Cheque presentation to Fire Service & Police Benevolent Funds

Cheque presentation to Fire Service & Police Benevolent Funds

Feb 10, 2014

Charity radio station Celtic Music Radio 1530AM and Glasgow venue St Andrew’s in the Square, held two benefit concerts for the Clutha Helecopter Tragedy in January, raising £3,350.

On Monday 10 February, Ross Macfadyen, director and presenter from Celtic Music Radio 1530AM presented cheques to two of the Benevolent funds chosen to gain from the concerts.

Paul Connolly is vice-chair of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Family Support Trust, which was established in 1923 and is the oldest Fire & Rescue charity in the UK.  The charity provides individual grants to widows for hardship and bereavement. It also provides a respite centre for members to recuperate after spells of ill health and stress.

More details on the charity can be found on their website:

Graham Ednie is Chairperson of the Scottish Police Benevolent Fund, the official charity of the Police Service of Scotland and aims to deliver high quality Benevolent & Welfare services to improve the quality of life of its membership who are in conditions of need.

Among the support the Scottish Police Benevolent Fund provides is through the Police Treatment Centre in Auchterarder. As well as general health support, the centre also assists officers in dealing with stress and well being.

More details at:

Other benefactors of the Celtic Music Radio 1530AM / St Andrew’s in the Square concerts are the Scottish Ambulance Service Benevolent fund and the City of Glasgow Clutha Appeal.

Ross said: “Celtic Music Radio 1530AM is proud to support our emergency services and praises then for the difficult work they do on the public’s behalf. In particular, the harrowing work they undertook on the night of Friday 29th November in assisting the patrons and musicians in the Clutha Vaults.”

SeaStar – ‘North Winds’

SeaStar – ‘North Winds’

Feb 8, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 8 February is from Fae Wiedenhoeft’s SeaStar who visited the Celtic Music Radio base at Adelaide’s, Glasgow during Celtic Connections 2014.

Fae Wiedenhoeft talks to Ross Macfadyen about her music, new album and her visits to Scotland.

With a velvet voice, a hearty laugh and the traditions of the Celtic winds, Fae takes her listeners on a musical journey through history and tradition. She performs independently and with her bands SeaStar and Syren throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Compared and influenced by the greats of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denn, Fae’s song stories are a must for fans of Celtic folk.


Fae is a folky, Irishy, curly haired girl from Seattle, WA, USA, who likes to sing about love, birds and remembrances kept in a favourite hiding place.

Fae finds secrets in sea glass and stories in driftwood. Her music sounds like dancing flowers, wind through trees, and the raspberry sky at sunset. She loves to hear people’s tales and dip her toes into waters unknown.
Fae created a band in Seattle called SeaStar with bass player Captain Chambers, percussionist Michael Falcone, and guitarist Kelly Blanchard. The band just released their latest record North Winds and are heading to Scotland to play the Perthshire Amber festival. 

Fae also performs with her long time singing companion, Melody Benbow, in their band called Syren. The ladies have been together since 1998 and continue to entertained international audiences.

Album of the Week, Saturday 8 February 2014 at 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 10 February at 6.00pm.

Celtic Music Radio all time audience record!

Celtic Music Radio all time audience record!

Feb 4, 2014

Celtic Music Radio 1530AM has just recorded its biggest ever audience in six years of full-time broadcasting.

During January, figures show that the Glasgow-based station’s online listener numbers totalled 58,408 – that’s 49 per cent up on January last year and 10 per cent higher than December 2013 figures.

And with an estimated 27,500 tuned in on 1530AM during the first month of the year as well, Celtic Music Radio’s total audience for January was just over the 85,900 mark.

The station’s record listenership follows Celtic Connections’ announcement that it was the music festival’s best year yet with over 110,000 ticket sales.

Celtic Music Radio broadcast live from Celtic Connections 2014 every day, except Sundays.

“The figures are terrific, we are really pleased” said Ross Macfadyen, a presenter and director of the station, Scotland’s first to be supported by its listeners.

“Everything is done by volunteers including all the eight-hours-a-day-live broadcasting sessions at this year’s Celtic Connections.  To achieve audience figures like this is a real boost for everyone involved with Celtic Music Radio.

We were also on DAB digital radio, so our programmes were available in parts of the country, mainly down south, for the first time.

Let’s hope we can keep the audience figures high as we’re on air all day, every day of the year, online and on 1530AM.”

The station’s coverage included live sessions and interviews supported by students of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Audio Technology courses.

“We pride ourselves as a community radio station on supporting Scotland’s musical community” said Ross.

“We highlighted performers from as far away as Orkney and from all levels of the music industry from Seth Lakeman, one of England’s finest folk musicians to Patrick Bullen from Glasgow.

“All in all, it has been so successful and all of us at Celtic Music Radio are delighted that all the hard work is paying off.”

Review: Rab Noakes – ‘From Nashville to Muirend’, Mitchell Theatre, Monday 27 January 2014.

Review: Rab Noakes – ‘From Nashville to Muirend’, Mitchell Theatre, Monday 27 January 2014.

Jan 28, 2014

Rab Noakesthird album, Red Pump Special was a high budget, Nashville recorded debut for Warner Brothers in 1974.

The two singles from the LP, Branch and Clear Day, became turntable hits, but failed to sell in sufficient quantities to make the charts.

Fast forwarding to Monday 27th January 40 years later, it’s shocking that the songs never made it.

From Nashville to Muirend was the name of Rab’s appearance at this year’s Celtic Connections Festival, a night of the old and new.

In the first half of the evening, Rab and band performed the Red Pump Special album in its entirety, assisted by some fine backing vocalists including Emma Pollock, Jill Jackson, Alice Marra and the wonderful Barbara Dickson.

Listeners to my regular show will know my thoughts on the country music genre, but I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the first half. But then again, this was Nashville by Rab Noakes!

Highlights were As Big As His Size, Sitting in the Corner Blues and of course, Branches and Clear Day. Listening to the songs now, I fail to see why this album, and its singles, weren’t bigger hits at the time. History did as History done, I guess.

If the first half was history, then the second half was the future, with Rab showcasing material from his forthcoming, working titled I’m Walking Here.

If the first half was Nashville, the second half was Rab n Roll!

Rab calls it 21st Century Skiffle, but we won’t argue.

The second half started off with a tribute to Emmett Miller & The Georgia Crackers. Emmett performed minstrel shows from the early 1920’s into the 1950’s and is credited with influencing the likes of Hank Williams and Merle Haggard among others.

Rab’s influences from artists of this time shone through and I was minded throughout of the works of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant (as featured on Rab’s previous release, Just In Case).

I found myself throughout the night with my eyes closed. Not because of the aesthetics of the venue or the performers, but due to the sheer pleasure of the evening and allow my brain to process the music without the visuals.

Talking of visuals, the power of Rab Noakes’ performance also reminded me of Bob Dylan’s description of the night he saw Buddy Holly just days before he died. Dylan was mesmerised and took the ghost of Buddy with him through his career.

The second half also saw a couple of interesting cover versions, firstly I’m Only Happy When It Rains (originally performed by Garbage, from Wisconsin) and a joint performance with Barbara Dickson of Buttons & Bows (from the film The Paleface with Bob Hope and Jane Russell). Both very different songs, showing the breadth of Rab’s material.

I concur with Rab, that having “favourite songs” is not relative, as it changes so often. Picking a favourite part of the night is therefore irrelevant too.

That said, I can’t wait for the forthcoming album from Rab Noakes and indeed to the tour planned with Barbara Dickson, coming your way in April.

Ross MacfadyenClick to purchase Red Pump Special

Celtic Connections meets Apple Technology on the Airwaves

Celtic Connections meets Apple Technology on the Airwaves

Jan 23, 2014

Celtic Connections – Celtic Music Radio 1530AM: The Festival Meets Apple Technology on the Airwaves – Wednesday 29th January at 5pm

Ross Macfadyen of Celtic Music Radio 1530AM visit the Apple Store on Buchanan Street Glasgow to talk about the radio station that has broadcast the music and talked to the stars of Celtic Connections since 2006.

Ross will be joined by Patrick Quinn of Glasgow Caledonian University, as they will give an insight into the music, licensing, equipment and the key elements including Apple technology, needed to broadcast and stream the sounds of Celtic Connections.

The event is free, however registration required. Click here to register.

Please arrive early as seating is limited.  The Apple Store is at 147 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2JX

GCU Audio Technology Students at Celtic Connections

GCU Audio Technology Students at Celtic Connections

Jan 12, 2014

This from Patrick Quinn at Glasgow Caledonian University:

Glasgow Caledonian University is working in partnership with Celtic Music Radio to broadcast live from Celtic Connections 2014.

Following on from a very successful collaboration in 2013, Audio Technology students will be manning the outside broadcast facilities at Adelaide’s church which allow Celtic Music Radio to broadcast interviews, live sessions and the famous Danny Kyle Open Stage over the two weeks of the festival.

Starting on Friday 17th January, the daily broadcasts from 10.00am to 6.00pm allow around 15 students from all four years of the BSc(Hons) Audio Technology with Electronics to gain valuable hands on experience at the world’s largest Celtic music festival.

Gordon Hotchkiss, Programme Director for Celtic Music Radio said, “We are delighted to have the students from Glasgow Caledonian University helping us out again this year. Although students, each and everyone was a pleasure to work with and all very professional”

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Office: 0141 548 3397 | Studio: 0141 548 4041 | Text: 07588 15 1530
Celtic Music Radio is a Charity registered in Scotland, number SC041172

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