MG Alba Na Trads-Scots Trad Music Awards this Saturday

MG Alba Na Trads-Scots Trad Music Awards this Saturday

Dec 10, 2014

Celtic Music Radio will be hoping for an award at the Na Trads-Trad Awards this Saturday, 13 January in Inverness.

Presenter Gordon Hotchkiss with his weekly Hotchkiss Hotchpotch programme has been nominated in the ‘Trad Music in the Media’ category of the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2014.

Gordon (pictured below, right) will be at the glittering awards night in Inverness with his partner Joan plus fellow Celtic Music Radio presenters Alex Jenkins, Ross Macfadyen and Ken Macdonald.  Best of luck Gordon, who has been a member of a number of folk groups Whistlebinkies and Auld Howff Band and in the 1980s, Gordon’s involvement with Radio Clyde saw him gaining a National Sony Award and a Television and Radio Industry Club of Scotland commendation.

Nominees in the Trad Music in the Media Award 2014, sponsored by Skipinnish, are: Hotchkiss Hotchpotch – Celtic Music Radio; Folk Radio UK; Isles FM (Stornoway) and The Living Tradition Magazine.

bbc alba1BBC ALBA will provide live coverage of Scotland’s prestigious traditional music awards ceremony, the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

A two hour programme, live from Inverness Leisure Centre, will be presented by Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney and following weeks of anticipation and a public vote, the evening will celebrate those who have influenced the traditional music scene throughout 2014.

Among the eclectic range of acts to perform on the night will be Na h-Oganaich, Fiddlers’ Bid, Highland based quartet Cruinn, as well as Edinburgh six-piece Celtic fusion band Shooglenifty.

The awards have been running since 2003 and televised since 2008 on BBC ALBA with the event shining a light on the artists, clubs, tutors and supporting bodies who, throughout the year, ensure that our traditional music and song continues to flourish.gordon gramophone 1

Margaret Cameron, channel editor of BBC ALBA, said: “The Trad Awards is one of the highlights of the Scottish music calendar and we’re delighted that we can bring the ceremony live to BBC ALBA viewers. The evening will be a showcase for some of the finest traditional performers that Scotland produces as well as a celebration of the rich music culture spanning the Scottish Gaelic, Scots and English languages.

“We’re passionate about showcasing the best traditional music on BBC ALBA and we hope that viewers will enjoy sampling the wonderful atmosphere as performers are recognised for their exceptional musical contributions throughout 2014.”

Na Trads is produced by Bees Nees Media for BBC ALBA and will be broadcast on Saturday 13 December at 9.00 until 11.00pm and will be repeated on Friday 19 December at 10.00pm.

A highlights programme of unseen performances and backstage interviews from this year’s event will be presented by Linda MacLeod and broadcast on Boxing Day, Friday 26 December 2014 at 9.00pm.

bbc alba1BBC ALBA is on channel 8 and also available on the following platforms: Sky channel 143; Virgin Media cable 161; Freesat 110; BT Vision channel 8 (Scotland only); Smallworld channel 170 (Ayrshire and North West England) and also on BBC iPlayer

BBC ALBA is run by MG ALBA in partnership with the BBC. MG ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig, the Gaelic Media Service. Find out more about MG ALBA and the partnership at or visit for scheduling and programme information.

FOLKAL POINT – 151 – December 11

FOLKAL POINT – 151 – December 11/14

WEATHERMAN – Kat Healy (Scotia)
SOUL BREEZE/Dandelion – Tim McGuire (USA)
FRESENHOF – Birta Paulsen (Albion)
ROCKET – Gar Francis (USA)
ROLL THE THUNDER – The Vagaband (Albion)
COLD EMOTION – Troy Lindsey & Galia Bosaya (USA)
SAILING AWAY – John Zipperer (USA)
UNION STREET – Kara (Albion)
BORN TO DOUBT – Jim & Peter Byrne, The Linties and Stuart Miller (Scotia)
BOY’S GOT SOUL – Brigitte Demeyer (USA)
YOU STOLE DECEMBER- Cormac O’Caoimh (Eire)
EASY TO SEE – James Lee Stanley (USA)
CANADIAN BARN DANCE – instrumental – Gary Forrest Ceilidh Band (Scotia)
BY MY SIDE – No Justice (USA)
LITTLE BIRD – Kat Healy (Scotia)
LOW LEVEL LOVE – Rowan Ross (Scotia)
BROKEN – Arcelia (Albion)
SAVED MY LIFE – Axle Creek (USA)
WEST COUNTRY BOY – Police Dog Hogan (Albion)
STILL BROKEN – Annie Keating (USA)
MEAN OLD WORLD – Sunny Lowdown (USA)
THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER – Merry Hell (Albion)
THE SOUND OF A DOOR – Bob Cheevers (USA)
THE HAPPY BUS – Mad Dog McCrea (Albion)
AYE WAUKIN’ O – Ewan McLennan (Scotia)
CLOSING TIME – Mike Billington (Albion)
THE CHILDREN’S SONG – instrumental – Joe Sample (USA)

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Planet Waves running order – 9th December 2014

9th December 2014 – Celtic Connections 2015, Fogies

Baba Mimoun – Aziz Sahmaoui & University Of Gnawa – Mazal – World Village 479099 – Morocco

Kvernknurren (The Mill Sprite) – Mari Eggen, Helene Høye, Sinnika Langeland – Devil’s Tune – NorthSide NSD 6034 – Norway

How beautiful they are (Faery Song) – Webster Booth with John Cockerill – The Radio Years: The Second World War Years 1939-1945: Rare International Singers in Recording Sessions – Radio Years – England

The Object of my Affection – The Boswell Sisters – Shout, Sister, Shout!: Their 52 Finest 1931-1936 – Retrospective RTS 4242 – New Orleans

Barney’s: Buntatas Sgadan / Boatman of Pitnacree / Dolina MacKay / Barneys Balmoral – Alasdair MacCuish & The Black Rose Ceilidh Band – No Half Measures – Ros Dubh Records – Scotland

Le Diable et le Fermier – Le Vent du Nord – Tromper le Temps – Borealis Records BCD 214 – Quebec

Future Strings – Catrin Finch, Seckou Keita – Clychau Dibon – Asatar Artes Recordings – Wales, Senegal

Only Gold – Pharis & Jason Romero – A Passing Glimpse – Lula Records LULA 1102 – British Columbia

Crossing the Minch / Banjo Breakdown – Alan Coulson – Morpeth Rant – Topic 12TS267 (LP) – Borders

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

Air Diluain 8 An Dubhlachd bidh Ceol ’s Craic: The Crying Lion

Air Diluain 8 An Dubhlachd bidh Ceol ’s Craic: The Crying Lion

Dec 5, 2014

Air Diluain 8 An Dubhlachd bidh Ceol ’s Craic a’ cur failte air buidheann ciuil annasach air a bheil sinn air beagan eolas a chur bho chionn ghoirid.

‘S e buidheann seinn de cheathrar a tha ann an ‘The Crying Lion’ a tha a’ gabhail a-steach buill bhon chomhlan ciuil ‘Trembling Bells’ a bha air an ard-urlair aig Ceol ’s Craic aig an CCA san t-Samhain agus ‘Muldoon’s Picnic’ a bha air a’ program cola-deug air-ais.

Bidh na seinneadairean a’ gabhail amhrain sgriobhte le Alex Neilson bho ‘Trembling Bells’ ann an stoidhle seinn a tha steidhte air diofar ghnethan de cheol gutha a leithid; ‘American Sacred Harp’, ‘Gregorian chant’, ‘Medieval Madrigal’ agus ceol duthchas Sasannach.

Tha seo a’ toirt fuaim ciuil dluth agus glormhor dhan t- seinn aca. Bha feill mhor air a’ chomhlan nuair a bha iad air cuairt chiuil ann am Breatainn le ‘Bonnie Prince Billy’ bho chionn ghoirid agus tha iad cuideachd air nochdadh air program Marc Riley air Radio 6 air a’ BhBC.

Ceols craic imageOn Monday 8 December Ceol ’s Craic will be welcoming a fascinating vocal group made up of musicians who we have had the pleasure of hosting at a variety of occasions in the recent past writes Ishbel Murray.

The Crying Lion are an unaccompanied four-part harmony singing group from Glasgow featuring members of Trembling Bells who performed at Ceol ‘s Craic in November and Muldoon’s Picnic who took part in our radio show two weeks ago.

The group combine elements of such vocal traditions as American Sacred Harp, Gregorian chant, Medieval Madrigal and English Folk all refracted through Alex Neilson’s song writing to forge a sound that is intimate and glorious.

The group have captivated audiences on a recent UK tour supporting Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and appeared in session on Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show.

Ceol’s Craic, Monday 8 December, 6.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Win Christmas music on Stewart Fenwick Country

Win Christmas music on Stewart Fenwick Country

Dec 5, 2014

Throughout December on the Stewart Fenwick Country Show, Stewart will be looking back at the Celtic Country featured albums from 2014 – maybe some Christmas present ideas!

Also on this week’s programme, which airs Sunday 12 noon to 2.00pm, there is a chance to win some Christmas music from Suzy Bogguss who visited Scotland earlier in the year.

The competition will be open to email entrants until next Sunday, 14 December at 1.30pm.

All you have to do is tell Stewart which Country music legend’s music was covered by Suzy on her latest album “Lucky”?

Send your entry via email to: to reach Stewart by Sunday 14 December.

Stewart Fenwick Celtic Country Show, Sunday 7 December 12noon-2.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Travels With My Auntie Liz Playlist for Tuesday 2nd December

Lots of new CD’s out this week, so plenty of chances to do your Christmas Shopping!
If buying through Amazon please go through the link on our website on the right or click here as we get some pennies every time you do.

  1. Martha L Healy – Title Trac ‘Better Days’ New CD just released
  2. Linda Jaxon in  Indigo Cell- ‘Carey’ – appearing at St Louis Dumbarton Rd Sun 7 Dec 6pm
  3. Sophie Roger  – ‘Devil in The Details’ – CD Launch Thurs 4 Dec The Stero Renfrew Lane 7pm
  4. Ivan Dreaver – ‘ The Fisherman’   – from new CD just released  ‘What You Hear’
  5. Ramblin Jack Elliot & Derroll Adams ‘Mr Garfield’
  6. Ramblin Jack Elliot & Derroll Adams – ‘Green Back Dollar’
  7. Chris Smither  ‘Leave the Light On’   Chris celebrated his 70 birthday with the release of  ‘Link of Chain : A Songwriters’ Tribute to Chris Smither’ along with a concert for the 20  Anniversary of Signature Sounds
  8. Paddy Tunney ‘Roisin Dubh’
  9. Adam Sutherland and Hamish Napier  - ‘Marnie,Manus & The Moose’ for their  brilliant CD ‘Nae Plans’
  10. Shooglehifty –  ‘Glenfinnan Dawn’   are out and about being joined by Keala Rowan on vocals   – who will all be bringing in New Year in Australia – starting at The Woodford Festival   27 Dec – 1  Jan 2015
  11. Barluath – ‘ Foxhunters’     – Who will be bringing in Hogmanay live from The Lomond Arms Hotel  in Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond !
  12. Gordianna McCulloch and the Clutha – ‘The Laird of The Dainty Doonby’-who were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Hall of Fame this year – the Trad Awards this weekend on 13 December in Inverness!
  13. The Bevvey Sisters -  ‘Rock My Soul’ -   Who are out and about gigging
    - Friday 5 – MAC Arts Centre / Gallashiels ; Fri 12 Dec – The Tolbooth Stirling ;Thurs 18  Dec The Pleasance Theatre – Edinburgh – for the big Christmas Party! Not forgetting  Jan 18 in the Fruitmarket at Celtic Connections !
  14. Bruce Springsteen – ‘John Henry ‘ from the CD ‘ We Shall Overcome – The Seeger Sessions’
  15. Jez Lowe – our Album of the Week – ‘The Ballad Beyond’ – ‘The Ballad of Dorando & Johnny’
  16. The Beatles – ‘Hey Jude’ – despite being told it was 50+ years old and therefore traditional!!! It is not!!! – it is only 46 years old ! :0)
  17. Matt McGinn – ‘Gallowgate Calypso’
  18. John Watt – ‘The Celtie Clippy ‘
  19. Hans Theessink & Terry Evans – ‘Mississippi’

Have a great week out there and see you next Tuesday! Liz

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