Raintown with Stewart Fenwick

Raintown with Stewart Fenwick

Sep 23, 2015

On this Sunday’s Celtic Country, Stewart will be chatting to Paul and Claire McArthur Bain, the Glasgow based modern Country music duo, Raintown.

The duo who have guested on the programme before, return, as they release their long awaited second album, “Writing on The Wall” on October 9th, and play Glasgow’s Art School on Tuesday October 13th.

The duo, who are now husband and wife, have gained a reputation as one of Europe’s hottest Country acts. In their three year history, they’ve won 9 awards, including the British Country Music Award for Top duo in 2013, and Entertainer and Top Female in 2014, as well as Record of the year at the 2012 Scottish New Music Awards. They also appeared on the International showcase at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville

Their new album, fan funded on PledgeMusic, features 12 original songs, nine of them co-written by the couple.


The Derailers talk with Stewart Fenwick

The Derailers talk with Stewart Fenwick

May 14, 2015

On this week’s Celtic Country, Stewart Fenwick talks with The Derailers, who were recent visitors to Scotland for the Caithness Country Music Festival.

The Texas based band, who are heavily influenced by the Bakersfield California sound, have been part of the wider music scene for over 20 years.

In a career that has given rise to more than a decade’s worth of fine-tuned, highly anticipated and wonderfully received music, the Derailers continue to build the relationship between song, listener and dance floor.

Each album has been a mix of well-crafted original songs and cover songs so thoughtfully chosen and so representative of the band, fans think they are as original as the band themselves. Challenged by their fans to create a sound that mirrors the shuffle of happy boots on a hardwood floor, the Derailers have fed the hungry dancehall crowds with their classic country beats and a 60s pop sensibility. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores long after the last drink has been served.

In terms of sound, the Derailers have gotten smoother with age. As Hofeldt puts it, “I think we have retained the path we are going for. But we have certainly grown as players and allowed other influences to come in.” Their music celebrates the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of today’s country music. Hofeldt describes his view of country music as, “finding out what love really is, versus what you thought it was when you were a kid.” For all the fans of the Derailers, love is all you need.

Kip Moore chats to Stewart Fenwick

Kip Moore chats to Stewart Fenwick

Apr 22, 2015

Kip Moore, one of the brightest new names to come out of Nashville in recent years, talks with Stewart Fenwick, on Celtic Country, Sunday from 12 noon.


Singer-songwriter Kip Moore explored his own experiences of growing up in a small Georgia town and working diligently for years to achieve his musical dreams to create his MCA Nashville debut album, Up All Night. The album poetically captures those unforgettable coming-of-age moments, especially for those longing for a life beyond a small town’s borders, as well as the roller coaster of love and heartbreak at any age.

He delivers these honest and deeply personal lyrics with a gravelly voice weathered by life’s detours and disappointments and strengthened by his dreams and unyielding determination.Up All Night, which includes the hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” is infused with relentless intensity, both of passion and frustration, that is earning rave reviews from critics.

His energetic live shows, including a spring tour with Billy Currington and David Nail, are quickly drawing a large and enthusiastic fan base.

“For years, I have been searching for the missing link between blue-collar rock and country music,” says noted journalist/historian Robert K. Oermann, who writes for Music Row magazine. “This year, I think I have heard it. His name is Kip Moore. There is fiery, urgent intensity in his voice. His lyrics vibrate with conviction and true grit. The melodies have gripping, heart-in-throat passion. And the roaring, propulsive performances on his debut album sound like signposts on the highway to some Southern-fried Born to Run. Dare I say it? This man just might be the hillbilly Springsteen.”

Stewart talks to Jim Ed Brown

Stewart talks to Jim Ed Brown

Mar 26, 2015

On this week’s Celtic Contry, Stewart Fenwick talks with country legend Jim Ed Brown about his induction into the Country Hall of Fame.
Over the past four decades, Jim Ed Brown has firmly established himself in the minds of Country Music Fans as a masterful presence in every aspect of the Country Music Industry Field. Born in 1934, the Native of Sparkman, Arkansas was one of five children (two boys and three girls) of a struggling lumberman and his wife. Some of his earliest memories are of close family times, when all of the members of the houshold would gather on Saturday nights to listen to the Grand Ole Opry on a battery powered radio. Jim Ed and his older sister, Maxine, were fascinated by what they heard and soon began harmonizing together. A few years later, Jim Ed and Maxine began to perform occasionally on the local radio shows.By Jim Ed’s second year in college, he and Maxine were regular members of the ‘Barnyard Frolic’ on KRLA in Little Rock, and together, they penned what was to become their first hit record, ‘Looking Back To See’.

Released on a small label in 1954, ‘Looking Back To See’ provided the necessary momentum to bring the pair to national attention. They became members of the Louisiana Hayride, and went on to join Red Foley as featured regulars on the Ozark Jubilee in 1955.

Later that year, younger sister Bonnie joined them as ‘The Browns’, and they scored immediate top-10 hit, ‘Here Today and Gone Tomorrow.’ The group signed with RCA Victor in 1956, and two number-one releases followed in quick succession, ‘I Take the Chance’ and ‘I Heard the Bluebird Sing.’

 jimedbrown_profileJim Ed’s career took a vastly different turn when he was called to a two year stint in the service. After his discharge, he rejoined his sisters to record the song which would leave the indelible mark on musical history, ‘The Three Bells.’Released in 1959, ‘The Three Bells’ sold over a million copies and created a sensation as the first number one country song ever to cross over to number one on the pop and rhythm & blues charts as well. After a two year break, the Browns were not only back, but they were more in demand than ever. Other classic hits including, ‘The Old Lamplighter’ and ‘Scarlet RIbbons’ soon followed, and in 1962, the trio joined the Grand Ole Opry.

By the mid 1960’s, however, the rigors of combining busy careers with caring for their growing families brought both Bonnie and Maxine to the decision to permanently retire from the group. Jim Ed was left to carry on alone, and in 1966, he scored his first solo success with, ‘Pop-A-Top Again.’ Through the 60’s and 70’s, he continued to grow as a star in his own right with more hit singles including, ‘Southern Loving,’ ‘Sometime Sunshine,’ and memorable ‘Morning.’

A six-season run as co-host of the syndicated weekly television series, ‘Nashville On The Road’ began in 1975, further enhancing Jim Ed’s career and leading to his being selected as a national spokesperson for Dollar General Stores.

Then in 1976, he teamed up with Helen Cornelius to form one of the most successful recording duos of all time. With smash releases like, ‘Don’t Bother to Knock’ and ‘Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye.’ Jim Ed and Helen also set an industry record when ‘Lying in Love With You’ made the largest single Country chart leap in history, vaulting from 0 to 19.

In 1983, Jim Ed started working with TNN, the Nashville Network. ‘You Can Be A Star’ for six years, and he co-hosted a show with his wife, Becky, ‘Going Our Way.’ Jim Ed still remains with the Grand Ole Opry where he is an audience favorite. Jim Ed still performs around 30 shows per year on the Opry, as well as performing a number of shows on the road. In addition to his radio and television committments, Jim Ed continues to tour throughout the nation where he presents his down-to-earth brand of family entertainment to an ever growing legion of fans.

If there is one word best suited to describe Jim Ed Brown, it is veratile. As a dynamic component in duets and a trio, as a solo recording artist, and as a popular television host, in the course of his professional lifetime, he has filled role after role with shining success. The last career of this balladeer from Arkansas can easily be likened to a well-cut gem, with its facets reflecting light on many different planes, yet collectively achieving the warm, enduring brilliance of an unforgettable star, a TRUE LEGEND…

Stewart Fenwick talks to Justin Tevino

Stewart Fenwick talks to Justin Tevino

Mar 13, 2015

On this week’s Celtic Country (Sunday from 12 noon), Stewart speaks with the multi talented Justin Trevino, who will be returning to appear at the Northern Nashville Caithness Country Music Festival at Easter.

Justin, who last appeared at the festival in 2011, is a singer/songwriter and record producer for Heart Of Texas Records. He also presents hois own weekly radio show.

Also this week, our featured album comes from Teaa Goans, one of the most traditional Country singers in Nashville today.

Singer Amber Digby on Stewart Fenwick Country

Singer Amber Digby on Stewart Fenwick Country

Mar 6, 2015

On this week’s programme, Stewart will be talking to recent Ameripolitan female Honky Tonk singer of the Year Award winner AMBER DIGBY, who is one of the headliners at next month’s Northern Nashville Caithness Country Music Festival.

Amber appeared at the festival in 2010, and will be making a very welcome return over Easter weekend, 3rd-5th April 2015 at Halkirk Indoor Centre, Halkirk, Thurso, Caithness.

“Amber is a great traditional singer,” says Vince Gill, who knows whereof he speaks, and like his following observation—“which is so hard to find these days”—it’s just the simple truth.

Catch Amber and much more music from the festival on BBC Alba’s Ceol Country on Sunday 8 March at 9pm, as BBC ALBA (Channel 8) re-run the 2010 series starting on Sunday 8 March.

Stewart Fenwick Country, Sunday 8 March 12noon to 2.00pm.

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