Team Members

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Kate was an All-Scotland Accordion Champion at the age of 14.  She has been immersed in the Tradition since before she was born, both her mother and her mother’s mother played the piano with considerable skill and both loved to sing.  Her grandfather on her father’s side was a fantastic fiddle player.  She has music […]

Bob has been presenting the Transatlantic Conversations show on Sundays from 2 pm - 4 pm since October 2017. He is also a practising musician, singer, and songwriter.

Bill realised he had been a confirmed folkie for years when in 1994 he attended his first folk festival and he hasn’t looked back since. He is a committee member of Live At The Star, Glasgow’s folk club which meets every Thursday evening in Saint Andrews in The Square, 1 St Andrew’s Square, Glasgow G1 just off the Saltmarket. He particularly enjoys singer songwriters including the likes of Al Stewart, Harry Chapin, Janis Ian, Guy Clarke and Leonard Cohen whom he does not regard as in the slightest depressing and has a leaning towards the Americana side of roots music. He also loves live theatre, real ale and is a self-confessed Doctor Who fanatic.

Gordon first developed an interest in folk music during the folk revival of the 1960s and 1970s.  From then, he became involved with the music scene, meeting enthusiasts and performers and developed a deep understanding of his national heritage of music and song. He plays the Concertina and for many years was a member of  The Whistlebinkies then the Auld Howff Band and also performed in a few duos and as a solo artist touring throughout the UK , Canada, France, Germany and Russia with appearances on television and radio. During that time he was the Traditional Music & Song Association – TMSA -champion on five occasions and first in the Ceoltas All Britain Fleadh Ceol competition on Concertina. He is also known to give a song or two. He has also been a director of the Falkirk Folk Festival, The Glasgow Tryst Folk Festival and Glasgow International Folk Festival. In 1984 he began broadcasting for a number of years with ‘Hotchpotch’ on local commercial radio station Radio Clyde ‘261’ in Glasgow featuring traditional folk music. During that period he gained both a UK National Sony award and a Scottish TRICS commendation for best radio specialist music programme –  the Oscars of British and Scottish radio broadcasting. He is also a noted photographer. Since around 1990 he has collected an archive of  over 100,000 images of musicians including a continuous coverage of the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow since its beginning in 1994.  His photographs were exhibited in a major exhibition of his work during Celtic Connections in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 2005.  His work has been used by magazines such as Metal Hammer, FRoots and Living Tradition and featured on publicity and CDs by many organisations, record companies and  artists including Dougie MacLean, Phil Cunningham, Brian McNeill, Arthur Johnstone, Mick West, Adam MacNaughton, Allan Taylor, Ken Campbell Ideal Band, Archie McAllister and Ross Kennedy, Back o’ The Moon, Wendy Weatherby, Lori Watson, the TMSA and Lismore, KRL and Skipinnish records. A selection of Gordon’s photographic work can be viewed on his website. Broadcasting with Celtic Music Radio from its first day as a trial showcase at Celtic Connections in 2006, Gordon now presents Hotchkiss Hotchpotch featuring mainly Scottish and Irish artists and music on Wednesday at 7.00-10.00pm and also repeated at 1.00am and 12 noon on Thursday. Gordon also presents Homeward Bound  programme showcasing a wide range of music on Fridays at 3.00-6.00pm. Another passion is his support of ‘The Bairns’ – Falkirk Football Club.  A love affair full of disappointment and a source of mirth at the radio station.

I’ve always loved music and radio. It’s a great pleasure to be part of the amazing team at Celtic Music Radio.

Togadh Evin Downey in Áth Cliath ach tá sé ina chónaí  i nGlaschú le níos mó ná 11 bliain anois, meallta anseo as a ghrá don bhia domhainfhriochta.
Tar éis do a dhéanamh  roinnt iarrachtaí  i Nua-Eabhrac & i Londain, thainig sé ar ais don Ghaeilge in Glaschú  trí ranganna ag Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú (an áit ina oibríonn sé anois mar Oifigeach Forbartha) agus ag cúrsaí samhraidh ag Oideas Gael i nGaeltacht Dhún na nGall.
Beidh béim ina sheó, Cluas Oscailte, ar amhráin i Gaeilge , de gach saghas, ach fósta beidh le cloisteáil ceol ó áit ar bith agus de chineál ar bith.
Agus táthar ag súil go mbeidh aoi nó beirt sa stiúideo ó am go ham fa choinne ceol beo !!
Is é aidhm an seó na go mbeidh sé taitneamhach do dhuine ar bith  cíbe leibhéal Gaeilge atá acu.
Evin Downey is from Dublin but now living in Glasgow for more than 11 years, enticed here by a love of deep-fried foods.
After some aborted attempts in New York & London, since moving to Glasgow he has reconnected with Irish through classes at Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú (where he now works as a Development Officer) and summer courses at Oideas Gael in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
His show,  Cluas Oscailte (An Open Ear), will have an emphasis on Irish language songs of all genres but also feature music from anywhere and of any type.
And hopefully there’ll also be the odd  guest in studio for a bit of live music !!
This is a show that aims to be enjoyable to those with any level of Irish, or none.
Bigí liom / Come join me!

When I retired I worked for Inverclyde Radio. I joined Celtic Music Radio about two and a half years ago and have loved doing my Wednesday “Jukebox” since then.

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