The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commecing Saturday 23 June is from the band Sketch with their new CD called Shed Life.
Listen to the programme on Saturday 23 June at 12 noon and 12 midnight and on Monday 25 June at 6.00pm.
A fantastic and innovative work with core band members of Maeve Mackinnon, Neil Ewart, Steven Blake, Chris Waite and Iain Copeland with guesting musicians Ross Ainslie, Darren MacLean, Fraser Shaw, Rhoan Jagger, Seamas MacLennan and John Spiers.
The album is produced by Iain Copeland and was recorded at Skye Recording.
More information on the band members:
Maeve Mackinnon has a stunning voice and was twice-nominated for Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, an honours graduate of the RSAMD. She was a DannyKyle Open Stage winner at Celtic Connections. Maeve is also in demand as a solo artist, her second solo album is due for release this year
Steve Blake -Steven is considered to be one of the most talented young pipers in Scotland. He is equally at home with traditional piping, contemporary folk music and composition and possesses a unique style of playing which sets him apart from his peers. He is currently finishing his degree in Scottish Music at Glasgow’s Royal Conservitoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD). A member of RURA – Danny Kyle Open Stage winners in 2010 and a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008.
Neil Ewart, originally from Kilchoan in Ardnamurchan was taught classically as a youngster until he was accepted into the National Centre of Excellence in Plockton where he was tutored by Iain Macfarlane of Blazing Fiddles and Jack Evans of the Easy Club. Neil has since moved to Glasgow and is currently finishing his degree at the University of Strathclyde. Neil has made appearances with Skippinish, Rachel Walker and more recently for Skerryvore on their performance at the 2011 Tonder festival in Denmark. Neil can regularly be found playing ceilidh’s up and down the country for the Jim Jam Ceilidh band and playing in the sessions in Glasgow’s thriving music scene.
Chris Waite, a fine guitarist is a sought after musician and teacher. Originally from Chirnside in the Scottish Borders, Chris began his musical career as a young piper in the Duns Pipe Band. A former student of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School in the Scottish Highlands where he met renowned guitarist Jack Evans who has inspired much of Chris’s work as an accompanist since. Chris moved to Glasgow in 2007 to study Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde where he graduated in 2010. He has since gone on to establish himself as a well known musician on the scene and now, whether working as a guitarist, piper or whistle player. Chris features in a number of bands operating out of the vibrant Glasgow folk music world including Sketch, Dr. Mango and The Chickpeas, Blaze in the Bothy and Kilter. Chris is also a producer and recording engineer.
Iain Copeland, originally from Glasgow, is well known to fans of the groundbreaking traditional/Celtic music group Peatbog Faeries in which he played drums for nearly 15 years. Iain has also been a member of many other high profile Scottish groups such as Session A9, The Unusual Suspects and Babelfish. Iain has even put in a couple of appearances with Scottish acid croft legends Shooglenifty in New York in 2005. Iain has appeared regularly in many cutting edge projects on the contemporary Scottish music scene including a tour in 2010 with Patsy Reid’s project ‘Bridging the Gap’. Iain is also responsible for the creation of Glasgow’s most successful jazz club – Basement Jazz of which he remains the Artistic Director. Basement Jazz is currently managing the Skye Jazz Festival. Iain continues to work and agitate at the very frontiers of the UK music scene and has many interesting projects underway as well as an enviable back catalogue of involvement in highly innovative and original works.
Album of the Week programme, Saturday 23 June at 12 noon and 12 midnight and on Monday 25 June at 6.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.