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Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby To Join Blues & Roots Radio Team

After working with a Who’s Who of household names in music, Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby feature their own well-crafted brand of lyric and acoustic guitar-based material, and now, the Northern Ireland based duo, have also launched a fantastic radio show which is going to start airing on Blues & Roots Radio on Friday, January 15th, 2021.

As professional musicians, Cathryn and Brian have a wealth of contacts at every level of the international music business. They have many stories to tell about artists they have

either known, worked with, or where they have some personal connection.

From Loretta Lynn to The Rolling Stones, from Darlene Love to The Small Faces, you’ll hear some fascinating backstage tales on their weekly hour-long radio show, “Stories & Songs”.

Tune in to Blues & Roots Radio every Friday at 12.30pm ET ( 5.30pm UK & Ireland ), or catch the repeat airing every Sunday at 6pm ET ( 11pm UK & Ireland )

Multi award winning Blues & Roots Radio have built a solid reputation as the leading independent online music platform, featuring independent and signed artists from around the world. The station is based in Toronto, Canada and Melbourne, Australia, broadcasting fifty weekly radio shows from around the world, giving listeners a unique insight into music scenes from various cities in countries that include, Canada, the USA, England, Wales, Scotland, Australia, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and more. The station, as it's name suggests, airs shows that cover a wide range of genres, from Roots, Americana, Blues, Contemporary Folk, Celtic music, bluegrass and the wide open country.

Cathryn Craig is one of Nashville’s finest voices and Brian Willoughby is one of the world’s greatest acoustic guitar players, combined they create wonderful music.

Cathryn is from Richmond, Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both singer and songwriter. She is no stranger to Nashville's recording studios, working with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein, Jorma Kaukonen and Garth Brooks. Brian is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar. As well as playing with the Strawbs in the 80s and 90s, Brian has been a session player/sideman in much demand, playing with the likes of Mary Hopkin, Roger Whittaker, Monty Python, Joe Brown, Jim Diamond and Nanci Griffith.

Cathryn and Brian met in Michael Snow’s recording studio in Nashville. Brian and he had written the song Hard Luck Cafe, Michael said he knew just the person to sing it, when Brian came to record the first album of his own songs, Black & White, he invited Cathryn to sing. Together they wrote The Fire, Alice’s Song and Black & White, and so the duo of Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby was born.

‘If you haven’t heard them, then you haven’t heard a real professional acoustic duo - Cathryn’s voice and Brian’s interweaving guitar parts blend so perfectly together.’

David Dee Moore (Blues and Roots radio)

'I love that duo of Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby, what a perfect combination .. great songs, great singing and of course, there’s Brian's spellbinding guitar work...just magic.'

Noel Casey (103.2 Dublin City FM)

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