On Celtic Music Radio live at Oran Mor

Added on Tuesday 5 May 2009

I had a busy but enjoyable weekend playing music; on Saturday I chatted and played on Alex Jenkins Celtic Music Radio show, which was part of an outside broadcast from the Whiskey Bar Oran Mor in Glasgow's West End. It was a really fun show. And because the Celtic Music Radio people were so friendly I felt very relaxed myself, which meant I did more chatting than singing. The show has been added to the 'Listen again' function of the Celtic Music Radio website; go have a listen it's quite entertaining: Jim Byrne on Celtic Music Radio.

You will have to excuse my croaking voice; we had been getting work done in the house and the dust had got to my delicate chest and lungs. The croak gave my voice a bit of character - though I found it very hard to sing; unfortunately I did sing a bit out of tune on The handles broken.

Pat and my mum came along to provide support - though it was difficult to hear much from within the pub itself - unless you had a radio. :-)

Playing at the Butterfly and Pig

On Sunday I played a set at the Butterfly and Pig; mostly new songs that I'm recording for my next album - it was good to give them a public airing. The pub was very noisy, but I felt the songs went down well and I enjoyed playing a fresh set. There were friendly faces in the audience including the crowd from Celtic Music Radio (Ciaran Doris, Stepanie Greer, Paul Baird and Mary Kathleen Burke). Mary and Paul got up and played some songs; great singing and playing as usual; what a fantastic voice that girl has! Also nice to see Paul's expert guitar plucking for the first time; I hadn't realised he was such an accomplished player.

After the music myself, Pat and Mary had a good chin-wag about the music scene in Glasgow - and about the issue of musicians not getting payed to play - which had been highlighted by Vivien Scotson and discussed on Mary's show earlier in the evening. The discussion went on so long that we were the last out of the pub (after 1pm I think); an unusually late night for us; so today I'm completley knackered. Good to clear out the cobwebs though.

All the best,
Jim

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