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.

Bill Adair guests on Big Al + TFIF tonight

Bill Adair guests on Big Al + TFIF tonight

May 9, 2014

Tonight, Friday 9 May from 6.00pm, listeners are all in for a treat on Big Al’s Show with Alan Grant.

Alan’s extra special guests will be Bill Adair and South African singer Miriam Backhouse.

Bill and Miriam are going to be touring together this month. Individually, Bill and Miriam are outstanding.  Alan says: “I can’t wait to hear them on the same show. Join us all at 6.00pm for what promises to be two hours of the very best in music.”

After Alan Grant’s programme, Bill Adair will join Ross Macfadyen on Thank Folk it’s Friday for chat on various other projects Bill is involved in.

Alan Grant, Friday 9 May 6.00-8.00pm and Catch Up anytime and Ross Macfadyen Thank Folk it’s Friday 8.00-10.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Album of the Week: Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas ‘Abundance’

Album of the Week: Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas ‘Abundance’

Apr 26, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 26 April is the fourth CD album from the dazzling duo of master fiddler Alasdair Fraser and dynamic cellist Natalie Haas called Abundance.

Alasdair Fraser is recognised as one of Scotland’s finest exponents of the fiddle, and for some time now has enjoyed an artistic collaboration with the wonderful cellist Natalie Haas.

Once again they unleash their teamwork, with driving, dancing rhythms and a shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish and Celtic music on an exciting new journey. On this album they have invited eight session musicians to join them.

The Referendum tune was composed by Alasdair for the occasion of Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond’s visit to Alasdair’s fiddle course at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, and to celebrate the upcoming Scottish referendum.

Long regarded as Scotland’s premiere fiddle ambassador, as much for his warm personality as for his powerful playing, Alasdair’s concert and recording career spans over 30 years, with a lengthy list of awards and accolades.

The talented young Californian cellist Natalie Haas first met Alasdair at his Valley Of The Moon fiddle camp in California. They went on to successful international touring as one of Celtic music’s top live acts, and recordings that have been acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Abundance album features: Alasdair Fraser (fiddles, baritone fiddle, viola, kalimba) and Natalie Haas (cellos, kalimba) with special guest musicians Donald Shaw (piano, accordion), James Macintosh (percussion), Corey DiMario (bass), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), Brittany Haas (fiddle), Hanneke Cassel (piano), Stefan Amidon (percussion), Kai Welch (trumpet) and Oscar Utterström (trombone, bass trombone, euphonium).

Album of the Week, Saturday 26 April 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 28 April at 7.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.

Ed Goodale on Thank Folk its Friday on Good Friday

Ed Goodale on Thank Folk its Friday on Good Friday

Apr 18, 2014

Ross Macfadyen has a ‘gab’ and session with singer-songwriter Ed Goodale on Thank Folk its Friday this Good Friday, 18 April from 8.00pm.

Ed Goodale has been busy recently with performances across the country including at Midhurst Rother College where £1,000 was raised for the Anthony Nolan Charity Trust for which is for the UK’s blood cancer and bone marrow trust.  The Anthony Nolan Trust saves the lives of those who desperately need stem cell transplants by finding them matching donors.

Ed is a singer-songwriter from Midhurst, West Sussex and he has the ‘gift’ of Asperger’s Syndrome and his love of music and performance helped him to understand his condition. Ed has interpreted his life with Asperger’s through his song ‘Symptoms’ which has moved audiences to tears.
Ed is currently working with the National Autistic Society (NAS) to bring ‘Symptoms’ to a wider audience to inspire others on the autistic spectrum to realise their potential.
At the tender age of 17, Ed is currently recording his first album ‘The Same But Different’ from which the NAS charity single was released in January this year.   The EP single “Symptoms” is available now here.
Thank Folk its Friday with Ross Macfadyen, Friday 18 April 8.00-10.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

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