Pastor John Craig on Dave Mitchell Morning Show

Pastor John Craig on Dave Mitchell Morning Show

On Dave Mitchell’s Breakfast Show on Wednesday, 18 April, the special guest was Pastor John Craig from Glasgow Parkhead Church of the Nazarene. John was talking to Dave about “The Charter” bar project in the eastend of Glasgow.  John is part of the team working to repurpose the former bar at 458 Tollcross Road, Tollcross, Glasgow.

You can listen anytime to the interview on the Revival FM Catch Up anytime service here for up to 7 days after broadcast.

Under the leadership of Pastor Ian Wills, the Parkhead congregation has made it their objective to continually invest in their community. With this new property, they hope to breathe a new spirit into an area of their city very much in need.

The bar, which was shut down in 2014, had a reputation for attracting a rough crowd. Now, as the church moves in to renovate, they are hoping to offer positive opportunities in a place where real community can form.

The process began back in 2016 as the congregation grew to the limits of their current space. During this time, they began to consider church planting. So, when the old bar was put up for sale, the timing seemed right.

The Charter Bar “ticked a couple of boxes,” said Pastor John Craig, part of the team working to repurpose the bar. “Firstly, it is local enough to be another space that some groups at Parkhead Nazarene Church could use.” And, in addition to helping ease space constraints, the bar is far enough from Parkhead church to be able to “explore missional opportunities to that particular location.”

The Church of the Nazarene in Parkhead also places a high value on partnerships, and their new endeavor is no different.

“The Charter sits almost exactly equidistant between Parkhead Nazarene and another evangelical church, namely Easterhill Community Church, with whom there are both historic and current links and overlaps in friendship and ministry,” says Pastor John Craig.

Listen to more of this story with Dave Mitchell on Wednesday 18 April.  Available on Catch Up anytime for 7 days after broadcast.

Broadwood Stadium ‘Live by the Loch’ 2018 festival

Broadwood Stadium ‘Live by the Loch’ 2018 festival

Broadwood Stadium will welcome some of the biggest names on the Scottish music scene for brand new one day festival Live by the Loch. This unmissable event will take place at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld on Saturday 2 June 2018.

Broadwood: Live by the Loch will welcome some of the best Scottish musical talent for a jam-packed night of entertainment.  Only a 20-minute drive from the centre of Glasgow, with easy bus and train links to and from the city, this brand-new festival is the latest event to be announced on the Scottish traditional music scene.

Live by the Loch will welcome the legendary Dougie MacLean to open the night. As he celebrates 40 years since the release of ‘Caledonia’, one of Scotland’s best-known songs, Dougie will be entertaining the Broadwood Stadium crowds with his catalogue of music that he has performed world-wide to millions over the last four decades.

Carrying on the night of music will be trad-rock band Mànran, one of the best-known and best-loved bands on the Scottish folk scene today. In huge demand, Mànran continue to tour Europe and beyond, playing a number of prestigious festivals throughout the year. At Live by the Loch Mànran will play to a festival home-crowd for the first time since their sold-out show at Celtic Connections earlier this year.

Finishing the night in style at Live by the Loch will be the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. This world-renowned bagpipe rock band went from a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with The Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014. The past 10 years have seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become one of the most famous and most loved bagpipe bands in the world.

There will be food and beverages available and organisers hope for an all-inclusive atmosphere with a number of activities that will keep the whole family entertained to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Kevin MacDonald, founding member of The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, said:We are delighted to perform at Broadwood Stadium on Saturday 2 June 2018.   One of the founding members of the band, Willie Armstrong, still stays in Cumbernauld and I also lived in Cumbernauld for a number of years and I still have close family there, so this truly does feel like a home town gig for us.  We are really looking forward to friends and family coming along to experience this exciting new event.”

Gary Innes, founding member of Mànran, said:We can’t wait to play Broadwood Stadium. Live by the Loch will be the first music event to ever have been hosted here and it’s really exciting to be a part of that. We’re hoping to see lots of familiar and new faces along on Saturday 2 June!

Emma Walker, Managing Director of North Lanarkshire Leisure said: “It’s really exciting to be bringing a major new music festival to Cumbernauld – we’ve got a great line-up arranged and I’m sure people will look forward to coming along and enjoy the entertainment. Broadwood Stadium is a perfect venue for large-scale events such as this we’re hoping Live by the Loch can become an annual event. Tickets will be limited and are expected to sell out fast so make sure you don’t miss out.”

Tickets for this unmissable celebration of Scottish music will be available from 10.00am on Friday 23 March from here at Live by the Loch

Celtic Fusion, Tuesdays 8.00-10.00pm; repeated Saturdays 5.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Hamilton Passion Play 2018 is “Resurrection”

Hamilton Passion Play 2018 is “Resurrection”

The Hamilton Passion Play 2018 – “Resurrection1” by Kamala Jane Santos will be performed at 2.00pm on Saturday 31 March 2018 at Hamilton’s bottom cross, near the Asda store.

This is a full play which is expected to last 90 minutes which tells the story of the final week of Jesus’ earthly life.

The cast are drawn from Lanarkshire churches and led by a professional actor in the role of Jesus. You’ve heard the Gospel; now experience it!

Yvonne Lyon’s new album ‘METANOIA’

Yvonne Lyon’s new album ‘METANOIA’

Yvonne Lyon’s new CD album Metanoia is her eighth solo studio release, further demonstrating her ability to deliver engaging original material with fresh imagination and will be featured on the Celtic Fusion programme at 8.00pm on 100.8 Revival FM.

Drawing inspiration from the Greek noun meaning ‘a new way seeing’, Yvonne Lyon offers a combination of previously unreleased songs and reinvented older tracks, several remixed by other producers and collaborators.  The result is a unique and emotive collection, rich in nuance and memorable throughout.

Metanoia has Americana, ambient and folk influences fuse together in a bold tapestry, along with several more intimate ballads showcasing Yvonne’s strengths as an evolving artist.Rather than shy away from her own struggles, her lyrics are both honest and vulnerable, conveying an ongoing sense of hope in the midst of brokenness and illness.

Metanonia was recorded at The Foundry Music Lab, Motherwell, Lanarkshire and produced by Graeme Duffin, Sandy Jones and Yvonne herself.  Guests on the album include Gareth Davies-Jones, Andrew Howie and Trevor Mitchell.  Of the 12 tracks, seven were written by Yvonne and the remainder being co-writes with David Lyon and Sandy Jones.

Yvonne Lyon is among the UK’s brightest and best singer-songwriters.  Yvonne plays Celtic Connections 2018 with Dougie MacLean on Wednesday 24 January in the Main Auditorium of The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Celtic Fusion with Bob McWilliam, Tuesday 9 January 2018, 8.00-10.00pm; repeated Saturday 13 January, 5.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.