Catch Up: Perthshire Amber Saturday afternoon session live

Catch Up: Perthshire Amber Saturday afternoon session live

Oct 31, 2014

Perthshire Amber – The Dougie MacLean Festival ends this weekend which includes a live broadcast on Celtic Music Radio on Saturday 1 November from 12 noon until 5.00pm.

It is the second weekend of the 2014 Perthshire Amber festival and at Amber Central, the Royal Dunkeld Hotel, Dunkeld in HighlandAmber Central 2014 Perthshire, Ross Macfadyen and Liz Clark will be live from this afternoon’s Perthshire Amber Open Mic Session. 

Artists performing live on the ‘Wee Festival Stage’ at Amber Central in Dunkeld will be: David Swann; Trevor Appleton The Keystone Project; Mary Kathleen Burke; Stephanie Manns; Zoe Bestel; For One Night Only; Davie Anderson; Adrian Nation; Chris Greve; Caraidean; David Nicol; Carron Anderson; Georgia Gordon and Just Singin’ plus in reserve Kirsty Bromley and also Les Santangeli.

Perthshire Amber Open Mic Saturday Session, 1 November from 12 noon to 5.00pm with Ross Macfadyen and Liz Clark and hosted on stage by Ewen Sutherland.

Album of the Week: Mike Vass ‘In The Wake of Neil Gunn’

Album of the Week: Mike Vass ‘In The Wake of Neil Gunn’

Oct 25, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 25 October is the new CD from Mike Vass called ‘In The Wake of Neil Gunn’.

Ross Macfadyen talks to Mike about his new album and current project on writer Neil Gunn.

During May 2014 saw Mike Vass undertake a mirror voyage of writer Neil Gunn’s 1937 adventure round the west coast of Scotland, performing community concerts along the way featuring stories, music and local history.

After a summer of writing and recording, Mike Vass will return in the autumn 2014 to tour the new album, featuring some of Scotland’s top traditional musicians and film footage captured on the voyage.

Winner of the prestigious ‘Composer of the Year’ award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in 2012, Mike Vass is fast gaining a reputation as one of Scotland’s foremost tunesmiths.

Mike VassMike (pictured left) is regarded as one of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, in great demand as a performer, composer and teacher.

He has toured extensively in the past few years with leading Scots Song band Malinky, in a duo with twin sister Ali, and with International super group Fiddle Rendezvous, featuring Bruce Molsky, Maryann Kennedy and Gerry O’Connor.

May 2014 saw the Mike Vass undertake a mirror voyage of writer Neil Gunn’s 1937 adventure round the west coast of Scotland, performing community concerts along the way featuring stories, music and local history.

Album of the Week, Saturday 25 October at 5.00-6.00pm.

Open Mic Session live from Perthshire Amber

Open Mic Session live from Perthshire Amber

Oct 21, 2014

Celtic Music Radio 95 FM is live from the Open Mic Session on Saturday 25 October from 12 noon at the 2014 Perthshire Amber festival based at Amber Central, the Royal Dunkeld Hotel, Dunkeld in Highland Perthshire.

Ross Macfadyen, Liz Clark and Alex Jenkins will be presenting live in the ‘Wee Festival Hall’ at Amber Central in Dunkeld.Perthshire Amber 2014 small

Artists appearing on stage are: Rumours of Spring, Kevin Jordan & Reece Hillis, KT O’Neil, Amy Goddard, Three’s a Crowd, Crooked House, Bruce Nemerov, Maarten Willems, Iona Grace Fyfe, Ruari McMillan, Keith Meisner, Finbar Magee, ’50 Shades of Blue, Ted and Lorna Poletyllo plus in reserve Neil MacTavish, Cameron Grant and Ross Hull.

Open Mic Session, Perthshire Amber, Saturday 25 October 12 noon to 5.00pm. 

Live from Perthshire Amber festival 2014

Live from Perthshire Amber festival 2014

Oct 19, 2014

This is the 10th year of the Perthshire Amber festival and the Dunkeld based festival promises once again to be full of wonderful concerts featuring the finest of Scotland’s musical talent as well as some international guests.

Celtic Music Radio 95 FM will be broadcasting live from Amber Central at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel in Dunkeld in Highland Perthshire for the Saturday afternoon Open Mic Sessions and also the daily Carbaret Amber Concerts at Amber Central in Dunkeld and it all starts on Saturday 25 October live from Dunkeld at 12 noon until 5.00pm.

The Perthshire Amber venues are as special as ever, ranging from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and tiny village halls, from atmosphericPerthshire Amber poster castles to historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even including an iron age Crannog on Loch Tay – there are 25 venues in all in 2014.

Dougie Ross interviewThe festival is always evolving, and do remember it began as just a weekend of concerts, and this year, Dougie says he is thrilled to have been chosen as one of the funded events for Homecoming Scotland 2014.

Dougie MacLean says: “We’ll be bringing you some very special concerts and events to celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014, the 10th anniversary of Perthshire Amber and my 40th year as a touring musician!”

There is another opportunity to listen to the chat that Ross Macfadyen had with Dougie MacLean about Perthshire Amber tonight, Sunday 19 October at 10.00pm to 12 midnight.

Perthshire Amber: Dougie MacLean Special

Perthshire Amber: Dougie MacLean Special

Oct 2, 2014

There is a 2014 Perthshire Amber special feature programme on Celtic Music Radio this Saturday, 4 October from 2.00pm.

Ross Macfadyen chats with Dougie MacLean about  the upcoming 10th Perthshire Amber – The Dougie MacLean Festival.

As well as the festival’s anniversary, 2014 also marks Dougie’s 40th anniversary in the music business.

In the programme, Dougie tells Ross about the history of the festival and the beginnings of his career.

We also play tracks from the artists appearing at this year’s Perthshire Amber which takes place from Friday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November across Perthshire, but based in Dougie MacLean’s home town of Dunkeld.

We also feature some tracks from those playing at the festival from Friday 25th October until Sunday 2nd November including Eliza Lynn, Buddy MacDonald, Mischa Macpherson Trio, Duncan Chisholm, Martin Carthy and Dougie himself.

More information and Perthshire Amber festival programme can be found at:  www.perthshireamber.com

Dougie Ross

Dougie MacLean Perthshire Amber special feature programme with Ross Macfadyen (pictured right), Saturday 3 October 2.00-4.00pm. 

Album of the Week: Skerryvore with ‘Chasing The Sun’

Album of the Week: Skerryvore with ‘Chasing The Sun’

Sep 27, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 27 September is from Skerryvore.  The album is inspired by sun-filled summers spent on the island of Tiree and was the springboard  for the band forming, ‘Chasing The Sun’ is the fifth and arguably most mature sounding Skerryvore album.

Ross Macfadyen talks to Skerryvore band member Craig Espie about their music and the newly released album Chasing The Sun.

Skerryvore first formed on the tiny Isle of Tiree off Scotland’s west coast in 2005. Back then, the band consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion) who bonded with holidaymaker Fraser West (drums & vocals) and friend Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar) over a shared love of music: everything from traditional to rock and iazz.

Scottish-TOURIt was this mix of musical styles and sounds that set the path for the band’s 2005 debut album, ‘West Coast Life.’ The more the fledgling band experimented with fusing together this mix of musical styles, the more their signature sound evolved, aided by the arrival of Barry Caulfield (bass & vocals) and Craig Espie (fiddle) in time for their second album, ‘On The Road’, in 2007.

But it was with the release of self-titled third album, ‘Skerryvore’, that the band found themselves catapulted into the musical limelight winning a string of prestigious awards, including SNMA Record of the Year 2011 and STMA Live Act of the Year 2011, and garnering much critical acclaim.

In June 2012 the band released what is undeniably their most polished and radio-ready album to date. ‘World of Chances’ weaves together the band’s spine-tingling musical talents with the award winning songwriting abilities of frontman Alec Dalglish (Frankie Miller Songwriter of the Year 2011).

When not touring the different corners of the globe, the band, now with bassman Colin Cunningham, can still be found performing relentlessly, contributing to projects by Live Music Now (LMN), The Royal Blind School, Artlink Central and HMP Cornton Vale as well as special needs schools throughout the UK. They also feature in a current VisitScotland TV commercial aimed at international audiences.

Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 27 September 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 29 September 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.


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