Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Bluegrass at Linlithgow

The annual Linlithgow Folk Festival in September traditionally features a feast of bluegrass music, and this year is no different.
The bluegrass concert this year, on Friday 8th September, will be held at The Academy Theatre, featuring music from Glasgow based The Daddy Naggins. Then on Sunday morning (10th) there's the Sunday morning Bluegrass session at the Masonic Hall, starting at 11am.


Nashville songwriters for Glasgow

The CMA's Songwriter Series comes to Glasgow in October, featuring Randy Houser, Eric Pasley, Angeleena Presley and  Michael Tyler. They'kl all be at St Lukes on  October 6th.


Ten Guitars for Michael English - Scottish dates

Popular Irish singer Michael English has just released the old Humperdink hit "Ten Guitars" as his new radio single.
"Ten Guitars" became the anthem of 1960s New Zealand Maories who had suffered the dislocation of moving from back-country marae to the Big Smoke. Singing it at parties, they could briefly experience their lost sense of belonging. And they added their "Maori strum" to the English tune.
Michael is on tour at the end of September with dates in Falkirk (28th) and Dunfermline (29th) as well as Arbroath and Langholm.


Irish stars on the road

A package featuring John Hogan, Gary Gamble, Joe Moore and Cowboy Larry are touring Scotland in early August, including a date at Falkirk Town Hall on Saturday August 5th. The tour also visits Greenock, Mussleburgh, Inverness and Glenrothes,
A similar tour featuring Boxcar Brian and Curtis Magee, with Hogan & Gamble tours Scotland in September. full details on the Forthcoming Concerts link on the left.


Texan Fest for Cumbernauld

The Twa Craws Medicine Show is a weekend of Country Blues & Beyond in Cumbernauld at The Twa Corbies next weekend July 29-30th .Texas Come Home to Scotland features local heroes The Humpff Family, Matt Morrow and Les Jonson. alongside Texans Chuck Hawthorne, Libby Koch and Rachel Laven/
 Tickets from Matts Guitars are only £5 per day £8 for the weekend.


Hannah Aldridge plays Tolbooth

Muscle Shoals, Alabama  based singer songwriter Hannah Aldridge is in Scotland this week on a short tour, to promote her "Gold Rush" CD. Hannah is the daughter of acclaimed Nashville writer Walt Aldridge, who has written hits for the likes of Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Earl Thomas Conley and Travis Tritt.
She plays Stirling's Tolbooth on Thursday 27th July, and Glasgow's Argyll Hotel the previous night. She also has dates in Aberfeldy and Perth's Southern Fried Festival


Millport Festival goes international

Previously started back in 1995 as the Millport Country and Western Weekend. 22 years on the festival has gone from strength to strength, featuring country bands from all over the UK to become one of the most popular on the West Coast of Scotland, and one of the biggest Country Music festivals in Scotland. This year we are going bigger still…
The addition of a huge 3,000 capacity concert marquee that will host international country stars such as Mark Chesnutt, The Shires, Adley Stump, David Ray, Morgan Frazier and Ashton Lane will add to the fun and excitement of the adjacent core festival within the grounds of the Garrison House and local venues.
The grand parade, line-dancing, shootout competitions, funfair, hot dog eating competitions… there is lots going on over the whole weekend.
It all happens over the weekend September 1-3rd, and full information is @ www.millportcountrymusic.com 
And there's a chance to win an exclusive Cumbrae guitar. The festival logo features a guitar in the shape of the island, and one will be won by someone buying a ticket for the main headlining concerts by The Shires or Mark Chesnutt. Another will be auctioned off in aid off Millport Youth organisations.


Southern Fried next week

Perth's Southern Fried Festival celebrates their 10th Anniversary this month, with a line up headed by Nick Lowe, Loudon Wainwright III and Beth Nielsen Chapman. There's also two blockbuster tribute acts, one featuring "Rock'n'Roll Music: The Songs Of Chuck Berry, with Andy Fairweather Low.
The other show is "North Star: Scotland Sings Canada", a tribute to Canada's 150, and it's songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, as performed by Scottish singers like Justin Currie, Dean Owens and Karine Polwart.
Country and Americana acts include Jim Lauderdale, Angaleena Presley, Sam Outlaw, Doug Seegers, Ags Connolly, Jill Jackson, Rachel Harrington,  Gary Hall and Hannah Aldridge.
Full weekend passes have sold out, as are the Late night shows, but tickets are still available for most individual concerts.
See the full line up @ http://www.horsecross.co.uk/season/southern-fried-2017


Nashville Meets London.... and Scots

The annual free Nashville Meets London event happens this weekend (July 22-23)in London, featuring free "live" performances from an array of US & British Country music acts, including two of Glasgow's finest  acts. Raintown and Kevin MvGuire. they join fellow Brits, Flats & Sharps and Wildwood Kin, and Americans' Russell Dickerson, Lucie Silvas, Sam Outlaw, Angaleena Presley, Ashley Campbell and Jo Smith.
The event at Canada Square Park in Canary Wharf is free.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Yola Carter

Yola Carter is a rising country-soul singer/songwriter from Bristol, UK, whose recent successes include being voted ‘UK Artist of the Year’ at the AMA UK Awards, a much-hyped performance at AmericanaFest in Nashville and embarking on her first headline UK tour, described by The Times as “spectacular”. Towards the end of 2016 Carter was noted as an ‘artist to watch’ by publications ranging from The Guardian and NPR to Stereogum and No Depression.
Heavily influenced from an early age by Sixties country, Stax-era soul and gospel ranging from The Staple Singers to Otis Redding, Yola was raised in a small seaside town in the South West of the England and “always wan28th July,ed to be a country music artist”. Unafraid to address difficult issues in her lyrics, Yola’s real-life story - both heartbreaking and inspirational - naturally finds its way into her songs. Coming from a poor, broken home and a parent suffering from mental illness who ‘banned’ her from making any music, Yola’s experience of growing up was one of truly living below the breadline. In a working class community in denial of its status where discrimination and even violence fuelled by racism were not unusual, writing music quickly became an outlet and a means of expression, and touring a means of escape.
Yola's EP, "Orphan Offering" was released in the US in April, and she's currently touring Scotland, with dates in Inverness, Dunkeld, Mull, Banchory, Shetland and Stirling's Tolbooth Theatre next Wednesday,


Australian star plays Oran Mor

Australian Country star Morgan Evans, who has just signed with Warner Nashville is in Scotland next week.
Hailing from Newcastle, Australia, a steel and coal town on the east coast, Evans recalls an early interest in music when he started playing guitar at the age of 13.  He spent his teenage years seeing the country through the windshield of an old van as he toured in a band with his brother.
Raised listening to artists like Garth Brooks, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Led Zeppelin, it was at the age of 17 when a Keith Urban concert changed his life. From that point on, he knew music was exactly what he wanted to spend his life creating. Signed to Warner Music Australia since 2012, he now continues his relationship with the Warner Music family in Nashville.
This Sunday, Morgan, who is the fiance of fellow Nashville singer Kelsey Ballerini,  visits Celtic Music Radio's Celtic Country. He will be playing live in the studio, prior to his appearance on Monday night at Oran Mor.

Saturday, June 03, 2017


Olivia's cancer returns

Olivia Newton-John's cancer battle continues as back pain that initially caused her to cancel some dates on her "LiveOn" tour, has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum.
In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy and is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.
"I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” says Olivia Newton-John.
She was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, but has been "cancer free" for over 20 years", and spent the time campaigning on Cancer awareness programmes, setting up a cancer centre in her name in Melbourne, and her latest album, "Live On" with Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky.


Beth Nielsen Chapman for Southern Fried

Rodney Crowell has pulled out of this visit to Scotland for next month's Southern Fried Festival, but his place has been ably taken by singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman. Beth, who was over here for Celtic Connections in January, will support Loudon Wainwright III at Pert. h Concert Hall on July 29th


Vince joins The Eagles

Vince Gill is joining The Eagles for two US Festivals this summer as part replacement for co-founder Glenn Frey, who passed away last year. The band are playing a two pronged Classic East and Classic West festival in New York amd Los Angeles on the weekends of July 15/16 and 29/30th, alongside Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers.  Vince, and Glenn's 24year old son Deacon will cover Glenn's role in the iconic line up.
It's not Vince's first Eagles experience. In 1993, top Nashville performers joined together for "Common Thread" an album honouring The Eagles music, where Vince performed "I Can Tell You Why".

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Barhoppers heading our way

The Prairie Star Country & Western Club will in their usual venue at Weir Soc & Rec Club, Church St, Alloa, this coming Saturday 3rd June, with ‘The Barhoppers’ who have ‘hopped’ all the way from Suffolk to entertain members on their first visit to the Wee County.
Our next Prairie Star event is on Saturday 17th June and is a wee Country Cruise heading up towards the Forth bridges, and being entertained by the aptly named ‘ Stillwater’ duo. There are about nine tickets left for this outing and they can be obtained from Dorothy on 01259 724352, or go along and pick them up on Saturday evening.


Brandon in Stirling

The award winning Scottish & Country entertainer Brandon McPhee brings his full show to Stirling's Albert Halls on Friday night. The Mod winning accordionist, who hosts the Caithness Music programme on the Keep It Country TV channel, features some well known musicians in his band, including Manson Grant & The Dynamos, Ireland's Crawford Bell, and steelie Davie Holland (from Dez Walters band).
Brandon also has dates this week in Langholm, Berwick & Aboyne.

Thursday, May 04, 2017


Stirling gig for John Hinshelwood

Singer songwriter John Hinshelwood and his band appear this Monday night (May 8th) at Stirling Folk Club, who are resident at the city's Rugby Club.
Later in the month, the band play Strathyre Festival.


Prairie Star update

The Prairie Star Country & Western Club will be in their usual venue this coming Saturday 6th May, doors open at 7pm-11.45pm, and this month sees the long awaited return of the ‘Lorraine McMillan Band’ very popular on the Country music circuit with music to suit our dancers and listeners alike and not to be missed.
There are also a few seats left on our ‘Country Cruise’ on 17th June, when we will be entertained on board with top duo ‘Stillwater’ aptly named for the night. We leave Alloa dock at 7.30pm on the ‘Maid of the Forth’ and should return about 11.0pm, and again a good night of country music for all.
Details and tickets for this and any other event just phone Dorothy on 01259724352 and until we see Y’all again, mind and Keep it Country!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Shania's back

Shania Twain is back with a brand new single, “Life’s About To Get Good,” due out in June, and she’ll debut the new song for fans during a headlining set Saturday night at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California. In September, Twain also plans to release her first new album in 15 years. The superstar revealed the big news during her appearance on NBC’s The Voice Monday night (April 24), where she served as a first-time-ever fifth judge on the show and key advisor to the remaining contestants.


Lisa McHugh band members in accident

Two of Lisa McHugh's band were injured in a road traffic collision in Tyrone last weekend. Daniel Martin and Simon Sheeran were hospitalised after the accident, but both are expected to make a full recovery.
Lisa was in another vehicle following them home from their gig in Dundalk,  and saw the crashed vehicles at 3am and stayed with them overnight at the hospital, Lisa cancelled her gig last Sunday night but will be back on the road this weekend, with a temporary drummer and guitarist.
And she'll be home in Scotland in September for dates, including The Strathclyde Suite at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on September 1st.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Southern Fried preview line up

Perth's Southern Fried Festival doesn;'t happen until 27th-30th July, but they've been busy leaking some of the headliners on social media this week, Andy Fairweather Low, Nick Lowe, Jim Lauderdale, Doug Seegers, Sam Outlaw, Loudon Wainwright III, Rodney Crowell, Ags Connolly, Jill Jackson , Chuck Prophet &  Rab Noakes are just a few of the acts lined up so far.
Weekend Passes go on sale Fri 21st April with general onsale following on Wed 26th.
Tickets will be available via www.southernfriedfestival.co.uk by phone on 01738 621 031 and in person at Perth Concert Hall.


Patsy remembered

The Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville opened last week, located above the Johnny Cash Museum.
Given Patsy ’s tragically shortened life — Cline died in a plane crash at the age of 30 — the country singer had a short-lived career which could have posed an issue for the curators.
Before her passing, Cline had done no known interviews, print or otherwise. Curators began to sculpt a fuller image of Cline though the singer’s history and correspondence with fans and family.
“She was a pen pal to a lot of people, just regular people,” ta spokesman explained, “Fans in the late 1950s would see a show or hear a record and they would reach out to her and she would write back to them. And not just ‘Thanks for writing. Best wishes, Patsy Cline.’ She would write them three page, front and back, handwritten letters about how her career was going and how life was as a mother and a wife.”
Along with never before seen home videos, the letters portray the life of the woman offstage. The museum displays pieces from Cline’s Nashville home that she purchased and decorated shortly before her death in 1963. She had referred to the house as her “dream home.”
The museum reaches even further into the singer’s past and features the actual booth from Gaunt’s Drugstore in Winchester, Va. Cline dropped out of school when her father left and worked at the diner as a soda jerk and waitress to help support her family.
Additionally, there is an entire wall at the museum de
dicated to Cline’s singles. The 45s begin with her 1955 recording of “A Church, a Courtroom and Then Goodbye” that appeared on her first EP “Songs By Patsy Cline.” Over 100 sides of records line the wall, displaying the remarkable legacy she left behind through her professional recording career.


Alabama's Jeff Cook confirms condition

Alabama member Jeff Cook will step away from touring due to his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. The band’s fiddle player and guitarist was diagnosed about four years ago but kept the condition private until now

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