New Voices – Ewan Robertson

New Voices – Ewan Robertson
Sunday 24th January
This was a performance built on the performance of an athlete  – nae, a Celtman athlete – as he took on the challenge of the Celtman triathlon in Torridon in Wester Ross.

Ewan Robertson puts together an audio visual experience into the trials of the endurance race. The band consisted of Rory Campbell, Barry Reid, Megan Henderson and Iain McFarlane playing some fantastic dramatic tunes that traced not only the landscape endured by the athletes but spirit of the terrain that it holds, from the tingling cold of the Atlantic to the rugged Munros and winding Highland roads,  taking them on to the finish of a race that would push them to the end and surviving the Celtman Triathlon.


The tune that stood out for this short concert was “Ribbon of fire” which was a dramatic orchestral piece performed by the musicians, with cascading waterfalls and trails of fire torches lighting up the shoreline . A standing ovation was given to Ewan Robertson and the group following a performance which traced a spectacular show of music and endurance.
Sandy Pratt

Celtic Music Radio

Armagh Pipers Club

Armagh Pipers Club
50th Anniversary Celebration concert

Wednesday 20th January


Tonights concert is a celebration of music and teaching that has come from the Armagh Pipers club founded by Brian and Eithna Vallely and with a string of music and song from Lunasa Flook and Buille.

The opening tune “Duck a l’Ronge” with a strong influence from the mandolin playing from Buille had the audience tapping the feet from the start of the concert til the last tune was played . The band were joined by Jarlath Henderson for the sweet melody that was “Spanish Shore” . Buille gave a great performance and loads of toe tapping and tuneful melodies that paved the way for a night sensational music.
Next group on stage were Flook featuring the flutes, penny whistle, guitar and Bodhran with a the tune “Pressed for time” by Gordon Duncan and then on to “wrong foot forward” with a wonderfully relaxing feel to it giving a sense feel of the atmospherics that pipes can be put to and giving the concert a great feeling of the time and patience that has went in to teaching at the Armagh Pipers Club .

We were next give great entertainment by the fieve piece band Lunasa with 2 sets of pipes a Double bass Guitar and flutes that filled the stage with a fantastic sound playing tunes such as “Palm Sunday” “The Dusty Miller” “A Brace of Reels” with a great fusion of Guitar and Double Bass . The evening was given an added insight in to the Pipers Club with a great set of pictures on the backing screen showing shots from the very beginning of the club to present day . To round the eveing off all musicians came on stage and were joined with a standing ovation to Brian and Eithne Vallely a great tribute to a lifetime of teaching and playing .


Sandy Pratt (presenter)
Celtic Music Radio

WIN! – £50 National Garden Gift Vouchers

WIN! – £50 National Garden Gift Vouchers

May 25, 2015

Please note this competition is now closed. Congratulations to Ashleigh, our winner, and thanks to all who took the time to enter.



Celtic Music Radio has teamed up with National Garden Gift Vouchers for a the chance to with £50 gift vouchers.

National Garden gift vouchers and gift cards are accepted at thousands of leading UK garden centres, shops and nurseries; making them the perfect gift for green fingered family and friends.

With a National Garden voucher you have the choice of tens of thousands of garden products from saplings to pagodas all gardeners will find something they’d like.

For your chance to win, just send your answer to the following question, with your contact details to

What colour is a cornflower?

Competition closes at 12 noon on Friday 5th June with the winner announced on the Scots Connection with Sandy Pratt between 6pm and 8pm.

Best of Luck!

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NEW! Scots Connection with Sandy Pratt

NEW! Scots Connection with Sandy Pratt

Mar 31, 2015

NEW! Sandy Pratt returns to Celtic Music Radio with the Scots Connection, Friday from 6pm

Our raffle prize, Sandy Pratt, returns to Celtic Music Radio this Friday with a show about music of the Scots.

There will be music and stories about the Scots who have made the charts and furthered their careers in the music business at home and abroad.

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Review: Breabach, Old Fruitmarket, Thursday 22 January

A phenomenal evening of music was brought on from the start with the Antipidean treat of a Maori war dance from Horomona Horo from the New Zealand group Waoira (y-ora) .

The group gave us some wonderful tribal sounds of the Aborigine using traditional instrumentation and guitar as they say the interweave of cultures comes through in the music. They rounded off their set with the Haka, an ancestral war cry or dance with an outstanding yet moving applause from the audience.

This made way fro the Alan Kelly Gang playing some of their more well know tunes and songs along with some songs from their new album “The Last Bell”.

The group gave us a great blend of Irish Scots and Cape Breton tunes complimented with the piano accordion of Alan Kelly, fiddler Alasdair White of the Battlefield Band and Mannus Lunny (guitarist); Tony Byrne (flautist/vocals) and Steph Geremia.

The surprise of the evening was when Scots singing sensation Eddi Reader joined the group for a final number.

With Breabach starting a rather late on stage, they did not disappoint with a set of foot tapping jigs and saying how it was hard to take in that it was only 10 years ago that they were finalists on the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections .

They gave us some thrilling tunes like “Monday Night at Ricardos” with a line up of Calum MacCrimmon  (pipes/whistles/bouzouki);  Ewan  Robertson (guitar/vocals);  James  Mackenzie (pipes/flute/whistles); Megan Henderson (fiddle/vocals/stepdance) and James Lindsay (double bass).  They all kept the audience in the palm of their hand.

They were joined on stage with Horomona Horo for a truly moving song and instrumental “I love the music of the pipe.”  Ewan Robertson’s vocals were mind blowing.  Ewan is a former BBC Scotland Young Trad Musician of the year 2008 and part-time fire fighter from Carrbridge, Inverness-shire.

After a long set, the stage was set for what was a strong and vibrant finale with a standing ovation.  This was a night of both Northern and Southern Ocean music with a kindness, yet pleasure on the ears.

Sandy Pratt

Celtic Music Radio 95FM

Pic: Horomona Horo back stage with Braebach.

The Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra Concert at Renfrew – Easter Sunday 2.00pm

The Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra Concert at Renfrew – Easter Sunday 2.00pm

Apr 20, 2014

The Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra held a concert on Friday 14 March 2014 in Renfrew Town Hall and Sandy Pratt from Celtic Music Radio was there to record the performance.

The Hall was full for a very entertaining programme from the Accordion Orchestra and you can listen to the recording this Easter Sunday, 20 April at 2.00pm on Celtic Music Radio.

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