Celtic Connections 2006, a Grand Success

Glasgow, Scotland – Sunday 29th January was the last day of the
13th Celtic Connections festival. Performances started at 11am in The Glasgow
Royal Concert Hall and continued throughout the day until the early hours of
Monday morning.

This year’s Celtic Connections saw over 1500 artists play at over 300 events in
8 venues across Glasgow. Over 100 000 attendances have been recorded for
concerts, ceilidhs, talks, late night sessions and workshops.“Celtic Connections has once again delivered a fantastic programme of music
and song that has lifted the spirits of locals and visitors alike
,” said
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive – Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. “Almost every
guide book on Glasgow that I open these days lists it as a must see and the
reopening of the Old Fruitmarket provides a fresh talking point

The refurbished Old Fruitmarket hosted 16 events as part of the festival this
year. Management at the venue have been careful to ensure original features have
been maintained including traditional signage. A new stage, bespoke sound system
and improved lighting have added to the atmosphere and comfort.

Critical highlights and best sellers at this year’s festival included
appearances from a diverse range of artists including two special concerts
celebrating the life and music of Martyn Bennett, The Renaud Garcia Fons Trio,
Roddy Frame, With Strings Attached, Richard Thompson and
Yeux Noirs

Songs of Scotland was a popular new strand at this year’s festival
dedicated to showcasing the unique musical characteristics of different regions
of Scotland.

Celtic Connections continues to attract visitors from all over the world
generating further international profile for the city as a tourist destination
and affirming Glasgow’s place on the cultural map. Showcase Scotland strengthens
this effort. Now in its seventh year it provides an opportunity for promoters
and agents to experience Scottish music and book Scottish artists for events
around the world.

Thousands of children attended ten free morning concerts in the Main Auditorium
of The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall many experiencing live music for the first
time. This followed up a series of workshops that took place in their schools
throughout the year.

Next year’s Celtic Connections runs from Wednesday 17th January – Sunday 4th
February 2007.

[Photo: Altan].