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Live coverage for Celtic Connections 2021.

As the festival goes online this year, so does Celtic Music Radio 95FM. We will be bringing you all the lastest news and interviews  from our presenters home based studios.

Live coverage for Celtic Connections 2022.

As the festival goes online this year, so does Celtic Music Radio 95FM. We will be bringing you all the lastest news and interviews  from our presenters home based studios.

Internationally renowned as Europe’s largest winter music festival, annually welcoming over 2000 artists to take part in over 300 events, Celtic Connections was set to celebrate its 29th incarnation in 2022. However, as with the rest of the world, plans have been turned on their head as the global pandemic continues to take hold.

It is with a heavy heart that we confirm a number of shows and elements within the Celtic Connections 2022 programme are no longer able to go ahead. We are in the process of contacting impacted artists regarding cancellations and expect the majority of shows to be affected by restrictions in some way.

Our ambition for the 29th edition of the festival was to bring everyone together once again, however the uncertainty and disruption caused by the Omicron variant has meant it is not feasible for us to continue with our existing plans on the scale we had originally hoped.

Artists and ticketholders for the shows affected so far are being contacted directly and we would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and patience.

We have not come to these decisions lightly and are committed to presenting a form of the festival which brings the connection and joy of Celtic Connections to audiences, while being both feasible and safe for all involved.

We are currently working through many different scenarios and options and reviewing all shows in line with existing event restrictions. We will continue to keep our audiences up to date as the plans for Celtic Connections 2022 evolve.

Stay tuned to Celtic Music Radio 95FM for the latest news!

 


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Celtic Connections Live! crew

Alex is a founder director and Chairperson of Celtic Music Radio. For many years Alex was involved in his local community serving several terms as a Johnstone Community Councillor and was Vice-Chairperson of his local Johnstone Tenants and Residents Association for eight years. Alex’s link with Scottish traditional music goes back to his great uncle, Pipe Major Bill Denholm who wrote the El Alamein. Alex was also involved from the launch of Paisley area local commercial radio station station Q96 when it launched in September 1992 until the station was taken over in 1996. Alex is also a qualified radio amateur (mm0oil) and he has responsibility for the maintenance of transmissions of Celtic Music Radio on 95FM. Alex presents the Morning Mix Monday to Friday 8.00am to 12noon and he is also part of the outside broadcast and live events team.

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.

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.

Mike Ritchie loves music in the Americana, alt.country, roots, bluegrass, rock, singer/songwriter fields: so there is no shortage of great tracks for his show, which is a mix of music, news, reviews and him blethering (says Mike) about gigs, albums and artists in general.

Moira enjoys presenting her programme on Celtic Music Radio, playing a mix of singer/songwriters, both Scottish and international from several genres of music along with covers, traditional and requests from her regular listeners.

Ross has been with Celtic Music Radio since 2008.

His own musical tastes are eclectic, ranging from Mozart to Motorhead and all in between.

I came to join Celtic Music Radio by a strange route, “They won me in a Raffle” and I stayed. That in 2010 and since then I have had a great time either on air doing a show or out on live broadcasts, or even just trying to help with fundraising to keep the station […]

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


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