DCR @ Celtic Connections – roundup

Written by on 04/02/2018

DCR97.4FM GETTING READY FOR CELTIC CONNECTIONS WITH CELTIC MUSIC RADIO 95FM

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NEWS RELEASE 

CELTIC MUSIC RADIO – LIVE FOR MORE THAN 150 HOURS AT CELTIC CONNECTIONS 

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CELTIC Music Radio is set once again to play a major role in Celtic Connections – 10 years since it launched its every day, round-the-clock broadcast service at the festival.

The Glasgow-based station has lined up nine hours a day of live dedicated programming for the 18 days of Celtic Connections from four locations.

This is the 13 th  year in a row the station will play a prominent part in Connections, which starts on January 18 and runs through to February 4.

Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, said:
We’re delighted to have Celtic Music Radio on board once again to broadcast live from the festival. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish them a very happy 10 th birthday since their 24 hours a day broadcasting began and we look forward to continue working with them in the future.

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Over the 18 days – in addition to its normal 24-hour music programme schedule – Celtic Music Radio will broadcast for 153 hours from Celtic Connections and feature more than 70 live acts on 95FM across Glasgow and worldwide via its website.

Its Celtic Connections’ programmes – on air between 11 am and 5 pm daily – will include up-close-and-personal sessions from international acts as well the best musicians Glasgow and other parts of the country have to offer.

New and upcoming bands plus headline artists appearing at Celtic Connections are set to be part of the volunteer-run, charity-status station’s increased output.

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The action will take place in the Buchanan Suite at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall from Mondays to Fridays and from the station’s studios at Admiral Street, Kinning Park on Saturdays and Sundays.

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In addition, from 5 pm to 7 pm each day, the station is broadcasting the Danny Kyle Open Stagefrom the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

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For the sixth year running, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is providing an outside broadcast unit support for the live performances, operated by Honours’ degree students

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And for the third time, GCU is hosting a series of lunchtime concerts – Celtic Connections On Campus – starting on January 22. These will feature some of the best musical talent from colleges and universities across Scotland live on Celtic Music Radio.

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Alex Jenkins, chair of the board of directors at Celtic Music Radio, which has covered Celtic Connections since 2006, said:
“We are proud to be at the heart of the action at Celtic Connections with our own festival of music.

Patrick Quinn, Senior Lecturer in Audio Technology at GCU, said:
“This is a unique opportunity for our audio students to work on live radio with a worldwide audience while developing our strong links with local and national broadcasters.”

Listeners in the Glasgow area will be able to catch all the action on 95FM while those everywhere else can hear what’s going on via the station’s web link: www.celticmusicradio.net.

DCR97.4FM JOIN CMR95FM LIVE FROM THE BUCHANAN SUITE IN GRCH TO CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF CELTIC CONNECTIONS

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live on www.celticmusicradio.net and 95fm and www.dunooncommunityradio.org from 11 – 5pm in the fair city of Glasgow with Local and international artists with music / interviews / chat with CMR95FM presenters                From 11- 2pm will be Ross Macfadyen  

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from 2.00pm -5.00pm is Gordon Hotchkiss 

Gordon will be bringing you news about some of the fantastic concerts on at Celtic Connections with playout of tunes and chat. Bringing you the up to date information from the front! Also in conversation with Auntie Liz re who is coming up at this years Danny’s and news of guest who will be appearing live on Celtic Music Radio during Celtic Connections

 

Guests  today will include 

1.15 pm John Taylor 

John Taylor is a Scottish singer/songwriter. He is currently working on his seventh studio album which will be released in 2017. One of his more famous recognition “Pull You Through” was on the Golden Globe and Emmy winning show “Californication”.  It’s from his album “Bring The Stars Alive”. Songs on this album are beautiful and simple yet grab you emotionally from the opening lines. Johns style has a very toned down approach.Upcoming gigs
Fri 23 Feb – Cottiers – John Taylor The World is Watchin – guests Adriana Spina & Tommy McGuire

 7 albums out – latest  Demons & Angles 2017

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Gigs at Celtic Connections
18 Jan – 25 th Celtic Connections Anniversary Concert 
19 Jan  – Saltfishforty and Red Tail Ring – Mitchel Theatre 

Saltfishforty are a fresh and dynamic duo hailing from the Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland. Douglas Montgomery (fiddle/viola) and Brian Cromarty (songs/guitar/mandola) combine the rich traditional music of Orkney with original compositions. The duo have four previous albums to their name: LIVE (2013), Netherbow (2010), Orkney Twister (2005) and Goose Music (2003).

The powerhouse partnership have won a devoted following throughout the UK and beyond, brilliantly transcending the duo format’s conventional confines. Linchpin figures in the currently flourishing revival of Orkney’s traditional music, they unite these deep-rooted sources with an exhilarating breadth of influence and expertise, catalysed by a creative empathy born from decades of friendship.  The result is a sound of equally thrilling raw attack and multi-dimensional richness.

Saltfishforty have delighted audiences at many of the world’s top folk festivals including Celtic Connections, Cambridge, HebCelt, Shetland, Lorient in Brittany and Canada’s Celtic Colours, as well as touring to the US and throughout Europe. Their focus on Orkney music takes in traditional, contemporary and original material, boldly cross-fertilised with influences from Americana to East European folk, plus a high-octane whiff of heavy metal.
They are also renowned tutors back home on Orkney as well as super group The Chair

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FIRST DANNY KYLE 2018 SHOWCASE OF LAST YEARS DANNYS

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Auntie Liz Clark was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2017 and has been involved in one format or another with music all her life.                                                                                                                                                                                          The Danny Kyle Open Stage is a series of concerts held over the course of the festival that allows emerging musical talent to take part in Celtic Connections. From all the performers on the Open Stage, six will be chosen to display their talents in a showcase concert on the final night, and receive the opportunity to perform in support slots at next year’s festival.

Danny Kyle was a passionate supporter of Scottish traditional music, and campaigned tirelessly for its revival in Scotland. His close friend Liz Clark comperes the concerts in his memory, and the concerts have a reputation for drawing attention to acts that are now household names, including Karine Polwart and Rura.

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DANNY KYLE OPEN SHOWCASE OF LAST YEARS DANNYS

An Dha – Brighton –   

Their Celtic Connections  gig is the 26 Jan with Matt Tighe  at The National Piping Centre

Jaya Hanley / Sarah James
“Experience the fire of Scottish Traditional music, the delicacy of classical perfection and the spirit of jazz and the life of the city from Urban Folk Duo An Dh, And Dha means ‘The Two’ in Gaelic, two musicians , a Violin and a Cello, on a journey exploring life and music together.
An Dha are a Fiddle and Cello duo writing and performing folk  music that combines styles and genres to explore the boundaries of contemporary fok music. They formed in 2013 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire after Violinist Jaya Hanley and Cellist Sara James visited the Isle of Skye and were entranced by the beauty and music of the island” .They have had a fantastic years gigging round all the festivals and have a new CD out
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Avocet – Glasgow –
Sam Grassie / Herbie Loaning/ Iona Zajac

Avocet will be performing at tonights Celtic Connections gig along with Jim Malcolm at the Tron Theatre 

“Having met through the traditional music scene in Edinburgh and Glasgow at a young age, samaniona decided to combine forces in making contemporary music with a traditional folky feel to it yet also influenced by blues and world music.  Sam’s finger picking guitar style reminds one of the likes of Bert Jansch
Joining him are Herbie on double bass, and Iona, whose distinctive vocals are best described as soothing and haunting at the same time”#

 

DopeSickFly    – Glasgow  

Their Celtic Connection Gig is with Big Country 26 Jan O2 ABC
Ant /Wendy/Chris / Joe / Calum
Founded in the summer 2015 in Glasgow Scotland having busked the streets of Glasgow, the band evolved there sound into a Soul, Rock, Poetic, Acid Jazz fusion with just the right amount of Funk. With lead singer/poet Ant Thomaz soulful vocals, guitarist Chris Darling and his keen desire for funk, Drummer Calum macrae with his Jazz background, Joe Djaelani on bass elevating Neo Soul and bluesy backing vocalist Wendy Rae, DopeSickFly truly emanates a new refreshing alive sound. There’s a confidence and power to the band’s live set that at times can be mesmerising. The lyrically explosive, musically diverse, Funk Rock Hybrid known as Dopesickfly project an upbeat feel good vibe inviting everyone to join in with catchy hooks and to dance their hearts out. Dopesickfly are encouraging & sing of life, connecting to all ages of people; making music for people!
They have been giging non stop since last year from supporting Cool and The Gang at the Bandstand in the summer – to   Eden Fest and everything in between – are recording !

Marianne McGregor – Orkney/Glasgow
Marianne will be appearing with her trio

on  21 Jan at Celtic Connections along with Boo Hewerdine in The Tron 
Growing up in Orkney Marianne was exposed to a rich environment of all things musical, creative and expressive. Although primarily a jazz singer, Marianne has taken influence from various other styles, incorporating a breathy folky twist into her voice. In the time since finishing her music degree in 2015, she has used songwriting as a soothing creative outlet for personal storytelling and expression, using smooth bluesy/folky vocal tone and her unique pallet of textures to communicate and engage with the listener. Although she is relatively new to the role of singer songwriter, Marianne hopes to continue writing and performing in this unique and quirky style.  Since last year Marianne has been recording some material and appeared at prestigious events like the Glasgow Jazz Festival

Aara Hart Newly solo London/Oxford songstress Aara Hart – aka Lizzie J King,
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Kyle Open Stage winners The Magpies – combines classy originals with plucky cover choices like ‘Love is a Battlefield’, and the Martin Garrix/Dua Lipa hit ‘Scared To Be Lonely’.
Aara’s Gig is with Joe Henry 2nd Feb in the Mackintosh Church
Aara will not be appearing today due to weather
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WHYTE – Glasgow/ Aberdeen –

Their Celtic Connection Gig is on 31st January at St Andrews In The Square With Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards 
Alasdair Whyte and Ross Whyte
Emerging Gaelic electronica duo released their debut album, Fairich as part of Sound Festival in Aberdeen on 21 October 2016.  Each from very different musical backgrounds (ambient electronica and traditional Gaelic), their songs have drawn comparisons with Sigur Rós and Martyn Bennett.  Following several successful live performances throughout Scotland and radio play on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Travelling Folk’, Alasdair secured funding from Creative Scotland to record their debut release.  Fairich was recorded in the late summer of 2016 at the University of Aberdeen and in a cave beneath Dunnottar Castle and features a selection of arrangements of rarely-heard 17th 8th century Gaelic songs as well as original compositions. They too have had a very busy year gigging as well as writing the new music

COME & TRY WORKSHOPS –SO MUCH TO DO AT CELTIC CONNECTIONS AS YOU GET READY FOR THE EVENING PERFORMANCES

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As mentioned during our broadcast today from CMR95FM studios at Admiral Street, Kinning Park Glasgow there is so much happening at Celtic Connections and not just concerts. The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall plays host this weekend to a great number of “Come and Try Workshops” designed to inspire people of all levels to get involved in traditional music suitable for adults and children over 12

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FIRST DAY OF DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE LIVE FROM THE EXHIBITION HALL IN GLASGOW’S ROYAL CONCERT HALL & 5.00PM -7.00PM EACH DAY

 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

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The Cognac Twins  – Dunfermline
Craig Anderson / Paul Connelly / Gil Allan / Liam Saunders
The Cognac Twins are Craig Anderson, and Paul Connelly who hail from historic Dunfermline Town.  The songs on their stunning new album tell tales of life, humanity, hopes and fears. Described as playing “authentic guid folk for authentic guid folk” The Cognac Twins debut brings Scottish Folk Music back to the fore.

Bex Currie  -Motherwell 
A singer songwriter from Motherwell Bex Currie wears her heart on her sleeve through her music. Writing about love loss and everything in between. Bex has been glasgow based fo rsome years but has taken her music to the Middle east and also Kenya while out working. Recently she has released an EP titled For You. As well as working the local open mic circuit Bex has also supported Wallis Bird, Allie Moss, Rachael Yamagata and will soon be on the road for her first tour with American band Ships Have Sailed.


Jeremy Levif – France – Ayrshire  

Jeremy has as been living, working and performing in the South-West of Scotland, Ayr, for four years now and released his first album “Come Hail or Storm” here, in his new ‘homeland’.  Jeremy not only sings in his native French tongue – but also in Gaelic He play sometimes in collaboration with other local musicians  in local charity events as well as gigging extensively

Lisa Kowalski  – Paisley 
No stranger to Dunoon Community Radio, now aged 17 with  3 years of live performance, including festivals such as Mugstock, Pandorafest, Northhop, Vamos Americana Fest, and Motherwell BeerFest on the headlining stage at Motherwell Concert Hall.  Lisa has also sang to thousands at St Mirren FC. Lisa released her debut EP in 2017 funded by Paisley 2021. With numerous awards also under her belt we can expect to see a lot more of this talented young artists with her next EP, with the first single released to coincide with her debut appearance at King Tuts on 6th February on her 18 birthday !

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CELTIC CONNECTIONS ON CAMPUS WITH PATRICK QUINN FROM GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY

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For the sixth year running, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is providing an outside broadcast unit support for the live Exhibition Hall performances, operated by Honours’ degree students

Celtic Connections on Campus is back for the third year, hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in association with Celtic Music Radio 95FM and hosted by Patrick Quinn

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You are invited to GCU’s central Glasgow campus for five lunchtime concerts, which will showcase some of the brightest up-and-coming talent both in front of the mic and behind the scenes.

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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.

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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 a chance for a bite to eat and even sample the World Famous Soup as endorsed CMR95FM’s Auntie Liz, making it a perfect start to your festival day.

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So here’s the very exciting line up for Day 1 of Celtic Connections on Campus 2018 – Monday 22nd January 2018, GCU Campus.

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/

Imogen Islay

Imogen is a singer/songwriter and Clarsach player from the Highlands of Scotland, now based in Glasgow and has been been playing music for nearly fifteen years and songwriting for around seven. She started off as a traditional musician before branching out into creating her own music. – https://www.facebook.com/ImogenIslay/

Kirsten & Callum Forsyth

Kirsten and Callum Forsyth are a brother and sister duo from Westhill, Aberdeenshire. They play an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary music from all over Scotland, and a repertoire extending to Ireland and Scandinavia.- https://soundcloud.com/kirstenforsyth

Gasbin Bapeer

Gasbin is a singer-songwriter and musician living in Glasgow. She is originally Kurdish and before moving to Scotland she lived in the Netherlands. This has led her to not just be influenced by music from the west but also by artists, bands and musicians from Kurdistan and from Holland. She is not bound by one genre. She thinks it’s important that as a musician, you can draw inspiration from many types of music whether it’s Folk or Electronic, Funk or Hip Hop.

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Celtic Connections is a winter music festival in Glasgow, featuring artists from around the globe alongside the best Scottish talent.

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DAY TWO OF DANNY KYLE WITH ONE WEATHER CASUALTY

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

Lazy Man’s Burden  -Peebles
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  –  
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  –

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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.

Joseph Martin – Preston 
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 –
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.

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WHAT’S ON AT #ccfest18 TODAY

TODAY AT #ccfest18

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– GRCH Main Aud – Juan de Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars
– Òran Mór Auditorium – Start to End – Joni Mitchell / Oran Mor Auditorium / 22.01.18

Celtic Connections on Campus

For the sixth year running, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is providing an outside broadcast unit support for the live Exhibition Hall performances, operated by Honours’ degree students

Celtic Connections on Campus is back for the third year, hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in association with Celtic Music Radio 95FM and hosted by Patrick Quinn

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Morrisey & Marshall and Robbi McFaulds

Morrissey & Marshall, a duo originally from Dublin, now based in London, have spent the majority of their time in the capital honing and harnessing a range of classic musical influences to produce a live act of timeless pop-rock appeal. While their debut, And so it Began, won them plaudits as the finest pair of harmony singers to have emerged on the circuit for decades, Morrissey & Marshall upped their game with a collection of songs to rival those of the very greatest groups. With its raw production and seamless combination of vocal, instrumental and songwriting prowess.

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Juan de Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars & New Focus

Juan de Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars & New Focus

For more than 40 years, the legendary singer, guitarist, bandleader and impresario Juan de Marcos has been a linchpin figure in the evolution and popularisation of his native Cuban music. Having co-founded the great Sierra Maestra in 1976, he oversaw that line-up’s eventual expansion into the Afro-Cuban All Stars, as featured in the original, seminal 1997 Buena Vista Social Club recordings, whose ‘brand’ has since sold over 12 million albums. Today’s multi-generational, 17-piece All Stars draw on at least a century’s worth of Cuban sounds and styles, from vintage son via Latin jazz to hip-hop, matching master musicianship with red-hot passion. “If this music doesn’t move you, you’ve got no place to go” (NPR)

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Joni Mitchell

Start to End: Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark

Start to End presents a two-night extravaganza of two of the best modern folk albums ever recorded.

First up is Joni Mitchell’s classic Court and Spark album, first released on 1st January 1974. Featuring Rachel Lightbody on vocals and Tom Gibbs on piano/keyboards, alongside members of Admiral Fallow, Pronto Mama and Fat-Suit and many special guests.

Please note this event has been moved to the Òran Mór (Auditorium).

3rd DANNY KYLE SET TO START OFF THE WEEK

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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
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 
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 
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

Zo? Wren – London
Folk-influenced singer-songwriter Zo? 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, Zo?’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. Zo?’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  
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.

CELTIC CONNECTIONS ON CAMPUS –AND THERE IS SOUP–ANNOUNCE TUESDAY LINEUP

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And here’s the great lineup that we have for you on Celtic Connections on Campus for Tuesday 23rd January with some old pals and some new friends…

Edinburgh College Traditional Music Band 

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The college’s traditional music band is made up of several fiddlers and woodwind players as the ‘front line’, and a handful of guitarists, percussionists, pianists and bassists for the rhythm section. We play our own arrangements of Celtic tunes – reels, jigs, strathspeys, airs, hornpipes and lots more – from Scotland, Ireland, the USA and beyond. The band has performed at many concerts and functions over the years, and were recently invited to take part in a student showcase as part of Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, as well as playing as a support act at Edinburgh Folk Club and in concert for the 3 Harbours Arts Festival. All welcome – the only condition is an enthusiasm for traditional music! – www.facebook.com/EdinburghCollegeMSP/

Wilson Noble

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Wilson Noble is a Scottish Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Poet, and Independent Musician from the North-East of Scotland. His music blends folk-inspired songwriting, rock influences with Celtic guitar and cultural themes. His guitar style which incorporates numerous altered tunings lends inspiration from Australian roots artist John Butler and the late English folk guitarist John Renbourn.
Currently Wilson manages himself as an Artist through his and his partner’s Independent Record Label ‘Twin Soul Music’, and is working on releasing a solo compilation album celebrating his early recording career (spanning ten years 2004 – 2014). – http://wilsonnoble.com/

Chloe Steele & Jordan Neil

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Chloe Steele (vocals) and Jordan Neil (guitar) are a newly formed traditional music duo based in South Uist and Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. Chloe and Jordan were introduced to one another when they chose to study for BA Applied Music degree at Lews Castle College on the island of Benbecula where they both immersed themselves in the musical piping and song traditions of the islands. Together, Chloe and Jordan have been enchanting audiences throughout the Hebrides with their well-crafted and sensitive arrangements of a selection of old songs collected in Uist. A new duo – both Chloe and Jordan have individually amassed performing and teaching experience across the UK and in Europe: Jordan with Soundstorm Music Education agency and the Far Flung Collective and Chloe with the Albaastur Cultural Exchange in Asturias in Spain 2017. – https://b-m.facebook.com/ChloeSteeleJordanNeil/

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 Amy Papiransky
Since becoming a finalist for the ‘BBC Radio Scotland Young traditional Musician of the Year award 2018′, North East singer and piano player Amy Papiransky has continued to carve her name in the Scottish folk scene. Amy has sang and toured alongside bands in Canada, America, Ireland and Germany. Having performed on Robbie Shepherd’s BBC Scotland Radio show ‘Take the Floor’ and ‘BBC Proms in the Park’ to name but a few. –http://amypapiransky.com

BEMIS CELEBRATE BURNS NIGHT AT CELTIC CONNECTIONS

After a wonderful performance on opening night, Eddi Reader will join the Burns night celebrations at BEMIS celebrates Burns at The Old Fruitmarket on Wednesday night alongside Boo Hewerdine & Dallahan. Get your tickets fast – http://bit.ly/2n0VhAG

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A grand-scale multicultural ceilidh featuring Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine and Dallahan honouring our national bard’s transcendent beliefs in human equality, kinship and conviviality, BEMIS Celebrates Burns embodies these ideals both in its performers and audience. Among the latter are members of groups funded by BEMIS, Scotland’s national umbrella body supporting development of the ethnic minority voluntary sector, which is currently involved with numerous contributions to Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017/18. These have come from communities whose countries of origin or descent include Congo, Nepal, Iran, Japan, India, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, China, Azerbaijan and many more – and who also contribute to the goal of a modern, inclusive Scotland where diverse peoples can be united by our humanity and enhanced by our diversity.

The ticket for this event includes a meal with vegan, vegetarian, Halal and gluten free options available. .

AND THE BAR GETS HIGHER AND ONLY DAY FOUR OF THE DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE

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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
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.

 

 

Dreaming of White Horses –  Glasgow
Michael Butcher / Charlie Stewart / Chris Amer / Dan Brown / James Lindsay  / Graham Costello
Newly formed, Dreaming of White Horses is made up of musicians from both the trad and jazz scenes of Glasgow. The compositions aim to fuse the strong melodies of traditional music with improvisation and the harmonic language of contemporary-jazz for a fresh sound! Michael Butcher is the saxophonist from Mezcla, the African inspired fusion outfit that’s taking the Glasgow scene by Storm.Recent winner of the Young Scottish Trad Musician, Charlie Stewart is one of the most in demand fiddle players of the moment, a member of many bands including Dosca and Snuffbox.

Mattie Collins – Whemyss Bay 
Mattie is a Scottish based singer songwriter and has been likened vocally to van Morrison, Rod Stewart and a young Bryan Adams to name but a few. He has been writing and performing original songs for over twenty years and has accumulated a large catalogue of  material. Early 2017 Mattie became a member of the Glasgow chapter of the Nashville songwriters association  where he found the encouragement to finally begin recording and releasing some of his music. With the release of his debut e.p Dragons Dreams & Life he has been receiving extensive UK radio play in November last year,  several of the songs made there first international outing and where played by New York radio station heat fm. Also several TV appearances.

The Shipping Forecast – Glasgow 
Iain McWilliams / Kenny Little /Paul Hyland/ Kenny Anderson
The Shipping Forecast come together as a fusion of seasoned musicians, producing a mix of contemporary folk, alt-country and Americana, with a sprinkling of traditional tunes. Recent performances at the Star Folk Club, Partick Folk Club and Strathyre Music Festival. Independently and collectively they have shared the stage with an array of prominent artists within the folk scene including: Jenn Butterworth and Laura Beth Salter, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Hass, Rab Noakes and The Battlefield Band. Recent performance at the Paisley Spree 2017.

 

 

Alexander Alexander –  Glasgow
Alexander Alexander has been writing since he first saw the birds in the sky. As of 2017 his songs, bubble-wrapped in a bedroom, are slowly being released kicking and screaming to the web and to the world. It’s soft sounds, quiet chords, sore throats and occasionally looped and loud.

Based in Glasgow, Alexander Alexander has his debut EP out and gigging ‘as often as possible before he forgets how to play’.

DAY 3 OF CELTIC CONNECTIONS ON CAMPUS

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And for your delight this Wednesday 24th January, Day 3 of Celtic Connections on Campus we have another great selection of acts.

Baile

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Baile are a new, up and coming trad band based in the hub of the Glasgow trad scene. The band’s sound comes from the use of the Scottish Border Pipes, Whistles and Fiddle with the backing of Bodhran and Guitar combined to make at times, a huge and driving sound and at others, delicate, weaving melodies. The band formed towards the end of 2016 before launching straight into 2017 with a jumpstarting performance at Celtic Connections Festival Club. The band recorded their debut EP in May and released it on Claytara Records in July followed up by a 9 day tour to support the release. – http://euandmclaughlin.wixsite.com/baile

Kate Griffin

Kate Griffin is contemporary artist fusing folk genres from around the world. Driving and intricate clawhammer banjo tunes and heartfelt, powerful songs are thrown in the melting pot with solid, subtle Celtic guitar, dexterous Irish whistle and the spellbinding tabla drums of North India. – https://www.kategriffincreative.com/music

Bethany Wappler

Originally from the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, singer/songwriter Bethany Wappler, loved and explored music from a young age and now is based in Perth as she is currently studying for her BA (Hons) in Popular Music.She has played gigs in venues such as The Ironworks and Hootananny in Inverness, Buskers in Dundee and The Green Room in Perth over the past few years. Bethany has finished her second EP which is to be released later this year.She is always looking for opportunities to develop her technical skills and collaborate with creative professionals, and continue to push herself in stretching her imagination and musical boundaries. Bethany released her debut EP ‘Moments’ on October 6th 2017 which is available to buy or stream via Itunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer. – https://bethanywappler.wordpress.com

Liam Ross

Liam began playing at the age of eleven. He was awarded the Ewen Stewart Trophy for outstanding achievement in music from Invergordon Academy. He is a highly qualified musician with a Bachelor Of Arts with Honours in Applied Music and is now studying with the University of the Highlands and Islands for a MA degree in Music and the Environment. He thrills crowds with his range of original songs and classic covers which showcase his lighting fast, finger picking style.
Whenever he takes to a stage he seamlessly blends his guitar playing, humor, emotion and commanding stage presence to engage a range of audiences. This was seen in his appearances at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and the Perthshire Amber to name but a few. Liam’s music is influenced by such artists as Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits and Tommy Emmanuel. Celtic music is also an underlying influence behind his own songs. Mondays would not be ideal. – https://liamross12.wixsite.com/liamrossguitar

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PACKED HOUSES AT DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE

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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

Folky Mac Folk Face – Glasgow
Jackie Mullen/ Dougie Torrance / Nick Watson / Eabhnnat Ni Laighin
Folky MacFolk Face is a Scottish and Irish folk band that writes and performs songs in a variety of folk styles including Scottish and Irish trad and American blue grass. Based in central Scotland, it’s members are Dougie Torrance (vocals & guitar), Eabhnat Ní Laighin (vocals and fiddle), Jackie Mullen (vocals, guitar, ukulele & fiddle) and Nick Watson (vocals and accordion). The band’s four members hail from Scotland and Ireland and songs are performed in English, Gaelic and Irish.  FIRST gig was on the Danny Kyle Open Stage !  Have had a busy year gigging AND They have now their debut launch last Sunday 21 Jan 2018

Jimmy Hoo Ha – Glasgow  
Jimmy Hoo Ha (vocals/acoustic guitar/harmonica) is a Glaswegian folk-tinged singer songwriter with leanings towards rock. Folk rock – frock! His influences include the Beatles,Jethro Tull,Ron Sexsmith,Gram Parsons and Hank Williams. As an ex-member of the band ‘Voodoo coyote’ back in the early 1990’s he supported the late, great John Martyn at the Pavilion in Glasgow. He was also a member of the Parsonage Choir for 10 years but now goes it alone. Like a wolf that’s lost its pack hungry and lonesome he travels from one gig to another. Lonesome enough to Inspire his style of songwriting and hungry enough to keep traveling on. He has toured Australia twice in the last 2 years, gigging in various pubs and clubs and busking to make ends meet. His first album ‘Asylum

Stephanie Fraser  Dundee  / Blackpool  
Steph Fraser, originally from Blackpool has been playing live for ten years and is now based in Scotland. At 15 she toured Ontario Canada, making her showcase at Canadian Music week. Steph signed a deal with Island Records at 19 however parted company with the record label at 21. Since then she has toured across Europe, lived in Nashville and was part of a band which supported Mumford and Sons. She now independently continues to perform and record wherever she goes.

Brawbeag – Edinburgh/ Glasgow –
Calum Kaye / Chris Lee / Enora Morice / Ross Miller
Brawbeag is a new international piping quartet consisting of Chris Lee (Hong Kong), Enora Morice (Brittany), Calum Kaye (Scotland) and Ross Miller (Scotland). The group perform mostly original compositions with a strong emphasis on their native musical traditions with the odd old favourite thrown in for good measure!

The group are all members of Grade 1 pipe bands and they met through their love of modern compositions for the bagpipes. The quartet made their performance debut at the “Quimper Quartet Contest” in December 2017.

Roberto Cassani –  Scone 
A colourful and well-travelled character, who arrived in Scotland along a road of working class upbringing, rebellion, record deals, conscientious objection, rambling, education, illness, love, friendship, kindness and a lot of trouble. That’s probably all you need about that.  Roberto has been a staff songwriter for a major label, a travelling troubadour, a session double bass player and a semi-professional piss-taker. Oh and he’s such a friendly kind fella!

For the past 10 years, Roberto has tormented music venues and Festival fields almost constantly: Scotland, UK, US, EU. He has been championed by the more daring broadcasters of the BBC, and the more out-there world radios. A Roberto gig has all the fun you need, some tasty double bass playing, dazzling guitar work from his musical bro Owen Nicholson and a pretty large catalogue of bonkers songs, from protest bonkers, to just bonkers! Aye, he’s very funny! But he’s got morals, damn it; nobody will stick up in such a raw way for the little guy

IF THEY WERE SELLING TICKETS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT!

If they were selling tickets day 3 at Celtic Connections On Campus would of been a Sell Out! And day 4 of Celtic Connections on Campus – Thursday 25th January looks as if you best get there early with this brilliant line up

Glasgow University Folk Music Group

We a group of students of the University of Glasgow with a common interest in folk music. We meet once a week for an hour and a half to learn traditional Scottish and Irish tunes, and then we go to the pub and play the rest of the night away in a session. We have students across all subject areas involved, not just music students. We play a few concerts throughout the year within the University and we love to take opportunities to play outside the University in events such as Celtic Connections.

Sam and Joe

Sam Begbie is a singer-songwriter based in Glasgow, combining elements of folk, rock and jazz, his songs have received high praise, even from listeners outwith his immediate family. Joe and Sam formed a musical partnership in the early months of last year, showing for the first time, and by no means the last, Joe’s impeccable sense of timing. His enticing funk rhythms add an unforgettable drive to their music, and together they are forging their way into the anals of history. – https://www.facebook.com/Sam-Begbie-480232368705780/

Elizabeth

Elizabeth, from central Scotland pursued her career in music in her late teens whilst studying in Perth. She started songwriting at an early age and now being in her early twenties she has had experience recording and touring her music. Elizabeth released her debut EP ‘Short and Sweet’ in 2016 which is available to buy or stream on all online platforms. Elizabeth has worked along side her own band and is now taking a different route and performing solo for her new up and coming EP. – https://www.facebook.com/Katiethomsonmusic/

DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE CONTINUES TO “WOW”

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

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Thursday 25th  January – happy Burns birthday folks

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Man of the Minch   – Pedro Cameron

Formerly the fiddle player in the Glasgow Americana act The Dirty Beggars, “Man of the Minch” is  the alias of Pedro Cameron – marking a massive change of tack. Mixing elements of folk, pop, country and electropop – the music is undefinable. Drawing on lyrical themes of loss, friendship and life as a member of the LGBT community, first EP “Helping Hands” is an eclectic mix, bolstered by no-holds barred production, and virtuoso fiddle playing from toast of the folk world Laura Wilkie (Shooglenifty,  Kinnaris Quintet, Ross Ainslie) as well as appearances from Conor Markey (Paul McKenna Band, The Wakes), additional vocals by Emilie Boyd (Old World News, Little Acres) and spoken word interludes by reknowned Glasgow poet Sam Small – this is as much a reflection of the disparate talents of its contributors as the songwriting and performance of its spearhead

Emma Martin
Emma Martin  a singer songwriter, living in Glasgow, studying Commercial Music ,have been writing for over 20 years. She mostly plays solo or with a fiddle accompaniment  At the start of last yearshe  began writing a collection of songs about the Jute Mills in Dundee, writing for the first time in old Scots. The first track ‘Kettle Bilers’ won last years Hands up for Trad Scots song writing competition. Her love of Scots and of Scottish traditional music have spurred her on to writing and recording more in this vain!
Nicolette MacLeod 
Nicolette Macleod is a singer songwriter from Glasgow. Her music is a blend of folk and jazz which reveals hints of her classical training, time at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and her grandfather’s roots on the Isle of Lewis. She writes original material and arranges British Isles’ folk songs, which she performs with guitar and by looping vocal harmonies live. Shewas a finalist at the Loop Station Championship in London where she performed an original song that later won her a recording session at The Roundhouse EMI studio.  Nicolette has supported and sung alongside some well known names including The Leisure Society, The Irrepressibles and Karine Polwart.Her vocals have been used on a number of films and in a pop setting for albums receiving prime time radio play on BBC2 and BBC6. She also has a passion for writing music for theatre and dance. Most recently she wrote and performed the music for ‘Curious Shoes’ a dementia friendly theatre show.

Blair Conron 

Blair Coron/ Lesley Barr / Roo Geddes/ Rhona MacFarlane / Callum Elks/ Sarah McWhinney / Nicole Stapinski
Blair is a musician and composer residing in Glasgow blending the borders between contemporary classical music, ambience, electronics, folk and poetry. With the aid of a 9 piece string ensemble his primary intention is to create enchanting atmospheres that sets course for introspection and meditation.

When not performing with the band, Blair regularly collaborates and composes with those in the other arts with a keen interest in how these can be translated between one another. Recently, he scored a new play by Andrew Edwards (winner of the Roxy Theatre award), performed throughout the whole of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 and has a new show lined up in March 2018, which aims to tackle the accessibility of music for deaf people.

The Canny Band

The Canny Band Sam Mabbett & Michael Biggins
After year of playing together in various different bands, Sam Mabbett (Melodeon) and Michael Biggins (piano) come together as a duo to form ‘The Canny Band’.
Michael and Sam first met at Folkworks traditional music summer school in 2013 and quickly decided that they should be making music together. However, as they lived at opposite ends of the country, this proved difficult! Now, 5 years on, they live around the corner from each other in Glasgow and have no excuse not to play together!
The pair are currently students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and play music from Ireland, Scotland and everywhere else.

ROSS MACFADYEN AT DOUGIE MACLEAN CONCERT

There’s only a very few performers that can hold an audience in the palm of their hands. There are even fewer who can do so in a venue with a 2,000+ audience such as the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, all by themselves, with a handful of guitars, harmonica and a didgeridoo.

One such artist is Scotland’s much loved troubadour, Dougie MacLean OBE.

Dougie’s set list is garnered from a career spanning over 40 years, mostly based in the tranquil setting of Highland Perthshire. This gives his songwriting a unique perspective on history, politics and storytelling often through the experiences of his own family.

Indeed the MacLean Machine (if you will) is all family (past and present), with Mrs MacLean managing and son and daughter heavily involved in all things creative and ancestors and grandchildren equally providing inspiration. The family ethos extends to the myriad of people who work and volunteer during the Perthshire Amber festival and translates to the concert setting.

Dougie doesn’t just perform his songs, he shares them with the audience. This may be through wee gems of anecdotes about the songs and life in general or though involving the audience in singing along.

In the setting of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the impact is particularly powerful, with the balcony singing solo to This Love Will Carry. Dougie accused the balcony of non-participation, providing the rest of the audience with acoustic goosebumps. Dougie is keen for the audience to keep to the beat and melody, with a fond protection of the songs.

Stories are an essential part of the evening. I will now have the image of a caravan blowing past the window as it is tossed in a virulent Atlantic Lewis storm while I listen to Feel So Near.

No Dougie MacLean concert is complete without a rendition his “wee homesick song”, Caledoniahas become part of our common culture, and rightly so. I don’t know about the rest of the audience, but a wee tear always comes to my eye during Caledonia. It was just one highlight of a concert filled with highlights.

After the concert, Dougie shines as well. It’s a pleasure watching him interact with festival goers, chatting, signing CDs and having a ball.

Five stars without a doubt for this concert and if Mr MacLean is playing near you, I thoroughly recommend to you a great night out.

WHAT A LINE UP FOR THE FINAL CELTIC CONNECTIONS ON CAMPUS 2018

All good things must come to an end and we know several of our listeners will board the McGills bus today in Dunoon to take them through to Glasgow’s Buchanan Street Bus Station just ten minutes walk from the Celtic Connections on Campus venue . This year with the Campus and Celtic Connections both celebrating their 25 years Anniversary  Patrick Quinn and his team have excelled in bringing outstanding talent from across the UK to entertain the packed venue. No less is today’s the final Celtic Connections on Campus 2018 with this excellent line up— see you all there

Anna Garvin and Calum McIlroy

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Anna Garvin and Calum McIlroy are both currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the BA Traditional Music degree. They have grown up within different musical communities, Anna hailing from Oban on the West coast of Scotland, and Calum from Elric, Aberdeenshire. As such they are inspired by many cultures; Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian and Canadian being some of the influences on their repertoire.
Over the last few years, both musicians have had the pleasure of being involved in the Cèilidh Trail movement, run by Fèisean nan Gaidheal, which gave them the opportunity to tour in bands and perform in various venues in their local areas and beyond. Some highlights of those tours include concerts at Celtic Connections and the Blàs Festival. Anna is a fluent Gaelic speaker and Calum has a great knowledge of the Scots language. They are also both very interested in learning more about the traditional music and heritage from other parts of Scotland as well as around the world. Living and studying in Glasgow, they wish to develop and enhance their musical identities, both as individuals and as a duo; taking full advantage of the fantastic opportunities that this vibrant city holds.

Eldorado 4

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Eldorado four are a Limerick based group comprised of Vinny Murphy, Conor O’Loughlin, Gary Fagan and Ciara O’Shea. The group met during their time studying Irish Music and Dance in the Irish World Academy. Each member hailing from a different corner of Ireland, they all bring influences from their own native area which come together to create a well blended and diverse sound. They play a rich mix of traditional tunes with a lively and modern twist and also include a unique take on traditional Irish song.

 

 

TRIPPLE

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Tripple are Cait, Annie and Jill; sisters and mum. Tripple have a big love of the traditional music and songs of Scotland and especially enjoy arranging them in a contemporary way. By using interesting harmonies, finely tuned dynamics, with a wee spattering of unusual sounds for good measure we love bringing the old songs to life and help tell the stories within. Tripple are 2/3 based in Glasgow, 1/3 in Banffshire. Although the sisters are still in their very early twenties they have been enjoying singing, fiddling and harping they were wee and started performing at the world Burns federation competitions when they were just eight years old. Tripple are regular performers and between us we appear, and have appeared, in NYCoS, the North East Folk Collective, the Strathspey Fiddlers, Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail, Peplo, Local Vocals and Aurora Choir. We have performed in Ireland, Canada, USA, France, Germany, Finland, Norway and all over Scotland including the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Balmoral and Fyvie Castles, the Scottish Parliament, Dunfermline Pavilion and Aberdeen’s Music Hall. Tripple is an old Scots word describing both a dance step and the swell of the tide which neatly sums up our approach to song. – https://www.facebook.com/theLennoxFamily/

MIKE RITCHIE

Appearing  on Friday 26 Jan 2018 with Celtic Music Radio live from the Buchanan Suite at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections 25 2018

From 11 Dave Gibb  With  Celtic Music Radios’s Mike Ritchie 

Hailing  from the village of Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway Dave describes himself as a left-handed, balding, middle-aged songwriting folky from Scotland’s highest village.A superb guitarist with a style that is as distinctive as it is effective, a voice that can carry traditional and contemporary songs and a songwriting ability that produces songs ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, he is an established performer throughout the acoustic/folk club, festival and concert scene.Lyrically Dave is a storyteller and is determined to maintain the art of storytelling through song. Musically he draws on both traditional and contemporary sources, especially the finger picking styles of the heroes.With 9 Cd’s at his back and of course one of the first artists to receive a Danny back in 1999 Dave enthrals an audience with his songs and story’s !

From 2 o’clock with our Gordon Hotchkiss

From 2 pm Matt  Tighe
Appearing before his gig tonight at The Piping Centre  at Celtic Connections also on the bill with Last Years Danny Finalists An Dha
Mat Previously described as a “fiery virtuoso”, Danny winner and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee Matthew Tighe is fast making a name for himself in amongst the traditional players he has long looked up to. An All Britain Fiddle Champion, his self-titled debut album was released in September by Greentrax Recordings .Matt Tighe was born in South London, with a London and Trinidadian background. He first discovered his love of traditional music and the fiddle listening to his parents’ album collection: The Chieftains and Tom McConville & Pauline Cato in particular made a lasting impression.

Another firm favourite with the station is Glasgow’s ow Kenny McKenzie for 3pm

Then  From 4pm Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters 
Will be dropping in for a chat before their gig tonight in The Strathclyde Suite–  along with Salt House
Drawing comparisons to such legendary three-piece outfits as Cream and the Bill Evans Trio, old-time singer/multi-instrumentalist – and longtime Celtic Connections favourite – Bruce Molsky’s new Mountain Drifters line-up thrillingly unites him with two of US roots music’s outstanding young talents: banjo innovator Allison de Groot and ex-Deadly Gentleman guitarist Stash Wyslouch. “The three of us have this incredible musical conversation,” Molsky says. “I feel I am riding this beautiful crest of a wave!”

DAY 7 OF THE DANNY KYLE OPEN MIKE

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

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


Rebekah Kirk –

Singing and songwriter from an early age her talent an creativity have been  acknowledged by awards such as ‘Best Emerging Talent’ in 2015, semi – finalist of the UK  Songwriting  Competition – to projects such the ‘Hit the Road’ tour run by The Scottish Music Centre for young musicians. Gigging in and around Glasgow from King Tuts . to  performing at the Jim Diamond ‘Cash For Kids’ gala dinner .

The Daddy Naggings
Hazel Mairs/ Laura-Beth Salter/ Darren Young/ Garry Mcfadden/ Aileen Gobbi
The Daddy Naggins unites five powerful voices to bring you traditional bluegrass classics, folk songs and well known modern covers – all with that traditional high lonesome bluegrass harmony.  Rip-roaring instrumentals bring each member of the band’s technical skill on their instrument to the  foreground, and will get you dancing along the way! The Glasgow based band were formed in 2010 by Darren Young (guitar) & Garry McFadden (banjo) and they have been going from strength to strength ever since.    Now joined by Laura-Beth Salter (mandolin) Hazel Mairs (double bass) and sometimes even Aileen  Gobbi (fiddle), the band are forging a reputation as one of the busiest, most energetic bands on the  Scottish scene. As well as being stalwarts of the Glasgow pub circuit, you can also catch the band playing at folk clubs and festivals all over the UK.

Joel Gardner 
A gifted guitarist and prolific songwriter, Joel Gardner is a refreshingly unique artist with a diverse palette of inspired, original songs. He uses all parts of the guitar to create melodic, catchy music with powerful, thought provoking lyrics. His songs simply explode with positive energy. Performing and touring extensively over two continents since 2015; his live performances vary from emotive and intimate at his solo shows to uplifting and energetic with his backing band behind him. His latest EP sold hundreds of copies worldwide and received rave reviews. Originally from Wilmslow in Cheshire, Joel’s music has won him a solid fan base and recognition from big names. Tanglewood Guitars regularly promote his work as a Tanglewood Artist. In August Joelperformed a session on BBC Radio Manchester and is regularly played on various other local radio stations.In 2017, Joel toured the UK 3 times performing alongside established artists such as Jamie Lawson, Brian Kennedy and Toss The Feathers; stunning crowds as far apart as Perth and Brighton. He released his popular EP ‘The Idea’ with a sold out show at Manchester’s ‘Gullivers’ venue. He made his first appearances on the festival circuit at Lattitude Festival and Tramlines

Savannah Donohoe & Charlie Galloway  
Savannah has been playing Irish music for over ten years and is influenced by both Irish and Scottish styles. She plays the flute and saxophone and is accompanied by Charlie Galloway, Lancaster born, RCS Glasgow student. He has similar style interests and they travel in Ireland a lot and also have played in Germany together. Their unique blend and choice of tunes are distinctive but respect both traditions. Newly formed in 2016 they are working on an album for 2017.

The White Feather Collective  
Josh Lambe / Will Turner / Chris Raynolds / Roo MacPhee
We are The White Feather Collective. We are a British 4 piece Surf / Psych band based in Malvern, at the heart of the English countryside. The band consists of drums, bass, electric guitar and vocals / acoustic guitar / harmonica The band is able to present a high-energy performance, incorporating many aspects that made the late 1960s the golden era for music. The sound of band could be considered close to that of “The Rolling Stones”, “The Doors”, “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac” and perhaps “The Black Keys” The White Feather Collective aims to boast an immersive, life changing live set; along with well considered recordings that take elements from an era of music where it didn’t matter what one looked like. The band would like to tour the world encouraging expression through art and music, leaving a lasting impression on all that come across us.

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

DAY 8 OF THE DANNY KYLE

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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

The Rowies – Inverurie 
Arthur Coats / Ellie Beaton / Andrew Legg / and Stuart Jack
the Rowies are a young traditional folk band formed of you teenagers between ages of 15 and 17 and are based in the North-East of Scotland
They formed in September of 2016 and have been supporting bands such as Session A9, Old Bling Dogs and Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. In July the won Speyfest’s Young Entertainer of the Year 2017

Anton And The Colts 
“Their ace combination of rock swagger, blues groove, and the rough and tumble of Americana is one few Scottish bands can match.” The Music Brewery .  Since their inception in June ’14 and the release of their debut EP, ‘6:45 & 450 Down’ at the beginning of 2015, the band has played numerous venues and festivals throughout Scotland including Glasgow’s ABC, King Tuts; the Belladrum festival in Inverness and the enchanting Eden festival. The miles travelled and the countless hours of stage time has helped shape a sound that takes many twists and turns during their live set. It’s a journey of sound that they hope to capture and recreate with their debut album due for release this year

The Deadly Winters –  
Christopher Blair/Fraser Smith / Michael Edie? Graeme Chyla / Christopher Gibson
They bring to the stage an emotive musicality that goes beyond an ordinary performance. The well-constructed melodies and songs of stories allow each song and performance to relate to and involve the listener and audience. BBC Radio One, Radio Scotland (Roddy Hart, Tom Morton and Iain Anderson’s shows), Mike Harding’s Folk Show and pioneering Scottish DJ Jim Gellatly are all champions of the band having play-listed and reviewed previous releases. The Ters’ have raised people’s awareness and expectations of how Folk-Music continues to advance with the times. The band enjoy their time on stage and they look to bring everyone along on the journey with them. They have shared stages with lauded Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie Maclean and The Staves and have appeared at Celtic Connections, Perthshire Amber, Bannockburn Live 2014, Edinburgh’s St Andrew’s Day 2013 and numerous times at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since 2011 the band have released 2 albums, a single and 2 EP’s including the critically acclaimed 4 song EP, “Table In The Corner”, which was released worldwide in November 2015

Calum McIlroy & Kristina Leesik 
Kristina Leesik and Calum McIlroy formed their fiddle and guitar duo in October 2017 while both studying on the BMus Traditional Music Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Kristina, an exchange student from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, and Calum, a second year guitar student on the course at RCS, set out to create a collection of arrangements weaving together the traditions of Scotland and Sweden. Armed with a selection of tunes and songs, they plan to make a studio recording and organise some performances in January, before Kristina returns to Stockholm.

GETTING READY FOR THE FINAL WEEK OF DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE

 

danny kyle cmr logoTune 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

You can also listen again on Archive Site 

The Arkansas Ramblers
Bob Alston/Tim Clarke/Bernadette Collier /Caroline Le Good Morgan/ Bill Macaulay / Roger McCann  /Alison Semeonoff / Sandy Semeonoff     /Val Thornton /Ian Watson (+ had an extra member in photo! )
American-style old-time string band the Arkansas Ramblers got together in January 2017. A 10-strong band (with a combined age of 660!) the Ramblers came from a variety of musical backgrounds – ceilidh, blues, classical, heavy rock, country and Cajun, but took on their new repertoire with gusto. Added to the regular old-time instruments of banjo, guitar, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin and double bass are drums, flute, whistle and melodeon with an occasional burst of washboard and bones in the mix too. Two vocalists provide the songs, mostly from the early 20th century or US Civil War period.The Arkansas Ramblers have already entertained fans and visitors to Glasgow’s Tall Ship, the Clydebuilt Festival and the Largs Viking Festival with their varied repertoire and sartorial elegance. It’s obvious that this band enjoys playing together and their enthusiasm is infectious.

Falkirk Traditional Music Project  –
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

 

Dougals Jumper – Elgin
Catherint Stables/ Maria Miller / Mike Reeves / Innes Green
Bringing together Scottish smallpipes and bagpipes, fiddle, accordion, guitar, mandolin, bass guitar and vocals, Dougal’s Jumper manage to fashion their own brand of cosy Celtic pop. Let Dougal’s Jumper wrap you up in their infectious mix of their own songs and some foot-stomping tunes. 2017 festival appearances have included headlining the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival’s Free Range Folk stage, Speyfest and Jocktoberfest. Other performances have included the Speyside Whisky Festival, live sessions as the house band for Moray Firth Radio’s breakfast show and various beer and gin festivals. Dougal’s Jumper are rapidly gaining a reputation for their energetic and entertaining performances and make it their business to get the crowd joining in during their show. Since forming about a year ago, Dougal’s Jumper’s music has been played on radio stations from Fort William to Hawaii and many places in between.

Calum Jones –
A refreshing young singer-songwriter from Oran, Moray.  Creating original material with influences from Folk, Country, Blues, Traditional and Celtic Rock. 2017 got off to a great start for this young musician, with his debut single “Your Man” being showcased by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2, swiftly followed by a successful debut album “Wasted Days” and his Charity single “The La La La Song” raising over £1500. He also hit the Festival circuit running, performing at numerous Scottish festivals including Eden, Belladrum, Speyfest, Northern Roots, XPO North, Jocktoberfest & Killin. Other highlights include performing at Perth Concert Hall for YPI, SWG3 Glasgow for Music for Youth, for Princess Anne at the opening of the Castle to Cathedral Project and supporting Brownbear in Elgin. With performances at Edinburgh Castle, The Royal College of Music, Manchester & Eden Court, Inverness among numerous gigs already confirmed for later this year and his new 5 track contemporary Scottish EP in the making, things can only get better

Séamus Ó Baoighill & Paddy Mckeown  – Isle of Skye and Ireland
Brought up on the Isle of Skye, Séamus was introduced to Scottish Traditional Music through the many sessions around the Gàidhealtachd. He furthered his music at Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd under the tuition of Iain MacFadyen (pipes) and Iain MacFarlane (fiddle). Now Séamus studies Music, Irish and Mandarin at Queens University Belfast.
Séamus was a finalist in the 2015 BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award and has performed at the Hebridean Celtic Festival, Piping Live, Celtic Connections and Festival Interceltique de Lorient. Séamus’ music has also taken him to Hong Kong, America and Switzerland.
Best known as a traditional musician brought up in Belfast, Paddy began playing guitar, mandolin and banjo at an early age. After playing in a number of more electric based ensembles, He decided to return to and pursue traditional music in his late teens. Playing a mixture of traditional, folk, jazz and classical, he is now recognised as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and session musician. Paddy currently studies fine art at University of Ulster, and is an active member of the traditional scene in the city and around the country

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

Gordon Kennedy
Gordon Kennedy is a poet, composer & singer from Glasgow, Scotland. He comes from a background of electronic music, being one half of electronic / experimental duo The Cray Twins. His recent work has involved environmental recordings, which he uses to make instruments from the sounds of the landscape: from the wind and the waves, from traffic and machinery, from birds’ wings and human voices. This is now merging increasingly with his engagement in the British folk tradition: the music of the land, using instruments made of the landscape. Old and new music using old, new instruments. Breath, voice and then everything.

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 5th January. And sent to DKOS

ANOTHER BLUESMAN AT CMR95FM CELTIC CONNECTIONS BROADCAST WITH GAVIN PATERSON

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Great Set this morning from the CMR 95FM Buchanan Suite Studio when Gavin Paterson chatted to  Bluesman Andrew Robert Eustace

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. Andrew has been listening to the blues all his 30 years and playing the blues from the age of 10, his first concert was at the age of Four at the Royal Concert Hall to see Chuck Berry and one must obviously assume that he was born into a family that loved the blues and when he says his main influence is BB King do not jump to the conclusion that Andrew is a bluesman tribute artist.  What you get is Andrew Robert Eustace screaming out through a thousand reverent influences of the blues with original lyrics, music and soul.

Andrew Robert Eustace

Andrew has just released his debut Album titled Stories writing all the songs himself  which he is taking on the road with a band of musicians who all unlike Andrew are not professional musicians but love the blues.  Andrew and the band will be performing at Glasgow’s Oran Mor on the 17th of February!

http://www.pmmusic.co.uk/…/gerry-jablonski-andrew-robert-e…/

DAY 10 DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE

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

You can also listen again on Archive Site 

TRÚ    

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TRÚ is a trio from Northern Ireland with an eclectic musical heritage, absorbing groove funk, Irish trad, and choral harmony to create their own soulful vibe. Individually, these 3 artists are unique; Mormecha’s “LOFi LiFE” was shortlisted for the 2016 NI Music Prize, while Trouton and Kearney met touring the world with vocal ensemble ANÚNA.Inspired by songs and stories from their native Ulster, this trio has absorbed a wealth of influences to discover a unique approach to folksong. TRÚ also perform songs from the English and Scots traditions and write original material informed by a long line of folk singers.

Mabel and The Freewheelers  –  Listen Again on Archive Stie Link
Mabel Duncan/ Euan Mclaughlin/ David Small/ Ruaridh Neil / Callum Cronin

Mabel & The Freewheelers are a forward-thinking, five piece folk band based in Glasgow. Taking inspiration from a variety of genres and srtists, they focus on creating a unique and interesting sound that appeals to a wide range of audience.  Since formin in March 2017 the band have appeared at Eden Festival / 8th HAAL in Portsoy/ supported Aiden O’Rourke at The Glad Café & played the National Whiskey Festival in Edinburgh

The Moonbathers     – Listen Again On Archive Site Link
Lesley and Megan O’Brian 
The Moonbathers, a duo with close knit family harmonies of Lesley and Megan O’Brien.  Lesley is a singer and storyteller, brought up in Bridgeton, this interest began in the home where many a good tale was shared and sing-song enjoyed at family gatherings, and in the back-courts and tenement closes that accompanied the games of her childhood. Megan, sharing this passion for song and storytelling has studied Theatre and the Arts. Now they unite to celebrate family and folk lore with the simple power of voice, both spoken and sung, with guitar accompaniment. The Moonbathers are based in the folk tradition with a vibrant, fresh appeal.

Bobby Deans   

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Singer songwriter Bobby has been writing and writing from an early age. A troubadour from not only local venues but spent time traveling round Europe – Prague. Paris . Rome  .  Hi songs are taken from life and his surroundings and brings his self penned works to you today

Patrick Tunny 

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Patrick came to Clyde’s Bonny banks three years ago .  Singer songwriter he is trying his to in the water of Glasgow’s vibrant music scene. Is building up his raptor and is  trying to get on the ladder with like mined musicians to enable him to take his music to a wider audience and to get out their gigging

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

DAY 11 DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE

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

You can also listen again on Archive Site 

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Howling Home –
We’re an indie folk/rock band from glasgow. We’ve been gigging continuously around Scotland for the last couple years, headlining the likes of King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and supporting other upcoming indie artists like Flight Brigade and Chris Staples. We recently released our debut, self-produced album ‘Swim or Sink’, and we’re inspired by artists like Arcade Fire, Sun Kil Moon, Sigur Ros, The National, and fellow Scots Mogwai and Frightened Rabbit.

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.

Sam Begbie & Joe Doyle  
Sam Begbie is a folk songwriter drawing on an eclectic resevoir of influences. His songs, though sweet and ballad-like in form, are presented with a hard vocal edge which reaches across the Atlantic and finds its roots among singers like Blind Willie Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf. Sam and Joe formed their musical partnership early in 2017, playing a series of highly acclaimed and successful shows throughout Glasgow and Paisley. With Joe’s expressive and driving percussive style the boys are set for great things. Forwards, not backwards; upwards, not forward; and always twirling towards freedom!

Jonny Jack 
Douglas/ Michael / Jack
Jonny Jack creates naked, hooky, soul pop. Acoustic guitar led music bristling with soul, youthful vigour and big tent pop hooks. From Glasgow and acclaimed by BBC introducing’s Tom Robinson ‘I find the vocal performance absolutely irresistible’ – Jonny and his band are currently working with producer Nick Brine (Oasis, Bruce Springsteen, Seasick Steve) on his debut album and are planning a massive 2018 including multiple major releases and a UK and US tour. A true undiscovered phenomenon, Jonny has performed to sell out crowds supporting acts such as hero Damien Rice, Gabriella Cilmi and The View.

he 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 5 thJanuary. And sent to DKOS

DAY 12 THE LAST DAY OF JANUARY WITH JUST 3 DANNY KYLE’S TO GO BEFORE THE SHOWCASE ON THE 4TH FEBRUARY

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

You can also listen again on Archive Site 

Gráinne Hunt – Dublin – Listen Again on Archive Site Link

Vocally captivating, Gráinne Hunt’s intriguing soulful tones have regaled audiences worldwide, spanning the globe from Ireland to Latin America.  Gráinne has shared the stage with Mark Geary, and Glen Hansard, and has been compared to vocal icons, Tracy Chapman and Natalie Merchant. Originally from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Gráinne’s Irish roots are subtly and beautifully etched within the melodies of her compositions.
Praise for Firing Pin ‘The Words of it all’….breathtakingly beautiful’ Dan Hegarty, 2FM’How I feel when I listen to Joni Mitchell or Mic Christopher’s Skylarkin”  Remy’s Music and Film ‘Love mini album ‘Firing Pin’… Mark it down as one to nab’ ‘her debut release is hewn out of a subtle special talent’  Tony Clayton Lea, Irish Times

Anna Sweeney    Listen Again on Archive Site Link
At 17, Ayrshire-based Anna sparked off her music career, and within the year she was performing on live BBC TV, headlining the prestigious King Tut’s in Glasgow, and enjoyed a sold-out EP Launch. Articles in the Sun, headline tours and interest from SONY’s top A&R set Anna up for much to come. Sadly, illness took centre stage and Anna was forced to abruptly cancel all future performances, and disappeared from the spotlight. Having just returned to the music scene after 5 years, the 23 year old already has more experience and ability than most gain in a lifetime. October saw Anna make her very warmly received live debut in Nashville, and the announcement of her debut album. Effortlessly pairing straight-up electropop with blues and county, all glued together by her unmistakable vocals, her knack for stick-in-your-head hooks, lyrical maturity, self production and arresting live

Lynnie Carson –l  Listen Again on Archive Site Link
Glasgow based singer/songwriter originally hailing from the rain drenched town of Gourock on Scotland’s west coast. I was brought up on music greats like Gerry Rafferty & The Beatles and started to write my own material after joining a band in school. It is no accident that I stopped writing in my diary around this time. In the great folk tradition music had become my catharsis, a way to navigate life’s twists and turns. I am now in my 3rd year as a self-employed musician and I have worked as a backing singer, sessions vocalist and wedding singer in that time but my heart lies in writing and performing my own material.

Joe McMahon    Listen Again on Archive Site Link
Joe McMahon has been writing songs for many years and was a long-time member of the Glasgow Songwriters and founding member of the Inverclyde Songwriters. His recordings include tracks on various compilations albums and a self-penned 13 track CD – ‘A DAY TO REMEMBER’, which has received airplay on BBC Radio Scotland. He has played in a host of venues from Hamburg, Germany to Aberdeen, Scotland and points in between. He has also appeared at various festivals in Scotland including the Inverclyde Folk & Roots Festival, Go-Rock, the Perthshire Amber Festival, Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Open Stage and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is now a regular at various local sessions including the RWSA Boat Club Session as well as performing local gigs and occasionally doing some busking for charity at various events. Gig highlights of 2017 included performing alongside former Love and Money front man James Grant!

Ronan the Barbarian  –   Listen Again on Archive Site Link
Ronan Francis Doran & Grainne Roonery

Ronans Francis Foran is an Irish musician and writer, living and working in Scotland. The studied at Queens University Belfast . Drawing on traditional song structures , Ronan blends their sensibility with contemporary pop and rock influences , when times got tough as a teenager he turned to song-writing as a coping mechanism – an oily underbelly of angst permeates these pretty melodies, flavoured as they are will trademark gallows humour Ronan has toured the UK and Ireland – release a CD and several EP’s

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

3 DAYS LEFT CELTIC CONNECTIONS & DAY 13 DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE

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

You can also listen again on Archive Site 

Pure Dynamic Strings 
Lynette Beaton –Keybord Vox /Gillian Grant – Violin 1 /Ari Loughin – Double Bass /Enrico Mazzoni – Violin 2 /Luke Anderson – Guitar / Roan Anderson Drums –Cajon

We are an eclectic string ensemble and session band who cover a variety of genres including contemporary, classical, traditional Scottish, folk and our own material which is mostly written by our keyboard player, Lynette Beaton. We started off as a string quartet but wanted to enhance the sound and texture of our music by adding guitar and drums. This utelised the string sound so we were able to cover an array of music in a more individual way.We have performed at a number of venues in and around Inverclyde and Glasgow and have just recorded two demo tracks for promotional purposes and applications. Our aim is to cover and perform original material and songs people love in a unique way to suit our vibe and style. We love performing and making music and we hope this comes across in both our audio and visual recordings

Ceithir – 
Are four youngsters aged between 15 and 18 who came to Feis F ( The Geis that covered Stirling/ Falkirk and Clackmannan areas) Between 2012 and 2014 as complete beginners , to learn the Clarsach.   They firs played together as a quartet in Jun last year and have been recording along the way . Some of the girls are still at school and some have started college. The Feish  Fhorit Committee know that is pretty special to have four such talented you Clarsach  players at the same time and hope that they will keep developing together as a quartet for many years to come

Ceitidh Mac  -Kate McLeod & Will Hammond – Newcastle  
Ceitidh Mac is a cello player and singer, who combines the belly-warming tones of the cello with her voice, communicating through an honest and intriguing take on songwriting. Like two voices, singing and cello blend together, accompanied by Will Hammond on Vibraphone and percussion. With a combination of improvisation and arrangements, playing original material as well as a creative mixture folk and traditional music, they produce a distinctive combination of sounds; transfixing their audience.Having met in Newcastle in 2015 through both being involved in the music scene, Ceitidh(Kate) and Will have continued to play together and create a mesmerising live atmosphere

The White Feather Collective  
Josh Lambe / Will Turner / Chris Raynolds / Roo MacPhee
We are The White Feather Collective. We are a British 4 piece Surf / Psych band based in Malvern, at the heart of the English countryside. The band consists of drums, bass, electric guitar and vocals / acoustic guitar / harmonica The band is able to present a high-energy performance, incorporating many aspects that made the late 1960s the golden era for music. The sound of band could be considered close to that of “The Rolling Stones”, “The Doors”, “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac” and perhaps “The Black Keys” The White Feather Collective aims to boast an immersive, life changing live set; along with well considered recordings that take elements from an era of music where it didn’t matter what one looked like. The band would like to tour the world encouraging expression through art and music, leaving a lasting impression on all that come across us.

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 thJanuary. And sent to DKOS

DAY 14 OF THE DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE—-JUST ONE TO GO

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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

George Murphy and Frank Cassidy – Dungiven Co Derry
George Murphy has been collecting, writing and playing music and song for quite some time , a founder member of Failter Folk Group, now a solo player but gigs extensively with Frank Cassidy . Frank has performed with many distinguished musicians.  Together they bring a rich and varied repertoire  from self pend light hearted songs to more traditional. The have recently recorded a CD and have performed at many folk events throughout Ireland/ Scotland, England and Wales . They are firm favourites at the Girvan Folk Festival as well at Portpatrick and Newtonstewart Festivals in Scotland

Méabh & Tiarnán Smyth – Armagh – N Ireland –
Siblings Méabh and Tiarnán Smyth on fiddle and guitar/concertina/vocals convey their appreciation of the Ulster tradition through their creative arrangements of music and song. They have been playing for many years, and in late 2016, released a self-titled EP to critical demand. They have played at many renowned festivals in recent years including the William Kennedy Piping Festival, Piping Live and Celtic Connections, and have supported acts such as Four Men and A Dog, Búille, and Lúnasa.

Mills – Galashiels  – www.millsband.com

Craig Jeffrey / Ross Gardiner/ Bruce Henry / Richard Crawford / Rab Irvinel
Mills a alternative rock n soul band first formed in march 2015. This was an experimentaoject to form a local super group to open a new music festival 100 Bands On The Border. From day one these five musicians from different bands and musical backgrounds showed great promise, writing fantastic new music. They were a massive hit when they opened the music festival and were invited by Visit Scotland to play to the worlds media on the first train on the new Borders railway. Mills have been working with Donald Shaw and this month released their debut four track EP to a full house in the Volunteer Hall Galashiels. The band will be returning to Gorbals Sound in Glasgow with Donald in this year to start work on their full album.

Nerea Gourlaouen Alonso  – United Arab Emirate –
Nerea combines elegance and strength in her powerful interpretation of Traditional and modern fiddle repertoire. Her performance of fiddling fused with stepdancing hails from the deeply  rooted Celtic Traditions of Cape Breton Island, Canada where she was raised breathing the music>
Her successe as a soloist  and the release of her first album ‘Footprints; at just 16 earned her the Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination of ‘ young Artist of the Year. Nearea has toured widely and currently resides in a small village near Dubai where teaches and performs

Matt Scotland Band – Ayrshire

Hailing from Ayrshire, Matt Scott is a singer-songwriter who pulls influence from the likes of Guthrie, Dylan, Springsteen, Waits, and Frankie Miller.  The thumping folk / blues stories and melodies have earned him airtime on national television as well as through FM radio stations across the country.  Having performed in London, Nashville, New York and Amsterdam last year, Matt returns with familiar and unfamiliar songs for your entertainment.  Matt Scott’s “Whoever That Is…” EP was launched to a packed out King Tuts in June.  Following this, the band headlined a stage at the grassroots belting festival in the beautiful Highlands, Belladrum.  Hereafter, Matt has played solo shows across America, stunning audiences with the songs but baffling them with his accent from NYC to Nashville.  One things for sure (we think) – no one has been left disappointed.  2018 has kicked off with another packed headlining show at King Tuts, with the prospect of a number of festivals over the summer.

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 thJanuary. And sent to DKOS

DAY 15 FROM THE DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE –WHO WILL FROM THE LAST 15DAYS BE BACK SUNDAY 4TH

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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

Fjanna – Shetland – Listen again on Archive Link 
Fjanna are an extremely talented group of young Shetland Musicians who have scooped not only individual but collectively many accolades locally and nationally in the Traditional music scene over the last eighteen months

Mike Luarenson(14) on accordion, Arrna Philip (16) on drums and pipes, Jodie Smith (15) on  fiddle and Anya Johnston (14) on both fiddle and Piano . The band have been in great demand recently, the highlight of their journey so far being the supporting act for Phil and Aly during their 30th Year Anniversary Tour visit to Shetland. As well as traditions tunes they mix them with their on compositions! A great achievement for the youngsters in 2017 was producing, designing and marketing their first CD Route 970

Stanley and Astrid Samuelsen – Faeroe –

“Compared to Dougie MacLean in Scotland and James Taylor in the US. Mr. Samuelsen is really the best that the Faroe Islands can give to the world”. (quote from a fan in USA.) Stanley Samuelsen is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from The Faroe Islands with an international career and a stage appearance that touches the audience deeply. His CV includes cultural awards, nominations and a golden jubilee as a performing artist. A songbook, various band albums, 8 solo albums, the latest Folk Songs From the Faroe Islands, a collection of his most essential songs.  Stanley is one of the most highly praised songwriters in the Faroe Islands.
Basork- Derry – N.Ireland-  Listen Again on Archive Link
BASORK is an all Irish, Derry based ten piece fusion group whose compositions are influenced by Irish, European and Middle Eastern sounds. Brass, Strings and Woodwind combine with hints of jazz, funk and various traditional musics with big melodies and lots of improvisation.Martin Coyle Bouzouki   /Paul Cutliffe Sax, Clarinet, Whistle /Robert Goodman Trumpet /Robert Peoples Violin /Marc Forbes Bass /Donal McGuinness Trombone Amanda Gillespie Tuba/Sousophone BASORK  A passion for travel, music and culture brought the group together, united by an ethos fuelled by the exploration and celebration of cultural diversity through music.

Hannah Rose Platt – and Thomas Collison London/ Liverpool –  Listen Again on Archive Link
Hannah Rose Platt is an enchanting singer-songwriter, talented guitarist and storyteller.  She recorded her debut album Portraits in Nashville where she worked with some of the industry’s leading names, Grammy award-winning musicians Mark Fain, (Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton) Stuart Duncan (Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss) Her melodic, poetic and accessible music offers self-written narratives to ordinary people who had no one to unfurl their stories; tales of luck, stoicism, loneliness, love, heartbreak and hope. She warmly builds characters like an author, penning songs that almost eavesdrop on other people’s lives.‘Portraits’ was released independently to widespread critical acclaim, receiving 5star and 4star reviews across the board after which, she was invited to legendary BBC broadcaster Bob Harris’ home to record a live session for his ‘Under the Apple Tree’ youtube channel. Championed by broadcasters Sid Griffin, Baylen Leonard and Ralph McLean,Hannah has also had TV sync successes, with several tracks used for Channel 4.

Brian Hassan – Strathbane – Tyrone – N.Ireland – Listen Again on Archive Link


From Strabane, Co Tyrone  Brian has played support to numerous Irish Artists including The High Kings , Donna Taggart, Tommy Fleming, The Fureys, Bagatelle, The Whistlin’ Donkeys, Sharron Shannon etc as well as numerous international artist. His songs are electric mix of folk, acoustic rock and pop, with strong melodies and lyrics.  Ep’s and CD to his credit to his new album called ‘Tales from Home’ released in December 2017.  Is gigging extensively and is looking forward to a busy time in 2018.

TOMORROW’S TALENT TODAY -DANNY KYLE 6 FINALIST

danny kyle cmr logoTune in tonight to Celtic Music Radio and Dunoon Community Radio 5.00pm-7.oopm  to listen to ‘Tomorrow’s Talent Today’ from the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections 2018 on their 25 Anniversary when you can hear  the 6 Finalists of the 260 entrants and the 70 acts that appeared On The Danny Kyle Open Stage 2018

and The Finalists are

Dlu

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.

Lynnie Carson

Glasgow based singer/songwriter originally hailing from the rain drenched town of Gourock on Scotland’s west coast. I was brought up on music greats like Gerry Rafferty & The Beatles and started to write my own material after joining a band in school. It is no accident that I stopped writing in my diary around this time. In the great folk tradition music had become my catharsis, a way to navigate life’s twists and turns. I am now in my 3rd year as a self-employed musician and I have worked as a backing singer, sessions vocalist and wedding singer in that time but my heart lies in writing and performing my own material.

The Canny Band

After year of playing together in various different bands, Sam Mabbett (Melodeon) and Michael Biggins (piano) come together as a duo to form ‘The Canny Band’.

Michael and Sam first met at Folkworks traditional music summer school in 2013 and quickly decided that they should be making music together. However, as they lived at opposite ends of the country, this proved difficult! Now, 5 years on, they live around the corner from each other in Glasgow and have no excuse not to play together!
The pair are currently students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and play music from Ireland, Scotland and everywhere else.

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Savannah Donohoe & Charlie Galloway

Savannah has been playing Irish music for over ten years and is influenced by both Irish and Scottish styles. She plays the flute and saxophone and is accompanied by Charlie Galloway, Lancaster born, RCS Glasgow student. He has similar style interests and they travel in Ireland a lot and also have played in Germany together. Their unique blend and choice of tunes are distinctive but respect both traditions. Newly formed in 2016 they are working on an album for 2017.

Sam Begbie & Joe Doyle

Sam Begbie is a folk songwriter drawing on an eclectic resevoir of influences. His songs, though sweet and ballad-like in form, are presented with a hard vocal edge which reaches across the Atlantic and finds its roots among singers like Blind Willie Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf. Sam and Joe formed their musical partnership early in 2017, playing a series of highly acclaimed and successful shows throughout Glasgow and Paisley. With Joe’s expressive and driving percussive style the boys are set for great things. Forwards, not backwards; upwards, not forward; and always twirling towards freedom!

Joel Gardner

A gifted guitarist and prolific songwriter, Joel Gardner is a refreshingly unique artist with a diverse palette of inspired, original songs. He uses all parts of the guitar to create melodic, catchy music with powerful, thought provoking lyrics. His songs simply explode with positive energy. Performing and touring extensively over two continents since 2015; his live performances vary from emotive and intimate at his solo shows to uplifting and energetic with his backing band behind him. His latest EP sold hundreds of copies worldwide and received rave reviews. Originally from Wilmslow in Cheshire, Joel’s music has won him a solid fan base and recognition from big names. Tanglewood Guitars regularly promote his work as a Tanglewood Artist. In August Joelperformed a session on BBC Radio Manchester and is regularly played on various other local radio stations.In 2017, Joel toured the UK 3 times performing alongside established artists such as Jamie Lawson, Brian Kennedy and Toss The Feathers; stunning crowds as far apart as Perth and Brighton. He released his popular EP ‘The Idea’ with a sold out show at Manchester’s ‘Gullivers’ venue. He made his first appearances on the festival circuit at Lattitude Festival and Tramlines

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 thJanuary. And sent to DKOS


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