Archives for January 2012

Take The Floor - events guide w/c 27 January

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Simone Byrne Simone Byrne | 17:10 UK time, Friday, 27 January 2012

BBC Radio Scotland's Take The Floor events guide. Your weekly list of music and ceilidh events taking place around Scotland.

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Newsweek Scotland: Join up to Witter

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Derek Bateman Derek Bateman | 16:50 UK time, Friday, 27 January 2012

The landscape is still clogged with the weeds of constitution... something new or nasty springs up every day and sometimes several times in the same day. In fact there's so much to deal with we could fill two hours. I've been hacking my way through the undergrowth with the Newsweek machete and I think we have reached a clearing where we can take a breather. You may not have taken in all of the referendum consultation so we'll update you on what you need to know and, as ever, examine the real motives and possible consequences.

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So, see you Friday?

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Ricky Ross Ricky Ross | 17:52 UK time, Thursday, 26 January 2012

Mr Murdoch and I sometimes spend time thinking aloud. What if we just did a radio show like we normally do?...(yes)...records, a guest or two..(yes) but we invite the audience along..? Yes! I know, it's really not very clever at all but we never claimed to be at the cutting edge on the ideas front. We really like playing some country records and talking to some artists whose music we love. So that's exactly what we're going to do on Friday and we're so grateful that the phenomenon that is Celtic Connections gives us the opportunity.

So we'll welcome a young man who has taken his music over to the USA and brought some good things back. Dean Owens has just recorded a new album which he recorded here and New York City. He was kind enough to let me hear some of it early and I've really been looking forward to its release. That day is coming soon and you can hear him play tracks from the album from our live foyer show this week. If you think don't know Dean's music then listen out for Radio Scotland's trail for Celtic Connections based around Dean's 'Raining in Glasgow' being spoken over by me!

Apart from Dean, some country records, a bar, a great location I hear you say, 'What else have you got?' In the other hour of the show we will welcome two of the other stars of the opening week at Celtic Connections, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. Essentially they are here to play at this week's tribute to Woody at 100 tribute concert but we are delighted they are hanging around long enough to join us for our live broadcast down on the quay. I've already seen them perform this week at BBC's Fruit Market show on Monday and I think it's fair to say they won over the hearts of the audience there in a set including songs by Sarah Lee's grandfather and some fine picks from their current album Bright Examples. Judge for yourselves on Friday but I'm sure you will be charmed.

Sarah Lee Guthire performing at the Woody at 100 night

Sarah Lee Guthire performing at the Woody at 100 night

On the subject of the Guthrie family, I went down on Wednesday to see the Woody at 100 night. This was a little mismatched. Johnny and Sarah lee were again on sparkling form as was the main headline act of Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Anders Parker (Gob Iron) and Will Johnson(Monsters of Folk). They played almost their entire album 'New Multitudes' which sets discovered Woody songs to new music. This was mostly really beautiful but I could tell that was really not quite the audience was expecting and the minimal indie mumbled intros really didn't help engage the slightly bemused audience. A little bit of older Woody material would have gone a long way to making it a great night. So the challenge is there.....put a better one on. Here they are in full too-cool-for-school pose with Jim James (who wasn't there last night)...Honestly guys, believe me...it may never happen!

As ever we will celebrate new music; First Aid Kit and Kathleen Edwards, (thanks Marek!) point you to some significant key records from the last ....oh eighty years or so and play something over the night you might just have forgotten about. If you haven't yet got plans this Friday then it's not too late. All the tickets have gone but we always keep a space for friends of the show...as for friends of the blog.....I think you know we have a special place in our hearts for you folks. In the flesh or on the air, join us this Friday at five past eight on BBC Radio Scotland.

Photographs from Bryan Burnett's Get It On Burns Supper

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Alan Braidwood Alan Braidwood | 11:19 UK time, Thursday, 26 January 2012

Here's a few pics from the night and if you fancy listening to the show, it will be available to listen to until 20:00 on 31 January.

Photographs from Bryan Burnett's Burns Supper

Photographs from Bryan Burnett's Burns Supper

Photographs from Bryan Burnett's Burns Supper

Photographs from Bryan Burnett's Burns Supper

Shereen: fascinating chat

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Shereen Nanjiani Shereen Nanjiani | 08:44 UK time, Thursday, 26 January 2012

For this Sunday's show I've had a fascinating chat with a Scot by the name of Gary Mulgrew. You may remember him as a member of "The NatWest Three", the millionaire bankers who ended up in a US jail after a high profile extradition case.
Having served his time for fraud he's now written a book about his experiences in a tough gang-dominated prison in Texas.

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Get It On Burns Supper

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Alan Braidwood Alan Braidwood | 19:00 UK time, Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Bryan Burnett hosts the Get it On Burns Supper with special guests, live music and a live audience.

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Take The Floor - events guide w/c 20 January

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Simone Byrne Simone Byrne | 16:45 UK time, Friday, 20 January 2012

Here is the new BBC Radio Scotland Take The Floor events guide. Featuring the latest traditional music, Scottish country dances and folk music events throughout Scotland over the next seven days.

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Newsweek Scotland: Keep Calm and Carry On

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Derek Bateman Derek Bateman | 16:17 UK time, Friday, 20 January 2012

Let's start this week with the future of Newsweek. In essence there isn't one. The BBC has announced that Newsweek will come to an end soon after more than 30 years on air to be replaced by Good Morning Scotland. And there is talk of another hour-long news programme at some time on a Saturday. You may have heard some of this in the Parliament on Thursday. Further detail have I none. In the meantime we must Keep Calm and Carry On.

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Warm coat, gloves and scarf and don't forget to rock out

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Ricky Ross Ricky Ross | 15:15 UK time, Friday, 20 January 2012

My daughter just went out of the house for lunch......it's nearly 4 o'clock. Kids huh.

On her way out I was trying to contain my excitement about the news she'd just shared. 'Oh Dad, remember that band I told you about?' (No....but I say ...'Yes, sure.' 'I'm going to see them at King Tuts. I bought a ticket, it was only £9.'

You could have heard my heart beating faster a block away. Paying to go to see a new band....my children? What next, buying albums? Steady.

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Shereen: Getting the facts right

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Shereen Nanjiani Shereen Nanjiani | 14:00 UK time, Friday, 20 January 2012

Last week on the show, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales told me of his plans to black out the site for twenty-four hours in protest at proposed US laws on on-line piracy. This week we had that day without Wiki and it seems we survived it, and even had a bit of fun with it. Twitter was awash with "fake facts" like: "cats purr to imitate helicopters". (Who's to say that's not true?)

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Clare's cafe highlights: Nordic Noir is big (and so is Stargazing Live)

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Clare English Clare English | 15:51 UK time, Thursday, 19 January 2012

Nordic Noir is big.. book fans can't get enough of Scandinavian crime what with THE KILLING and BORGEN gracing our screens lately. We had WALLANDER before they put in an appearance but, way ahead of the curve was a man called Per Wahloo. He's been dubbed the Godfather of Scandinavian Crime and yes, some British readers are already acquainted with his work via the Martin Beck series. Two new translations of his work are bound to make him more widely read here, so the Book Cafe was on a mission to find out more with a little help from translator Sarah Death. She explained how she worked, explained how tricky it could be not to taint a text with dating references yet at the same time keep true to the original spirit of the book. And there was an admission that working so closely on any given book did affect her enjoyment of reading it. Poor Sarah. We're grateful to her for the dedication to duty.

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Tom's Top Tales - nostalgic fizz

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Tom Morton Tom Morton | 14:35 UK time, Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The news that Sangs, mineral water and lemonade manufacturer of Macduff, has gone into administration, prompted an outpouring of horror online that their legendary fizzy drink, Moray Cup, could cease production. On the TM Show from Tuesday, there was an eruption of nostalgic fizz: Alpine, Meri-Mate, Blue Moon 'blue' lemonade, Curries and a longing for the days when crates of ginger would be delivered to your doorstep every week, and small communities throughout Scotland each had their own 'local' style of soda. Like Stornoway, as 'Earl Lightcliffe' said:

"There was a lemonade factory in Stornoway in the sixties which produced various types of "pop" under the name Slainte lemonade. As you well know slainte is the Gaelic for good health when you are having a dram. The company didn't last long but a few years ago I came across one of their distinctive bottles on the beach behind Stornoway airport. It was well worn and sea washed so perhaps it was washing around Broad Bay for 40 years.

Slainte!

Earl Lightcliffe from the breezy Hebrides"

The Tom Morton Show Mon - Thurs 1430-1600, Fri 1400 - 1600

Mary Contini's spag balls

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Karen Miller Karen Miller | 13:00 UK time, Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Here is the latest recipe from The Kitchen Café, to be downloaded, kept and printed.

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The Kitchen Café is on BBC Radio Scotland, every Wednesday 1315-1400.

Newsweek Scotland: The Empire Strikes Back

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Derek Bateman Derek Bateman | 16:20 UK time, Friday, 13 January 2012

There's been so much action this week it's been like a space chase in Star Wars. Whoosh! Another missile overtakes on the starboard side. Zing! There's an explosion at 11 o clock. There are mighty monsters clawing at each other's throats and bellowing madly. Yes, it's another day in Scottish politics. At last the commanders of the mothership London have ordered a counter attack on the Salmondista forces of rebellion against the Empire. (Grow up - Ed.)

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Take The Floor - events guide w/c 13 January

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Alan Braidwood Alan Braidwood | 15:55 UK time, Friday, 13 January 2012

Friday 13th January
Accordion and Fiddle Clubs
Oban - Argyllshire Gathering - Dance with the Alan Gardiner Band - 7.30pm

Scottish Country Dancing
Elderslie - Elderslie Village Hall - Morag Law - 7.30pm

Saturday 14th January
Concert
Glasgow - Woodside Halls, Glenfarg Street - Jimmy McHugh Memorial Concert - guests include - Noel Carberry and Bobby Gardiner - 8pm

Class
Dundee, Wighton Centre, Dundee Wellgate Library - Harp - 2pm

Sunday 15th January
Accordion and Fiddle Clubs
Annan St Andrew - St Andrews Social Club, Standalane - Gordon Brown

Balloch - St Kessog's Hall - Alasdair MacLeod Scottish Dance Band - 7.30pm

Monday 16th January
Accordion and Fiddle Clubs
Beith - Beith Bowling Club, Boghead - Alexander Young - 7.30pm

Duns - Royal British Legion - Marian Anderson Band - 7.15pm

Highland - Waterside Hotel , Inverness - Archie Macphee Band - 7.30pm

Class
Carnoustie - Royal British Legion - RSCDS Class

Folk Club
Glenfarg - The Glenfarg Hotel - Roy Henderson and Gordon Ewan

Tuesday 17th January
Accordion and Fiddle Clubs
Castle Douglas - Urr Valley Country Hotel - Ian Holmes Trio - 7.30pm

Dalriada - Argyll Inn, Lochgilphead - Iain Anderson - 7.30pm

Ellon - Station Hotel - Tommy Newcombe - 7.30pm

Livingstone - Hilcroft Hotel, Whitburn - Jimmy and Sandy Lindsay - 7.30pm

Mauchline - Harry Lyle Suite, Mauchline and District KFC Supporters Club - Leonard Brown - 7.30pm

Perth - Salutation Hotel - Craig Paton Trio - 8pm

Wick - MacKay's Hotel - Local Bands Night - 7.30pm

Class
Aberdeen - St Margaret's School - RSCDS Youth Group - 7.30pm

Dundee, Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library - Scots Song - suitable for beginners - 2pm

Storytelling
Edinburgh - Scottish Storytelling Centre - Tiny tales for children 6 months - 2 years - Enjoy Scottish songs and stories for the small in honour of Robert Burns, but watch out for the Loch Ness monster! With storyteller Claire McNicol - 10am

Wednesday 18th January
Accordion and Fiddle Clubs
Dunblane - Victoria Hall - Players Night - 7.15pm

Class
Fife - Kenoway Community School - Accordion Class - George Lawrie - 7-9pm - *Tickets £5.60/half price first lesson*

Midlem - Village Hall - Live Music - Old Time Class (GB Scott) - 8-10pm - *Tickets £2*

Dumfries - Stakeford and Summerville Community Centre - RSDCS Beginners Class

Thursday 19th January
Accordion and Fiddle Clubs
Coalburn - Coalburn miners Welfare - Iain Cathcart Trio - 7.30pm

Ladybank - Ladybank Tavern - Jock the Box - 7.30pm

Class
Penicuik- Town Hall - Ceilidh Class - 8-9:30pm - *Tickets £2.90/£1.50*

Dumfries - Stakeford and Summerville Community Centre - RSCDS Class - 8pm

Eassie - Eassie Hall - Social/Old Time/Ceilidh Class - 7.30pm

Dundee - Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee - Beginner Fiddle Class - 4pm

Dundee - Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee - Beginner chanter Class - 5pm

Dundee - Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee - Beginner Guitar Class - 6pm

Eassie - Eassie Hall - Social/Old Time/Ceilidh Class - 7.30pm

Clare's Café highlights - Dickens, Adrian Mole and silence

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Clare English Clare English | 11:40 UK time, Friday, 13 January 2012

It's always great to get back into the swing of things in a new year and the sight of a studio stuffed with Book Café guests was just the boost I needed in the bleak mid winter. Stuart Kelly, our regular contributor and commentator, had just been given a new title .He's just become the Culture Correspondent for Scotsman publications; a big remit that suits his magpie mind. You can chuck any subject at him and he deals with it - this time the subject was Dickens. We were teeing up the TV adaptation of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD; it aired on Tuesday night following hot on the heels of the better known GREAT EXPECTATIONS. I have to confess I haven't read Drood but by the time I'd heard about if from Stuart in what amounted to a mini tutorial, I was hooked. Dickens's last, and crucially, unfinished novel will be in my hands by the weekend. (The TV adaptation also awaits on the BBC iplayer!) This dark and brooding tale suits my winter mind set perfectly.

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Shereen: Big Interview with Jimmy Wales

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Shereen Nanjiani Shereen Nanjiani | 15:20 UK time, Thursday, 12 January 2012

This Sunday is the eleventh anniversary of the website Wikipedia. As a journalist I use it more than I'd like to admit so I was delighted to get the chance to speak to its founder, Jimmy Wales. Where else would I go for my research but his own Wikipedia entry. It's massive. He claims not to have edited it himself as that goes against the site's ethos.

Rumour has it that other people keep changing his birth date. I was dying to catch him out with any other factual inaccuracies that might be on there. You'll have to listen to find out if I succeeded. He talks about his unconventional childhood in Alabama where he was educated by his mother, the real story behind his alleged fall out with his Wikipedia "co-founder", and why he's threatening to shut down the site.


Elsewhere on the show I imagine we might just be touching on the Independence Referendum, the biggest story of the week at the time of writing. But it's early days. Anything you think we should be talking about, let me know. See you Sunday.

Loving January

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Ricky Ross Ricky Ross | 14:36 UK time, Thursday, 12 January 2012

January...what's not to love? The lethargy of Christmas holidays is over, the days get longer and in Glasgow.....there's Celtic Connections. It's also about the possibility of things and beginning again. I'm basically an optimist and I always like mornings, Mondays and beginnings. All things are possible and all things may well happen.

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Take The Floor interim events guide

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Simone Byrne Simone Byrne | 15:20 UK time, Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Here's a list of events taking place over the next few days... Remember to check back on the blog this Friday for an up to date listing of ceilidh and traditional music events taking place in Scotland over the weekend and beyond.

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Ghillie Basan's butternut squash soup

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Karen Miller Karen Miller | 13:00 UK time, Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Here is the latest recipe from The Kitchen Café, to be downloaded, kept and printed.

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The Kitchen Café is on BBC Radio Scotland, every Wednesday 1315-1400.

Newsweek Scotland: A week in news

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Derek Bateman Derek Bateman | 12:26 UK time, Friday, 6 January 2012

Fom the school of "We're too small and too poor" this week came the suggestion from a financial whiz kid that Scotland might lose its triple A credit rating if Scots voted to rip their country out of the Union (I'm adopting the tenor of the article). That may of course be entirely true but as the author himself said - it will depend on conditions prevailing at the time. And as he conceded, his numbers were done on the back of an envelope and didn't take account of Scotland's share of the banking bail-out. This fact alone should set alarm bells ringing for regular Newsweek listeners.

This type of newspaper article demonstrates two things. One, that more Scots are engaging with the impending possibility of independence rather than laughing it off as too unlikely, and we do need proper debate; and two, that we really don't have definitive answers to many of the questions that would arise. So much of it is little more than conjecture. Then you have to consider that Britain's credit rating is already threatened, as is France's, and the US has already lost its 'triple A', according to some agencies.
However, what interested us was that this appeared at the same time as hard facts, not conjecture, confirmed that some parts of the UK were truly impoverished compared to others. And that the preponderance of those with the largest benefits bills were located in west central Scotland while the leafy south east of England had the lowest numbers on benefits. Why should that be, I wonder? Why is it that under our current arrangements, there are such disparities in income and lifestyle? Isn't one of the reasons for pooling sovereignty - as in the EU and the UK - to level out such differences and bring everybody up to a similar level? We will ask why that hasn't happened.

We consider implications for Scots from the Stephen Lawrence case and hear how someone who describes himself as a "progressive black nationalist and socialist" has been working with Strathclyde Police.

We hear from the next wee country to join the EU - Croatia - and ask why they want to go in and if they want the currency - and also from Hungary where an ultra nationlaist government is turning Eurosceptic and refusing to play by the rules - the cheek of it. Anyway I'm off to ask the bank if I've still got MY triple A credit rating.

Join me tomorrow at 8.

Smoked Aubergine In Cheese Sauce

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Simone Byrne Simone Byrne | 10:05 UK time, Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Here is the latest recipe from The Kitchen Café, to be downloaded, kept and printed.

Download and print the recipe for Smoked Aubergines With A Cheese Sauce

Listen to The Kitchen Café on BBC Radio Scotland, every Wednesday 1315-1400

Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch

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Davie Scott Davie Scott | 11:00 UK time, Monday, 2 January 2012

Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch is being repeated on Tuesday 3rd January 2012.

I recently blogged about the phenomenon of 1970s TV-advertised compilation albums, a disgraceful episode associated with one of them (theft, perpetrated by me), and the long-departed budget record labels that gave them life.

Best of British Folk lp

One label I neglected to mention was Contour, which sported a white and mid-blue centre label, a curvy seventies style logo and often released garbage like Glam Rock - Harpsichord Style. As far as I can remember the Contour record label was specific to a particular UK high street store. Or was that Hallmark? Or Pickwick? Small potatoes really, considering that what we are actually talking about here is yet another music theft (perpetrated again by yours truly). This time the album was The Best Of British Folk Music (Contour) and the victim was my dear old Uncle Ian. "That looks interesting," I said, "could I borrow and promise to return it in a few days?" "My pleasure" says he. This was around 1980 and I had cause to reflect on what is probably now a bust promise while popping said album on my turntable last week.

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