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The fun began with an energy-charged set from DALLAHAN – Jack Badcock (guitar and vocals); Ciaran Ryan (banjo, mandolin and fiddle); Andrew Waite (accordion) and Benedict Morris (fiddle). They opened with a hundred-mile-an-hour reel before seguéing into a mixture of songs and tunes from their forthcoming album “Anchor.” The melodic Durbar Square was written as […]

WILLIAM PRINCE’s open-ness, whole-hearted attitude and sense of enjoying the moment are uplifting throughout this appealing, 75-minute appearance, where he offers what he describes as “country folk with a touch of gospel to it.” The Oji-Cree musician from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, who begins with Johnny Cash’s epic “Ring Of Fire,” has a gentle, preacher-like manner […]

Celtic Connections, celebrating its 30th anniversary, gets under way in Glasgow this week (Thursday, January 19.) And one of its main attractions is the Danny Kyle Open Stage where 160 new musical talents get the chance to shine each night of the festival in the Exhibition Hall at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The six […]

It’s Double Donation Week on easyfundraising – and we were wondering if you could further help Celtic Music Radio during the campaign. There are double donations available on selected brands and that means you can raise TWICE as much for the station…..and that would be really appreciated and welcome. M&S, Boden, Currys, Groupon,, TUI and New […]

Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir members will be guests on Celtic Music Radio today (Wednesday, January 25) from our outside broadcast desk at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. It’s part of our extensive schedule of programmes for Celtic Connections this year and Martin Stephen Jones will be ready and raring to meet them. Established in 1944, the […]

Firelight Trio, who play inventive and endlessly exciting folk music, release their self-titled album at Celtic Connections this week (January 25.) Ruth Morris, Gavin Marwick and Phil Alexander will join Liz Clark – Auntie Liz – for a chat on the show this evening (January 24.) The trio, with driving fiddle and gorgeous nyckelharpa meeting […]

She has an autobiography and a new album coming out, and here she is, a couple of days shy of her 70th birthday, edging us along a bittersweet, rugged, emotion-laden song route where no-one delivers quite like her. The revered Lucinda Williams has gritty, dust-blown grief and heartache down to perfection in her imperious catalogue […]

When a concert’s support act is as good as Basco – a four-man trad-based band based in Denmark – you know you’re in for a treat. Hal Parfitt Murray (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) is Scots by birth Australian by upbringing, and Ale Carr (cittern) is Swedish. The other half of the band, Andreas Tophoj (violin/viola) and […]

The announcer jokingly referred to this as a night of “Beauty and the Beast” – Ellie Beaton’s voice and presentation amply filled the “Beauty” category and Archie Fisher proved yet again that, at the age of 83, he’s still one of Scottish folk music’s “big beasts.” Ellie is a former BBC Young Trad Singer finalist, […]

There is not a single moment in this flawless gig involving three high-calibre multi-instrumentalists that ever dips below the level of scintillating. Headliners, award-winning married couple, Sierra Hull (on her third visit to the city) and Justin Moses (making his debut here) play with a flow and intensity that quickly convinces us their love of […]

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