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
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.
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
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.
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”
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.
Listen out for extracts from the concert over the holidays
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations Elizabeth .
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Please also indicate your availability and we’ll do our best to fit you in.
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.
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