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WRONG WAY ROUND: RIDING ROUND SCOTLAND FOR WATER AID

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On May 1st Carol Gillies will be setting off on her Suzuki V-Strom motorbike to ride around Scotland anti-clockwise She will be riding mainly b and c roads, in order to take in as much of the coastline as possible. (Apart from the obvious bit where the border is! and the land ends ) she recons on it being like being around 1,950 miles in total.

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For a great deal of the journey Carol will see water a constant reminder to her of why she is doing this, whilst she travels along the coast the greatest amount of water she will see is undrinkable because it is salt water.

For many folk in this world the only water they know is dirty in fact filthy, full of bacteria, parasites and animal faeces and as it is the only water available   Every single day, 1,400 children die from drinking it .                                               That’s one a minute, every minute.

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Carol is doing this in the hope of attracting your attention just for a wee while enough time to make you aware of Water Aid

WaterAid is a charity that works in places all over the world where people have no access to clean water.  At all…

One in ten people in the world have no access to clean, drinkable water.  That’s about 748 million people.  Every day is a struggle just to find enough to stay alive,

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WaterAid works with communities to sink wells and build hand pumps and toilet blocks in villages all over Asia, Africa, Central America and the Far East.

There, facilities are maintained by the villagers, who also receive training from WaterAid.

Whilst the most obvious benefit of clean drinking water and sanitation is fewer deaths and much less disease. Lack of proper toilet facilities often means that girls can’t go to school to get an education. Additionally, they often have to spend much of their day fetching water.  In order to make as few trips as possible, they might have to carry containers weighing over 20kg at a time; that’s the standard UK airport luggage allowance.  Think about carrying your holiday baggage on your head all the way to the airport, maybe up to five miles per trip. Maybe up to three times a day.  Every day.

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Carol ask that we just take a few minute to think about how much we all take our water supply for granted.  From getting up in the morning and using the loo, brushing your teeth, having a shower, putting the kettle on, watering the garden, going for a swim; it’s always there at the turn of a tap.   Please think about giving something to help provide just a fraction of the water we use daily.

Every  77p in every pound goes directly to providing clean water, and for every pound we raise, over four pounds is returned in increased productivity.

Carol would like to thank everyone who reads of her motorbike ride for Water Aid and thanks everyone in advance who may consider supporting her

 

Check out Carols Just Giving Page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/search/str/carol%2bgilles%2bgiving%2bpage/keywords_top

 

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KERRIE AND CAROL ARE A PUSHOVER WITH YOLANDA AND CHOUXMAKE’S CAKES

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Special guest Yolanda the founder of Chouxmake’s Cakes visited the Dunoon Community Radio Studio  with of course some sweet treats for the presenters Kerrie and Carol.

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In between sampling the goodies Kerry and Carol asked Yolanda about her business now celebrating four years and situated at the wee distinctive Pink and Chocolate exterior on-the-corner shop at Castle Street and Tom-A-Mhoid Road and how the business has grown and still growing.

As Yolanda designs and makes all her products from scratch and to gauge public opinion on new products Yolanda has regular tasting sessions and for her next session she has come up with a very novel idea based around the traditional  afternoon tea concept.

To give as  many more folk the opportunity to enjoy the Tasting Experience Yolanda has devised a mini event or as she describes it an afternoon to enjoy Traditional Afternoon Tea, Bubbles, Music, Dancing & lots of laughter.

We all know there is a revival of the afternoon tea experience with groups of ladies powdering their faces and stepping out in style.

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Helping Yolanda make this inaugural event successful and memorable are several local retailers and businesses including , to ensure the venue looks exactly as you would expect one of Scotland’s leading Event companies Dunoon based Cromlech Events will be there and as a finishing touch to the tables Angela from Dunoon’s “Rae’s Florist” will supply floral centre pieces,

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Argyll Vintners Dunoon’s independent licensed retailer will make sure that the welcoming glass of bubbles is truly sparkling .

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Providing the music is Scotland’s leading Events Bands “That Swing Sensation “

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What an afternoon this is going to be and Carol who  also owns a Dunoon  business “The Cutting Edge” said the salon is already taking bookings from ladies who are making certain they will look that extra bit special for this inaugural special event

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It’s all happening 13th June at the Hanover Hall …..see the distinctive Pink Posters

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And there is more but …………we will have to wait for Yolanda to come back into the studio to tell more to Kerrie and Carol

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AND DON’T FORGET ,IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS ORGANISING AN EVENT IF YOU TELL US WE WILL TELL THE WORLD LITERALLY  TEXT 07751236995 WITH CONTACT INFORMATION 

DUNOON VET PRACTICE RECEIVE PETPLAN 2015 PRESTIGIOUS VETERINARY AWARD

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Another prestigious National Award for a local Business . Well done Bute and Cowal Vets, more positive news for Dunoon. Another local business securing the future of our town
Well Done Catriona and Team—you guys don’t come any better…

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Following the nationwide search to find the UK’s top veterinary professionals, Petplan a leading animal insurance company last night announced at a prestigious award ceremony at Birminghams Town Hall the winners of the prestigious Petplan Veterinary Awards 2015.and Catriona and Emma from Dunoons Bute and Cowal Vets where there to accept the Best Practice of the Year Award

This year there was a record breaking 15,000 nominations from clients and veterinary staff, highlighting the fantastic work that goes on in practices on a daily basis to help keep UK pets healthy and owners happy

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From six categories with over 15,000 nominations

Practice of the Year –The Winner Dunoon’s Bute & Cowal Vets Argyll

Vet of the Year

Vet Nurse of the Year

Practice Manager of the Year

Practice Support Staff of the Year

Petplan Insurance Advisor (PIA) of the Year

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Catriona of Bute & Cowal Vets arrives back in Dunoon with their award

 

.Watch the videos below to find out more about the 2015 winners and finalists.

- See more at: http://www.petplan.co.uk/vetawards/winners.asp#sthash.ZZi2Z46N.dpuf

CHECK OUT DUNOON OBSERVER FOR ALL THE LATEST FROM THIS WEEKENDS BIKE FYNE

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BIKERS’ BIG DAY OUT IN ARGYLL

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Be ready for an invasion this weekend as Loch Fynne Oyster Bar host one of the first of their 2015 season of events BIKE FYNE an event that will appeal to Motorcyclist everywhere whether  you are a rider or just a spectator this promises to be.

Full details in this week Dunoon Observer and on the loch fine web site www.lochfyne.com

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GRAEME OBREE TALKS TO DCR97.4FM –STAGE THREE “BRUTAL” BUT IT WAS GREAT!

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Brutal it certainly was says The Flying Scotsman Graeme Obree talking to Derek McIntyre for DCR97.4fm I really did need another gear to get up the stage three hill.

Graeme who twice broke the world hour record  and was the individual pursuit world champion taking the Gold medal twice chatted to Derek after the inaugural Ride and Run the latest in a series of events organised by Dunoons PA23 BID.

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He said he really loved the concept the best part being you can take your time and talk to people it’s very sociable.

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You can hear Derek talking to Graeme between 9.00am and 12.00pm Bank holiday morning and we have posted some photos from and around the Dunoon Gardens Bandstand.

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Another competitor singing the praises of Dunoons first ever Ride and Run was local businessman Iain Cairns who won the three stage timed run around roads, Dunoon Stadium and the Bishops Glen

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Just in case you missed the results here are the top 3 in each event

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1st  139   Graham Obree

2nd 142   Charlie Milvarnie

3rd   13    Robert Bryce

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1st   3      Paul Bailey/ Ruth Joss

2ST  139  Graham Munro

 3rd   64    Andrew Logan

 

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1st   19     Iain Cairns

2nd   107  Roger Stewart

3RD   61   Hugh Laverty

You can check out all the results at

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http://www.nofussevents.co.uk/event/Dunoon-Ride-and-Run/3000/

and to see the incredible photographs of  all the competitors by Ken Clark https://www.facebook.com/kenclarkphotography.co.uk

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Like his page and be prepared to be amazed

and check out the DCR97.4FM face book  https://www.facebook.com/dcr97.4fm?fref=ts

HAPPY EASTER DAY TO ALL OUR LISTENERS

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HAPPY EASTER DAY TO ALL OUR LISTENERS

NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE NO MATTER WHAT TIME IT IS YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA—IT MUST BE SPRING

As the posters go up advertising the 2015 Easter Eggstravaganza it is a sure sign that Spring is on its way. Once again Ardentinny Picnic site will be the place to celebrate the coming of spring with this popular family fun day out.

As usual the Forestry Commission Scotland will be hosting this annual event which is over ten years in the making with all the favourite activities like the famous “must take part” Bunny Hunt and the Walking Theatre Company’s  annual treat that all members of the family can take part in.

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FCS Man Stephen Gillen tells us this year besides all the old favourites there are many new attractions as they try each year to better the previous year. The Egg Decorating competition always a favourite returns but this year but instead of having a Easter Bonnet competition there is something different for 2015,

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instead of looking at heads the judges will be looking at Feet and giving away spot prizes for the most outrageous foot wear, from Funky Wellies, Dazzling  Trainers to X Factor Boots, all the family can join in and possibly win a fabulous prize

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Another new attraction for 2015 will be the Boys and Girls from the fabulous Argyll Voyageur Canoes who will be running trips on Loch Long

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The Walking Theatre Company will hold the premier of their latest blockbuster production with Robbin’ Hoodie and an opportunity for every one to become extras and cast members as our hero sets out to rescue the fair Maid Marion from the Evil Sheriff .

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With so much going on Dunoon Community Radio will be in attendance to keep you informed as to how, were and when and playing music request. The  Glenfinart Walled Garden Team the Mudskippers will have the garden open and be only to pleased to inform you of this years plans for the Garden and of course there will be home baking and tea .

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If it is something a little more substantial there is always a Burger from Winston Churchill Venison

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STEWART FENWICK TALKS TO COUNTRY LEGEND -JIM ED BROWN

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12.00PM – -2.00PM Sunday,

On this week’s Celtic Contry, Stewart Fenwick talks with country legend Jim Ed Brown about his induction into the Country Hall of Fame.

Over the past four decades, Jim Ed Brown has firmly established himself in the minds of Country Music Fans as a masterful presence in every aspect of the Country Music Industry.

If there is one word best suited to describe Jim Ed Brown, it is veratile. As a dynamic component in duets and a trio, as a solo recording artist, and as a popular television host, in the course of his professional lifetime, he has filled role after role with shining success. The last career of this balladeer from Arkansas can easily be likened to a well-cut gem, with its facets reflecting light on many different planes, yet collectively achieving the warm, enduring brilliance of an unforgettable star, a TRUE LEGEND…

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GRAHAM OBREE “THE FLYING SCOTSMAN” WINS COWAL CYCLE RACE

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Scottish Cycling Legend  ’The Flying Scotsman’, Graham Obree originaly  invited to present the medals and promote the event then entered the event came out top and was surprised to hear he was to award the first place medal to ……himself .

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As he explained in an earlier DCR 97.4fm interview with compare of the event Derek McIntye he originally thought it was  to promote the cycling event and to give out the medals but on seeing the route and the spectacular scenery he quickly changed his mind and quickly registered to take part. Always keen to promote Cycling and to  prove to Mums and Dads that cycling did not have to be an expensive pastime for youngsters the bike he cycled in to Dunoon on Friday night and competed on was a bicycle build from refurbished discarded  parts from many bikes.

 

‘FLYING SCOTSMAN’ LEGEND GRAEME OBREE STARTS INAUGURAL DUNOON RUN ‘N RIDE CYCLING SECTION

Champion Cyclist Graeme Obree was on the starting line at 8.00am this morning along with fellow competitors competitors who had registered to compete in the very first Dunoon Run ‘n Ride Enduro event,

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Consisting of 3 on road cycling stages and 4 special running stages which start at 11.00AM The organises had managed to arrange a slight drizzle and moderate breeze to keep the competitors comfortable as they set of cycling  through the beautiful countryside coastline and stunning hills around Dunoon.

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The town centre will be the hub for this exciting new event and many visitors are expected to join in the events to be held at the Argyll Gardens later today hosted by are very own Derek McIntye.who has been keeping folk informed to what has been  happening during this morning and is now getting ready to chat to some of the many runners who shall be competing in the running .

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Don’t forget to go along and say hello to Derek who is recording live at the Argyll Gardens to be broadcast  later on a very special programme on Dunoon Community Radio 97.4FM

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MEET SCOTTISH CYCLING LEGEND GRAEME OBREE AT THE INAUGURAL DUNOON RUN ‘N RIDE

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The town centre will be the hub for this exciting new event and many visitors are expected to join in the events to be held at the Argyll Gardens hosted by are very own Derek McIntye.

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 Derek will be keeping folk informed to what is happening during the day and how visitors can enjoy themselves and there certainly be lots to do for all the family , Derek who you may have heard on Dunoon Community Radio over the last couple of weeks with updates has also promised us radio links with folk at different stages of the event reporting the progress of the competitors and possibly talking to some of them –isn’t technology wonderful and if you miss any of the link –ups there will also be a giant electronic stage  board to follow competitors progress

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 Look out for local runners  ROGER STEWART,BILLY MATTHEW and  KENNY CAMPBELL from the Dunoon Hill Runners pictured here after recently competing and completing the Malta Marathon–Looking forward to you Guys visiting the DCR97.4FM Studio with a full account of the Dunoon Run ‘n Ride Enduro

 

THE ANNUAL DUNOON JOBS FAIR-FOURTH YEAR

THE ANNUAL DUNOON JOBS FAIR

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opened by Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell

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Janet K MacKellar from Dunoons H.E.L.P. organisation introduces Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell

Dunoon Grammar School played host to Dunoons Fourth successful Jobs Fair.                                                                                                                                         It was an opportunity for local employers and training providers to promote opportunities for school leavers and folk looking for career moves or employment.

GLASGOW CELEBRATES WITH ST PATRICK’S FAMILY DAY

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We will be joing are colleagues and fellow broadcasters at Celtic Music Radio 95FM as they broadcast  live from the Merchant Square, Candleriggs, Merchant City, Glasgow from 12 noon on Saturday 14 March for all the action and fun of the Glasgow St Patrick’s Family Day.

There will be live music from the stage, guests and Irish craic. Introduced by Paddy Callaghan with Ross Macfadyen, Liz Clark and other guest presenters

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The 2015 Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival presents a day of family celebration with music, song and dance.

The event was attended by over 6,000 people in 2014 and the Merchant Square is the perfect place for all the family to come along and enjoy the day under the safety of the enclosed roof.

With a host of restaurants and bars to cater for all tastes as well as live music, face painting, Irish Ceili Dancing and the announcement of the Glasgow Mary of Dungloe nomination for 2015.

We shall be broadcasting from the Merchant City 12.00pm – 2.00pm and 4.oopm  - 6.00pm

If you can’t manage across the water to enjoy the next best thing is to tune into Dunoon Community Radio

 

 

MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS DAZZLE ON SHOW IN LOCAL SHOPS

As we draw even closer to Sunday 15th March and Mother’s Day Dunoon retailers are Dazzling Dunoon Shoppers with colourful displays with a multitude of gifts and ideas to help you show the Mothers of Dunoon how much they are appreciated and loved.

If you see a Mother’s Day display you think everyone should see why not take a wee photo and send it to us at mail@dunooncommunityradio.org or you can post the picture on your facebook page message us at Dunoon Community Radio face book and we shall copy it

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To start with we saw this table display next door in The Observer Shop with a whole range of Mother’s Day Goodies from personalised items including Mother’s Day Mugs Rose Soaps, Candles and  a fine selection of Mother’s Day Cards

And if you would like a mention or just a shout out for a Mum, doesn’t have to be your own Mum All Mums are included –just text on 0775 123 6995

DCR97.4FM SOUNDWAVES CREW AT DUNOON YOUTH CLUB

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DCR97.4FM Sound Waves presenters Catriona and Sean out and about as DCR97.4FM Ambassadors visiting Dunoon Youth Club to tell members of their experience of being part of Dunoon Community Radio and answering some great intelligent questions from the youngsters .

Big thanks to Freda and the team for inviting DCR.74FM.

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CONGRATULATIONS DUNOON HILL RUNNERS WHO COMPLETE MALTA MARATHON

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Congratulation to ROGER STEWART,BILLY MATTHEW and  KENNY CAMPBELL from the Dunoon Hill Runners for completing the Malta Marathon–Looking forward to you Guys visiting the DCR97.4FM Studio with a full account

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PLEASE NOTE 28th February Dunoon Hill Runners Lorne Bar —-AGM 7.00PM and Prize -Giving  8.00pm

 

BIG BROTHER CMR95FM MOVES ACROSS GLASGOW TO NEW HOME

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CMR95FM HAVE NOW MOVED TO THE WEST WING OF BUCHANAN HOUSE AT GLASGOW CALADONIAN UNIVERSITY

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CMR95FM HAVE NOW FLITED ACROSS GLASGOW TO A NEW HOME AND ARE NOW BROADCAST LIVE -FROM THEIR NEW HOME –CONGRATULATIONS CMR95FM with Ross ,Alex, Bob,  Auntie Liz,Bruce, Sandy, Ken,Alan,Paul and all the hard working CMR95FM volunteers  

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FROM ALL THE LISTENERS AND VOLUNTEERS “DOON THE WATTER” AT DCR97.4FM –WE LOVE YOUR NEW IDENTS 

GOOD LUCK TO THE VODAFONE MALTA MARATHON RUNNERS SUNDAY 22nd FEBRUARY.

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Our best wishes go to three DCR97.4FM listeners who will be competing in the Malta  Marathon  raising funds for the Inspire charity amongst others they are ROGER STEWART,BILLY MATTHEW and  KENNY CAMPBELL –Looking forward to you Guys visiting the DCR97.4FM Studio with a full account

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THE ESSENTIAL DANCE SESSION with DJ DAVIE ESSENTIAL 90s you can hear DJ Davie give Roger, Billy and Kenny  a shout out on his Thursday night programme repeated Friday 1.30pm

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With folk already raving about last nights 90′s Special,another opportunity to hear this brilliant Essential Special  with a mix that has something for everyone. Tracks from JX, Blue Pearl, Capella, The Original Armand Van Helden and Sash. Included in this programme an essential  Indie montage celebrating the “Madchester” scene with tracks from, Soup Dragons, The Inspiral Carpets, Happy Mondays, The Charlitans and more

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CELTIC MUSIC RADIO REACH RECORD AUDIENCE

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 Congratulations to our sustaining service Celtic Music Radio 95FM, the charitable community radio station based in Glasgow which has broken its audience record for this year’s Celtic Connections.

More than 115,976 people tuned in either on 95FM across Glasgow or via its website as the station broadcast live for the 10th year running at Celtic Connections, which ended on Sunday 1 February after 17 days of broadcast.CC2015_Buchanan

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Its 30-strong team of volunteers, with technical support from Glasgow Caledonian University Audio Technology students, broadcast live for 116 hours and this included live sets from 80 musicians and groups from Scotland, other parts of the UK and overseas.

Dunoon Community Radio for the fifth year joined CMR95FM in broadcasting their live broadcast to Dunoon Community Radio listeners on 97.4FM and the internet.

Celtic Music Radio Chairperson, Alex Jenkins said  “We wanted to be at the heart of Celtic Connections and these audience figures, our highest ever, show that we have,” 

“On average we have 72,000 listeners a month in the Glasgow area and in 175 countries worldwide online – so the increase for January has been remarkable and hugely gratifying.

“This was our 10th year of supporting Celtic Connections and we are both pleased and humbled that so many people appreciated our programmes, which we offered eight hours a day during the festival.

“We would like to thank everyone who tuned in, the musicians who played live sessions and the Glasgow Caledonian University students for making them sound great. With our hardy band of volunteers of presenters as well, it has been a tremendous team effort.”

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 Dunoon Community Radio 97.4FM Presenter Frlly with Celtic Music Radio 95FM  Presenter and chairperson, Alex Jenkins at the Buchanan Suite Studio

Celtic Music Radio 95FM is the only Ofcom-licenced radio station with a mission to support and promote Scottish music and culture – and it offers a festival of music, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, has already praised Celtic Music Radio for its ongoing and invaluable support all year round.

 

TRANSATLANTIC SESSIONS BRINGS CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2015 TO A GLORIOUS END

 

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 With attendances reaching well over 100,000 for the eighth year in a row and gross ticket sales of over £1.1million Celtic Connections has now ended for another year.

Over 2000 of the best known artists in traditional and roots music, world, indie, jazz, folk, soul and Americana descended on Glasgow from all corners of the globe for a fantastic 18 days of world-class music.

One of the highlights of Celtic Connections 2015 as reported on the Celtic Connections web site was the outstanding, sold-out opening concert of the live world première of Martyn Bennett’s final masterpiece Grit. The fantastic performance, of an almost entirely studio-created album, was lovingly reconstructed by violinist and composer Greg Lawson for a custom-designed orchestra of folk, jazz and classical players.

It was an opening night to remember with five star reviews and people, who attended or watched the BBC Scotland recording of it a week later, raving about it on social media with fans describing it as “beyond beautiful” and “stunning, joyful, emotional, amazing” and saying they had “cried tears of sheer joy” at the orchestration of the fearless album.

Other festival highlights of Celtic Connections 2015 included: Van Morrison, Fairport Convention, Calexico, Craig Armstrong with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Shooglenifty, Tweedy, Eddi Reader, Treacherous Orchestra, Lambchop, Carlos Núñez, Danú, King Creosote performing ‘From Scotland With Love’, Angélique Kidjo with the RSNO, Punch Brothers, Dick Gaughan, Le Vent Du Nord, Blazin’ Fiddles, Tommy Emmanuel, Hudson Taylor, The Pierces and Taraf de Haidouks, The Mischa Macpherson Trio, Tony Allen, Skerryvore,  Manran and off course The Danny Kyle Open Stage.

The Danny Kyle Open Stage which is supported by the Evening Times and broadcast every night live on Celtic Music Radio 95FM and also on Dunoon Community Radio 97.4FM.

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Celtic Music Radio have announced that they have broken its audience record for this year’s Celtic Connections with over 115,976 listeners  tuned in either on 95FM across Glasgow or via its website  

Its 30-strong team of volunteers, with technical support from Glasgow Caledonian University Audio Technology students, broadcast live for 116 hours and this included live sets from 80 musicians and groups from Scotland and other parts of the UK and overseas.

 

Music fans attended approximately 300 concerts, ceilidhs, free events, late night sessions and workshops, which took place in over 20 venues across Glasgow over 18 days.

Celtic Connections continues to……………