Lins Honeyman talks to Blues legend Paul Jones

Lins Honeyman talks to Blues legend Paul Jones

This coming Friday, 17 February on 100.8 Revival FM from 8.00pm, The Gospel Blues Train with Lins Honeyman features an exclusive interview with Paul Jones – harmonica maestro, singer with Manfred Mann and The Blues Band, BBC Radio 2 presenter, actor and much more. 

Lins interviewed Paul Jones before a church testimony evening appearance with his wife Fiona Hendley last Octobe.

Paul talks about his love for gospel blues, how he formed a short-lived supergroup with Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Steve Winwood in the 60s as well as his recent solo releases ‘Starting All Over Again’ and ‘Suddenly I Like It’

The Gospel Blues Train with Lins Honeyman, Friday 17 February 8.00-9.00pm and repeated Saturday 18 February at 7.00-8.00pm and Catch Up anytime here for up to 7 days after original transmission on 100.8 Revival FM.

Bo’ness Avenue Youth Programme visit Revival

Bo’ness Avenue Youth Programme visit Revival

The Avenue Youth Programme in Bo’ness, West Lothian visited the 100.8 Revival FM studios on Saturday 28 January.

The Avenue is the youth division of St Andrew’s Parish Church, Bo’ness, social outreach programme.

revival-ave-youth-prog-bonessBreakfast Show presenter and programme manager Dave Mitchell (not in the above picture) was host to the team, pictured in studio 1.

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Emily from the Avenue Youth Programme team reading her own story: Shy but Forever Bold.  And below, Callum training Jack in studio 2 at Revival FM.

revival-avenue-youth-jack-280117In 2008, St. Andrew’s Multimedia Youth Project (SAMYP) completed its work and split into two new ventures for St. Andrew’s Church; Sanctus Media Ltd and the Avenue Project.
Whilst Sanctus Media works purely as a multimedia business, Avenue provides activities, support andavenue-support-youth-banner-2 opportunity for young people from secondary school upwards, through a variety of ‘sub-projects’ that run on a local, national and international scale.
St Andrew’s Parish Church is at Grahamsdyke Avenue, Bo’ness, West Lothian EH51 9DT.  You can call the church on 01506 825803.

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.