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:

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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.

TFIF focus on Inverclyde Folk & Roots festival

TFIF focus on Inverclyde Folk & Roots festival

Sep 24, 2014

This week’s Thank Folk it’s Friday with Ross Macfadyen on Friday 26 September at 8.00pm has the spotlight on the second Inverclyde Scottish Folk and Roots Festival which starts on Sunday 5 October in the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock.Inverclyde2014

Festival organiser Neil Locheil and a few of the performers playing during the festival will be coming into the TFIF studio on Friday night to preview this year’s festival.

Inverclyde area residents including Yvonne Lyon (pictured) plus Gordon McKenzie, Davy Nicol, The Wherries, Martin Jones, Dave Mac and Lynnie Carson will be featured.

Thank Folk it’s Friday with Ross Macfadyen, Friday 26 September 8.00-10.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Album of the Week: Ewan McLennan ‘Stories Still Untold’

Album of the Week: Ewan McLennan ‘Stories Still Untold’

Sep 20, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 20 September is the new CD from Ewan McLennan called ‘Stories Still Untold’.

Celtic Music Radio’s Ross Macfadyen talks to Ewan McLennan about his music and his new album.

Writing on his website, Ewan says: “I thought that with the release of my latest album, it was worth writing a few words on the songs and the recording process that went into it.

Probably more than either of the two previous albums I’ve released this one – the 3rd, ‘Stories Still Untold’ – came together gradually over quite a stretch of time. Some of the songs that have ended up on it are favourites of mine I’ve been singing for years, tweaked or even overhauled for this. Some of them are traditional songs that I’ve long loved but have never dared sing before. And some of them are songs I’ve written or dug-up and arranged over the last couple of years.

ewan cdThis time around, I went with a quite different approach from the last two albums. In the case of the last two albums I’d worked away on an album-length set of songs until I felt they were ready to record. This time around I came to the recording process with a whole bunch of songs, probably twenty or so (self-penned and traditional), and then decided at the end which ones were best and which ones worked best together. I’ve felt this gave me a bit more room for maneuver. It gave what I did a bit more freedom, a bit more flow and I’ve been able to distil the album down only to songs that really worked.

The recording process itself also happened slightly differently from before. Although still on Fellside Records, this new album wasn’t recorded at their studio as before but instead at the studio of renowned folky producer and musician Mattie Foulds in Scotland. I worked with Mattie for a couple of weeks putting the whole thing together and had a really good time doing it.

Once again I had the priviledge to work with an incredible bunch of musicians, although all different this time around. Beth Porter is playing cello, Lauren MacColl viola, Inge Thomson accordion, Ross Ainslie whistle and Siobhan Miller harmonies. Having all these people contribute to the album gave it a really nice breadth in terms of the instrumentation, although it’s scattered quite sparsley throughout.”

Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue.

From a BBC Horizon Award for his debut album to his recent performances on the acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions, recent years have been marked by numerous awards and accolades for his music.

Ewan McLennan’s new album, ‘Stories Still Untold’, is already attracting critical acclaim and is sure to further cement him as “one of the bright lights on the folk scene today.”

Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 20 September 12 noon, 12 midnight and Monday 22 September 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

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