Dunbar Traditional Music Festival (The Belhaven Best)   

22-Sep  24-Sep  Isle of Jura Music Festival  

22-Sep  24-Sep  Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival  


02-Oct   04-Oct   Selkirk Sessions    

07-Oct   09-Oct   Ullapool Guitar Festival 

04-Oct   08-Oct   Glasgow Americana  

05-Oct   09-Oct   Shetland Fiddle & Accordion Festival

06-Oct   14-Oct   Celtic Colours 

21-Oct   30-Oct   Scottish International Storytelling Festival 


Should your festival wish to be included in the above diary please email Liz Clark at

See you at the festivals !

Danny Kyle Open Stage Showcase 2017 Sunday 5th February 2017

Danny Kyle Open Stage Showcase 2017 Sunday 5th February 2017

Feb 5, 2017

I am delighted to announce the 6 finalists in this years Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections
Liz Clark – Producer and Presenter of the DKOS
Had 71 Acts on Stage – consisting of 200 + artists
Who came from:- Aberdeen  Airdrie Aberdeen/ Argentina / Ayr / Balquidder / Barrow – In Furnace/ Berlin / Bishopbriggs / Bishopton/ Borders / Brighton / Buckie / Canada / Cumnock / Devon  / Dumfriese / Edinburgh / England/ Fife / Gairloch / Glasgow / Gourock / Greenock / Insch / Isle of Lewis / Ireland /Kilmarnock / Kilwinning / Liverpool / Manchester / Motherwell / Newcastle / Orkney / Paisley / Rutherglen / Wales!
All of them winners!
Out of all the winners we have the 6 finalists who will showcase their set and all return next year for a support slot at Celtic Connections 2018
Here is your showcase artists of 2017

An Dha – Brighton –    Listen again to performance on 4 Feb 2017
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” .



Avocet – Glasgow –  Listen again to first performance on 1 Feb 2017
Sam Grassie / Herbie Loaning/ Iona Zajac
“Having met through the traditional music scene in Edinburgh and Glasgow at a young age, samaniona decided to combine forces in making contemporary music with a traditional folky feel to it yet also influenced by blues and world music.  Sam’s finger picking guitar style reminds one of the likes of Bert Jansch
Joining him are Herbie on double bass, and Iona, whose distinctive vocals are best described as soothing and haunting at the same time”#



DopeSickFly    – Glasgow   Listen again to first performance on 27 Jan 2017
Ant /Wendy/Chris / Joe / Calum
Founded in the summer 2015 in Glasgow Scotland having busked the streets of Glasgow, the band evolved there sound into a Soul, Rock, Poetic, Acid Jazz fusion with just the right amount of Funk. With lead singer/poet Ant Thomaz soulful vocals, guitarist Chris Darling and his keen desire for funk, Drummer Calum macrae with his Jazz background, Joe Djaelani on bass elevating Neo Soul and bluesy backing vocalist Wendy Rae, DopeSickFly truly emanates a new refreshing alive sound. There’s a confidence and power to the band’s live set that at times can be mesmerising. The lyrically explosive, musically diverse, Funk Rock Hybrid known as Dopesickfly project an upbeat feel good vibe inviting everyone to join in with catchy hooks and to dance their hearts out. Dopesickfly are encouraging & sing of life, connecting to all ages of people; making music for people!


Marianne McGregor – Orkney/Glasgow  Listen again to first performance on 24 Jan 2017
Growing up in Orkney Marianne was exposed to a rich environment of all things musical, creative and expressive. Although primarily a jazz singer, Marianne has taken influence from various other styles, incorporating a breathy folky twist into her voice. In the time since finishing her music degree in 2015, she has used songwriting as a soothing creative outlet for personal storytelling and expression, using smooth bluesy/folky vocal tone and her unique pallet of textures to communicate and engage with the listener. Although she is relatively new to the role of singer songwriter, Marianne hopes to continue writing and performing in this unique and quirky style.


The Magpies –  Glasgow –   Listen again to first performance on 25 Jan 2017
Lizzie King / Peter Keay / Doro Weber
The Magpies are an alternative folk pop trio who write and play together in Glasgow.Originating from acoustic duo
Reasons To Be Cheerful with Lizzie King (lead vocals, guitar) and Doro Weber (drums, percussion), the band welcomed the addition of Peter Keay (bass, backing vocals) in early 2016. The Magpies are a relatively young band, having started playing together in January 2016. Gigging widly since their forming also released their self-produced debut; ‘Wait for the Sunrise’, bringing the endorsement from radio plays UK Wide . The summer saw the band perform at some exciting festival gigs including L Fest in Uttoxeter and Manchester Pride. Their second EP, to be released early 2017.



WHɎTE – Glasgow/ Aberdeen – Listen again to their first performance on the  26 Jan 2017
Alasdair Whyte and Ross Whyte
Emerging Gaelic electronica duo released their debut album, Fairich as part of Sound Festival in Aberdeen on 21 October 2016.  Each from very different musical backgrounds (ambient electronica and traditional Gaelic), their songs have drawn comparisons with Sigur Rós and Martyn Bennett.  Following several successful live performances throughout Scotland and radio play on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Travelling Folk’, WHɎTE secured funding from Creative Scotland to record their debut release.  Fairich was recorded in the late summer of 2016 at the University of Aberdeen and in a cave beneath Dunnottar Castle and features a selection of arrangements of rarely-heard 17th 8th century Gaelic songs as well as original compositions.


Once again well done to all the Finalists
Also to our media partners Celtic Music Radio for airing / recording/ advertising The Danny Kyle Open Stage 2017
See you at the place 5 pm tonight ! Liz 


Here are the list of Highly Recommended artists who took part:-

Beth Malcolm
Eilidh Firth Trio
Elia Davidson
Ellie Ford 
Folky MacFolk Face 
Footerin Aboot 
Harry Harris  
Iona Fyfe & Luc McNally
Kate Kyle  
Roelle  Blue
Southside Fiddlers 
The Boys With The Lion Head 
The Rowies
The Step Brothers Music
The Trials of Cato
Velvet & Stone 
Yoko Pwno   


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Danny Kyle Showcase Opening Concert at Celtic Connections on Friday 20th January 5-7pm

Danny Kyle Showcase Opening  Concert at Celtic Connections on  Friday  20th January  5-7pm

Jan 19, 2017

Danny Kyle Showcase Opening  Concert  at Celtic Connections Friday 20 th  January  5-7 pm

The Finalists  of from last year’s Danny Kyle Open Stage broadcast live by Celtic Music Radio 5-7 pm and on Listen again in archive – links below.


Not in running order !


Bella and The Bear -Stuart Ramage & Lauren Gilmour  Contact     Facebook  Website 
Appearing  at Celtic Connections on
The Danny Kyle Showcase Friday 20th January in The Exhibition Hall
On 27 th January at The Broadcast
On 3 rd February along with Lewis & Leigh at St Andrews In The Square 
Bella and the Bear craft fairy tales through a fusion of folk storytelling and elements of spoken word. Percussive and rhythmic guitar, intricate harmonies and compelling lyrics combine to create a captivating sound that can hold an audience silent. In their first year together, the band have won Best Newcomer at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, have been named Best New Act by Calmac Culture, played across the country, released two EPs and produced their own short film. Their live show is continuing to develop and span across different art forms as they bring their music to life through animation and visual art.  Listen again in archive 


QuickAlex Haynes – Guitar / Emma Barr – Mandolin / Willem McKie – Vocals
Contact  Facebook  Website    Listen again for interview with Mike Ritchie
 Appearing at Celtic Connections on :-
The Danny Kyle Showcase Friday 20th January in The Exhibition Hall
On 30 th January Appearing with Special Consensus at GRCH
Also The debut EP ‘This I Know’  will be launched  on the 25 th of February 2017 at Glasgow’s Old Hairdressers!
Quick are a new up and coming folk band who’s first gig together was on the Danny Kyle Open Stage 2016,  drawing inspiration from traditional blugrass music to modernised alternative folk. The folk band diversifies their music with progressive, technical and intricate concepts played through a traditional acoustic instrumentation alongside a heartbeat of honest, pure and original lyrics. Looking to 2017 with an ever growing repertoire of original music and two fantastic gigs to set their year off  and the release of their EP means that it is going to be a very busy year indeed   Listen again in archive 


Ross Miller & Charlie Stewart     & Joined by Luc McNally this year ! 
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Appearing at Celtic Connections on :-     

The Danny Kyle Showcase Friday 20th January in The Exhibition Hall
21 st January along with Leveret at The  National Piping Centre

This exciting new pipe and fiddle duo create a dynamic blend of traditional tunes and songs. Ross and Charlie produce is based around tight tune playing, variations, interweaving harmonies and rhythmic ideas.  Ross is an established competition piper and Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. He is studying pipes, Scots song and whistles at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and playing regularly in the newly formed ‘Foot Stompin’ Ceilidh Band’. Charlie is also a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying fiddle and double bass. Other bands he performs with include ‘Dosca’, ‘Levack Stewart Irving’ and ‘Sketch’. They have been gigging steadily throughout the year and also appeared at The Stonehaven Folk Festival back in July as well as Piping Live Not to mention semi finalists in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year award. They are joined on stage with Luc McNally of Dosca & Sketch and many more collaborations  Listen again in archive


 Charly Houston
Contact  Facebook Website
Appearing at Celtic Connections on :-      
The Danny Kyle Showcase Friday 20 th January in The Exhibition Hall
20th January at The Tron Theatre  with Pierce Turner

With a soulful voice and lyrics far beyond her years, Glaswegian Singer Songwriter Charly Houston will have you mesmerised during her live performances. Mixing a blend of traditional folk with modern lyricism, Houston has an onstage presence that screams hard work and professionalism, merging stand-up comedy with heart wrenching and sometimes comedic lyricism, she isn’t one to miss. “One of the best musicians I’ve seen perform at the Fringe this year” – English Lady, Edinburgh Fringe 2015.Over the past 8 years, Charly has worked tirelessly to build up a reputation within the Glasgow music scene, performing in King Tuts  and has supported artists  such as Astronautalis, Mick Hargan, Sinderins (AMWWF), Ren Harvieu, The Diagrams, Hannah Trigwell, Ben Montague and Leddra Chapman. With the launch of her EP Canada on the  14 th January in The Glad Cafe it looks like another buys year for Charly. Listen again in archive


Bella Gaffney
Contact Facebook Website
Appearing at Celtic Connections on :-     
The Danny Kyle Showcase Friday 20th January in The Exhibition Hall
27 th January at The National Piping Centre with the Ennis Sisters 

Bella Gaffney is a young singer songwriter based in Bradford who first started playing folk music at the Topic Folk Club in Bradford. She has gone on to write her own songs as well as arrangements of traditional tracks and is giging around the smaller festival in England and support slots for established artists. Gigging around Scottish Festival in 2016, she returned to Glasgow in March to play at the CalMac Culture Music final where she was awarded gigs at two festivals – ButeFest and Hebridean Celtic Festival. Bella also plays in an up and coming young folk band called Bric-a-Brac! Her CD of mainly self penned songs, ‘The Clock Didn’t Stop’ has been received with critical acclaim and she is currently recording a new CD for release soon! She has a host of dates already for 2017 Listen again in archive


Northern Company :- New line up this year Sam Mabbett – melodeon / Charlotte Kennedy – fiddle/ James Taylor – Guitar / Michael Biggins – piano / Jacob Bradley /Scott Martin / Eryn Rae /Niamh Boadle
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Not appearing at The Danny Kyle Showcase Friday 20th January in The Exhibition Hall due to being at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Appearing at Celtic Connections on :-
3 rd February at The National Piping Centre with The Pipes, The Pipes ! 

Northern Company are a young and fresh six piece folk ensemble from the north of England- The line-up includes students of traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Newcastle University Folk degree. They play traditional and contemporary folk music from the British isles and beyond. They all met the Folkworks youth summer school and last year, finally made the decision to begin playing as a band! They arrange tunes into exciting sets that show off  different styles and allow room for individual personalities to be heard. and have been gigging around the festivals


We wish them all a fantastic festival and look forward to catching up with them.
While correct at time of printing please check with artists site and Celtic Connections website for any alterations or amendments 

Any queries  or enquiries please  contact Liz Clark direct on


Travels With My Auntie Liz Play List for 3rd Jan 2016

Travels With My Auntie Liz Play List 3rd Jan 2017
On Tues 8-10 pm Wed 2-4am and 1-3pm
And On Catch Up
1. Congratulations – The Traveling Wilburys
2. Breabach – The Ramparts – CD Astair
Appearing at Celtic Connections 3rd Feb at City Halls
3. Robyn Stapleton – Slaves Lament -New CD Songs of Robert Burns Release 20/1
Appearing at Celtic Connections 25th Jan St Andrews In The Square
4. Jock Duncan – Bogies Bonnie Bell
5. Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas – Back In Love Again
Jerry Douglas \ Appearing at Celtic Connections – 31st Jan City Halls Recital Room
6. Allan Taylor – Los Companeros – CD Hotels & Dreamers
7. Ewan McLennan – Jute Mill Song
Appearing at Celtic Connections 3rd Feb – The Mackintosh Church
8. Beoga – Jump The Broom – CD Before We Change Our Minds
Appearing at Celtic Connections – 3rd Feb at City Halls
9. Alistair Hulett & Dave Swarbrick- Mrs Barbours Army
10. Shooglenifty Scotland – Glenfinnan Dawn
Shooglenifty & Special Guests ‘A Night For Angus 21st Jan GRCH
11. Basco – 80’ Watz
Appearing at Celtic Connections 26th Jan GRCH with Talisk
12. Tim Edey – Hector The Hero – AOW – New CD How Do You Know
13. Tim Eady – The Elevator Blues
14. Sheesham and Lotus – Mississippi River Blues
15. Koko Taylor– Bad Rooser – CD Old School
16. Four Men and a Dog– Turn Me Loose
Appearing at Celtic Connections 27th Jan GRCH
17. Cherish the Ladies – Lord Inchiquin / Sweeney’s Dream / Johnny Henry’s / Thady Casey’s Fancy
Appearing at Celtic Connections 26th Jan in GRCH
18. Finbar Fury – Eddies Fancy – CD Traditional Irish Pipe Music
19. Judy Small – Mothers Daughter’s Wife’s
20. Town Van Zandt – Snow Don’t Fall
21. Eric Bogle – If Wishes Were Fishes
22. Derroll Adams – Blue Ridge Mountains
23. Hamish Imlach –D Day Dodgers
Thanks for listening folks! Auntie Liz – Liz Clark

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