Album of the Week: ‘Kith & Kin’ by Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell

Album of the Week: ‘Kith & Kin’ by Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell

Sep 13, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 13 September is the release of the new 14-track CD album ‘Kith & Kin’ by Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell. Kith and Kin means ‘ones native land’ and ‘friends/neighbours/family’.

Celtic Music Radio’s Ross Macfadyen talks to Ken Campbell about his musical journey and the release of the Kith & Kin album.

Kith & Kin was recorded at Watercolour Music studios in the West Scottish Highlands with Nick Turner and Mary Ann Kennedy and with additional fiddle parts recorded at Mesa Studios in San Francisco USA.  It has been an epic journey for Linsey and Ken and they are absolutely delighted with the result. 

Also on the album are friends Stevie Lawrence on bouzouki and percussion; Frank Lee on melodeon; Andy Shanks on guitar and backing vocals; Nick Turner on backing vocals and fiddler Howard Booster of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, California, USA.

Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell  weave together many threads from the worlds of traditional, classical  and contemporary music where historically all three genre of music were interlinked in Scotland’s musical identity

Linsey Aitken is a highly regarded cellist, pianist and vocalist encompassing many genres and styles from classical to traditional music.

Inspired by leading German cellist May Libersohn of the Scottish National Orchestra, she studied cello and piano under the personal tuition ofken campbell leading international musicians cellist Anna Shuttleworth; harpsichord maestro Alan Cuckston and virtuoso pianist Gusztav Fenyo.

At Harrogate Arts School in North Yorkshire, Linsey studied Singing, Music and Performing Arts and then went on to complete a degree in cello and piano performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow alongside Scotland’s foremost lute player Rob McKillop, and Martin Bennet who became a legend in Scottish music before his untimely death.  Linsey was one of eight UK cellists invited to play at the London Royal School of Music Centenary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

In spring 2010 Linsey Aitken on cello and vocals joined Ken Campbell’s Ideal Band taking over from Seylan Baxter.  Subsequently Linsey and Ken commenced touring as a duo throughout UK, Europe and USA. In 2014 she created The Loch Lomond Ukulele Orchestra and took over as Musical Director of the Bb’s community choir.

Ken-liveKen Campbell is a Scottish singer-songwriter with a well established pedigree over 30 years with five albums to date, festivals, concerts, television and radio performances throughout Europe and beyond.

Starting with Glasgow band Molendinar in 1980, Ken and Chris Miller performed at Lorient lnterceltic Festival in France.

In 2009, Ken got the ‘‘The ldeal Band’’ on the road again with a wealth of new songs.  The Northumbrian pipes were brought back in, more touring followed and an album was released on Fellside records and Dr John Barrow at Stoneyport Associates took them under his personal wing arranging concerts and tours.

In spring 2010 Linsey Aitken on cello and vocals joined Ken Campbell’s Ideal Band and a new six track CD and videos were released in January 2011.

Subsequently Linsey and Ken commenced touring as a duo with a new album Kith & Kin recorded at Watercolour Music studio in Scotland released in August 2014.

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

CATCH-UP: TFIF live from Òran Mór – John Taylor CD launch

CATCH-UP:  TFIF live from Òran Mór – John Taylor CD launch

Sep 5, 2014

The new CD album Demons and Angels from Wishaw, Lanarkshire singer-songwriter John Taylor was officially launched on Friday 5 September at Òran Mór at the top of Byres Road at Great Western Road in the west end of Glasgow and Thank Folk its Friday with Ross Macfadyen was there to broadcast live the performances of the new album plus guest artists.

john taylor1If you missed this live broadcast from Òran Mór, then go TFIF Catch Up anytime now.

This is John’s fifth studio album with a new collection of songs following in the footsteps of past releases with some stripped back acoustic songs and some with a full band.  This past week, John’s CD has been the Celtic Music Radio Album of the week and it was previously featured on Ross Macfadyen’s Thank Folk its Friday programme when John was a guest and did a live session in studio 1.

jasmineLive on Celtic Music Radio 95 FM – Demons & Angels CD launch at Òran Mór, 731-735 Great Western Road at Byres Road, Hillhead, Glasgow. A seated performance with a few special guests include Jasmine (pictured left) who opened the night plus Vivien Scotson.  Available now at Catch Up anytime for up to 30 days after broadcast.John Taylor cd

Album of the Week: John Taylor with ‘Demons & Angels’

Album of the Week: John Taylor with ‘Demons & Angels’

Aug 29, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 30 August is the brand new CD from Wishaw, Lanarkshire singer-songwriter John Taylor called Demons & Angels.

There is an official launch of the album at Oran Mor, top of Byres Road, Glasgow on Friday 5 September.

John Taylor cdThis is John’s fifth studio album with a new collection of songs following in the footsteps of past releases with some stripped back acoustic songs and some with a full band.  John chats to Ross Macfadyen about his music, new album and does a live session in studio 1. (Previously on Thank Folk its Friday).

Demons & Angels CD launch at Oran Mor, 731-735 Great Western Road at Byres Road, Hillhead, Glasgow. A seated performance with a few special guests include Vivien Scotson.  Tickets just £6 from Ticket Web.

Album of the Week, Saturday 30 August at 12 noon and 12 midnight; Monday 1 September, 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

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 studio@celticmusicradio.net 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.

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