Album of the Week: Reely Jiggered with “Kaleidoscope”

Album of the Week: Reely Jiggered with “Kaleidoscope”

Oct 18, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 18 October is the new album from Reely Jiggered with their superb new CD “Kaleidoscope”.

Alan Grant chats to members of Reely Jiggered about the album and their music.

Since winning the SoundWave Music Competition at the O2 ABC in January 2014, there has been no stopping Scottish folk fusion band Reely Jiggered!

Their new album, Kaleidoscope, shows just how versatile these musicians are as they shape shift from one folk tradition to another.

reely jiggeredTo go to one of their gigs is to be taken on a journey through the streets of Mexico, the salsa clubs of Cuba, the furious fiddling of gypsies, and haunting melodies of Celtic Britain mixed with the soaring voice of a diva soprano, the beauty of acoustic instruments, revved up by driving bass lines, wah wah pedals and rocked up rhythms.

The album was launched at Òran Mór, Hillhead, Glasgow on Saturday 20 September 2014.

Album of the Week, Saturday 18 October 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 20 October 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Finalists of the DKOS at The Spree Saturday 18th October

Finalists of the DKOS at The Spree Saturday 18th October

Oct 18, 2014

The Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree 2014 comes to an end today, Saturday 18 October, with the Finalists taking part in the concert between 5 and 6.00pm.

 The Spree Festival has been a fantastic 8 days of music, comedy, workshops, talks and pure entertainment.  No more so than at the Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree where 24 entrants took part.

In accordance with the ‘rules’ of The Danny Kyle Open stage, all winners, but out of all the winners we have been given 4 finalists, three of whom will perform again today between 5 and 6.00pm. 

Katee Kross
Katee  a young singer songwriter from Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, currently a second year music student in at Reid Kerr West Clyde College in Paisley and has Katee Krossrecently recorded her debut EP ‘Are You Coming Home’.  She has played at various festivals throughout Scotland this year as well as opening for the American band Red Sky in July.  Her gentle voice carries her insightful words to the wider audience and she can certainly look forward to her future in the music scene.




David nicol David Nicol 
David  is a singer songwriter from Inverclyde; is a seasoned performer supporting musicians such as Justin Townes Earle, Rom Russell and Martin Stepheson, as well as performing in concerts, music festivals and house concerts throughout the UK, USA, Canada and Germany. He is also a member of a well known local band The Lazarenkos. His songwrighting skill tells a vivid story  taking influence from his home town and Scotland. He is in the process of releasing his CD ‘Greenock Road’.


Martha L Healy

Martha L Healy
Martha a singer-songwriter from Glasgow who has been singing and performing for several years and has just released her debut EP ‘Better Days’ (Unplugged) which she recorded in Nashville.  While there she also recorded and released a song ‘Healing Winds’ to raise funds for Nashville promoter and presenter Billy Bloc for his cancer treatment, from which he is now clear. Her rich voice brings the song home her style described from folk to country, from Americana to contemporary, in other words appeals to a wide discerning audience.

Steaven Hillcoat / Gerry Doran /Jon Adams / Jamie McLachlan go to make up this Glasgow based band, they have crafted a unique mixture of experimental rock described as ‘wide screen indie rock’. They have headlined at Manchester Academy, King Tuts, Oran Mor  to name but a few. Their EP will be due for release soon.  Their stunning harmonies and crafted lyrics make sure that this group are more than listened to and are looking forward to gigging extensively in 2015.

The Spiegeltent in Paisley

The Spiegeltent in Paisley

On Behalf of The Danny Kyle Open Stage I wish to thank all those who took part during the last 8 days you are all winners and I look forward to hearing you all in the future.

My Thanks also the the Stage and Sound Crew for all their invaluable help and  for making broadcast possible. 

All performances from the Danny Kyle Open Stage will be available on Catch Up from week commencing Monday 20 October. 

Look forward to seeing you all in January at The Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections 2015

Liz Clark, Co-Ordinator and Presenter of The Danny Kyle Open Stage.

Janey Kirk guests on Stewart Fenwick Country, Sunday 12noon

Janey Kirk guests on Stewart Fenwick Country, Sunday 12noon

Oct 16, 2014

On this Sunday’s Stewart Fenwick Celtic Country Show at 12 noon, Stewart will be joined live in the studio by Janey Kirk who is one of the most established club singers in Scotland, but also has recorded a number of albums, including her latest release “Streets Of Loneliness”.

In recent times she has presented her own programme on Showcase TV, and has just started her own radio programme in Fife on Kirkcaldy based K107 as well as a concert tour with Derek Ryan.
Scottish born singing chanteus Janey Kirk started singing professionally at the age of six. At that young age she was whisked away every weekend to perform at various functions across Fife and beyond.
By the time she left school she had a following of fans who came to see her five nights a week at two local venues. Janey joined a teen band named ” Hi-Lite” and served a good apprenticeship for three years touring Scotland.
More recently, Janey is now recording a brand new album with Jerry Donahue, who was a huge part of the folk music scene in the 1970/80’s with Fairport Convention and Fotheringay.  This album has a line up of high profile players and is all self penned songs leaning towards a more modern country genre and is one to look out for.
Stewart Fenwick Country, Sunday 19 October 12noon-2.00pm.

FOLKAL POINT – 143 – October 16/14

FOLKAL POINT – 143 – October 16/14

A GHOST OF YOU – Trailerpark Idlers (Sweden)
A LONGER ROAD – Mad Dog McCrea (Albion)
STAR FIRE – Liz de Lise (USA)
EXACTLY AS WE PLEASE – Matt Woosey (Albion)
DEEP WATER – Marianne Faithfull (Albion)
SEEDS & STEMS AGAIN – Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen (USA)
LOST – Nicole Coward (Canada)
UNSUNG SONG – Gar Francis (USA)
WRITING ON THE WALL – Orfila (Albion)
LEAF PIECE – King Creosote (Scotia)
FEZ – instrumental – Rallion (Albion)
WATCHING YOU – James John Turner (Albion)
WHERE REAL LOVE BEGINS – Pam Tillis, with Jon Wiesberger’s Lonesome Heirs (USA)
NIGHT TRAIN – Mark Erelli (USA)
SHE’S NOT LOST – Arcelia (Albion)
ABSENT FRIENDS – Keith Hancock (Albion/Vietnam)
FALLING BACK – Marianne Faithfull (Albion)
DON’T WALK AWAY – No Justice (USA)
VERMONT SONG – Emily Nyman (USA)
LOVE ME LIKE MY DOG – Chris Bellamy (USA)
FRANKIE & JOHNNY – Taryn Noelle & Juliet McVicker (USA)
BRISK YOUNG WIDOW – James Findlay (Albion)
HASTEN DOWN THE WIND – Linda Ronstadt with Don Henley (USA)
PRETEND – Red Molly (USA), appearing live at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street, on October 23
THE BLACK FLY – Mad Dog McCrea (Albion)
YOUR CASH AIN’T NOTHING BUT TRASH – Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen (USA)
THE CHILDREN’S SONG – instrumental – Joe Sample (USA)

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Planet Waves running order – 14th October 2014

14th October 2014 – waltzing

African Waltz – Johnny Dankworth – British Top 40 Hits 1961: 290 Originals – Charly Digital – UK

Viva Nigeria – Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 – Finding Fela Soundtrack – Knitting Factory Records KFR1133-2 – Nigeria

Gubben och gumman – Triakel – Thyra – Westpark Music WP 87268 – Sweden

Growling Old Man, Grumbling Old Woman – Ronald West, David Carr – Mademoiselle Voulez-Vous Danser – Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40116 – New England

Wedem Bilen (With My Promise) – Sanubar Tursun – Arzu (Songs of the Uyghurs) – Felmay FY 8205 – China

Nafagua – Aurelio – Lándini – Real World CDRW 205 – Honduras

Valza Braz du Puldina – Kodé di Dona – CapeVerde – Ocora C561100 – Cape Verde

Medo de Mim – Deolinda – Mundo Pequenino – Boom Studios (Universal) 0602537330782 – Portugal

Niz Ramni Dvori Šetaše – Stefce Stojkovski – Macedonian Songs And Dances From Tikvesh Region – CD-SS 023 – Macedonia

Medley Of Popular Waltzes (Let Me Call You Sweetheart / Smile Awhile / Down At The Old Bull And Bush / By The Side Of The Zuyder Zee / Let Me Call You Sweetheart) – Bob Smith’s Ideal Band – Ideal Music – Topic – Scotland

Waltz Across Texas – Ernest Tubb – Waltz Across Texas – MD Music Company – Texas

Zulema Waltz – Santiago Jimenez Jr – Familia y Tradicion – Special Delivery SPD 1025 (LP) – Texas Mexican

Wee Donald – John Mulhearn – The Counter Blast Vol 1 – – Glasgow

Go To Sleep My Darling Baby – DeZurik Sisters – 78 rpm disc – Vocalion 4616 – Minnesota

Cheroquis/Midland – Filé – La Vie Marron (The Runaway Life) – Green Linnet GLCD 2124 – Louisiana Cajun

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

Carmel Gunning on The Mary K Burke Show tonight 7-9pm

Carmel Gunning on The Mary K Burke Show tonight 7-9pm

Oct 12, 2014

On tonight’s Mary K. Burke Show tonight, Sunday 12 October from 7.00pm will be Carmel Gunning who is making the trip over to play live in the studio for Mary tonight from 7.00pm on Celtic Music Radio 95 FM across Glasgow and online.

Carmel Gunning is an Irish composer and musician from Sligo in the Republic of Ireland.

Carmel Gunning is one of Ireland’s most accomplished tin whistle players who is also known for her singing and flute playing. Carmel’s rich stylised form of whistle playing and tradition stems from her homeland of Geevagh in South County Sligo. This background and tradition aided Gunning’s introduction to traditional Irish music which took place at an early age.

She was introduced to traditional Irish music as a child when her father, Tom Nangle, would teach her old tunes by lilting or whistling them to her.

In 1969 she sang in her first band “Carmel and the Chrystals” and played at local dances in Keadue, Geevagh, Boyle and surrounding areas.

Throughout the late 1970s and the 1980s Gunning could be regularly found with P.J. Hernon, Mick Shannon, Joe O’Dowd and others at the famous sessions which took place at the Trades Club in Sligo Town.

Carmel Gunning is noted for her fast-paced tin whistle style common of fiddle, flute and tin whistle of the “South Sligo” tradition or style. Gunning’s reputation in the wider world was expanded by the release of her first solo recording The Lakes of Sligo which features four unaccompanied songs as well as 14 tracks of virtuosic tin whistle playing.

Carmel2One reviewer noted that “the music she plays is in a matured and confident manner” and singing is “rich voiced” and that “it was quite common for musicians to attempt to play tunes beyond their style and capabilities, not so with Carmel, who, although a master, still plays within a comfortable range with music that suits her style and personality. This talented lady is an accomplished singer and composer as well as a dynamic musician”.

Another reviewer of her music noted that “no modern tin whistler can escape comparison to Mary Bergin, and Carmel’s playing does indeed remind some of the Dublin-born star. If anything, however, Gunning plays reels with a more insistent headlong drive. Her ornamentation is also more diverse, featuring many tongued triplets in imitation of the bowed embellishments popular among Sligo fiddlers”.

Carmel Gunning is an tutor for MA and BA music students at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

In addition, Carmel is the organiser and director of music for the Carmel Gunning International Summer School Festival of Irish Music Song and Dance which is held annually in August in Geevagh and Sligo town. Gunning founded the festival in the 1990s and it attracts pupils from across Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

She has also worked hard to pass on the Sligo musical tradition to younger players and recently celebrated her 25th anniversary as a music teacher. Alumni of her Carmel Gunning School of Music include flute and whistle masters Liam Kelly of the group Dervish, Olivia McTiernan and June Ní Chormaic, Kyle Moynagh, Aisling McPhillips, Loretto Clarke, Edel Giblin, Patricia Burns, Caroline Burns, Orlaith MacAuliffe among others.

Mary K. Burke Show, Sunday 12 October 7.00-9.00pm.

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