Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Ags Connolly for second Celtic Music Radio House Concert

Following the success of Celtic Music Radio's first House Concert at their Kinning Park base in Glasgow, the station have lined up a follow up featuring Oxfordshire's Ags Connolly.
Ags is one of the most traditional Country singer songwriters in the UK- Country is the simplest description, but Ags is a proud supporter of the ‘Ameripolitan’ movement, which supports new music with a traditional roots influence.
Having attempted to write songs for years, Ags found the confidence to take it seriously after attending a workshop with Nashville super-musician Darrell Scott.
As well as regular headline shows, Ags has opened for artists such as Rosanne Cash and Corb Lund and has also undertaken a southern-states US tour with a full band.
Ags’ debut album ‘How About Now’ was released in February 2014, receiving rave reviews including being named ‘Album of the Month’ in Country Music People magazine who described him as “the closest we’ve ever come to an English Willie Nelson”.  We see him more as a British Dale Watson !
Listen to Ags on Soundcloud
Ags Glasgow date is set for Thursday December 8th, at Celtic Music Radio, 54 Admiral Street, Glasgow.  Donations (suggested £10) and BYOB.
If you wish to reserve a set email


Holly Dunn loses cancer battle

Holly Dunn , the popular singer of songs like "Daddy's Hands" , "You Really Had Me Going" and "It's Always Gonna Be Someday", has passed away at the age of 59.
The sister of songwriter Chris Waters, Dunn recorded for MTM Records between 1985-1988, Warner Bros. Records between 1988–93, and River North Records between 1995-97, and  released ten albums and charted nineteen singles plus two duets on the Hot Country Songs charts. Two of her single releases, "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me" and "You Really Had Me Going", went to number one.
After graduating college, Dunn moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked as a demo singer before both she and Waters became songwriters at CBS Records, and then MTM Records. Louise Mandrell had a top 10 hit in 1984 with "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet", which the two co-wrote.
Her first Top 10 hit came in 1986, when "Daddy's Hands" went to number 7.
In 2003, Dunn announced her retirement from her musical career to devote full-time to her other passion, art. She released her final album, Full Circle, which was her first gospel album, in 2003. Her paintings deal primarily with subjects from the southwestern United States, and are available through the Peña+Dunn Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
On November 15, 2016 Dunn died of ovarian cancer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at age 59.


Grand Ole Opry Crystal

Grammy-winning songstress Crystal Gayle was surprised during her Grand Ole Opry performance by Opry member Carrie Underwood with an invitation to become an official Opry member. Gayle will be formally inducted into the Opry on Jan. 21, 2017 by her sister, Opry legend Loretta Lynn. Gayle made her Opry debut nearly 50 years ago on the Ryman Auditorium stage, singing the country classic “Ribbon of Darkness” at age 16.
Underwood surprised the sold-out Opry at the Ryman crowd by joining Gayle on the smash hit “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Seconds after finishing the duet, Underwood turned to Gayle and said, “You are an inspiration to so many of us. You are important to country music, and you are important to the Opry, which is why I was asked tonight to ask you if you would like to join our Opry family officially.”
Accepting her friend’s invitation with a hug, Gayle said, “I have always felt like I was a member of the family and this is just so special.”


Award for Ashley

Congratulations to Canadian born, Nashville based singer songwriter Ashley Robertson, who was awarded the Manitoba Country Music Association's Aboriginal Artist Of The Year. Pictured is Ashley on a visit to Celtic Music Radio in Glasgow in 2013.


Miranda Lambert here in 2017

Ahead of the release of her sixth studio album ‘The Weight Of These Wings’, multiplatinum and international award winning country superstar Miranda Lambert announces 4 UK tour dates, including Glasgow's Clyde Auditorium on Monday August 21st.
The Grammy winning singer-songwriter will bring her Highway Vagabond Tour , and will be a prime opportunity for fans to hear the star perform chart topping hits such as ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’, ‘Little Red Wagon’, ‘Somethin’ Bad’ as well as new tracks from her highly anticipated new double album.  
Tickets for the Highway Vagabond Tour go on sale at 9am Friday 18 November 2016, the same day as her new album is released.


New single and DVD from Lisa McHugh

Glasgow born Lisa McHugh has released her new single ‘Why Have You Left The One’, and a brand new DVD, ‘#LisaLive’. The two releases come hard on the heels of her recent album ‘#COUNTRY’, which shot straight into the top ten and reached No.3 on the Irish Charts. After such huge success, Lisa decided she would strike while the iron was hot an
d record her first Live DVD #LisaLive. The event sold out immediately, and took place at the spectacular Armagh Marketplace Theatre back in September. #LisaLive was launched with a glamorous, red carpet event at IMC Cinema, Enniskillen – the first of its kind for a country music event.

#LisaLive is now on sale from Lisa’s website. ”Why have you left the one" is available in an album version and a special Live version, taken from Lisa’s live DVD.


The Shires for Glasgow sellout - Ashton Lane a good alternative

The English based Country pop duo of The Shires have already sold out their gig at Glasgows ABC on December 7th, but you dont have to be disappointed if you haven't got a ticket. You can support Glasgow's Ashton Lane instead who are playing the city's Classic Grand same night.


Dean Owens plays Stirling

Edinburgh based singer songwriter Dean Owens plays Stirling's Tolbooth on December 2nd, It's a full  show, with his Whisky Hearts band. The Stirling gig is part of a short tour in which he playd Glasgow's Drygate on Nov 25th, Clarks On Lindsay St on Dec 1st, The weem Inn, Aberfeldy on Dec 3rd  and Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre on December 12th.
Dean has recently released a deluxe edition of "Into The Sea".


Lanarkshire Acoustic Nights launched

A new bi-monthly Acoustic music night is being organised in The NCT Centre in Newmains. For the first night on Sunday, November 27th ,Dapper McDans will be in concert, playing their brand of Bluegrass, Country, and old time American music.
The band have played over the years at venues all over Scotland. They consists of five members. Frank on guitar, Mark playing 5 string banjo, Bill on dobro (slide guitar) Davie on double bass, and Ian on mandolin and fiddle.
Amanda Bogle will also be playing a few songs for us. I'm sure that it's looking like a good evening.
This event is supported by Newmains & District Gala Day Committee.
£5 entry. Children go free. Tea and coffee included. Soft drinks will be available. Please come along and support us on our first concert.


Rutherglen Acoustic Night features Mairi Orr

The monthly Acoustic Night @The Meeting Place proudly present Mhairi Orr and Dave Currie on Friday 25th November at 7.30pm.
Crafting lyrics and defining them with her empathetic vocal style, Mairi Orr is a Scottish singer and songwriter who celebrates the vibrant musical connection between Scots and American folk traditions and brings to it her own contemporary interpretation.
Growing up in the Lochaber village of Morar and moving around for much of her adult life, her roots have remained an anchor and her own cultural heritage plays a major role in her songwriting, though present day themes are not left unsung.
June 2015 saw the release of Mairi’s first full length album entitled ‘Jenny Does Burn’, which followed her 2011 EP release ‘The Gathering Crows’. Offering 12 original tracks. The title track ‘Jenny Does Burn’ reinterprets the true story of Janet Horne, the last woman to be burned as a witch in Scotland, whilst ‘The Piper of Peanmeanach’ and ‘Summer On The Clyde’ provide tangible links to Mairi’s own family history.
Formerly based in Edinburgh, Mairi has been a regular performer for over a decade in the Scottish folk and bluegrass scene at clubs, events and festivals. Quirky and upbeat, poignant and nostalgic, Mairi’s songs and live performances are always engaging, uplifting and emotive in equal measures.
Accompanying Mairi at the Meeting Place is guitarist Dave Currie, a regular attendee at the 'Sore Fingers' annual summer school and a familiar face in the bluegrass and folk sessions around Glasgow. Dave played dobro on Mairi's latest album and his playing blends beautifully with her songs. Dave regularly plays with the Transatlantic Trio who have formerly appeared at the Meeting Place as guests.
The Mairs Family Band will play support.
Entry £5 (donation)

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