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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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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



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



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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  



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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


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


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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 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


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.




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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.


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…………… 


Sunday 1st February Danny Kyle Open Stage Finalists Concert 5-7pm live from Celtic Connections

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In the  Exhibition Hall – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
5 – 7 pm Sunday 1st February 2015

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 Liz Clark Says “May I take this opportunity to thank all artists who applied and who performed on the Danny Kyle Open Stage.

You are ALL Winners!  It’s just that we only have 6 places.  Thank you once again and catch you along the ways”, Liz.

Shelagh McKay Jones – Greenock Shelagh-mckay-jones-150x150
Folk singer/songwriter sings a mix of traditional and modern folk songs including her own material. Sings locally and took part in the Inverclyde Folk & Roots Festival.  She supported the Gaberlunzie.  Shelagh is currently working on a new CD of songs relating to the history of the people who came to live and work in Greenock in the late 1800 and 1900’s including some songs based on the poems written by Shelagh’s great –great grandfather.


granny greenGranny Green    – Glasgow 
Based in Glasgow, Granny Green has all the ingredients to become one of the most exciting and diverse new ensembles in Scotland. The trio of friends, who met whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, are some of the most versatile young musicians of this generation. With the core instrumentation of the group being trumpet, accordion and tuba, this group has a brand new and quirky sound which naturally brings a contemporary feel to World folk music.
Holly Boddice/ Lizy Stirrat / Rachel Brown



Talisk Music  – GlasgowTalisk
Formed in 2014, Talisk consist of Mohsen Amini on concertina, Hayley Keenan on fiddle and Craig Irving on guitar.  They have extensively toured Europe and played at the likes of the Royal Albert Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Hebridean Celtic Festival and Speyfest. They plan record their debut album in early 2015.

Moshen Amini / Craig Irvine / Hayley Keenan

pons aeliusPons Aelius  – Newcastle
Pons Aelius are a Newcastle-based, contemporary instrumental folk sextet performing music largely taken from and influenced by the traditional repertoires of Britain and Ireland. Combining flute, whistles, mandolin, banjo, double bass, bodhrán, guitar, bouzouki, piano and the great highland bagpipes, this ensemble offers a refreshing, youthful and vibrant attitude towards repertoire, arrangement and performance.  Since forming in mid 2014, the band has performed in many different venues around the NorthEast of England.
Alasdair Paul- guitar/bouzouki; Bevan Morris – Double bass; Callum Younger –Bodhran; Jordan Aikin – pipes/whistle; Sam Partridge – flute; Tom Kimber – mandolin/banjo/piano

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From Orkney. Graham was a student of Douglas Montgomery and Aidan is a self-taught guitarist and Scots singer. First year students on the Scottish Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Both played as part of Orcadian band Broken Strings and recently  been performing with various acts at home in Orkney, including alongside the singer Jo Philby as her band, but recently gigged as a duo. 

Graham Rorie / Aidan Moodie

four windsFourWinds – Ireland   

Deeply rooted in the tradition, FourWinds produce an exciting landscape of tunes and lyrics that present Irish traditional music in a modern and creative context. Their influences include Begley and Cooney, The Bothy Band, Planxty, Brady and Irvine, Moving Hearts, Pink Floyd and even Elvis. This energetic quartet delivers a truly unique musical experience. The band has performed as FourWinds since 2013, individual members having all Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil, individual recordings and a debut EP in the box.
Daoiri Farrell /Tom Delany /Robbie Walsh / Caroline Keane

As well as the 73 Winners and 6 Finalists – Highly Recommended:

Bobby Nicholson

Daddy Naggins

Falkirk Youth Trad Band  

Gary Anderson 

Have Mercy Las Vegas

Holidy on Io 

Indigo Cell 

Iona Grace Fyfe

Jimmy Wolfe 

Katee Kross 

Keith Meiser  

Lauren Collier&  Calum Muir

Michael Edgar

North East Folk Collective 

Papa Shandy & The Drams

Ross Hull and Cameron Grant

Ruby Darbyshire

Sam Gillespie & Backa Wolf

Sophie Rogers  

Stephanie Manns

The Gordon Duncan Experience 

Thank you once again to all who took to the stage.
Any enquires please direct them to me, Liz Clark



Dunoon Communiity Radio Mod Squad presenters Frlly, Mary and Jeniffer joined Victor in Glasgow to soak up the atmosphere of Celtic Connections and preparing a special “Mod Squad Edition” of Celtic Connections to be broadcast next week.

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The Mod Squad Team visited the Celtic Music Radio outside broadcast Studio situated in the Buchanan Suite at Glasgows  Concert Hall for Day 14 of the Broadcast and listened to the live broadcast with presenters Alex Jenkins, Ross Macfadyen and Mary K Burke

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amongst the artist performing in the studio were  the excellent trio Jim King, Steven Clark and Bruce Nicol, the fantastic The Midgierakers with a great selection of tunes and new singer songwriters Becky Wallace. The team also chatted to the “Sound Students” from  GCU  Sophie, Tristan, Dillon and Steven who all looked like seasoned pros despite surviving only on a diet of sausage rolls from a well know bakery!




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In The  Exhibition Hall – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
5 – 7 pm Monday 26th January
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Tim O’Connor and Doc Rossi with guest Paul Daly – USA / France
Tim and DocTim O’Connor has carved his own path and built a strong reputation as a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and charismatic performer. He truly lives his songs, which are widely admired by the public and musicians alike.From Irish roots, he grew up in the musical melting pot of Manchester. “Influenced by a myriad of musical styles, Tim’s insightful, heartfelt, contemporary yet age-old sounding songs” Doc Rossi is one of the most renowned cittern specialists in Europe. Cutting his teeth in Detroit’s vibrant music scene during the 60s and 70s, he has played everything from psychedelic country to TexMex to traditional music from Crete. He has deep roots in Americana, Irish and English traditional music.
The have a guest joining them today Paul Daly,  Daly comes from “Flute playing country” Ballaghadereen in Roscommon to be precise and he is renowned as both a fine traditional player and a great improviser, a quality that he uses to the full on Tim’s songs.

djana GabrielleDjana Gabrielle  – Glasgow/ France  
Djana Gabrielle picked up the guitar at the age of 16 mainly influenced by a unique songwriter in the name of Alanis Morissette. Her love of songwriting led her to write and compose many songs but it was only back in 2009 that she decided to showcase them to a live audience. She settled in Paris, France, playing open mics , collaborating with and opening for up & comingFrench singer songwriters. In 2011, she was invited to play at the MIDEM in Cannes to showcase her work during their “French Vibes” set.  Now based in Glasgow, Scotland, known for its vibrant music scene, she intends to play more gigs and expand her music to a new audience


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Reptile House are a trio of childhood friends from Glasgow’s East End who have been playing new and original music together for over 20 years. Although Reptile House’s music can be varied and impulse led, there is no doubt a common thread exists throughout, mostly through the band’s use of standard acoustic and classical guitars, which in turn lend themselves to the distinctive sound and musical freedom of the band.
Padraig Monaghan / Stephen Black / Eddie McGuinney


Andrew NicolAndrew Nicol – Glasgow
Three and a half years on after coming out of Ayrshire, Scotland with his eclectic and unique take on how to write a good pop song,  Andrew Nicol finds himself in the laborious situation where after half a dozen baby steps into the mainstream, the curtain has beckoned and the lights are finally sauntering over him. Having had the most humble of beginnings from performing on DIY bills in the town centre of Ayr to the fantastic debut LP release of ‘Fragile’ last year with the band, Andrew brings his solo music for us to hear today


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From Ayrshire, but we now live in Glasgow. playing together for around 8 months now, but have been playing in other bands and groups for many years. played at the Marymass Folk Festival, Perth Music Festival and Perthshire Amber Festival Guitarist, Calum is 24 and is training to be a music therapist, while Lauren is 25 and is teaching fiddle and violin and gigging around the central belt. Murray Collier is (you guessed it) Lauren’s brother. When time permits/ we can drag him out of his bed, he joins them on percussion. Lauren & Murray attended a series of world music courses and festivals in Sweden, and subsequently played at Celtic Connections with the World Wide Orchestra.

Lauren Collier / Calum Muir / Murray Collier



You can hear all acts again on Listen Again

Any enquires regarding the Danny Kyle Open Stage please contact me, Liz Clark on  Danny Kyle Open Stage



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And so we are now officially into the second half of Celtic Connections 2015 and the phrase “full swing” pretty much sums up where things are at.


As Folk all over the world celebrate Burns Birthday we here at Dunoon Community Radio 97.4fm and Celtic Music Radio95fm will certainly be playing a tune or more to help celebrate –Happy Burns Day everyone.





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Keith Meisner – Elgin  keith meisner
Singer songwriter, has gigged extensively and had a new CD “ Drink up While You’re Here “ out last year and a much sought after song about Andy Murray ‘Under the Lights’. Gigs locally as well as festivals such as Perthshire Amber and Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival  


NG SKIFFLENorth Glasgow Skiffle Orchestra  – North Glasgow   
Depot Arts in Possilpark thought that to get ’young adults’ interested in making music and the genra of ‘Skiffle’, started with ‘make your  own’ instrument out of every day objects  – aided by musicians/ tutors/ crafters. Once the music started to flow the North Glasgow Skiffle Orchestra was born, It had up to 32 in it! but come here today with ‘only’ 16 of it’s members



KernKern  – Drogheda, County Louth – Ireland
KERN blends the driving uilleann pipes and poignant whistles of Brendan with the dynamic fiddle playing of Barry and the dark, authoritative voice and guitar of SJ. All three men are from County Louth, Ireland, and this is reflected in their repertoire, which includes tunes and songs from all over the county as well as self-written new ones. KERN has been featured on RTE Radio 1’s Ceili House and has already played a host of festivals and concerts in Ireland. The band is currently recording an album with Trevor Hutchinson (Lunasa, The Waterboys) for 2015 release.
SJ McArdle / Brendan McCreanor / Barry Kieran


martha l healyMartha L Healy – Glasgow

Singer Songwriter Martha gigged solo, until she went to Nashville last year to record her CD “Better Days “  encompassing her  Scottish roots with Americana, which she released at the end of last year from the Grand Ole Opry in Glasgow with a full band Nick Low – BBC Scotland said “Martha is a refreshing new talent on the Americana scene. Her observations on real life and a distintvoice are ideally suited to her country-influenced sound

Martha / Kenny Craig/ Jimmy Moon / Derek T Fleming / Rebecca Brown / Sean Thomson / Gerrard Ferns /Leslie

Adam Guest – Shetland  adam guest
Adam Guest is a singer-songwriter from Barnsley, now living in Shetland. Adam has supported Declan O’Rourke, Devon Sproule and Rosalie Deighton, gigging in the isles as well as in Edinburgh, Sheffield and his home town. His songs have also featured on BBC Radio Sheffield’s Saturday night Introducing show, with Hold You making the show’s top 30 songs of 2013. Having moved north last year and establishing himself in the local music scene, he recorded his debut EP Open The Book this summer with LAU sound engineer Tim!




You can hear all acts again on Listen Again 

Any enquires regarding the Danny Kyle Open Stage please contact me, Liz Clark on  Danny Kyle Open Stage




Live broadcast from the centre of Celtic Connections at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Buchanan Street in the city centre.

Dunoon Community Radio Presenters Malcolm Scott and Victor Thomas  joined the broadcasting team of the Celtic Music Radio team to bring listeners up to date with the latest news from the heart of Celtic Connections live from the outside broadcasting studio in the Buchanan Suite.

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Joining Malcolm and Victor in the Buchanan Suite where two guest both well known to Celtic Music Radio listeners and Dunoon Community Radio listeners, firstly Bill Adair the phenomenally powerful Scottish singer songwriter widely recognised as a renowned interpreter of the poems and songs of Robert Burns who besides being known for his singing is also known to Celtic Music Radio and Dunoon Community Radio listeners as a Radio Presenter.

Bill brought us up to date to what’s happening in his world as he now gets ready for his annual World Tour of Scotland and “Yorkshire” celebrating the music of Robert Burns.



Bill also delighted the listeners and the audience in the studio by playing a few of his favourite songs including his own Lindisfarne who for anyone who has been there on hearing this song will be reminded of the mystical beauty and tranquillity of the island. Bill also treated listeners to the very first radio broadcast of a  beautiful song he has specially written in celebration of Robert Burns which reminds us that even today there are still things to be seen which are still the same as when  Robert Burns first saw them.

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Bill Adair and Jerry Rilley

The second guest to chat to Malcolm and Victor was listeners favourite the shy and bashfull Jerry Reilly who’s music is played by both Celtic Music Radio and Dunoon Community Radio.

As you all know Jerry Reilly is a living promotion of his beloved Airdrie Songwriters Club who’s members  including Paul McCluskey, John Boyle, James Beekman and of course Gerry appeared recently on “”Thank Folk its Friday with Ross Macfadyen,  in the CMR95FM studio 1 performing a  live session.

Jerry informed the listeners that the Airdrie Songwriters Club was getting ready to go into the Studio to record their second album later in the year.

Of course Jerry like Bill performed several songs including two new first radio broadcast plays.



Each day throughout Celtic Connections there will be live broadcast when presenters will be interviewing Celtic Connections performers, guest singers and musicians plus live sessions and chat plus of course all the latest news ,gossip ticket updates and general Celtic Connections information.  Technical support is provided by students from the Audio Technology at Glasgow Caledonian University who will be running the outside broadcast equipment for Celtic Music Radio broadcasting live from Celtic Connections 2015.


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After an incredible start over the weekend with two incredible Danny Kyle Concerts we start the week with another fantastic line up of entertainment, how Liz Clark finds such talent deserves a “Danny” in it’s self.

Starting at 5.00pm tonight at The Exhibition Hall – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this is certainly a must have “Hot Ticket” and the amazing thing, it is a Free Entry. Attendances have so far nearly filled the Hall so arrive that little bit earlier and soak up the atmosphere of Celtic Connections
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Martin Jones – Greenock
Originally ‘found’ as a youngster by Danny himself, Martin Is a singer songwriter from ‘Sugertown’ who has travelled the length and breadth of the country performing at festivals and clubs. Writing songs that are passing into the tradition
Stems – Edinburgh

STEMS is the brand new project of Kirsten Adamson, Anne Aulmann and Diana de Cabarrus. Separately they’ve been tearing up the country with their respective originals bands, ploughing all kinds of psych, country, post rock, indie, new wave and folky furrows. Now they’re joining forces to write and perform luscious three part harmony vocal material backed up by killer arrangements with stompin’ instrumentation that includes cello, guitar, bodhran, synth, mandolin, auto-harp. Get on board!

Daddy Naggins – Glasgow
A High-energy bluegrass band with a Glaswegian twist! Formed in 2010 have established themselves as one of the most hard-working and in-demand local groups. Have just recorded the debut cd ‘A Certain Paradise’

Hannah Jackson – Glasgow
Singer Songwriter home based, gigs in and around Glasgow extensively as well as in London and Vietnam Jazz bar! Has an EP and a single just out!
Kim Richards- Glasgow

Originally from Ullapool and grew up in the Feisean movement and attended Plockton as well as graduating from Glasgow School of Art but is never very far from her music.

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For more information from Celtic Connections visit their Website           





Live from the Buchanan Suite at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall


The first live broadcast from the centre of Celtic Connections at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street in the city centre.

Celtic Music Radio presenters who next week will be joined by Dunoon Community Radio presenters will be chatting to and interviewing Celtic Connections performers, singers, musicians plus live sessions throughout the course of each day.

To start the first day of live broadcast we have CMR95FM veteran presenters


Live from the Buchanan Suite at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Ross Macfadyen

11.00am – 1.00PM  – ROSS MACFADYEN

 BoB McWilliam

1.00PM  – 3.00PM –   BOB  MCWILLIAM

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3.00PM pm – 5.00PM  – GORDON HOTCHKISS


5.00PM – 7.00PM The Danny Kyle Open Stage live from the Exhibition Hall, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall


A big welcome back to Auntie Liz Clark,



Ken Macdonald


Bill Morrison 

and the fabulous Danny Kyle Open Stage and as with tradition, the first night of The Danny Kyle Open Stage features the Finalists from last year 2014

Performing tonight will be The Chaplins,

Austen George,

Mischa Macpherson,


Arthur Nicolson

and Griogair Morrison.

They open this year’s competition before enjoying support slots during this year’s Celtic Connections.

All The Danny Kyle Open Stage will be broadcast live on Celtic Music Radio 95FM across Glasgow and on Dunoon Community Radio 97.4FM

The Danny Kyle Open Stage (DKOS) is produced and presented by Liz Clark.


We must also mention our good friends from GCA for the technical support as once again Audio Technology students from  Glasgow Caledonian University will be running the outside broadcast equipment for Celtic Music Radio broadcasting live from Celtic Connections 2015.



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Celtic Music Radio is all set to broadcast live for the 10th year in a row at Celtic Connections, which gets under way today, 15th  January.

The Glasgow-based community radio station, which broadcasts to Glasgow on 95FM, will be on air live from the city’s Royal Concert Hall every day of the Celtic Connections Festival with the first show going out on Friday morning, 16 January, from 11.00am.

Celtic Music Radio, which has covered Celtic Connections since 2006, prides itself as a station with a mission to support new musical talent and to be a strong voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture.

It has charitable status and is run by 30 music-loving volunteers. Currently it has 72,000 listeners a month in the Glasgow area and in 175 countries worldwide online.

“We’re pleased and proud that Celtic Music Radio will once again be at the heart of Celtic Connections with our own festival of music,” said Ross Macfadyen, award-winning broadcaster and a director of the station

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“We’ll be broadcasting live for a total of 116 hours from the Buchanan Suite in the Concert Hall.

“During this time, we’ll have artists performing live and a rota of presenters raring to make sure our listeners far and wide are fully entertained for the duration of Celtic Connections.

“The Celtic Connections team are a pleasure to work with and they always make us feel a real part of all that’s going on.

“We’re looking forward to two great weeks of music at the biggest winter music festival of its kind.”

Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, said: “It is a real pleasure to have worked with Celtic Music Radio over the years and it is a partnership that we hope to continue for many years to come.

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“It is fantastic that as the festival has grown so has the radio station and they now entertain 72,000 listeners a month.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their ongoing and invaluable support not only during the Festival but all year round.”




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As Celtic Connections gets ready for The Opening Concert tonight Festival favourites Québécois quartet Le Vent du Nord entertained passers by on the steps of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this morning to mark the opening day. With instrumentation including fiddle, accordion, hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, guitar, bass, foot percussion and jaw harp, the captivating foursome amused revellers with their boundless joie de vivre!

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The Opening Concert for 2015 is a much anticipated live world premiere of Martyn Bennett’s final masterpiece Grit, originally released in 2003, and widely recognised as a towering landmark in contemporary Scottish music – the 2015 festival coincides with 10th anniversary of Bennett’s passing.


Tonight’s performance will be of an almost entirely studio-created album that has been lovingly reconstructed by violinist and composer Greg Lawson for a custom designed orchestra of folk, jazz and classical musicians.

An array of fantastic surprise guest singers will be accompanied by well known folk musicians including James MackintoshRoss AinslieAli HuttonCatriona McKayDavid McGuinnessCalum MacCrimmon and Fraser Fifield.

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 The next 18 days will be a smorgasbord of musical performances from African diva Angélique Kidjo raising the roof of the concert hall with the backing of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to Hollywood’s most sought after composer Craig Armstrong playing well-loved hits from scores he’s composed for The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge, to the extraordinary Congolese band Konono No.1 who will be making music from salvaged car parts and other junkyard finds.

Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, said: “Here we go again – Celtic Connections is underway for its 22nd year! As ever we can’t wait to showcase the very best of Scotland’s traditional music alongside a huge array of eclectic international acts such as Brazil’s Criolo, Mali’s Songhoy Blues and India’s Ganesh Kumaresh. This year we are also recognising some of the great traditional music revolutionaries such as Martyn Bennett in our Opening Concert and Ewan MacColl in a celebratory night when we will mark his centenary.

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Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections

“We will not, however, only be showcasing world class music from across the globe, one off collaborations and celebrating the godfathers of the scene – there will also be a number of concerts that celebrate the amazing stories behind the making of hand-made instruments. It is easy to forget about the love and care that goes into creating these personal and exceptional instruments and there is a connection to be drawn between the uniqueness of the musical collaborations we endeavour to showcase at the festival and the creative qualities of these individual instruments.”


Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “By the look of this year’s programme, Celtic Connections looks set to once again firmly place Glasgow on the world music map. Year on year the festival attracts visitors to our city to enjoy world-class music and offers them a sanctuary from those January blues.


“As a cornerstone in Scotland’s cultural calendar Celtic Connections continues to contribute to a hugely positive cultural and economic impact for the city and country as a whole and further enhances Glasgow’s reputation as a major tourist destination.”


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FIVE ESSENTIAL YEARS OLD– THE ESSENTIAL DANCE SESSION  with DJ DAVIE It’s the ultimate special tonight DJ Davie invites you to join him to help celebrate 5 Years of THE ESSENTIAL DANCE SESSION.

This weeks special show will track back to some of the highlights of 5 years of live broadcasting and trace the evolution of DCR’s longest running speciality music programme. Tune in as always tonight at  7.30pm.

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DJ Davie’s  first THE ESSENTIAL DANCE SESSION was broadcast on Thursday the 14th of January 2010. Still going strong with  DJ Davie  certainly raising the Bar on many occasions especially with his Buffet and Special’s nights,  a long way from the  retrospective DJ Davie was thinking of ,We now go way back to the days when Essential Dance  was still in it’s  infancy  when a young Davie was to be found around the Clubs of Paisley , Glasgow and around Scotland through to the very latest essential dance  sounds.

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From the very beginning right through to today it’s all Essential Dance



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With less than a week to go until the festival gets underway there are a number of shows that are not to be missed with tickets selling fast.

The Campbell Brothers will perform John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the seminal album release, Coltrane’s most spiritual composition. The Campbell Brothers’ sacred steel gospel version of ‘A Love Supreme’ was commissioned by Lincoln Centre Out of Doors and Duke Performances at Duke University and premiered at the Lincoln Centre in New York in August last year where it was met by shouts of joy and a wild standing ovation.

The Campbell Brothers will be supporting The McCrary Sisters in the Old Fruitmarket on Wednesday 28th January.

Jeff Tweedy, founder of top alt-country/rock acts Wilco and Uncle Tupelo, and Billy Bragg’s collaborator on the Mermaid Avenue series of Woody Guthrie material, will be performing in the second week of the festival under the single name Tweedy alongside his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer.

Tweedy will be performing in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 29th January.

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The great Beninois diva Angélique Kidjo will perform with the backing of a full symphony orchestra in the form of Glasgow’s very own Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Angélique Kidjohas enjoyed a trailblazing career dating back to the 1980s, during which she cross-fertilised her native traditions with a scintillating array of international styles and genres, bring her a Grammy award among a myriad of other accolades.                                 Originally performed with the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxembourgh, this current project features favourite songs spanning back to her breakthrough hit ‘Malaika’, setting Kidjo’s spectacular voice amid skilfully crafted arrangements by composer and conductor Gast Waltzing

Angélique Angélique Kidjois performing in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 17th January.


Inspired by the recent book Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia written by Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr, this Atlantic spanning concert will feature students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Boston’s Berklee Colllege, in a collaborative exploration of their musical history and evolving traditions

Around 40 RCS students, led by Phil Cunningham and Jenn Butterworth, will be joined by Berklee-founded band Twisted Pine now making their name on Boston’s vibrant bluegrass scene,                                                                                                                             Together with special guests including fiddlers Hanneke Cassel and Jenna Moynihan, and Canadian siblings Qristina and Quinn Bachand

RCS Presents Wayfaring Strangers is in City Halls on Sunday 18th January.



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Scottish folk-rock troubadour Withered Hand has been awarded the Sunday Herald’s No 1 Scottish Album of 2014 with his album ‘Not-So-Young Father. Withered Hand is supporting brazilian MC, singer and songwriter Criolo, a key figure in São Paulo’s hip-hop underground scene. *They will be performing in the O2 ABC on Wednesday 21st January.

 Julie Fowlis was awarded the Folk Band of the Year at this year’s MG Alba Scottish Traditional Music Awards along with her band – Eamon DoorleyDuncan Chisholm and Tony Byrne.

The Julie Fowlis Band will be performing in An Evening with Mairi Smith in the beautiful Mackintosh Church on Friday 16th January. Lewis-born Smith will be exploring and celebrating the close Gaelic kinship between Scotland and Ireland, in company with sisters Tríona and Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, whose illustriuous CV takes in work with Skara Brae, The Bothy Band, Relativity and Coolfin. Also featured is former Dàimh vocalist Calum Alex MacMillan.

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As we get nearer Celtic Connections 2015 the festival is delighted to announce that the Blue Nile’s Paul Buchanan will be joining the line up for Blood & Roses: The Songs of Ewan MacColl in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 25th January.

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 The evening’s entertainment is a tribute to one of the most pivotal figures in Britain’s folk revival, Ewan MacColl, whose vast legacy of musical classics will be celebrated to mark his centenary year. Ewan MacColl was one of the architects of the first folksong revival. Whether as an interpreter of ancient ballads or as a writer of new songs, he influenced almost everyone involved in folk music in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. He brought the same skill and understanding to songs of Britain’s industrial cities, ballads of Scots history and lyrics from the English countryside. Many of his own compositions have passed into the common currency of folk music, including “Dirty Old Town” which has been covered by everyone from Rod Stewart to The Pogues.

ewan maccoll Joining Paul on the bill is Norma Waterson of The Watersons and Waterson:Carthy fame alongside her husband Martin Carthy and daughterEliza Carthy. The festival also announced in December that Pulp’s former frontman Jarvis Cocker will be joining this star-studded line-up.

Four of MacColl’s grandsons, who are musicians themselves, have also joined the line up – Jamie MacColl (Bombay Bicycle Club), Harry Mead(Klangkarussell), Alex MacColl and Tom MacColl.

The concert has been curated by Ewan MacColl’s sons Calum and Neill – both successful musicians themselves – and features a handpicked house band from a diverse range of genres including Kate St. JohnDick Gaughan and Karine Polwart who will perform both well-loved and lesser known songs from MacColl’s repertoire.