Donnie Munro, Dick Gaughan’s 60th Birthday and Waltz With Me on January 28 at Celtic Connections 2008

The program for  January 28 at Celtic Connections 2008 includes concerts by Donnie Munro with GiveWay. Dick Gaughan‘s 60th Birthday celebration and Waltz With Me featuring  Annbjørg Lien, Bruce Molsky & Christine Hanson.

Complete program:

Iain Anderson In Conversation
Brian Osborne, Ronnie Armstrong & Phil Cunningham
Mon 28 January, 12:30pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson hosts an eclectic mix of local figures as well as musicians performing at the festival for a lunch time blether.

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage hosted by Gibb Todd
Mon 28 January, 5pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

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!
In partnership with the Evening Times

Donnie Munro with GiveWay
Mon 28 January, 7:30pm
£18, £16
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Following on from his latest critically-acclaimed album Heart of America (Album of the Year at the 2006 Scots Trad Music Awards), former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro continues to address the themes which have always been close to his heart.

Munro’s work, both with Runrig and as a solo artist, has been inspired by the history, culture and contemporary experience of his Highlands and Islands homeland, placing these resonant themes within a modern international context. Drawing on a back catalogue of more than 20 albums, his current show weaves a powerful musical narrative, supplementing his regular live band with a string section, a choir and other special guests.

Fast outgrowing the novelty-factor aspects of their early acclaim, when they first emerged as teenagers, the four Johnson sisters collectively known as GiveWay are now making their name simply as one of Scotland’s most accomplished and dynamic young bands, who recently won a host of new fans on their debut US tour.

Dick Gaughan‘s 60th Birthday
Mon 28 January, 8pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Dick Gaughan’s three main Celtic Connections gigs last year, his ‘Classic Album’ performance of 1981’s Handful of Earth, the Songs of Conscience show and the premiere of his first symphonic work, Treaty 300, highlighted several key aspects of this legendary singer and songwriter’s 35-year career.

The transcendent caliber of his back catalogue, the undimmed passion of his political commitment and his tireless enthusiasm for fresh creative ventures all underline Gaughan’s standing as one of Scotland’s most important and best-loved artists.

To mark his 60th birthday this year, he’ll be joined by an array of musical friends from down the decades for a memorable celebratory session.

Findlay Napier & The Bar Room Mountaineers
Mon 28 January, 8pm
The National Piping Centre

Playing songs written by Back of the Moon star Findlay Napier and traditional Scottish material, Findlay Napier and The Bar Room Mountaineers have a rich, rootsy progressive sound, drawing influences from genres including blues, Americana, folk, funk and country.

Waltz With Me featuring  Annbjørg Lien, Bruce Molsky & Christine Hanson
Mon 28 January, 8pm
St Andrew’s in the Square

A new project premiered to great acclaim at Norway’s Telemark Festival last summer, this strings-based quartet unites the talents of Annbjørg Lien (Norway), Christine Hanson (Canada/Scotland), Mikke Marin (Sweden) and Bruce Molsky (USA).

Songs of Scotland
Immigrants and Exiles hosted by Ishbel MacAskill
Mon 28 January, 8pm

Over the last two years the Songs of Scotland series has looked at different regions of Scotland and the songs that have emerged from these areas.

For the 2008 festival the series looks at different themes that occur in Scots song, mixing Gaelic and Scots, and how they have inspired songwriters and singers throughout generations.

Each of the ten themes will showcase a selection of songs, so each night will see the audience taken on a journey of discovery through different languages, dialects and stories, all linked with one common theme.

Celtic Connections Festival Club hosted by Gibb Todd
Mon 28 January, 10:30pm
Central Hotel

The late night club ensures there is even more music to enjoy after all the gigs are over. Join local and international artists as they make special unbilled appearances or join in one of many sessions happening in the bars.

With food and drink in plentiful supply you can happily keep going into the early hours of the morning whilst witnessing some of the best musical collaborations of the festival.

Master of ceremonies, Gibb Todd returns to present each act on stage and Doris Rougvie hosts The House of Song in a peaceful oasis away from the main stage.

The 15th Celtic Connections festival takes place over 19 days in January and February in 14 venues across Glasgow, Celtic Connections is the UK’s premier Celtic music festival, with over 300 concerts, ceilidhs, talks, free events, late night sessions and workshops.

Tickets can be booked:

In person Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3NY
City Halls and Old Fruitmarket
Glasgow, G1 1NQ
By phone 0141 353 8000

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