Planet Waves running order – 24th March 2015

24th March 2015 – Sam Charters, Sinéad O’Connor

Samuel Charters (August 1, 1929 – Wednesday March 18, 2015). American music historian, writer, record producer, musician, and poet. His books and field research helped detonate the blues and folk music revival of the 1960s and ‘70s.

24th March 1990, Sinéad O’Connor went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’, featuring the single ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.

I’ll Tell Me Ma – Sinéad O’Connor – Sean Nos Nua – Hummingbird HBCD 0030 – Ireland

Hellstedt’s Wedding March – Eric Sahlström & Gösta Sandström – The Dancing Bow – Sonet SNTD 201 (2xLP) – Sweden

Mama T’ain’t Long Fo’ Day – Blind Willie McTell – The Rural Blues – Folkways RF 202 (2 x LP) – Georgia

Bayou Pom Pom – The Grand Mamou Orchestra – The Cajuns Vol 2 – Sonet SNTF 64 (LP) – Louisiana Cajun

Antonia – dorec-a-belle – Listen – self-released – Scotland

Homeless – Manu Dibango ft Ray Lema with Sinéad O’Connor – Wakafrika – Blue Music BLM 001 CD – USA/South Africa/Cameroon

Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinéad O’Connor – I do not want what I haven’t got – Ensign Records – USA/Ireland

Tanhaa (Forlorn) – Alireza Ghorbani – Lost in Love: Persian Love Songs – Accords Croisés AC 160 – Iran

Zarb & Santur in dastgah Shur – Mohammad Ismaili & Faromarz Payvar – Music in the world of Islam: Reeds & Bagpipes, Drums & Rhythms – Topic TSCD 903 – Iran

Badola – Reijseger, Fraanje, Sylla – Count Till Zen – Winter & Winter 910 218 2 – various

Favvora (Fountain) – Malika Ziyoeva, Dilorum Turghunova, Dilfusa Yulchieva, Malika Zufarova (dutars) – Uzbekistan: Echoes of Vanished Courts – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings UNES 08306 – Uzbekistan

Downpressor Man – Sinéad O’Connor – Throw Down Your Arms – That’s why there’s chocolate and vanilla THCVCD 001 – Jamaica/Ireland

(Glory, Glory) When I Lay My Burden Down – Joseph Spence – The Complete Folkways Recordings 1958 – Smithsonian Folkways CD SF 40066 – Bahamas

Echo Blues (sig tune) – Frank Wakefield – That was now… this is then! – Rosewood RA 62096 – Tennessee

Travels With My Auntie Liz Tuesday 24th March 8-10pm

Travels With My Auntie Liz Tuesday 24th March 8-10pm

Mar 24, 2015

Tonight’s Travel With My Auntie Liz Is bringing some interviews and music from two magnificent events- Falkirk Music Pot Project Concerts Wednesday 25 March and Monday 31. In Falkirk Town Hall

The Falkirk Music Pot, performed by some of the area’s most talented musicians and created and directed by acclaimed Falkirk musician Brian McNeill, will premiere at Falkirk Town Hall on Wednesday 25 March 2015. This will be the first of two concerts highlighting the year-long programme of work funded by Falkirk’s Creative Place Award 2014 and produced by Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council.

Since March 2014, Brian, who writes, performs and teaches traditional music worldwide and founded The Battlefield Band, has been working with musicians and community groups from the area to create this exceptional programme of music. They include: Sing Forth Community Choir, Falkirk Fiddle Workshop, Falkirk Traditional Music Project, Falkirk’s School Ensembles.

The programme will include The Kelpie Suite – six linked pieces of music written by Brian specifically for the project, for orchestra, choir, traditional music groups and soloists. It was first performed at the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay at The Helix last June.  New music has also been commissioned in partnership with David Scott at the University of West of Scotland. Some of this new music and a full performance of The Kelpie Suite will be premièred during the concert, showcasing the abundance of musical talent in the area. There will also be performances by local songwriters and musicians, including Sylvia Barnes, Willy Thomson, and Andy McKean.

The music will be released as a double CD at the end of March on Greentrax Records, Scotland’s premier traditional music label. Brian has worked closely with staff and students at Forth Valley College to record the CD as part of their course work, both in the studio and on location.

The project takes its name from the Falkirk Pot, an iron three-legged cooking pot produced by the Carron Ironworks and Falkirk Foundry in the 1800s and exported to Africa and elsewhere around the world. It brings together Falkirk’s international cultural strands and draws parallels between cultural exchanges and the sharing of songs, music and stories that historically marked the end of the Falkirk Trysts, the town’s cattle markets, in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In 2014, as part of this cultural exchange, Brian and his wife Jacqueline visited Bandawe Girls’ Secondary School in Malawi. The school has an ongoing partnership with Falkirk High – Brian’s old school – and they recorded the pupils singing, which will form part of the concerts and the CD. A bonus of the trip was that they found three of the highly prized cooking pots – one of which is still in use today.

Brian McNeill said:

“It has been a long held dream of mine to give Falkirk’s music, of many different genres, the prominence it deserves. As a Falkirk bairn who has spent most of his working life away from the town, it has been an absolute pleasure to come back and find the place bursting with talent. I am delighted to have been able to realise my dream and spend a year bringing together so many different musical strands towards the concerts and the lasting legacy of a double CD. It’s been a pleasure to be involved and the people of Falkirk can be justly proud of what is happening here”.

The Falkirk Music Pot is one of three projects funded by Falkirk’s 2014 Creative Place Award.



Richard Young on Ceol’s Craic

Richard Young on Ceol’s Craic

Mar 22, 2015

Ceol’s Craic this Monday from 6pm features a session from Richard Young.

Honorary Scotsman Richard Youngs has been involved in music his whole life. Initially discovering the power of the art form by thumping the family piano as an angry four year old, in the intervening 44 years he has harnessed the same experimental, naive, playful power for all his 135 releases. Seamlessly shifting through musical genres  he has invented the ‘no genre’ genre in the process. Richard Young

For this session he will perform an extended acoustic song called ‘Parallel Winter’.

Planet Waves running order – 17th March 2015

17th March 2015 – funsize

Encantos de mi Terra (The delights of my country) – Sixto Corbalán – Encantos de mi Terra – self-released – Paraguay

Si Soy Así – Jorge Sobral – Si Soy Así – D&D Producciones Fonograficas SA – Argentina

Långt Borst I Skog – Emma Härdelin, Katarina Hallberg, Johanna Bölja Hertzberg, Kersti Ståbi – Love Letters & Russian Satellites – Westpark MusicWP 87122 – Sweden

Kronos Reel – Catriona McKay – Harponium – Glimster Records glmcd 3 – Scotland

Sheep Shell Corn By The Rattling Of His Horn – Highwoods String Band – The Young Fogies – Rounder CD 0319 – California

Palomita Mensajera – Cynthia Llano & Frannie Leopold – The American Fogies volume one – Rounder CD 0379 – Mexican American

Duson two Step – Balfa Toujours – The American Fogies volume one – Rounder CD 0379 – Cajun

L’Kovid David – Kapelye – The American Fogies volume two – Rounder CD 0389 – Klezmer

Village Churchyard (edit) – Ginny Hawker & Kay Justice – The American Fogies volume two – Rounder CD 0389 – Kentucky

Visits – Tommy Jarrell et al – The Young Fogies – Rounder CD 0319 – North Carolina

Rio Turbio – Amparo Sánchez – Espíritu del Sol – World Village WVF 479101 – Spain USA

Shining Star – Papa San – Higher Heights – Habakkuk Music – Jamaica

Largo al factotum from Rossini’s Barber of Seville – Thomas Hampson with Orchestra della Toscana conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti – A Night At Thje Opera – BBC Music OPCD 1 – Italy

Everybody loves my baby (but my baby don’t love nobody but me) – Boswell Sisters – Shout, Sister, Shout!: Their 52 Finest 1931-1936 – Retrospective RTS 4242 – New Orleans

Phonetic Pronunciation – Victor Borge – The Kings Of Komedy – Stardust Records – Denmark / USA

Echo Blues (sig tune) – Frank Wakefield – That was now… this is then! – Rosewood RA 62096 – Tennessee

FOLKAL POINT – 165 – March 19

FOLKAL POINT – 165 – March 19/2015
LOUISIANA BLUE – Radney Foster
A MOMENT’S MADNESS – Zoe Wren (Albion)
STATE SONG – Nick Shaheen
FLY AWAY – Bill Feehely & Celeste Krenz
COMING DOWN – Lynn Jackson & Chris Boyne (Canada)
LET IT RAIN – Mike Grogan (Albion)
RAIN SONG – Sarah Gayle Meech
PATCHOULI BOY – Astrid Young (Canada)
NORMAL – Sally Ironmonger (Albion)
Williams 111
HOMELESS – Kris Delmhorst
JALABAD – instrumental – Jeffrey Briggs
WALLS OF TIME – Robert Earl Keen
HEDY LAMARR – Findlay Napier (Scotia)
THE HARDEST MARCH – Susie Fitzgerald
CHESAPEAKE – Jesse Brewster
NANCY’S KITCHEN – instrumental – Doug Adamz
INCOMMUNICATION – Marek Dusil Blend (Česká Republika)
NIGHTWIND – Lee A Womack
PROTECT AND SURVIVE – Donnie Munro (Scotia)
FATA MORGANA – Daria Kulesh (Россия/Albion)
FALLIN’ – McPeake (Ulster)
SEPTEMBER WHEN IT COMES – Rosanne and Johnny Cash
I WILL TRY – Marty Joe Rogan (Scotia)
BUTTERFLY – Roxanne de Bastion (Albion)
THE CHILDREN’S SONG – instrumental – Joe Sample

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Mar 17, 2015

Brian Mandocello & Pupils- by Jacqueline France McNeill

Brian Mandocello & Pupils- by Jacqueline France McNeill


Tonight on Travels With My Auntie Liz  8-10pm GMT. Will be going on Travels with ‘Uncle Brian’ (McNeill that is!) Who has been to far flung lands of Malawi bringing the music, songs and stories back to us to enhance the wonderful The Falkirk Music Pot project which he has been immersed in since last year and will be brought to the world from Falkirk  



Falkirk Community Trust  – The Falkirk Music Pot  – Created and directed by Falkirk bairn himself Brian McNeill
Wednesday 25 March and Monday 30 March 2015 in Falkirk Town Hall 7pm

Performing Musicians and community groups from the area :- Silvia Barnes ,Willie Thomson, Andy McKean , Sing Forth Community Choir  , Falkirk Fiddle Workshop  , Falkirk Traditional Music Project , The Falkirk School Ensembles …. And Brian McNeil
Includes performance of The Kelpies Suite - six linked pieces of music written by Brian McNeill specifically for the project, for orchestra, choir, traditional music groups and soloists. It was first performed at the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay at The Helix last June 2014  and new music from David Scott’s team at University of West of Scotland 

Brian and his team, including his lovely wife, Jacqueline France McNeill (who has kindly given permission to have her photographs published here)  has also produced a Double CD published by the wonderful Greentrax 

Brian very kindly during his VERY busy schedule, scheduled a very special interview with me, to let me know what happened on his and Jacqueline’s exciting adventures in Africa, on the quest of a ‘pot’ a very special ‘pot’! So listen in to hear the tale and some of the marvellous and inspiring music ‘out of Africa’ and his home town of Falkirk.

 Brian & Madam Manda

Brian & Madam Manda


Danson & Rachael & Pot

Danson&Rachael & Pot

Veronica Chirwa

Veronica Chirwa

Benford & Brian & Pot

Benford & Brian & Pot


Tamandani Dyton3oof copy

Tamandani Dyton








My grateful thanks to Brian and Jacqueline Frances for their time, effort and stunning music, chat and photographs (all photographs by Jacqueline Frances)  used in tonight’s show  



Also a big thanks and shout out for that wonderful organisation of Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council for commissioning this partnership and project (and for their kind donation of two lots of tickets for our competition!)

 Most of all to the wonderful musicians from in and around the Falkirk area for binging this music to us, to their tutors, teachers, parents, partners and carers for giving them the opportunity to learn the music and take part.  Thank you on behalf of the ‘listeners’


 See you all at 8 tonight 2-4am Wednesday or 1-3pm Wednesday

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