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Presenting the 100.8 Revival FM daytime team

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

The 100.8 Revival FM daytime programme team got together this week for this unique photo, all sporting their distinctive black Revival t-shirts, even in January! This is the start...

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Exclusive with Rab Noakes on Celtic Fusion

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017

On this week’s Celtic Fusion programme on Tuesday evening, 24 January, there is a very special interview with singer Rab Noakes to coincide with his Celtic Connections 2017...

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Revival reports from Celtic Connections 2017

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017

Celtic Fusion on 100.8 Revival FM is covering Celtic Connections, Europe’s biggest winter music festival with 2,100 artists and 300 events at 20 venues across Glasgow city...

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Scots & Irish Reunion Concert success

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017

The Scots & Irish Reunion Concert on Saturday night, 21 January at the Chryston U.F. Church Community Hall, Muirhead, Lanarkshire was a great success. There was an evening of...

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Exclusive with Rab Noakes on Celtic Fusion

Exclusive with Rab Noakes on Celtic Fusion

On this week’s Celtic Fusion programme on Tuesday evening, 24 January, there is a very special interview with singer Rab Noakes to coincide with his Celtic Connections 2017 show at the Old Fruitmarket on 2 February and also the release of his EP-CD The Treatment Tapes.

Celtic Fusion programme contributor Danny Matheson caught up with Rab at his Glasgow home last week to chat about how life had treated him in recent years, and how he is looking forward to getting back on stage with live performance during Celtic Connections 2017.

rab-noakes-and-danny-m-190117Early in 2015, Rab Noakes was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. From March to May 2015, the treatments took place including 30 early morning radiotherapy sessions and two chemotherapy overnights. It was rigorous stuff and rendered him inactive for a few months.

He wasn’t inactive for any longer than was necessary though, and was soon back in action.

The treatments’ rigours were alleviated by creating landmarks to reach such as the MU conference in July, followed by Roddy Hart’s Neil Young Tribute concert in September. The release of his I’m Walkin’ Here album was delayed from May and saw the light of day in October. November 2015 was devoted to touring in support of the release.

The songs on The Treatment Tapes EP-CD were written during the post-treatment period and were part of that process. They were recorded chronologically so their performances reflect that progress. There was one initial session in December 2015 followed by one in April 2016. There’s no self-pity though; here you’ll find defiance, resilience, love, support and wit.

Rab’s wife, Stephy Pordage, was an integral part of the process at every stage. She was part of the CD production team with John Cavanagh. Steph was a key part of the writing process, and contributed a significant part of the lyric of the song, ‘Mindful’.

Rab’s included the songs, at least one at a time, in performances since the gigs restarted back in November 2015.rab-noakes-treatment-tapes-ep

He often prefaces any rendition by making a little light of it saying something like “When something like this happens to the likes of me at least I know I’ll probably get a couple of songs out of it”. He goes on to say: “It sounds a wee bit flippant and it does puncture the tension a bit. Truth is, though, it’s what we do creatively. We utilise experience and observation of, and response to, life’s ingredients, add a helping of imagination and deliver a work”.

Listen to Danny Matheson talking to Rab about his illness and how music helped him cope.

Celtic Fusion, Tuesday 24 January 8.00-10.00pm and Saturday 28 January 5.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Scots & Irish Reunion Concert success

Scots & Irish Reunion Concert success

The Scots & Irish Reunion Concert on Saturday night, 21 January at the Chryston U.F. Church Community Hall, Muirhead, Lanarkshire was a great success.

There was an evening of gospel music featuring The Gospel Heirs, Sara McGeachy and from Northern Ireland, Crimson River and Kathryn Mitchell.

Andrew Polson said after the concert: “What a fantastic night last night at our Scots and Irish Reunion Concert. It was a packed out hall and a great message with the music; a real tremendous spirit in the hall!”  Picture shows David Patterson with The Gospel Heirs on the stage of the Chryston UF Church Community Hall.

Lucy France commented on social media: “It was a wonderful night and in a great venue with God’s precious presence was very real” and Alison Blair said: It was a wonderful and uplifting evening Andrew; we thoroughly enjoyed it. Music and singing fantastic!”

Revival reports from Celtic Connections 2017

Revival reports from Celtic Connections 2017

Celtic Fusion on 100.8 Revival FM is covering Celtic Connections, Europe’s biggest winter music festival with 2,100 artists and 300 events at 20 venues across Glasgow city centre. 

Celtic Fusion airs on Tuesdays 8.00-10.00pm with a repeat on Saturdays 5.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.  Presenter Bob McWilliam will be recording a selection of concerts for future broadcast on 100.8 Revival and programme contributor Danny Matheson is reviewing concerts and events during Celtic Connections 2017 which runs until Sunday, 5 February 2017.

Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys + Blazin’ Fiddles + Mànran t Barrowlands, Gallowgate, Glasgow, Friday 20 January 2017.

A trio of tremendous acts wowed the 2,000 sell out audience at the iconic Barrowlands Ballroom as part of Celtic Connections Festival 2017. Rarely in it’s history has this venue had so much wonderful talent on the bill on the same evening.

First on stage were Michigan based band Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys bringing their bluegrass music to the east end of Glasgow. (The band are pictured getting ready for their set at the Barrowland).

lindsay-louThe majority of the audience were there to see the two Scottish bands that were to follow Lindsay Lou, however, they soon fell in love with the fantastic vocal range of Lindsay Lou ably accompanied by her husband Joshua Rilko, PJ George and Mark Lavengood. Their self penned songs including Ionia, Hot Hands and Old Song were very warmly received by the appreciative audience.

As already stated Lindsay Lou has a wonderful voice which is complemented perfectly with the accompanying instruments of mandolin, guitar, double bass, cajon and steel guitar.

The tempo of the music and the noise of the audience increased somewhat as Blazin’ Fiddles took to the stage and started their superlative set with The Lads Like Beer.

These incredibly talented musicians know how to get an audience going and they did that easing from one fast set to even faster ones.

Coupled with their superb musicianship and witty repertoire Blazin’ Fiddles are the complete package.  A March, Strathspey and Reel set including the tune The Cambridge Caravan Catastrophe just got faster and faster and it was a wonder that the fiddles didn’t burst into flames such was the speed of the bows crossing the strings.

With tunes dating back to the 18th century such as She’s Sweetest When She’s Naked to some brand new music, this performance really had everything. The current line up of Bruce MacGregor, Jenna Reid, Rua MacMillan, Kristen Harvey, Angus Lyon and Anna Massie are incredibly talented musicians in their own right but collectively they are exquisite.

A new album is in the making and should be due out in summer 2017. I’m already looking forward to it with great expectation.

If the noise rose when Blazin Fiddles took to the stage, the roof nearly came off and the spring loaded dance floor was tested to itsmanran-sound-check-barrowland capacity as Mànran took centre stage and drove the audience wild with delirium as they opened with Fiasco and Trod,  the two opening tracks of their brand new album.

This evening was the launch of their much anticipated album An Da La – The Two Days. How Ewen Henderson could play the bagpipes in the lively opening tune of Fiasco which would leave most pipers out of breath, he put his pipes down and immediately take lead vocals in Trod (another very lively song) beggars belief.

Not only is Ewen the piper for the band and the lead vocalist, he also plays the fiddle too. Whilst the majority of Manran’s songs are done in Gaelic it doesn’t matter a jot to their loyal following. I doubt if over half the sell out audience could speak Gaelic but it didn’t stop them thoroughly enjoying every song sung and every note played.

Focusing predominantly on tracks from the new album, including a solo song by the newest member of the band, Craig Irvine, Alone and Autobahn, the Mànran also played some of their old favourites. Having been in the periphery of other bands in their genre recently this new album and the performance tonight brings them right back to the forefront of the  Celtic rock scene.

Mànran (pictured at their soundcheck at the Barrowland) comprises of Ewen Henderson (Vocals/Fiddle/Pipes), Gary Innes (Accordion), Ryan Murphy (Uilleann Pipes/Flute), Ross Saunders (Bass), Craig Irving (Guitar/Vocals), and Mark Scobbie (Drums) this band are definitely a force to reckon with.

This was a very entertaining evening with three very different bands. If you get the chance to see any of them, I would recommend doing so. Irrespective of age or gender you will thoroughly enjoy them.

Danny Matheson

Celtic Connections 2017 on 100.8 Revival FM

Celtic Connections 2017 on 100.8 Revival FM

Celtic Connections is the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music and it all started on Thursday 19 January for the 2017 extravaganza.

There will be 2,100 artists, 300 events and 20 venues spread across Glasgow city centre which all makes for 1 brilliant festival!  Visit www.celticconnections.com

100.8 Revival FM will keep you up to date with concerts and information and a few surprise recordings of events at Celtic Connections 2017.

Listen to Celtic Fusion on 100.8 Revival FM on Tuesday nights (8.00-10.00pm) and Saturdays (5.00-7.00pm) plus Catch Up anytime.