Saturday, September 26, 2015

 

Balfron songwriter in semi final of song contest

Balfron's Bill Stewart entered one of his songs into the UKSC and it has been classed as a semifinalist. The song is called 'You'll Still be Here Tomorrow'
It is in the love song section but Bill has had remarks to say that it has a country feel to it,

 

Country To Country to Glasgow in 2016

After a storming set at the very first C2C in 2013, Carrie Underwood is the first headliner to be announced for Country to Country in 2016. For the first time the annual country music festival will be held over three consecutive days – Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, 2016 – in each of three cities; The O2, London, the Dublin 3Arena and, for the first year, Glasgow Clyde Auditorium.  Carrie will play Glasgow on March 11th.
The full event line up and on-sale details will be exclusively revealed during a C2C Launch Party in London on Tuesday 6 October.
Watch This Space.



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 

Barbara Nesbitt returns

Austin based Barbara Nesbitt returns for a tour of Scotland next month, with dates across the Central belt.

Friday, Oct 23 - The Allanwater Brewhouse
Queens Lane, Bridge of Allan FK9 4NY, United Kingdom

Saturday, Oct 24th - The Avenue
2 Alexander Street, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire

Tuesday, Oct 27th - Quarter Folk club @ The Bully Inn  
Quarter (near Hamilton) ML3 7XU

Wednesday, Oct 28th - Backstage at The Green Hotel
2 The Muirs, Kinross KY13 8AS

Thursday, Oct 29th - David and Fiona McNamara’s House Concert
11 Edradour Terrace, Perth, Scotland PH1 3GO

Friday, Oct 30th - Aikman’s Bar  
Bell Street, St Andrews KY 16 9UX

Saturday Oct 31st - Craigrossie Hotel
1 High St Auchterarder Gleneagles PH3 1DF

Sunday, Nov 1st - Rose And Crown in South Shields
Hill Street , South Shields , Tyne and Wear NE33 1RN

Monday, Nov 2nd - String Theory
Heart of Hawick, Tower Mill, Kirkstile

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

 

Ceol Country returns

BBC Alba's popular Ceol Country TV series returns next week with highlights of this years Northern Nashville Caithness Country Music Festival.
On the first programme, Evelyn Coull introduces music from American performers James House, Amber Digby and the Derailers, as well as local act the Duke Boys. We also hear from Irish sensation Gerry Guthrie.
Evelyn also speaks at length to James House, who as well as being a successful performer, has written songs for Martina McBride and been a vocal coach for Dustin Hoffman. In the other extended interview, reporter Calum Macaulay travels to Belfast to speak to Gerry Guthrie about his career and the growing country music scene in Ireland.
Ceol Country will air Tuesday, repeated the following Sunday at 9pm on Sky 143/Freeview 8.

 

New music from Raintown

Glasgow's Raintown duo (Paul & Claire) are releasing their long awaited second album, "Writing On The Wall" on October 9th. The album features all original material, nine tracks are their own co-writes. Brian Hughes alsi contributed a song for the album.
Catch Raintown in Glasgow at the Art School on October 13th

 

New album & tour for Lisa McHugh

Glasgow born Lisa McHugh, is back in Scotland next week, foer a short tour which includes a concert at The Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock on Thursday September 24th. She also has dates in Arbroath & Stranraer.
Lisa's new album, Wildfire is released this Friday.

 

Jackie Blair

Jackie Blair, known for his long time involvement with Edinburgh's Tucson C&W Club, and as a correspondent for Country Music Round Up, and laterly Country Music & Dance In Scotland, passed away yesterday.
Jackie had not been keeping good health and then developed cancer, which took him quicker than expected!
His funeral will be on Thursday, 24th September, at Warriston Crematorium in Edinburgh at 3pm.

 

Scots born Johnny Reid still Canada's Country King

Lanarkshire born Johnny Reid once again claimed the fans' choice award at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  It’s the sixth time in the past seven years that Johnny has won the honour.
"The bigger thing for me is to stand up there and say thanks to them," said Reid, standing out against his cowboy hat-clad colleagues in a black suit and tie. "It was a very humbling experience for me, yet again."
Johnny emigrated as a 14 year old child from Scotland to Canada, after the Lanarkshire steel mills closed in the late 80’s. He did a homecoming tour two years ago, playing Glasgow, Edinburgh & Aberdeen.
Johnny has been quite busy lately, working on a new album. The first single from it, “A Picture Of You”, is currently one of the hottest plays on Canadian radio.
Ironically, the biggest winner at the CCMA’s was another “immigrant”.
Gord Bamford, who was born in Australia, also moved to Canada as a child. He  has been part of the Country scene for the past 20 years, after entering a “Search For A Star” contest back in 1995, and recording his debut single “Forever Starts Today”.   He was the night's big winner, taking home three awards including Male Artist of the Year and Songwriter and Single of the Year for his song “Where a Farm Used To Be”.
In contrast to John Reid, Bamford wore an oversized black cowboy hat, debuting his new single “Don't Let Her Be Gone” on the nationally televised show.
For his first CCMA ever, Dallas Smith took home the coveted Album of the Year award for “Lifted”, whilst 25 year old Jess Moskaluke, from Saskatchewan won Female Artist of the Year for the second year in a row. The pop-country singer is gearing up for the release of her new EP Kiss Me Quiet later this month.
A popular home state winner was Dean Brody, who won Video of the Year for “Upside Down”.The 40-year-old B.C.-born singer, who moved to Nova Scotia six years ago after a stint in Nashville, said it felt great winning the award in his new home. High Valley's Brad and Curtis Rempel, were winners of the duo of the year award.
The Canadian Country Music Association Awards returned to Halifax for the first time in 33 years. Back in 1982, the big winners were Family Brown who won no less than 5 awards that year.


 

Nathan Carter back in Scotland

The ever popular Nathan Carter is back in Scotland next week, with dates in Falkirk Town Hall on Thursday Sept 24th. The night befotre he's in Ayr, and then has three nights at Inverness Eden Court.

 

Nashville songwriter for Glasgow's Opry

Nashville songwriter Bernie Nelson will play Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry next Thursday, September 24th. His current single, "Lonelyville" comes from his album "Blue"
Some of Bernie's songwriting cuts include When Your Yellow Brick Road Turns Blue (John Anderson / Chris LeDoux), Hillbilly Blue (Neal McCoy), It's Never Easy To Say Goodbye (Kenny Chesney / Wynonna), After The Best (Crystal Gayle), Any Old Stretch Of Blacktip (Shenendoah / Collin Raye) and The Dream (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

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