Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Bluegrass in Linlithgow

The 17th Linlithgow Folk Festival will be held next month, and, as usual, will feature some great bluegrass music
On Friday, September 11th, The Mairs Family Band and Dapper McDanns, two of Scotland's best known bluegrass bands will perform in The Queen Margaret Hall.
The Main Event on Saturday night at Linlithgow Academy Theatre will feature Emily Smith, with support from Ian Walker and Jimmy Scott.
On the Sunday morning it's Bluegrass Gospel time, hosted by Dan Marky in the Masonic Hall from 11am .
See the full programme here.


The Cains are coming

Country’s newest sibling harmony band, The Cains, have announced their addition to Sasha McVeigh’s I Stand Alone U.K. Tour. The group will open for McVeigh on select dates in various clubs all over the U.K, including Glasgow's Oran Mor on Sunday September 13th.
The Cains are two sisters and brother from Hartselle, Ala.   Taylor, Madison and Logan Cain are not only singers and songwriters, but also multifaceted entertainers and musicians who play guitar, piano, bass, harmonica, mandolin, drums and more. Their original music features compelling, edgy lyrics that evoke emotion and is inspired by a vast combination of genres from country, soul and pop to Americana, folk and contemporary Christian.


Pistol Annie Angeleena in Glasgow

Angeleena Presley, who together with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, make up The Pistol Annies, kicks off her UK tour this Sunday, July 26th at Broadcast, in Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street, and will also perform at The Cambridge Folk Festival.


Blake & Miranda split

Following months of denying online rumors regarding their marriage, representatives for Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have confirmed the couple are divorcing after four years.
“This is not the future we envisioned,” the couple said in a statement. “And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”
Divorce documents were filed in Oklahoma, and the couple have been noticeably absent from the public eye together through the last several months.
Shelton and Lambert first met in 2005 and married in her home state of Texas in 2011 during a ceremony attended by close friends and family.


Canadian songwiter Kenny Butterill tours

Kenny Butterill, the Canadian singer songwriter, whose latest CD is titled "Trubadour Tales" makes his debut Scottish tour next week, with dates from the Highlands to the Central belt.
Jul 28  Leith Folk Club
Jul 30  Green Room, Perth
Jul 31  Rock Club, Kelty
Aug 1  Crystal House, Strathpeffer
Aug 2  Twa Corbies, Cumbernauld
Aug 3  Market Bar, Inverness
Aug 4  Argyll Bar, Ullapool

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Okie Hall of Fame welcomes Becky

Talented singer songwriter Becky Hobbs will be inducted in Oklahoma's Music hall Of Fame in October this year.
As well as a versatile entertainer (those that saw her at her two visits to the Caithness Festival will testify), Becky is known for writing songs like "Angels Among Us" (Alabama) and "I Cant Say Goodbye To You" (Helen Reddy).
The Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame is located in Muskogee, and already has Tom Paxton, Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Jimmy Webb , Kay Starr and Woody Guthrie in it's ranks.
Restless Heart and songwriters Tim DuBois and Scott Hendricks will also be inducted at the October 16th event.


Dolly springs surprise on young actress

Dolly Parton recently signed a deal with NBC, which includes a series of standalone TV movies based on Parton’s songs, stories and life. They will contain music but won’t be musicals, with Parton possibly appearing in some.
This week the singing superstar had a thrilling surprise for young 7 year old actress, Alyvia Lind.
Dolly personally give her the news that she will play Dolly as a child in the upcoming original movie “Coat of Many Colors.” The film, named after Parton’s song, will be based on her upbringing, with the Dolly serving as executive producer.
Parton had called the 1971 track her favorite song she has written. It tells the story of how her mother stitched together a coat for her daughter out of rags given to the family, telling her the biblical story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors. But when the girl, all excited, wears the new coat at school, she is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing rags.
The original coat is now on display in Parton’s Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Thursday, July 02, 2015


Missing Val

Irish singer and TV entertainer Val Doonican has died aged 88.
His family said he died "peacefully" at a nursing home in Buckinghamshire. He had not been ill, but his daughter said his "batteries had just run out".
Born in Waterford, Ireland, Doonican's career took off after he was booked to appear on Sunday Night at the Palladium in 1963. That led to his own Saturday night series, which ran on the BBC from 1965 to 1986, featuring his own performances and guest artists. He hosted some 25 Christmas specials. They became something of a national institution, attracting audiences of up to 19 million.
He was the biggest promoter of Country music in the UK, introducing acts like Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette, Charlie Rich, Crystal Gayle and Billie Jo Spears to massive Saturday night audiences.
Doonican stopped performing in 2009 after more than 60 years in showbusiness.

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