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The Dunoon National Mod 2018 are now selling tickets for the Gunna Sound Ceilidh fundraiser taking place on Saturday 29th April taking place at the Strachur Memorial Hall. Tickets are available from THE MOD SHOP in Hillfoot Street open Mon to Sat 10.00am – 4.00pm
or McCLURES BAR.
Buses will leave from the Dunoon Hall at 8.00pm priced at £12 which includes bus fair and a light buffet . Those not requiring bus transport may purchase tickets at £8 which also includes the light buffet.
Gunna Sound are Campbell Brown and Johnny Scoular who are one of the very best ceilidh acts in Scotland. Set to fill and thrill the dancefloor of the Strachur Memorial Hall. with a combination of Country and Western, Gaelic songs and Scottish Dances, plus Scottish and Irish classics
Cowal Hospice Trust have announced that for a second year there will be a May time Funday funraising event in the Donoon Stadium.
The event this year will take place on the 20th May starting just as the widely advertised Dunoon Triathlon draws to an end.
The Dunoon Presents Triathlon is a pool-based triathlon involving a 400m swim at Hunters Quay Holiday Village , 22km Road bike ride on the coastal road towards Innellan. completing with a pleasant out and back 6km run.
It is hoped that competitors of the Dunoon Triathlon will join in as Funday teams from all over Cowal take part in sponsored walks many in Fancy Dress and many celebrating themes .
The 97.4FM Dunoon Community Radio Roadshow will be giving a running commentary and introducing local talent including entertainers from Dunoon Grammar School, local bands and much , much more………… all to be announced
Registration for teams is so easy so don’t leave it to late and it also helps the organizers in planning to make this years event an even more of a success than last year …………..
ANOTHER COWAL HOSPICE FUNDRAISER TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD FOR THE BIG ONE ………
The Boutique festival located in the heart of Argyll is certainly creating a buzz especially with the announcement of the top line up of acts that will be performing. This is the village’s second music festival and the brainchild of local holiday park operator, Argyll Holidays who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. The event takes place across various venues, with the Main Stage located at the Drimsynie House Hotel and the Goil Inn’s Village Stage playing host to local acts.
There is also a vast range of outdoor activities and entertainment over the weekend with a variety of local food and drink which Argyll has become famous for in recent years.
Ross Coutts Digital Marketing Assistant at Argyll Holidays will be visiting the DCR97.4FM John Street Broadcasting Studio on Thursday to tell listeners about the event and how they have managed to get so many of Scotland’s top bands many originating from Argyll including several getting ready to launch Albums which means spectators may be hearing original material for the first time.
The 2017 lineup features many artist well known around these parts and include Internationally renowned Skerryvore a festival in themselves.
The awesome Trail West Recently crowned “Scottish Dance Band of the Year” at the ScotsTradMusicAwards, the group from Tiree & South Uist are always known to fill a dancefloor with their trademark West Coast sound as heard frequently here on DCRs West Coast Ceilidh with Ian Wilson.
Robert Robertson and Ross Wilson need no introduction and with their new band Tide Lines already chart toppers we all know what to expect.
And Fast becoming the “must see act” of any event the very local and very talented Heron Valley –see history in the making .
Here is the official announced line up we will be featuring many of the artist here on Dunoon Community Radio and will be keeping you up to date with all the latest news and of course All the Gossip.
Listen out to hear what your favourite presenters are saying and playing
Skerryvore will be headlining the Gig in the Goil 2017. Formed in Tiree, the Scottish Celtic Rock group pull large crowds across the world, and were recently crowned “Live Band of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards – we can’t wait to welcome them to Lochgoilhead as one of our headliners.
Fronted by award-winning former Skipinnish singer Robert Robertson, Tide Lines are a four piece band driven by acoustic and electric guitars, but heavily influenced by traditional music. Their first single, “Far Side of the World”, entered the UK download charts ahead of Coldplay and Beyoncé, and the group are known for their incredible live performances – they will grace our main stage as Saturday night’s headliners.
Recently crowned “Scottish Dance Band of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards, Trail West also join this year’s Gig in the Goil line-up. The group from Tiree & South Uist are always known to fill a dancefloor with their trademark West Coast sound, and we look forward to some great tunes & craic from the guys as they make their mark on Lochgoilhead!
Joining them will be Heron Valley. The young trad act from Strachur are bursting with energy and were one of the most requested bands to come back to Lochgoilhead after their performance at last year’s festival – they’ll perform two sets over the weekend.
Clann an Drumma are famous for bringing Scottish tribal music to worldwide audiences, and went down a storm at GITG 2016, both with their main stage performance, and their impromptu Fireside set – they’ll return to play the Sunday evening.
Dubbed the “most exciting bagpipe pop band on the scene” the mini Rollin Drones graced the stage at The Wee G with their high energy set – and will return in May with their full 7-piece band, as the last date on their European tour.
Joining the Tiree contingent on the line-up are the fantasticDCR97.4FM Favourites Gunna Sound. Led by Campbell Brown & Johnny Scoular, the duo are one of the very best ceilidh acts in Scotland. They are set to fill the GITG dancefloor with a combination of Pipe Music, Country and Western, Gaelic songs and Scottish Dances, plus Scottish and Irish classics.
Described as “an ideal festival band with stacks of energy” Have Mercy Las Vegas have gone from strength to strength. Their rowdy and eclectic mix of folk and blues, with a Celtic flair has earned them rave reviews of their studio material. However it’s the live performances that make HMLV stand out, where they can fully show off their range of original songs, from the foot stomping hoe downs, to the harmonious laments.
Hailing from Dundee, The Graham Brown Band is a Scottish rock/pop band with a very unique sound. Comprised of seven top musicians with experience of playing across Europe, their latest EP “The Lion’s Roar” was released in January to critical acclaim, with the bagpipe-infused Celtic Rock band creating an essential party atmosphere wherever they go. The group are bursting with pride and energy, and can’t wait to get the crowds dancing at Gig in the Goil.
The country’s finest Paolo Nutini tribute act - Paolo Notini will also perform at this year’s event. With his vocals, mannerisms and stage presence down to a fine art, this is the only authentic tribute who plays LIVE guitar to Paolo’s biggest hits. Expect to hear all of Paolo’s early right up to his latest chart material.
We’re also delighted to welcome the best in local talent to our Festival this year. The Brambelles – from just over the hills in Strachur – offer a stunning blend of two-part harmonies across a wide range of genres, providing the perfect soundtrack to your Sunday afternoon. Rhuvaal - from Campbeltown – and Turas from Oban, are two young traditional acts set for big things and know how to fill a dancefloor, while Inverary’s Holly Renton is an award-winning singer, set to charm the audience with her arrangements of popular songs.
Bar None Community Choir is Lochgilphead and Mid Argyll’s exciting community choir. Led by musical director Stephen Povey and accompanied by Struan Thorpe on guitar, the choir sing an eclectic range of popular songs by artists such as Skipinnish, Stereophonics, Bon Iver and Elbow – the perfect start to your Sunday afternoon.
Also joining our Main Stage are one of the hottest new traditional bands The Hur, who have just released their fantastic debut single ‘Still Standing’, contemporary Livingston folk band 5 Strings, back by popular demand after their set at The Wee G, Greenock folk duo Tartan Sound, and young indie/trad act The Barrels.
Once again the Fireside Sessions returns to Gig in the Goil, featuring the best acoustic music in an intimate setting. Former Dead Sea Souls frontman Gary Burns brings his solo project to Lochgoilhead, with big harmonies and singalongs, along with Stirling Singer-Songwriter Robbie Hutton. The popular Mark Sharp - from Whitburn – also returns, alongside upcoming artists Mariyana, Harry Bircher & Ross Whelan, with many more to be announced. Expect plenty of singalongs!
There’s also something for the kids – We’re pleased to welcome the Talking Heads Puppet Show back to Lochgoilhead, as well as our very own Rusty & Rosie Go Nuts. But that’s not all – keep an eye out for more children’s entertainment in the coming months!
Check Out The Dunoon Community Radio Facebook for lot’s more information
and more information of the line up
SAVE STRUAN LODGE
THE STRUAN LODGE DEVELOPMENT GROUP and DUNOON COMMUNITY COUNCIL invite everybody interested in health & social care in the Cowal area to a public meeting in—–
Dunoon Grammar School on Monday 6th March 2017 at 6.30 pm.
The purpose of the meeting is for the Struan Lodge Development Group to launch “A STRATEGY FOR INTEGRATED ADULT CARE” which sets out a vision for the Struan Lodge and Cowal Community Hospital sites for the short medium and long term. The document will be submitted to the Integrated Joint Board of Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership as part of the Information and engagement process regarding Struan Lodge.
This will have far reaching consequences for Cowal and we would welcome your attendance and support on
Monday 6th March 2017 at 6.30pm in DUNOON GRAMMAR SCHOOL.
Còisir Ghàidhlig an Òbain “Oban Gaelic Choir” are one of the oldest competition choirs in Gaeldom, and have been competing regularly in Mòds for many years.
In 2015 Oban hosted the worlds most prestigious Gaelic music festival the Royal National Mod and Còisir Ghàidhlig an Òbain won the The Lovat and Tullibardine Shield ,the coveted trophy for the premier choirs’ competition.
Under the conductorship of Sileas Sinclair who has composed and arranged a vast collection of songs for choirs and performers across the world Còisir Ghàidhlig an Òbain is going from strength to strength and are getting ready practising hard for the Royal National Mod in Lochaber later in the year.
There are various events planned this year for practising and also the ever important fund-raising including a visit to Dunoon’s St Mun’s Church Hall Saturday 25th February.
This is the first of concerts and Ceilidh’s planned to raise awareness and funds for the return to Dunoon of the Royal National Mod in 2018.
Some of you may have visited the newly re-opened charity “Mod Shop” situated in Hill Foot Street which in previous years of Dunoon Mod’s has always been a popular way of fund-raising .
Dunoon Community Radio will as it first did in 2006 be keeping you informed to what is happening with lots of broadcast including the Weekly “All Things Mod”presented since the last Dunoon Royal National Mod in 2012 by Frlly , Tara, Mary and Jennifer.
This week “All Things Mod” will be featuring in all their splendour Còisir Ghàidhlig an Òbain “Oban Gaelic Choir” and a there will be some mention of Saturdays Taynuilt Ceilidh with the fantastic Lochaber District Gaelic Choir with piper Rhuaraidh Edwards, Isla Sinclair Dancers – Niamh Cameron & Ailie Munto, Deirdre Beck (fiddle) & Sileas Sinclair (accordion), Lochaber Gaelic Choir with soloists Rachel Walker, Catherine MacKinnon & John Hutchison, accordionist Andrew MacDonald and piper Caroline Groat.
Fear an Taighe for the evening was Brian Wilkinson.
DCR97.4FM TUESDAY LOT’S OF VALENTINE PROGRAMMES TODAY INCLUDING 5.00PM – 7.00PM THE LATE ,LATE ,LATE VERY LATE VALENTINES DAY BREAKFAST SHOW –Victor will be chatting to local poet Tariq Latif who would be delighted to put out dedications.
and in the background Lynne Carter DCRs newest presenter will be in control of the faders and we are sure she wouldn’t mind reading out dedications.
DCR97.4FM DUNOON OBSERVER REPORTS DCR97.4FM INVOLVEMENT AT CELTIC CONNECTIONS as DCR97.4FM prepare to broadcast over thirty hours of highlights from the Celtic Connections which were broadcast live from Glasgow in conjunction with our sustaining Radio Station Celtic Music Radio
It was a dark wet Friday night in February 2011 when Trish went solo on the broadcasting desk for the very first time to present her very first “Whatever Rock Your Boat”
Tonight “Whatever Rocks YOUR Boat” with Trish will have been Rockin’ the airwaves for 6 years!…and will celebrate with an all listeners request show
Over the last six years the Award Winning “Whatever Rocks YOUR Boat” has been heard all over the world and has featured many famous artists and bands with many interviews with music legends as well as many new up and coming artist and bands.
Promoting new artist has always been an integral part of “Whatever Rocks YOUR Boat” and to help the cause Trish has promoted musical events in local venues and is always on the look out for new artist and venues
Also on tonight’s show “The New and Unsigned Slot” features 16 year old Calum Jones from Moray, Aberdeen’s ROTU..Homegrown, Greenock/Dunoon’s Purple Doves Scotlands Best Kept Secret..and Peur from Manchester..
THE LATE LATE LATE, VERY LATE ,REALLY VERY LATE BREAKFAST SHOW SPECIAL EDITION—24th ARGYLL SCOUTS IN DUNOON –On Wednesday Victor was joined in the Studio by scout leaders Paul Colquhoun and Paul Wilson along with Scouts from Dunoon’s very own 24th Argyll.
The Scouts were eager to tell of their adventures with the scout troop and some of the different activities they are pursuing. Victor answered questions regards the radio Station and invited the scouts to keep in touch and offered the facilities of DCR 97.4FM to inform listeners of future activities –
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.
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
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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…………….
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