Legendary Boys of the Lough at Celtic Connections 2007 on Thursday 25th January

Boys of the Lough
Boys of the Lough
Glasgow, Scotland – Thursday marks the beginning of Showcase Scotland, a five day promotional event taking place at the festival in order to provide Scottish artists with the opportunity of showcasing their talent to a host of international delegates. As well as fresh Scottish talent, the festival features a host of international artists and Celtic veterans.

Celtic Connections takes place in 12 venues all over Glasgow. The focal point of the festival is The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, where performances take place in every available space, from workshops in the foyers to performances by world-class artists in the Main Auditorium. The City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, ABC, The Tron, The Piping Centre and Glasgow’s newest live venue The Classic Grand will all play host to Celtic Connections events this year over a period of nineteen days in January and February.


Celtic Connections School Concert
Thu 25 January, 11:00am
Free but Ticketed
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium

In this celebration of the life, songs and poetry of Scotland’s most famous son, Corrina Hewat and Dave Milligan will perform the songs of Robert Burns, with a special jazz twist.

Iain Anderson In Conversation with Glasgow Celtic Society
Thu 25 January, 12:30am
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Exhibition Hall

Celtic Music Radio
Thu 25 January, 2:00pm
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Exhibition Hall

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage hosted by Gibb Todd
Thu 25 January, 5:00pm
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Exhibition Hall

Boys of the Lough and Friends
Thu 25 January, 7:30pm
City Halls, Grand Hall

Boys of the Lough are joined by an international array of outstanding guest musicians, all of whom have known and shared music with the band for many years. From Norway and Sweden, the line-up includes Frode Nyvold, Leiv Solberg, Åke Wänn and Per Gudmundson representing a broad swathe of regional flavours, while John and Valerie McManus bring a taste of the rich South Fermanagh traditions of McConnell’s original heartland.

Banjo Night
Thu 25 January, 7:45pm
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

An evening dedicated to the banjo, in which some of the world’s greatest banjo players assemble to demonstrate the versatility of the instrument as it is used in folk, country and jazz musical context. Tonight’s concert features an all-star line-up of international talent.

Showcase Scotland Concert
Thu 25 January, 7:45pm
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Showcase Scotland is the largest gathering of the international music community in Scotland, and runs for five days during Celtic Connections. Now in its eighth year, Showcase Scotland is organized by Active Events, and was initiated by the Scottish Arts Council and British Council Scotland to provide a platform for promoting Scottish music and artists to new audiences around the world.

Acoustic Affair with The River Detectives and Kieran Docherty
Thu 25 January, 8:00pm
St Andrew’s in the Square

Crooked Still with Eivør Pálsdóttir
Thu 25 January, 8:00pm

Ian Carr and Niklas Roswall with Mike and Ali Vass
Thu 25 January, 8:00pm
The National Piping Centre

Gordie Sampson with Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth
Thu 25 January, 8:00pm
The Tron Theatre

Songs & Music of Scotland:
Lothian & the Borders, Hosted by Doris Rougvie
Thu 25 January, 8:00pm

As well as our four regional music concerts, this year’s Celtic Connections will dedicate 10 nights at the Universal Folk Club to celebrating the songs and music of various different regional areas of Scotland. Each night, well-known performers from a different area explore the way Scottish culture is reflected in their own home-grown music scene in the cosy atmosphere of The Universal Folk Club in Sauchiehall Lane.

The rich music tradition of Lothian and the Borders is celebrated tonight with performances from Nick Keir, Lori Watson and Innes Watson. Tonight’s event is hosted by Doris Rougvie.

Four Men and a Dog with Corquiéu
Thu 25 January, 10:00pm
Old Fruitmarket

Celtic Connections Festival Club hosted by Gibb Todd
Thu 25 January, 10:30pm
Holiday Inn – City West

Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office:

In person at: The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3NY
Online at: www.celticconnections.com
By phone on: 0141 353 8000

Photo: Boys of the Lough

Author: World Music Central News Department

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