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Articles from January 2017



CELTIC CONNECTIONS STARTS TO PRESS ACCLAIM

Laura Marling & BBC SSO

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 DCR97.4 Presenter Ian Wison playing tracks from the CD on his West Coast Ceilidh Programme on a Monday night including a tune he wrote the lyrics for performed by his good friends Eriskay Lilt

 

Robert Robinson 2017

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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DCR97.4 Presenter Ian Wison playing tracks from the CD on his West Coast Ceilidh Programme on a Monday night including a tune he wrote the lyrics for performed by his good friends Eriskay Lilt

 

 

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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