Celtic Music Radio now on Radioplayer

Celtic Music Radio now on Radioplayer

Jun 23, 2015

Radioplayer is a non-profit partnership between the BBC and commercial radio. It’s aim is to keep radio listening simple, particularly on things which are connected to the internet, like computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Working with designers from the BBC and across the radio industry, Radioplayer launched their first shared web player for computers in 2011. With simple, consistent controls and a powerful search engine, it quickly became the industry standard. It’s now used by over 400 stations across the UK, and more than 6 million people every month.

You can now listen to Celtic Music Radio via Radioplayer on your computer, via this link or on your tablet or smartphone via the Radioplayer app.

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The Radioplayer app has some great fetures, including:

Car mode
Take Radioplayer in your car and tune in to over 400 stations on the move.


Sleep timer
Nod off to the sound of your favourite voice without the worry of a dead battery.


Save your favourite stations and shows, and play them with one tap.

WIN a Martin J18 Guitar with Bill Adair

WIN a Martin J18 Guitar with Bill Adair

May 19, 2015

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to own this magnificent Martin J18 guitar and, in the process, help underprivileged children in India.

Next year Bill Adair will be going to India to work with street children in Kerala, an area where there are over 200 slums and children have no access to arts education. His time will be spent on arts projects run by the charity GVI (www.gvi.co.uk) which enable children from difficult backgrounds to express themselves and develop self-confidence through music, storytelling, drama and creative writing. Although this is voluntary work and Bill is giving freely of his time, this project costs money. In order to meet some of these costs Bill is offering this beautiful Martin guitar as a prize in a Grand Prize Draw. All the proceeds from the draw will go to funding my work in India.

The J18
One of Bill’s prized guitars and named ‘Rory’ after blues guitarist Rory Block.
Solid Mahogany back and sides, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, original chrome tuners with ebony buttons and fitted with a Fishman under saddle pick up.
This is a very rare guitar. Martin only produced 312 of this model and as there will only be 250 tickets available you have a great chance to own a piece of Martin history!

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£10.00 per ticket
You can buy tickets directly from Bill, by post or by using Pay Pal (mail@billadair.net).

The draw will take place on Sunday 4th October at the Ingleton Folk Weekend and the winner announced at the festival and on Bill’s website: www.billadair.net.

Don’t miss out on a great chance to own a Martin guitar and help street children in India.

Celtic Music Radio has no involvement with the running of this prize draw.

Moniaive Music Festival 7th – 10th May 2015

Moniaive Music Festival 7th – 10th May 2015

May 8, 2015

Artists Appearing at the Festival:-
The Shee
Chris Wood
The Paddy Callaghan Trio
 Clair Hastings
 Cera Impala & The New Prohibition
 Cairn Chorus
 4 Square
Brian Miller

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Chris Wood

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Paddy Callaghan Trio

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Friday 8 May
7.30pm – midnight Craigdarroch marquee:
Ceilidh Dance with Whirligig
Interval spots from Cairn Chorus and Claire Hastings
7.30 onwards: Open stage at the Craigdarroch Old Coach House

Saturday 9 May
Masonic Hall M or Patterson Rooms P – All workshops £5, free with weekend ticket
Scots song with Claire Hastings M
Percussion with Fraser Stone (Whirligig) P

 Harmony singing with Laura Beth-Salter (The Shee) M
Fiddle with Shona Mooney (The Shee) P

Chris Wood in Conversation with Liz Clark of Celtic Music Radio
Harp with Rachel Newton (The Shee)
Flute and Whistle with Lillias Kinsman-Blake
Singing Session (free)

4.00-6.00 led by Brian Miller

Children’s events
For children and families, all events free, part funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council

Circus skills Craigdarroch marquee
Folk band workshop with Gavin Marwick and Ruth Morris (Whirligig)
St Ninian’s Church: for all instruments, moderate playing ability required.

1.30-2.30 Children’s concert
2.30-4.00 Parade models workshop with Michelle Reynolds and the Carnival Clan, Craigdarroch marquee
4.00 The Festival Procession!

Performers in rolling programme:-
12 noon-10.30pm The Craigdarroch Old Coach House
11.00am-6.30pm Glen Whisk cafe/ restaurant (alongside George Hotel)
2.00-5.00pm  Watson’s shop

Saturday Main concert 7.30 Craigdarroch marquee:-
Paddy Callaghan Trio
Chris Wood
The Shee

10.30 Craigdarroch Old Coach House
Cera Impala and the New Prohibition
Paddy Callaghan’s Trad disco

Festival Club unplugged from 10.30 Moniaive Institute
Free to holders of weekend or Saturday concert tickets
Relaxed songs and mellow instrumentals with food (free) and bar (not free!)

Sunday 10 May
All events free except where stated
11.00am-1.00pm Sunday brunch singaround with Cairn Chorus, Craigdarroch marquee
2.00-3.00 Clydebuilt Puppets Moniaive Institute: the immensely popular puppet show followed by:
3.00-4.00 Puppet making workshop
3.00 Sunday afternoon concert Masonic Hall £6/ £4 concessions; free with weekend ticket
6.00 Onwards Festival buffet Craigdarroch Hotel – curries, casseroles, and more £5
7.30 Survivors’ session led by Paddy Callaghan Trio, Craigdarroch

Rolling programmes at
The Old Coach House midday to 6.00pm;
11.00am-6.00pm Glen Whisk
Weeken Ticket £40 – including free camping
Friday Ceilidh – £8 / £6
Saturday Concert £20/£15
Sunday Concert £6 / £4
Camping £10 per person / weekend
All Children’s events are FREE

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Please contact Alan James at alan@snademill.co.uk or tel: 01387 820241 for advance purchase of tickets; or buy on the day at the Festival shop or at the door of the venue, subject to availability.


While correct at time of printing please check with Festival / venue for any changes or alterations before attending.

See you there! Liz liz@celticmusicradio.net 

Concerts will be recorded in conjunction with John Weatherby and Kris Koren of Sound Sense

Girvan Folk Festival 1st -3 rd May 2015

Girvan Folk Festival 1st -3 rd May 2015

May 1, 2015




Girvan Folk Festival  1 to the 3 May 2015

This year’s artists include:
Brendan Begley & Cathal McConnell
Carol Anderson 
Jim Bainbridge
Danny Couper and Arthur Watson

Stuart Forrester 
Emma Lusby
Martin MacDonald
George Murphy
Carole and Alan Prior 
Suitcase Circus
The Tattiehowkers Ceilidh Band
Fred Morrison
Bob Blair


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Friday 8pm Opening Concert –Westcliffe Hotel

Brendan Begley & Cathal McConnell /Carol anderston & Stuart Forrester /Talisk

10pm Singers Concert – Catholic Hall
Alan & Carol Prior / Jim Bainbridge  /Danny Couper & Arthur Watson  /Martin MacDonald Emma Lusby

Evening sessions :in the The Vaults with The Scotia Band / The Anchor Bar with McGill &Co / Hamilton Arms with Failte

 Saturday 2 nd May

11am Songwriting & Trad Singing Competition – Westcliffe Hotel

11:30 – 12:30 Children’s Singing Workshop with Suzie Kelly – Catholic Hall

12:00 – 1:30  Story telling workshop – George Murphy – Carrick Buildings

1:00 – 4pm – Circus skills workshop – Suitcase Circus – Catholic Hall

1:30 – 3pm Whistle / Flute Workshop with Cathal McConnell  – Carrick Building

1:30 – 3pm Melodeon workshop – Brendan Beglwy  – Carrick Building

2:00 Bobby Robb Tribute Singers Concert – Maggie Miller / Jim Bainbridge / Kathy Hobkirk / George Murphy / Heather Hawood

2pm sessions: – The North Easters – The Vaults / The Scotia Band – The Anchor Bar/ Haggerdash – Flynn’s Boatyard

7:30 Evening Concert – Girvan Academy

The Northeasters/ Danny Couper, Arthur Watson, Carol Anderson & Martin MacDonald

Jim Bainbridge

Cathal McConnell & Brendan Begley

8pm – session with BBC Radio 2 Young Musicians of The Year – Talisk – The Vaults

Session with Failte – The Anchor Bar

10:30 Late Session – Catholic Hall

Stuart Forrrester/ Carole & Alan Prior / Emma Lusby / Trevor Organ & The Tattiehowkers Ceilidh Band

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Carol Anderson


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3 rd May Sunday

12:00 -1:30 Fiddle Workshop with Hayley Keenan- Carrick Building

12:00 – 1:30 Guitar Workshop – Craig Irving – Carrick Building

12:00 – 1:30 Mandolin Workshop – George Butterworth – Carrick Building

1:00 Ewan McColl Tribute – Bob Blair – Carrick Building

1:00 – 3:00 Family Ceilidh with The Tattiehowkers / Suzie Kelly / Suitcase Circus – Catholic Hall

2pm Sessions – The Scotia Band – The Vaults / McGill & Co – The Anchor Bar / Haggardash – The Hamilton Arms / Failte – Flynn’s Boatyard

3pm Folk Group Competition / Open Stage – The Westcliffe

7:30 Farwell Concert – with Fred Morrison / Talisk / Emma Lusby – Catholic Hall

10:00 – Farewell Session – Final Session with the weekend guests – Catholic Hall

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While correct at time of publication please check with festival for any updates or alterations !

Come along for a great weekend from 5 days to 95 years young!

See you there !


Perthshire Amber 2015

Perthshire Amber 2015

Apr 14, 2015

Perthshire Amber Festival 2015 announces their line-up

The festival base of operations in the tiny village of Butterstone in Perthshire will have its broadband buzzing and phone lines overloaded at 4pm (UK time) today when fans from all over the world compete for sought after ‘package deals’ and tickets for favourite venues.  Scotland’s “wee gem of a festival” is back for 2015 with a sparkling line-up of brilliant music.  Headliners include ‘home grown’ talent Dallahan, Emily Smith, Rura, Ross Ainslie, Blazin’ Fiddles, Karine Polwart, Benny Gallagher and The Wrigley Sisters all playing alongside Dougie MacLean, festival founder and the singer songwriter who gave us Scotland’s unofficial anthem Caledonia.  The festival begins on 30 October and runs for ten days until the 8 November, bringing song, music and fantastic tunes to stunning autumnal Perthshire.

The well-loved festival features 25 venues throughout the region including historic castles, the stunning Dunkeld Cathedral, cosy village halls, the ancient Ironage Crannog on Loch Tay and the prestigious Perth Concert Hall.  The Barn at Inchyra is a new venue for 2015, which is a wonderfully atmospheric venue dating from 1877 and formerly home to the cattle from the Inchyra Estate.  It fell into ruin only to be beautifully restored over the past couple of years and festival organisers are delighted to add The Barn at Inchyra to the host of quirky and fascinating venues used during the festival.

The festival has always had a strong representation of ‘rest of UK’ and international talent and this year is no different Bella Hardy, Elliott Morris and Jess Morgan hailing from different parts of England The Mae Trio from Australia; Jessie Will from New Zealand, Stanley Samuelson from the Faroe Islands will all travel to Scotland for the festival as well as the welcome return of Buddy MacDonald from Nova Scotia, Canada.

Dougie MacLean, Co-founder and Musical Director of the Festival comments:

It was such a busy year in 2014 with the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, my collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and celebrating 40 years as a touring musician and were keen to build on that success for 2015.  I am delighted with the line-up for this years festival, it offers a great mix of exciting new talent with traditional folk and well-known names.  Though I’m looking forward to the summer I always love that time when the leaves start to turn – its my favourite time of year and Perthshire always looks stunning in the autumn. Somehow we’ve managed to do it every year and once again I have that feeling that 2015 will be the best Perthshire Amber yet!

Last year the festival broke records by bringing over 10,000 visitors to Perthshire and an economic impact of well over £1 million which festival organisers are keen to extend that this year.  With the help of Dougie MacLean’s international profile, visitors from 26 different countries were drawn to the festival in 2014 along with music fans from all over the UK, which all adds to the exciting festival atmosphere.

The fringe programme ‘Amber Discoveries’ will continue to support and promote new music and up-and-coming talent through the Open Mic afternoons and early evening Cabaret Amber, which are both free admission.  The ever-popular Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession will return to the streets of Dunkeld to mark the first Sunday of the festival processing to the historic Stanley Hill where a Clanranald Medieval Village will somehow sit comfortably alongside a visit form the Antonine Guard!…all amid an afternoon of great music and some crazy games that all the family can enjoy! As usual throughout the 10 days there will be guided walks, talks and demonstrations, which will be announced later in the year.  Along with the return of the ‘always sold out’ SongBus the festival is introducing in 2015 new ‘Morning Minibus Trips’ taking visitors to explore special parts of Perthshire, which are off the tourist trail to give them a real flavour of Perthshire’s undiscovered hidden gems.


Perthshire Amber Festival – 30 October – 8 November 2015

Tickets on sale from 4pm (UK time) on Tuesday 14 April

www.perthshireamber.com to find out more and book tickets

or call the box office on 00 44 (0)1350 724 281

Follow us: www.twitter.com/perthshireamber

Join us: https://www.facebook.com/Perthshire-Amber-The-Dougie-MacLean-Festival/

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Mar 27, 2015

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