Jan 21, 2017

This sold-out inaugural Celtic Connections 2017 Drygate gig was not short of politics on a monumental day States-side, however, this musical set from Hurray For The Riff Raff was voted a fine one.

The band’s bass player wore a T-shirt with the bold wording “Not My President” on it and free-thinking activist, Alynda Lee Segarra pleaded on behalf of her nation: “stick with us” before ending the show with an emotional and tearful version of Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land, accompanied lustily by the audience.

The sound mix was, disappointingly, not as sharp as it could have been in patches but the former freight train hopper, Segarra’s presence, in the main, made this irrelevant as her vocals were absorbing, both soulful in a Percy Sledge mould, or huskily rocky in turn.

Opener, Life to Save was outstanding with band in a chunking country groove Segarra immediately into her stride while the fractured, slightly Tex-Mex feel to Rican Beach proved a tasty sampler for the band’s new album, The Navigator, coming out in March.

Another new song, Hungry Ghost was a stormer. It’s all about, as Segarra has explained, “the beauty of safe and queer diy venues and parties, sanctuaries that will become more important in these grave and uncertain times”. It’s got the dark insistent bass undertones reminiscent of The National and Segarra almost growls the lyrics.

Look Out Mama, title the 2012 album, even without the fiddle is a upbeat and joyous, complete with yodeling though the lines, “Sister dear take me by the hand / and lead us all the way to the promised land” were written long before last year’s presidential election cast doubts on her hopes.

She’s not alone in being worried about the future but musically she’s fearless and talented, and her own way forward with her songs looks bright enough.

Pic – Eilís Boland

Planet Waves running order – 17th January 2017

PLANET WAVES running order: 17th January 2017

title – artist – album – label – origin

Smelka – Koshka – Shara – Circular Records CR009 – Russia

Lots of Little Soldiers – Matt McGinn – The best of… – Castle ESMCD 930 – Scotland

Jocul barbartesc – Ileana and Nica Ardelean – The Bartok Album – Hannibal HNCD 1439 – Hungary

Bartok: Violin duo 32, Dance of Maramaros – Mihály Sipos and Alexander Balanescu – The Bartok Album – Hannibal HNCD 1439 – Hungary

Máramarosi táncok – Muzsikás – The Bartok Album – Hannibal HNCD 1439 – Hungary

Bul Ma Miin – Orchestra Baobab – Specialist in all Styles – World Circuit Records – Senegal

Valse Chinoise – Emile Carrara – Let’s Dance: Valse Musette – Le Chant du Monde 274 2644.46 – France

Under the silver moonlight – Fong Liu with Eddie McGuire – The Flowing Stream: A Selection of Chinese Folk Songs – CCC Link – China

Pinasa Si Dung-dungon – Toba musicians – Music of Indonesia 4: Music of Nias & North Sumatra – Smithsonian Folkways SF 40420 – Indonesia

Song from Heaven – Black String – Mask Dance – ACT Music 9036-2 – Korea

Haisai Ojisan – Kabushikikaisya Okinawa Entertainment group – Okinawa Ryojo Hana – n/a – Okinawa

Comme Une Joie – Driss El Maloumi – Makan – Contre-Jour CJ 029 – Morocco

Chech el khater – Bargou 08 – Targ – Glitterbeat GBCD 045 – Tunisia

Qadibun min ar-rayhani (Like a Star) – Beihdja Rahal – In the Mood for the Nouba – Institut du Monde Arabe 321 079 080 – Algeria

Messing about on the River / Perfect Day – Danny Kyle – Heroes and Soft Targets – Iona Records – Scotland

Echo Blues (sig tune) – Frank Wakefield – That was now… this is then! – Rosewood RA 62096 – Tennessee

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Mike Ritchie success in national listeners’ poll

Mike Ritchie success in national listeners’ poll

Jan 10, 2017

Celtic Music Radio 95FM is pleased to announce an end- of-year poll success for one its presenters.


The Mike Ritchie On Sunday Show secured a runners-up slot – behind the BBC’s legendary Bob Harris, no less – for Best Radio Show in the influential Americana-UK website readers’ vote.

The website editor commented: “Mike’s show continues to impress.”

Mike’s programme goes out live every Sunday between 4 and 6 pm and features a mix of Americana,, roots, bluegrass and singer/songwriters.


Chairman of the charity-status, Glasgow-based station’s board of directors, Alex Jenkins, said: “It’s great that a community-based station run by volunteers gets recognition in this manner.

“For one of our shows to be voted by the public into a runner-up position to a national broadcaster and a BBC broadcast giant like Bob Harris, is no mean feat.

“Mike works hard to prepare a show that mixes up-to-date releases with many favourites and he introduces new acts as well, including many from Scotland.

“His show is well researched and his knowledge and love of the music he picks to play is clear to the growing numbers of people listening in.

“All of us at Celtic Music Radio are really pleased with the poll result.”


Mike said: “It’s terrific that Celtic Music Radio is so highly thought of – I’m surprised but chuffed to get a mention in such noteworthy company.

“I really enjoy going on air and being part of the station’s team. They gave me a chance to broadcast and I’m so pleased they did: they are a terrific bunch who do what they do for the love of the music.”



Planet Waves running order – 10th January 2017

PLANET WAVES running order: 10th January 2017 (Prog 450!)

title – artist – album – label – origin

Ndinasangalala (I was happy) – Malawi Mouse Boys – Terraforming in Analogue Space: IRL Remixes 2000-2015 – IRL 100CD – Malawi

Fuente luminosa – Manolo Vargas – Let’s Dance! Flamenco – Le Chant Du Monde 274 2626-28 – Spain

Hegedüduó “Erdélyi tánc” from Bartok’s 44 duos for 2 violins – Muzsikas ft Alexander Balanescu – The Bartok Album – Rykodisc – Hungary

Füzesi ritka magyar – Muzsikas – The Bartok Album – Rykodisc – Hungary

Tvojte oči Leno mori – Amira Medunjanin – Damar – World Village 450032 – Bosnia / Macedonia

January Man – Rachel Unthank & the Winterset – Cruel Sister – Rabble Rouser RR 005 – England

Funa Tugudirugu (unborn child) – Aurelio – Darandi – Real World CDRW 216 – Honduras

Langgam Di Bawah Sinar Bulan Purnama – n/a – Music of Indonesia 20: Indonesian Guitars – Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40447 – Indonesia

Telemarkens bruremarsj – Åshild Breie Nyhus – Edvard Grieg: Slåtter Op 72 & the Knut Dahle Slåtter – Simax PSC 1287 – Norway

Wedding March from Telemark – Ingfrid Breie Nyhus – Edvard Grieg: Slåtter Op 72 & the Knut Dahle Slåtter – Simax PSC 1287 – Norway

Nargile – Gaye Su Akyol – Hologram Imparatorlugu (Hologram Empire) – Glitterbeat GBCD 040 – Turkey

The Nargile Is My Nourishment – Markos Vamvakaris – Rebetiko History:The Music Of The Greek Blues – FM – Greece

Aruna – Simon Thacker, Justyna Jablonska with Sarvar Sabri – Karmana – Slap the Moon Records STMRCD 03 – Scotland/India

Echo Blues (sig tune) – Frank Wakefield – That was now… this is then! – Rosewood RA 62096 – Tennessee

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Planet Waves running order – 3rd January 2017

PLANET WAVES running order: 3rd January 2017 – Repeat of World Animal Day programme

title – artist – album – label – origin

I don’t eat animals – Melanie – The Best of… – RCA – New York

Rise Jah Jah Children (The Lion Sleeps) – Ras Michael – Nyahbinghi – Trojan TRLS 113 (LP) – Jamaica

Django’s Tiger – Angelo Debarre – Live in Paris – Le Chant Du Monde 274 1742 – France

Foolish Frog – Blind Blake & The Royal Victoria Hotel Calypso(nian)s – Bahamian Songs – Megaphone Records – Bahamas

Kråkvisa – Triakel – Ulrikas Minne [Visor Från Frostviken] – Westpark Music WP 87204 – Sweden

Katzenmusik 4 – Michael Rother – Katzenmusik – Random Records SPV CD 084 26162 – Germany

El Toro Relajo – Linda Ronstadt – Mas Canciones – Elektra 7559 61239 2 – Texas Mexican

Festival of the Circumcision – Malinké musicians from Karala in Guinea – Anthology of Music of Black Africa – Everest SDBR 3254/3 (LP) – Guinea

Aq küy (The White Tune) – S Toqtal – Kazakh Songs And Epic Tradition Of The West – Ocora C 583051 – Mongolia

Önchin Tsagaan Botgo (The White, Orphaned First-year Camel) – Dashdorj Tserendavaa – Jargalant Altai: Xöömii and Other Vocal and Instrumental Music from Mongolia – Pan Records – Mongolia

Penguins – Michael Hurley – Armchair Boogie – Raccoon 6 (LP) – USA

Pilentse Pee (A little bird is singing) – Trio Bulgarka – “Bulgarka” Folk Trio – Balkanton BHA 11548 (LP) – Bulgaria

La Cucaracha – Lila Downs – The Very Best of el Alma de Lila Downs – EMI Latin – Mexico

The Midges – Kenneth McKellar – Highland Journey – Lismor – Scots

And God Created Great Whales (excerpt) – Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz – Alan Hovhaness – Delos DE 3157 – Armenia / USA / the World’s Oceans

Monkey’s Uncle – Ray Sharpe – Rockin’ Classics – Rockabilly Records – Texas

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Travels With My Auntie Liz Tuesday 27th Dec 2017 Playlist

Travels With My Auntie Liz Play List 27th Dec 2016
8-10pm and on Wed 2-4am and 1-3 pm
And on Catch Up
1. Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente– Half Of What You See New EP Half of What You See
2. Josie & Pablo – Rise
Available on Skye Records 
3. DopeSickFly –Barriers
Appearing – GLOW MUSIC Presents – The Classic Grand 29 th Dec
4. Bella and Bear – Still Cold
Celtic Connections DKOS Showcase 20th Jan 27 th The Broadcast 3rd Feb St Andrews In The Square
5. Charly Houston – Canada
Celtic Connections DKOS Showcase 20th Jan & The Tron Theatre
6. Eddie and Luc – EddieSeaman & Luc McNally – Here’s The Tender Coming – Tirade new CD
7. The Bevvy Sisters – Rock My Soul
8. Blue Rose Code – My Heart The Sun
9. Sarah Jarosz– House of Mercy
10. Gnoss & Josie Duncan – She Loves Me
12. Basco – Walking Tune/ Old Man Basco
13. Jacob Dinesen Band – Tell You – CD Count The Ways
14. Caoimhin Vallely – Last Night Being Windy – new CD
15. Tim Edey– The Box & Fiddle Party – New CD How Do You Know
16. Martha L. Healy – Waling After Midnight – New EP To Be Free
17. Beoga – Wexford Town – Cd Before We Change Our Minds
18. Barátok – Slow Mo
19. Hans Theessink & Terry Evans – Mississippi
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