Singer John Taylor on tonight’s TFIF

Singer John Taylor on tonight’s TFIF

Aug 22, 2014

John Taylor cdOn tonight’s Thank Folk It’s Friday from 8.00pm, will be Lanarkshire singer-songwriter John Taylor, who will be singing a few songs and telling Ross Macfadyen all about his forthcoming CD album Demons & Angels which is launched at Oran Mor on Friday 5 September.

John releases his fifth studio album on 5th September in Oran Mor at the top of Byres Road at 731-735 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 8QX.  It will be a seated event with a few special guests. Tickets are just £6.50 from Ticket Web.

This is a new collection of songs following in the footsteps of past releases with some stripped back acoustic songs and some with a full band.

Thank Folk its Friday with Ross Macfadyen, Friday 22 August 8.00-10.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Celtic Music Radio now testing on 95FM

Celtic Music Radio now testing on 95FM

Jun 25, 2014

Celtic Music Radio is currently test transmitting on 95FM in preparation of the launch of the FM service on 1st July. Please send in your reception comments to or by text to 0777 507 95 95

Glasgow based Celtic Music Radio is promising a festival of music as it prepares to switch over to 95.0 FM transmission on Tuesday 1st July.

The community radio station is moving to the 95FM waveband on July 1 and its volunteers hope to boost its audience and further improve services as a result.

On air since January 2008 on 1530AM in the Glasgow area, Celtic Music Radio prides itself as a station with a mission to support new musical talent and to be a strong voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture.

The charitable status station currently has 80,000 listeners a month in the Glasgow area and in 180 countries worldwide online.

“The change to 95FM is a landmark occasion for Celtic Music Radio, one of the biggest decisions we’ve taken since we launched six and a half years ago,” said Ross Macfadyen, broadcaster and a director of the station. Our listening figures are rising so the move to FM comes at a vital time for all of us involved.”

“Our programmes will be available to thousands more on 95FM so we hope what we offer will persuade people to tune in daily. By offering a wide-ranging festival of music round the clock, we hope to continue to appeal to our existing loyal audience, to attract new listeners and to bring in fresh streams of income from advertisers and sponsors to meet the increased costs we face.”

The station, run by around 30 volunteers, has a fund-raising campaign on the go as it has licence fees and increased running costs to pay because of the move to 95FM. Any income it generates through advertising, listener donations and special live gigs goes directly to paying these expenses.

“We’re making the move to FM to raise our profile and to give our listeners a better experience when they tune in,” said Ross. “We’ve set ourselves high standards and we’re confident people interested in the work of Celtic Music Radio will be prepared to be generous in their support.”

The service on 1530 kHz AM medium wave will cease on Tuesday 1st July.  Listeners on 1530AM should switchover now to the FM waveband and tune into 95.0 FM to listen to Celtic Music Radio which is also available online via this website by clicking Listen Live plus on all mobile apps.

‘For Freedom Alone – The Wars Of Independence’ various artists

‘For Freedom Alone – The Wars Of Independence’ various artists

Jun 21, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 21 June is ‘For Freedom Alone – The Wars Of Independence’ on the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.  This important anniversary is marked by Scotland’s leading music label and company, Greentrax Recordings.

Ross Macfadyen presents a selection of tracks from the CD on the Album of the Week programme while Gordon Hotchkiss has Ian Green, owner of Greentrax Recordings as his guest on Hotchkiss Hotchpotch on Wednesday evening, 25 June from 7.00pm.

Ian Green, MD, Greentrax Recordings based in East Lothian.

Ian Green, MD, Greentrax Recordings based in East Lothian.

2014 is the 700th anniversary of The Battle of Bannockburn and Greentrax marks this important event with this compilation of songs, music and a poem by many of Scotland’s finest artists. 2014 is also the year of The Scottish Referendum and the album recognises this historical event.

The title of the album For Freedom Alone is taken from The Declaration Of Arbroath, a portion of which is included on the album.

There are a total of 18 tracks on the album, 16 of which relate to the relevant historical period, plus two bonus tracks.

Eight tracks are licensed from other companies, nine were specially recorded for the album and only three items are from the Greentrax/Culburnie labels.

There are 15 tracks featuring the Wars Of Independence and the exploits of William Wallace and Robert The Bruce. Wallace’s famous victory at Stirling Brig and his overwhelming defeat at Falkirk are the subjects of two songs, and of course The Battle of Bannockburn features in several.


The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week.

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week.


Tracks include contributions from The Corries (the adopted National Anthem of Scotland Flower of Scotland and The Black Douglas), The McCalmans (The Lion Wallace Saw), Alastair McDonald (The Battle of Stirling Brig from an old Nevis recording and William Wallace, Knight Of Elderslie of more recent origin), Alasdair Fraser with Skyedance (Bannockburn) and Arthur Johnstone (the classic Burns song Scots Wha Hae).

Also specially recorded: Sylvia Barnes & Sandy Stanage (Lament For Wallace After The Battle of Falkirk and The Field of Bannockburn), Alex Hodgson (The Sword of Bannockburn and an Ian McCalman original written specially for this album, titled New Day), Robin Laing (Bruce at Bannockburn, dealing with the killing of Henry De Bohun by Robert the Bruce before the battle proper), Ian Bruce (De Bruce, De Bruce – a poem put to music by Ian McCalman) and George Archibald (Bruce’s Address To His Captains, part of John Barbour’s epic poem put to music by Ian McCalman).

Iain Anderson reads the humorous The Spiders Legend Of Robert The Bruce and a shortened version of The Declaration Of Arbroath.

Bonus tracks: The Referendum by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, and the classic Both Sides The Tweed by Dick Gaughan, which we felt was important to redress any perceived imbalance – with its lines “Let friendship and honour unite, and flourish on both sides the Tweed”.

The very informative historical sleeve notes are by Jim Paris and the artwork design is by John Slavin, both deserve special mention.

Ian McCalman provided many ideas, in addition to his production and musical work, and he contributed immensely to the album. The inclusion of the reproduction of the painting of The Black Douglas is included by kind permission of Ronnie Browne and The Duke of Hamilton. Ronnie’s painting hangs in Lennoxlove House.

Buy ‘For Freedom Alone – The Wars Of Independence’ here.

  • Album of the Week, Saturday 21 June, 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 23 June, 7.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.
  • Hotchkiss Hotchkiss with Gordon Hotchkiss, Wednesday 25 June, 7.00-10.00pm; repeat Thursday 26 June 12 noon-3.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.

Album of the Week: The Last Ones Left ‘Spaces in Between’.

Album of the Week: The Last Ones Left ‘Spaces in Between’.

May 31, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 31 May is the new CD from The Last Ones Left who are a Glasgow based group performing their own distinctive brand of folk music.

Ross Macfadyen talks to members of the band about their music and their new album Spaces in Between.

The band features Josephine Anthony on vocals and guitar, Craig Whitehill on guitar and Kathryn O’Neil on fiddle.

last onesJosephine writes the band’s original material. She grew up in a musical family and takes a great deal of inspiration from her roots in the Aberdeenshire countryside. She is intrigued by old songs and stories, and by the traces of past lives hidden in museum shelves, historic places and ancient landscapes.

Craig and Josephine started out playing as a duo in 2003. They bumped into Kathryn at the Moniaive Folk Festival in 2009 and promptly brought her into the fold.

The band is always very happy to have their sound compared to the likes of Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and Joni Mitchell. However, they believe strongly in putting their own distinctive take on everything they do.

Their new CD Spaces in Between can be bought online here.

The band’s next gig is on Saturday 6 June 2014 as part of Friends of the River Kelvin Gala at Ha’penny Bridge House, Botanic Gardens in Glasgow’s west-end. Ha’Penny Bridge House is just outside the west end of the Botanic Gardens, off Ford Road, or can be reached by crossing the Botanic Gardens Bridge and turning left along the walkway. Enter from Kirklee Road or Great Western Road.

Album of the Week, Saturday 31 May at 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 2 June at 7.00pm plus Catch Up anytime

Album of the Week: Megson with ‘In a box’

Album of the Week: Megson with ‘In a box’

May 24, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 24 May is the new CD from Megson called ‘In a Box’.

Ross Macfadyen spoke to Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna who are the husband and wife duo called Megson.

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the 2011 Spiral Earth Awards, they draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a unique brand of folk music. Their infectious sound is a mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars and mandolas. As Froots Magazine puts it ‘if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem’

In the eight years since Megson began, the duo have played up and down the country, gaining a devoted fanbase and selling out many of their extensive tour dates. Publications like MOJO, The Financial Times, Uncut, Sunday Express and The Guardian state: ‘the most original duo on the folk scene’.

Album of the Week, Saturday 24 May 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 26 May 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

WORLD EXCLUSIVE! John Taylor’s new song on TFIF

WORLD EXCLUSIVE! John Taylor’s new song on TFIF

May 23, 2014

On tonight’s Thank Folk it’s Friday, Ross Macfadyen is honoured to have a copy of John Taylor’s brand new song Heavens Collide. Ross will be playing it first on UK radio tonight, Friday 23 May on Thank Folk it’s Friday from 8.00pm.

Also on tonight’s programme, guests will be Josephine Anthony and The Last Ones Left.

It’s been about five years since the band have been into the Celtic Music Radio studio, so Ross is looking forward to catching up and talking about their new CD.

Thank Folk it’s Friday with Ross Macfadyen, Friday 23 May 8.00-10.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

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