Celtic Music Radio is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in song. Presenter Gordon Hotchkiss has started a six-part series of inserts on songs about the War in his weekly “Hotchkiss Hotchpotch” programme on Celtic Music Radio 95 FM at 7.00pm Wednesdays with a repeat the following day, Thursdays at 12noon.
The third programme in the series on Wednesday 20 August at 7.00pm will look at Ireland’s involvement including the role of the Ulster Volunteers and the Easter Rising in Dublin.
This will primarily focus on the opposition to the Home Rule Bill in the North and the slaughter of the Ulstermen at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and also the Easter Rising in Dublin in the same year.
These events which shaped modern Ireland have left a rich legacy of both traditional and contemporary song.
“With over one hundred songs, poems and music, this could well be the most comprehensive coverage of music relating to the war presented on radio,” said Gordon.
The series will feature a mixture of original songs recorded at the period and more contemporary songs written about the war. The first programme looked at the origins of the war, the early days, recruitment and the European Countries involved. Broadcast on Wednesday 6 August, it is available on Catch Up here.
The second explored how it turned into a truly World War featuring, amongst others, songs from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Turkey and the USA. Broadcast on Wednesday 13 August – listen here on Catch Up.
The fourth programme on Wednesday 27 August will concentrate on Scotland’s involvement in the Great War.
The fifth programme on 3 September examines major battles and opposition to the war including revolution in Russia with the final show (10 September) concentrating on some of the songs sung by the troops and the end of the war.
Celtic Music Radio has offered copies of the programme to other community radio stations around the UK and it is set to broadcast in Canada.
Join Gordon Hotchkiss across Glasgow on 95 FM on Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm repeated Thursdays 12 noon. Thanks to Music News Scotland for their coverage of this season of special programmes.