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.

Album of the Week: ‘May I Walk In Your Shadow’ memorial

Album of the Week: ‘May I Walk In Your Shadow’ memorial

Apr 5, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 5 April is a new CD from singer-songwriter Billy Stewart with ‘May I Walk In Your Shadow’ which is a memorial for his son Gordon and a fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Research into blood cancer.

Ross Macfadyen talks to Billy about this fundraising CD album which includes tracks from some top names.

This is a 19 track CD featuring tracks from Billy Stewart, Allan Taylor, Eric Bogle, The McCalmans, Robin Laing, John Malcolm, Ben Sands, Gaberlunzie, Tom McConville, Adam McCulloch, Duncan McCrone, Jamie Stewart, Clova, Alistair MacDonald, North Sea Gas, Ian Walker, Ian Bruce, Stephen Quigg and The Clydesiders.

Billy Stewart is from Overtown, Wishaw, Lanarkshire and lost his son Gordon, aged 32 in July 2012 after a three year battle with Hodgkin’s disease.

To support this cause, the fundraising CD is only an email message away to:  wheelspinrecords@gmail.com

Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 5 April 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 7 April at 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

David Roddie & Fiona J. MacKenzie guest on Morning Mix

David Roddie & Fiona J. MacKenzie guest on Morning Mix

Mar 30, 2014

Glasgow singer-songwriter David Roddie with Fiona J. MacKenzie pictured in the Celtic Music Radio studio, came in for a chat with Ross Macfadyen about their current projects.

You can listen to the interview after 11.00am on the Morning Mix on Monday 31 March.

David and Fiona are taking part in the 2014 “MASPers” from the University of West of Scotland in their Masters Final Showcase concert.

These ‘Masters in Songwriting & Performance’ will take you on an emotional roller coaster through every musical genre you can possibly think of.

Backed by an incredible house band of some of the West of Scotland’s best musicians , the night will include acoustic pop, rock, Scots and Gaelic delights and much, much more.  The MASPers are David Roddie, Fiona J. MacKenzie, Maeve O’Boyle, Duncan McNaught, Sara Heatlie-Alakus and Carol Fieldhouse.

The Songlines-UWS Masters Showcase Concert takes place at The Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, Glasgow on Thursday 8 May from 7.00pm.  Tickets are just £6 available here.

Morning Mix with Alex Jenkins, Monday 31 March 8.00am – 12 noon.

Album of the Week: Ian Bruce & Ian Walker ‘Born to Rottenrow’

Album of the Week: Ian Bruce & Ian Walker ‘Born to Rottenrow’

Mar 28, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 29 March 2014 is the brand new CD from Scottish singer-songwriters Ian Bruce and Ian Walker called ‘Born to Rottenrow’.

Ross Macfadyen talks to Ian Bruce about the partnership and the new album.

Ian Bruce and Ian Walker are well known singers-songwriters in their own right and were in fact a hardworking duo some years ago.   Recently the duo re-formed under the name Bruce & Walker and have been gigging around Scotland and beyond, causing quite a buzz along the way with a mix of their old and new songs.

Ian Bruce says: “He’s a prize winning artist and I’m proud to say that throughout we’ve had a very friendly and professional rapport. We wrote and worked together back in the late 1980s and early  1990s. Well now we’re back.”

The album was released on 1 February and is available here.

Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 29 March 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 31 March at 6.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.

James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band: ‘The Tower’ album

James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band: ‘The Tower’ album

Mar 21, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 22 March is from James Edwyn and the Borrowed Band with an album called The Tower.

James and the band had their debut album launch on Friday 14 March 2014 at The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane in Glasgow city centre. James Edwyn and the Borrowed Band is Glasgow west end’s newest Americana/folk sextet.

Their debut album is called The Tower features exceptional musical ability from lead singer and acoustic guitarist James Edwyn and on The Last Waltz, the band are accompanied by The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

James talks to Celtic Music Radio’s Ross Macfadyen about the music and the debut album The Tower.

Album of the Week, Saturday 22 March 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 24 March at 6.00pm.


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