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31 January 2020

More live programmes on BBC ALBA than ever before

Presenters Joy Dunlop, Fiona MacKenzie and Mary Ann Kennedy

With a fantastic line-up of live sport and entertainment programmes, more than ever before, there’s something for everyone on BBC ALBA.

Presenters Joy Dunlop, Fiona MacKenzie and Mary Ann Kennedy come together to celebrate the best in music and entertainment programming over the coming weeks.

Music fans are in for a real treat this weekend with the talented Joy Dunlop co-hosting the ‘BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Final 2020’ with Bruce MacGregor, live from Glasgow’s City Halls. Six of Scotland’s best young musicians will perform live in the final of this prestigious competition on the final night of Celtic Connections 2020 and the winner will be announced on the night.

Competing for the title this year are singers Josie Duncan from the Isle of Lewis, Cameron Nixon from Aberdeen, along with accordionist Pàdruig Morrison from Uist, whistle and pipes player Ali Levack from Dingwall, Perthshire fiddle player Mhairi Mackinnon and Aberdeenshire musician Calum McIlroy who sings, plays mandolin and guitar.

BBC Radio Scotland and BBC ALBA will broadcast the event simultaneously at 5.05pm on Sunday, February 2.

Fiona MacKenzie brought the best of the Celtic Connections festival to BBC ALBA in her live chat-show ‘Nochd’. The final episode airs on Saturday, February 1 and the whole series is available to view on BBC iPlayer.

The established Celtic Connections music series, 'Seirm', starts on Saturday, February 8. Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy, this is filmed before an audience at the Arches in Glasgow and features lively performances from the best of the festival.

Look out for more live sport on BBC ALBA with the eagerly anticipated Women’s Six Nations Rugby, presented by Iona Whyte, starting on Sunday, February 2 with Ireland v Scotland.

Scotland v England takes place on Saturday, February 9 at Scotstoun in Glasgow and Italy v Scotland on Sunday, February 23, Scotland v France on Saturday, March 4 and Wales v Scotland on Sunday, March 15.

BBC ALBA will also broadcast the SPFL Challenge Cup games - Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers on Friday, February 14 and Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Rangers Colts on Sunday, February 16, followed by the final at the end of March.

Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of Multiplatform Content at MG ALBA, which operates BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC, said:

“BBC ALBA has been so successful with regards to live programming.

"For example, our hugely popular Hogmanay Ceilidh each year and our coverage of major sporting events such as the Women’s World Cup last year and the Women’s Six Nations for two years now and, of course, our fantastic music content. People watch BBC ALBA to see things they can’t watch anywhere else.”

31 Faoilleach 2020

Barrachd phrògraman beò air BBC ALBA

Presenters Joy Dunlop, Fiona MacKenzie and Mary Ann Kennedy

Le clàr làn phrògraman beò dibhearsain agus spòrs air BBC ALBA, barrachd na bha air an t-seanail a-riamh, tha rudeigin ann airson a h-uile duine.

Thàinig luchd-lìbhrigidh Joy Dunlop, Fiona NicChoinnich agus Màiri Anna NicUalraig còmhla gus na prògraman ùra a chomharrachadh.

Dhaibhsan a tha dèidheil air ceòl tha deagh dheireadh-sheachdain air fàire le Joy Dunlop is Brus MacGriogair a’ toirt thugaibh Neach-Ciùil Traidiseanta Òg 2020 BBC Radio Scotland, beò à Talla Bhaile Ghlaschu.

Bidh sianar luchd-ciùil òga a’ cluich beò sa chuairt-deireannach ann am farpais a bhios a’ cuideachadh le crìoch a chuir air Celtic Connections 2020 agus thèid am buannaiche ainmeachadh air an oidhche.

A’ farpais am-bliadhna tha seinneadairean Josie Duncan à Leòdhas agus Cameron Nixon à Obar Dheathain, cuide ri Pàdruig Moireasdan à Uibhist air a’ bhocsa, Ali Levack à Inbhir Pheofharain air an fheadag agus a’ phìob, Mhàiri MacKinnon à Siorrachd Pheairt air an fhidheall agus Calum McIlroy à Siorrachd Obar Dheathain a bhios a’ seinn agus a’ cluich a’ mhandoilin agus a’ ghiotàr.

Bidh BBC Radio Scotland agus BBC ALBA a’ craoladh an tachartais aig an aon àm aig 5.05f air 2 Gearran.

Bha Fiona NicChoinnich a’ lìbhrigeadh a’ phrògraim chòmhraiteach Nochd air BBC ALBA, beò thairis air Celtic Connections, leis an t-sreath fhathast ri fhaicinn air BBC iPlayer. Thèid am prògram mu dheireadh, a’ coimhead air ais air an fhèis, a-mach air Disathairne 1 Gearran.

Tha taghadh ciùil Celtic Connections ri thighinn cuideachd leis an t-sreath Seirm a’ tòiseachadh air Disathairne 8 Gearran. Air a lìbhrigeadh le Màiri Anna NicUalraig, chaidh a chlàradh air beulaibh luchd-amais aig na Arches ann an Glaschu agus chithear ceòl beothail bhon fhèis air fad.

Tha tuilleadh craoladh beò ri thighinn le spòrs agus Sia Nàiseanan nam Ban, air a lìbhrigeadh le Iona Whyte, a’ tòiseachadh air Didòmhnaich 2 Gearran le Èirinn an aghaidh Alba.vBidh Alba an uair sin a’ cluich an aghaidh Sasainn aig Scotsoun air Disathairne 9 Gearran; na h-Eadailt air Didòmhnaich 23 Gearran, an Fhraing air Disathairne 4 Màrt agus a’ Chuimrigh air Didòmhnaich 15 Màrt.

Bidh BBC ALBA cuideachd a’ craoladh an iar-chuairt dheireannach bho Chùpa Dùbhlain an SPFL le Partick Thistle an aghaidh Raith Rovers air 14 Gearran agus Inverness Caledonian Thistle an aghaidh Rangers Colts air Didòmhnaich 16 Gearran, leis a’ chuairt dheireannach ri thighinn aig deireadh a’ Mhàirt.

Thuirt Iseabail Nic an t-Sagairt, Stiùiriche Susbaint Ioma-Ùrlair MG ALBA, a tha a’ ruith BBC ALBA ann an com-pàirteachas leis a’ BhBC:

“Tha BBC ALBA air a bhith cho soirbheachail le bhith a’ craoladh phrògraman beò. Mar eisimpleir tha fèill mhòr air Cèilidh na Bliadhn’ Ùire gach bliadhna agus tha sinn air a bhith a’ sealltainn spòrs beò aig àrd ìre mar Chupa Cruinne nam Ban an-uiridh agus Sia Nàiseanan nam Ban airson dà bhliadhna a-nis. Tha daoine a’ tighinn gu BBC ALBA gu faic iad susbaint nach fhaic iad ann an àite sam bith eile.”