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Transatlantic Sessions Celtic Connections 2018 photographs and review by Pauline Keightley

Transtalntic Sessions

Transatlantic Sessions Celtic Connections 2018 Golden highlights of another memorable festival.  The Transatlantic Session are the jewel in the Celtic Connections crown – led by musical maestros Shetland fiddler Aly Bain and US Dubro master Jerry Douglas. We were treated to wonderful music from Phil Cunningham, Russ Barenberg, John McCusker and Michael McGoldrick, backed up […]

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Dick Gaughan Tribute Concert at Celtic Connections 2018 – photography and review Pauline Keightley

The Wilson Family

Songs of Defiance and social conscience and an evening of contrast, quality, and sincerity The Old Fruitmarket, Celtic Connections,January,2018 This concert was a celebration of the music that matters to Dick Gaughan. It was hosted by actress Elaine C Smith, who introduced an incomparable line up of Gaughan’s long time friends and collaborators. This included […]

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Blue Rose Code at Celtic Connections 2018 photos and review Pauline Keightley

Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code (aka Ross Wilson) performed at Celtic Connections supporting Beth Orton. Ross commanded the ABC stage as he sang with a full band line up. He performed songs from his new 2017 album Water of Leith, as well as other fan favourites. In some memorable songs he connected to his Scottish roots and […]

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Beth Orton at Celtic Connections  2018 review and photographs by Pauline Keightley

Beth Orton

Short stories with some beautiful sounds Beth Orton the Brit award-winning, English singer-songwriter, known for her fusion of folk and electronica sounds (folktronica), performed a concert at the O2 ABC at Celtic Connections 2018. She played guitar and was backed by Grey McMurray, on electronic keys, guitar and bass. During her set she was brightly […]

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Session A9 Celtic Connections 2018 review and photographs by Pauline Keightley

Session A9

An entertaining night!  Session A9 are a multi-talented band led by fiddler Charlie Mckerron –  striking music with four top fiddlers. The band treated us to a variety of  slow airs, songs, reels and jigs, with feet dancing rhythms and bows swinging with powerhouse dynamism! There were also slow melancholy tunes. Included was a Ross […]

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Max Richter at Celtic Connections 2018 review and photography by Pauline Keightley

Max Richter

A night to remember! Max Richter, renowned composer of stage and screen, performed his eight album of classical and electronic sound ‘Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works (2017)’ at Celtic Connections.  The music is from the score he composed for the ballet Woolf Works in collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor. The work follows a three-part […]

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Alela Diane and Mick Flannery, Celtic Connections 2018 review by Pat Byrne

alela diane

The Mackintosh Church at Queens Cross provided the perfect intimate setting for these talented, laid back performers. Celtic Connections fans were treated to Alela Diane’s first concert since the birth of her second daughter. It was also her first opportunity to play songs from her new album ‘Cusp’, due for release 9 February, 2018. Playing […]

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Shawn Colvin Celtic Connections 2018 review and photographs Pauline Keightley

Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin, is a Grammy award-winning American singer-songwriter, best known for her song ‘Sunny Came Home’. The concert at Celtic Connections was opened with a welcoming and accomplished duo from Colvin’s band, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Colvin is celebrating 20 years since the success of her ‘Few Small Repairs’ album and the re-release of a […]

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Dave Arcari album launch – Live At Memorial Hall

dave album launch memorial hall

Jim and I had a brilliant time this evening (Thursday, 24 August, 2017) at the Scottish Music Centre for the media launch of Dave Arcari’s new album ‘Live at Memorial Hall’. Sponsored by Glengoyne Distillery, it was a very enjoyable event with delicious nibbles served along with nips of Glengoyne and kilt lifters, Glengoyne, Drambuie […]

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Thursday, August 24, 2017 | Filed under: Gig Guide, Music Reviews

Oxfam Music Shop Byres Road

oxfam music shop

Since 2002 Oxfam Music has been selling a wide array of vinyl LPs and singles from every conceivable genre of music. You can also find a range of musical instruments, hi fi equipment, music books, cassettes, CDs, pop memorabilia and many other items of a musical nature.  Everything is kindly donated by the local community. […]

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | Filed under: Music, Shopping

Raging Twilight Album Launch 7July, 2017 – Review by Paul Kerr, Blabber ‘n’ Smoke

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‘Jack Law and his henchmen turned in a fine performance to a capacity crowd in the Southside’s Glad Cafe last Friday as they presented their first album to the public. The album, reviewed here, is a fine collection of songs with a definite American bent with many of Law’s lyrics inspired by recent trips to […]

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Sunday, July 23, 2017 | Filed under: Gig Guide, Music Reviews

LIV On in Concert with Olivia-Newton John, Beth Nielsen-Chapman and Amy Sky, Celtic Connections 2017 review by Pauline Keightley

olivia newton john celtic connections glasgow 2017

LIV ON in Concert Celtic Connections 2017 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 24 January – review by Pauline Keightley A hopeful and life-embracing evening of song to lift the spirits.  Australian, American and Canadian, singer songwriters Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky shared their personal journeys of grief in song from their collaborative LIV […]

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Glasgow Open Mic for Songwriters, Gallery of Modern Art, Last Thursday Every Month

goma open mic

5:15pm till 7:30pm. Open Mic Specifically for Song Writers – a platform to showcase your original material in a quiet environment, where people listen to the music. Come along to GOMA – last Thursday every month. Hosted by Ernesto GOMARoyal Exchange Square,111 Queen Street,GlasgowG1 3AH ·0141 287 3050 Numbers are limited to so advisable to […]

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Sunday, September 4, 2016 | Filed under: Gig Guide, Music

Ten Writers Telling Lies Gigs in West End Festival

Ten Writers Telling lies

As part of the West End Festival I’m participating in the ‘Ten Writers Telling Lies’ project – playing music at the events along with guitarist Graham Mackintosh and singer Elaine Fleming. There are three dates to put in your diary: Waterstones, Byres Road on Wednesday 8th June 7.30 p.m. Siempre Bicycle Cafe, Partick, Wednesday 15th June, 7.30 p.m. The […]

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | Filed under: Jim's Acoustic Music Blog

Gig at Big Sparra Vinyl Ayr, Sunday 3rd April 2pm. FREE

I'm playing support to  Mike Hastings (of Trembling Bells) next Sunday a Big Sparra Vinyl in Ayr. It is a rare solo outing for myself. I'm expecting it will be a great wee gig; not just Mike Hasting but also Alan Frew 🙂 I've shared a stage with Alan on quite a few occasions – […]

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Monday, March 28, 2016 | Filed under: Jim's Acoustic Music Blog

Signed at last! Now it’s time to give my music to the masses

Jim Byrne & The Blackwoods

Hi music fans with great taste, If you play music for long enough more or less everything will happen at some point – whether it be playing at the famous Bitter End in New York, having a tune on an album by Marti Pellow or co-writing a song with Jazz legend Carol Kidd. So I […]

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Filed under: Jim's Acoustic Music Blog

Colonsay Folk Festival

We’re planning to take a trip to Colonsay in September when the island’s very first folk festival will take place from 18th – 21st September. Sounds like lots of fun with local artists participating in sessions like ‘Teuchters do Dylan’ and the chance to see some major attractions, including: Rallion, Karine Polwart and her band […]

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Friday, October 30, 2015 | Filed under: Music

Jim Byrne on Camglen Radio at 6pm Monday evening, Oct 12: It’s All About Folk with Danny Matheson

Jim Byrne on Camglen Radio at 6pm Monday evening, Oct 12: It’s All About Folk with Danny Matheson Tune in to Camglen Radio Monday evening at 6pm to hear me being amusing and witty as I chat about music with Danny Matheson. You may or may not know I’ve been busy releasing anabsolutely brilliant EP […]

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Monday, October 12, 2015 | Filed under: Jim's Acoustic Music Blog

Gigs: Jim Byrne at South Side Sessions and Bearpit EP launch

I've got a couple of gigs coming up in the new few weeks; a solo gig as part of the Southside Sessions and a launch gig to for the new Bearpit Brothers EP. I'll be playing at the Southside Sessions on 6th August: Sweeney's On The Park 962 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2ET Entry is […]

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | Filed under: Jim's Acoustic Music Blog

NICK TURNER & DAMAGED GOODZ “The Hangman” Single Download May Day

NICK TURNER & DAMAGED GOODZ “The Hangman” Single Download Release Date Friday 1st May   Also “The Hangman” You Tube video release   Producer Nick Turner and Scottish HIP HOP pioneer DAMAGED GOODZ release “The Hangman” This one-off single release is based on Maurice Ogden’s 1950 poem of the same name. Perceived by many as […]

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Friday, May 1, 2015 | Filed under: Music Reviews

New album: ‘Music for String Quartet, Piano & Celeste’ by Francis Macdonald

(Photo by Niall Webster) New album by Francis Macdonald from Teenage Fanclub ‘Music for String Quartet, Piano & Celeste’ Featuring musicians from the renowned Scottish Ensemble CD, Digital and Limited Edition 12” White Vinyl LP – Monday 30th March 2015 “Sublime, minimal classical music” (CLASSIC FM) Scottish BAFTA-nominated composer and songwriter Francis Macdonald drums with […]

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Sunday, March 29, 2015 | Filed under: Gig Guide, Music

Jim Byrne releases Christmas single: For We Are Born…

My Christmas single will be available as a download from Bandcamp and CDBaby from 10 December, 2014: it’s a rootsy/folk/pop based sound and features the backing vocals of the traditional folk singers The Linties (which I recorded in the 11th century Newbattle Abbey). The song is a bit unusual (not Slade; it’s more contemplative than […]

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | Filed under: Jim's Acoustic Music Blog

Marti Pellow records song co-written with Jim Byrne for his new album, Boulevard Of Life

Marti Pellow Boulevard of life

Thanks Marti Pellow I’ve always thought of myself as primarily a songwriter so I was very happy to learn that Marti Pellow has included a song I co-wrote with him on his new album. The Album is called ‘Boulevard Of Life‘ and the song is called ‘Lay with Me’. You can have a listen right […]

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Monday, September 22, 2014 | Filed under: Jim's Acoustic Music Blog

Noakes and Barbara Dickson – Milngavie Folk Club May 2014, Review Pauline Keightley

Rab Noakes and Barbara Dickson – Milngavie Folk Club May 2014 Songs by Rab, songs by Barbara. Songs together. Rab and Barbara gave us a real treat with a showcase gig of their favourite songs. They both looked well, Rab in a smart suit and Barbara glamorous in black. They clearly enjoyed sharing the stage […]

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | Filed under: Music Reviews, Pauline Keightley

Bar stool philosopher: Songwriting for people who will never have a hit

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Lots of people write songs; most of those songs will be heard by one or 2 people or maybe a few hundred. I’m one of those people. So for most songwriters there is a need to redefine songwriting – away from the notion that you are trying to write a hit or trying to learn […]

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The forgotten life: Part 2: Working, not working, half working

Wobbly Pallettes

First job: Working the Whisky line In the late 1970’s I worked on the line in the whisky bottling plant in Drumchapel; I got the job because my dad was the onsite plumber. For the first few weeks, as a soft man in a world of hard men, I had my life threatened daily. I […]

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Monday, April 7, 2014 | Filed under: Jim Byrne's forgotten life, Jim's Acoustic Music Blog, Memoir

Lyla Foy at Nice n Sleazy’s Glasgow March 2014. Review by Pauline Keightley

 Lyla Foy at Nice n Sleazy’s Glasgow March 2014  Lyla took to the Nice N Sleazy stage after a fine set by Scottish duo Turtles, who have a strong front singer and play powerful electronic melodic post rock. Worth checking out. Lyla sang her memorable songs in her subtle haunting country voice, along with her backing […]

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 | Filed under: Music Reviews, Pauline Keightley

Dick Gaughan at Milngavie Folk Club, 22nd March, 2014, review by Pauline Keightley

Dick Gaughan Milngavie Folk Club 22nd March 2014   The folk club was busy for Gaughan’s return gig with both younger and older fans in the audience. Dick Gaughan is a Scottish traditional folk singer, guitarist and songwriter. He sings of Scottish heroes and of stories of our lost past. He has been playing the […]

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Friday, March 28, 2014 | Filed under: Music Reviews, Pauline Keightley

The Muse at St Louis, Literature and Music, Glasgow: Lesley Riddoch 19th February

Lesley Riddoch discussing her book Blossom, What Scotland Needs to Flourish Wednesday 19th February 8 p.m. Host Linda Jackson Music from Jim Byrne St Louis Bar and Cafe, 734 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow, Glasgow City G11 6RD St Louis Website

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Gig Guide, Jim's Acoustic Music Blog

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