LIVE FROM Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival Family Day

LIVE FROM Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival Family Day

Mar 5, 2014

The Glasgow St. Patrick’s Festival 2014 launched on 5 March for 12 days of Irish music and culture celebration to mark St Patrick’s Day.

Most events taking place in and around the Merchant Square and Merchant City area of Glasgow city centre where the Festival Family Day takes place on Saturday 15 March from 12 noon until 5.30pm and will be broadcast live on Celtic Music Radio.

Other venues include Sloan’s, Argyll Arcade off Argyle Street in Glasgow city centre; Langside Halls in Shawlands in the southside of Glasgow; Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre in Daisy Street, Govanhill; The Glad Café at Shawlands Cross; Cottiers Theatre in the west end of Glasgow and the Couper Institute in Cathcart on the southside.

You can view the festival programme here.

The Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival esteems to promote and celebrate the rich Irish cultural heritage of Glasgow and Scotland. The multi-generational Irish community in Scotland have through the years contributed positively to all sectors of Scottish society.

The festival looks to act as a vehicle to continue to celebrate this Irish tapestry while promoting and celebrating the cultural diversity of modern Scotland. Glasgow’s St. Patrick’s festival is open to all the citizens of Scotland.

Tune into ‘Trad with Pad’ – with the award winning Paddy Callaghan – on Tuesdays at 6.00pm for the latest updates and features on the Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival 2014.

Celtic Music Radio will be broadcasting live from The Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival on Saturday 15 March from 12 noon in the Merchant Square, Glasgow – come and join us!

Countdown to the Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival

Countdown to the Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival

Feb 21, 2014

Plans for The Glasgow St. Patrick’s Festival are well advanced and the festival is sure to be even better than last year’s successful week long event.

This year, the 2014 Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival starts on Wednesday 5 March until Sunday 16 March with most events taking place in and around the Merchant Square and Merchant City area of Glasgow city centre.

You can view the festival programme here.

The Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival esteems to promote and celebrate the rich Irish cultural heritage of Glasgow and Scotland.

The multi-generational Irish community in Scotland have through the years contributed positively to all sectors of Scottish Society.

The cultural dynamics of Gaelic music, language, dance and sport have enjoyed and continue to foster a rich Irish identity and culture in Scotland.

The festival looks to act as a vehicle to continue to celebrate this Irish tapestry while promoting and celebrating the cultural diversity of modern Scotland. Glasgow’s St. Patrick’s festival is open to all the citizens of Scotland. We look forward to seeing you during the festival.

Tune into ‘Trad with Pad’ – the award winning Paddy Callaghan – on Tuesdays at 6.00pm for the latest updates and features on the Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival 2014.

Celtic Music Radio will be broadcasting live from The Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival – details in the coming week’s.

Celtic Music Radio all time audience record!

Celtic Music Radio all time audience record!

Feb 4, 2014

Celtic Music Radio 1530AM has just recorded its biggest ever audience in six years of full-time broadcasting.

During January, figures show that the Glasgow-based station’s online listener numbers totalled 58,408 – that’s 49 per cent up on January last year and 10 per cent higher than December 2013 figures.

And with an estimated 27,500 tuned in on 1530AM during the first month of the year as well, Celtic Music Radio’s total audience for January was just over the 85,900 mark.

The station’s record listenership follows Celtic Connections’ announcement that it was the music festival’s best year yet with over 110,000 ticket sales.

Celtic Music Radio broadcast live from Celtic Connections 2014 every day, except Sundays.

“The figures are terrific, we are really pleased” said Ross Macfadyen, a presenter and director of the station, Scotland’s first to be supported by its listeners.

“Everything is done by volunteers including all the eight-hours-a-day-live broadcasting sessions at this year’s Celtic Connections.  To achieve audience figures like this is a real boost for everyone involved with Celtic Music Radio.

We were also on DAB digital radio, so our programmes were available in parts of the country, mainly down south, for the first time.

Let’s hope we can keep the audience figures high as we’re on air all day, every day of the year, online and on 1530AM.”

The station’s coverage included live sessions and interviews supported by students of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Audio Technology courses.

“We pride ourselves as a community radio station on supporting Scotland’s musical community” said Ross.

“We highlighted performers from as far away as Orkney and from all levels of the music industry from Seth Lakeman, one of England’s finest folk musicians to Patrick Bullen from Glasgow.

“All in all, it has been so successful and all of us at Celtic Music Radio are delighted that all the hard work is paying off.”

Celtic Connections celebrates its most successful year

Celtic Connections celebrates its most successful year

Feb 4, 2014

Celtic Connections is celebrating its most successful year to date as the festival came to on Sunday night,  2 February, as attendances reached over 110,000 and gross ticket sales topped £1.15million, Celtic Connections 2014 really was the biggest and best yet.

The middle weekend saw a record number of people attending the festival – on Friday 24 January 2014 just fewer than 14,500 people attended a Celtic Connections show, while Saturday 25 January saw 10,500 seats filled at the festival – this tallies to 25,000 attendances within 48 hours.

Over 18 days in January and February, some 2,000 artists from around the globe descended on Glasgow. Highlights of Celtic Connections 2014 included two of the festival’s gigs taking place at Scotland’s new landmark arena, the SSE Hydro.

Del Amitri took to the stage of the Hydro on Friday 24 January 2014 and blew away the biggest crowd Celtic Connections has seen to date. The night after festival fans were treated to an International Burns Night again at the Hydro with a stellar line-up including The Mahotella Queens, Karine Polwart, Dougie MacLean, Rachel Sermanni and Salsa Celtica. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra were in residence for the night. There was also a very special tribute to Seamus Heaney by John Spillane and Bongani Tembe paid a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Music fans attended approximately 300 concerts, ceilidhs, talks, free events, late night sessions and workshops, which took place in nearly 20 venues across Glasgow over 18 days in January. Pictured left is the performance at St Andrew’s in the Square on 25 January of Feis Rois, the UK’s leading traditional music education projects and Tolka from the National Celtic Festival in Australia.

Celtic Music Radio recorded this concert for future transmission.

The festival is renowned for its ambitious programme of one-off shows, world exclusive performances and unique collaborative events.

The 2014 line-up explored the connections between Celtic music and cultures across the globe, bringing musicians from all over the world to Glasgow with acts from as far afield as Australia, India, South Africa, Mali, Malawi, Cuba and Jamaica as well as across Europe, the USA and Canada.

Celtic Connections continues to have an international appeal and enhance Glasgow’s reputation as a major tourist destination.

Fans visited from all corners of the globe to experience the best in traditional, folk, roots, world and indie music. In 2013 Celtic Connections saw an increase in visitors from outwith Scotland, with 14.6% of the audience visiting from the rest of the UK and 4% coming from overseas.

44% of festival fans accompanied their visit to Celtic Connections with an overnight stay, a few stayed with friends but the majority at 69% stayed in a hotel or guest house or B&B.

An impressive 70% of visitors stated that attending Celtic Connections was their sole or main reason for visiting Glasgow and 77% said they had also attended Celtic Connections in 2012. A fantastic 99.8% said they would come back to the festival in the future. Festival fans attended an average of 4.7 events.

The middle weekend of Celtic Connections also featured a major showcase of Scottish music, with 214 international music industry delegates from over 29 countries in town to sample the cream of Scottish musical talent performing as part of Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections.

The largest gathering of the international music community in Scotland, Showcase Scotland provides acts with the opportunity to perform in front of promoters, record labels and agents from countries all over the world. The exposure that artists gain can lead to record deals and overseas touring contracts, promoting Scottish music and artists to new audiences around the world.

Every year at Celtic Connections the cream of new musical talent perform at the Danny Kyle Open Stage. A diverse panel of judges – from industry stalwarts to members of the general public – then picked six winners from the eighty acts which took part.

The Danny Kyle Open Stage 2014 winners, all of whom will perform a support slot at Celtic Connections 2015 festival are: Hò Rò, Griogair Morrison, The Mischa Macpherson Trio, The Chaplins (pictured left), Arthur Nicholson and Austen George.

Celtic Music Radio broadcast live from the Adelaide’s venue at 209 Bath Street in Glasgow city centre daily from 10.00am until 6.00pm (except Sundays) from Friday 17 January until Saturday 1 February 2014 with transmissions on DAB digital radio, online and on all apps and mobile devices and around Glasgow on 1530AM. Over 45 volunteers were involved in the broadcasts and recording of concerts

Celtic Music Radio had one of its best month’s for online listening with hits to Listen Live sessions reaching 240,485 (+19% on last year/January 2013) from 58,408 unique users (+49%). There was also good feedback from listeners on DAB digital radio around the country.

A DAB radio listener in Cambridge commented: “I am listening via Pop Up digital radio. I’ve been able to hear you here in cold flat foggy Cambridge. Thanks for brightening up my days the last two weeks during Celtic Connections.”

The Celtic Music Radio team were at Celtic Connections concerts and you can read their Reviews here or click on the tab at the top of this page marked Concert Reviews.  The reviews are also published in the Celtic Music Radio e-Newsletter.

Celtic Music Radio also recorded several concerts at Celtic Connections 2014 and these will be broadcast later as specials at holiday weekends and as part of a Celtic Connections series.

Celtic Music Radio is your Celtic Connections radio station all year round.

Danny Kyle Open Stage Finalist 2014. Saturday 1st Feb. 4-6pm

Danny Kyle Open Stage Finalist 2014. Saturday 1st Feb. 4-6pm

Jan 31, 2014

The Danny Kyle Open Stage Finalists 2014


Ho Ro – From Inverness
Ho Ro are a young and energetic Scottish trad folk trio from Inverness,
bringing Scottish traditional music to you with  many styles and genres to traditional Gaelic music and song together and putting thier modern stamp on it!

Calum MacPhail/Lucy Doogan/Crisdean MacDonald/ Sean Cousins

 

 


Griogair Morrison - From Orkney (age 16)
Young finger-style and percussive guitarist arranging, writing and composing his own tunes from funk, blues, jazz and rock and winner at the Orkney Folk Festival Open Stage 2013. He has been busy developing his youtube profile and gigging localy   He sights his main influences as Andy McKee and Don Ross.
Griogair will also be performing at his own local Orkney Folk Festival in May

 

 

The Mischa Macpherson Trio – From Glasgow
Coming from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Mischa, Conal and Innes grew up surrounded by music and the Gaelic tradition.  All studied at National Center of Excellence in Traditional  Music in Plockton  and came together in 2011 at the Feis Ross International Ceilidh Trail .  Mischa is currently a student in Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Mischa Macpherson/Conal McDonagh/Innes White

 

The Chaplins From Paisley
Formed in 2012,  all accomplished musicians in their own right when they come together with a  distinctive quirky alternative and unique bluegrass sound culminating with Jill’s   song writing have meant that their debut EP released in 2013 has met with critical acclaim. 

Jill Jackson/John Allan/Lisa Tring/Johnny McKinnon

 

 

 

Arthur Nicholson – From Shetland
Arthur Nicholson has been heavily involved in the Shetland music scene from an early age. He released his first single in March 2013 and had just completed his own CD. Arthur also plays in a number of bands including First Foot Soldiers/ Muddy Bray and Deep Sea Rollers, SpootHawk and North Country Fair – to name but a few!

 

Austen George – From Edinburgh
Austen is a gifted young singer songwriter from who has played in several bands including his own  - The Alvas in 2006 honing is craft over the years as well as seeking a solo career.  Gigging extensively throughout Edinburgh and currently seeking a record deal!
Austen is also a qualified stained glass artist which lead to the quote about his songwriting ‘ like stained glass , his songs seem to have an ethereal quality,lyrically vivid and colourful’

 

 

Well done to them and to ALL who took to the Danny Kyle Open Stage 2014 at Celtic Connections 2014.

Please note that this is a ticketed event and is SOLD OUT

Any queries and please email me at: dkos.info@yahoo.co.uk
Liz Clark Co-ordinator and Presenter of  The Danny Kyle Open Stage on behalf of Celtic Connections
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Broadcast live from 4.00-6.00pm on Celtic Music Radio online, on DAB digital radio, on 1530AM across Glasgow and on all mobile devices.

Danny Kyle Open Stage at Adelaide’s, Bath Street. Friday 31st January 4-6pm

Danny Kyle Open Stage at Adelaide’s, Bath Street. Friday  31st January  4-6pm

Jan 31, 2014

 

 

Friday 31  January  brings you more fine new talent to The Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections for 2014 which is held at Adelaide’s, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow

Jacob & Jane From Carluke

Jane and Jacob along with current and previous students of music at West Coast of Scotland College have come together to create their own blend of unique material
Jane Cleland/ Jacob Hodge / Fraser McPherson / Ally Brown

 

Watermelon Moon -  From Ayr

Wendy Rae and Enrico Francese are a duo from Ayr have been playing together for the last three years  and write and perform their own material

 

 

Doc LivingstoneFrom Isle of Skye

Donald Livingstone  is a singer songwriter who has played in different formats over the years and brings it together to you today with Doc Livingstone
Andrew MacPherson /Murdao Cameron / Brendan/Duncan / Donald Livingstone

 


Southside Fiddlers From Glasgow

Taught by Louise Hunter from her fiddle school in the South Side of Glasgow – Louise brings these fine young musicians together to public acclaim

 

 

Arthur Nicholson – From Shetland

Arthur Nicholson has been heavily involved in the Shetland music scene from an early age. This page focuses on his songwriting. He released his first single in March 2013 and had just completed his cd


 

 

Any queries and please email me at: dkos.info@yahoo.co.uk
Liz Clark Co-ordinator and Presenter of  The Danny Kyle Open Stage on behalf of Celtic Connections
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Broadcast live from 4.00-6.00pm on Celtic Music Radio online, on DAB digital radio, on 1530AM across Glasgow and on all mobile devices



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