Well Connected: A Preview Of Celtic Connections 2015…

If it’s January it must be Celtic Connections, Glasgow’s roots music festival (15th Jan – 1st Feb) which has become the perfect way to kick out the new year blues, and which features some of the best music from around the world.

In the past it has been said, by me, actually, that the gigs are overpriced, but the price of most gigs these days seems to have caught up, and often surpass, those at Celtic Connections, and if you are canny with your choices, and include some of the showcases available, you can get a lot of music for your money.

Here are just a few suggestions as to what’s on, but you should check out the Celtic Connections website for a full listing. These are a personal selection, but there is something to suit most tastes. Continue reading

The Tracks Of My Year: The Best Songs Of 2014…

God Bless us, Every One. In case you have a moment in the day between new socks, brussel sprouts and Peter Capaldi where you don’t know what to do with yourself, here’s Scots Whay Hae!’s favourite songs of the last 12 months to offer an alternative soundtrack to Christmas time.

There’s little point messing about, so I’ll keep it simple. Below are 10 greats tracks for your pleasure. There are links to the original posts if you want to learn more, but right here, right now, it’s just the hits. Gather round your Christmas tree and let’s rock…

Night Noise Team – The Enemy, Time

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Tales From The Olive Grove: The Scots Whay Hae! Podcast Talks To Olive Grove Records’ Lloyd Meredith…

Ian and Ali have been trying to get Lloyd Meredith on the podcast for some time, and this month they get their man. As music blogger Peenko he was one of Scottish music’s greatest champions, and, alongside Halina Rifai of Podcart fame, he founded Olive Grove Records, who are home to Jo Mango, Woodenbox, The Son(s), Call To Mind, The Moth and The Mirror, and more. He also finds time to manage Randolph’s Leap as well. All of the above are some of Scots Whay Hae!’s favourite bands and musicians, and what unfolds on the pod is basically one fanboy talking to another about Olive Grove and much more.”

But it’s not all chat; there is music from Skinny Dipper, The Son(s) and previous podcast guest, Jo Mango with new tracks from all three, and which ably show the quality that we have come to expect from Olive Grove. It’s become, over a fairly short space of time, a label which guarantees quality and class in a way that the best indie labels, such as Postcard, Factory, Fence or Chemical Underground, do. Unapologetically biased towards Scottish bands, Lloyd and Olive Grove follow a similar mission statement to Scots Whay Hae! in that they want to make people aware of the great things that are happening on your doorstep. We had a great time talking, and I hope you enjoy it too.

You can listen to the Scots Whay Hae! podcast at iTunesor by RSS. Subscribe and you’ll never miss it. Or, if you want it right here, right now, you can listen to it below, accompanied by a few visuals:

And as an added extra, and because we can, here is the video to Call To Mind’s Breathe from earlier this year:

That’s it for another pod, but we’ve got some rather interesting guests coming soon. In the meantime, you should have a listen to Scots Whay Hae! regular Chris Ward’s podcast, Seen Your Video, which is always worth your while…