St Andrews in the Square fundraiser coming up

Added on Tuesday 21 Aug 2012

Album of the Week: Bap Kennedy

The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 18 August is the new album from Bap Kennedy, produced by Mark Knopfler has been recorded in Mark's London studio.

All songs on the album have been written by Bap but Mark has been closely involved throughout, not only as producer but also playing guitar on six of the 11 tracks and singing some backing vocals.

The new album is called "The Sailor's Revenge" has now been officially released in America. It is the outcome of a creative collaboration between Bap and Mark Knopfler.

Buy a copy of the album here and show your support for Celtic Music Radio. Album of the Week, Saturday 18 August 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday at 6.00pm.

Celtic Music Radio - St Andrews in the Square

Celtic Music Radio invites you to join us on Sunday 9 September from 7.30pm at Saint Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow for an evening of musical entertainment. Playing live for your pleasure will be Ian Bruce, The Midden, Aly Macrae, Haggerdash and many other Scottish artists who are supporting Celtic Music Radio 1530AM

Tickets are just £2.50 plus booking fee from

All funds raised will go directly towards maintaining our programme service and social objectives, ensuring that our listener community has access to the best in Scottish music and that performers have access to a broadcast radio station that plays their music.

The St Andrew's in the Square venue is at 1 St Andrew's Square, off the Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5PP

Celtic Music Radio is a charity registered in Scotland: number SC041172.

No Mean City Festival

This year's No Mean City festival runs from Thursday 30 August to Wednesday 19 September and celebrates Glasgow's close ties with Americana and Roots music.

With a wide range of artists and styles to enjoy, No Mean City will host performances by Patti Smith, Grandaddy, Justin Townes Earl, Gemma Ray, Woodenbox, The Wakes and many more, including a celebration of Woody Guthrie's centenary hosted by Billy Bragg and KT Tunstall.

Events are city wide in some of Glasgow's best loved venues including O2 ABC, King Tuts, Stereo, Oran Mor, The Art School & SWG3.

For full line up & ticketing details visit

Planet Pipe at the World Pipe Band Championships 2012

Planet Pipe, Monday 20 August at 7.00pm. Repeat Tuesday 21 August at 12 noon.

This week's edition of Planet Pipe on Monday at 7.00pm has as always some great music from the pipe band and folk scene.

Plus a chat with Richard Parkes only hours after his win last week at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2012 at Glasgow Green with the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.

Presented by Lorne MacDougall. Produced by Bees Nees Media.

Colin MacDonald at the Edinburgh Tattoo 2012

The 2012 Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle on 8 August.

MASSED pipes and drums are, inevitably, still hugely prominent crowd pleasers in the stunning open-air entertainment that is the 2012 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, writes Colin MacDonald.

These long-cherished elements, traditionally openers and closers of each 90-minute spectacular are, after all, what supposedly draws the bulk of sell-out audiences to Edinburgh Castle year after year.

But this August, producer Brigadier David Allfrey, now assuming total artistic control of the Army's annual contribution to the capital's world-famed international festival, is broadening the appeal on the esplanade.

An elaborate set-piece celebration of The Queen's diamond jubilee involves virtually every cast member and scales new heights in both visual and musical achievement. Ironically perhaps, the German-penned Highland Cathedral, continues to play a prominent and dramatic part in proceedings underpinned by essentially-Scottish music.

But elsewhere in the programme, there's clearly less reliance on former traditional elements. Ringing the changes, the brigadier's programme this year includes the Australian defence force band -- with music from colonial times to Kylie, plus a heavy metal guitarist! We've never heard Waltzing Matilda performed quite like this.

Also prominent on the colourful programme is spectacular dance theatre by Australia's OzScot troupe which has substantially revitalised an aspect of earlier productions where token dance routines appeared insipid rather than inspired.

Comic-strip heroes from Scotland's very own Dennis the Menace (aged 60 this year) to Popeye and the recently-arisen Dark Knight himself are majestically saluted musically by the United States' naval forces Europe band. However it is probably those popular, returning stars from Switzerland and Scandinavia, respectively, who again most captivate paying customers with their stunning percussive skills (The Top Secret Drum Corps, from Basel) and the precision drill team plus band of the King of Norway's guard.

The Swiss ensemble, directed by the innovative Eric Julliard, have taken their already-amazing drumming routines ever further into the digital age with a son et lumiere approach to percussion that would be the envy of some big-league pop (the Olympics' Danny Boyle even?) who might just see this and wish they'd thought of it first.

And the return appearance by the Norwegian drill team which appears this year with brothers-in-arms

The King of Norway's Guard band, builds further on past appearances with, perhaps a symbiotic nod to the Swiss. Adopting and adapting comes to mind. And no bad thing that, in the pursuit of utter exvcellence.

British defence cuts may, as some fear, also harm the traditions and evolution of military music, but on this summer's showing the 62nd annual tattoo is robustly set to soldier on into the century.


Celtic Music Radio's first ever fundraising 'Radiothon' ended with a huge party on the Ciaran Dorris Sunday Session on 12 August.

The event raised much needed funds for general operating costs like rent, licenses, fees and all the day-to-day running costs. Thanks to everyone that contributed.

Folk on the Boat II was also a great success thanks to the organising team of Lucilla Weir, Alan Grant and Sandy Pratt.

The show was broadcast live from the Queen's Lounge on board the PS Maid of the Loch at Balloch Pier and also video streamed live with performances and stunning views of Loch Lomond. Thanks to Bruce for 'making it happen'.
Folk on the Boat III will be back next year.

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