"a wondrous wee trip through the very best music of the Celts and beyond"

Host: Andy Donnelly
6pm-8pm MT Fridays

Long before the Celtic wave thundered triumphantly onto our shores and became popular among young North American listeners, CKUA appreciated that Celtic-influenced music has tremendous appeal
for music-lovers, whether young or not so young.

The Celtic Show, a Friday-night staple since 1996, is hosted by an expatriate Scot and a veteran of Alberta’s folk-music scene, Andy Donnelly. With his soft brogue and wicked sense of humour, Andy entertains and enlightens his audience with the marvelous diversity of musical styles that reflect the influence of the Celtic tradition.

Selections range from gentle, traditional ballads to hard-driving rock tunes complete with bagpipes. On any given show, you might hear the Tannehill Weavers, Dougie Maclean, Loreena McKennitt, Sinead O’Connor, the Rankin Family, the Pogues, Silly Wizard, the Chieftains, Christy Moore, Ashley McIsaac, the Waterboys and more. Touring musical guests drop by and share the magic that they bring to the airwaves.

So come on in, put your feet up and welcome to the wee Celtic Show, a wondrous, wee trip through the very best music of the Celts and beyond. Two hours of wee Celtic cuddles, ballads that would bring a tear to a glass eye, and jigs and reels to make you bounce in your baffies.


Andy Donnelly (Image: Owen Murray)

    Andy Donnelly

    I was born and raised in the beautiful town of Gourock on the banks of the River Clyde on the west coast of Bonnie Scotland. Since coming to Canada in 1978, I have been involved in just about every aspect of this business we call music, from producing concerts and recording to writing and performing my own songs.

    But of course, my favorite place to be in the whole wee, wondrous world is in the studio at the Mighty CKUA on Friday evenings for The Celtic Show. Like so many of the programs on CKUA, what you play is who you are. I was greatly honoured to be invited to be part of the CKUA Radio Network in 1996 as the host and producer of The Celtic Show. The passion, the culture and the soul of the music are the heart of what we do.

    It’s a great honour to come to CKUA and play the music that I love for you. And it’s an absolute pleasure to be part of the family that we call CKUA. You just can’t top that. This isn’t just a radio station. It’s a way of life!