Celtic Music Radio Archives

Shelagh McKay Jones

Shelagh McKay Jones – Singer-Songwriter from Greenock, described as a local luminary, tells stories of love, life and laughter with well-crafted songs. A Capella and self-accompanied in her individual percussive guitar style she won Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk & Roots Festival 2014, DKOS at CC2015 and shared stages with Alastair McDonald, Gaberlunzie, Rab Noakes, Archie Fisher, Jez Lowe, James Keelaghan, Sylvia Barnes, Siobhan Miller, James Grant and Maisie Peters. Shelagh is also the founder/organiser/presenter/promoter of SongWriters Uncovered Series – a series of concerts held in the Beacon Arts Centre throughout 2017 & 2018 and now expanding to include community concerts throughout Inverclyde in 2019 – and Permission to Sing & Freedom with SongWriting workshops. Currently working on her first full album of original songs Shelagh is also a founding member/writer/composer with The Fusioneers (Scottish Indian fusion band) performing a gig theatre show Barra to Bengal. She is also working on a new gig theatre show about the life of legendary Yorkshire Dales shepherdess Hannah Hauxwell and aims to have written 50 songs before she turns 51 in 2019. Shelagh is also a campaigner and fundraiser for people with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder & Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and has just started an MSc with the Open University through which she hopes to carry out much needed research into symptoms of this group of chronic lifelong invisible illnesses.

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McLaren and McInnes


I started having fiddle lessons aged 8 with Heather Anderson, and later with Paul Anderson. When I was 13, I began playing with the Gordon Duncan Experience in Perth and continued this for 3 years. I toured with the Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail in the summer of 2016 and 2017, both years included an exchange project with the Inishowen Traditional Music Project from Donegal, Ireland. For my last year at school, I moved to Plockton High School to attend the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, this is where I met Corina. In 2017, I was invited to join Hjaltibonhoga – Shetland Fiddlers, playing with them at the 2017 and 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoos as well as the Norwegian Military Tattoo in Oslo in April this year. I now study on the BA Applied Music Course at the University of the Highlands and Islands, alongside Corina. I also regularly play for ceilidhs, leading the band and calling the dances.


I started playing the harp aged 8, receiving lessons from Jenny Masterson, and later her brother Colin Masterson taught me guitar. When Jenny left Harris, I got lessons from Judy Morrison and then Mischa MacPherson. I also attended the Centre of Excellence in Plockton, for two years, this is where myself and Ellie met, and we began playing together. During my time here, I received lessons from Ingrid Henderson. In 2015, I represented Feis Eilean na Hearadh at Celtic Connections and the Blas Festival, I now tutor at this Feis. In 2016, I was part of the Western Isles Ceilidh trail. When I left school, I also began studying on the Applied Music course with Ellie.

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GU Folk Music Group

The Glasgow University Folk Music Group is a trad-based university society which meets once a week. We learn a tune or two a week, and then go and play a session. Anyone (not only Glasgow University students) is allowed to join, and everyone is encouraged to do so. We have played at Celtic Connections on Campus the last few years and have really enjoyed it every year. We are excited to return in 2019

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Calum MacKenzie Jones

Prolific young singer-songwriter from Oran, Moray. Creating original material encompassing many musical genres – Folk, Country, Blues, Traditional and Celtic Rock.
2017 was a great year for this young musician, his debut single was showcased by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio2, tracks from his debut album received airplay on numerous stations and his 2 charity singles raised over £3000. He received positive write-ups in The Scotsman & The Sun and showcased his music on STV Liveat5.
He also hit the Festival circuit running, performing at numerous Scottish festivals including Killin (where he won the competition to open this year’s festival).
Other highlights included performing to a packed Perth Concert Hall, in the great hall of Edinburgh Castle, at SWG3 Glasgow, with the Manchester Royal College of Music Session Orchestra and supporting Brownbear, Callum Beattie & John Smith.

2018 has been equally exciting, starting with a Highly Recommended performance on the Danny Kyle stage at Celtic Connections and the release of his Debut Scottish Folk EP. It continued with performances at a plethora of festivals including YouthBeatz, Belladrum, Tiree and main stage slots at both Eden and Killin Music festivals as well as support slots with Skerryvore at The Arc Sessions, Toni Christie on the Scottish leg of his tour and Elephant Sessions at The Ironworks.
His Second Album is due for release later this month and many festival performances have already been confirmed for next year including his first English performance at Beardy Folk Festival in Shropshire. (Unfortunately sue to tech issues we are only able to bring you one song from Calum’s 2019 performance)

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Figgins Garden

Both recent graduates of the BMus Traditional Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scott Figgins and Scott Garden studied principally as pipers and have also gained extensive experience across disciplines on other instruments.
Both from Irvine in Ayrshire, ‘The Two Scotts’ grew up piping together in their local pipe band and have been linked, both musically and as friends, since an early age.
Performing now as a folk music duo blending pipes, whistles and guitar; they bring a sound to the stage that can be recognised as having years of performing together and friendship at its core.
Winners of the 2016 Marymass Folk Festival Open Stage Competition, Scott Figgins and Scott Garden have performed for the Royal Family; and have also supported the likes of The Battlefield Band; Salt House and the Islay Sessioners.

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Barry Nisbet

Barry Nisbet is a songwriter from Shetland; a guitarist, fiddler and sailor with a repertoire inspired by the drama of life, his islands, and the sea.

As one of the Cullivoe Fiddlers, Barry plays a unique regional style of Shetland fiddle music; as a Captain of tall ships such as Søren Larsen, he has sailed through the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, gaining inspiration from the wind and the stars.

As a member of Shetland band ‘Rack n Ruin’, Dundee-based Americana group ‘Wire and Wool’, and French based group ‘Tildon Krautz’, he has performed at numerous festivals and events in Shetland, Scotland and mainland Europe. He gained a Dundee Musicians Award in 2016.

Keen to focus more on his music, Barry commenced a BA Applied Music course at the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2017 and is now in his second year.

He launched his first album, ‘A Bright Ray of Sunshine’, featuring eight original songs and three tunes, in March 2018, to excellent reviews. As a solo act he has recently played support for Salt House, Tide Lines, The Furrow Collective and Colum Sands; he also performs and records with a fuller line-up that headlined the Dundee Summer Streets festival in July 2018.

Barry runs the ‘Sessions and Sail’ voyages, bringing groups of musicians together for workshops and sessions aboard the Tall Ship ‘Lady of Avenel’, cruising on the Scottish coast in the summer. – (unfortunately due to tech issues we are unable to bring you Barry’s 2019 performance but check out his performance at CC on Campus 2020)

Anna Garvin

Anna Garvin is a folk pianist from Oban on the West coast of Scotland. She started her piano journey when she was 7 years old, with teaching from local musician Sileas Sinclair. Anna has always been greatly influenced by music from the West coast, and is keen to incorporate the melodies of old Gaelic songs into her repertoire.

When she moved to Glasgow she became more influenced by music from beyond Scotland, in particular the music of Ireland and Scandinavia. She creates an eerie stillness through her playing of traditional Gaelic airs, which contrasts with her lively arrangements. Anna is currently in her third year of study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the tutelage of James Ross.

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Zak Younger Banks

Newcastle and Glasgow based indie/folk singer-songwriter Zak Younger Banks combines emotionally raw vocals, poetic lyrics and intricate guitar arrangements to create original and distinctive songs. Zak presents a blend of raw, acoustic sounds and ambient electronics and electric guitar inspired by his involvement in folk music (Zak is an established guitarist on the Glasgow folk scene and is studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow) as well as alternative and electronic music. His music and writing draws comparison to Leonard Cohen, Bon Iver, and John Smith.
Zak’s self-released debut EP, Wrong Turns, is a collection of original songs and instrumental music recorded in Port Appin in the Scottish Highlands, and was received well on a mini-tour of venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and London.

“a subtle masterpiece of vocal harmonies that wouldn’t be out of place on a Bon Iver record”

“Zak’s voice conjures the likes of expressive songwriters like Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith…but it’s the arrangements that set them apart from standard singer-songwriter fare”
NARC Magazine

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