Dougie MacLean on Perthshire Amber

Dougie MacLean on Perthshire Amber

Oct 6, 2015

Dougie MacLean OBE talks to Ross Macfadyen about this year’s Perthshire Amber Festival, which takes place from Friday 30th October and Sunday 8th November this year.

Tune in from 8pm on Friday 9th October.

The Perthshire Amber Festival, now in it’s 11th year, is likely to exceed all expectations once again! Scotland on Sunday’s Tom Maxwell commented “Dougie MacLean has created a wee gem of a festival in his home county… a drop of Amber nectar!” This (no longer ‘wee’) 10 day event had approx 10,000 people from 25 countries attending last year and contributed well over £1million to the local economy.

Dougie MacLean has developed a unique festival which shares his inspiring music, celebrates the history and culture of his Perthshire home and showcases its beautiful scenery. The concerts, which welcome high calibre musical guests from Scotland and abroad, are staged in a variety of wonderful venues, from village halls, town halls and a grand concert hall to historic castles and the atmospheric Dunkeld Cathedral.

As well as music from Bella Hardy, Emily Smith, Ross Ainslie Band, Caper, Rura, Dallahan, Karine Polwart, The Wrigley Sisters, Blazin Fiddles, Elliot Morris, The Mae Trio and Dougie himself; the festival has grown into a veritable family affair with dozens of activities to take in the beauty of Autumnal Highland Perthshire.

From The Song Bus, The Wee Bus trips to Photographic and Archaelogical walks to the Amber Autumn Picnic in Dunkeld’s Stanley Hill Park there is literally something for everyone.

royal-dunkeld-hotel-dunkeld_The festival also takes over the Royal Dunkeld Hotel for the 10 days, creating a base of operations and the Wee Festival Hall.

Celtic Music Radio will be at the Wee Festival Hall to broadcast LIVE the Open Mic concerts on Saturday 31st October, Sunday 1st November and Saturday 7th November. You can also hear the Cabaret Amber Concerts Monday 2nd – Thursday 5th November from 5-7 pm LIVE on Celtic Music Radio

Don’t miss our gab with Dougie on Friday from 8pm.

Click here for more details of the Perthshire Amber Festival.

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Featured image of Dougie MacLean by Rob McDougall

Thank Folk it’s Friday live guests tonight 8pm

Thank Folk it’s Friday live guests tonight 8pm

Mar 6, 2015

On tonight’s Thank Folk it’s Friday with Ross Macfadyen, special guests are John Boyle (pictured) of ASC – Airdrie Songwriters Club – who will be in promoting his new CD being sold in aid of MS.John Boyle ASC

During the second hour of the programme will be Gillian Grassie (pictured below), a harpist will be playing and chatting to Ross about her music.

Gillian Grassie





Thank Folk it’s Friday with Ross Macfadyen, Friday 6 March 2015, 8.00-10.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Celtic Music Radio’s big move

Celtic Music Radio’s big move

Mar 1, 2015

New studio, new partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University

After almost nine years based at the Livingstone Tower, Celtic Music Radio has moved its studio base about a mile away to Buchanan House in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University.

Celtic Music Radio has been working with Glasgow Caledonian University for four years, principally with students on the Audio Engineering course and with Senior Lecturer Mr Patrick Quinn within the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

Involvement has been during Celtic Connections broadcasts and at other events where audio engineering students provide support and obtain ‘real life’ work experience of live broadcast events plus in the radio broadcast studio for live music sessions and interviews.

This relationship has developed with the invitation of accommodation at Buchanan House in Glasgow city centre where Glasgow Caledonian University occupies five floors at Buchanan House which is adjacent to the university’s Campus.

This move will enhance volunteering opportunities and develop the Celtic Music Radio programme service and community involvement. Over time, there will also be the opportunity for other Glasgow Caledonian University departments to benefit from working with Celtic Music Radio.

Our new studio postal address is:

Celtic Music Radio 95FM
5th Floor West Wing
Buchanan House
58 Port Dundas Road
G4 0HF

We look forward to hearing from you.

Album of the Week: ‘Little Hinges’ Qristina & Quinn Bachand

Album of the Week: ‘Little Hinges’ Qristina & Quinn Bachand

Feb 6, 2015

The Album of the Week programme on Saturdays at 12 noon and 12 midnight has selected tracks from next week’s Album of the Week and an interview with the musician or singer-songwriter or band member.

There has been no Album of the Week due to Celtic Connections coverage after the festive holiday season, so this is the first Album of the Week for 2015 and is the Album of the Week from Saturday 7 February 2015.

It is the new CD from award-winning brother-sister folk-roots duo from Canada’s west coast, Qristina & Quinn Bachand with ‘Little Hinges’.

Qristina Quinn BachandThe album was released at Celtic Connections 2015 in Glasgow last month. Ross Macfadyen spoke to the brother and sister about their music and new album, Little Hinges, which gets its name from the saying “big doors swing on little hinges.” Although writer W. Clement Stone was not referring to the power of art among a captive audience, the fact is undeniable: music moves.

With deep Asturian and Breton roots, Canadian-born Qristina & Quinn Bachand have quickly emerged at the top of the international Celtic music world, winning 2010 Top Traditional Group and 2011 Top Duo at the Irish Music Awards.Qristina Bachand

Since 2009 the duo have also received three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations; a 2012 Western Canadian Music Award nomination for World Recording of the Year and four 2013 Vancouver Island Music Award nominations.

This powerhouse duo has a musical bond that only siblings can share. With a musical connection reminiscent of other Canadian family groups such as Leahy, The Barra MacNeils and The Rankins, audiences everywhere are quickly falling in love with Qristina & Quinn Bachand.

Our goal with this recording was to open the doors of the beautiful but oftentimes rigid-minded traditional music we love to various sounds and inspirations we’ve accumulated over the past three years.

The album is split into two sections, with an interlude entitled “Little Hinges” connecting the two.

Following the first, more traditional half of the album, “Little Hinges” quite literally opens the door to the second section, in which we venture further from our traditional roots.


Further information on the duo’s website here. Pictured during the live Celtic Music Radio session in the Buchanan Suite of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections on 17 January 2015.

Album of the Week, Saturday 7 February 2015 at 12 noon and 12 midnight and Catch Up anytime.

Celtic Music Radio smashes audience record

Celtic Music Radio smashes audience record

Feb 1, 2015

Celtic Music Radio 95FM, the charitable community radio station based in Glasgow, has broken its audience record for this year’s Celtic Connections.

More than 115,976 people tuned in either on 95FM across Glasgow or via its website as the station broadcast live for the 10th year running at Connections, which ended yesterday, Sunday 1 February.

Its 30-strong team of volunteers, with technical support from Glasgow Caledonian University Audio Technology students, broadcast live for 116 hours and this included live sets from 80 musicians and groups from Scotland, other parts of the UK and overseas.

“We wanted to be at the heart of Celtic Connections and these audience figures, our highest ever, show that we have,” said Celtic Music Radio chairperson, Alex Jenkins.

“On average we have 72,000 listeners a month in the Glasgow area and in 175 countries worldwide online – so the increase for January has been remarkable and hugely gratifying.

“This was our 10th year of supporting Celtic Connections and we are both pleased and humbled that so many people appreciated our programmes, which we offered eight hours a day during the festival.

“We would like to thank everyone who tuned in, the musicians who played live sessions and the Glasgow Caledonian University students for making them sound great. With our hardy band of volunteers of presenters as well, it has been a tremendous team effort.”

Celtic Music Radio 95FM is the only Ofcom-licenced radio station with a mission to support and promote Scottish music and culture – and it offers a festival of music, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, has already praised Celtic Music Radio for its ongoing and invaluable support all year round.

Qristina & Quinn Bachand perform at Celtic Music Radio

Qristina & Quinn Bachand perform at Celtic Music Radio

Review: Mike Vass – In The Wake of Neil Gunn

Review: Mike Vass – In The Wake of Neil Gunn

Jan 22, 2015

Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow, Wednesday 21st January 2015

In the Wake of Neil Gunn is a remarkable piece of work from Mike Vass, inspired by his voyage following Neil Gunn’s 1937 sailing trip around Scotland.

Mike read the book while convalescing and decided to follow Neil’s route on his own craft.

When picturing a boat trip, I guess the view is of calm seas, fluffy clouds and a bright blue sky. A serene and relaxing pastime, if you will.

Mike music certainly offers this mistaken vision.

Sphere Music conjures up a dream of calm sailing at a gentle speed, with the sounds of the sea and the boat. Sound effects such as the Shipping Forecast and echo sound of the radar are added to authenticate the view.

But then, the weather changes….

Fused Dark reminds us of the ferocious conditions, the swirling of the wind around the boat. Rain is present in the sound of the glockenspiel. The building wind is painted beautifully by the string quartet, as the radio warns of gale.

As diverse as the music is, so is the arrangement.

On stage tonight with Mike is the Cairn String Quartet, Euan Burton (on electric and double bass), Innes Watson (on guitar), Jennifer Port (on oboe and glockenspiel), Hamish Napier (on keys, whistles and flutes), and that old traditional favourite, the Apple Mac!

We were also treated to pictures of the journey and a film to go with Heave & Roll, produced by Edinburgh’s Salmon Films.

Blue Fields of Paradise invokes unorganised waves and rain. Not quite the perfect storm, but an image of a calm sea with the morning mist burning away to uncover inclement weather ahead.

A word should also be said for the oboe. Throughout the evening, it called us out to sea and hypnotised us in The Lock Keeper as it sent out a tuneful morse code signal to anyone listening.

The sea calls us. It is in our very soul, enshrined in our genes. The very way music is.

Mike has combined the power of the sea and the power of music in an entrancing way.

Thoroughly recommend the CD and, if opportunity allows, go see it live!

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Presenter, Celtic Music Radio

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