Monday, September 13, 2010


Scots born Johnny Reid is Canada's favourite

For the second year, Lanarkshire born Johnny Reid was voted the Fans Choice at the Canadian Country Music Awards. Johnny, whose latest single , "Today I'm Gonna Try And Change the World" features the bagpipes, also had the biggest selling Canadian Country album for the second consecutive year, and was awarded Single and Songwriter of the year accolades as well.
But it wasn't all Johnny. Albertan Gord Bamford won 3 awards, and Victoria Banks , who shared the songwriting award with Reid, won Female Vocalist.

Award winners at the 2010 Canadian Country Music Awards, held Sunday in Edmonton:
Male Artist of the Year: Gord Bamford
Female Artist of the Year: Victoria Banks
Album of the Year: Gord Bamford, "Day Job"
Single of the Year: Johnny Reid, "Dance With Me"
CMT Video of the Year: Gord Bamford, "Day Job"
Group/Duo of the Year: Doc Walker
Rising Star of the Year: One More Girl
Fans' Choice Award: Johnny Reid
Songwriters of the Year: Victoria Banks, Johnny Reid, Tia Sellers for "Dance With Me"
Roots Artist/Group of the Year: Corb Lund
Top Selling Canadian album : Johnny Reid, "Dance With Me"


Caithness Festival line up announced

The Northern Nashville Country Music Festival have announced the initial line up for the Easter 2011 Festival. The event, held at the Halkirk Riding Centre, sees the return of previous visitors Gail Davies and Highway 101, as well as an array of Texan performers, Ron Williams, Landon Dodd, Tony Booth and Justin Trevino. The festival will also see Gene Watson visit Scotland.
Irish favourite Dominic Kirwan will also be appearing, alongside Canadian band South Mountain.
The festival will be held April 22nd-24th and tickets will be on sale soon.

Friday, September 03, 2010


Moniaive Bluegrass Festival

American Amy Gallatin headlines the Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival in Dumfriesshire Sept 24-26th, alongside Scottish bands such as The Moonshiners, Blueflint, New redwyng, Longway & Dapper McDanns.
Check out for details and tickets


Bluegrass at Linlithgow (and Stirling)

Bluegrass music features at The Linlithgow Folk Festval, with two events at the town's Masonic Hall in the High Street.
On Friday September 10th, the long established band, Longway will be in concert, whilst the following night, there is a Bluegrass & Old Time Music Jamboree, with Dapper McDanns, New Redwing and Dave & Cheyenne.
Both are 8pm starts, and tickets are £5.
Later in the month,Fife based Grassroots, will be playing Stirling Folk Club, at The Rugby Club, on Monday September 20th.


McKenzie for Prairie Star

Alloa's Prairie Star C&W Club host the Essex duo, McKenzie this Saturday at their regular venue, weirs Social Club in Church Street.
This is the only gig on the duo's trip north.
Their album, "Two For The Road", was largely co-written with former Alloa man, and now Auchterarder resident, Alex Birnie.

Thursday, September 02, 2010


Miranda Lambert leads CMA Awards nominees

Miranda Lambert, who has yet to win a CMA Award, has already made history as the female with the most nominations in a single year at this year's CMA Awards.
When the final nominees were announced this week, Lambert led the list with nine nominations, including her first for the CMA's top award -- entertainer of the year. Lady Antebellum received five CMA nominations, including entertainer of the year, vocal group and album, single and song of the year for "Need You Now."
The 44th annual CMA Awards will take place Nov. 10 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.


Taking Hugo on the road

BBC Radio Ulster listeners may be used to driving along to the sounds of Hugo Duncan’s popular afternoon programme, but they can now enjoy hearing the presenter keep them on the right path any time of the day by downloading the unique voice of Uncle Hugo to their SatNav system.
Fans of Hugo can enjoy being called “eejits” when they take a wrong turn, being advised not to drive over the top of roundabouts and ending their journey with a “We’re here! Skiddly-aye-dee-diddle-deddle-dum”, among other things.
Step by step instructions on how to download Hugo’s voice to SatNav devices can be found on the BBC Radio Ulster website.

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