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CELTIC CONNECTIONS STARTS TO PRESS ACCLAIM

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Celtic Connections 2017 has begun! What an incredible start to the festival last night with  Laura Marling & BBC SSO headlining the opening night at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The Scotsman reported “This year’s Celtic Connections Opening Concert turned out to be as generously populated an evening as previous massed celebrations, with a first half of special guests which felt like a concert in itself.”

The audience were certainly spoilt for choice, with an array of talented special guests that took to the stage in the first half. Karine Polwart opened the show with a specially composed piece to mark the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.

Following Karine were previews from international guests – Saharan singer Aziza Brahim and bluegrass pop from Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys.

Rachel Sermanni and Adam Holmes were next  a compatible duo who both have solo slots throughout the festival. Cara Dillon charmed her audience with a rendition of She Moved Through The Fair Cara was followed by Declan O’Rourke who added some orchestral arrangements to his set, nicely leading to the main event

The world premiere saw a room spellbound by Laura Marling’s quiet authority and incredible vocals,  Laura  gave a very special performance as she opened this year’s Celtic Connections festival.

Laura was accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere.

The performance was conducted by Grammy Award winning Jules Buckley, with stunning new arrangements of Laura’s repertoire by Kate St. John.

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Having the opening night raise the bar Friday night’s performers kept it at dizzy highs with first class performances all over the city, including the sell-out show at The Barrowland starring  Manran with Blazin’ Fiddles supported by Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

CELTIC CONNECTIONS –IT’S AN EDUCATION

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Over the years there have been initiatives and incentives to introduce Scottish youngsters to their Celtic Heritage even here in Dunoon there have been many events to give “awareness” in all aspects of the Celtic Heritage and before it closed for refurbishment the Dunoon Burgh Hall had been involved through many events and workshops to promote Celtic Heritage through music, dance, drama workshops and performance with youth participation.

One of Scotland’s best kept secrets in educating and promoting Celtic Culture is the Celtic Connections Educational Programme which will for Celtic Connections 2017 bring over 11, 000 children from across Scotland to take part in Celtic Connections 2017 Education Programme with Free morning concerts for schools by leading Scottish and international musicians, and workshops in schools led by Celtic artists, giving  pupils invaluable opportunities to learn about, take part in and enjoy traditional music a very important part of Scottish culture.

Since it began in 1998 the annual Celtic Connections Education Programme has reached more than 200,000 children across the country.

During this time school parties have travelled to Glasgow from throughout Scotland to attend schools concerts, including Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway and Fife and for many of the children this is their first experience of live music in a professional venue.

CELTIC CONNECTIONS-THE NEXT BEST THING TO BEING THERE

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CELTIC CONNECTIONS 11AM FRIDAY 20TH JANUARY -We will be travelling by Car, Ferry ,Bus and on foot to be there on time –ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SWITCH ON THE RADIO –From 11.00 am to 7.00 pm, Celtic Music Radio will provide live music, interviews and up-to-date Celtic Connections’ news combined with reviews and ticket availability.-THE NEXT BEST THING TO BEING THERE!

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This sparkling action will take place in the Buchanan Suite at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall from Mondays to Fridays and from the CMR95FM studios at Admiral Street, Kinning Park on Saturdays and Sundays.
All in all, that’s 17 days, 136 hours and over 70 live acts all on Celtic Music Radio 95FM DAB across Glasgow and Dunoon Community Radio 97.4fm and of course on www.celticmusicradio.net and www.dunooncommunityradio.org around the world.

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GLASGOW’S PARK BAR 50 YEARS OF CEILIDH MUSIC CD

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Glasgow’s Park Bar a well known popular venue for many of our DCR97.4FM listeners have released a nineteen track CD to celebrate their 50 Years of Ceilidh Music, some of you listeners may have heard us playing tracks from the CD.

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Robert Robertson who incidentally will be headlining with TIDELINES at 2017 Cowal Gathering has posted these comments about the Park Bars new CD which features a song with lyrics written by DCR Presenter Ian Wilson to a much loved Blair Douglas tune performed by Erisky Lilt

Robert says: The brand new Park Bar album (proceeds of which go to the RNLI) is now for sale on eBay and, having listened to it non stop for the last couple of days, I can recommend it most highly!

In the mid 1960s, Donald MacRae sang a song or two in an impromptu ceilidh in the Park Bar which inspired Terry Ferguson, the manager at the time, to apply for a music licence. Little did they know that Donald would be standing on the stage half a century later singing at the 50th anniversary of what has become (thanks in no small part to his own immeasurable contribution) such a legendary highland “home from home”. And what a night it was on Sunday!

Personally, I can’t imagine my last five or six years in Glasgow without The Park Bar, and this CD contains lots of memories that I will treasure for years to come…

Which is ironic considering “memory” is the last word one would normally associate with a night in the Teuchtar Triangle!

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GETTING READY FOR CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2017

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WE ARE WHEN WE WILL BE JOINING OUR SUSTAINING SERVICE COLLEAGUES AT CELTIC MUSIC RADIO 95FM  FOR THE DAILY LIVE BROADCAST AND THE DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE  EVENING EVENT.

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LOOK OUT FOR CHANGES TO OUR REGULAR PROGRAMMES BETWEEN 9th JANUARY -5th FEBRUARY 

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NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE NO MATTER WHAT TIME IT IS YOU ARE MOST WELCOME TO DUNOON COMMUNITY RADIO

MAY WE WISH ALL OUR LISTENERS BOTH LOCALLY ON FM AND                                                                      FURTHER AFIELD ON THE INTERNET

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A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR —-                                                                                                                                                               WITH BEST WISHES AND MUCH LOVE FROM THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER “HAMISH” AND ALL THE VOLUNTEERS

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FROM CHRISTMAS 2015 —A VERY SPECIAL PROGRAMME FROM “THE SHORES” VOICES OF CHRISTMAS 10.00PM SUNDAY 1st JANUARY

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE BROADCAST FROM 2015 CHRISTMAS EVE WHEN LOCAL PEOPLE RETOLD A UNIVERSAL STORY —A VERY SPECIAL PROGRAMME FROM “THE SHORES” 

Dunoon Community radio where  very proud to premier the first public broadcast of this locally produced radio play produced and acted out by local folk .

As a special treat for the first day of the new year we are broadcasting  the play again for those who may missed it and for those who have requested to hear it again   

VOICES OF CHRISTMAS

 A modern interpretation of the most famous and the original Christmas Story the birth of the Baby Child Jesus ………..

Mary and Joseph travelled  from Nazareth to Bethlehem and were turned away from the village inn by the innkeeper.‘   they took refuge in a stable,    

where baby Jesus was born and laid in a manger…………….

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Photograph Ian Giles

Costumes by Sheila Whittaker 

THE VOICES OF CHRISTMAS

Writer: John Rawnsley

Publisher: John Paul The Preachers Press 

Producer: Evlyn Mill 

Sound Recorder: Tony Wood, Windmill Wood Studio 

Voices: Prologue & Epilogue – David Mill 

Isaiah – the late Robert Balfour

Angel – Nicole Cooper

Crowd – Evlyn Mill, Derek Cornish, Jenny Cornish

Shepherd – Andy Mullen

Herod – David Mill 

Wise Man – Robert Keen

Donkey – Jo Wilkinson

Joseph – John Suttie

Mary – Caroline Smith

Baby – Madeleine Hacking    

You can hear VOICES OF CHRISTMAS 10.00PM SUNDAY 1st JANUARY

GETTING READY FOR NEW YEAR

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HAPPY HOLIDAY FROM ALL AT DCR

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THE MAGICAL STORY OF WALT DISNEY

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Every one loves Walt Disney and no more than our own Dave De Kort. Dave loves Walt Disney so much that he has made a special Disney radio programme which celebrates over 90 years of stories, music and song.

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Dave invites every one who is young at heart to join him for these special Christmas time broadcast.

You can hear part One and Two Christmas Day at 2.00pm and 3.00pm and Parts 3 and 4 on Boxing Day at the same times.                                                                                                                                              Join Dave De Kort as he takes you on a truly magical journey as he tells you the story of Walt Disney

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CHRISTMAS CAROL’S AT THE PIER

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When Jenni from Dunoon’s Swallow Café felt the need for some rousing Carol Singing she spoke to like minded folk and a plan came about to hire a room in Dunoon’s Iconic recently refurbished Pier and to have the very first Community Carol Singing on the Pier for a very long time.

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Looking to help a local charity it was decided to support the Cowal Elderly Befrienders who are at this time raising public awareness of their aims by having released a new song on CD called Raining In Dunoon.

Several of Jenni’s friends and co-workers at the Swallow Cafe where recruited including singing waitress Wendy along with Margaret, Sue and Kathryn  to help with the evenings proceeding not only singing and reciting the Christmas Story but  making sure there were plenty of Christmas refreshments including Sausage Rolls, Mince Pies and several kinds  of delicious  Christmas Fruit Cake.

New resident to Cowal Isobel McNeil joined well known local musicians Julie Forrester and Gordon Blair to provide a wonderful musical backing and also delighted everyone present with two solo’s “What Child Is This ” and a “White Christmas”

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Jenni persuaded  TV and Radio Presenter Derek McIntyre to take time out from his busy Christmas Broadcasting Schedule to join Simon and Victor from DCR97.4FM to make sure every one knew everyone and a good time was had by all.

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Listen out for extracts from the concert over the holidays

 

ELIZABETH ROY WINS GIANT TEDDY

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Dunoon Community Radio Main Sponsor the local Observer Stationary and Craft Shop, (At the traffic lights) have been entering all customers who spent £10 into a special Christmas Prize Draw for the very Cuddly Big Teddy Bear.

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The very Big Teddy Bear has been sitting behind the counter in the Observer Shop (at the Traffic Lights) awaiting  the Big Draw for Giant Teddy which took  place tonight “Live On Air” here on Dunoon Community Radio 97.4fm at 5.00pm when specially invited guest to the Studio Alex Pollock made the Draw.

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The winning ticket as drawn from the “Golden Box” by Alex was ticket belonged to Elizabeth Roy from Sandbank and wil be delivered to his new home Tuesday.

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Congratulations Elizabeth .

DCR97.4FM TO JOIN CELTIC MUSIC RADIO 95FM CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2017 BROADCAST

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ONCE AGAIN FOR THE SEVENTH YEAR DCR97.4FM SHALL BE JOINING Celtic Music Radio 95FM in their unrivalled Festival of Music during Celtic Connections 2017.

The programmes will include live, up-close-and-personal sessions from international acts as well the best musicians Glasgow and other parts of the country have to offer.

They will be featuring new and upcoming bands plus headline artists appearing at Celtic Connections.

From 11 am to 5 pm, DCR97.FM guest presenters will be joining Celtic Music Radio to provide live music, interviews and up-to-date Celtic Connections’ news combined with reviews and ticket availability

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

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All in all, that’s 17 days, 136 hours and over 70 live acts all on 95FM and DAB across Glasgow and www.celticmusicradio.net around the world. Our live studio sessions on Saturdays and Sundays are free to attend but donations are always welcome.

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In addition, from 5pm to 7pm we will broadcast live the Danny Kyle Open Stage from the Exhibition Hall at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

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Celtic Music Radio 95FM is a charitable community radio station serving Scotland’s musicians. It has a team of 30 music-loving volunteers dedicated to promoting a wide range of music in a wide choice of genres from across Scotland, Ireland and beyond.

To be considered for one of our live sessions, please email a biography and link to your music to connections@celticmusicradio.net Please also indicate your availability and we’ll do our best to fit you in.

LAST WEEK FOR COLLECTIVE

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Only 6 days left  to visit the Dunoon Burgh Hall Pop Up Shop and the truly unique Collective  to source that special locally  handmade gift for that Very Special Christmas Present ! Open Sunday 12-4pm then Tuesday till Saturday (Christmas Eve) This is your last chance to visit the Collective for the foreseeable future as they are closing down Christmas eve and will not be back  until they pop up someplace in 2017.

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And — while you are there have a look at the amazing range of art work that the fabulous supporters of the Dunoon Burgh Hall have donated for the annual fundraising exhibition. All anonymous and all £15. And still some without Red Spots

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“PEOPLE’S CHAMPION” ALEX POLLOCK TO DRAW GIANT TEDDY

As we get close to the draw for the Big Teddy Bear to take place “Live On Air” on Dunoon Community Radio 97.4fm on Monday 19th December at 5.00pm we are very pleased to announce that our very good friend Peoples Champion 2016 Alex Pollock will be doing us the honour in drawing the winning ticket.

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Dunoon Community Radio Main Sponsor the local Observer Stationary and Craft Shop, (At the traffic lights) are entering all customers who spend £10 into a special Christmas Prize Draw for the very Cuddly Big Teddy Bear.

The Draw for the giant Teddy will take place “Live On Air” on Dunoon Community Radio 97.4fm on Monday 19th December at 5.00pm when specially invited guest to the Studio Alex Pollock will make the Draw.

The very Big Teddy Bear is sitting behind the counter in the Observer Shop (at the Traffic Lights) and for your chance to enter the draw pop in and say hello and make a purchase  and Win The Very Big Teddy Bear

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COWAL ELDERLY BEFRIENDERS RAINING IN DUNOON CD NOW AVAILABLE

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That’s the good news, the not so good news is that there are only 500 copies in this limited edition. To raise funds for the Cowal Elderly Befrienders they are being sold at £5 each with  three tracks on each special edition CD the single mix, an acoustic mix and a karaoke mix…

There is sure to be a great demand for this unique CD especially as we get near to Christmas. DCR 97.4FM will be selling copies through the Hillfoot Street MOD SHOP and we will let you know other outlets very soon

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TOP PRIZE TEDDY BEAR-AT THE OBSERVER SHOP –AT THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS

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Dunoon Community Radio Sponsor the local Observer Stationary and Craft Shop, (At the traffic lights) are entering all customers who spend £10 into a special Christmas Prize Draw for the very Cuddly Big Teddy Bear.

The Draw for the giant Teddy will take place “Live On Air” on Dunoon Community Radio 97.4fm on Monday 19th December at 5.00pm when a specially invited guest to the Studio will make the Draw.

The very Big Teddy Bear is sitting behind the counter in the Observer Shop (at the Traffic Lights) and for your chance to enter the draw pop in and say hello and make a purchase  and you could Win The Very Big Teddy Bear

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THE BEST EVER CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER £15

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You have heard it mentioned here on Dunoon Community Radio you may have even read about it in the local press now If you are starting to panic because you still haven’t found that special Christmas present for that special person then Dunoon’s Burgh Hall Pop Up Shop Post Card Art Exhibition may have the solution.

Over 200  donated anonymous unique artworks are now being offered for sale at the affordable price of £15, not only making the ideal Christmas present but elevating your status as “one who supports local art and The Burgh Hall”

Local Artist ColmDocherty and Zac Fraser-McNeill have been busy hanging the donated artworks —

Good Job Guys another -very artistic.

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INTRODUCING ANDREW MLITT DCR’S FLY ON THE WALL

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Sorry for the delay in posting this introduction to Andrew a Graduate from Strathclyde University with a Masters with Merit in Digital Journalism. Andrew is developing his journalistic skills and will be a “Fly on the wall” at DCR whilst he researches Community Radio for a possible future project. Andrew came into the studio last week during Victor’s LLLVLB evening drive programme.

Originally just to observe it was not long before Andrew was explaining to the listeners what he was doing and a little about his education and future plans. During the programme he told of his musical taste and identified his favourite musician as sixties Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix who has also influenced his style of Guitar playing, when asked by Victor who was the major contributor to his musical repertoire who he felt he played most like he admitted the majority of his repertoire was Jimi Hendrix he also admitted that his parents musical taste played a great part in this. Andrew impressed several listeners with his likeable presenting style especially when he admitted this was the first time he had spoken live on Radio.

Andrew is looking forward to talking to the listeners in the near future as he continues his research into Community Radio.

 

JINGLE BUS DAZZLES IN BRIGHT SUNSHINE (DAZZLING BEING A DUNOON TRADITION)

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No pretending there wasn’t a chill in the air this morning to greet folk arriving at Dunoon Stadium for the final day of the Jingle Bus but what was surprising was the wonderful bright sunshine organised by, or so says, the man in charge at the Stadium Kenny “just to brighten your day up he said”

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And what a difference the Sunshine makes as folk got ready to board the Jingle Bus singing along to and celebrating the release of the Cowal Elderly Befrienders CD “Raining In Dunoon”? Once again on this final day the event was supported by a wee market, a kiddies wee fun fair and an endless supply of hot drinks and Christmas themed goodies to eat.

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Dunoon Community Radio Presenter Frlly was interviewing every one for her Radio programmes whilst DJ Stereo Simon and Victor played tunes and Executive Producer Hamish Bear was having his photo taken with lots of folk and even went missing for a while–does anyone know where Executive Producer Hamish Bear’s  Missing Hour was spent

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Check out our Dunoon Community Radio face book for more photos soon and please Like our Page –See you all next year.