To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I this year, Gordon Hotchkiss will be presenting a six part series of inserts on songs about the war in his weekly Wednesday Hotchpotch programme on Celtic Music Radio at 7.00pm.
With over one hundred songs, poems and music, this will possibly be the most comprehensive coverage of music relating to the war presented on radio.
The series of programmes will feature a mixture of original songs recorded at the period and more contemporary songs written about the war.
The second on Wednesday 13th August 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 Programme on Wednesday 20th August will concentrate on Scotland’s involvement in the Great War.
The fourth on Wednesday 27th August will look at Ireland’s involvement including the role of the Ulster Volunteers and the Easter Rising in Dublin.
The fifth programme on Wednesday 3rd September will look at the major battles and opposition to the war including revolution in Russia.
The final Programme on Wednesday 10th September will concentrate on some of the songs sung by the troops and the end of the war.