“It all started out as a joke on my Facebook page” says Ross. “One of our listeners posted a comment asking if I could sing, and the whole idea took legs! 120-odd comments later and I am suddenly changing from radio presenter to singer!”
Ross will be accompanied by Davy Lees, a multi-instrumentalist member of Scottish band, Haggerdash who have played all over Europe. Davy Lees has also presented his own radio programmes and appeared in the television programme, Secret Scotland.
Davy Lees has been a long term supporter of Celtic Music Radio and was even offered his own show when the station started in 2006. He says: “Celtic Music Radio cares about and actively supports the younger generation of folk musicians with regular air play as well as promoting Scottish and Celtic culture through traditional music. What other radio station can claim to do similar?”
“I am hoping Davy and myself can raise much need funds for Celtic Music Radio” added Ross. “All donations go towards keeping the station on air. We have around 40 volunteers who present programmes and work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep us on the air.”
Celtic Music Radio has recently been awarded a further 5 year extension to its broadcast licence by regulator Ofcom. The station, which specialises in Scottish and Irish music of all genres including folk and singer-songwriters, can now broadcast to Glasgow on 1530kHz medium wave until January 2018.
Ross is also a director-trustee of Celtic Music Radio says the future is very exciting for the station. “Receiving our 5 year extension from Ofcom has been very heartening. Our volunteers have worked very hard over the past four years to create a radio station that supports the talented musicians we have here in Glasgow and indeed Scotland.”
On the subject of singing live on air, Ross says: “I am feeling very nervous. I am more of a singing in the shower person and have not even sung in public before. Davy Lees and myself will have time for a short rehearsal before the show on Friday. I hope it’s enough!”
You can donate to Celtic Music Radio 1530AM through this website at by clicking on Donations . Listen into Ross’ show, Thank Folk It’s Friday from 8.00pm this Friday, 9 March on Celtic Music Radio 1530AM and online.