Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 18th to 20th July 2014

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 18th to 20th July 2014

Jul 15, 2014

This weekendlooking forward to Rothbury Traditional Music Festival  which is on Friday 18 to Sunday 20 July 2014 in Rothbury, a market town in Northumberland writes Liz Clark.

umoja gaelica

A fantastic addition to the festival this year is the marvelous Umoja Gaelica  show ‘uniting the world one song at a time’  created by Lea Gilmore  (USA) and Paul Creighton with a African Americian and Celtic  musicians on stage as part of their tour.

(Monday 14 July was in Troon; Friday 18 July, Rothbury Folk Festival; Wednesday 23 July, Perth; Thursday 24 July , St Andrews In The Square, Glasgow and Saturday 26 July, Kilmarnock.  More information their Facebook page.  Friday 18th July at  8.30 in the URC Church, Rothbury.


Tony Corcoran Ceilidh Band 
Also on Friday Night 8.30 -  Tony Corcoran Ceilidh Band  in the Jubilee Hall and at 8.00pm in The Railway Hotel an Open Mic Night.

Saturday 19 July:

Sees the Children’s Competitions from 9.30 in All Saints Church
10:30 -12pm Northumbrian Pipers Session and Workshop lead by Margaret & Andrew Watchorn –  Jubilee Hall
10:30 – 12pm – Sing-a-round and Workshop with Benny Graham in the Congregational Gallery

10:30 – 12pm – Fiddle Workshop with Stewart Hardy  – Jubilee Hall

12:00 – 4pm – Outside Stage – Featuring: The Pipe Band Parade; The Wilson Family   ; Rag Bag Morris ; Highland Dancers; Benny Graham; Beat the Clogger; Keep Calm and Carry On; Reely Rockin Ceilidh Band  and Rothbury WI Choir not to mention Storytelling with Ian Douglas and plenty of Craft Stall, Face painting and lots more!

6:30  Concert in All Saints Church featuring Festival Guests as well as competition winners.

8:00 Thomlinson Bunkhouse Cafe – Northumbrian Pipes and singaround.

8:30 Non Dance Ceilidh in the Mart: The Wilson Family; Bottle Bank Band; Benny Grahgam ; Andrew & Margaret Watchorn  as well as local artists and festival visitors.

the wilson family

The Wilson Family

Sunday 20 July:
11:00am Final Fling with the ‘festival survivors band’!!
2:30 – Stalwarts and survivors – ‘session for those sturdy people still wanting more music and song’ 

Please contact Festival before attending in case of any alterations or cancellations. 

Have a wonderful festival and hope to see you there! Liz. 

Stella Reilly guests on Folkal Point, Thursday 10.00pm

Stella Reilly guests on Folkal Point, Thursday 10.00pm

Jul 14, 2014

INSIGHTS into the musical life and times of talented Scots singer-songwriter Stella Reilly are on offer in this Thursday’s Folkal Point at 10.00pm writes Colin MacDonald.

Just 20, the fair maid of Perth is currently studying psychology at Edinburgh University, while also pursuing a musical career that first began when she was just 13.

Back then the schoolgirl had emerged as winner of a national competition run by Barnardo’s which led to her first professional recording experience in London studios.

Since then she’s been strongly associated on several discs and stage with Kinross-based Sienna whose youthful and refreshing line-up first burst on to the Glasgow scene via a memorable debut at King Tut’s a couple of years ago – when security staff even stopped to listen to the sextet’s high-energy set.

Now though, what began late last year as a solo singer-writer project for Stella in her own right has evolved into working democratically with a new band whose initial efforts were showcased on the self-released limited edition I Used To Be Fun’ EP earlier this year.

You can hear all of those Reilly originals, and a couple of other tracks earlier recorded with Sienna, plus some frank conversation with Stella when she guests on Folkal Point, this Thursday (10pm-midnight) on Celtic Music Radio.

Folkal Point with Colin MacDonald, Thursday 17 July, 10.00pm-12midnight and Catch Up anytime.

FOLKAL POINT – 130 – July 8

HERE IN THE MIDDLE – Corey Roberts
THE GREATER GOOD – Polly Barrett
JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH – The Texas KGB
MADE OF LIGHT – Kara
GOD WRITES FICTION – Broken Boat
THE WAR OF THE ONE-EYED WOMAN – Couthy Fernenst
NOBODY’S WOMAN TONIGHT – Jane Kramer
KILLING TIME – Rhythm Tryst
UNDONE – Grant Campbell
I WON’T CRY ANY MORE- Genya Ravan
HAD TO HEAR – Real Estate
ROSES & THORNS – Wicked Saints
THE MUSIC PLAYS ON – Malcolm Holcombe
RESTLESS – Earl
FULL CIRCLE – Sharon Corr
PAINT – Mike Nesbitt
THE SHADOW – Baskery
THIN HOPE – West My Friend
FIGHT TONIGHT – Swallow & The Wolf
BLACK EYES/BUMBLEBEE – Kara
THE OTHER SIDE – Ray Fontana
HASN’T MET YOU – Polly Barrett
LET GO OR BE DRAGGED – P J Pacifico
ANYWAY YOU LIKE, CHILD – Jane Kramer
GEORGE ORWELL WAS RIGHT – Foggy Nocean
PLASTIC JESUS – Bill Titsley
LANDFALL – Peter Mulvey with Sara Watkins (fiddle)
THE CHILDREN’S SONG – instrumental – Joe Sample

KEEP an eye on Twitter @Gorsnavoon and ””folkalpoint”” on Facebook.

Planet Waves running order – 8th July 2014

8th July 2014 – beans

Blue Moon of Kentucky – Elvis Presley – The Sun Sessions – RCA NL 42757 (LP) – Mississippi
Inca-A-Delic – Sonido Gallo Negro – Sendero Mistico – Glitterbeat – Mexico
La Calandria – Linda Ronstadt – Canciones de mi Padre – Elektra Asylum 960 765 1 (LP) – Mexico
Tasnif – Mohammad Motamedi – Iran: Classical Singing – Ocora C 560257 – Iran
Leanabh An Oir – Mischa Macpherson Trio – download – https://mischamacphersontrio.bandcamp.com/ – Scotland
Galopa Caballo – Juanito Valderrama, Juan “Habichuela” – Grandes del Cante Flamenco – Divucsa Records – Spain
Zydeco Boogaloo – Buckwheat Zydeco – Turning Point – Rounder CD 2045 – Louisian Zydeco
Zydeco Sont Pas Sale – Carriere Brothers – Cajun Fiddle Styles Vol 1 The Creole Tradition – Arhoolie 5031 (LP) – Louisiana Creole
Zydeco Sont Pas Salés (The Beans Ain’t Salty) – Jimmy Peters & The Ring Dance Singers – J’ai Été Au Bal Vol 2 – Argoolie CD 332 – Louisiana Creole
Girlfriend From High School – The Greenbeans – The Greenbeans – Old Soul Records – NY State
Aquarela do Brasil – Romero Lubambo – Só: Brazilian Essence – Sunnyside SSC 1381 – Brazil
Turbo Dizel [Turbo Diesel] – Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra – Gipsy Manifesto – Piranha CDPIR 2753 – Serbia
Chant de la Campagne Moravienne – unidentified performers – Around the World in 80 Songs – naïve B 6882 – Czech Republic
Jula – Abdukerim Osman Chimani and group – Uyghur Music: Muqam Nava – Ocora C 560253 – Uyghur
Sänäm – Abdukerim Osman Chimani and group – Uyghur Music: Muqam Nava – Ocora C 560253 – Uyghur
Beans In My Ears – Serendipity Singers – Folk Hits – Master Classics Records – Colorado
Echo Blues (sig tune) – Frank Wakefield – That was now… this is then! – Rosewood RA 62096 – Tennessee

Live from the 2014 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo

Live from the 2014 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo

Jul 8, 2014

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is coming to Sligo and Celtic Music Radio will be there.

Translated, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann means The Music Festival of Ireland and that is exactly what it is. The Fleadh, as it is usually called, is the largest single festival of Irish Music and can reach attendances of 400,000 over the course of nine eventful days.

The Fleadh is a competition for amateur musicians. From the mythical times to the present day there have been festivals in Ireland judging and celebrating the skills and arts of entertainers.

The focus was always on individual ability and so it is to this day. Few places in the western world have managed to maintain their musical traditions as successfully as Ireland has. The Fleadh is the showcasing of this tradition as well as  a celebration of the individual skills of the competitors. It is a valuable testament to creativity. It is a celebration of the new ways for doing the old things. It is a great holiday. It is a big party.

Celtic Music Radio in association with Tourism Ireland will be broadcasting live from a venue in Sligo in north-west Ireland on Saturday and Sunday 16-17 August with Gordon Hotchkiss and the rest of team talking to musicians, competitors, visitors and organisers plus live music sessions.

Ceòl ‘s Craic ‘New Collaborations’ at CCA, Glasgow

Ceòl ‘s Craic ‘New Collaborations’ at CCA, Glasgow

Jul 8, 2014

Ceòl ‘s Craic ‘New Collaborations’ part two is aired tonight, Tuesday 8 July at 6.00pm.

It is a one hour edited version of the Ceòl’s Craic presentation ‘New Collaborations’ which was performed at the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on Saturday 31 May.

The performance brings together Gaelic and non-Gaelic speaking artists, seasoned professionals and aspiring young performers, traditional and more experimental forms of music.

For six months young musicians from Glasgow’s east end have been exploring Gaelic music and culture guided by mentors who represent all that is exciting and innovative in Gaelic music today.  This diverse group of mentors includes pioneering Gaelic musician Margaret Nicolson and emerging talents Ceitlin Smith, Alasdair Whyte and Innes Strachan.

Tonight features Innes Strachan, Chris Nicolson and Ruairidh Graham of ‘Niteworks’ who are joined by Willie Campbell for a performance of new works by Innes and Willie based on a deconstruction and reworking of tracks from Willie’s new album ‘Dalma’.

Ceòl ‘s Craic ‘New Collaborations’, Tuesday 8 July at 6.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.


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