The Finalists of this years Danny Kyle Open Stage broadcast live by Celtic Music Radio 5-7 pm and on Catch Up
Hosted by Celtic Connections in the Exhibition Hall at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Thank you to all who applied and who performed on the stage! It is your stage! keep on giging!
Bella and The Bear – Glasgow – Listen Again
Bella and the Bear craft fairy tales through a fusion of folk storytelling and elements of spoken word. Percussive and rhythmic guitar, intricate harmonies and compelling lyrics combine to create a captivating sound that can hold an audience silent. In their first year together, the band have won Best Newcomer at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, have been named Best New Act by Calmac Culture, played across the country, released two EPs and produced their own short film. Their live show is continuing to develop and span across different art forms as they bring their music to life through animation and visual art. Stuart Ramage & Lauren Gilmour
Quick – Ayrshire Listen Again
QUICK’ are a new up and coming folk band drawing inspiration from traditional blugrass music to modernised alternative folk. The folk band diversifies their music with progressive, technical and intricate concepts played through a traditional acoustic instrumentation alongside a heartbeat of honest, pure and original lyrics. Looking to 2016 with an ever growing repertoire of original music and a strong live set!
Alex Haynes – Guitar / Emma Barr – Mandolin / Willem McKie – Vocals
Northern Company – Stocksfield Listen Again – original performance !
Northern Company are a young and fresh six piece folk ensemble from the north of England who play traditional and contemporary folk music from the British isles and beyond. They all met the Folkworks youth summer school and last year, finally made the decision to begin playing as a band! They arrange tunes into exciting sets that show off different styles and allow room for individual personalities to be heard.
Sam Mabbett – melodeon / Charlotte Kennedy – fiddle/ James Taylor – Guitar / Michael Biggins – piano / Jacob Bradley
Ross Miller & Charlie Stewart – Glasgow Listen Again
This exciting new pipe and fiddle duo create a dynamic blend of traditional tunes and songs. Ross and Charlie produce is based around tight tune playing, variations, interweaving harmonies and rhythmic ideas. Ross is an established competition piper and Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. He is studying pipes, Scots song and whistles at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and playing regularly in the newly formed ‘Foot Stompin’ Ceilidh Band’. Charlie is also a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying fiddle and double bass. Other bands he performs with include ‘Dosca’, ‘Levack Stewart Irving’ and ‘Sketch’.
Charly Houston – Glasgow Listen Again
With a soulful voice and lyrics far beyond her years, Glaswegian Singer Songwriter Charly Houston will have you mesmerized during her live performances. Mixing a blend of traditional folk with modern lyricism, Houston has an onstage presence that screams hard work and professionalism, merging stand-up comedy with heart wrenching and sometimes comedic lyricism, she isn’t one to miss. “One of the best musicians I’ve seen perform at the Fringe this year” – English Lady, Edinburgh Fringe 2015.Over the past 8 years, Charly has worked tirelessly to build up a reputation within the Glasgow music scene, performing in King Tuts and has supported artists such as Astronautalis, Mick Hargan, Sinderins (AMWWF), Ren Harvieu, The Diagrams, Hannah Trigwell, Ben Montague and Leddra Chapman. Inspired by the Scottish folk scene, Charly is a huge fan of master guitarist – John Martyn as well as Karine Polwart and Eddi Reader.
Bella Gaffney is a young singer songwriter who first started playing folk music at the Topic Folk Club in Bradford. She has gone on to write her own songs as well as arrangements of traditional tracks and is giging around the smaller festival in England and support slots for established artists
Highly Recommended :-
Faramach – Woodmill High School
Laurence Made Me Cry
Oxtered to The Bothy
Routes String Quartet
Wire & Wool
I would personally wish to thank everyone who applied and who went on the Danny Kyle Open stage this year!
Your music was even more stunning than in previous years! You are of course ALL winners “
With my other hat on! Keep in touch with Celtic Music Radio throughout the year let us know what you are up to / any up coming gigs/ music releases etc. We are here for YOU – we are your station – to promote your music – if we do not know you are there then we can do nothing – so get in touch ! – Remember a Danny is not just for Celtic!
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