Spring Holiday Weekend Celtic Fusion special

Spring Holiday Weekend Celtic Fusion special

For this Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, Celtic Fusion on Tuesday 30 May features a live performance by Seán Gray with his New Voices commission at Celtic Connections 2017.

Best known as a member of the Paul McKenna Band, Seán Gray is a flautist, guitarist and singer from Ayrshire – a home turf whose distinctive language and industrial history inspired his New Voices composition, The Hammering Tongue.

Seán Gray performs with Megan Henderson, Laura Cortese, Conor Markey, James Lindsey, Tom Gibbs and Louis Abbott.

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New Voices: Seán Gray The Hammering Tongue, was recorded in the Strathclyde Suite of The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 22 January 2017.

Celtic Fusion, introduced by Bob McWilliam, Tuesday 30 May at 8.00-10.00pm and repeated Saturday 3 June at 5.00pm and also available on Catch-Up anytime for up to 7 days after broadcast.

New: Hazy Recollections at Celtic Connections 2017

New: Hazy Recollections at Celtic Connections 2017

There is another ‘Hazy Recollections’ on the Celtic Fusion programme this Tuesday evening, 21 February from 8.00pm.

This is the Hazy Recollections presentation on Sunday 29 January 2017 at the ABC2, Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow city centre as part of the Celtic Connections 2017 festival.

Findlay Napier is your host presenting music between folk, indie and indie-folk.  On this ‘middle Sunday’ bill there is Highlander Mairi Orr, whose songs on her debut album Jenny Does Burns, embrace the kinship between Scotland and US folk traditions, while in-demand producer Ben Seal steps out from behind the mixer desk as Urban Farm Hand with a sample of sounds from his much anticipated new release Tell Me the Place.

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Mairi Orr on the Hazy stage on 29 January 2017.

Host Findlay Napier also takes a break from presenting to performing on the ABC2 stage.  Findlay unveils songs he’s recording now for his next album called Glasgow.

This Hazy Recollections ends with an acoustic and stripped-down Admiral Fallow session.

Celtic Fusion with Hazy Recollections 2017, Tuesday 21 February 8.00-10.00pm and repeat on Saturday 25 February at 5.00-7.00pm plus Catch Up anytime for up to 7 days after original broadcast on 100.8 Revival FM.

 

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Urban Hand Farm.

Hazy host Findlay Napier sings songs from his forthcoming new album.

Hazy host Findlay Napier sings songs from his forthcoming new album.

Acoustic set from Admiral Fallow closes the show.

Acoustic set from Admiral Fallow closes the show.

Celtic Fusion at Hazy Recollections live music

Celtic Fusion at Hazy Recollections live music

Once again, Findlay Napier curates three fabulously disparate five-act bills, collectively occupying the fruitfully blurry territory between folk, indie and indie-folk music.

Over its nine year existence, Hazy Recollections at Celtic Connections has hosted over 100 different artists. The venue is the ABC2 at 300 Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow city centre, with the usual 2.30pm start.cc2017-hazy-recollections

Hazy Recollections at Celtic Connections on Sunday 22 January 2017 featured Welsh-born Harry Harris; Rebecca’s Ruin, is the close-harmony duo of Becci Wallace and Becca Star; Paul Tasker, a superb guitarist who is one half of the Doghouse Roses and to finish off the day, The State Broadcasters and the famous Mystery Act. Revival was there to record the show.

If you missed the show on Tuesday 14 February as part of Celtic Fusion on 100.8 Revival FM, then you can listen to the repeat on Saturday 18 February at 5.00 until 7.00pm or listen on Catch Up anytime here or via the top of the front page of this site.

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Harry Harris at Hazy Recollections

The State Broadcasters

The State Broadcasters

The Myster Act: US fiddler Laura Cortese.

The Myster Act: US fiddler Laura Cortese.

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Paul Tasker on the Hazy stage

Rebecca's Ruin

Rebecca’s Ruin

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Gary Innes plus Vishtèn at Drygate Brewery, Glasgow on Thursday 2 February 2017.

Celtic Connections debutants Vishtèn made a huge impression on this Glasgow audience. Hailing from the east coast of Canada, this three piece Acadian band were absolutely outstanding with their traditional music which was played at a very high tempo.

Multi instrumentalists Emmanuelle and Pastelle Le Blanc come from the Evangeline region of Prince Edward Island which has a thriving Francophone Acadian, with a strong tradition of song and instrumental music.

The third member of the trio, Pascal Miousse, is from neighbouring Magdalen Island which is predominantly Francophone.

Vishtèn have been together for 10 years during which time they have honed their interpretation of Acadian music and musicality to a very high standard. Between them they play an array of traditional instruments and also do foot percussion whilst playing their instruments making a wonderfully entertaining show. Having toured extensively since their inception and winning many awards they were still a relatively unknown entity to this Celtic Connections audience, however, they were raving about them by the end of their incredibly entertaining set.

Gary Innes

cc2017-gary-innesIt’s hard to believe that it has been 12 years since Gary Innes last brought out a solo album and played solo on stage being such a well known musician.

Twelve years on, and Gary has brought out his much anticipated second album titled Era, which he launched on this evening.

Explaining the title name, he states that he is in a new era in his life and thought it a very apt name. Formerly a well known shinty player and part time fireman in his native Spean Bridge, he has put all that behind him now and is concentrating on his forthcoming marriage, a new radio career hosting the iconic Take The Floor programme on BBC Radio Scotland, as well as writing and performing music.

Launching Era which is an entirely self penned album, Gary Innes was joined on stage for this magical night by many friends and musicians who also feature on the album.

Backing band included fellow Mànran member Ewen Henderson on fiddle and bagpipes; Calum Stewart on Uilleann pipes; Steve Byrnes on drums; Duncan Lyall on bass, Hamish Napier on piano and co-producer of the album, Ali Hutton on guitars.

Already well known for his writing of traditional tunes, Gary Innes has also now added songwriting to his repertoire with three songscc2017-siobhan-miller on the album, all telling their own stories personal to him. Invited onto stage were the three different singers performing on the album. Robert Robertson sang the recently released single The Caman Man, Siobhan Miller with Zara and Alec Dalglish with Grace and Pride.

From the opening tune of the night, Yarra Wine Valley to the closing one of Our Heroes, this was a stunning night of music.

With each tune being written by Gary Innes, it made the evening more personal with stories how each tune came about. Although there has been a twelve year gap between solo albums, it was certainly worth the wait. Already this album has to be a fore runner for album of the year.

Danny Matheson