Catch Up: Airdrie Songwriters Club on TFIF

Catch Up: Airdrie Songwriters Club on TFIF

Dec 19, 2014

On Thank Folk its Friday with Ross Macfadyen, live in studio 1 will be Paul McCluskey, John Boyle, James Beekman and Gerry Reilly from the Airdrie Songwriters Club in Lanarkshire with a live session.

Ross presents his legendary programme featuring a broad mix of music and the ‘Folk or Not’ vote when Ross selects a familiar song from the world of popular music and asks listeners if it is ‘Folk or Not’.

Thank Folk it’s Friday with Ross Macfadyen, Friday 19 December 8.00-10.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Christine Sparks – Robin: The Robert Burns Collection, Vol. 1

Christine Sparks – Robin: The Robert Burns Collection, Vol. 1

Dec 12, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 13 December 2014 is from Renfrew singer Christine Sparks and her CD titled Robin: The Robert Burns Collection, Vol. 1.

“Christine Sparks has the quality of voice that Robert Burns’ words deserve – both are masters of exposing raw, natural emotion, creating timeless masterpieces.” says Watt Nicoll.

Ross Macfadyen talks to Christine about her album of Robert Burns songs and poems.

Christine Sparks ‘Robin: The Robert Burns Collection, Vol. 1′ features Christine on vocals, guitar, piano, whistle, Bhodhran and Melodica plus Stuart Farquharson on harmonicas, accordion; Signy Jakobsdottir (percussion); Chris Greive (trombones, Didgeridoo); John Sparks (guitars, Bouzouki) and Colin Cunningham (upright Bass).Christine Sparks robin cd

The original arrangements are by Christine Sparks with production by John Sparks and Danny Mitchell and the album was recorded at The Garage Glasgow and mixed at Carlton Studios, Glasgow and then re-mastered by Nick Lewis at Brighton Mastering.

Christine Sparks says: “I’m reading ‘The lost Glen’ by Neil Gunn at the moment and from within the pages of his book, the words call to me. As I start recording my new Burns album, so I search for the right words to describe the journey. Words that tell of the longing and connection I feel with these songs, and the need to be part of their being. Words that are the source of the feelings that become the sounds, that become the songs, that become the album.

If I force them they do not come – yet I open the pages of this book …. and here they are…‘When a woman has a golden voice and sings with great art, the song can yet be borne. But when the same woman croons to herself a tune out of the heart of her race, then she is moving forces beyond her art’s knowing or caring.’

‘Motherhood and childhood, of the one and the many, with all the passions that have gone to their making and the memories drawn off. With no more why of wherefore than exist love and life and death.’

Christine Sparks 261114Christine continues: “So, here is the reason I come back time and time again to the simplicity of the song.  I have been singing for many years now and yes, I love to develop my ‘art’ with all it’s twists and glamour and trickery. I practice turns and grace notes until they appear effortless. I feel the need to get it ‘just right’ and sometimes, when I do, it is indeed a thing of beauty.  I can sing like almost anyone if I put my mind to it.

From the beginning of this journey back to the old songs, John, my fiancée and co-producer has always known the importance of this simplicity. Just sing the songs, he says. And I do, and I will, and here they come…

Buy the album ‘Robin: The Robert Burns Collection, Vol. 1′  here.

Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 13 December 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday December 15 December 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

TFiF live from Hunter House Cafe, East Kilbride

TFiF live from Hunter House Cafe, East Kilbride

Nov 19, 2014

Thank Folk its Friday will be live from the Hunter House Café, Maxwellton Road, Calderwood, East Kilbride this Friday night, 21 November from 8.00-10.00pm.  Ross Macfadyen will introduce songwriter and musician Adam Baker who will be performing two sets and talking about his work with Street Children in Senegal.
AdamAdam Baker’s music reflects some of the things that are close to his heart, from issues of social justice, to his faith in God.  His experience of HunterHouseAcousticCoffeeperforming spans from large crowds and major events such as the London 2012 Olympic Park’s Emerging Icons Stage and Somerset’s New Wine Festival to small pubs, clubs, churches and other music venues.
More information on Hunter House here.
Thank Folk its Friday with Ross Macfadyen, live from Hunter House Café, East Kilbride, Friday 21 November 8.00-10.00pm and Catch Up anytime.
 

Album of the Week: Eliza Lynn with ‘Goodbye Nashville’

Album of the Week: Eliza Lynn with ‘Goodbye Nashville’

Nov 8, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 8 November 2014 is the new release from Eliza Lynn called ‘Goodbye Nashville’ which is produced by Eliza Lynn and Gordon Maclean.

Ross Macfadyen caught up and had a chat with Eliza when she recently performed at Perthshire Amber – The Dougie MacLean Festival in Dunkeld inEliza Lynn1 Highland Perthshire.

Goodbye Nashville has Eliza Lynn on vocals, guitar and banjo; Hannah Fisher on fiddle and harmony vocals; Sorren Maclean – acoustic and electric guitars and harmony vocals; Gordon Maclean on upright bass and Danny Grant on drums, percussion and harmony vocals.

‘Goodbye Nashville’ was recorded and mixed by Gordon Maclean at An Tobar, Tobermory on the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland; mastered by Bruce Bartlett at Bartlett Audio in Weaverville, NC, USA.

Buy the CD album here.

Album of the Week, Saturday 8 November 2014, 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 10 November 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

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.


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