Music.

Songs of Love and Freedom, Kelvingrove Bandstand

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Friday 12 July, 2019 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Kelvingrove Bandstand. Kelvin Way, Glasgow G12 8NR As part of the Glasgow Life Community Summer Programme at the Bandstand on Friday 12th July between 12.00-5.00pm there will be afternoon of music hosted by Warren Starry Sky of top Scottish indie pop band Starry Skies. Host Alistair Braidwood of Scots Whay […]

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Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith at the Fallen Angels Club, Admiral Bar

Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith

(Photo by Jim Byrne) The Fallen Angels Club in Glasgow’s Admiral Bar played host to Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith–a night of song, wry banter and even a reading from Darden’s new book, ‘The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life’. The audience was rapt. So relaxed was the atmosphere that it could […]

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Filed under: Music Reviews

The Opera Boys Cottiers

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14 March 2019 8:00 pm – 10:10 pm During the last 5 years The Opera Boys have performed over 1000 concerts to 10s of thousands of delighted audience members worldwide! They are a small, elite team of opera boys who are truly some of the UK’s finest classically trained voices with training from London’s Royal […]

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St Andrews Chamber Orchestra at Cottiers

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10 March 2019 – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm The University of St Andrews’ Town/Town Chamber Orchestra is joined by Soprano Jemma Brown, in a performance of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. This concert also includes Russian Music by Mussorgsky and Shostakovich (Symphony No.9). Tickets are £13.30 adults/ £11.50 concession/ £6.50 student including a £1.50 ticket admin fee […]

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Thursday, March 7, 2019 | Filed under: Gig Guide plus Club Events, Music

Threebop plus Little Acres at The Blue Arrow

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14 March, 2019 The Blue Arrow, 32 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow  G2 3HW Three of London’s vibrant young jazz voices come together to create their own take on vocal jazz harmony singing. Inspired by the music of bebop legends and the vocalese tradition, Ella Hohnen-Ford, Rosina Bullen and Luca Manning perform their own arrangements with tight […]

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | Filed under: Gig Guide plus Club Events, Music

Transatlantic Sessions Celtic Connections 2019 review and photography by Pauline Keightley

Transatlantic Sessions

The unique blend of Shetland fiddle and West Virginia song, dubro and Irish pipes is always a joy to hear at the Transatlantic Sessions. Warm fires appeared to chase away the winter chill at the Glasgow concert hall and this concert is always a major highlight at Celtic Connections – celebrating folk and roots music from […]

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2019, Music Reviews, Pat's Home Page Blog, Pauline Keightley

New Traditions: Talisk, Vishtèn and Xabier Diaz at Celtic Connections 2019

Xabier Diaz and JNoró Adufeiras de Salitre

Old Fruitmarket, Celtic Connections 2019 These three bands lit up the warm fires of live music! The audience at the wonderful Old Fruitmarket venue was treated to an international line up of award-winning Celtic musicians. They did a fine job interpreting the musical traditions of Galicia, the French Canadian Acadia islands and Scots Celtic. Xabier […]

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Saturday, February 9, 2019 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2019, Music Reviews, Pauline Keightley

Celtic Connections: Lizzie Reid at King Tut’s

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Lizzie Reid and her band at King Tut’s, Glasgow part of Celtic Connections 2 February, 2019 For a twenty-one year old, Lizzie Reid is mighty impressive. What a joyous gig at King Tut’s. Playing to a house full of adoring fans, Lizzie (vocals and guitar) and her band: James Harker (guitar), Chris Dickie (drums), Bobby […]

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Monday, February 4, 2019 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2019, Music Reviews

Jim Byrne – how I write songs

Jim Byrne Songwriter

Unless someone has asked me to write a song on a particular topic or I am co-writing, my process is something like the following. (This is how I work – that’s not to say it the best way or even a good way – it’s just my way.) I don’t try I don’t try to […]

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Friday, September 14, 2018 | Filed under: Jim's Acoustic Music Blog

Yvonne Lyon and Eilidh Patterson at The Glad Cafe review Pat Byrne

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Another great night at The Glad Cafe in Glasgow – 8 September, 2018 Yvonne Lyon and Eilidh Patterson treated a full house at The Glad Cafe to a brilliant night of music and fun.  An excellent atmosphere was created by the relaxed format with Yvonne and David Lyon being invited onto the stage to join […]

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Filed under: Music Reviews

Starry Skies Album Launch, OranMor Review by Pat Byrne

‘Be Kind’ Warren McIntyre Album Launch OranMor – review Pat Byrne ‘Warren McIntyre’s gig to launch his album, ‘Be Kind’ –  a night to remember.’ Special guest Woody Pines, Nashville troubadour in town for Glasgow Americana Festival, kicked off this memorable gig. He entertained the audience with great roots music, his dobro guitar and the […]

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Monday, September 3, 2018 | Filed under: Gig Guide plus Club Events, Music Reviews, Pat's Home Page Blog

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

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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

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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 plus Club Events, Music Reviews

Oxfam Music Shop Byres Road

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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 plus Club Events, Music Reviews

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

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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

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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 plus Club Events, Music

Ten Writers Telling Lies Gigs in West End Festival

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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

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