CELTIC Music Radio is set once again to play a major role in Celtic Connections – ten years since it launched its every day, round-the-clock broadcast service at the festival.
The Glasgow-based station has lined up nine hours a day of live dedicated programming for the 18 days of Celtic Connections, from four locations.
This is the 13th year in a row the station will play a prominent part in Connections, which starts on January 18 and runs through to February 4.
Donald Shaw, artistic director of Celtic Connections, said: “We’re delighted to have Celtic Music Radio on board once again to broadcast live from the festival. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish them a very happy tenth birthday since their 24 hours-a-day broadcasting began and we look forward to continue working with them in the future.”
Over the 18 days – in addition to its normal 24-hour music programme schedule – Celtic Music Radio will broadcast for 153 hours from Celtic Connections and feature more than 70 live acts on 95FM across Glasgow and worldwide via its website.
Its Celtic Connections’ programmes – on air between 11am and 5pm daily – will include up-close-and-personal sessions from international acts as well the best musicians Glasgow and other parts of the country have to offer.
New and upcoming bands, plus headline artists appearing at Celtic Connections, are set to be part of the volunteer-run, charity-status station’s increased output.
The action will take place in the Buchanan Suite at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall from Mondays to Fridays and from the station’s studios at Admiral Street, Kinning Park on Saturdays and Sundays.
In addition, from 5pm to 7pm each day, the station is broadcasting the Danny Kyle Open Stage from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
For the sixth year running, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is providing an outside broadcast unit support for the live performances, operated by Honours’ degree students
And for the third time, GCU is hosting a series of lunchtime concerts – Celtic Connections On Campus – starting on January 22. These will feature some of the best musical talent from colleges and universities across Scotland live on Celtic Music Radio.
Alex Jenkins, chair of the board of directors at Celtic Music Radio, which has covered Celtic Connections since 2006, said: “We are proud to be at the heart of the action at Celtic Connections with our own festival of music.”
Patrick Quinn, senior lecturer in Audio Technology at GCU, said: “This is an unique opportunity for our audio students to work on live radio with a worldwide audience while developing our strong links with local and national broadcasters.”
Listeners in the Glasgow area will be able to catch all the action on 95FM while those everywhere else can hear what’s going on via the station’s web link: www.celticmusicradio.net
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