‘Heron Valley Band’ interview on Celtic Fusion

‘Heron Valley Band’ interview on Celtic Fusion

Heron Valley were one of the bands performing in the Cowal Celidh Tent at the Cowal Highland Games in Dunoon on Saturday afternoon, 26 August 2017 and Bob McWilliam from 100.8 Revival FM was there for the ‘Celtic Fusion’ programme.

After the Heron Valley Band set, Bob had a chat with Abigail Pryde who is a guitarist and vocalist with Heron Valley Band.  She is also studying classical music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.  Listen to what Abigail had to say on Tuesday 29 August ‘Celtic Fusion’ from 8.00pm.

Heron Valley are an energetic, young traditional band from the Strachur area of Cowal in Argyll, who have serious enthusiasm for the music they play. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, while taking influence from various folk, country and Bluegrass styles.

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Heron Valley on the Cowal Ceilifh Tent stage 2017.

The six-piece, energy fuelled group comprises fiddle player/accordionist Alex Mackechnie, banjo player/drummer Nick Hamilton, guitarist/piper/whistle player Euan McNab, pianist Arlene Mackechnie, guitarist/vocalist Abigail Pryde and bassist Callum Cronin.

Since their inception in 2011, Heron Valley have always ensured that they are conveying the highest amount of energy they have to every crowd they play to, ensuring that people who come to see them live have a fantastic experience.

In 2016, they released their second single Home along with an extremely diverse music video. This time, they set off at 4.00am to climb Beinn an Lochainn, a mountain in the Arrochar Alps, Argyll. The video sees this journey from bottom to top and shows them playing on cliff edges in the area they all grew up. View the video here.

This year, Heron Valley launched their debut CD album ‘Roam’ and to see them play live, their gigs in September are on: Saturday 9 September 2017 at Best of the West Festival, Inveraray, Argyll; Sunday 17 September at Tarbert Music Festival, Argyll; Saturday 23 September at Jura Music Festival at Isle of Jura Distillery and on Saturday 28 September at The Hug & Pint, Great Western Road, Glasgow.

Celtic Fusion, Tuesday 29 August 8.00-10.00pm and Saturday 2 September, 5.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

TONIGHT is the 11th Anniversary Dinner & Auction

TONIGHT is the 11th Anniversary Dinner & Auction

TONIGHT, Friday, 8 September is the date for The Revival FM 11th Anniversary Dinner & Auction at Cumbernauld New Town Hall in Cumbernauld Town Centre with special guest, singer, musician and Revival FM presenter Lins Honeyman (pictured below).

This is your opportunity to meet the Revival FM team for a wonderful evening of food and fellowship for a donation of £25 per person, or take a table of 10 with your friends for £250.

As always, we will have lots of great auction items to help us raise much needed funds for 100.8 Revival FM.

lins-honeyman-2Revival FM’s aim for the next 12 months is to reach over 120,000 people in West Central Scotland and to achieve this, we require to raise additional finance, and so we would value your support at this event.

Avoid disappointment – book your seats now! If you would like tickets or more information please call the studio office during normal office hours on 01236 721110 or email: admin@revival.fm

If you are unable to attend this fundraiser, we would ask that you consider contributing to the work of Revival FM.  You can do this by a ‘One-Off” gift donation or giving on a regular basis via Standing Order, or donating via our website at www.revival.fm/donate

If you already support us, either financially or prayerfully, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing and invaluable support of the work of Revival FM. Visit the Revival FM online donation page at: www.revival.fm/donate

Remember it is TONIGHT, Friday, 8 September 2017 at 7.00pm at Cumbernauld New Town Hall.  “See you there!”

Gospel Blues Train: exclusive bluesman Jimmie Bratcher

Gospel Blues Train: exclusive bluesman Jimmie Bratcher

This Friday, 25 August from 8.00pm, The Gospel Blues Train with Lins Honeyman features an exclusive interview with Kansas City-based bluesman Jimmie Bratcher, also known as the Electric Rev following the release of his most recent album This Is Blues Country which sees the veteran singer/guitarist interpret well-known country songs in the blues style.

Since his debut album Honey In The Rock in 2001, fans of Bratcher’s own brand of laidback but razor sharp electric blues have enjoyed a raft of releases that have in part featured songs that point towards Bratcher’s remarkable journey from drug abuse, dysfunctional relationships and self-destruction to a life-transforming faith in Jesus whilst exhibiting the kind of lead guitar work that quite rightly puts him right up there as one of the best exponents of electric blues on the scene today.

The Gospel Blues Train, Friday 25 August 8.00-9.00pm on 100.8 Revival FM and also available on Catch Up anytime.

Gospel Blues Train: 60s Christian group Concords special

Gospel Blues Train: 60s Christian group Concords special

This Friday, 11 August from 8.00pm on 100.8 Revival FM, The Gospel Blues Train with Lins Honeyman features an exclusive contribution from special guests Gordon Webster and Ian Ramsden, a former bassist and drummer respectively of fondly-remembered Scottish 60s Christian pop group The Concords.

Lins recently interviewed the pair at Gordon’s home in Renfrew for Cross Rhythms and they talked about their former band’s cover of the seminal Curtis Mayfield hit People Get Ready which the group released as a single in 1969.concords

The band formed in Renfrewshire in the early 1960s and released two well-received but hard-to-find albums – Soul Purpose and A Turn For The Better before releasing their one and only single near the end of the decade.

Lins feature for Revival FM/Cross Rhythms on The Concords can be found here.  

The Gospel Blues Train with Lins Honeyman, Friday 11 August at 8.00pm.  Repeated Saturday 12 August at 7.00pm; Tuesday 15 August at 10.00pm and Catch Up anytime.