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Presenting the 100.8 Revival FM daytime team

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

The 100.8 Revival FM daytime programme team got together this week for this unique photo, all sporting their distinctive black Revival t-shirts, even in January! This is the start...

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Celtic Fusion at Hazy Recollections live music

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017

Once again, Findlay Napier curates three fabulously disparate five-act bills, collectively occupying the fruitfully blurry territory between folk, indie and indie-folk music. Over...

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Lins Honeyman talks to Blues legend Paul Jones

Posted by on Feb 11, 2017

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,...

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Win tickets to see Phillipa Hanna in Glasgow

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017

Philippa Hanna performs in Glasgow on Friday 24 February at the Hope Next Generation Bible Church, 37 Stewartville Street, Partick, Glasgow G11 5PL. An evening of music with the...

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Revival spotlight on Barnardo’s and fostering

Revival spotlight on Barnardo’s and fostering

Revival FM has a special focus this month on one of the UK’s leading children’s charities Barnardo’s who work to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people. Many of the children they work with have been through more than any child should have to.

What they really need now is a stable, loving home and committed foster carers who can help them achieve their potential.  Barnardo’s explains:

What is Foster Caring?

Fostering is about looking after other people’s children when they are unable to remain with their own family. Children and young people who require foster care come from different backgrounds and have different needs. They are likely to have faced some difficulties in their life and some may have experienced neglect or abuse.barnardos-ad

By Your Side

Fostering can make a profound difference to a child’s life. And it can also bring profound changes to yours. That’s why when you take a child into your family, we’ll take you into ours. Helping you with on-going support and advice – not just through the application process, but throughout the time you foster.

Foster with Barnardo’s Scotland and help to change a child’s life.

If you would like further information you can contact Barnardo’s by phone on 0845 894 9501 or visit

Cumbernauld bus crash – 22 children taken to hospital

Cumbernauld bus crash – 22 children taken to hospital

An incident happened outside Our Lady’s High School in Cumbernauld shortly before 9.00am this morning (Thursday) when 22 children were taken to hospital after a bus carrying more than 40 school pupils destined for the school overturned.

The single decker, which was coming from the Abronhill area of Cumbernauld, flipped onto its side at Dowanfield Road, next to Our Lady’s High School.

Police said a 16-year-old girl was taken by ambulance to Wishaw General Hospital for what is believed to be non-serious injuries and another 10 patients were taken to Monklands Hospital in Airdrie and 11 to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow for observation. Others involved in the incident were taken to the Assembly Hall within the school for attention.

cumbernauld-busDeputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney praised the response of the emergency services. He said: “While it is welcome news that nobody has been seriously hurt in this incident, it must have been a terrifying experience for those involved.

“I am sure everyone connected to Our Lady’s High School and the wider community will be grateful for the quick and professional response by the emergency services and the excellent care now being offered to those with injuries.”

North Lanarkshire Councillor Frank McNally, convener of education at North Lanarkshire Council, said a full investigation would be carried out into the crash.  He said: “The emergency services were very quick on the scene.  The council will be working very closely with the emergency services to undertake any necessary investigation.  At North Lanarkshire we take the safety of out young people very, very seriously. Parents on a daily basis give us their most important possessions – their children – and it is important that we investigate this matter fully.”

Late this afternoon (Thursday), work got underway to recover the crashed bus outside Our Lady’s High School in Cumbernauld.

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Gary Innes plus Vishtèn at Drygate Brewery, Glasgow on Thursday 2 February 2017.

Celtic Connections debutants Vishtèn made a huge impression on this Glasgow audience. Hailing from the east coast of Canada, this three piece Acadian band were absolutely outstanding with their traditional music which was played at a very high tempo.

Multi instrumentalists Emmanuelle and Pastelle Le Blanc come from the Evangeline region of Prince Edward Island which has a thriving Francophone Acadian, with a strong tradition of song and instrumental music.

The third member of the trio, Pascal Miousse, is from neighbouring Magdalen Island which is predominantly Francophone.

Vishtèn have been together for 10 years during which time they have honed their interpretation of Acadian music and musicality to a very high standard. Between them they play an array of traditional instruments and also do foot percussion whilst playing their instruments making a wonderfully entertaining show. Having toured extensively since their inception and winning many awards they were still a relatively unknown entity to this Celtic Connections audience, however, they were raving about them by the end of their incredibly entertaining set.

Gary Innes

cc2017-gary-innesIt’s hard to believe that it has been 12 years since Gary Innes last brought out a solo album and played solo on stage being such a well known musician.

Twelve years on, and Gary has brought out his much anticipated second album titled Era, which he launched on this evening.

Explaining the title name, he states that he is in a new era in his life and thought it a very apt name. Formerly a well known shinty player and part time fireman in his native Spean Bridge, he has put all that behind him now and is concentrating on his forthcoming marriage, a new radio career hosting the iconic Take The Floor programme on BBC Radio Scotland, as well as writing and performing music.

Launching Era which is an entirely self penned album, Gary Innes was joined on stage for this magical night by many friends and musicians who also feature on the album.

Backing band included fellow Mànran member Ewen Henderson on fiddle and bagpipes; Calum Stewart on Uilleann pipes; Steve Byrnes on drums; Duncan Lyall on bass, Hamish Napier on piano and co-producer of the album, Ali Hutton on guitars.

Already well known for his writing of traditional tunes, Gary Innes has also now added songwriting to his repertoire with three songscc2017-siobhan-miller on the album, all telling their own stories personal to him. Invited onto stage were the three different singers performing on the album. Robert Robertson sang the recently released single The Caman Man, Siobhan Miller with Zara and Alec Dalglish with Grace and Pride.

From the opening tune of the night, Yarra Wine Valley to the closing one of Our Heroes, this was a stunning night of music.

With each tune being written by Gary Innes, it made the evening more personal with stories how each tune came about. Although there has been a twelve year gap between solo albums, it was certainly worth the wait. Already this album has to be a fore runner for album of the year.

Danny Matheson

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan at Strathclyde Suite, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Saturday 28 January 2017. 

Fifteen years ago in 2002, almost to the day, Emily Smith was voted Young Traditional Musician of the Year. It was also the year Emily met New Zealand musician Jamie McClennan who was later to become her husband and musical partner.

Emily Smith has been no stranger to Celtic Connections since then, but rarely has she been involved in such a wondrous night of music as this one was.

Being soul mates for so long Emily and Jamie have developed a near telepathic relationship and link up so very well on stage. This was a night of beautiful harmonies between them and wonderful musicianship. Add that to the humour between them in between the songs this was always going to be a thoroughly entertaining night.

Throughout the night there was a fantastic mix of songs including self penned ones from Jamie’s time in New Zealand, some very traditional songs and songs pertaining to Dumfries and Galloway where Emily is originally from, and where they currently stay with their two children.

cc2017-emily-smith-jamie-mcclennan-280117-2Songs such as Adoon Winding Nith, The Silver Tassie, Caledonia, Firefly and A Life That’s Good were delivered superbly.

Joining this couple on stage for the last few songs was another incredibly talented musician Anna Massie. Another rare treat for the capacity audience was actually hearing Anna join in with backing vocals. Renowned for her skill in playing any stringed instrument and sitting in the background of the stage, rarely is she seen taking to the front of stage and joining in with the singing.

To date, Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan have only recorded one album as a duet, Adoon Winding Nith, however I believe there may be another one in the pipeline. After this performance I would sincerely hope so. This was a quite exquisite show.

Danny Matheson