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bruceCMR 28 Dec 10 - 06:58 PM
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Subject: CelticMusicRadio on DAB Celtic Connectio
From: bruceCMR
Date: 28 Dec 10 - 06:58 PM

Celtic Music Radio is an OFCOM-licensed community radio station, broadcasting all forms of traditional and contemporary Scottish/Celtic/Folk/Roots-influenced music to the Glasgow area on 1530kHz, and worldwide via . During Celtic Connections, we will be based in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and will be broadcasting around 10-12 hours "live" from the festival every day.

We are delighted to announce that Celtic Music Radio will be available in many regions of the UK on DAB Digital Radio for the duration of Celtic Connections 2011.

We have arranged for Celtic Music Radio to appear on the "Popup Radio" channel from 10-30 January 2011. Through a partnership with Arqiva Now Digital, Celtic Music Radio will expand its 24 hour a day service to many areas of England and Wales and locally in the Ayrshire area.

The list of regions covered is at the bottom of this post. If you are in (or near!) one of these regions, and have a DAB radio, turn the tuning dial and look for a channel called "Popup Radio". If it's there, you'll be able to receive us from 10 January!

This will take us into regions where there are around 5 million homes with DAB radios, and to a potential audience of over 12 million adults.

The regions covered include:

* Plymouth
* Cornwall
* South East Devon
* South East Wales
* Bristol
* West Wiltshire
* Swindon
* Berkshire & North Hampshire
* Sussex Coast
* Kent
* Essex
* Norwich
* Peterborough
* Cambridge
* Nottingham
* Leicester
* Coventry
* Wolverhampton
* Ayrshire

(We are also offering some very attractive advertising and sponsorship packages which take advantage of this increased coverage, which will reach the homes of many of the major UK folk festivals (eg Cambridge). Drop Bob a line on if this is of interest)


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Subject: RE: CelticMusicRadio on DAB Celtic Connectio
From: bruceCMR
Date: 10 Jan 11 - 05:13 PM

We're on-air across much of the UK, as of about 10am this morning!

Please tune in and tell us what you think.

If you have a DAB radio, and are in or near one of the above regions, twiddle the tuning dial and look for a channel called "Popup Radio".

We'll be on-air on DAB until the end of the month.

Full schedules are on

You can also listen online from the above address if you can't get DAB coverage.


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Subject: RE: CelticMusicRadio on DAB Celtic Connectio
From: bruceCMR
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 04:19 PM

Well, our first live broadcast is over! A few logistical problems to start with, but we managed to get the link to the concert hall running with 2 minutes to spare!

We covered the launch of the festival. The main event from our perspective begins tomorrow:

11.00-12.30 - Morning Magazine – Mark Sheridan with guests, previews and reviews

12.30-13.30 - Iain Anderson In Conversation - in front of a live audience, Iain (of BBC Radio Scotland fame) hosts a live "chat show", with different guests each day, and some live music too. Friday's guests are another two "Ian"s - Ian Green and Ian McCalman. Both are well known in folk music circles - as the owner of "Greentrax" records and founder member of "the McCalmans" respectively!

13.30-15.00 - Afternoon Session – live from the Exhibition Hall with musical guests and performances.

15.00-17.00 - Hotchpotch with Gordon Hotchkiss – live from the Exhibition Hall with guests, chat and at 4.00pm Danny Stage preview with Liz Clark.

17:00 – Danny Kyle Open Stage – live from the Exhibition Hall with MC Liz Clark plus commentary from Bill Morris and Ken Macdonald. Over the next fortnight, 75 up-and-coming performers compete for the coveted "Danny" awards - fame, fortune, and a big-stage support gig next year!

19.00 - back to the studio.

Tune in DAB radio in many UK regions, or 1530 around Glasgow, or at

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Subject: RE: CelticMusicRadio on DAB Celtic Connectio
From: bruceCMR
Date: 18 Jan 11 - 04:02 PM

All going well - we're getting good feedback from DAB listeners across the UK.

"I can honestly say that in the two days I’ve been listening I’ve not heard anything that I didn’t like. All I can say is that the people of Glasgow are blessed. Come on, make it a permanent thing, the whole nation should be able to listen to this.â€쳌 N, Essex

Some good stuff coming up on the "Iain Anderson in Conversation" series at 12.30, which we're also rebroadcasting at 8pm and 1am. Tomorrow (Wed) Iain's guests are Rab Noakes and senior BBC Radio Scotland Producer Stewart Cruikshank, discussing the influence of Scottish songs & poetry on Bob Dylan.

On Thursday his theme is "Music and Radio Men": BBC Radio 2′s Mike Harding and Scottish folk singer Archie Fisher discuss Mike’s new book: Strange Lights Over Bexleyheath.

We're also covering all the action from the Open Stage, much of which is now on our "listen again" website.

Tune in on 1530KHz around Glasgow, on the Pop Up DAB channel in many UK regions, or on

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Subject: RE: CelticMusicRadio on DAB Celtic Connectio
From: bruceCMR
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 02:30 PM

Due to a technical fault, we were unable to broadcast the "Iain Anderson in Conversation" today, with Rab Noakes and Stewart Cruikshanks. It was an excellent discussion, talking about the influences that traditional music had on Bob Dylan. Lots of impromptu songs to illustrate.

We'll be rebroadcasting it at 9pm tonight, and also 1am (UK time)

Tomorrow's guests at 12.30 will be Archie Fisher and Mike Harding.

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Subject: RE: CelticMusicRadio on DAB Celtic Connectio
From: bruceCMR
Date: 30 Jan 11 - 10:16 AM

Just a reminder that you can hear our last day of broadcasts from Celtic Connections 2011 today. We go live at 4pm, and will be covering the "finalists concert" from the Open Stage.

You can listen on 1530kHz around Glasgow, on the "Popup Radio" DAB channel in many regions of the UK, or online at

The DAB broadcasts finish tomorrow - if you have been listening, please drop us a line on - the more positive feedback we get, the better the chance of doing it again!

Celtic Connections announces Danny Kyle Open Stage 2011 winners

"This fantastic free stage really is the place to spot the stars of tomorrow."
Evening Times

Every year at Celtic Connections the cream of new musical talent perform at Danny Kyle's Open Stage. A diverse panel of judges – from industry stalwarts to members of the general public – then have the unenviable task of picking just six winners from the eighty acts who took part.

The winners of this year's Open Stage, which is supported by the Evening Times, will perform in the finale concert this evening (Sunday 30th January) at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, before being presented with their awards.

The level of talent on show at the fifteen concerts, which were held in the Exhibition Hall of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, was extremely high. The six winners of the Danny Kyle Open Stage 2011 are:

Iona Marshall
Based in the West End of Glasgow, singer-songwriter and guitarist Iona Marshall's original arrangements and beautiful Celtic-tinged songs have won the attention of De-Fence records, who release her first EP this year. Having performed at Haarfest and Kelburn Garden Party, she has also been invited to sing as a guest on forthcoming releases from King Creosote and Lee Patterson.

Glasgow-based band Yuptae formed in 2008. This 8-piece band includes drums, piano, guitar, bass, vocals, fiddle, banjo, button accordion and flute. Their music, whilst rooted in traditional music, incorporates many different genres and they cite Beoga, Altan, Flook, Planxty, Lau and Sharon Shannon as some of their many influences.

Broken Strings

The multi-instrumental Orkney group – comprising fiddle, mandolin, banjo, accordion, piano, guitar and cajon – are all S3 students at Kirkwall Grammar School. Broken Strings have already achieved success in winning the Orkney Folk Festival Open Stage, and their sound is rooted in the traditional music of their homeland.

A performer since the age of 6, Tensheds (aka Matt Millership) initially trained as classical pianist. A guitarist and pianist, his sophisticated songwriting and gravelly vocals are attracting much acclaim.

The JPTrio

The JPTrio are an inventive and fresh new Irish trio. Heavily influenced by jazz along with traditional Irish music, the group fuses both genres to create a brand new sound. The JPTrio comprises Jos Kelly (button accordion and piano), Paddy Hazleton (percussion) and Ted Kelly (banjo and tenor guitar).


RURA combines the passions and influences of some of Scotland's most exciting young musicians. Featuring two BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalists and an All Ireland Bodhran champion, RURA's powerful sound comprises Highland pipes, whistles, fiddle, guitar and bodhrán to create a fierce and versatile sound.

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