VICTOR aka VINNIE THOMS
Hello thank you for visiting my Presenters Page and I hope you will revisit it to see my updates .
I am always very pleased to read your comments which you can write at the bottom of this page also any views or dare I say criticism, I love the programmes I do here on DCR97.4fm and I want you to as well.
I am only too happy to give shout out’s and to mention my listeners. There are several ways of contacting me, writing request on £ notes is always guaranteed to work and I promise to put all moneys in the DCR bank which believe me will be a great help as we our always struggling to pay the bills.
Thanks again and I hope to hear from you very soon
Here is what I do and when you can hear me here at Dunoon Community Radio
First, I love music, I love Soul Music, it’s my passion, Soul music from a long time ago although I do listen as passionately to other genre of music and still get excited when I hear something brand new which stops me in my tracks. My favourite solo artist is Rod Stewart and has been since the early sixties when he allowed me to purchase some liquid refreshment for him having just performed the best ever still to this day version of Shake I have ever heard thus proving to me at least that a white boy could sing Soul opening for me a whole new world –thank’s Smiler.
I listen to a lot of new music as DCR Programme Controller and am introduced to new music practically on a daily basis, a lot introduced to me by my fellow presenters at least two a day from the excellent DJ Rupert who without a doubt is my Soul brother on the station.. A lot of the new music I try to share with you on my weekday evening programme——–
The Late Late Late Breakfast Show— 5.00pm weekdays A Crunchy Crispy Snap Crackle of a programme ….with the ROCK ‘n’ ROLL Slot around 6.00pm Classic Rock ‘n’ Roll from the late fifties through to the early 60s featuring many artist who appeared here in Dunoon
I also invite guest to come in and chat –I don’t do interviews -hopefully with something interesting to share with the listeners.
On a Tuesday I am joined by the DCR97.4FM presenter and resident Top Scottish Psychic Medium Carol Stirling who for entertainment only reads the weekly horoscopes.
NEVER ON A TUESDAY after 5.00pm Carol Sterling and Victor are occasionally joined in the DCR97.4FM by Kerrie Noor who you could say is the nearest DCR has to a resident author when she will bring us up to date in her quest to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland by writing a Novel the title being Never On A Monday.
Kerrie will be telling us a little more about Nefertiti and Rodger the main characters from the book. There has been a terrible accident not involving a chandelier and Rodger is in …………..Nefertiti takes an opportunity to discover the secrets of the Garden Shed ………….
Love them or not, you cannot ignore them .Warnings may contain adult themes and can become addictive.
Here is the other Programme I do on DCR97.4fm a little late in the day I am afraid and although I am no Big Tommy I have managed to get a few like minded folk tuning in -bless.
If you would like to contact me 24/7 you can always phone me o7833667739.
10.00pm –Midnight SATURDAY –DCR & GLOBAL LINKS RADIO (SISTER STATION MARYLAND USA )
-TWO COMMUNITIES LINKING THE WORLD — YOU CAN LISTEN AGAIN AFTER DJ DAVIES WEDNESDAY LATE MID WEEK PROGRAMME
THIS IS THE PROGRAMME THAT MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE AND I CAN’T WAIT FOR SATURDAYS AT 10.00PM
I HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER JOINING ME AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT BEING KNEW TO THE PROGRAMME I SHALL INTRODUCE YOU TO THE OTHER LISTENERS AS WE GO ALONG.
VINNIE THOM’S NO DANCING IN THE AISLES
(BE NICE, DON’T SHOUT & SIT UP STRAIGHT)
Still time to request your favourite Soul music text 07833667739
Along with seventies British Northern Soul and the youth cult of the British sixties Mod movement all meaning so many things to so many people and still with us today.
60′s & 70′s UK Club & Soul, R&B & Northern Soul another HANDBAGS IN THE ROUND PRODUCTION
Co-Presented By Silent Dj’s DJ Benji and DJ Christopher
WHERE IT’S AT – Classic, Rare and downright Never! Club Sounds From The UK Sixties –What the With It Mobile Disc Jockeys Were Playing
Why did these tunes prove so popular when others released at the same time didn’t receive the glory they should have till a decade or so later as part of the Northern Soul Scene
THE SOUND OF DETROIT- Your Favourite Motown Artist and Others That May Suprise You and Your Favourite Motown Tracks by Different Artist rather Than The Artist you Know and Love.
BACK TO MINE-SATIN SOUL – Lush Orchestral & Sensual Vocals From A Time When The Dancing Was Close ,The Vibe Was Cool And The Music–Well The Music Was Hot
OUT ON THE FLOOR – Original Northern Soul as played in the most famous night venues of the early Seventies.
We also look at the Top Tunes from The Worlds most famous Night Club The Wigan Casino (1978, the American music magazine Billboard voted Wigan Casino “The Best Disco in the World”, ahead of New York City’s Studio 54.)
And to acknowledge today’s artist and musicians who today are not only keeping the faith but spreading it we occasionally play The Soul Revivalist and are always interested in listeners recommendations
Time to start getting excited all you Northern Soul fans –the book from the film gets released on the 4th SEPTEMBER 2013 and you can Pre Order here and now by clicking on to our Amazon Carousel which is on the right hand side of this page Hopefully I will have the book in the Studio after release with permission from Elaine Constantine and Gareth Sweeney to read extracts and of course good music to go with it .
5.00 PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY
THE LATE, LATE, LATE VERY LATE BREAKFAST SHOW
For all the latest local news ,What’s On, Good Craic and Guest the ultimate Drive Programme including new releases, unsigned Artist and what other tunes presenters are promoting .
Officially Released Monday 13th May 2013 the first new studio Album in over a decade featuring 11 new original tracks written and produced by Rod, more tunes from the fabulous album Time plus some of your favourite Rod Stewart requested tunes -CD OF THE WEEK all this week on TLLLVLBS
CELTIC CONNECTIONS VICTOR AT THE ARCHES
Still gallivanting at Celtic Connections in Glasgow after the incredible Danny Kyle final in Adelaide’s Victor is at the Arches to see The Beatstalkers Scotland’s first real pop phenomenon, Scotland’s first No I Beat Band .
Formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1962, the Beatstalkers comprised Davie Lennox (vocals), Eddie Campbell (guitar), Alan Mair (bass) and ‘Tudge’ Williamson (drums) and Ronnie Smith (rhythm guitar).
One of very few bands to have caused an actual riot, such was the screaming fan frenzy they incited, the group was dubbed ‘Scotland’s Beatles’ and in 1965 an open-air concert in Glasgow’s George Square was abandoned when fans rioted.
Combining blues/soul rarities with original material (and the odd early David Bowie composition), they came tantalisingly close to full-scale stardom in the mid-1960s, leaving a handful of cult-classic songs and cherished memories that eventually led to their first Barrowland reunion in 2005 – this being only the second occasion that all original members have performed together again.
Appearing with The Beatstalkers will be special guest, playing with the band Hamish Stuart the lead guitarist and falsetto voice of Glasgow funk legends Average White Band and on the keys the fabulous Zoot Money. Also from some would say, the Beatstalkers nearest rivals and another Glasgow Band Fraser Watson from The Poets.
Support was from the Super Group of Glasgow’s finest The Beatroots and playing a broad range of Mod and Northern Soul DJs from Glasgow’s Friday Street Club.
SCOTTISH LEGEND TO VISIT DCR PRIOR TO CONCERT AT BURGH HALL
Described as a Genuine National Treasure Michael Marra one of Scotlands most prolific Songwriters will be visiting Dunoon’s Burgh Hall this Sunday 25th March for what can only be describe as a genre-generation fusion of music culture.
With the backing band of his Dreams the legendry Dundee singer and songwriter performs with the Hazy Janes a leading Scottish Indie Country/Rock Band………..
The collaboration between these to unlikely elements may have something to do with the fact that the Hazy Jane’s Comprising of Andrew Mitchel, Liam Brennan, Matthew Marra and Alice Marra-yes how observant of you Alice and Matthew are Michaels Daughter and son.
Houseroom the CD that is the result of this collaboration and already heard here on DCR will be discussed along with Michael and the Hazy Janes next Sunday afternoon prior to the concert in Dunoon’s Burgh Hall in a special two hour programme.
Also joining us will be an old friend from Celtic Connections from An Tobar Tobermory Gordon Maclean who working along side Michael’s Production Engineered Houseroom.
During the run up to the weekend Victor shall be featuring Michaels recording work including the new Album with the Hazy Janes
Luke shall be showcasing the Hazy Jane’s in “Luke’s Anything Goes, But Only If He Likes It” on Tuesday at 10.00pm another good opportunity to listen to this young band quickly making a name for themselves .http://www.dunooncommunityradio.org/programme-info/presenters/luke/
5.00PM – 7.00PM THE LATE, LATE, LATE VERY LATE BREAKFAST SHOW 3rd DECEMBER
Getting ready for their visit to Dunoon this Friday at the Brewery Artist of the week will be Ali, Stevie, Stephen and Scott –The Imagineers . Sounds will include tunes from their latest release The Karma Soundcheck Part 1
ALL THINGS MOD at 5.00PM with Gaelic Singer Frances R Lynn (Frlly) who shall be presenting her own programme during Mod2012 and shall be co-presenting with Victor keeping us up to date in the run up.
Frlly will have well known Mod people such as Mary Pollock guesting as a co/presenter and passing on Mod information. Tonight FRYLL and Mary will be talking about the Provisional Mods telling us when and where they are to be held and hopefully some tales of past Provisional Mods.
FRYLL will also be keeping every one up to date with her weekly Mod diary on her presenters page and any other news. http://www.dunooncommunityradio.org/programme-info/presenters/frances-r-lynn/
We shall also be listening to some artist from around the time of the last Mod in 2006. including the Legendry Greenock Singers and Of course the youngest DCR volunteer Sean will be contributing and taking control of the “sound board”. http://www.dunooncommunityradio.org/programme-info/presenters/sean/
NORTHERN SOUL THE FILM
A FILM BY ELAINE CONSTANTINE
This is a story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come.
This is the story of Northern Soul
Award-winning director Elaine Constantine has recently completed filming her first feature-length film Northern Soul, with an intended cinematic release in Spring / Summer 2013.
The film tells the tale of two Northern boys whose worlds are changed forever when they discover black American soul music
Northern Soul was phenomenally popular with British youths in the 1970s, taking the North of the country by storm. Northern Soul the film intends to appeal to those generations of fans while attracting a modern audience you had been who can relate to youth culture from another era. If you were there, you’ll know. If you weren’t there, you’ll wish you had been
COMEDIAN Bill Bailey may have toured the world several times, appeared on numerous prime-time TV shows and been nominated for British comedy’s top comedy award, the Perrier — but he has yet to have the experience of playing a gig in Dunoon.
This will all change on May 21 when Bill plays at the town’s Queen’s Hall.
Bill Will Be chatting to Victor Dunoon Community Radio on Monday’s 14th MAY TLLLVLBS at 5.00pm
SKERRYVORE OFFICIAL ALBUM LAUNCH
To celebrate the release of their new album – ‘World of Chances’, Skerryvore are having a massive launch night in the O2 ABC Glasgow on Friday 22nd June.
This will be Skerryvore’s biggest show ever and also the first chance to buy the new album – 3 days before it is released in stores and online!!!
DUNOON CONCERT DATE CONFIRMED
Skerryvore have confirmed that they will be visiting Dunoon again this year and have confirmed they shall be playing in the Queen,s Hall on Saturday 15th December 2012
No strangers to Dunoon the boys are looking forward to their pre Christmas Concert and catching up with many of their fans, they say “We are delighted to have finally finished ‘World of Chances’ and can’t wait to perform it to you”.
We shall of course be inviting the band into our new studio to bring us up to date since their last visit and in the meantime have the June release of the new album “World of Chances” to look forward to and playing it here on Dunoon Community Radio
For more information http://www.skerryvore.com/
Or check out the facebook http://www.facebook.com/skerryvore
LONNIE DONEGAN MBE THE KING OF SKIFFLE
After paying tribute to Bert Weedon last week and the influence he had on many recording Stars of Music this week we look to another artist who had a very strong influence on many recording artist
He is known as the “King of Skiffle” and is often cited as a large influence on the generation of British musicians who became famous in the 1960s and loved by millions of ordinary folk like DCRs Dr Phil and Victor
This week Mon 30th April to Fri 4th May I shall be playing Classis Tracks especially recorded from the vinyl originals and re-recordings of some of Lonnie’s favourite back catalogue from the famous 1976 vinyl LP “Putting on the Style”
The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums states that Lonnie Donegan was “Britain‘s most successful and influential recording artist before The Beatles. He chalked up 24 successive Top 30 hits, and was the first UK male to score two U.S. Top 10s”.
Born as Anthony James Donegan in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, the son of a professional violinist who had played with the Scottish National Orchestra, he moved with his family in 1933 to East Ham, Essex (now in Greater London).
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THE ORIGINAL BRITISH GUITAR LEGEND DIES AGED 91
At 91 years old the Legendry British Guitarist Bert Weedon has passed away
Among the star guitarists who have acknowledged Bert’s help in their early days through his book “Play in a Day” are: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Pete Townshend, Sting, Mike Oldfield, Mike Read, John Miles, Dr Phil, Steve Hillage, plus many many more. . . When Alvin Stardust visited us here last year he told us during his interview and set from the Legends Window that he recommended any one starting out to learn the guitar to purchases a copy of Bert’s Learn in a Day guitar tutor This week Mon 23rd April to 27th April we shall be looking back on the career of Bert Weedon and playing tunes by guitarist that have acknowledged they were influenced by him
With the coming of the Golden Age Of rock and roll, Bert was in great demand as the named soloist on no end of hit records, and his playing greatly aided the success on records of many of the foremost stars of the period.
Many of the rock n’ roll tunes played here on DCRs Rock Slot feature the guitar playing of Burt, early rock singers such as Tommy Steele, Marty Wild, Laurie London, Cliff Richard, Adam Faith and Billy Fury all asked for Bert to play on their records.
His virtuosity in all fields of music also enabled him to accompany such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland and many top British stars, while at the other end of the music scale he played for Gigli, Paul Robeson and many others.
As a result of his exciting solos on the early rock records. Bert was asked by Top Rank to make a record as a solo artist.
Bert became the first British guitarist to get a solo record in the Hit Parade – the memorable “Guitar Boogie Shuffle”. He subsequently notched further hits with “Apache”. “Nashville Boogie”. “Ginchy”. “Sorry Robbie” “Tokyo Melody”. to mention but a few. His L.P. `s have sold in tremendous numbers; “Bert Weedon remembers Jim Reeves” sold over 250,000 while his “22 Golden Guitar Greats” L.P. reached the No 1 spot in the Album Charts, and he once again made disc history by becoming the first solo guitarist to reach the coveted top of the Hit Parade – receiving both Gold and Platinum L.P.’s for his record breaking sales of over one million copies. The tremendous success of his L.P.’s and C.D’s ensures that Bert is still among the top recording artists of Britain.
Apart from his reputation as a session and guitar soloist he is known throughout the world because of his guitar tutor called “Play in a Day”. This is probably the best selling tutor in the world and Bert is proud of the fact that most of today’s top guitarists have told him that they started their first steps on the guitar with the aid of his book. In fact he has been nicknamed ” the Man who taught the world to play the guitar”.
His book is printed in several languages and has been published all over the world. The book has sold over 2 million copies and over 30 years on remains the world’s most successful guitar tutor. It has been awarded two Golden Pages in recognition of that fact. The first by Chappell Music Ltd for the sale of 1,000,000 copies of “Play in a Day”, and the second by International Music Publication for the 30th Anniversary Edition 1957-1987 of “Play in a Day”, which was presented by Mike Oldfield on the Terry Wogan TV Show.
Bert originally wrote it because he remembered the difficulty he had as a 12 year old with a battered guitar in his hand and not knowing a thing about it or how to play it. He was determined there would be a tutor that anyone could understand and learn from without a teacher, and by anticipating all the questions that a beginner would ask and answering them in his book, he was able to help most of today’s top pop idols on their way to stardom.
When Alvin Stardust visited us here last year he told us during his interview and set from the Legends Window that he recommended any one starting out to learn the guitar to purchases a copy of Bert’s Learn in a Day guitar tutor
Through his book and television tuition it is estimated that Bert Weedon has influenced approximately 4 million guitar players over the past forty years.
ALVIN STARDUST TO VISIT DCR 97.4 fm
Alvin Stardust is truly a Rock n Roll Legend who was titled The Godfather of Rock’n Roll by no less than another genuine Rock n’ Roll hero Ronnie Wood.
From the early 60s when as Shane Fenton with his posters in teenager bedrooms making him one of the top Pin Ups of the time right through to today as Alvin Stardust with an impressive career record of over 150 weeks in the UK charts he has in one way or another been at the forefront of entertainment performing as they say on Stage, Screen and of course Radio all over Europe . His performing talent has taken him into the theater starring in the UK tour of Godspell, playing Uriah Heep in David Copperfield – The Musical; and Sir Billy Butlin in The Butlin Story at the London Palladium. In 2005 Alvin starred as the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, also at the London Palladium.
And now as Alvin can be heard announcing on DCR 97.4 he is shortly to appear here in Dunoon At the Queen’s Hall. Alvin with his fabulous backing band Glyn Davis (Lead Guitar) Dave Clarke (Bass Guitar) and Dan Guest (Drums) will be appearing in what can only be described as A Fabulous Night Out, Alvin promises in his message to DCR97.4fm listeners a first half of pure Rock n’ Roll followed by the 70s Glam Rock we all love so much through into the 80s with his big hits like Pretend, I feel like Buddy Holly and right up to his latest single.
APRIL FOOL IS DEAD AND GONE – YOUR A FOOL TO CARRY ON
This is a rhyme that children recite if anyone attempts an April Fool trick after 1st April and in some places after noon of the first day of April.
Not wishing to be deemed foolish the perpetrators of this morning “New Morning Programme” were quick to own up to the hoax and to apologize to any listeners of Celtic Music Radio or Dunoon Community Radio who were distressed, put out or felt a desire to complain at the loss of a well loved presenter or may have been tempted to change station. It was also stated that Dunoon Community Radio Presenter Victor would, now it was known that he would not be after all be presenting the morning show disregard all proposals of friendship and marriage and return the congratulation card and present.
It is expected that the organizes of the hoax whose names have been withheld under the protection of Radio Presenters Data Act will in due course release a further more detailed “The Making Off” Programme
A press release was released this morning not to be published before 8.12am this first day of April 2011 in which the following information was given.
Two popular community radio stations from either side of the Clyde have in an unprecedented action decided for the benefit of their listeners, or their morning listeners at least, to broadcast a daily morning Show from the Dunoon Community Radio studio situated in the corridor of a Local Argyll Business Centre.
This programme will be broadcast simultaneously on 1530AM/FM and 97.4fm both at the same time together as well as the Internet Sites of both Radio Stations.
This initiative has been brought about by the sudden departure of Popular Celtic Music Radio Morning Mix Presenter Alex Jenkins who has decided to return to his roots and his beloved Radio Rock.
Alex has over time made this programme his very own broadcasting each weekday morning from the Royal City to Celtic Music Radio listerners on 1530AM/FM and for the last fourteen and a half months to the listener tuned in to Dunoon Community Radio 97.4fm.
It was decided at a hastily convened late night meeting yesterday evening of both Radio Station Boards that continuity was paramount and the “Show Must Go” spirit must prevail, this it was decided, was what the listeners deserved.
It was unanimously agreed by a near majority of board members to invite Dunoon Community Radio Presenter Victor to present a morning show to all the listeners of Celtic Music Radio and Dunoon Community Radio in a programme that would be broadcast from Dunoon.
The format for the programme will be decided by the listeners who will be invited from the very start to contribute with ideas and comments.
Victor has since Dunoon Community Radio began presented a Breakfast Show known as “The Late Late Late Very Late Breakfast Show” which has been broadcast at 5.00pm each weekday, the presenter has been known to comment that AM morning time programmes feel much better PM and presenters are usually more alert at that time to what is happening .
It has been agreed that the first programme in this collaboration shall commence at 8.00am this the first day of April with Victor in the presenters role
Victor At Celtic Connections 2011
Manran a Celtic Band On A Quest
Mànran ( tuneful sound or melody) are hoping to be the first band in the 21st century to take a Gaelic songs into the official UK top 40. Capercaillie were the last Gaelic band to achieve chart success in the 20th century with the June 1995 disc Ailein Duinn (Dark Alan) which some say came about on the back of the success of the May 1995 Top 20 chart success for Runrig with An Ubhaol As Airde (The Highest Apple) .
Whatever, a great year for Gaelic with two Gaelic tunes in the charts 1995.
“Latha Math” ( Good Day ) was written by singer guitarist Norrie MacIver who says “it describes an idyllic and peaceful day in his native island of Lewis in the Western Isles.” Norrie’s band mates who like Norrie have been for some years entertaining the crowds in Scotland and throughout the world in various line-ups are: Gary Innes (accordion), Ewen Henderson (fiddle/ pipes) Calum Stewart (flutes/uilleann pipes) Ross Saunders (bass) and Scott Mackay (drums) Launching the single as part of the Celtic Connections Festival has proved to be very popular with the festival goers and the media attention around the chart quest has put them in the media spotlight. Victor interviewed the band live for broadcast on Dunoon Community Radio through Celtic Music Radio Celtic Connections Live transmissions prior to the boys featuring on Reporting Scotland and on BBC online reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers in their quest for chart success and to support both the Gaelic language and traditional Scottish music.
In interviews the band have told of their reaction to recent events and their quest for chart success Band member Gary Innes, who as you all know is the captain of Scotland’s shinty squad (In 2010, Gary scored in the last minute to clinch victory for Fort William in the final of shinty’s premier trophy, the Camanachd Cup, to pick up his fifth winners’ medal) .said: “The reaction to Manran has been amazing, we have had so much support from fans and visitors to Celtic Connections with a fantastic reception at the 02 ABC and a great turn out at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and our promotional gig at Glasgow’s Apple Store on Buchanan Street. “We need to achieve at least 7500 downloads to make history and break into the Top 40 UK chart and we need all the support from the public to make this happen.
”Mànran maybe the hottest new band on the Scottish music scene and since coming together in June 2010 they have worked hard on their craft playing at festivals in Europe as well as gigging here in Scotland but to choose to support Skerryvore on the eve of their single launch some may say risky others brave.
Playing to a packed house of mainly Skerryvore fans which must be said were in very high spirits having just enjoyed a fabulous lively Ceilidh set by Calum Iain MacCorquodale and Malcolm Jones Manran gave as good if not better than I think most folk expected, from the very first tune with its “come on” false here we go starts winding the audience up in anticipation till breaking into a crescendo of modern Scottish Celtic Sound combining driving accordion, fiddle, Highland pipes, Uillean pipes and melodic flute all kept in time by powerful drums and bass.
Listening to these new kids on the block with their powerful songs in Gaelic and English underpinned by rock steady drums and bass and watching the immediate delight of the audience I couldn’t help but wonder if Malcolm Jones he off Runrig fame, on holiday and with the previous act was standing in the wings watching and listening and did his thoughts go back to the days when he and the rest of a young Runrig were creating and sometimes without the delight of the audience the sound and spirit undoubtedly the forerunner to what we were now listening to now the sound of modern Gaelic Scotland.
The main thing lacking in their set and something only time will bring about was they sounded like a new band, a future excellent band, all the ingredients and the best of ingredients being there, they just need to gig more and a few more familiar tunes for audience participation and just a personal thing, not just for Manran but for all bands I Love singing along to the tunes but looking for lyrics sometimes can be a nightmare. To bring a little showbiz to the set they were joined on stage by legendary accordion player and musician Phil Cunningham who along with Calum Malcolm (Wet Wet Wet, Simple Minds and Runrig) produced the single and to finish in grand style the band were joined on stage by eight Celtic dances. I am glad I had this opportunity to catch Manran at this stage of their career and hope it last for a long time but these are six guys who are only too aware of the business they are in and their heads will not be easily turned nor can I see them being seduced by the business and as Gary Innes said of Manran in an interview after the concert “We want to do the best we can to promote the kind of music we all love and to further the Culture we are all part of, most of all we want to enjoy the experience that is Manran and to share it with our families friends and fans. If it all ends tomorrow we want Manran to have been a fabulous experience for everyone.
I for one say Long may it last!
At the time of writing Manran have yet to get into the UK top 40 (61) but have got Number 1 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart, Number 6 in the Scottish music charts and Number 6 in the Radio 1 Indie Chart
available for download on iTunes, Foot Stompin’, Play.com, MOG, Emusic, We7.com, Napster, Tesco digital. And you can follow Manran at http://manran.co.uk/wp/ and also on Facebook and Twitter
THE IMAGINEERS IN THE STUDIO 3rd December 2010
As a prelude to their forthcoming Gig at the View the band : Steven Young, lead vocals, Lee Ballard, lead guitar and Alastair Greig , Semi- Acoustic bass visited the Dcr studio last night. The fourth member of the band Stephen Forbes ,drums and percussion had problems trying to get his kit up the stairs to the studio and spent the whole evening stuck on the stairs with his big bass drum( he has asked Santa for a Drum Tech/Roadie for Christmas )
The band who all hail from Glasgow first got together in the summer of 2006 When Ali out walking his Bass Guitar (apparently he never goes anywhere without it) visited the wee corner shop where he saw these two strange looking guys (Steven and Lee) pinning a notice on the wall advertising for a bass player to join a band. Informing the guys that he indeed was a bass player and this was a scenario from whence legends begin an audition took place there and then and Ali was given the gig.
Since then the Band have been working very hard cutting their teeth as a bar band playing many chaotic nights in Scotland’s seediest lounges in order to pay their way, travelling where ever the gigs take them even to play gigs in Liverpool at the Famous Cavern and Zanzibar Clubs.
Having thawed out and with some warm coffee to help the circulation the boys then played a cracking acoustic version of their latest double sided single Mariana followed by Fairground. The band write all their own material and are just about to go into the studio to start work on an album with one of Scotland’s finest Record Producers and are hoping to release an E.P. very shortly. When it was commented on that quite a few of the bands recent songs could be classed as what some concert goers would class as anthems the band seemed well pleased they were viewed that way, first and foremost they wanted their music to relate to their audience and if this brought on a vocal response with the audience singing along then it couldn’t get any better.
Asked if there was a romantic even sentimental side to the song writing the trio played Shadows of Love which turned out to be a swaying arms in the air ballad just waiting for an arena chorus with a powerful bass line from Ali’s acoustic bass augmented by Lee’s mandolinesk Guitar sound, this was soon followed by Spanish Sands which convinced every one in the studio that we had better go along to tomorrow nights gig at the View prepared to sing.
In talking about their song writing it was hinted that Dunoons Puck Glen may feature in future song as Steven finds it a very romantic place and before young ladies start camping out, Steven added it’s a place he unfortunately doesn’t get to visit often enough
Well over the allotted time and with the pub calling the band finished as they had started with a brilliant stormer of a tune “The Imagineers” which had the whole studio audience singing along- the only thing missing – ten to twenty thousand other voices but that surely must come and we can’t wait.
SKERRYVORE AT CELTIC CONNECTIONS
It was only last July that Skerryvore sat in the DCR Corridor prior to their concert at the Dunoon Queens Hall reviewing their latest Album that they had just successfully launched the previous night at the O2 Glasgow.
Now after touring across the world from Chicago to Beijing with it here they are again at the O2 Glasgow for another Celtic Connections appearance by the band.
From the moment the first chord rang out it was apparent that this was what this audience was here to see. As the band weaved through their song catalogue selecting songs and tunes from their earlier first two albums as well as their latest it was noticeable that the audience where very much in tune with their work, more so than last July.
When Alex mentioned that this was the very first song he had been “forced to sing” by the other members of the band, members of this audience had already screamed out the title as if it was “name this tune” and when mentioning that this next song was the first he had written the audience again beat him in naming it.
The main difference to previous concerts was the audience reaction to the band from the earlier days when the “wee boys from Tiree” where playing the Ceilidh and ladies of a certain age who should have known better wanted to mother them the audience now consist mainly (still a few Ladies with mothering instincts) of mature Skerryvoreans who know the band, their history and a sign of true fan, knows most of the lyrics which can only be got by repeated listening to the cds.
From their traditional roots the band have developed their sound to embrace the sounds of modern Country Rock and Funk in a way that always compliments their traditional music and songs.
Their outstanding musicianship, their writing and arranging and the voice of singer Alec Dalglish now sit very comfortable across the band and with their gig dates getting larger by the day, this band seven years in and with a faithful following have it all there in front of them Check out Skerryvore http://www.skerryvore.com/