Friday 30th January Danny Kyle Open Stage 5-7pm live from Celtic Connections

Friday 30th January Danny Kyle Open Stage 5-7pm live from Celtic Connections

Jan 30, 2015

Danny Kyle Open Stage
In The  Exhibition Hall – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
5 – 7 pm Friday 30 January
(Not in running order)




Shelagh McKay Jones – Greenock Shelagh-mckay-jones-150x150

Folk singer-songwriter sings a mix of traditional and modern folk songs including her own material.  Shelagh sings around the Greenock area and took part in the Inverclyde Folk & Roots Festival supported Gaberlunzie.  She is currently working on a new CD of songs relating to the history of the people who came to live and work in Greenock in the late 1800 and 1900’s including some songs based on the poems written by Shelagh’s great –great grandfather.                                                                                                     Listen Again


10733154_680431615388533_537438478_oSomething Someone  – Alloa
Something, Someone is a Clackmannanshire and Glasgow based folk trio that is sweet and soft to the ears. With a noticeable jazz influence combined with Celtic inspiration, Morgan, Rachel and Joe know how to expose the beauty within their songs while still bringing the pop element forward. Each member of Something, Someone being a multi-instrumentalist who wanders between main and backup vocals, giving the listener layers of harmony and melody to get lost in through their delicate, yet elaborate arrangements.  In November 2014 the trio released their single ‘Waltz With Me’ produced by Brian Hurren of Runrig.   Morgan Woods/Rachel Elliott/Alan Harkness       Listen Again

hagan ogHagan – Ireland 

David Fagan from Meath on guitar and vocals ; Terence Hickey from Dublin on Bouzouki and vocals ; Emma Donnelly from Roscommon on Flute and vocals ; Jordan Mew from Roscommon on ‘flatpack’ cajon and vocals and Tom Delany from Claire on  Uilleann Pipes.  Make up this vibrant Irish group bringing old an new songs alive in the tradition but with a twist!                         Listen Again  


uwslogo_2Chainsaw Tea Party   – West of Scotland
A new up and coming country/folk band hailing from the University of the West of Scotland  Commercial Music course.  They have taken the original folk setup and added a twist, combining element of modern, popular and traditional instrumentation.  At the same time adding their own lyrics with haunting harmonies they bring us their intriguing sound. They have recorded a demo as well.    Shanine Gallagher / Ben Agnew / Phoebe Pearson / Lucie Macfarlene /Dennis Dignall / Willem McKie / Hayden Park          Listen Again


Iona Grace Fyfe – Huntly, Aberdeenshire iona grace fyfe
Growing up in Huntly, in the tradition and the Doric tongue, Iona also sings classic traditional Scots bothy ballads and fishing songs.  As a fond consumer of the Greig-Duncan Folk Collection, she recently composed melodies to verses/lyrics in the collection which had no known melody attached. Iona has worked her way round TMSA and Heritage Society festivals across Scotland. She has been involved in the Creative Scotland funded Commonwealth Project called “Where You’re Meant to Be” – a musical roadtrip of Scotland featuring Aidan Moffat and James Graham as well as other singers and musicians. The tour finished up at the Glasgow Barrowlands, along side balladeers such as Sheila Stewart, Joe Aitken Geordie Murison and Jim Taylor.                                                                                                      Listen  Again


Any enquires please email me Liz Clark

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Thursday 29th January Danny Kyle Open Stage 5-7pm Live from Celtic Connections

Thursday 29th January Danny Kyle Open Stage 5-7pm Live from Celtic Connections

Jan 29, 2015

Danny Kyle Open Stage
In The  Exhibition Hall – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
5 – 7 pm Thursday 29 January
(Not in running order)




Pons Aelis  – Newcastle-upon-Tyne  pons aelius

Pons Aelius are a Newcastle based, contemporary instrumental folk sextet performing music largely taken from and influenced by the traditional repertoires of Britain and Ireland. Combining flute, whistles, mandolin, banjo, double bass, bodhrán, guitar, bouzouki, piano and the great Highland bagpipes, this ensemble offers a refreshing, youthful and vibrant attitude towards repertoire, arrangement and performance.  Since forming in mid 2014, the band has performed in many different venues around the North East of England.
Alasdair Paul- guitar/bouzouki; Bevan Morris – double bass; Callum Younger – bodhran; Jordan Aikin – pipes/whistle; Sam Partridge – flute; Tom Kimber – mandolin/banjo/piano.                                                     Listen Again  


simon atkinsonSimon Atkinson & The Foundry Apprentices  – Ayr
Described by the 2013 Wickerman Festival as ‘folk-jazz innovators.’  Simon Atkinson & The Foundryman’s Apprentice are a seven piece band performing Atkinsons’ original folk – themes with hints of his jazz/Blues heritage.
The band have released the 10 track “A Different Kind of Love” in 2013 and have recorded their second album “Three Shires Head”.
Simon Atkingson- guitar/lead vocals; John Duffy – bouzouki/backing vocal; Hugh Clinton – electric guitar/mandolin/vox; Becky Crichton – cello; Cat Atkinson – fiddle; Keir Highet –  electric bass; Richard Hamilton – drums/percussion.

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Fras – HighlandsFras2
A raw, fresh Highland quintet, born accidentally from many a wild afternoon/evening in the Lochailort Inn playing tunes!  “Kirsten Macleod on accordion is from Acharcle. Kirsten has purple hair and a wooden box; she is the only female in the band and she used to have incense sticks stuck to the dashboard of her car. Colin Masterton on flute is from Cumbernauld near Glasgow.  He’s very tall, has a tea obsession, likes long paddles in the canoe with the storage compartment filled with tea cakes, (no one can see you in mid loch).  He is married to Kirsten. Angus Binnie is the band’s bagpiper/whistle guy.  He’s also tall, drives a small car and likes tartan skinny clothing, alcohol and long walks on the beach. Thomas Kinsella, aka ‘Tam the Banjo’ is the band’s banjo man! Tam likes banjo, stone masonry, telling tales of when he was fishing and destroying aliens on the PS3.  Murdo Cameron is on the guitar.  He likes driving long distances, living in his car, eating unhealthily and also has a tea + coffee obsession.”                                                                                                                                                         Listen Again             


gillywolfe4Sam Gillespie & Becka Wolf- Edinburgh  
Hailing from disparate regions of the isles and encountering one another by chance in Damascus, Sam Gillespie and Becka Wolfe converged in Edinburgh nearly two years ago to concoct their distinctive blend of traditional and original music. They are a much-loved act on the Edinburgh folk scene and are looking forward to a European tour this year to mark the launch of their first album ‘Grace Pour Down’.  From the darkly intense to the exuberant, their songs are suffused with the rich breadth of their influences and experiences.  Guitar and fiddle intertwine with powerful vocal harmony in music of wildness and yearning, mystery and passion.                     Listen Again

Any enquires please email me Liz Clark

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Review: Breabach, Old Fruitmarket, Thursday 22 January

Review: Breabach, Old Fruitmarket, Thursday 22 January

Jan 29, 2015

A phenomenal evening of music was brought on from the start with the Antipidean treat of a Maori war dance from Horomona Horo from the New Zealand group Waoira (y-ora) .

The group gave us some wonderful tribal sounds of the Aborigine using traditional instrumentation and guitar as they say the interweave of cultures comes through in the music. They rounded off their set with the Haka, an ancestral war cry or dance with an outstanding yet moving applause from the audience.

This made way fro the Alan Kelly Gang playing some of their more well know tunes and songs along with some songs from their new album “The Last Bell”.

The group gave us a great blend of Irish Scots and Cape Breton tunes complimented with the piano accordion of Alan Kelly, fiddler Alasdair White of the Battlefield Band and Mannus Lunny (guitarist); Tony Byrne (flautist/vocals) and Steph Geremia.

The surprise of the evening was when Scots singing sensation Eddi Reader joined the group for a final number.

With Breabach starting a rather late on stage, they did not disappoint with a set of foot tapping jigs and saying how it was hard to take in that it was only 10 years ago that they were finalists on the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections .

They gave us some thrilling tunes like “Monday Night at Ricardos” with a line up of Calum MacCrimmon  (pipes/whistles/bouzouki);  Ewan  Robertson (guitar/vocals);  James  Mackenzie (pipes/flute/whistles); Megan Henderson (fiddle/vocals/stepdance) and James Lindsay (double bass).  They all kept the audience in the palm of their hand.

They were joined on stage with Horomona Horo for a truly moving song and instrumental “I love the music of the pipe.”  Ewan Robertson’s vocals were mind blowing.  Ewan is a former BBC Scotland Young Trad Musician of the year 2008 and part-time fire fighter from Carrbridge, Inverness-shire.

After a long set, the stage was set for what was a strong and vibrant finale with a standing ovation.  This was a night of both Northern and Southern Ocean music with a kindness, yet pleasure on the ears.

Sandy Pratt

Celtic Music Radio 95FM

Pic: Horomona Horo back stage with Braebach.

Wednesday 28th January Danny Kyle Open Stage 5-7pm Live from Celtic Connections

Wednesday 28th January Danny Kyle Open Stage 5-7pm Live from Celtic Connections

Jan 28, 2015

Danny Kyle Open Stage
In The  Exhibition Hall – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
5 – 7 pm Wednesday January
(Not in running order)





Gnoss (silent G!) – Orkney Gnoss

From Orkney, Graham was a student of Douglas Montgomery and Aidan is a self-taught guitarist and Scots singer. First year students on the Scottish Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Both played as part of Orcadian band Broken Strings and recently we’ve been performing with various acts at home in Orkney, including alongside the singer Jo Philby as her band, but recently gigged as a duo.
Graham Rorie / Aidan Moodie                                                                                                                Listen Again

NorcumbriansNorcumbrians  - North England   
The Norcumbrians are a newly formed folk band based around the north of England. The band come from a variety of different musical backgrounds which when put together, create a very unique sound. 
Michael Biggins/ Tristan Selden / James Taylor / Hannah Slater-Patterson

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Pappa Shandy & The Drams pappy shandy 2
Papa Shandy & the Drams are a Bluegrass, folk, Celtic, rock band from Glasgow’s south side who have been kicking up a storm gigging around Scotland for the last couple of years and gaining a mighty fan base . One CD under their belt, they are currently working on another one at the moment for release later in the year.                                                                                               Listen Again 
Kieran Sinclair / Sean Thomson / Darryl McCabe / Becky Brown / Gavin Clark / Davey O’Neill /Calum Sneddon

bobbyBobby Nicholson- Edinburgh   

Bobby is a well known singer-songwriter in Edinburgh. He has been gigging extensively throughout his home town as well as around festival.  He makes up the other half of Rantum Scantum and has various recordings on bancamp and Youtube.
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Matt Scott – Glasgow      

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Matt is singer-songwriter with a debut EP ‘’Stairway Songs: From Hillfoot Avenue Rutherglen”. He has played at the Glasgow City Chambers at the award night for Frankie Miller back in November. Giggs extensively around Glasgow and has his music on Soundcloud.

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FOLKAL POINT – 158 – January 29/2015

(Except as indicated, artistes are American)

TAKE MY HAND – Craig Cassler
COMING FOR YOU – Amelia Curran (Canada)
WEEZITA – instrumental – Jeffrey Briggs
DRINK, DRINK, DRINK – Brant Croucher
MARTINI – Eric Schwartz
NOTHING LEFT – Heather Pierson
BRING YOU BACK HOME – Lightnin’ Rod Wilson & The Thunderbolts
DON’T TELL ME – Melanie Peterson (Canada)
BAND OF GOLD – Andy White (Ulster)
NEVER BEEN TO OXFORD – instrumental – Ian Carr (Cymru)
SIX BULLETS – King Of The Tramps
BEFORE I MET YOU – Jessica Stiles
HAPPY BOY – Slowman (Sverige)
LET IT RAIN – Kelley Hunt
ACCOMPLICE – Jesse Brewster
SADIE – Willis Clan
DID YOU JUST TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME? – Colin Hay (Scotia/Australia/USA)
MOTHERLESS CHILD – Heather Pierson
ALL I EVER WANTED – Ernest Troost
ALL THAT MATTERS NOW – Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
FOLLOW YOUR HEART – Katie Garibaldi
THE CHILDREN’S SONG – instrumental – Joe Sample

Review: Malinky & The Jenna Reid Band, Mitchell Theatre, Friday 23 January 2015

Review: Malinky & The Jenna Reid Band, Mitchell Theatre, Friday 23 January 2015

Jan 28, 2015

This was a night when two great bands were launching their new albums and the audience were not to be disappointed.  Malinky are now onto their 5th album (produced by Donald Shaw) which has been some time in the making as their last one was launched in 2008.  It also heralds 10 years that Fiona Hunter has been with the group.  The others being Steve Byrne, Mike Vass and Mark Dunlop.

With a variety of instrumentation, they played and sang a selection from the new album plus a couple from their previous one interspersed with Mark’s jokes, which were so bad you just had to laugh!

The group’s strength seems to lie with the lovely blend of vocals from the Scottish east and west coasts plus the Irish lilt  from Mark Dunlop.  It was also great to see Mike Vass back on stage after his illness which postponed this album from 2013.

jennaPrior to Malinky being on stage , we were treated to Jenna Reid and her band. She opened the set with her sister Bethany on piano describing how the sisters had recorded their album in the summer in Shetland, and the long daylight hours which they had, making many of the audience sigh at the thought especially on a cold dark dismal night in Glasgow!

Her latest album is called Live In Shetland and next on stage to join her was Kevin MacKenzie on guitar and then followed by Harris Playfair on piano.

The sets of reels and jigs mostly from Shetland by the duos was well received by the audience, and Jenna herself seems to excel when playing as a twosome.

Finally they all came back together on stage to say they were the support for Malinky would be a vast understatement.

Ruth Roy

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