Saturday, November 29, 2008

 

St Andrews Day

To mark St Andrews Day, Celtic Music Radio is featuring Scots artists and songs all day long. This includes Celtic Country 2-5pm. Check out the playlist on the left.

 

December gigs in Forth Valley

Maddison's San Quentin's big Christmas night is on Friday December 5th and features Rockin' Horse. The following week, the Polmont Linedancers have their night with Tequilla. The same night, No Angels meet a few miles away in Boness with Blackstone River. The next night, Alloa's Prairie Star also have Tequilla for their Christmas night.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

 

Scottish Bluegrass events

There's a Bluegrass Music Showcase this Saturday, 22 Nov,at Linlithgow's Queen Margaret Hall, featuring a selection of top Scottish Bluegrass Bands,. Dapper McDans, Redwing, The Homecoming String Band and Goldrush

The Scottish Bluegrass Music Association have also confirmed that US band Special Concensus play Bathgate's Regal Theatre on Thursday January 22nd.
The Special Consensus is a top US four-piece acoustic bluegrass band that formed in the Chicago area in 1975. The band has a stunning repertoire features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The Special Consensus has released 13 superb recordings and has frequently appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. They return to Scotland by popular demand and following rave reviews.

 

Thomas Maguire & Fhiona Ennis

Ireland's favourite duet pairing, Thomas Maguire, Fhiona Ennis & their band are on tour from Ireland next weekend in Scotland and appear as follows:
FRI 28 BRITISH LEGION, BANCHORY
SAT 29 INVERGORDON SOCIAL CLUB,
SUN 30 NEW INN HOTEL, ELLON,

Saturday, November 15, 2008

 

Gerry Ford retires

Scotland's Mr Country Gerry Ford retired from the road this week. his final gig was at Edinburgh's Tucson club. Gerry was, of course, the longtime presenter of BBC Scotland's "Country Corner", and is still known for his radio work,despite it being 15 years since the programme was dropped.
This Sunday, Gerry is back on the air, as special guest presenter on Celtic Music Radio in Glasgow. Listen on 1530 AM 2-5pm, or online at www.celticmusicradio.net

Thursday, November 13, 2008

 

CMA Awards

George Strait became the artist with the most CMA Awarded artist in history, Wednesday night, when he added Single of the Year for "I Saw God Today" and Album of the Year for Troubadour, to his tally. With these two trophies and two additional for producing, Strait's 22 CMA Awards trophies beats Brooks & Dunn's previous record of 19 Awards.
One of Country's best showmen Kenny Chesney picked up his fourth Entertainer of the Year Award, tying Garth Brooks' record for the most wins in the category.
Earlier in the show, Chesney brought out reggae group The Wailers to perform an island-flavoured medley that combined Chesney's "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" and Bob Marley's classic "Three Little Birds."
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood co-hosted the gala event, and collected silverware along the way.
Paisley picked up his second Male Vocalist and fourth Music Video of the Year Award for "Waitin' on a Woman," featuring legendary actor Andy Griffith, whilst ex American Idol Underwood nabbed her third consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Award.
Sugarland picked up their second consecutive Vocal Duo of the Year Award and lead singer Jennifer Nettles took the Song of the Year Award for writing the duo's heart-wrenching single "Stay."
With their win for Vocal Group of the Year, Rascal Flatts tied The Statler Brothers for most consecutive wins in the category with six. The Statlers still hold the record for most total wins for Vocal Group with nine.
Lady Antebellum picked up the coveted New Artist of the Year Award (formerly Horizon Award) after performing their breakout hit "Love Don't Live Here."
CMA Awards were given to two first-time winners - Mac McAnally for Musician of the Year and Robert Plant, who won the Musical Event of the Year Award with Alison Krauss for "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)."
Amongst the performances, Paisley and fellow Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Keith Urban opened the show with their new vocal/guitar duet "Start a Band" from Paisley's Play album and then broke up later in the broadcast to each go solo. Urban performed "Sweet Thing" while Paisley offered CMA Award-winning song "Waitin' On a Woman." Fellow Male Vocalist nominee Alan Jackson brought along a few dozen friends to line dance to his party anthem "Good Time."
The Female Vocalist of the Year nominees showed why women in Country Music are a force to be reckoned with. Taylor Swift acted out a fairytale complete with Prince Charming in her performance of "Love Story," Martina McBride belted "Ride," and Miranda Lambert offered the poignant "More Like Her."
Vocal Duo of the Year nominees Brooks & Dunn got a little help from Musical Event of the Year nominee Reba McEntire to help perform "Cowgirls Don't Cry."
Vocal Group of the Year nominees the Eagles made a return trip to the CMA Awards, performing "Busy Being Fabulous" from their wildly successful Country effort Long Road Out of Eden. Two-time nominee Trace Adkins performed his hit "You're Gonna Miss This."
Country Music was infused with a little rock - Kid Rock. The Detroit native performed his mega hit "All Summer Long." Former Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker showed his Country side performing No. 1 hit "Don't Think I Don't Think About It."
A little bit of Hollywood came to Nashville in the form of Awards presenters, including Nicole Kidman, "Hannah Montana" stars Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, and Reese Witherspoon.
Shania Twain made a special appearance, her first on the CMA Awards since 2005, to present the Entertainer of the Year Award and received a standing ovation from the audience.

 

CMA Award Winners

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Kenny Chesney

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Brad Paisley

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Carrie Underwood

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Rascal Flatts

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Sugarland

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lady Antebellum

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Troubadour - George Strait

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
"I Saw God Today" - George Strait

SONG OF THE YEAR
"Stay" - Jennifer Nettles

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)"

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
"Waitin' On a Woman" - Brad Paisley featuring Andy Griffith

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Mac McAnally - Guitar

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

 

Hag recovers from tumour op

Merle Haggard is recovering after having a malignant tumor removed from his lung.
Friends said Monday's surgery at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital was a success and that the 71-year-old country crooner was in stable condition.
Doctors informed Haggard, about a spot on his lung in May. He told reporters in August that he wasn't going to seek treatment, but friends and family members convinced him otherwise.

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