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.

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