Thursday, October 29, 2015


Lisa's back on the road MONDAY @ 8.30pm

Glasgow born Country music star, Lisa McHugh returns for a second series of ‘On the Road with Lisa’ on IRISH TV next week.
The series will be hosted by Lisa McHugh and combines music, chat and humour as the country music singer takes other country music stars out of their comfort zones to attempt new challenges and to see what life's like off the stage.
Joining Lisa on the new series will be Johnny Brady, Susan McCann, Mike Denver, Farmer Dan, Charlie Landsborough and Louise Morrissey.
Johnny Brady and Lisa head off to Todds Leap Activity Centre for an adventurous day, which sees them both take on Off Road Racing, Blindfold Driving, Ziplining and Archery in an episode that shows the lively adventurous side of Johnny and pushes Lisa to her limits to face some of her fears!
Lisa and Susan McCann take a trip down memory lane when they visit Susan’s birthplace of Forkhill in County Armagh where they visit Susan’s primary school and chat to her teacher before taking on the challenge of baking a few cakes.
Mike Denver joins Lisa to do a bit of horse riding which proves easier for Lisa than Mike, they then put their crafting skills to the test when they take on the art of pottery.
Farmer Dan takes Lisa for a day on the farm in an episode that will see her getting stuck into farming duties such as spreading slurry, feeding animals and mucking out!
Charlie Landsborough and Lisa take a trip to Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin where they learn the art of making whiskey.
Lisa and Louise Morrissey head off to dig and gather potatoes before cooking in the sunshine and round off the evening with some outdoor painting.
The series premiere of ‘On the Road with Lisa’ airs Monday 2nd November at 8:30pm on Irish TV.

Irish TV can be viewed on Sky channel 191, all Free to Air boxes, Freesat 400 and online at


Merle Haggard launches new Music Row podcast series

Nashville music business magazine MusicRow is launching a new podcast series with the first episode featuring an interview with Merle Haggard.
In the first installment, the iconic Country Music Hall of Fame member talks about his true feelings toward hippies, recalls his friendship with Johnny Cash, and reveals the first song he’d want a new fan to hear.
Listen here/


Geordie Jack is back

Geordie Jack, the voice of Colorado, is back. After disbanding The Jacks a couple of years ago, Geordie began writing some new songs and the results are about to be revealled. The new album is called CHOICES and will be released at the beginning of November on Pan Records, with some live intimate performances to follow!


Skirlie @ The Meeting Place

This month's Acoustic Nights @The Meeting Placein Stonelaw Church in Rutherglen  proudly present 'Skirlie', this Friday, October 30th.
Skirlie is a Scottish dish with a mixture of Oats and Onions fried in Butter which is normally added to a main course. As they themselves say, 'This is how we approach our music. Fundamentally Scottish with other things thrown in: Scots Trad, Celtic, Transatlantic, Roots...' - Tasty in more ways than one! They do a mix of traditional and contemporary Scottish and Irish songs, plus a few American ones, and some lovely ones written by Joe Howley, their guitarist.Line-up:Rab Ferris: whistles, percussion and vocalsJoe Howley: guitar and vocalsKevin Patrick: slide guitar, mandolin, vocals Katherine Macleod: flute, whistles, melodica, vocals.
Support from The Mairs Family Band, who have just returned from a short tour in Tennesee, and have a new CD out, "Live!".


Americana stars line up for Celtic Connections

Some of the most exciting New Americana talent will light up Glasgow's Celtic Connections in 2016, artists for who country, bluegrass and folk are a stepping stone for music that is blazingly original and individual.
Artists include Jason Isbell, whose most recent album Something More Than Free, debuted at number one on Billboard's country, rock and folk charts this summer. He brings his honest reflections about southern identity and working-class life to the festival on Sunday 24 January at the O2 ABC. Alabama-born Isbell’s songwriting has been described as being its most poetic when its most plainspoken.
Sturgill Simpson creates murky, multi‐textured soundscapes that incorporate elements of classic country, bluegrass, rock, and even a bit of Electronica. His second album, 2014’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, was cut live to tape in four consecutive days with a budget of $4,000, with inspirations ranging from religious texts both ancient and modern, recent studies about discoveries in quantum physics and string theory, and publications by Carl Sagan and Terence McKenna. A very different Friday night out, on 15 January at the O2 ABC.
An artist whose award winning commercial and critical success has been hard fought will electrify audiences at the Main Auditorium of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 26 January. John Grant, a native of Buchanan, Michigan, later raised in Parker, Colorado, has been based in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik since 2013. His latest album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, is a veritable tour de force that further refines and entwines his two principal strands of musical DNA, the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut, fizzing electronic pop song.


Essential Gretchen

Singer songwriter Gretchen Peters will release a new Essential collection on Proper Records in early 2016 to coincide with her UK tour, including Glasgow Celtic Connections (Jan 31st @Macintosh Church.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


Big names announced for Country2Country Glasgow

Dwight Yoakam  headlines an array of big names heading for Glasgow next March, when the Country2Country festival comes to the  Clyde Auditorium.
The 3 day event, over March 11-13th will also feature Carrie Underwood,  Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves,Sam Hurt, Eric Church and Ashley Monroe.
Tickets go on sale 9am Friday

Saturday, October 03, 2015


Bluegrass supergroup wrap up awards

The Earls of Leicester claimed four International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards Thursday night (Oct. 1) in Raleigh, N.C. The all-star ensemble is comprised of Jerry Douglas on Dobro, Tim O’Brien on mandolin, Shawn Camp on guitar, Johnny Warren on fiddle, Charlie Cushman on banjo, and Barry Bales on bass.
Their self-titled album pays tribute to pioneering bluegrass duo Flatt & Scruggs. The project also won a Grammy for best bluegrass album earlier this year.
The Earls of Leicester also won IBMA trophies for Album of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. In addition, Douglas picked up Dobro Player of the Year and Camp won Male Vocalist of the Year win.
Additionally, North Carolina’s own Balsam Range took home Vocal Group of the Year and Song of the Year for “Moon Over Memphis,” and the group’s Tim Surrett earned Bass Player of the Year. Bill Keith and Larry Sparks were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
Rhonda Vincent won Female Vocalist of the Year and Becky Buller won Emerging Artist of the Year, as well as Recorded Event of the Year for “Southern Flavor,” a collaboration with Peter Rowan, Michael Feagan, Buddy Spicher, Ernie Sykes, Roland White, and Blake Williams.

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