The Coal Porters visit Glasgow

The Coal Porters visit Glasgow

On Celtic Fusion on 100.8 Revival FM, this week’s featured album is the new offering from The Coal Porters who are embarking on their 6th British tour with their exciting new line-up additions: Paul Fitzgerald on banjo and Adele’s fiddler Kerenza Peacock sawing the strings. 

The Coal Porters play Glasgow on Thursday 5 October at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD 0141 352 4900.   Tickets:

Also in Scotland at:  Saturday 7 October at the County Hotel, Borders String Jam Club, County Hotel Selkirk, 1-5 High Street, Selkirk TD7 4BZ and on Sunday 8 October at The Green Hotel, Kinross Backstage at the Green Hotel, 2 Muirs, Kinross, Perthshire KY13 8AS.  Email:  or call 01577 863467.

The Coal Porters started playing acoustic music around 2002 in London when ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin decided to turn away from electric music. Since then, the band’s unique combination of folk/indie/bluegrass/Celtic music has demonstrated the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with sweet harmonies set against strong melodies and they have taken this sound around the world.

The Coal Porters are Sid’s dear friend and band co-founder Neil Robert Herd on guitar and vocals; the aforementioned Paul Fitzgerald on banjo and harmony vocals; Andrew Stafford on doghouse bass and the classically trained Kerenza Peacock on fiddle and vocals. Herd is a songwriter of note.


Their most recent album is “No. 6” and is produced by John Wood, the legendary British folk-rock mastermind who recorded the classic albums of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Beth Orton and Squeeze. No. 6 is a bit of a departure for the Coal Porters as it pushes their musical boundaries further than ever before.

Celtic Fusion, Tuesdays 8-10.00pm and Saturdays 5.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime. 

Biggest ever Revival FM Anniversay Dinner & Auction

Biggest ever Revival FM Anniversay Dinner & Auction

Station director Andrew Polson expressed his delight after the Revival FM 11th Anniversary Dinner and Auction at Cumbernauld New Town Hall: “What a night!  The biggest turnout ever for our 11th Anniversary Dinner and a record £11,655 raised so far. Thanks to all who contributed. It’s great to see our charity go from strength to strength.

God is blessing in a very special way!”

Revival FM presenter and photographer Rod Marshall was there and you can get a flavour of the night in the photos below.  There will also be a Photonews Special in this week’s e-newsletter.  Sign-up for the weekly e-newsletter by just completing the form on the right of the front page of

In the meantime, here are a few photos from Friday night’s (8 September) Revival FM 11th Annual Dinner & Auction Night in Cumbernauld New Town Hall including entertainment from Revival FM presenter and bluesman, Lins Honeyman, pictured on the stage at the Dinner & Auction.






TTBA Album of the Month: George Thorogood

TTBA Album of the Month: George Thorogood

The Turn The Beat Around programme with Ian Arbuckle on 100.8 Revival FM Album of the Month for September 2017 is the first-ever solo album release from legendary guitarist/vocalist George Thorogood, titled PARTY OF ONE.

The album has just been released and features 14 cuts of traditional blues, classics, and modern blues songs, from John Lee Hooker’s One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer to Hank Williams’ Pictures From Life Other Side and The Rolling Stones No Expectations.

The CD version of the album will also include a Robert Johnson bonus track, Dynaflow Blues.

PARTY OF ONE was produced by Grammy-winner Jim Gaines (John Lee Hooker, Luther Allison and Stevie Ray Vaughan) who reunites with Thorogood on the debut solo project, having produced several of George Thorogood’s biggest albums to date (RIDE TIL I DIE, THE HARD STUFF, THE DIRTY DOZEN).

The album’s primarily acoustic instrumentation including slide, Dobro, and harmonica is performed entirely by George Thorogood, raw and stripped down, with an intimate one-on-one feel.

Says Thorogood: “I think this is a project that’s long overdue.  Maybe it should have been the very first album I ever made.  After playing with the band for all these years, I had to kind of reverse my hands and my head in order to do this thing justice.”

George continues: “But I think Destroyers fans and hardcore blues fans, too, are ready for the unexpected. My whole career, I’ve always said, just give them what you are, and they’re either going to dig it or not.  This record is what I was, what I am, and what I always will be.

On the album, George Thorogood delivers the full spectrum of modern blues masters.

Turn The Beat Around with Ian Arbuckle, Wednesday 6 September 8.00-10.00pm and repeat Saturday 9 September 3.00-5.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.

Gospel Blues Train exclusive: Guy Davis

Gospel Blues Train exclusive: Guy Davis

This Friday, 1st September from 8.00pm on 100.8 Revival FM, The Gospel Blues Train with Lins Honeyman features an exclusive interview with New York City-based blues artist and actor Guy Davis.

Lins was with Guy just before he went on stage at a recent appearance at the Edinburgh Blues Club.

In a long career that has seen him carry on the traditions of his acoustic blues forefathers, Guy Davis has released a number of albums as well as collaborating with fellow Gospel Blues Train guests Brooks Williams and the California Feetwarmers in recent years.

Amongst other things, Lins asked Guy to explain the appeal of the blues and how he came to play the part of mysterious blues legend Robert Johnson in an off-Broadway stage production.

The Gospel Blues Train with Lins Honeyman, Friday 1 September 8.00-9.00pm; Saturday 2 September at 7.00-8.00pm and Tuesday 5 September at 10.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.