I am thrilled to have Dave Gilfillan as my studio guest tomorrow night on Lowland Folk. His band, North Sea Gas, is one of Scotland’s most popular bands and I’ve been a fan for many years. Their feet hardly touch the ground with a very busy touring schedule as well as performances all over Scotland so I’m feeling very lucky to have Dave come along to spend some time with me at Radio Saltire. He can’t stay for the entire show so if you want to join us tune in at 7pm! www.nsg.gplrank.info
Lady Eleanor, Lindisfarne – Ray Jackson
Reelin’ in the Years, Steely Dan – Elliott Randall
Oriel – Paul Brett
Dimming of the Day – John Etheridge
Heartsong – Gordon Giltrap
Can’t Do That No More – Ben Smith
Wheels of Steel, Saxon – Graham Oliver
Feel Like Making Love, Bad Company – Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell
Rising for the Moon, Fairport Convention – Jerry Donahue
London – Raymond Burley
My guests on Lowland Folk from 7 – 8pm on Tuesday 25th are an amazing vocal band from Colorado whom I met when I lived there. I hoped they would make it to Scotland one day and as soon as they said they wanted to come I was all over it! They are performing in the Edinburgh Fringe for 5 nights at the Merchant’s Hall on Hanover Street from 10.25pm. www.spotlites.co.uk/edfringe-face-all-vocal-rock-15.shtml
Join me next Tuesday for a real treat. They regularly sell out to audiences in their thousands and just supported Boy George and Culture Club in Denver. This is their first trip outside the USA and I’m thrilled they are starting their tour in Scotland.
Face is a nationally recognized vocal rock band based out of Boulder, Colorado, bringing a new edge and attitude to the human voice. Using just five singers and a vocal drummer, Face creates a rock-music phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. No instruments and no special effects -– just six guys. Check them out on Youtube and on www.facevocalband.com
Alex Hodgson, a singer/songwriter from East Lothian, will be joined by his band and The Robyn Stapleton Trio at a fundraising extravaganza on Wednesday September 24th at Archerfield Walled Garden. The ticket price is just £12. A delicious 2 course pre-show buffet for £15 will be available from 5.30pm in The Walled Garden Restaurant and booking is recommended. A combined show and dinner ticket is available at a special price of £25. The event is on behalf of local community radio station, Radio Saltire.
With a musical career spanning several decades, Alex has performed at the Queen’s Ghillie Ball in Balmoral for the last five years, at the Scottish Parliament, and has been a guest and presenter on many radio shows including BBC Scotland and Radio Forth 2. His music is distinctively Scottish, with both a charm and humour that reflect his background and love of music. Alex is also keen on amateur dramatics, performs in stage productions and loves entertaining children. With a big heart and a big voice he is sure to get toes tapping. Just back from a trip to the USA, Alex has also entertained audiences in many other countries overseas including South Africa and Malaysia. His new CD “The Brig Tae Nae Where” was released by Greentrax on August 1st.
BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Robyn Stapleton graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a First Class Honours degree in Scottish Music. There she specialised in Scots Song under the guidance of Rod Paterson and Gordeanna McCulloch. During her degree, Robyn spent one year at the Irish World Academy, Limerick, where she met guitarist and banjo player Hajime Takahashi and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Heffernan. With their shared passion for traditional music and a desire to communicate the depth and beauty of traditional songs, the Robyn Stapleton Trio was formed
Since meeting in 2011, Robyn, Hajime & Stephen have been performing together across the UK at events such as the Commonwealth Concert at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay, on BBC Alba’s Na Trads and has appeared on national TV and radio and at at several Folk Festivals. Robyn will be singing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Proms in The Park in September. This is her first performance in East Lothian and we look forward to welcoming her to Archerfield Walled Garden!
Ellen was the lead singer with The Seekers for a season in England when Judith Durham took ill. Her new CD “Then and Now” was released this year. Born in Scotland, Ellen is back visiting with her family and I am delighted to have her as a guest on my show. www.ellenwade.com