Belfast-based Irish traditional band, Réalta release their third studio album, Thing of the Earth, this month. It features a wide variety of music from traditional instrumental dance tunes and classic piping melodies to newly composed songs. They’ve creatively taken their spirited core sound of wind, strings, reeds and drum and developed it, adding breadth […]

Martha Spencer & Archer   Bluegrass Beats hosts, Louise and Alan Mairs, will welcome Martha Spencer And Archer as guests on the show this weekend (Saturday 30th September). The duo from the United States have not performed together previously in the UK. Martha is a singer-songwriter, mountain musician and dancer from the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

  Arran-bound, Johannes Meiser Winning a Celtic Music Radio competition means German musician, Johannes Meiser is on his way to Arran for a special weekend recording session. His host is Stan Robertson, owner of the Isle of Arran Recording Studio in Lochranza, who teamed up with the volunteer-led station to offer the prize. Stan has […]

  This exciting collaborative release by Martin Simpson and Thomm Jutz successfully reinvents a group of folk songs for today’s audiences. ‘Nothing But Green Willow : The Songs of Mary Sands and Jane Gentry’ is focused on Jutz’s long-running obsession with Cecil Sharp’s 1916 and 1918 collection, “English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians” and […]

Becoming a mum played a major part in Glasgow-based folk singer/songwriter Claire Hastings’ decision to embark on her latest heartfelt musical project. Lullabies For Scotland – her third solo album release – is the result of Claire’s studies of Scottish lullabies for a collection that includes one self-penned song. Claire, whose Music Club provides workshops […]

Ethan Ballinger Multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, and solo artist, Ethan Ballinger is the guest artist for The Bluegrass Beats show with Louise and Alan Mairs this Saturday (September 2). From Nashville, Tennessee, Ethan was nominated for the Instrumentalist of The Year at the 2022 Americana Music Awards. He is an in-demand musician having toured full-time as […]

  For more than 40 years Jo Miller has been researching local music and glorious examples of it adorn her latest release, ‘A’ The Way To Galloway.’ By interviewing residents and exploring historical sources Jo – a winner of the Hands Up for Trad Hamish Henderson Services To Traditional Music Award – uncovers the lively […]

PLANTEC are celebrating 20 years as a band and Yannick, one of the widely acclaimed trio, will be Fiona McNeill’s guest on Celtic Folk Fusions this week – Tuesday, 22nd August. The Breton-based band is at the very leading edge of Celtic music whose style has been described as an “untamed energy” with immersive shows […]

  Multi-instrumentalist Fraser Fifield says this eight-track release is an album he has wanted to make for “a wee while.” On SECRET PATH he concentrates on the low D whistle with Paul Harrison (keyboards) and Tom Bancroft (drums) helping to bring the music to life. It is the first of three recordings through which he […]

  Fiona McNeill has a packed show lined up for Celtic Folk & Fusions today. Award-winning harpist and singer/songwriter Chloe Matharu will be talking about her latest single, “The Silkie of Sule Skerry.” And Bado Reti from the Bad Reti Group – who have released two new singles  “Portland Hijaz” and “Without Fear of Falling” […]

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