Perthshire Amber: Dougie MacLean Special

Perthshire Amber: Dougie MacLean Special

Oct 2, 2014

There is a 2014 Perthshire Amber special feature programme on Celtic Music Radio this Saturday, 4 October from 2.00pm.

Ross Macfadyen chats with Dougie MacLean about  the upcoming 10th Perthshire Amber – The Dougie MacLean Festival.

As well as the festival’s anniversary, 2014 also marks Dougie’s 40th anniversary in the music business.

In the programme, Dougie tells Ross about the history of the festival and the beginnings of his career.

We also play tracks from the artists appearing at this year’s Perthshire Amber which takes place from Friday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November across Perthshire, but based in Dougie MacLean’s home town of Dunkeld.

We also feature some tracks from those playing at the festival from Friday 25th October until Sunday 2nd November including Eliza Lynn, Buddy MacDonald, Mischa Macpherson Trio, Duncan Chisholm, Martin Carthy and Dougie himself.

More information and Perthshire Amber festival programme can be found at:

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Dougie MacLean Perthshire Amber special feature programme with Ross Macfadyen (pictured right), Saturday 3 October 2.00-4.00pm. 

Album of the Week: Skerryvore with ‘Chasing The Sun’

Album of the Week: Skerryvore with ‘Chasing The Sun’

Sep 27, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 27 September is from Skerryvore.  The album is inspired by sun-filled summers spent on the island of Tiree and was the springboard  for the band forming, ‘Chasing The Sun’ is the fifth and arguably most mature sounding Skerryvore album.

Ross Macfadyen talks to Skerryvore band member Craig Espie about their music and the newly released album Chasing The Sun.

Skerryvore first formed on the tiny Isle of Tiree off Scotland’s west coast in 2005. Back then, the band consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion) who bonded with holidaymaker Fraser West (drums & vocals) and friend Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar) over a shared love of music: everything from traditional to rock and iazz.

Scottish-TOURIt was this mix of musical styles and sounds that set the path for the band’s 2005 debut album, ‘West Coast Life.’ The more the fledgling band experimented with fusing together this mix of musical styles, the more their signature sound evolved, aided by the arrival of Barry Caulfield (bass & vocals) and Craig Espie (fiddle) in time for their second album, ‘On The Road’, in 2007.

But it was with the release of self-titled third album, ‘Skerryvore’, that the band found themselves catapulted into the musical limelight winning a string of prestigious awards, including SNMA Record of the Year 2011 and STMA Live Act of the Year 2011, and garnering much critical acclaim.

In June 2012 the band released what is undeniably their most polished and radio-ready album to date. ‘World of Chances’ weaves together the band’s spine-tingling musical talents with the award winning songwriting abilities of frontman Alec Dalglish (Frankie Miller Songwriter of the Year 2011).

When not touring the different corners of the globe, the band, now with bassman Colin Cunningham, can still be found performing relentlessly, contributing to projects by Live Music Now (LMN), The Royal Blind School, Artlink Central and HMP Cornton Vale as well as special needs schools throughout the UK. They also feature in a current VisitScotland TV commercial aimed at international audiences.

Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 27 September 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 29 September 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

TFIF focus on Inverclyde Folk & Roots festival

TFIF focus on Inverclyde Folk & Roots festival

Sep 24, 2014

This week’s Thank Folk it’s Friday with Ross Macfadyen on Friday 26 September at 8.00pm has the spotlight on the second Inverclyde Scottish Folk and Roots Festival which starts on Sunday 5 October in the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock.Inverclyde2014

Festival organiser Neil Locheil and a few of the performers playing during the festival will be coming into the TFIF studio on Friday night to preview this year’s festival.

Inverclyde area residents including Yvonne Lyon (pictured) plus Gordon McKenzie, Davy Nicol, The Wherries, Martin Jones, Dave Mac and Lynnie Carson will be featured.

Thank Folk it’s Friday with Ross Macfadyen, Friday 26 September 8.00-10.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Album of the Week: Ewan McLennan ‘Stories Still Untold’

Album of the Week: Ewan McLennan ‘Stories Still Untold’

Sep 20, 2014

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 20 September is the new CD from Ewan McLennan called ‘Stories Still Untold’.

Celtic Music Radio’s Ross Macfadyen talks to Ewan McLennan about his music and his new album.

Writing on his website, Ewan says: “I thought that with the release of my latest album, it was worth writing a few words on the songs and the recording process that went into it.

Probably more than either of the two previous albums I’ve released this one – the 3rd, ‘Stories Still Untold’ – came together gradually over quite a stretch of time. Some of the songs that have ended up on it are favourites of mine I’ve been singing for years, tweaked or even overhauled for this. Some of them are traditional songs that I’ve long loved but have never dared sing before. And some of them are songs I’ve written or dug-up and arranged over the last couple of years.

ewan cdThis time around, I went with a quite different approach from the last two albums. In the case of the last two albums I’d worked away on an album-length set of songs until I felt they were ready to record. This time around I came to the recording process with a whole bunch of songs, probably twenty or so (self-penned and traditional), and then decided at the end which ones were best and which ones worked best together. I’ve felt this gave me a bit more room for maneuver. It gave what I did a bit more freedom, a bit more flow and I’ve been able to distil the album down only to songs that really worked.

The recording process itself also happened slightly differently from before. Although still on Fellside Records, this new album wasn’t recorded at their studio as before but instead at the studio of renowned folky producer and musician Mattie Foulds in Scotland. I worked with Mattie for a couple of weeks putting the whole thing together and had a really good time doing it.

Once again I had the priviledge to work with an incredible bunch of musicians, although all different this time around. Beth Porter is playing cello, Lauren MacColl viola, Inge Thomson accordion, Ross Ainslie whistle and Siobhan Miller harmonies. Having all these people contribute to the album gave it a really nice breadth in terms of the instrumentation, although it’s scattered quite sparsley throughout.”

Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue.

From a BBC Horizon Award for his debut album to his recent performances on the acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions, recent years have been marked by numerous awards and accolades for his music.

Ewan McLennan’s new album, ‘Stories Still Untold’, is already attracting critical acclaim and is sure to further cement him as “one of the bright lights on the folk scene today.”

Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 20 September 12 noon, 12 midnight and Monday 22 September 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

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

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