Media Release: Celtic Music Radio First World War songs’ tribute

GLASGOW-based Celtic Music Radio is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in song.

Presenter, Gordon Hotchkiss has started a six-part series of inserts on songs about the War in his weekly ‘Wednesday Hotchpotch’ programme on Celtic Music Radio at 7.00 pm.

“With over 100 songs, poems andmusic, this could well be the most comprehensive coverage of music relating to the war presented on radio,” said Gordon.

The series will feature a mixture of original songs recorded at the period and more contemporary songs written about the war.

The first programme looked at the origins of the war, the early days, recruitment and the European Countries involved.

The second on the 13th will explore how it turned into a truly World War featuring, amongst others, songs from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Turkey and the USA.

The third on August 20 will concentrate on Scotland’s involvement in the Great War while the following week will look at Ireland’s involvement including the role of the Ulster Volunteers and the Easter Rising in Dublin.

The fifth programme on September 3 examines major battles and opposition to the war including revolution in Russia with the final show (September 10) concentrating on some of the songs sung by the troops and the end of the war.

Celtic Music Radio has offered copies of the show to other community radio stations around the UK and it is set to broadcast in Canada.

The community radio station switched over to the 95FM waveband last month and its volunteers hope to boost its audience and further improve services.

On air since January 2008, Celtic Music Radio prides itself as a station with a mission to support new musical talent and to be a strong voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture.

The charitable status station currently has 80,000 listeners a month in the Glasgow area and in 180 countries worldwide online.

• Join Gordon Hotchkiss across Glasgow on 95FM and on Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm.

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