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The Ceilidh Craic and Culture Club: New monthly online concert series to celebrate Scottish dance bands

© SuppliedRadio Scotland presenter and musician Gary Innes
Radio Scotland presenter and musician Gary Innes

Musician Gary Innes has brought together some of the top Scottish dance bands for a new series of online concerts.

The BBC Radio Scotland presenter will launch The Ceilidh Craic & Culture Club later this month, celebrating some of the country’s finest talents as the nation awaits the return of live music.

Filmed in Coda Studios in Glasgow, the online show will include a one-hour set from a different Scottish Dance Band each month.

There will also be an ‘interval floor spot’ from a duo on the Scottish traditional music scene, as well as an on-the-sofa chat between Take the Floor presenter Innes and the various musicians that are performing on the night.

The first online concert is on Thursday June 24 with Leonard Brown and his All-Star Band taking to the screens, along with the musical pairing of Ewen Henderson of Mànran and Ewan Robertson of Breabach.

The monthly events will be broadcast online across the world using the MyPlayer platform, which will allow people to pay £12 to watch the live concert.

The content will then be available to keep so it can be watched an unlimited number of times afterwards.

Innes said: “I can’t wait to bring this new and unique series of shows that celebrate Scotland’s music to the wider world.

“I have been presenting BBC Radio Scotland’s longest running music programme, Take the Floor for the last five years and during that time I have become very aware of the huge following that Scottish Dance Band music has not just at home here in Scotland but across the world.

“It is a musical genre that is rarely picked up on television or onscreen and I feel that this is an exciting opportunity to offer people watching at home the chance to enjoy the music visually with an online concert.”

He added: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to create a monthly series that showcases a traditional six-piece Scottish Dance Band on a regular basis, the only show of its kind at this time!”

The line-up of Scottish Dance Bands for the initial year-long concert series, supported by Creative Scotland, includes Liam Stewart and his Scottish Dance Band, the legendary John ‘Iky’ Carmichael, the Lomond Ceilidh Band, Nicol MacLaren and the Glencraig Band and many more.

Representing the traditional music scene will be the likes of Siobhan Miller, Mohsen Amini and Charlie Galloway, Kim Carnie and Innes Whyte, and Ali Hutton and Ross Ainslie.


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