Homecomings and New Celtic Talents at Celtic Connections January 18

Glasgow, Scotland –
The
Old Blind Dogs
, one of Scotland’s favorite acts, returns to its homeland to
participate at Celtic Connections. Other major acts scheduled are
Gráda from Ireland, and American band

Cherish the Ladies
with special guests
Karen
Matheson
,
Kate
Rusby
,
Eddi
Reader
,
Liz
Kane
,

Laoise Kelly
and
Phil
Cunningham
.

The Celtic Connections Press Office has confirmed another guest for
Altan’s 21st
birthday concert on Saturday 21st. Irish singer, songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist
Paul
Brady
joins Mary Black for this special concert. Wednesday, January 18th program:

11.00am Schools Concert with
Gráda (Ireland/New Zealand) and special guests
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall: Main Auditorium
2 Sauchiehall St, G2
Tickets free on application from the Box Office


01.00pm Iain Anderson in conversation
The Piping Centre
30-34 McPhater St, G4
£1 – tickets available from the Box Office

Daily talk with BBC Radio Scotland presenter Iain Anderson featuring discussion
with interesting local and national figures and musical interludes from festival
performers. Today’s talk brings together Pat Kane of Hue and Cry fame, Janet
McBain from the Scottish Screen Archive and Herald columnist Jack McLean.


2.30pm Celtic Music Radio Live
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall: Exhibition Hall
2 Sauchiehall St, G2
Free

05.00pm Danny Kyle’s Open Stage with Gibb Todd
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall: Exhibition Hall
2 Sauchiehall St, G2
Free

Hosted by Danny Kyle’s good friends
Gibb
Todd
and Liz Clark, the Open Stage is a
chance to see new musical talent as they try to win a coveted support slot at
next year’s festival – and all absolutely free.


07.30pm

Cherish the Ladies
‘Woman Of The House’
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall: Main Auditorium
2 Sauchiehall St, G2
£18, £16 – tickets available from the Box Office

With special guests
Karen
Matheson
,
Kate
Rusby
,
Eddi
Reader
,
Liz
Kane
,

Laoise Kelly
and
Phil
Cunningham


07.45pm Songs of Scotland, The North East
hosted by Elspeth Cowie
Universal Folk Club
Sauchiehall Lane, G2
£8.50 – tickets available from the Box Office

A new venue for 2006, the intimate Universal Folk Club brings together the great
tradition bearers of Scottish Song, with each evening throughout the Festival
dedicated to the unique musical characteristics of a region of Scotland.
Representing the North East region for tonight’s session are Shona Donaldson,
Jock Duncan and Geordie Murison.


08.00pm
Show
Of Hands

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall: Strathclyde Suite
2 Sauchiehall St, G2
£14 – tickets available from the Box Office
onstage: 08.00-08.50pm / 09.10-10.00pm


08.00pm
Old
Blind Dogs
&

Crooked Still

The Arches
253 Argyle St, G1
£14 – tickets available from the Box Office
on stage:

Crooked Still
(08:00-08:50pm)
The
Old Blind Dogs
(09.10-10.30pm)

The
Old Blind Dogs
’ status as one of Scotland’s best-loved acts was resoundingly
affirmed when a public vote named them Folk Band of the Year in the 2004 Scots Trad Music Awards. Since signing to top US folk label Green Linnet, the Dogs
have become a somewhat rare sighting on Scottish shores such is the demand for
their music in the United States.

Their latest line-up features founder member Jonny
Hardie (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki), Jim Malcolm (vocals, guitar,
harmonica), Rory Campbell (pipes, whistles), Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar,
bass) and Fraser Stone (percussion).

A debut
Celtic Connections performance comes from hot young American bluegrass group,
Crooked Still, who mix old–time mountain melodies and soul with hard-hitting
beats and the energy of a rock group. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is
a typical mix of electronic beats and traditional music. Their line-up is an
alternative combination of banjo, cello, double-bass and soaring vocals that
uses the lower instruments as the rhythm base. Citing influences as diverse as ACDC, Bill Frisell, Bruce Molsky and Greig, there can be no doubt that this
young band bring a new edge to bluegrass music and are definitely ripe to cause
a storm of interest at this year’s festival.


08.00pm

Maggie MacInnes
and
Colum
Sands

The Seed Boat
The Piping Centre
30-34 McPhater Street, G4
£12.50 – tickets available from the Box Office


08.00pm Soundsfine and Rounder-Zoë Records present

Caroline Herring
,
Lynn
Miles
&
Dar
Williams

Tron Theatre
63 Trongate, G1
£12.50 – tickets available from the Box Office


08.30pm
Eliza
Carthy
& The Ratcatchers with

Daniel Lapp Trio

Old Fruitmarket
Candleriggs, G1
£14 – tickets available from the Box Office
on stage:

Daniel Lapp Trio
(08.30-09.20pm) Eliza Carthy & The Ratcatchers
(09.40-11.00pm)


10.00pm Late Night Session
Universal Folk Club
Sauchiehall Lane, G2
Free

Informal music session.


10.30pm Festival Club with
Gibb
Todd

The Holiday Inn – City West
Bothwell St, G2
£7.50 – tickets available from the Box Office

Other Celtic Connections stories:


Celtic Connections Continues with Americana and Celtic Sounds


Legends and Newcomers at Celtic Connections Festival Monday January 16th


Lesley Riddoch on Celtic Music Radio


Celtic Connections Announces New Concerts and Special Guests


Martyn Bennett Day at Celtic Connections


Busy Schedule at Celtic Fest in Scotland


Celtic Connections Opening Concert Cancelled

[Photo: Old Blind Dogs].

Author: World Music Central News Department

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