Celtic Music Radio Archives

Iona Fyfe live session at Celtic Music Radio

Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native Aberdeenshire throughout the UK and Europe. In 2016 “East”, a debut 6-track CD encapsulating North East folksong was received with great acclaim.
Hailing from Huntly, Iona draws inspiration from source and revivalist singers and is a fine interpreter of traditional folksong in a contemporary manner yet sympathetic to tradition. A BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award competitor, she has performed at venues such as The Music Hall Aberdeen, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Mitchell Theatre and most recently The Royal Albert Hall in London. With her band, Iona has performed extensively at festivals such as Celtic Connections and Folkest International Folk Festival in Italy. In 2017, she looks forward to appearances at folk clubs and festivals such as Stonehaven Folk Festival, Keith Festival, Sark Festival. Featuring fiddler Charlie Grey, bassist Callum Cronin and piper Ross Miller, the Iona Fyfe Band is a finalist in the Hands up for Trad 2017 Battle of the Folk Bands Competition. Iona is currently working on her debut album, which is set for release in January 2018.

Recorded in our studio in the Buchanan Suite at the Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections 2017

Host: Gordon Hotchkiss

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Larry Guild live session at Celtic Music Radio

When I started playing guitar in the 1990’s, I did so for one simple reason, to be able to open up a songbook of one of my favourite artists, and play, that was it. I practised finger-style guitar from day one, although I can honestly say I have never had any guitar heroes, I just loved the sound of a finger-picked, 6 string acoustic.
Hero worship, for want of a better phrase, would eventually come in the form of wordsmiths: the writers who would paint vivid pictures of spectacular landscapes; writers bringing fictional characters within touching distance; writers who could put short stories to music and instantly take me to another place and time.
It was Nanci Griffiths who inspired me to start writing my own songs. I was really lucky to hear her for the first time. I remember trolling through my radio for something to listen to when I caught a brief sound of a voice that literally stopped me in my tracks. I had tuned in to a recording of one of Nanci’s concerts on BBC Radio Scotland, at the Glasgow Pavillion. I had managed to catch the beginning of the show and sat awe-struck for an hour at her music. Here was a writer who put snapshots of people’s lives into song, who wrote and sang about the unfortunate in love and life, who stood up for the outsider and delivered testimonials to lifelong friends, all wrapped up in gorgeous melodies and backed by beautiful guitar playing.
It was Nanci Griffiths who opened me up to a huge array of songwriters, such as Eric Taylor, Townes Van Zandt, Kate Wolf and a host of others, people who, for me, went against the grain when it came to songwriting. It was like they took the attitude that if a new song turned out to be six minutes long so be it, despite some radio stations telling us that the attention span of listeners, couldn’t last for more than 180 seconds.

Recorded in our studio in the Buchanan Suite at the Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections 2017

Host: Moira Kerr

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Haggerdash live session at Celtic Music Radio

All the members of HAGGERDASH have been involved in Folk Music for many years before joining the band and have perfromed with oher lineups including Cairdie’s Brig, Setanta, Three’s A Crowd, Hot Toddy, The Govan Spoonful and Clachnacuddin
Jamie Stewart and Graham Walker are two of the younger very talented generation of musicians around now and it is always a pleasure to have them in the line up
HAGGERDASH continue to be a popular Folk Band and are in demand for a variety of venues. Over the years they have performed at Orkney, Marymass, Crawfordjohn, Lomond, Glenfarg, Roe Valley and Tinto Folk Festivals as well as Portsoy International Boat Festival and Edinburgh Festival. They are also regular visitors to Ballerup Music Festival in Denmark.
The band are also regular performers at Folk Clubs throughout Scotland as well as being in demand for Corporate events and Tourist venues.
The main aim of HAGGERDASH is to provide an evening of fun and music

Recorded in our studio in the Buchanan Suite at the Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections 2017

Host: Moira Kerr

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Issho Drummers live session at Celtic Music Radio

Issho Taiko Drummers explore new sounds using Japanese taiko drums and collaborations with other musicians to create a new direction within this musical form.
Originally named Tcki Tcky, Issho have played sporadically in and around Glasgow, though we have played further afield. We recorded an EP in 2008, and plan to add another at some point in the future.

Recorded in our studio in the Buchanan Suite at the Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections 2017

Host: Bill Morris

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The Hur live session at Celtic Music Radio

The Hur are a five piece ensemble exploring the depths of the musical tradition of Scotland and Ireland.
They engage with their audience by employing the lyrical blend of bagpipes, flute and fiddle contrasted with guitar and drums.
They challenge the borders of musical fusion with energetic original songs and compositions along with innovative harmonies, improvisation and harsh contrasts.
Two of the members are currently engrossed in the traditional music course and classical music course in the Royal Conservatoire where they hope to progress in their current careers, with another member having just graduated.
The other two members have been involved in the music scene from a young age including work with pipe bands in Scotland (Inveraray and District) Comhaltas.and Fleadh’s in Ireland. Newly formed in 2016, the band aspires to strive and impact the pulsating folk scene in Scotland.

Recorded in our studio in the Buchanan Suite at the Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections 2017

Host: Bill Morris

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Reece Hillis live session at Celtic Music Radio

Reece Hillis is a young Soul Blues Guitarist, Singer & Songwriter. In his early teens he was exposed to the sound of the original pioneers through old records and self-found videos and music online. From this he soaked up the sounds from many artists including Sam Cooke, Al Green, Janis Joplin, The Doors, CCR, Wilson Picket, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash among many many more …..
It wasn’t long before he picked up the Guitar and taught himself to play through trial and error. Since then Reece has been performing constantly throughout the UK, developing his craft along the way.
In 2014 Reece was a nominee for British Blues Award, young artist of the year. 2015 has saw Reece begin & complete the recording of his debut solo, all-original album “Eclectic Soul”. blending together Blues, Folk, Soul and even some Vocal Jazz, branching out into other areas and expressing the many other genres that have inspired him. “Eclectic Soul” is due for release on March 11th 2016.

Recorded in our studio in the Buchanan Suite at the Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections 2017

Host: Gordon Hotchkiss

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John Graham and Jim Jack live session at Celtic Music Radio

Recorded in our studio in the Buchanan Suite at the Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections 2017

Host: Eva Lees

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Dave Gibb live session at Celtic Music Radio

HAILING from the village of Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway Dave describes himself as a left-handed, balding, middle-aged songwriting folky from Scotland’s highest village.
A superb guitarist with a style that is as distinctive as it is effective, a voice that can carry traditional and contemporary songs and a songwriting ability that produces songs ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, he is an established performer throughout the acoustic/folk club, festival and concert scene.
Lyrically Dave is a storyteller and is determined to maintain the art of storytelling through song. Musically he draws on both traditional and contemporary sources, especially the finger picking styles of the heroes.

Recorded in our studio in the Buchanan Suite at the Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections 2017

Host: Eva Lees

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