Live from Piping Live! festival club, from Monday 10.00pm

Live from Piping Live! festival club, from Monday 10.00pm

Aug 9, 2014

Celtic Music Radio 95 FM will be live from the Piping Live! festival club on Monday 11 August at 10.00pm with music live from the stage of the main hall in the National Piping Centre, MacPhatter Street, Cowcaddens, Glasgow.

MC Fergus Muirhead will introduce on Monday night from around 10.30pm Andy May, Julien Cartonnet, Stefce Stojkovski and The Kyle Warren Band.

Glasgow hosts the world’s biggest week of piping and traditional music and it all starts on Monday 11 August until 17 August with Piping Live!

The Glasgow International Piping Festival will celebrate Homecoming 2014 in style with its Music of the Clans series along with a full programme of exciting daytime performances, workshops and evening concerts.

kyle warrenCandleriggs and The National Piping Centre in Cowcaddens will play host to a fantastic week of music which will feature pipers and folk musicians from across the globe.

The festival also offers come and try sessions for piping, drumming and Gaelic language for all ages.

Celtic Music Radio 95 FM will be broadcasting live from the Piping Live! Festival Club every night from 10.00pm at the National Piping Centre with guests, interviews with musicians and MC Fergus Muirhead introducing performers on the main stage.

Kyle Warren (pictured) and his band play the festival club on Monday night.  Warren is three time World Champion piper and is a member of the 2011 and 2013 ‘Grand Slam’ Champions Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.  Kyle is also a member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and has toured world-wide performing to thousands of people and now, primarily, he is in demand internationally as a bagpipe tutor. 

Visit or download the Piping Live! app now for more details on Glasgow’s biggest piping event.

Celtic Music Radio live at Piping Live! Club, Monday-Friday 11-15 August, 10.00pm to 1.00am

Review: Rosanne Cash, Southern Fried Festival, Perth: 27 July 2014

Review: Rosanne Cash, Southern Fried Festival, Perth: 27 July 2014

Jul 30, 2014

Being so effortlessly classy can’t possibly be as easy as Rosanne Cash makes it look.

Over 80 delicious minutes focused on a sizeable and mouth-watering chunk out of her impressive catalogue of albums, The Man In Black’s Grammy Award-winning daughter showed why she’s such a popular artiste and a songwriter hugely respected among fellow performers. The mood switched seamlessly from country to gospel tones with Celtic roots planted in many songs.

With husband, John Leventhal providing spot-on guitar support, Cash flowed through the set with songs from her latest, widely lauded album, “The River and The Thread” and previous gems “The List” and “Black Cadillac.” She was polished but genuinely spirited.

Roseanne cashHer new album is a historic trek through the steamy and creepy American South, through fields where her dad was once set to work as a boy. With her introductions to the newest songs, “A Feather’s Not A Bird”,” Etta’s Tune” and the haunting, “When The Master Calls The Roll” she sounded like a fun history teacher who would be adored by her pupils.

There was so much to admire and enjoy. The Hank Snow cover of “I’m Moving On” fairly bounced as Leventhal cut loose while Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode To Billie Joe” – a tale no-one ever tires of hearing – was simply divine with the crowd hanging on every word.

Before singing “Western Wall” Cash told us that Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt covered the song for their 1999 “Tucson Sessions” album and this gave her enormous pleasure as a songwriter.

The sell-out show gave us enormous pleasure, too. It rounded off the Southern Fried Festival in Perth in fine style. Cash said she hoped to be in Scotland – “her spiritual home” – again soon: everyone was pleased to hear that.

Mike Ritchie

Live from the 2014 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo

Live from the 2014 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo

Jul 8, 2014

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is coming to Sligo and Celtic Music Radio will be there.

Translated, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann means The Music Festival of Ireland and that is exactly what it is. The Fleadh, as it is usually called, is the largest single festival of Irish Music and can reach attendances of 400,000 over the course of nine eventful days.

The Fleadh is a competition for amateur musicians. From the mythical times to the present day there have been festivals in Ireland judging and celebrating the skills and arts of entertainers.

The focus was always on individual ability and so it is to this day. Few places in the western world have managed to maintain their musical traditions as successfully as Ireland has. The Fleadh is the showcasing of this tradition as well as  a celebration of the individual skills of the competitors. It is a valuable testament to creativity. It is a celebration of the new ways for doing the old things. It is a great holiday. It is a big party.

Celtic Music Radio in association with Tourism Ireland will be broadcasting live from a venue in Sligo in north-west Ireland on Saturday and Sunday 16-17 August with Gordon Hotchkiss and the rest of team talking to musicians, competitors, visitors and organisers plus live music sessions.

Celtic Music Radio launch on 95 FM on Tuesday 1st July

Celtic Music Radio launch on 95 FM on Tuesday 1st July

Jun 29, 2014

Celtic Music Radio will launch officially on 95.0 FM at 12 noon today, Tuesday 1st July when presenters Liz Clark and Gordon Hotchkiss will be in studio 1 with guests to celebrate broadcasting on the FM waveband across Glasgow.

Live in studio 1 will be band members of Skerryvore who will be telling listeners all about their forthcoming album and perhaps exclusively play a track or two from the album on high quality stereo 95 FM.

The station has a new positiong statement promising a ‘festival of music’ as it prepares to switch over from 1530 AM/medium wave to 95 FM transmission with a hope that the move to the waveband of choice will be a boost to its audience and further improve services as a result.

On air since January 2008 on 1530AM in the Glasgow area, Celtic Music Radio prides itself as a station with a mission to support new musical talent singers and songwriters and to be a strong voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture.

  • The service on 1530 kHz AM medium wave will cease on Tuesday 1st July. Listeners on 1530AM should switchover now to the FM waveband and tune to 95.0 FM to listen to Celtic Music Radio which is also available online via by clicking Listen Live plus on all mobile apps.

Buy tickets now for the Dow’s Bar Session on 27 June

Buy tickets now for the Dow’s Bar Session on 27 June

Jun 10, 2014

Celtic Music Radio is presenting a live show in Dow’s Bar, 9 Dundas Street, Glasgow, next to the entrance/exit of Queen Street railway station on Friday 27 June from 8.00pm featuring singer-songwriter Pauline Alexander (pictured), Andrew Huggan and Rudeigin.

This is also a fundraising event as part of the switchover to FM transmissions and generally an ongoing effort of raising funds to support the radio station.

Presenter and Lanarkshire singer-songwriter Paul McCluskey says: “The Stripped Back Sessions allows us to showcase the talent that is on Glasgow’s doorstep.”

Paul and fellow presenter and performer Alan Grant, have arranged this very special concert at Dow’s Bar, 9 Dundas Street (beside Queen Street Station), Glasgow on Friday 27 June 2014 with doors open at 7.15pm and live music from 8.00pm.

For £5 you get a full evening’s entertainment from Andrew Huggan plus Pauline Alexander and also Rudeigin.

Apologies to anyone who has previously tried to buy tickets, but found that the link below didn’t work – it’s fixed now. Or you can drop us a line to and we’ll keep some tickets aside with your name on them. Or you can just turn up and pay at the door!

Click here to purchase your ticket(s). A PayPal account is not required.

The Arran Folk Festival this weekend

The Arran Folk Festival this weekend

Jun 6, 2014

  • Due to technical difficulties with the link from Brodick on the Isle of Arran, we were unable to provide the live schedule from the Arran Folk Festival this afternoon.  The Celtic Music Radio schedule reverts to the normal Saturday afternoon programmes.

Celtic Music Radio is once again broadcasting live from the Arran Folk Festival which starts tonight, Friday 6 June until Sunday 8 June 2014 at venues in Brodick, the main village on the Isle of Arran.  Here is a summary of the events during the weekend.   

The outside broadcast team will be in Brodick to cover events live.  If you can’t get on the CalMac ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick, then tune into Celtic Music Radio on 1530AM or online and all mobile devices on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Alex Jenkins and Ross Macfadyen have taken the ferry from Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast to Brodick on the Isle of Arran to present live tonight, Friday from 6.00pm until 10.00pm and from 1.00-6.00pm on Saturday 7 June 2014 with interviews, guests and live sessions from venues in Brodick.

Friday 6th June:

12 – 5.00pm – Welcoming Open Session, Douglas Hotel, Brodick, Isle of Arran. Free Admission
7.30pm – Concert, Brodick Hall. Tickets £17.00
Featuring The Lorne MacDougall Band, Gillian Frame & Findlay Napier, The Mary Ann Kennedy Trio.

Saturday 7th June:

arran201312 – 5.00pm – Open Session, Douglas Hotel, Brodick. Free Admission
7.30pm – Concert, Brodick Hall. Tickets : £17.00
Featuring The Tim Edey Band, Scott MacDonald, Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter

Sunday 8th June:

12 – 5.00pm – Survivors’ Session, Douglas Hotel, Brodick. Free Admission
8.00pm – Open Mic Night, Douglas Hotel, Brodick. Free Admission.

Picture: Alex Jenkins and Danny Matheson at the Douglas Hotel, Arran Folk Festival, June 2013.

Live at the Isle of Arran Folk Festival, Friday 6 June, 6.00-10.00pm and Saturday 7 June from 1.00pm to 6.00pm.


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