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. 

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.

‘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.


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.

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.