NORRIE “TAGO” MACIVER THE ROAD DANCE ALBUM OF THE WEEK DCR97.4 FM AND CELT95FM
Written by Archie Fergusson on 15/07/2014
In all the years we have been broadcasting the Album of the week from CELT 95FM this is the first time we here at DCR97.4FM and CELT95FM have chosen the same Album for the same week .
This really must tell you something about Norrie ‘Tago’ MacIver and his first solo album The Road Dance .
As we take a wee break before Sunday and Dunoon’s involvement with the Queen’s Baton Relay let’s relax with this wonderful way to introduce our featured album of the week as Norrie visits the Celtic Music Radio Studio where Ross MacFadyen will chat with him and we here on Dunoon Community Radio can share .
The album will be the “Featured Album of the Week from Monday 14th July on both DCR97.4 and CELT95FM,
On DCR97.4FM it will be featured daily 7.00am –9.00am, and 5.00pm—7pm and will be on the playlist of several programmes citing his connection with Dunoon and the fact DCR97.4FM has followed his career since Victor and Ross interviewed him as part of Celtic Music Radio95fm Celtic Connections 2011 with his fellow musicians as part of Manran at the Royal Concert Hall whilst they were being followed around by a TV documentary crew and subsequently led to DCR97.4fm first be it brief, appearance on TV.
Sarah will feature the Album in her Chronicles from 12noon Monday and Neil Alexander will follow her and talk of one Benny Lynch born 2nd April 1913 and died 6th August 1946 in the Gorbals. The undisputed world flyweight boxing champion. From 1932-36, Norrie has written and performs the song Benny on his first solo Album “ The Road Dance”
Norrie “Tago” MacIver comes from Carloway in the Isle of Lewis and is currently living in Glasgow after graduating from the RSAMD.
When he was 15, Norrie attended the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, were he was taught by Blair Douglas and Jack Evans.
From 2005 to 2011 Norrie was the lead singer of Bodega who became Scottish Folk Band of the Year in 2009 and who also won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2006.
He has played at festivals all over the country such as Celtic Connections and the Hebridean Celtic Festival and has toured extensively in Europe. Norrie has recorded albums with both Bodega and Na Seoid and has appeared as a guest musician on the latest Skipinnish, Julie Fowlis, Rachel Walker and Daimh albums.
In December 2011, Norrie was voted Gaelic singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scot Trad Music awards.
Norrie grew up with many different styles of music and he brings all those styles together in his band. The first song he wrote…………….
, “Latha Math” was a Gaelic country song and since then most of his songs have been written in a country style with elements of Gaelic rock which, growing up with Runrig, you would expect. Singing in Gaelic and English with original songs and covers in country and folk, mean that his band will be very unique in the music scene!
Norrie will launch his debut album The Road Dance and where better to do so than his home festival – the Hebfest in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
Norrie MacIver’s solo album features some of the best musicians in the country, including Brian MacApline who co-produced the album with him. Norrie will be joined on stage by Alyn Cosker (drums) Ross Saunders (bass) Brian McAlpine (piano) Ben Holloway (Electric Guitar) Megan Henderson (fiddle) Nathon Jones (Dobro) and fellow Lewisman, James MacKenzie (pipes/whistles).