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Jan 23

Celtic Connections on Campus – Live from Caledonia University Daily this week on Celtic Music Radio 12:30 till 2pm

Once again Celtic Music Radio are proud to present live from Caledonia University their Celtic Connections on Campus 2018 With up and coming young artists

You can either attend the show – which is free – or sit and enjoy them on CMR live!

GCU audio students will support live performances, for what promises to be a unique look into the vibrancy of the current music education scene in schools, colleges and Universities in Scotland and beyond. 

Celtic Connections on Campus will be held in the new Re-union bar and grill in GCU Students’ Association building. Just a short walk from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, this informal setting will allow you to savour some great musical talent and grab a bite to eat at the same time, making it a perfect start to your festival day.

MONDAY 22nd JAN 2018
DLÙ
DLÙ are a modern trad band mixing traditional tunes with funk rock beats. The line up features Andrew Grossart on drum kit, who has studied many styles of drumming from rock to Latin and jazz. Aidan Spiers achieved his HND Music Performance at Glasgow Kelvin College. He plays guitar and bass. Moilidh NicGriogair is on fiddle and piano and Zach Ronan is on accordion. They are both students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying classical piano and classical accordion respectively. All four members met and began playing music together while at the Glasgow Gaelic School. Due to their diverse musical backgrounds, each musician brings something individual to the band, allowing them to give every set they arrange a unique combination of instrumentation and styles. – https://www.facebook.com/dluband/

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Jan 23

Adriana Spina & Brian Kennedy At The Old Fruitmarket 21st Jan Review

Adriana Spina & Brian Kennedy At The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow – 21st Jan 2018

This was a night of two very different singer songwriters, both very good, and very easy to listen to. The majority of the large audience if they were being honest were there to hear the renowned Brian Kennedy but would have been won over by the support performance of lesser known Adriana Spina.

Adriana herself admitted that when she took to the stage however proceeded to give a very gutsy and powerful performance. Adriana has been in the business for over ten years and has released two albums, the last one “Let Out The Dark” being released last year. She sang songs from both albums as well as other material most of which was written by her. The songs were very personal to her and covered various important parts of her life. One such song which was intended as a Christmas song but was included on the album as it was so good was “Sparkle”. Sparkle she definitely did with her driven guitar music and powerfully clear voice. Her music crosses between folk and Americana. Although Adriana Spina was not mentioned on the tickets people were definitely mentioning her name at the end of a wonderful performance.

 

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Jan 23

Day 4 of The Danny Kyle Open Stage Tuesday 23rd Jan 2018 – Live from the Exhibition Hall 5-7pm

Tune in to Celtic Music Radio 5-7 every day to listen to ‘Tomorrow’s Talent Today’ from the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections 2018 on their 25 Anniversary

This is the 19 th Year of The Danny Kyle Open Stage Produced and Presented by Liz Clark

 

Mandulu & Hephzibah     – Glasgow – Listen Again Link
Sabrina Mandula & Erin Hephzibah
Contemporary Harmonic Female Folk Duo Mandulu and Hephzibah have been performing together for just over a year and are now establishing themselves in the Glasgow Music Scene. Over the past few years Hephzibah has played Burns Aflame in Alloway and Burns n’aw That at Rozelle. Their songs encompass a side including The Paisley Witch Trials .They are powerful and enchanting and display a maturity beyond their teenage years. Their harmonies are both, haunting and heart felt but their tales are told, not as laments but as tales of hope. They performed part of The Paisley Spree to Launch the Paisley 2021 Album’ their song Ballad of Christian Shaw is included.

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Jan 22

KGB (Keenan, Gavin, Byrne) and Lahira – City Halls – 21st Jan 2018 – Review

KGB (Keenan, Gavin, Byrne) and Lahira   – A stunning evening of repertoire.

First up ‘Lahira’, a collaboration involving two well known faces from their own collaboration with ‘India Alba’, Gyan Singh and Sharat Srivastava, joined by master electro vocalist Jason Singh, guitarist Joe Harrison-Greaves and Gaelic singer Ann Martin. From the start its obvious that this is no ordinary collaboration, Jason Singh is a revelation, utilising computer effects and voice to create a backdrop for the improvisation of the other musicians, seamlessly merged with soaring vocals from Ann Martin. As the show progresses it becomes apparent that the fusion of the Gaelic, Indian and Mancunian traditions has potential to be a very deep well to draw inspiration from. A show stopping moment occurs when Gyan, Jason and Sharat embark on what is described as ‘A Short Raga’, they then proceed to indulge the audience with an amazing show of their improvisational prowess, treating them to an old but effective jazz trick of trading 8’s then 4’s then 2’s (bars) which drew more than a few gasps from an enthralled audience. To end their set Lahira showcase a piece from their recent Atlas arts/PRS Foundation commission. This is Ann Martin’s moment, not only proving that those high octaves are well within reach but also that its okay to have a conscience, Ann brings a message regarding land issues and colonialism within the piece. This brings the performance to an end and left this reviewer asking for more. This collaboration should definitely have the opportunity to further explore the depths of a very interesting musical beginning.

 

Next up, KGB. (Keenan, Gavin, Byrne) With such illustrious names from the traditional music pantheon, there is an air of expectation in the room, one which Gavin breaks immediately by telling a few jokes. This is his way of settling us in, ‘relax, we’ve got this’. The trio then treats us to a couple of high octane sets, waking the audience up to the fact that they’re in the presence of some serious musicians, both technically and spiritually. The banter continues to attempt to mask the sheer brilliance on show here. Each of the trio has their own ‘spot’ where they play tunes of their choice, Gavin’s choice also showcases the prowess of his fellow musicians, he just can’t help be a leader. Byrne’s solo spot basically show us that he’s in that company for a reason, blistering ability and brought with a bit of a smile to boot, showing us that we need to watch the quiet ones. Keenan takes the route of playing a slow air, shying away from technical pyrotechnics this time, having treated us to quite a lot of that already.

Keenan announces that its their first gig and that they put the set together in the back room, I believe him to a point. There’s always some discussion about tunes before the sets, this gives the feeling of being at a session rather than a concert. It is perhaps Celtic Connections greatest achievement to take the spirit and camaraderie of the session and place it on the big stage. At times it also feels like we’re at a classical recital as the trio treat us to some of the less foot stomping parts of their repertoire, bringing welcome light and shade to the proceedings. The gig ends with blistering set of reels, there’s joy in the room, a distinct feeling of it all feeling ‘right’. This trio were not going to be allowed to leave without an encore however. After being persuaded to come back on, Keenan hilariously leaves the stage again, refusing to take part, only to return to some laughter to give the audience a cracking second encore to make up for his antics. A casual glance at the clock tell me it hasn’t just been ten minutes, KGB managed the holy grail of live performance, entertaining us for nearly 90 minutes and it felt like ten. More please.

 

Ashley Scott, CMR

Jan 22

Boo Hewerdine & Band – Tron Theatre – Sun 21st Jan Review

Boo Hewerdine & Band Tron Theatre Sunday 21 January 2018

Magical things happen at Celtic Connections; that guy from The Bible turned up at an old church in Glasgow! “The Bible” being Boo’s first major band, of course.
Always keen to be recognised as a writer (his ‘best of’ was called “Name In The Brackets”), it has to be said that he’s also an engaging live performer. This show drew heavily on his most recent album “Swimming In Mercury” with just one or two older songs to keep the fans happy. And it has to be said that this made for a great live set – the album is totally, instantly accessible and the live settings were just about perfect. Patience Of Angels got an early outing but the audience (subdued throughout) were very reluctant to join in with the chorus when asked.

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Jan 22

Jason Wilson & Friends Sat 20th Jan 2018 Review

Jason Wilson & Friends  The Tron, Glasgow  Saturday 20 January 2018.

Scots Canadian, Jason Wilson (keys and vocals) worked with Dave Swarbrick towards the end of Swarb’s life. Jason, his band and guests, are currently touring his tribute show “It Suits Him Well” throughout the UK. The third date of the tour was Celtic Connections Glasgow at The Tron.

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Jan 22

Lankum Oran Mor Sat 20th Jan 2018 Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lankum (formerly Lynched) are no strangers to Glasgow. Back in May 2017 they came into Celtic Towers to play a live session and then walked around the corner to the Kinning Park Centre, where they played – seated and entirely acoustic – to a young, hip, non-folky audience, who loved every second of their music.
Celtic Connections 2018 saw them at Oran Mor (downstairs) playing to a standing audience of youngsters at the front and auld grey heids at the back. Opening the gig was East London 5 piece band Stick In The Wheel with an outstanding 45 minute set of traditional and contemporary songs,jaw dropping instrumental work, fantastic arrangements and awesome vocals. Loved every micro second!

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Jan 22

Day 3 of The Danny Kyle Open Stage Mon 22nd Jan 2018 – Live from the Exhibition Hall 5-7pm

Tune in to Celtic Music Radio 5-7 every day to listen to ‘Tomorrow’s Talent Today’ from the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections 2018 on their 25 Anniversary

This is the 19 th  Year of The Danny Kyle Open Stage Produced and Presented by Liz Clark

 

Austin Miller – East Kilbride – Listen Again Link
Austin Miller is a Guitarist/Songwriter from Glasgow. Through studying classical music he has developed a unique style of writing and continues to look for new way to combine both classical and contemporary genres. His new EP ‘Some Degree Of Comfort’ showcases his abilities as a composer and performer. It was written and demoed entirely by himself in 2016. after getting some attention on Soundcloud from Producer/Engineer ‘John Robert Lindsay’ It was then taken to ‘The Depot Studios’ in Edinburgh where it was recorded with John. Ther  EP was released in November along with single ‘Sparkle

 

Martin Stephen Jones – Greenock  – Listen Again Link
35 year old singer songwriter with original songs in English and Spanish. Wide variety of musical styles. 2017 was a busy year giging for Martin from Lentfest with hisown 5 piece band- FolknRock -for the first time. In summer 2017 He auditions for  The Voice 2018 getting as far as the London callbacks stage.  Worked with James Grant as part of a local songwriting and local community history arts project in Greenock called The Broomhill Project with a concert in November. Featured artist at Songwriters Uncovered 2017

 

 

 

Erskia  – Glasgow  – Listen Again Link
Eriska is a six-piece Glasgow-based folk band established in 2016. The band’s line up includes members from the traditional music, jazz, and classical courses at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The members draw upon their disparate backgrounds and combine rock, jazz and folk styles to create a unique sound using both traditional tunes and band members’ original compositions. With musicians from Argentina, Italy and the USA as well as Scotland, they blend many musical traditions together to make a fresh kind of Scottish music. They have had a busy year  from STV Glasgow’s Live at Five show and have their music played on RTE Radio Ireland as well as play a various radio stations. The band have headlined in Cottiers theatre as well as playing at Eden, Piping Live, Mull of Kintyre and Bute Festivals. They look forward to recording and releasing their debut album this year

 

Zoё Wren – London  – Listen Again Link
Folk-influenced singer-songwriter Zoё Wren was the youngest performer to play the main stage at Folkstock Festival when she was just 16.  A recipient of the 2017 PRS Lynsey de Paul Prize for emerging female singer-songwriters, Zoё’s new EP Gold and Smoke, based on bold contemporary re-tellings of traditional folk stories, will be released in February 2018. Her debut EP Pandora’s Box was released with Folkstock in 2014, and her single Nothing to See was released in 2016 and received airplay on BBC Radio 2 on the Bob Harris show. Zoё’s growing reputation has seen her invited to perform at Cambridge Folk Festival by Hitchin Folk Club in the summer or 2016, having previously been chosen to perform on Stage 2 in Brian McNeill’s Festival Session. Live shows range from headline and support sets at folk clubs, for acts such as Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie, to opening for Ralph McTell at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Her new single ‘She’s A Highwayman’ is out now.

 

Roelle Blue – Edinburgh  – Listen Again Link
Roelle Blue is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and composer. Her style is wickedly unique with hints of Folk, Gothic, Psychedelic and Blues. Hers is a style that is unidentifiable yet listeners so easily identify with her Angelic voice and well articulated, imaginative lyrics. She is profoundly raw and honest in her stories, with a flare for avoiding cliches and expressing universal truth and personal confessuin with musical finesse. She is often compared to the great 60s female singers such as Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell yet always praised for her individual approach to cover songs and her own compositions.

 

 

The Danny Kyle Open Stage is hosted by Celtic Connections  all applications are via their web page Applications are received year round – Closing date for 2019 is 5 th  January. And sent to DKOS

“Celtic Music Radio is run entirely by volunteers and relies on donations and advertising to fund the station.  Running costs approximately £2500 per month, we would ask if you could either donate when you can, or text CELT22 £amount – send 70070 , or even set up a standing order for £5 – £10 per month?  for a 24 / 7 – 365 days per year of your of the music you love to listen too! – Thank you for listening and supporting the station and keeping the music going”

Jan 22

Tannahill Weavers at Royal Concert Hall (Strathclyde Suite) – Saturday 20/1/18

Tannahill Weavers at Royal Concert Hall (Strathclyde Suite) – Saturday 20/1/18

 Formed in Paisley in 1968 and named after Scotlands “other” poet Robert Tannahill, the Tannahill Weavers, or “The Tannies” as they are affectionately known, celebrated their Golden Anniversary with an outstanding concert as part of Celtic Connections. Whilst only two original band members are left, Roy Gullane (guitars and lead vocals) and Phil Smillie (flute, whistles, bodhran and backing vocals), the band have still kept the traditions and style of their early days.

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Jan 21

 Day 2 of The Danny Kyle Open Stage 21st Jan 2018 – Live from the Exhibition Hall 5-7pm

Tune in to Celtic Music Radio 5-7 every day to listen to ‘Tomorrow’s Talent Today’ from the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections 2018 on their 25 Anniversary

This is the 19th Year of The Danny Kyle Open Stage Produced and Presented by Liz Clark

Lazy Man’s Burden  -Peebles  – Listen Again Link
Sam Guthrie  / Sam Mundy/ Andy Lumb
Lazy Man’s Burden are a 3 piece folk/roots band based in Peebles in the Scottish Borders. The portray a blend of traditional and contemporary influnces athroug guitar, mandolin and three part vocal harmonies. They have been gigin around Scotland from Innerleithen Folk Festival, Linlithgow Folk Festival as well as local gigs in their area.  They are building up a strong fan base and are working on

 

 

 

Falkland Traditional Music Project  –  Moved to Sunday 
THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED TODAY DUE TO THE WEATHER – WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO GET THEM AT A LATER DATE !!!
Falkirk Traditional Music project is an after school music initiative that provides lessons for children aged P4 to S6.  The project has been running for over fifteen years and has grown to now engaging over 140 children weekly.  The project has three different trad bands – junior, intermediate and advanced and each band features a host of instruments including fiddle, mandolin, accordion, whistle and bodhran.  The bands will play a selection of instrumental material from traditional Scottish tunes to melodies from further afield including Scandinavian, American and European.

 

Ashley Sherlock  – Cheshire  – Cancelled due to weather /stuck in snow
Ashley / Charlie / Shannon

After several years, and hundreds of gigs performing as a solo artist, Ashley Sherlock has now formed a full band, and has been working on an album of new material. Their fantastic blend of gritty blues, falsetto vocal melodies and a jazz/funk-inspired rhythm section creates a sound that is highly appealing to all that hear it, and makes for a very captivating live show. In the short time that the band has been together, they have performed many festival slots, headline shows and local gigs supporting major artists such as Matt Terry and Union J (of X-factor fame) and many international touring artists, receiving  superb reviews at every performance.

 

Joe Martin – Preston – Listen Again Link
Joe Martin is one of the forerunner of the budding Americana scene in the UK Being first inspired by hit show ‘Nashville, Joe has been on an incredible musical journey which has led him to performing at the one and only Bluebird Café in Nashville.  Her also released his debut EP ‘Small World’  and had recently released a single ‘Better Than Today’as well as working on material for his next release

 

 

 

Bronda Mcvitta  – Rostrevor – Listen Again Link
Scots-Irish folk chanteuse Brona McVittie is lead singer and harpist for the award-winning London Lasses and a member of neo-impressionist outfit littlebow. Her debut solo album We Are the Wildlife (Out Jan 2018) is a psychogeographic journey through a collection of traditional folk ballads and original neofolk compositions inspired by the beauty and majesty of her native County Down. McVittie’s double A-side single Under the Pines featuring traditional love ballad Newry Mountain
(which will feature on the forthcoming album) was premiered on Folk Radio UK 19 June 2017 and has since been broadcast on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music Recommends on BBC Radio 6, RTE Lyric FM’s Blue of the Night show, BBC Radio Ulster’s The Late Show, Across the Line and Folk Club shows, the Underground of Happy at UCC, and RTV IJsselmond in The Netherlands.

 

 

The Danny Kyle Open Stage is hosted by Celtic Connections https://www.celticconnections.com/Pages/Open-Stage.aspx all applications are via their web page Applications are received year round – Closing date for 2019 is 5th January. And sent to DKOS

“Celtic Music Radio is run entirely by volunteers and relies on donations and advertising to fund the station.  Running costs approximately £2500 per month, we would ask if you could either donate when you can, or text CELT22 £amount – send 70070 , or even set up a standing order for £5 – £10 per month?  for a 24 / 7 – 365 days per year of your of the music you love to listen too! – Thank you for listening and supporting the station and keeping the music going”

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