Monday, February 11, 2019


Kris Kristofferson Scottish dates

Legendary actor and singer songwriter Kris Kristofferson returns to Scotland with three dates in June.
Catch him :
Jun 18  Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Jun 19  Music Hall, Aberdeen
Jun 20  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Sunday, February 10, 2019


Lisa Stanley for Falkirk

Sligo born singer and Keep It Country TV presenter Lisa Stanley is heading for Falkirk Town Hall with her own 4 piece band. Lisa has previously toured Scotland with both Nathan Carter and Dominic Kirwan, but is now embarking on her solo headlining tour, which plays Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday February 24th.
Lisa, who has four albums available, can also be seen on Keep It Country (Sky 376/Freeview 87) Friday nights at Midnight, and 1am Sundays.


Celtic Country heads north east

Stewart Fenwick's Celtic Country programme has been broadcasting for 13 years on Glasgow based Celtic Music Radio, and Dunoon Community Radio. Now an hour long version of the programme is also being broadcast on Original 106 Country and Wave Country, the 24 Hour internet Country music stations run by the commercial radio stations in Aberdeen & Dundee.  Celtic Country airs on Saturday & Monday nights 8-9pm.
Thie links are and


Ashton Lane for Livingston

Glasgow duo Ashton Lane are heading for Lvingston's Howden Centre this Friday (Feb 15th) in support of their UK Country No.1 album The InBetween.


Acoustic Sparrow EP from Ashley Monroe

Recent Celtic Connection visitor Ashley Monroe is releasing a brand new EP featuring five acoustic versions of songs from her critically-acclaimed fourth album ‘Sparrow’. ‘
Sparrow (Acoustic Sessions)’ will be released on 15th February 2019


Brooks & Dunn reform for Duets albun

The best-selling duo of all time, Brooks & Dunn, announced Nashville’s best kept secret today with the news that their forthcoming collaboration project REBOOT  will be available April 5 (Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville). Brooks & Dunn hit the studio for the first time together since 2007 joined by an eclectic cast of country’s hottest rising talent and producer Dann Huff to remake 12 timeless Brooks & Dunn hits. Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Midland, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Tyler Booth and Kacey Musgraves call the shots on the all-new arrangements of face-to-face collaborations with Brooks & Dunn.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


Songwriter Whitey Shafer passes

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Whitey Shafer died on Saturday, Jan. 12, at age 84 following years of declining health.
Regarded as one of the finest hard-country tunesmiths of his generation, Shafer wrote or co-wrote such classics as “Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” (George Strait), “That’s the Way Love Goes” (Merle Haggard, Johnny Rodriguez), “I Wonder Do You Think of Me” (Keith Whitley), “Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong” (George Jones) and “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” (George Strait).
Born Sanger D. Shafer in 1934, he was raised in rural Whitney, TX. Songwriter Doodle Owens, whom he’s known in Texas, introduced Shafer to publisher/producer Ray Baker. As a result, two of Shafer’s first three songs were recorded by George Jones, “Between My House and Town” and “New Man in Town.”
The songwriter soon became a favorite of others. Connie Smith began recording Shafer songs in 1971 and subsequently had hits with “I’m Sorry If My Love Got In Your Way” (1971), “Dream Painter” (1973), “I Never Knew What That Song Meant Before” (1974), “I’ve Got My Baby On My Mind” (1974) and “I Got a Lot of Hurtin’ Done Today” (1975).
Moe Bandy launched his career with Whitey Shafer songs. His eight hit Shafer singles were “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs” (1974), “Honky Tonk Amnesia” (1974), “It Was Always So Easy to Find an Unhappy Woman” (1975), “Bandy the Rodeo Clown” (1975), “The Biggest Airport in the World” (1976), “She Took More Than Her Share” (1976), “She Just Loved the Cheatin’ Out of Me” (1977) and “Soft Lights and Hard Country Music” (1978). Bandy has recorded a total of 33 Shafer songs.
Despite songwriting success, Whitey Shafer never lost sight of his own recording aspirations. Baker produced Shafer singles for Musicor Records in 1967 and RCA Records in 1968-70. The RCA sides were reissued by Germany’s Bear Family label in 1984.
As a songwriter, he hit new heights in the late-1980s. George Strait had big hits with his “Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” (1985), “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” (1987) and “Overnight Success” (1989).
Keith Whitley’s version of Shafer’s “I Wonder Do You Think of Me” hit No. 1 in 1989. Haggard revived “You Babe” in 1988. Scott McQuaig bought back “Honky Tonk Amnesia” in 1989.
Whitey Shafer was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989. By then, his songs had been recorded by dozens more, including John Anderson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty, John Conlee, Eddy Raven, David Frizzell & Shelly West, Carl Smith, Billy Walker, Sammi Smith, Ed Bruce and The Osborne Brothers.
This activity continued into the 1990s with Kenny Chesney, Lee Ann Womack, Shawn Colvin, Randy Travis, Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, Lorrie Morgan, Rhonda Vincent, Jeannie Seely and others recording his tunes.
John Michael Montgomery scored a hit with Shafer’s co-written “Beer and Bones” in 1993. Several bluegrass bands drew from his catalog, as well.
In 2015, Moe Bandy organized an all-star tribute at The Nashville Palace to honor Whitey Shafer. By then, the songwriter was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Tuesday, January 08, 2019


Country On The Clyde

Country On The Clyde, which provides afternnon entertainment on The Ferry, during the Country2Country weekend in March, has announced it's first four performers - local lassies Martha L Healy and Katee Kross, alongside English performers Stevie O'Connor and Backwoods Creek. 
The event runs 12 Noon-4pm on March 9th & 10th. Check out the Facebook Page.

Friday, December 28, 2018


Remebering the Hillbilly Heaven inductees 2018

Daryle Singletary died on Feb. 12 at the age of 46. The causes of his tragically early death are still unknown, but since his passing, the country community has celebrated his life. From a tribute concert at the Ryman to a Nashville ‘90s Night in March that ended with Cole Swindell, LoCash, John Michael Montgomery and more covering Singletary’s “Too Much Fun,” country stars have taken to the stage and social media to honor the late singer.

After a battle with cancer, ‘90s country singer Lari White died on Jan. 23 at the age of 52. White’s career began when she won a recording contract through the televised talent competition You Can Be a Star. In addition to her hit singles “Now I Know” and “That’s My Baby,” White also wrote songs for Toby Keith, Lonestar, Travis Tritt and Pat Green.

Burt Reynolds died on Sept. 6 at a hospital in Florida after suffering a heart attack. He was 82. The actor had close ties to the country music scene; he starred with Reba McEntire in the 1993 made-for-TV movie The Man From Left Field, and with Jerry Reed in 1977's Smokey and the Bandit. Reynolds also released a country album, Ask Me What I Am, in the early '70s.

Rayburn Anthony’s career goes back to the Sun Sessions in Memphis. Rayburn grew up in the same town as WS Holland of The Tennessee Three fame. After cutting 14 songs for Sun Records, he moved to Nashville and had various releases on the Polydor and Mercury labels. As far as writing is concerned, he wrote hits for the likes of Vern Gosdin, Charley Pride and Jerry Lee Lewis. He wrote  “Caution To The Wind”, the B side to Sandy Posey’s hit “Born A Woman”. His popularity in Europe, especially Sweden sustained over many decades, due to his traditional and rockabilly style. Rayburn was one of the first American acts I ever interviewed. He was touring with Melba Montgomery on a Scottish tour for promoter Drew Taylor. That would’ve been 40 years now, and I’ve enjoyed his music ever since. I was sorry to hear of Rayburn’s passing on April 21st at the age of 80.

The Nashville songwriting community lost a few this year Kenny O’Dell, the songwriter behind the Judds’ “Mama’s He’s Crazy” and Charlie Rich’s No. 1 single “Behind Closed Doors,” died on March 28 at the age of 72. O’Dell also wrote songs for Tanya Tucker, Dottie West and Kenny Rogers, and was one of the longest-serving members of the board of directors for the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Dolly Parton's brother, Floyd Parton, was 61 when he passed away on Dec. 6. Floyd Estel Parton was "a talented songwriter and composer," his obituary reports; in fact, his famous sister recorded two of his songs, the No. 1 "Rockin' Years" (a duet with Ricky Van Shelton) and "Nickels and Dimes."

More recently, songwriter Jerry Chesnut has died. A member of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, the tunesmith died on Dec. 15, at the age of 87. In 1967, Del Reeves recorded Chesnut's "A Dime at a Time." One year later, Chesnut notched his first Grammy Awards nomination, when Jerry Lee Lewis' "Another Place, Another Time" -- a Top 10 country hit -- earned a nod. Also in 1968, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner made Chesnut's "Holding on to Nothin'" a Top 10 hit. Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr. and more recorded his songs. He'd earned another Grammy nomination with his song "A Good Year for the Roses," recorded by both George Jones (who made it a No. 2 song) and Elvis Costello.

Roy Clark died at his home in Tulsa, Okla., due to complications from pneumonia on Nov. 15 at the age of 85. The singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, but he was perhaps best-known for his role on the TV country music variety series Hee Haw.

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Freddie Hart died on Oct. 27 in Burbank, Calif. , after suffering complications from pneumonia. He was 91. Hart is best remembered for "Easy Loving," which earned Song of the Year at 1971's ACM Awards and CMA Awards. The song also earned Hart two Grammy nominations and was Billboard's No. 1 country single of the year 1971.

Other musician deaths this year included Brandon Jenkins, known for his Red Dirt style of country music, died on March 2 following complications from heart surgery in February. Jenkins released over a dozen albums during his career, and saw many of his songs, including “Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” and “Finger on the Trigger,” become hits on the Texas music charts.
The surviving members of Confederate Railroad shared on June 2 that one of their founding members, Wayne Secrest, had died following a long illness. He was 68.
Drummer DJ Fontana, who rose to fame as part of Elvis Presley's band and played for a number of other artists was 87 years old when he died on June 13.
Ed King, a guitarist in the groundbreaking Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died at his home in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 22 at the age of 68. He had been battling lung cancer.
Longtime George Strait drummer Mike Kennedy died in a car accident in Tennessee on Aug. 31. He was 59 years old. Kennedy had played in Strait's Ace in the Hole Band since the early 1980s.

Ronnie Prophet is one of Country music’s all round entertainers. Originally from Quebec , Canada, Prophet made his mark on Nashville, with his own show on Printers Alley, and later in Branson, Missouri. He was a regular compere of the Wembley Country Music Festival, until he had a public spat with the tobacco firm sponsoring the event. He had a string of Country hits in vboth Canada & the USA, stretching back to 1973. Ronnie died March 2nd at age 80.

The Irish scene suffered several notable losses in 2018, including Brenda Mulgrew and Sandy Kelly’s sister Barbara Ellis, an artist in her own right. We also learned of the passing of Sandi Hearsh, the presenter of RTE Radio’s Country Time, but it’s the passing of Big Tom McBride which shook the Irish Country scene most. Big Tom passed away in April at the age of 81, after a musical career which stretched back 50 years. Tom’s wife, Rose passed away in January.

Here in Scotland, we learned of the passing of Ann Duff, who was married to Davie Duff from the band Colorado. The two met when Ann was a member in the Dynamos Showband. Anne contributed a song to the Dynamos “50 Years And More” CD released a couple of years ago. Ann was buried in Golspie on Thursday.
Yorkshire based Gary Perkins , one of the UK’s most popular Country performers passed away on 1oth December at the age of 56. Gary had performed with The Breeze since 1995.

Musician, songwriter, studio-owner and producer Randy Scruggs died on April 17, following a short battle with illness. He was 64. The son of Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs produced for and performed with artists including Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and Ricky Skaggs, and wrote for artists like Deana Carter.

Behind the music, there’s a business with people who put so much into what we actually hear.
Glenn Snoddy died on May 21 at the age of 96. He was known as the man behind “the Nashville sound,” the fuzzy, distorted guitar effect that he discovered in 1960 by accident. Using the sound made by a blown amp transformer as his inspiration, he invented the Maestro Fuzz-Tone, which was then acquired by Gibson and soon heard everywhere; if you listen to the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, you’re listening to a Fuzz-Tone. Snoddy also recorded classics like Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and Hank Williams’ final quartet of hits (including “Your Cheatin’ Heart”).
BRIAN FERRIMAN was a pioneering Canadian record label owner and artist manager, who as well as managing Michelle Wright for 28 years, actively promoted Canadian Country music on the international stage.
Hazel Smith. Smith garnered acclaim after a long and varied career in country music, which included work as a journalist, songwriter and publicist. She is credited with coining the term "outlaw country" in the late 1970s while working in publicity, when faced with radio stations seeking a term to describe artists such as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. She died at the age of 83 in her Madison, Tenn., home on March 18, 2018

Dave & Sugar singer Dave Rowland died on Nov. 1 in Nashville after suffering complications from a stroke. He was 74. He was best known as the lead singer for the country-pop trio, which scored a run of hit singles from 1975 until 1981 that included "The Door Is Always Open," "Tear Time," "Golden Tears" and "My World Begins and Ends With You."

Casey Anderson is the father of Lynn Anderson (Rose Garden). Lynn passed away in 2015.
He was one of the founder members of the Nashvillie Songwriters Association International, and amongst his biggest hits he wrote Merle Haggard’s first No.1 Hit “The Fugitive”. In 2001, he, and wife Liz, together with producer Mark Moseley released a western themed concept album called “The Sons Of The Guns”

Singer-songwriter Tony Joe White died at his home in Leiper's Fork, Tenn., of a heart attack on Oct. 24. He was 75. White released more than a dozen albums as an artist, and earned a Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit with his song "Polk Salad Annie," but he was best known as a songwriter. "Polk Salad Annie" was covered by, among others, Elvis Presley, while "Rainy Night in Georgia" was made famous by rock / pop / R&B artist Brook Benton and "Steamy Windows" became a Top 40 single for Tina Turner.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Geordie Jack video biography

There's a new YouTube biography of Geordie Jack, the voice behind Scotland's greatest Country band, Colorado, who were the BCMA's Group of the Year every year through the 1980's.
Geordie, whose latest album is "Choices" talks quite candidly about life on the road, changing band members, and writing songs.

Check out the video here

Friday, November 16, 2018


Madison Country cancellation

Sorry to announce that the next Masison County CWC night, scheduled for Nov 23rd has been cancelled due to ill hralth. We all wish Janice a speedy recovery.


Roy Clark passes

Roy Clark, the legendary ‘superpicker’, GRAMMY, CMA and ACM award winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed ‘Hee Haw’ television series, died Thursday (Nov. 15) at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.
Roy Clark’s decade-defying success could be summed up in one word — sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world’s finest multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capitol of the world (the Ozark town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history.
But the bottom line for Roy Clark was the honest warmth he gave to his audiences. Bob Hope summed it up when he told Roy, “Your face is like a fireplace.”
Born Roy Linwood Clark on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia, his family moved to D.C. when he was a youngster. His father played in a square dance band and took him to free concerts by the National Symphony and by various military bands.
Beginning on banjo and mandolin, he was one of those people “born with the music already in them.” His first guitar, a Sears Silvertone, came as a Christmas present when he was 14. That same year, 1947, he made his first TV appearance.
Clark has had 23 Top 40 country hits, among them eight Top 10s: The Tips Of My Fingers (#10, 1963), I Never Picked Cotton (#5) and Thank God And Greyhound You’re Gone (#6, 1970), The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter Revolution Polka (#9, 1972), Come Live With Me (#1) and Somewhere Between Love And Tomorrow (#2, 1973), and If I Had It To Do All Over Again (#2, 1976).
Roy is preceded in death by his beloved grandson Elijah Clark who passed at the age of fourteen on September 24, 2018.

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Buddy remebered 60 Years on

It's coming up for 60 years since the legendary Buddy Holly died, and Brian Hughes has put together a show in his honour.
The 'Songs Of Buddy Holly' show will take place at Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry, on Sunday 3 February 2019, on the 60th anniversary of 'The Day The Music Died'. It is a full live show where you can listen, sing along or get up and dance, whatever takes your fancy! We will be playing all Buddy's hits, and joined by some guests on the night, a must for all 'Buddies'

Tickets are priced £12.75 and can be purchased via my website


John Miller back "For One Night Only"

After almost 7 years in the musical desert, one of Scotland's most Country voices, John Miller is back with his Country Casuals and will be making one last public appearance, albeit a short one, as a special tribute to good pal Davy Patton, who is recovering devastating brain haemorrhage, at the Asking For A Friend (Glasgow) concert on January 12th at Oran Mor.
Also appearing will be a superb line up of The Shiverin’ Sheikhs, Emma & The Ragmen, Martin Stephenson & The Rockets, Awkward Family Portraits and who knows who else might turn up.


CMA Awards go Urban

Keith Urban, one of the headliners at next year's C2C, won his second CMA Entertainer of The Year award at last nights CMA Awards, held at The Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. The New Zealand born singer won the same award 13 years ago.
He wasnt the only C2C artist to win last night.
Chris Stapleton, who went into the night with five nominations, won three awards - Male Vocalist, as well as Single & Song of the Year for "Broken Halos". He was the only multiple winner on the night.
Recent Glasgow visitor Kasey Musgraves won Album of the Year for "Golden Hour", on what was the 10th Anniversary of her arrrival in Music City.
Old Dominion were named Top Group, and Brothers Osborne (not to be confused with legendary Bluegrass duo The Osborne Brothers), who are in Glasgow next Sunday, were named Vocal Duo.  Luke Combs, another recent Glasgow visitor was given the New Artist Of The Year award.
Carrie Underwood, who hosted the show with Brad Paisley for the 11th consecutive year, was named Female Vocalist of the year.
One of the biggest surprises would come in the Vocal Event category, where David Lee Murphy won for his duet with Kenny Chesney on "Everything's Gonna Be Alright". Murphy had three albums released by MCA in the 90's, and released his first in 14 years with "No Zip Code" which features the award winning duet.
Rounding off the awards, Thomas Rhett won the Video award for "Marry Me" and Mac McAnally was named Top Musician.
No awards then for the Florida Georgia Line / Bebe Rexha duet, which is now spending its 50th week at No.1 on the Billboard Country chart.
BBC4 will show an hour long edited version on Friday 23rd at 10,25pm.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Lisa unleashes her lashes

Glasgow born Irish Country star Lisa McHugh has just introduced her own brand of eye lashes, as well as a new compilation album, "The Best So Far", and a new 2019 Lisa McHugh calendar just in time for Christmas.
She is also doing well with her recent duet single, "Honey Honey" with Derek Ryan.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Back2Country @ McQue's

Local duo Back2Country are playing a charity night at MQues's in Bannockburn on Friday November 23rd, in aid of Bells Field Fundraisers.
Tickets, £10, from  Ann Wilson on 01786 812725 or Nuala on 07709 076966

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Celtic Connections 2019

The line up for Glasgow's annual winter festival, Celtic Connections has been announced, and, as ever, there will be a few concerts of interest to Country music fans.
West Virginia born Kathy Mattea returns to the festival to promote her album, "Pretty Bird" (23rd Jan @ Mitchel Theatre), and Ashley Monroe, one third of The Pistol Annies will play St Lukes on the 27th, the same night as Canadian sweethearts Madison Violet play The Old Fruitmarket.
From the Nashville TV series, Charles Esten plays The Old Fruitmarket on Jan 20th, and Texan singer songwriter Jarrod Dickenson plays The Hug & A Pint on Jan 31st.
Two of Scotland's top female Country singer songwriters, Jill Jackson and Marthy L Healy are on the same bill, at The Mackintosh Church on Jan 25th.
Buffalo Blood, is an international collaboration with Scottish musician Dean Owens and Nashville/Orphan Brigade’s Neilson Hubbard, Joshua Britt and Audrey Spillman, playing The Mitchel Theatre, also on Jan 25th
It's aproject inspired and captured in the heart of the New Mexico Desert. Recorded on location at La Plaza Blanca, Echo Canyon, and around Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch.
Elsewhere My Darling Clementine plays Oran Mor on Jan 19th; Texan singer songwriter Andrew Combs supports Amy Helms at Oran Mor on the 26th, with bluegrass band, Lonesome Ace Stringband playing the Royal Concert Hall same night.   Rhiannon Giddens plays the Concert Hall on  the 28th and Gretchen Peters plays The Kings Theatre on the 30th.  Tim O'Brien plays The Mackintosh Church on 2nd Feb, as well as Transatlantic sessions on Feb 2nd & 4th.
See the full line up @
Tickets on sale Friday.

Monday, October 22, 2018


C2C 2019 Line up announced

Recent visitors Chase Rice, Drake White & Ashley McBryde will return to Glasgow for next year's Country2Country Festival at The Hydro. Headliners for the event being held March 8-10th will be Chris Stapleton (Fri), Keith Urban (Sat) & Lady Antebelum (Sun). Lyle Lovett is the token "established" artist at the event. He'll play Glasgow on the Friday night. Other names announced include Drake Eldredge, Cam, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch and Carly Pearce.
Tickets go on sale on Friday

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Charlie Landsborough final tour

Not only has Charlie announced he is to undero a 16 date tour of Scotland, but he has just announced that it will be for the last time as he prepares to hang up his guitar and retire.
Charlie started singing professionally in the 1970s, although his major success did not come until 1994 with his song "What Colour is the Wind". He is one of the UK's top country acts and is also popular in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.  Charlie is generally recognised and categorised as a country singer, however, as his fans will tell you, country music is only one part of his live shows and music catalogue. Winner of 'Best Songwriter', 'Best Song', 'Best Male Vocalist' & 'International Country Album' Charlie's talent and chart-topping records received the ultimate recognition in 2011 when he was inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame- a wonderful achievement for any artist.   Charlie this month also released a new CD ‘The Attic Collection’ which no doubt will prove to be as successful as those that came before.
The time has come however for this country and folk musician, singer-songwriter Charlie Landsborough to hang up his guitar.  Charlie said: “Now I thought that you who have been so good to me should be the first to know that I intend to hang up my guitar and retire next year. Hence, these next tours to Scotland in October, Ireland in January and around England in spring will be my last.
“I will certainly miss you all but will never forget your great kindness and support and will always treasure the wonderful memories I have of the lovely times I have had with you.”
Charlie is known as the UK’s premier country music singer, however, country music is only one part of his live shows. For his last shows, Charlie plans a night of beautiful ballads, folk, blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, gospel and anthems.
Charlie will be talking to Stewart Fenwick on his Celtic Country programme this Sunday, 21st October ahead of the tour. Tune into Celtic Music Radio, 12 Noon-2pm on 95FM in Glasgow, 97.4 Dunoon Community Radio, and online @, and afterwards on catch up.

Charlie Landsborough in Concert - Scottish Tour 2018
Tues 23 October,  Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
Wed 24 October - The Gaiety, Ayr
Thurs 25 October - The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm
Saturday 27 October -  Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
Sunday 28 October - Universal Hall, Findhorn
Monday 29 October - Howden Park Centre, Livingston
Tuesday 30 October - Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath
Wednesday 31 October - Motherwell Concert Hall, Motherwell
Thursday 1 November - Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Friday 2 November - Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen
Saturday 3 November - Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock
Sunday 4 November -    FTH Theatre, Falkirk
Wednesday 7 November - the Brunton, Musselburgh
Thursday 8 November - Assembly Rooms, Wick
Friday 9 November - Corran Halls, Oban
Saturday 10 November - Victoria Hall, Campbeltown


Thomas & Fhiona back in Scotland

Thomas Maguire & Fhiona Ennis are on tour in Scotland in October and appear as follows;
Fri 26th Oct - Thurso RBL - 8pm - 01847 893377
Sat 27th Oct - Invergordon Social Club - 9pm - 01349 852137
Sun 28th Oct - New Inn Hotel, Ellon - 8pm - 01358 720425


Irish Country scene mourn death of Barbara Ellis

The Irish Country music scene is mourning the death of Sandy Kelly's sister Barbara on October 9th.
Barbara Ellis was also recognised as a singer in her own right.
Barbara started her career singing with the Fairways after her sister, Sandy Kelly, joined the band in the mid 1970's. Within a few years, the band added cousin, Marian to the line-up and they became the Duskey Sisters. In 1982, the band hit the big time when the Duskeys represented Ireland in Eurovision singing "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow," which was a chart hit for the band, reaching number 12 in the Irish charts. Although the band broke up around 1983, Barbara would continue to sing often with Sandy in her Patsy Cline show and in 2006, she formed a wedding band called Champagne which played weddings and functions across the country. Barbara retired from the stage several years ago and was living in Dromahair. Her daughter, Sandie Ellis, continues the family tradition and is a part of the young music scene in Sligo. Check out this video of Barbara with sister Sandy.

Friday, September 14, 2018


Alan Jackson's son in law killed in accident

The son-in-law of country music star Alan Jackson died Wednesday after sustaining traumatic head injuries in a fall, authorities said.
Ben Selecman suffered severe injuries after falling while helping a woman onto a boat in Florida, according to information released by the Davidson County District Attorney's Office in Nashville, where he worked as an assistant district attorney.
He was 28 and married to the singer's daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Rachel Harrington returns

Following an extended hiatus, much acclaimed Pacific Northwest  singer-songwriter Rachel Harrington announces a month-long UK tour running from during October.
Rachel will be performing material from her widely lauded back catalogue, interspersed with selections from her new covers set I Wish I Was In Austin, which will only be available on CD during the tour - a digital release will follow later in the year - and previewing songs from her much anticipated Hush The Wild Horses album, due for release in summer 2019.
Dates on her tour includes visit to Dunfermline Folk Club, at The Glen Tavern on Wednesday 10th October, Dunoon Burgh Hall on Thursday 11th , and the following Thursday, 18th at Montrose Folk Club.


Bluegrass duo head for The Tolbooth

Stirling's Tolbooth Theatre is a stop on the forthcoming tour by Betse Ellis & Clarke Wyatt next Friday, September 21st. Fiddler Betse has played Scotland before as part of The Wilders, whilst Clarke wows audiences on the banjo. The pair's Ozark influenced old timey bluegrass sounds will also be heard this month in places like Fort William, Kirkcaldy, Peebles, and at The Moniaive Bluegrass Festival.


Moniaive Bluegrass

The 10th Annual Moniaive Bluegrass Festival is being held in the Dunfrieshire village from Seprttember 28th-30th, with music from The White Top Mountain Band, Midnight Run, Betse & Clarke, Longway, The Broken Spring Band and Bluedust, with a number of workshops and sessions running alongside the live music.
Full details, and videos of the main acts are available at


Shania's the Fan favourite at Canadian Country Music Awards

Shania Twain, who performs in Glasgow next week, was the big winner at Sunday night's Canadian Country Music Awards, which were held in the steel town of Hamilton, Ontario.
Booked to host the glittering TV show, which was broadcast across Canada, and streamed across the world online for the first time, Shania was surprised during the pre-show red carpet coverage, by being presented by the awards for Top Selling Country Album, and Top Selling Canadian Country Album for “Now”. She was also presented with The Generation Award, and the evening’s top accolade, The Fans Choice Award. Shania had previously won this award three times, the most recent being in Ottawa back in 1999, when she was notable by her absence, being a 4 time award winner that year too.
As if Shania’s triumphant return wasn’t enough, the evening began with a Twain tribute, by three of today’s Country girls, Kira Isabella, Jess Moskaluke and Madeline Merlo.
Women were certainly shining bright on the night. Terri Clark was elected to the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame.  Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke collected the award for Album of the Year, the first time a female had won that award since Carolyn Dawn Johnson in 2004. And Meghan Patrick repeated her success by winning Female Vocalist for the second year.
BC’s Dallas Smith was the awarded Male vocalist for the first time, and The Reklaws were named Rising Stars. The James Barker Band were awarded Single of the Year for “Chills”, whilst The Washboard Union, based out on the west coast, were named Top Group, as well as collecting their third Roots Artist of the year accolade.

Album of the Year — "Past the Past" - Jess Moskaluke
Fans' Choice Award — Shania Twain
Female Artist of the Year — Meghan Patrick
Group of Duo of the Year — The Washboard Union
Male Artist of the Year — Dallas Smith
Rising Star — The Reklaws
Single of the Year — "Chills" - James Barker Band
Top Selling Album of the Year — "Now" - Shania Twain
Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year — "Now" - Shania Twain
The Generation Award - Shania Twain


Glasgow Americana

Glasgow’s Annual Americana festival, which was first held in 2007, is back again this month, with 10 impressive gigs in 5 days, at venues across the city.
International visitors like Austin based singer songwriter Kimmie Rhodes, Nathan Bell from Chattanooga, and New Jersey’s Anthony D’Amato are all flying in to headline their own shows.
Nashville based Woody Pines is playing for a private wedding over here, before also squeezing in an appearance on the Sunday afternoon Hazy Recollections matinee show at The Admiral Bar.
Martha L Healy and Starry Skies will be having album launches during the festival, which also sees headline shows by Bristol based Yola Carter, and Australian born Emily Barker (she wrote and performed the theme to BBC TV’s Wallander), and local lads, The Hellfire Club.
There’s also a night of Byrds,Beatles and Beach Boys influence from Bennett Wilson Poole at The Glad Café on the Saturday night
Add to that supporting roles for The Red Pine Timber Company, Mabel & Huck, David Latto, Lynnie Carson & Yvonne Lyon, the festival is showcasing an amazing array of talent.
The Glasgow Americana Festival runs from October 3-7th. See the giglist page for individual dates, or check out

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Garth goes triple

Garth Brooks is to release a 3-CD set, "Triple Live"  with 26 songs recorded during his World Tour in 2014. From the 3-CD set a limited edition is available where you can listen to songs in different ways such as the stage mix as heard by the band or how it sounds when you are in the audience during the show and thousands of people around you every word hears sing along.
An official release date has not yet been announced.


Irish Post Country Awards

This year's Irish Post Country Awards were be held in Derry on September 11th. The main awards are voted on by the public, and broadcast worldwide online by TG4 & Irish TV's Facebook page.
The winners (in red) and nominees were:

Lifetime Achievement Award    Susan McCann

Best Country Newcomer
Jordan Mogey
Aiden Clerkin
The Ward Sisters
Ciaran Rosney

Best Country Video
Olivia Douglas - Leaving Tipperary - watch it here 
Lisa McHugh - Who I Am
Derek Ryan - Homeland
Nathan Carter - This Song Is For You

Best Country Female
Olivia Douglas
Lisa McHugh
Philomena Begley
Cliona Hagan

Best Country Male
Patrick Feeney
Nathan Carter
Derek Ryan
Johnny Brady

Best Country Single
Derek Ryan - Hayley Jo
Cliona Hagan - Born To Run
Stuart Moyles - Westport Town
Lisa McHugh - Who I Am

Best Country Album 
Dominic Kirwan - Country Favourites
Philomena Begley - My Life, My Music, My Memories
Derek Ryan - The Fire
Cliona Hagan - Secret Love

Best Country Songwriter
Shunie Crampsey
Derek Ryan
Johnny Brady
Don Mescall


CMA Award nominees anounced

The nominees for the 52nd annual CMA Awards were announced Tuesday morning on Good Morning America.
Chris Stapleton tops the list of finalists with five nominations. Producer and musician Dann Huff receives four nominations, the second most nominations this year, while nine artists garner three each—Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban.  The full list is below.
The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, will be broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 14

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

New Artist of the Year
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Chris Janson
Brett Young

Single of the Year
“Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
“Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland
“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
“Tequila” – Dan + Shay

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Album of the Year
From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Graffiti U – Keith Urban
Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
The Mountain – Dierks Bentley

Song of the Year
“Body Like A Back Road”
“Broken Halos”
“Drowns the Whiskey”
“Drunk Girl”

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion

Musical Event of the Year
“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley ft. Brothers Osborne
“Dear Hate,” Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill
“Drowns The Whiskey,” Jason Aldean ft. Miranda Lambert
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney
“Meant To Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line


Late spaces available for Ayr Festival

The Ayr International Country Music Festival, which will feature Will Banister, Joni Harms and John Permenter, at the Adampton House Hotel in Monkton, Sept 28th-Oct 1st, has some late availability. Due to cancellations, 6 rooma have becomeavailable. Contact Greg Cooper 07761 848741 if interested. A number of UK and Irish artists are also on the bill.


Dominic Kirwan awaits operation.

Irish singer, Dominic Kirwan has cancelled a number of dates down south, as he awaits an operation on his hip, but his Scottish dates, in Inverness, Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee & Mussleburgh in October are still "on" at this time.
On his Facebook page, Dominic clarified the situation with the following message:
Following a recent appointment with my consultant and the deterioration of my condition I was strongly advised to reduce my schedule whilst preparing for a planned operation on my hip. After having discussions with the promoters of the Celtic country tour we decided to remove those dates as this tour was intense, yet some other dates have remained so far. I am grateful for this decision as it has significantly reduced my work load and travelling which in turn means my pain relief is easier and more healthily managed. I’m disappointed to have cancelled shows but again appreciate your understanding. I am still awaiting a confirmed date for my operation and therefore cannot be definite about forthcoming shows though I hope not to need to cancel anymore. Naturally if my pain or medication increases further this may be beyond my control. Hopefully 2019 will see me fully back ‘in action!’

Friday, August 24, 2018


Sweet Home Alabama co-writer passes

Longtime Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, who helped pen one of Southern rock's quintessential anthems, died Wednesday at his Nashville home.
Ed King played guitar for Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975 and 1987 to 1996. He co-wrote the band's 1974 classic "Sweet Home Alabama," and it's his voice counting off the "One, two, three" before going into the instantly recognizable guitar riff that starts the song.
"Ronnie (Van Zant) wrote the lyrics, whilst Gary Rossington and Ed wrote the music.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Canadian Tia McGraff returns

Ontario based Tia McGraff and her American husband Tommy Parham are back on tour across the UK next month, in support of Tia's new album, "Stubborn In My Blood".
Tia plays Kirkcaldy Folk Club on September 6th, Nairn Arts Festival on the 12th.
The Nairn date also includes an afternoon talk about her children's book, Jake The Road Dawg. Tia's mother came from the Nairn area.


Eamon Jackson drops out

Eamon Jackson has cancelled his dance scheduled for 7th The Monikie Hall near Dundee. This is the second time he has cancelled the venue, which is a regular stop on the Irish artists tour circuit.
The next event at Monikie Hall is Paula MacAskill on Saturday 13th October. Paula always puts on a great night of music and dancing and Margo and the regulars look forward to seeing her again.
The next event after that is the Christmas Dance with Shawn Cuddy on Friday 21st December  Shawn and the band  always put on a great show over the festive season.


Gretchen Wilson arrested

Country singer Gretchen Wilson was arrested in Connecticut on Tuesday night for allegedly causing a “minor disturbance” mid-flight.
The Redneck Woman was  taken into custody for breach of peace and bond was set at $1000. She is currently on a summer tour which ends on September 8th in Martin, TN.
Wilson burst onto the Country scene in 2004 with her hit "Redneck Woman", followed by another 4 top 10 singles.
Her most recent album, "Ready To Get Rowdy" was released last summer.

Monday, July 30, 2018


Prairie Star holiday date

It might be "the fair", but it's business as usual at Alloa's Prairie Star this Saturday, with the visit of Big City to the Wee County.


Lisa comes home

Glasgow born Lisa McHugh is back in her homeland for a tour in September, which includes a dance in Glasgow on September 21st at St Lukes, and concert dates in Oban, Inverness, Dundee & Dumfries. 
Lisa has also just released a new single, a cover of the traditional "Y'All Come", given a modern makeover. 


Brandon's Shand story

Brilliant accordionist and Country singer Brandon McPhee is taking a break from his Caithness Music show on Keep It Country TV,  but is hitting the road, not only in his own concert tour with Manson Grant & The Dynamos & Eddie Rose, but also with The Jimmy Shand Story, with TV's Dave Anderson as narrator. He brings the Shand Story to Stirling's Albert Halls on  5th October (change of date).


Charlie Landsborough to tour

Scouse singer songwriter, Charlie Landsborough, best known for songs like "My Forever Friend" and "What Colour Is The Wind", heads north in October for a 16 stop tour of Scotland, Venues include Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday November 4th, as well as Motherwell, Giffnock, Mussleburgh  & Livingston. Full dates on the gigs page.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Raintown play Stirling festival

Raintown are Stirling bound, taking part in The Sruihlea Festival on Saturday August 18th. The festival, at the Forthside Sports Village, features Stirling Highland Games, and a Food Festival during the day, and a live concert at night, which also features Graeme Clark from Wet WetWet, Railfan and Altered Sky. All day tickets are £20, or £15 for the evening concert.


Southern Fried finalise line up

Perth's Southern Fried Festival have confirmed the line up's for their free daytime stages, In addition to headliners like Steve Earle, Iris Dement, Rodney Crowell, Gretchen Peters and Graham Nash, the artists appearing on the Outdoor & Acoustic Stages have been announced. They include The Wandering Hearts, The worry Dolls, Coaltown Daisies, Meaghan Blanchard, The Grahams, Martha L Healy and The Daddy Naggins.
The festival runs July 26-29th at various Perth venues.
Full details and booking here.

Monday, June 11, 2018


Mary Duff returns to Stirling

Mary Duff, the longtime touring partner of Daniel O'Donnell is back on the road headling her own shows this month. Amongst the Scottish dates is a stop at Stirling's Albert Halls on Saturday 23rd June. Other dates include Greenock, Inverness, Arbroath & Langholm.
Supporting Mary on the tour will be the fabulous Jordan Mogey.


Woodside is Fife's new music venue

The Woodside Hotel in Aberdour is making it's mark on the music scene, with a number of "onl Scottish date" events for up & coming artists from the Country & Americana field.
Already Kim Richey has appeared at the venue, and in the next couple of weeks Jessica Lynn, Megan O'Neill and Curtis Grimes are all lined up.
New Yorker Jessica Lynn will be at the venue this Friday, June 15th. She has been hailed as "Shania's successor", whilst she toured last year opening for rockers ZZ Top.
Megan O'Neill follows with an appeareance on Saturday, 16th. The Irish born singer songwriter has made quite a mark on the UK Americana scene.
Then on Saturday June 23rd the atmosphere will be Undeniably Country (the title of his 6th & current album), with Texan Curtis Grimes. 


Hazel Cumming headlines Country & Ceilidh night

Cumbernauld based Hazel Cumming is an up & coming Country singer, who has already appeared at venues as far afield as The Thainstone Festival and the Northern Nashvile club in Caithness, as well as events in Ireland. Next Saturday (June 16th), she is hosting a Country & Ceilidh night at The Alona Hotel at Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, alongside The Ballochmyle Ceildh band.
Hazel already has one album available, "One Step At A Time", and is off to Ireland this summer to record her second release.
Tickets for Saturday's gig are available by calling 07979 494463 or 01563  822572. There will also be a raffle, with proceeds going to Endometriosis UK.


James 'n Wood top CMDS poll

James n' Wood have topped the poll run by Country Music & Dance In Scotland to find Scotland's most popular band. Steve James has been one of the most popular figures on the Scottish Country music scene for many years, but in January 2016 , teamed up with Martin Coulson to form James ' Wood, and quickly found a following.
The beat Texas Gun, Jolene & Barry and Carson City in the readers poll. 


Colorado Club celebrate 35 years

Congatulations to all concerned with The Colorado C&W Club in West Calder, who celebrated their 35th Anniversary this week, with long time regulars Jolene & Barry providing the entertainment.
The Colorado meet every Sunday night at the town's Bowling Club, 

Wednesday, May 09, 2018


The Daddy Naggins come to Stirling

Straight from a great weekend at The Kilkenny Roots Festival in Ireland, the highly acclaimed Glasgow based bluegrass band, The Daddy Naggins, play Stirling Folk Club on Monday May 14th.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018


Aussie star's Glasgow double header

Australian alt-country/Americana outfit Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have announced their return to the UK next month, along with the European release of their fourth album 'Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music' on June 29th.
Amongst the dates are two gigs in Glasgow: 
Friday 29 June: The Howlin Wolf, Glasgow + Imogen Clarke (Aus)
Sat 30 June: MacSorleys Music Bar, Glasgow + The Weeping Willows (Aus)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Irelands King of Country passes

Big Tom McBride, one of the icons of Irish country music, who died today aged 81, will be laid to rest in his home county of Monaghan this Friday. The news follows that  of  Tom's wife Rose passing away in January. They had been married for more than 50 years.
Born near Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, Tom McBride was one of four siblings. He left school in his teens to help out on the family farm and later worked in Scotland and England where he started playing music. He later returned to Ireland and continued to play with the band that was to become The Mainliners.
The band appeared on RTÉ's The Showband Show in 1966 with Gentle Mother and the song became a huge hit, establishing Big Tom and the Mainliners at the forefront of the Irish country scene.
They were huge stars in the 60s and 70s, packing out ballrooms around the country and Big Tom became known as "The King" of Irish country music.
In the late 1970s Big Tom had hits included Four Country Roads and Back to Castleblayney.
In 1980, he was presented with a Gold Award for sales of more than one million records.
He was the first inductee into the Irish Country Music Awards Hall of Fame on RTÉ One in June 2016.
President Michael D Higgins described Big Tom as "one of the most charismatic and influential artists in Irish country music".


Bridge Of Allan date for Austin based Barbara Nesbitt

Texas based singer-songwriter Barbara Nesbitt returns to Scotland next month, with a date at The Allan Brewhouse, Bridge Of Allan on Thursday May 3rd. Barbara will be supported on this gig by The John Hinshelwood Band.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Who I Am - Lisa McHugh

Glasgow born, Irish Country Queen, Lisa McHugh returns with a brand new single, "Who I Am", from her latest album. The song is the theme to "Sue Thomas F.B. Eye" , currenyly being aired on the Drama TV Channel on Saturday nights. The video for the single captures footage of Lisa's Scottish homeland, and her own early life.
Lisa returns to Scotland in September for concerts in Inverness, Oban, Dundee & Dumfries, anda dance at Glasgow's StLukes.


Michael McMillan

Glasgow based singer, Michael McMillan, has launched his new album, "Cross Country", produced by Graham Duffin.  Michaekl will be the guest on this Sunday's Celtic Country programme @ 12 Noon on Celtic Music Radio.


Freddie Fender Biography

'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights: A Meteoric Rise to Stardom' written by Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender tells the true-life story of her famous father, the late Freddy Fender – The King of Tex-Mex. As only seen through the eyes of Freddy’s daughter, her book expresses in intimate detail his rise to success, heartbreaking fall and final redemption bringing to life the heartfelt memories of a man and family caught in the whirlwind of great fame, and conveys in a compassionate yet forthright manner the shattering addictions that accompanied this fame.
In his youth, in 1956, he was the first to record and sing Spanish rock and roll; he was known as the “Mexican Elvis” and called “El Bebop Kid.” In the mid-1970s, Fender would become famous literally overnight as a Country megastar with his first two monster hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”
Instantaneously, his records crossed over the Billboard country charts into the rock and pop charts, each rising to No. 1. He was given a Country Music Association award for “Single of the Year” and an Academy of Country Music award as “Most Promising Male Artist” in 1975. His voice and charismatic personality also made him a nationwide television celebrity in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights' takes the reader on a journey which covers Freddy’s early life of brutal poverty as a child migrant worker, his years as a U.S. Marine, the shocking arrest and imprisonment of his early 20s, his barrier-breaking singing career as he exploded into and crossed over different music genres, and the alcohol and drug addiction from which he suffered.
During his last 21 years of sobriety, Freddy sought spiritual redemption, practiced forgiveness and made amends in his daily life; he came to lead by example with the aid of his higher power Jesus Christ. Freddy Fender was known to millions of people across the world as “an ordinary man who had extraordinary God-given talents.”
"Wasted Days And Wasted Nights" is available as an ebook at Amazon @ £11.99

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Texan Of The Year

George Strait has been named “Texan of the Year” by the Texas Legislative Conference. At the 52nd annual statewide forum taking place at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 23, Strait joined an array of prominent honorees including former U.S. Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, Governors and innovators.


Three new names for Hall Of Fame

The Country Music Association held a press conference Tuesday morning (March 27) to announce the 2018 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame—Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs and Dottie West.
Gimble will be inducted in the “Recording and/or Touring Musician” category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the “Songwriter” and “Non-Performer” categories. Skaggs will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, while West will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category. Gimble, Skaggs and West will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 133 to 136 members.
A formal induction ceremony for Gimble, Skaggs, and West will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year.


Prairie Star 30th Birthday

The Prairie Star C&W. Club will be celebrating their 30th Country birthday on Saturday7th April with a special night of country music from Bill Alexander and Jolene & Barry plus guest singer Joe Boyle from down Donegal way in Ireland, and making his first visit to our club, and to be able to fit it all in we start the night a bit earlier at 7pm, and the doors open at 6pm till about 12.30, for more info phone Dorothy on 01259724352.

Sunday, March 04, 2018


Opry en Daniel

The popular Opry en Luir TV series, seen across the UK on BBC Alba, is retitled Opry en Daniel, and is moving to the Millenium Forum Theatre in Derry, for the next series which is being recorded between May 13th-19th. Daniel is once again, the host, with an array of guests, including Scots born Jacqui Sharkey, Lisa McHugh, Isla & Al Grant, American's Charlie Pride, Georgette Jones and Rita Coolidge, as well as Irish stars like Brendan Quinn, Derek Ryan and Louise Morrissey.

Saturday, March 03, 2018


Ronnie Prophet passes

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member Ronnie Prophet died on Friday (March 2) at age 80.
Known as one of country’s finest all-around entertainers, Prophet is perhaps best remembered in Nashville as the house act in the Printer’s Alley showplace The Carousel Club in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also a recording artist for RCA on Music Row.
The ebullient singer, flashy guitarist, comic, TV star, business entrepreneur, witty emcee, songwriter, impressionist and raconteur was noted for his live-wire stage presence and endearingly manic manner.
The Montreal born entertainer was known on this side of the Atlantic for his role as emcee at the Wembley Festival in the 1980's. He'll be best remembered for his last appearance in that role, for criticising a woman in the front row for smoking. Everyone in the hall, except Ronnie realised that the whole festival was sponsored by Silk Cut. At the next changeover, Ronnie came out, handing cigarettes to everyone. He never returned to Wembley, but did appear at the Caithness Festival 2006.
He had his own TV series in Canada, and the UK, and was the CCMA Entertainer of the Year in 1984, and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ronnie Prophet passed away in Florida, following kidney failure, with family and friends at his side. Prophet is survived by his wife of 32 years, Glory Anne Carriere Prophet,
He will be laid to rest at Avoca Cemetery near his farm home in Quebec, Canada.

Thursday, March 01, 2018


Snow cancels Prairie Star night

Reluctantly, this Saturday's Prairie Star meeting in Alloa has been called off because of the snow.
Next Month's event, on April 7th is the club's 30th birthday, with three acts on the bill.

Friday, February 16, 2018


Meeting Place for February

The first gig of 2018 for THE JOHN HINSHELWOOD BAND will be on Friday 23rd February at The MEETING PLACE in RUTHERGLEN.
It is one of the band’s favourite places to play, and it is always busy, so early arrival is recommended  if you want to be sure of getting a seat.


Nashville loses another

Daryle Singletary died Monday morning (Feb. 12) in Nashville. He was 46. His cause of death is being determined.
Singletary was best known for ’90s country hits including “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” and “Amen Kind of Love.” Throughout his career, Singletary has collaborated with George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs, John Anderson and more.
Singletary moved to Nashville, from Georgia,  in 1990, and began performing in talent contests around Music City, before he began a regular gig at The Broken Spoke. After releasing a couple of unsuccessful singles on Evergreen Records in the early ’90s, Singletary released his debut album for Giant Records in 1995, garnering hits including “I Let Her Lie Lie” and “Too Much Fun.”
By 2002, he had teamed with Koch Records for the album That’s Why I Sing This Way, which featured collaborations with Johnny Paycheck, Jones, Haggard and more.

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