Media Release: Celtic Music Radio 95FM live show for new studios


CELTIC Music Radio 95FM is hosting a fund-raising gig to help with its move into new studios in Glasgow.

Christine Sparks, Tomfoolery, Davy Lees and Norrie McCulloch are on the bill for the tenner-a-ticket event that takes place at Rutherglen United Reformed Church on Thursday, March 17, which is also St Patrick’s Day.

Christine Sparks has Celtic blood in her veins and her ‘Sparks and Burns’ gigs, where she passionately performs both her original songs and the songs of the Bard, are never less than truly sensational.

Tomfoolery is the band set up by the extremely creative, singer/songwriter, Tom Fairnie to share with a growing audience his passion and talent.

Motherwell musician, Davy Lees, is in demand worldwide for his stirring brand of thoughtful folk music – and he is currently working on his second album.

Ayrshireman, Norrie McCulloch’s (pictured) latest sparkling album of country and folk tinged gems, ‘These Mountain Blues’, is being officially launched the following night in Glasgow – so this is a chance for a unique preview taster.

The charity station, run by a team of 30 music-loving volunteers, has moved into new studio premises on Glasgow’s south side so this gig is part of the continuing effort to improve output and provide a Festival Of Music every day of the year.

“We need to raise funds so we’ve called on some of Scotland’s most highly-rated performers to help out and play at this gig for free,” said Ross Macfadyen, the station’s musical director.

“They readily agreed so we’re in for a night of real, deal brilliant music.

“We are also most grateful to Rutherglen United Reformed Church for offering us the venue, which is terrific.”

Celtic Music Radio 95FM is the only community radio station in the UK dedicated to Scottish and Irish Celtic music – though it play loads of other genres as well.

It has 80,000 listeners a month in the Glasgow area and thousands more in 180 countries worldwide via its Internet stream.

The station raises its own funds through advertising, listener donations and other events such as live gigs, similar to the Rutherglen one.

“All the money raised goes towards paying our licence fees and running costs, including our new home in Kinning Park,” said Ross.

On air since January 2008 – firstly on 1530AM and now 95FM in the Glasgow area as well as online – it strives to support new musical talent and to be a strong voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture.

Each year, it undertakes many live outside broadcasts, including eight hours a day live from Celtic Connections.

  • St Patrick’s Day Fantastic Fund Raiser for CELTIC MUSIC RADIO 95FM, Rutherglen United Reformed Church, Johnstone Drive, Rutherglen G73 2QA.

Tickets are £10 and are available via www.celticmusicradio.net or at the door on the night.

Doors 7 p.m. show starts at 7.30 pm.

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