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Oumou Sangaré to Perform at Celtic Connections 2018

Oumou Sangare – Photo by Benoit Peverelli

 

Acclaimed Malian vocalist Oumou Sangaré is set to perform at Celtic connections festival on January 30, 2018.

Sangaré returned from an 8-year recording respite in 2017 when she released her album Mogoya. The new album includes French production trio A.l.b.e.r.t. and celebrated Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. Mogoya combines traditional Wassulu roots with vibrant rock, funk, soul, and dance beats.

 

Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya

 

Oumou Sangaré and Solo & Indrė
Tuesday. January 30
7:30 p.m.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
More information at /www.celticconnections.com

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Fiddlers’ Bid and Frigg Double Bill at Celtic Connections 2018

Fiddlers’ Bid – Photo by Kris Kesiak

Shetland’s Fiddlers’ Bid will headline a Main Auditorium concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Fiddlers’ Bid formed during playing lunchtime sessions at high school. Fiddlers’ Bid share a bond going back more than 25 years and since the very beginning, their island’s unique musical heritage has been at the center of what they do.

 

Frigg – Photo by Tero Ahonen

 

Fiddlers Bid’ will be joined at Celtic Connections by Finnish seven-piece ensemble Frigg, who are similarly led by four contemporary masters of proud native fiddle traditions. Frigg’s latest album is 2017’s Frost on Fiddles.

 

 

Both bands will play individually before a spectacular joint finale.

Fiddlers’ Bid with Frigg
Thursday, January 25, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

More at /www.celticconnections.com

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Celtic Connections 2018 Festival Program

Fiddlers’ Bid

The Celtic Connections festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2018 with an ambitious and eclectic line-up of musicians from all corners of the world.

The festival will run from Thursday, January 18th to Sunday, February 4th, 2018. The 18 days of concerts will include a series of one-off musical collaborations together with talks, workshops, film screenings, ceilidhs, art exhibitions, free events and late night sessions.

Celtic Connections 2018 will incorporate music from the past to music of the present and will look ahead to the future of an increasingly experimental and stimulating music scene, with ever increasing musical styles and cross genre fusions of jazz, classical, folk, world music and electronica.

Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, said: “Since the inception of Celtic Connections in 1994 the Scottish music scene has developed and diversified hugely. When the festival began there was still significant compartmentalization of genres, which although has its place at times, has become less prevalent over the years. The influence and inspiration that the traditional music scene has had across the whole musical landscape in Scotland and worldwide has helped to make the journey of Celtic Connections all the more adventurous and exciting.

As an internationally renowned festival we continually strive for better and the 25th edition is no exception. Audiences will be treated to performances from some of the best artists from across the world and an array of unique collaborations and an eclectic mix of world music.

Celtic Connections 2018 Program

 Celtic Connections 25th Anniversary Concert
Thursday 18 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £22
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Broken Records and Special Guests
Thursday 18 January
8pm
Tickets from £11
Hug & Pint

Merchant City Trad Trail
Friday 19 January
11am, 2pm
Tickets from £17
Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Danny Kyle Open Stage
Friday 19 January
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Chris Stout & Catriona McKay with King Creosote, Scottish Ensemble and special guests
Friday 19 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £21
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

This is the Kit with Last Horizons
Friday 19 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
O2 ABC

To Kill A King
Friday 19 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £12.50
Drygate

Ricky Ross and Roseanne Reid
Friday 19 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £25
Mackintosh Church

Saltfishforty and Red Tail Ring
Friday 19 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Mitchell Theatre

Iain MacFarlane Trio and Kim Carnie
Friday 19 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
St Andrews in the Square

The One Ensemble and support
Friday 19 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The Glad Café

David Ramirez
Friday 19 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £11
Broadcast

The Secret North and Navá
Friday 19 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Jim Malcolm and Avocet
Friday 19 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Tron Theatre

Drever McCusker Woomble and Emily Baker
Friday 19 January
9.30pm
Tickets from £16
Old Fruitmarket

Celtic Connections Festival Club
Friday 19 January
10:30pm
Tickets from £10
The Art School

Late Night Sessions
Friday 19 January
11pm
Tickets from £7.50
Drygate

House of Song
Friday 19 January
11pm
FREE
Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland

Corelo’s Interactive Workshop for the Under 5’s
Saturday 20 January
9.30am
Tickets from £4
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Come&Try Irish Sean-nós with Aneta Dortová
Saturday 20 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Caledonian University

Come&Try Ukelele with Finlay Allison
Saturday 20 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Come&Try Accordion with John Somerville
Saturday 20 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Come&Try Bodhran with Cormac Byrne
Saturday 20 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Singin’ on yer Mammy’s Knee with Christina Stewart
Saturday 20 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

Merchant City Trad Trail
Saturday 20 January
11am, 2pm
Tickets from £17
The Scottish Music Centre

The National Whisky Festival
Saturday 20 January
12pm/4.15pm
Tickets from £41
SWG3

Johnstone Pipe Band & Special Guests
Saturday 20 January
12.30pm
Tickets from £15
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Come&Try Step Dance with Sophie Stephenson
Saturday 20 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
Caledonian University

Big Slow Session with Nigel Gatherer
Saturday 20 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Beginners Accordion with John Somerville
Saturday 20 January
1.30pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Bodhran for Improvers/Players with Cormac Byrne
Saturday 20 January
1.30pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Playsongs for Bigger Bairns with Christina Stewart
Saturday 20 January
1.30pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Saturday 20 January
2pm
Tickets from £12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

musicALL: The Fridays
Saturday 20 January
3pm
Tickets from £5
City Halls, Recital Room

Dove Tales, the Association of Scottish Artists for Peace, presents a discussion about The Human Cost of War
Saturday 20 January
4.30pm
Tickets from £5
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage
Saturday 20 January
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Centre

String Sisters and ‘Scotland’s Wild Heart’
Saturday 20 January
7:30pm
Tickets from £20
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

The Lone Bellow with Deer Tick
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £17
O2 ABC

Ross Ainslie & The Sanctuary Band and Brighde Chaimbeul
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Mitchell Theatre

Skerryvore and We Banjo 3
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £22
Barrowland Ballroom

The Friel Sisters & Special Guests
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
St Andrews in the Square

Alasdair Roberts in collaboration with Joashino
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £12.50
Platform

Croft No. 5 and Dosca
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
Saint Luke’s

Jupiter & Okwess and Les Triaboliques
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
Drygate

Gaels Le Chèile @ Ceòl’s Craic
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £14.50
CCA

Lankum with Stick in the Wheel
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
Oran Mor

Findlay Napier’s Glasgow
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Mackintosh Church

Brian Ó hEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie with Hecla
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The National Piping Centre

Brownbear
Saturday 20 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £8
Broadcast

The Glad Café Community Choir and friends
Saturday 20 Janaury
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The Glad Café

The Tannahill Weavers – Golden Anniversary
Saturday 20 January
8pm
Tickets from £15
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Julie Fowlis and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
Saturday 20 January
8pm
Tickets from £18
City Halls

The Music of Laura Nyro featuring Diane Garisto & Guests
Saturday 20 January
Tickets from £18
Old Fruitmarket

Swarb! It Suits Him Well featuring The Jason Wilson Band, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick & Simon Swarbrick
Saturday 20 January
8pm
Tickets from £16
Tron Theatre

Trembling Bells and Special Guests
Saturday 20 January
8pm
Tickets from £13
Hug & Pint

Celtic Connections Ceilidh Dances: Ceòlas/Beinn Lee Ceilidh Band
Saturday 20 January
8pm
Tickets from £12
Partick Burgh Halls

25th Anniversary Ceilidh featuring The Occassionals & Guests
Saturday 20 January
10.30pm
Tickets from £13
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Celtic Connections Festival Club
Saturday 20 January
10:30pm
Tickets from £10
The Art School

Late Night Sessions
Saturday 20 January
11pm
Tickets from £7.50
Drygate

Sean Nós dancing for Beginners with Aneta Dortová
Sunday 21 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Caledonian University

Come&Try Fiddle with Daniel Thorpe
Sunday 21 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Rock that Uke with Finlay Allison
Sunday 21 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Come&Try Mandolin with Lanarkshire Guitar & Mandolin Association
Sunday 21 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Come&Try Whistle with Steven Blake
Sunday 21 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

Women’s Samba with Big Groove
Sunday 21 January
11am
Tickets from £7
City Halls Studio 1

Bodhran for Ensemble with Cormac Byrne
Sunday 21 January
11am
Tickets from £7
City Halls Studio 2

Come&Try Clarsach with Heather Yule
Sunday 21 January
11am
Tickets from £7
City Halls Recital Room

New Voices: Innes White
Sunday 21 January
1pm
Tickets from £12
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Step Dance for Beginners with Sophie Stephenson
Sunday 21 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
Caledonian University

Fiddle for Beginners with Daniel Thorpe
Sunday 21 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Song Arranging on Ukulele (Tips & Tricks) with Finlay Allison
Sunday 21 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Come&Try Mandolin with Lanarkshire Guitar & Mandolin Association
Sunday 21 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Whistle for Beginners with Steven Blake
Sunday 21 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

Spoons for All with Cormac Byrne
Sunday 21 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
City Halls Studio 2

Clarsach for Beginners with Heather Yule
Sunday 21 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
City Halls Recital Room

Come&Try Djembe with Allan Hughes
Sunday 21 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
City Halls Club Room

Kids Come&Try Samba Drumming (4-7 years) with Big Groove
Sunday 21 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £4
City Halls Studio 1

Merchant City Trad Trail
Sunday 21 January
2pm
Tickets from £17
Scottish Music Centre

Hazy Recollections
Sunday 21 January
2.30pm
Tickets from £12.50
O2 ABC2

Kids Come&Try Samba Drumming (8-12 years) with Big Groove
Sunday 21 January
2.30pm
Tickets from £4
City Halls Studio 1

All Age Samba Band (ages 8-adult) with Big Groove
Sunday 21 January
3.30pm
Tickets from £7
City Halls Studio 1

Innovation & Tradition: The Future of Piping
Sunday 21 January
4.30pm
Tickets from £5
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage
Sunday 21 January
5pm
Tickets from £15
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Shawn Colvin and Her Band – A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour with special guests Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Sunday 21 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £28
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Ladies of Soul
Sunday 21 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Oran Mor

KGB (Keenan Gavin Byrne) and Lahira
Sunday 21 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
City Halls

Jean-Michel Veillon & Yvon Riou and The LIT Trio
Sunday 21 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
St Andrews in the Square

Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock and Fergus McCreadie Trio
Sunday 21 January
8pm
Tickets from £16
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Boo Hewerdine and Marianne McGregor
Sunday 21 January
8pm
Tickets from £16
Tron Theatre

Brian Kennedy and support
Sunday 21 January
8pm
Tickets from £18
Old Fruitmarket

Accordionesse
Sunday 21 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

SOUNDING: Modern Studies & Lomond Campbell with The Pumpkinseeds Chamber Orchestra
Sunday 21 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Saint Luke’s

Doghouse Roses, John Alexander and Mandula & Hephziba
Sunday 21 January
8pm
Tickets from £11
Hug & Pint

Celtic Connections Festival Club
Sunday 21 January
10:30pm
Tickets from £5
The Art School

Late Night Sessions
Sunday 21 January
11pm
Tickets from £7.50
Drygate

Celtic Connections on Campus
Monday 22 January
12.30pm
FREE
Glasgow Caledonian University

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage
Monday 22 January
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Juan de Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars and support
Monday 22 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £23
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Start to End: Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark
Monday 22 January
8.30pm
Tickets from £11
Oran Mor

Celtic Connections on Campus
Tuesday 23 January
12.30pm
FREE
Glasgow Caledonian University

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage
Tuesday 23 January
5pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Lee Fields & the Expressions and Lights Out by Nine
Tuesday 23 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £16.50
Oran Mor

Max Richter Ensemble: Woolf Works
Tuesday 23 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £24
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

The Youth and Young
Tuesday 23 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £6
Broadcast

Liz Carroll with Séan Óg Graham & Trevor Hutchinson and Niamh Dunne
Tuesday 23 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Frank Turner and support
Tuesday 23 January
8pm
Tickets from £26
Old Fruitmarket

Start to End: John Martyn – Solid Air
Tuesday 23 January
6pm, 8.30pm
Tickets from £11
Oran Mor

Celtic Connections on Campus
Wednesday 24 January
12.30pm
FREE
Glasgow Caledonian University

Danny Kyle Open Stage
Wednesday 24 January
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Dougie MacLean and Yvonne Lyon
Wednesday 24 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £22
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Le Vent du Nord with Apiary
Wednesday 24 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £18
O2 ABC

The Deslondes with Underhill Rose
Wednesday 24 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Oran Mor

Mandolin Orange and support
Wednesday 24 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Mackintosh Church

Bright Phoebus Revisited
Wednesday 24 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
Mitchell Theatre

Scott Matthews and Gwyneth Glyn
Wednesday 24 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
St Andrews in the Square

BEMIS celebrates Burns
Wednesday 24 January
8pm
Tickets from £22
Old Fruitmarket

Cathal McConnell and Hannah Rarity
Wednesday 24 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Alessi’s Ark and Special Guest
Wednesday 24 January
8pm
Tickets from £11
Hug & Pint

Greater Belfast
Wednesday 24 January
8pm
Tickets from £18
Tron Theatre

Celtic Connections on Campus
Thursday 25 January
12.30pm
FREE
Glasgow Caledonian University

Merchant City Trad Trail
Thursday 25 January
2pm
Tickets from £17
Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage
Thursday 25 January
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Centre

Fiddler’s Bid with Frigg
Thursday 25 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

James Grant and Yola Carter
Thursday 25 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
O2 ABC

The Fretless with Ewan Robertson
Thursday 25 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
St Andrew’s in the Square

John Smith & Friends and support
Thursday 25 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Mitchell Theatre

Teddy Thompson with Lera Lynn
Thursday 25 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £18
The Mackintosh Church

Bridget Marsden Leif Ottosson with Alastair Savage
Thursday 25 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The National Piping Centre

An Evening with LAU
Thursday 25 January
8pm
Tickets from £18
City Halls

Band of Burns
Thursday 25 January
8pm
Tickets from £16
Old Fruitmarket

Binneas nam Ban
Thursday 25 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Last Night from Glasgow: Carla Easton, The Gracious Losers and The Miss’s
Thursday 25 January
8pm
Tickets from £11
Hug & Pint

Greater Belfast
Thursday 25 January
8pm
Tickets from £18
Tron Theatre

Celtic Connections Festival Club
Thursday 25 January
10:30pm
Tickets from £10
The Art School

Late Night Sessions
Thursday 25 January
11pm
Tickets from £7.50
Drygate

Merchant City Trad Trail
Friday 26 January
11am, 2pm
Tickets from £17
Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Celtic Connections on Campus
Friday 26 January
12.30pm
FREE
Glasgow Caledonian University

Danny Kyle Open Stage
Friday 26 January
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Òrain nan Gàidheal: Songs of the Gael featuring the BBC SSO & Special Guests
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £22
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Session A9 and Paul McKenna Band
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium
Tickets from £15

Sierra Hull with Jarlath Henderson
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Mitchell Theatre

Väsen and Aizle
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
Mackintosh Church

Lúnasa & Special Guests
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £18
City Halls

Big Country 25th Anniversary and support
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £21
O2 ABC

Hayes Carll and Corb Lund
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Saint Luke’s

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro and support
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Drygate

John Coletta & The HUMPFF FAMILY Revival and support
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Oran Mor

The Glad Community Choir and Friends
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The Glad Café

Phamie Gow with The Routes Quartet
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
St Andrews in the Square

Matthew Tighe and An Dhá
Friday 26 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The National Piping Centre

Greater Belfast
Friday 26 January
8pm
Tickets from £18
Tron Theatre

Peatbog Faeries with special guest Vieux Farka Touré
Friday 26 January
8pm
Tickets from £18
Old Fruitmarket

Finlay MacDonald & Torupilli Jussi Trio with James Duncan MacKenzie
Friday 26 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Charlie Straw & special guests
Friday 26 January
8pm
Tickets from £11
Hug & Pint

Celtic Connections Festival Club
Friday 26 January
10:30pm
Tickets from £10
The Art School

Late Night Sessions
Friday 26 January
11pm
Tickets from £7.50
Drygate

Corelo’s Interactive Workshop for the Under 5’s
Saturday 27 January
9.30am
Tickets from £4
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Fiddle Village with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January
Start at 10am
Tickets from £60 (for 2 day workshop)
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Ukulele School with Finlay Allison
Saturday 27 January and Sunday 28 January
Start at 10am
Tickets from £60 (for 2 day workshop)
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Come&Try Stepdance with Kae Sakurai
Saturday 27 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Glasgow Caledonian University

Merchant City Trad Trail
Saturday 27 January
11am, 2pm
Tickets from £17
Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Stepdance, Jigs and Slipjigs for Beginners with Kae Sakurai
Saturday 27 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
Caledonian University

Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail with KIN and the Community
Saturday 27 January
2pm
Tickets from £12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Greater Belfast
Saturday 27 January
2pm
Tickets from £18
Tron Theatre

Danny Kyle Open Stage
Saturday 27 January
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Centre

Roaming Roots Revue: The Wild One, Forever – A Tribute To Tom Petty
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £18
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Auditorium

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer and Teddy Thompson
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £23
City Halls, Grand Hall

Lord Huron and The Weather Station and Flyte
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
O2 ABC

The 4 of Us and Lizabett Russo
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Oran Mor

Sean McKeown & Liam O’Connor with Smok
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The National Piping Centre

A New International
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The Glad Café

Cara Dillon and The Fretless
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Chris Wood and Me for Queen
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £14.50
St Andrew’s in the Square

Bothy Culture & Beyond and Niteworks
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £39.75
The SSE Hydro

Molly Tuttle and support
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Mitchell Theatre

Fuaigh
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
Saint Luke’s

Louise Jordan – No Petticoats Here
Saturday 27 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
City Halls, Recital Room

Hannah Peel – Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia & Tubular Brass – Tubular Bells
Saturday 27 January
8pm
Tickets from £16
Old Fruitmarket

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters with Salt House
Saturday 27 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Marnie and Special Guests
Saturday 27 January
8pm
Tickets from £11
Hug & Pint

Greater Belfast
Saturday 27 January
8pm
Tickets from £18
Tron Theatre

Celtic Connections Ceilidh Dances: Scott Harvey Ceilidh Band
Saturday 27 January
8pm
Tickets from £12
Partick Burgh Hall

Celtic Connections Festival Club
Saturday 27 January
10:30pm
Tickets from £10
The Art School

Late Night Sessions
Saturday 27 January
11pm
Tickets from £7.50
Drygate

Stepdance for All with Kae Sakurai and Sophie Stephenson
Sunday 28 January
10.30am
Tickets from £7
Caledonian University

New Voices: Sarah-Jane Summers
Sunday 28 January
1pm
Tickets from £12
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Stepdance for All with Kae Sakurai and Sophie Stephenson
Sunday 28 January
1.30pm
Tickets from £7
Caledonian University

Merchant City Trad Trail
Sunday 28 January
2pm
Tickets from £17
Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Hazy Recollections
Sunday 28 January
2.30pm
Tickets from £12.50
O2 ABC2

The Groove is Not Trivial with Q&A (screening)
Sunday 28 January
3.45pm
Tickets from £9.50
GFT

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Final 2018
Sunday 28 January
5pm
Tickets from £15
City Halls

Danny Kyle Open Stage
Sunday 28 January
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Northern Star – Scotland Sings Canada
Sunday 28 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

I’m With Her and Rory Butler
Sunday 28 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Isle of Eigg 20th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday 28 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Drygate

Alela Diane and Mick Flannery
Sunday 28 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
Mackintosh Church

The Barr Brothers with The Oh Hellos
Sunday 28 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
Saint Luke’s

Maid of the Loch ‘The Heart of Loch Lomond’
Sunday 28 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
Mitchell Theatre

The Americans and support
Sunday 28 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Oran Mor

Richard Dawson and support
Sunday 28 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £12.50
Platform

Alkinoos Ioannidis and support
Sunday 28 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
St Andrew’s in the Square

David Foley & Jack Smedley with Heather Downie
Sunday 28 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The National Piping Centre

Songwriters Circle: Mick Hargan, Katee Kross and Panic Anchor
Sunday 28 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £6
Broadcast

Northern Celtic Routes and Estbel
Sunday 28 January
8pm
Tickets from £16
Old Fruitmarket

Adam Sutherland, Mairearad Green, Anna Massie & Hamish Napier with Andreas Tophøj & Rune Barslund
Sunday 28 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Last Night from Glasgow: Sister John, Annie Booth and Andrew Nicol
Sunday 28 January
8pm
Tickets from £11
Hug & Pint

Northern Flyway
Sunday 28 January
8pm
Tickets from £16
Tron Theatre

Celtic Connections Festival Club
Sunday 28 January
10:30pm
Tickets from £5
The Art School

Danny Kyle Open Stage
Monday 29 January
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Dale Watson & His Lone Stars and special guests
Monday 29 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £22
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Martin Simpson with Tony McManus
Monday 29 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines) and Special Guests
Monday 29 January
8pm
Tickets from £13
Hug & Pint

Northern Flyway
Monday 29 January
8pm
Tickets from £16
Tron Theatre

Danny Kyle Open Stage
Tuesday 30 January
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Oumou Sangaré and Solo & Indrė
Tuesday 30 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

James Yorkston and Sarah Hayes & Sara Kazmi
Tuesday 30 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The Glad Café

Dick Gaughan Benefit Concert with Special Guests
Tuesday 30 January
8pm
Tickets from £20
Old Fruitmarket

The Railsplitters and Iona Fyfe: Away From My Window
Tuesday 30 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert

Fiskur and Friends
Tuesday 30 January
8.30pm
Tickets from £13
Hug & Pint

Danny Kyle Open Stage
Wednesday 31 January
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Kate Rusby & Friends and Aoife Scott
Wednesday 31 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £22
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Courtney Marie Andrews with Adam Holmes & the Embers
Wednesday 31 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £18
O2 ABC

Shake the Chains
Wednesday 31 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Mitchell Theatre

Words and Music by Willy Vlautin
Wednesday 31 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Mackintosh Church

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle and Snuffbox
Wednesday 31 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Drygate

A.Savage and Jack Cooper
Wednesday 31 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £10.50
Broadcast

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards and WHYTE
Wednesday 31 January
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
St Andrew’s in the Square

Martin Hayes Quartet and Brothers of the Free Reed
Wednesday 31 January
8pm
Tickets from £20
Glasgow Royal Concert, Main Auditorium

Ímar and Kaia Kater
Wednesday 31 January
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Mary Ann Kennedy and Luar na Lubre
Wednesday 31 January
8pm
Tickets from £16
Old Fruitmarket

Featherwest and special guests
Wednesday 31 January
8pm
Tickets from £11
Hug and Pint

Merchant City Trad Trail
Thursday 1 February
2pm
Tickets from £17
Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Danny Kyle Open Stage
Thursday 1 February
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Blazin’ Fiddles 20th and Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards
Thursday 1 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Baltimore Fiddle Fair at Celtic Connections
Thursday 1 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
St Andrew’s in the Square

Declan O’Rourke and Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente
Thursday 1 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £18
Mitchell Theatre

Hayseed Dixie and Emma McGrath
Thursday 1 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £18.50
O2 ABC

Arrest This Moment: Celebrating the Life of Michael Marra in Words and Music
Thursday 1 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
Pavilion Theatre

Ryan Young & Jenn Butterworth with Andrew Finn Magill
Thursday 1 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The National Piping Centre

Damien O’Kane with Cúig
Thursday 1 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
Drygate

C.Macleod and Wallis Bird
Thursday 1 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Saint Luke’s

The Poozies and support
Thursday 1 February
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

The Gallant Sixteen and Twine it Weel – Fiona J Mackenzie & Christine Kydd
Thursday 1 February
8pm
Tickets from £15
Tron Theatre

Declan Welsh and Friends
Thursday 1 February
8pm
Tickets from £11
Hug & Pint

Levellers Acoustic and The Brother Brothers
Thursday 1 February
9.30pm
Tickets from £22
Old Fruitmarket

Celtic Connections Festival Club
Thursday 1 February
10:30pm
Tickets from £10
The Art School

Late Night Sessions
Thursday 1 February
11pm
Tickets from £7.50
Drygate

Merchant City Trad Trail
Thursday 1 February
11am, 2pm
Tickets from £17
Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Danny Kyle Open Stage
Thursday 1 February
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Transatlantic Sessions
Friday 2 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £28
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Adam Sutherland Band with Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola
Friday 2 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Skipinnish and Special Guests
Friday 2 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £24
Pavilion Theatre

The Bow Brothers and Calum Stewart
Friday 2 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £18
Mitchell Theatre

Joe Henry and Aara Hart
Friday 2 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
Mackintosh Theatre

Beth Orton and Blue Rose Code
Friday 2 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £18
O2 ABC

Kathryn Williams & support
Friday 2 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Oran Mor

Low Lilly with Bernadette Morris
Friday 2 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The National Piping Centre

101 Scottish Songs – The Wee Red Book
Friday 2 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
St Andrew’s in the Square

Dean Owens and Jenny Sturgeon Trio
Friday 2 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Drygate

Sound of Yell, IIk and Aby Vulliamy
Friday 2 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The Glad Café

RURA and Kinnaris Quintet
Friday 2 February
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Peter Broderick and Jamie Sutherland (Broken Records)
Friday 2 February
8pm
Tickets from £13
Hug & Pint

Lorcán Mac Mathúna with Cassie & Maggie
Friday 2 February
8pm
Tickets from £15
Tron Theatre

Elephant Sessions and Notify
Friday 2 February
9.30pm
Tickets from £16
Old Fruitmarket

Celtic Connections Festival Club
Friday 2 February
10:30pm
Tickets from £10
The Art School

Late Night Sessions
Friday 2 February
11pm
Tickets from £7.50
Drygate

Corelo’s Interactive Workshop for the Under 5’s
Saturday 3 February
9.30am
Tickets from £4
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Lau-Land: Fiddle Workshop – Aidan O’Rourke
Saturday 3 February
10.30am
Tickets from £10
CCA

Lau-Land: Guitar Workshop – Accompanying Traditional Music – Kris Drever
Saturday 3 February
10.30am
Tickets from £10
CCA

Lau-Land: Workshop – Arranging Trad Tunes (any instrument)
Saturday 3 February
10.30am
Tickets from £10
CCA

Gaelic Waulking Songs with Ainsley Hamill
Saturday 3 February
10.30am
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Bulgarian Songs (West) with Kate Young
Saturday 3 February
10.30am
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

Songs of the Sea with Gillian Frame
Saturday 3 February
10.30am
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Big-hearted Songs for Big-hearted Singers with Ali Burns
Saturday 3 February
10.30am
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Merchant City Trad Trail
Saturday 3 February
11am, 2pm
Tickets from £17
Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Lau-Land: Build your own Synth Workshop
Saturday 3 February
12.00
Tickets from £10
CCA

Lau-Land: Karine Polwart “Insight into the Making of Wind Resistance”
Saturday 3 February
12.30
Tickets from £10
CCA

Lau-Land: Fiddle Cormac Begley – Finding Your Own Musical Voice
Saturday 3 February
12.30
Tickets from £10
CCA

Gaelic Puirt with Ainsley Hamill
Saturday 3 February
1.30pm
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Classic Gospel with Ali Burns
Saturday 3 February
1.30pm
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Night Music with Muldoon’s Picnic
Saturday 3 February
1.30pm
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Bulgarian Songs (East) with Kate Young
Saturday 3 February
1.30pm
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

TMSA Young Trad Tour
Saturday 3 February
2pm
Tickets from £12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Lau-Land: Dialectics – A Celebration of Regional Voices
Saturday 3 February
3pm
Tickets from £10
CCA

Lau-Land: Panel Discussion “Progression in Traditional Music”
Saturday 3 February
4pm
Free but ticketed
CCA

Alistair Moffat: The Hidden Ways
Saturday 3 February
4.30pm
Tickets from £5
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Danny Kyle Open Stage
Saturday 3 February
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Lau-Land: Session hosted by Kris Drever
Saturday 3 February
5pm
Free but ticketed
CCA

Michael McGoldrick Band and Talisk
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
O2 ABC

Alex Rex and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The Glad Café

Fara and Low Lily
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
St Andrew’s in the Square

Blasta and Xabi Aburruzaga
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Mitchell Theatre

Fergie MacDonald: The Ceilidh King
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £22
Pavilion Theatre

Siobhan Wilson Band with the Demi Octet and Jamie Sutherland
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Mackintosh Church

TootArd with Trio Tekke
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
Drygate

Old Blind Dogs and Pipes & Ney Anban
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Tide Lines and Cassie & Maggie
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £14
Saint Luke’s

Sam Outlaw and support
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
Oran Mor

Patsy Reid and support
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
Recital Room, City Halls

Vair with Fairland
Saturday 3 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £13
The National Piping Centre

Colter Wall and Tyler Childers
Saturday 3 February
8pm
Tickets from £15
Tron Theatre

Daoiri Farrell with Lori Watson
Saturday 3 February
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Jaye Bartell and Special Guests
Saturday 3 February
8pm
Tickets from £11
Hug & Pint

Celtic Connections Ceilidh Dances: RSCDS Ceilidh: The Clappy Doo Ceilidh Band
Saturday 3 February
8pm
Tickets from £12
Partick Burgh Hall

Lau-Land: Lau 10th Birthday Party
Saturday 3 February
9pm
Tickets from £14
CCA

Celtic Connections Festival Club
Saturday 3 February
10:30pm
Tickets from £10
The Art School

Late Night Sessions
Saturday 3 February
11pm
Tickets from £7.50
Drygate

Songs from the Outer Hebrides with Mischa Macpherson
Sunday 4 February
10.30am
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

The Unspoke Song with Corrina Hewat
Sunday 4 February
10.30am
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Spurned Lovers with Gillian Frame
Sunday 4 February
10.30am
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Folk Songs from Glasgow with Robyn Stapleton
Sunday 4 February
10.30am
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

New Voices: Ailie Robertson
Sunday 4 February
1pm
Tickets from £12
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Gaelic Lullabies & Laments with Mischa Macpherson
Sunday 4 February
1.30pm
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

The Unspoke Song with Corrina Hewat
Sunday 4 February
1.30pm
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Day Dreams with Muldoon’s Picnic
Sunday 4 February
1.30pm
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Love and Friendship Songs with Robyn Stapleton
Sunday 4 February
1.30pm
Tickets from £10
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

Merchant City Trad Trail
Sunday 4 February
2pm
Tickets from £17
Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Hazy Recollections
Sunday 4 February
2.30pm
Tickets from £12.50
O2 ABC2

Celtic Connections: The Next 25 Years
Sunday 4 February
4.30pm
Tickets from £5
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Danny Kyle Open Stage: 2018 Finalists
Sunday 4 February
5pm
FREE
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Duncan Chisholm presents Sandwood and support
Sunday 4 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £20
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Celtic Connections Closing Party – Mànran & special guests and The Young Folk
Sunday 4 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £18
O2 ABC

Transatlantic Sessions
Sunday 4 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £28
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Sam Baker and support
Sunday 4 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £16
Mackintosh Church

Out Lines and Hamish Hawk
Sunday 4 February
7.30pm
Tickets from £15
Saint Luke’s

Matthew Logan Vasquez (The Delta Spirit) and Special Guests
Sunday 4 February
8pm
Tickets from £11
Hug & Pint

Sultans of String and Maeve Mackinnon
Sunday 4 February
8pm
Tickets from £14
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

The Mavericks and support
Sunday 4 February
8pm
Tickets from £26
Old Fruitmarket

Celtic Connections Festival Club
Sunday 4 February
10:30pm
Tickets from £5
The Art School

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Celtic Connections 2017 Announces First Acts

Acclaimed world, folk and roots music festival Celtic Connections 2017 has announced some of the acts scheduled to perform in 2017. Although the full program will be revealed in October, tickets for Billy Bragg and Joe Henry’s concert at Celtic Connections 2017 are now on sale. Celtic Connections 2017 will take place from Thursday. January 19 to Sunday, February 5.

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry will be performing songs included on their album Shine A Light, that was recorded on a four day railroad trip across the United States, along with favorites from their own back catalogs on January 26 at the Old Fruitmarket.

 

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry - Shine A Light
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry – Shine A Light

 

In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, accompanied by their guitars, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago’s Union Station seeking to reconnect with the culture of railroad travel and the music it inspired. Wandering along 2,728 miles of track over four days, the two musicians recorded classic railway songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train stopped to pick up passengers.

 

 

The UK’s number one star in the blues rock world Joanne Shaw Taylor, will be playing at the O2 ABC on January 20.

The following night The Felice Brothers will bring their classic American folk-rock and country-rock music to the O2 ABC, playing songs from their well-received album, Life in the Dark.

 

The Felice Brothers - Life in the Dark
The Felice Brothers – Life in the Dark

 

Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will appear at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on January 23.

For more details visit www.celticconnections.com

Headline photo: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

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Celtic Connections Opening Concert to Feature Nicola Benedetti and Friends

Nicola Benedetti - Photo by Rhys Frampton/Universal Music
Nicola Benedetti – Photo by Rhys Frampton/Universal Music
The Celtic Connections music festival will open with a special concert by award-winning classical violinist Nicola Benedetti, together with leading Scottish artists Julie Fowlis, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham. The concert will take place on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 pm and the musician will reveal material from Nicola Benedetti’s upcoming Scottish-themed album.

Accordionist and composer Phil Cunningham also team ups with former La Bottine Souriante accordionist Yves Lambert’s trio, along with Malawi’s Peter Mawanga & The Amaravi Movement.

Boston-based quintet Joy Kills Sorrow will perform neo-stringband music, while Scotland’s Duncan Chisholm – present with Wolfstone on that landmark inaugural night – will perform with Jarlath Henderson, Tony Byrne and Ali Hutton.

About Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti is one of the leading classical violinists of her generation. Born in Scotland of Italian heritage, Nicola began violin lessons at the age of five with Brenda Smith. In 1997, she enrolled in the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natasha Boyarskaya. Upon leaving, she continued her studies with Maciej Rakowski and then Pavel Vernikov, and continues to work with multiple admired teachers and performers. Nicola plays the Gariel Stradivarius (1717), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.

She has performed with the world’s finest symphony orchestras and also plays chamber music, performing as a trio with cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk since 2008.

Nicola is deeply committed to music education and to developing young talent. She established her own education and outreach program titled The Benedetti Sessions. Launched in March 2013 at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, these sessions gave hundreds of aspiring young string players the opportunity to rehearse, undertake and observe master classes culminating in a performance alongside Nicola.

Nicola’s most recent recording, The Silver Violin, reached No. 30 in the UK pop charts simultaneously to topping the classical charts for months. Her past recordings include Fantasie, The Violin, Italia, Mendelssohn / Macmillan / Mozart, Nicola Benedetti plays Vaughan Williams & Tavener, and Tchaikovsky & Bruch: Violin Concertos.

Thu 16 January, 7:30pm
£24 (premium seats – limited availability), £21
Main Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

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Line-Up Additions to Celtic Connections’ Trad Music Fest ‘Big Top’ in Isle of Skye

Celtic Connections announced additions to the lineup of Big Top in Broadford, Isle of Skye to be held from 23rd – 24th March 2012.

As the culmination to the Year of Scotland’s Islands, Celtic Connections Big Top will feature a top line-up of traditional music, action-packed workshops, and the showcasing of local talent alongside top international artists.

Scottish songstress Karen Matheson, of Capercaillie fame, will be making a special guest appearance with the Celtic supergroup Dàimh. Karen Matheson was described by Sean Connery as having “a throat surely touched by the hand of God.”

Celtic Connections announced that Skye favourites Niteworks will be gracing the Big Top stage on the Saturday night. Niteworks have an array of influences from Shooglenifty and the Peatbog Fairies to Apparat and Kollektiv. They reflect their Skye heritage in live Gaelic vocals, pipes and whistles, while drawing on the dynamic electronic music scene of their adopted Glasgow. Niteworks are spearheading today’s new wave of Celtic dance floor sounds.

The Civil Wars are going to be at the top of their game when they hit the Celtic Connections Big Top stage on Saturday 24th March as it is the last night of their sold out UK leg of their world tour. The Civil Wars enjoyed great success at this year’s Grammy awards where they won Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Fèis Rois are running four different workshops on Saturday 24th March at The Broadford Hotel, Torrin Road, Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49 9AB. The workshops are as following:

Fiddle workshop (intermediate +) 10am – 11.30am
Small and Border Pipes (intermediate +) 12noon – 1.30pm
Gaelic song workshop (open to all) 2pm – 3.30pm
Group music making (a mixed instrument workshop for intermediate + players) 4pm – 5.30pm

Places can be reserved by phoning Fèis Rois on 01349 86 2600 or e-mailing fios@feisrois.org.

Fèis Rois have also joined the bill for Saturday 24th March. Fèis Rois has taught thousands of budding singers and instrumentalists at their fantastic workshops. Many Celtic Connections performers have also been taught by the Fèis so this will be a great chance to spot their successors on this very talented bill.

Also playing are Raul Malo, Rosanne Cash, The Civil Wars, Michael McGoldrick Band, Dàimh, The Deadly Gentlemen, Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), Mànran and Fèis Rois with more special guests still to be confirmed.

Celtic Connections Big Top also announced that they will be running a return bus service between Portree, Broadford, Kyle of Lochalsh, Kyleakin and the venue at Broadford airfield. For further information on this exclusive bus service visit the website at www.celticconnections.com/bigtop or phone the box office on 0141 353 8000.

Donald Shaw, Celtic Connections Artistic Director, said: “We are delighted to be announcing these brilliant new artists for Celtic Connections Big Top. Karen Matheson special guesting with Dàimh promises to be a brilliant performance and after their sell out gig at this year’s Celtic Connections we are very pleased to be welcoming local boys Niteworks to the Celtic Connections Big Top stage. The workshop element is great as this will ensure that everyone who wants to be involved can be.

The Celtic Connections team are very proud to be bringing this extensive and exciting line-up to the Isle of Skye in less than two weeks’ time! The two night event definitely promises to be a weekend to remember with an array of fantastic music, engaging and motivating workshops and a new and exciting venue!”

Murdo Mackay, a project leader for the Year of Scotland’s Islands and Western Isles Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said: “It’s great to see an ever-growing number of new artists being announced as part of the Celtic Connections Big Top event, which is sure to attract new audiences as well as loyal folk and world music fans to Skye later this month.

“The Big Top is the perfect finale to The Year of Scotland’s Islands, which has had over 500 fantastic events take place across 42 islands since its launch last April. The Year of Scotland’s Islands has showcased and celebrated the music, arts, food and history of the islands as well as highlighting their unique beauty as visitor destinations too. The Big Top captures this spirit perfectly.”

Svend Brown, Director of Music at Glasgow Life, said: “Celtic Connections brings people from all over the world to Glasgow to celebrate and enjoy the finest performances with a Celtic theme. The Celtic Connections Big Top will allow many more people the chance to enjoy and take part in some amazing performances and workshops. Taking one of Glasgow’s best festivals to an island with a rich musical heritage is a sign of the city’s ambition to play a growing part in delivering world-class culture across Scotland and beyond.”

Tickets are available online at www.celticconnections.com/bigtop or you can contact the box office 0141 353 8000 priced at £40 for a full access, weekend ticket, or £25 for a day ticket.

Bus tickets are also available online at www.celticconnections.com/bigtop or you can contact the box office on 0141 353 8000 tickets are priced at £5 return and bus stops will be at Kyle of Lochalsh, Kyleakin, Broadford and Portree.

Further info can be found at: www.celticconnections.com/bigtop.

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Folk and Traditional music at the heart of Celtic Connections 2012

At the heart of the Celtic Connections festival is the vibrant folk and traditional music scene, with some of the UK and Ireland’s finest musicians set to raise the roof this January 2012. Celtic Connections 2012 runs from Thursday 19th January – Sunday 5th February and comprises 300 concerts, ceilidhs, talks, workshops, free events and late night sessions taking place over 18 days in 20 venues across Glasgow.

Artists include Blazin’ Fiddles, Shooglenifty, Salsa Celtica, Breabach, The Simon Bradley Trio, The Wrigley Sisters, Babelfish, Skipinnish, Paul McKenna, Ailie Robertson’s Traditional Spirits, Niteworks, Rua MacMillan and The Bevvy Sisters, while the 13-piece musical powerhouse Treacherous Orchestra celebrate the launch of their highly anticipated debut album.

The superb Scottish supergroup Session A9 will headline a fiddle triple-bill in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (also featuring Toronto’s Sultans of String and the Quebe Sisters from Texas). Lau join forces with the Northern Sinfonia for the first Scottish performance of their epic orchestral work, Strange Attractors, written by the trio and Northern Irish composer Brian Irvine.

Stalwarts of the Scottish folk scene, including Sheena Wellington, Elspeth Cowie, Aileen Carr, Gordeanna McCulloch and Barbara Dymnock, will take to the stage at the festival.

Specially curated for the festival, the Celtic Connections Box and Fiddle Night celebrates more than 60 years of the dance band with a cast of dance music luminaries recreating classic tracks.

Ian McCalman will create an evening of music built around the album Far Far From Ypres (songs, poems and music of World War I), whilst Corrina Hewat’s six-harp suite The Oak and the Ivy encapsulates the diverse energies of the contemporary Scottish harp revival.

Once again the festival spotlight shines on Gaelic talent. Julie Fowlis’ Heisgeir is a documentary film which splices footage exploring the history and heritage of the now-unpopulated Monach Isles with live Gaelic song and music from her band.

Inspired by the unique Gaelic song tradition of the Outer Hebrides, Cuairt nan Eilean will bring together Jenna Cumming (Harris), Linda MacLeod (North Uist) and Darren Maclean (Skye) for an exploration of the rich song traditions of their native islands.

Other Gaelic artists appearing at the festival include Mànran, whose phenomenal energy and footstompin’ Gaelic tunes have taken the music scene by storm this past year, as well as Maggie MacInnes, Anne Martin, The Campbells, Alyth McCormack and Kathleen MacInnes. Ceolas – a celebration of the Uist festival of Gaelic arts – will feature Rona Lightfoot, Angus MacKenzie and a host of other renowned singers, pipers and dancers.

St Mary’s Cathedral will play host to a Gaelic Mass, composed by Blair Douglas featuring the Inverness Gaelic Choir with soloists Paul McCallum and Maggie MacDonald.

Ceol ‘s Craic, will once again host a series of films, lectures and workshop throughout the festival celebrating Gaelic arts, including a Gaelic hub encouraging people to drop in and experience film, workshops and get information on Gaelic culture in the city.

Celtic Connections will also pay tribute to the late and dearly lamented Ray Fisher (1940-2011) with a line-up including Archie Fisher, Cilla Fisher, Martin Carthy, Sheila Stewart, Emily Smith, Siobhan Miller and Fiona Hunter, performing an array of the key songs she shared with them.

Other high profile folk artists performing at the festival include Northumberland’s Kathryn Tickell, Steve Tilston, The Unthanks performing the Scottish premiere of their acclaimed show, The Music of Robert Wyatt and Anthony & the Johnsons, Mercury-nominated North East band Tarras, and KAN featuring Aidan O’Rourke, Brian Finnegan, Jim Goodwin and Ian Stephenson.

More at celticconnections.com

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Celtic Connections Festival Unveils 2012 Program

Artistic Director Donald Shaw today unveiled a stellar program for Celtic Connections 2012 in Glasgow (Scotland). The festival will showcase some of the biggest names in folk, roots, world, traditional, indie, blues and jazz. performing this January and February. Celtic Connections enters its 19th year in 2012, will run from 19th January – 5th February and is sponsored by ScottishPower.

The 19th Celtic Connections festival will see around 2100 artists from around the world taking part in 300 events in 20 venues across Glasgow over 18 days.

Program highlights include Béla Fleck and the original Flecktones, The Aaron Neville Band, Bruce Hornsby and guests, Jack Bruce (Cream) with Lau, a Woody Guthrie Centennial, Orchestra Baobab, The Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band, Song for Ireland, a one-off reunion gig with Glasgow’s The Big Dish, and Floating Palace featuring KT Tunstall.

An all-star line-up will assemble to celebrate the life and music of Gerry Rafferty, in a show curated by his daughter Martha Rafferty and long-time friend Rab Noakes, featuring The Proclaimers, Barbara Dickson, Maria Muldaur, Ron Sexsmith and more.

Spearheading the festival’s political strand is a celebration of the Woody Guthrie Centennial with his granddaughter Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. Coming together for the first ever live performance of the The Woody Guthrie Project are Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket), Anders Parker and Will Johnson (Monsters of Folk).

Also part of the political strand, the festival will host a UCS Work In 40th Anniversary Celebration, marking 40 years since the conclusion of the historic Upper Clyde Shipbuilder Work In.

The festival celebrates the vibrancy of the folk and traditional scene with performances by Shooglenifty, Session A9, Blazin’ Fiddles, Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, Dónal Lunny, Cherish the Ladies, Matt Molloy Trio and more.

Celtic Connections will launch in spectacular fashion with Béla Fleck and the reunited original Flecktones performing with an array of special guests for the opening concert.

Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Cedric Watson, Moussu T, Pura Fé and John Trudell will bring a touch of soul, gospel and blues to Glasgow.

Omar Sosa, Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra, Vieux Farka Touré, Faiz Ali Faiz, Orchestra Baobab and Sol i Serena add a world music flavor to the festivities.

New venues for the 2012 festival include the Mitchell Theatre, Brel, St Mary’s Cathedral, Platform and Apollo 23 – the new home of the Celtic Connections Festival Club.

More at celticconnections.com

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Folk Favorites Lined up for the Fruitmarket in Glasgow this Autumn

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One of Glasgow’s most atmospheric venues, the Old Fruitmarket, will open its doors to an eclectic line-up of Scottish and international folk talent this autumn. On 1st September, the autumn Fruitmarket Folk season kicks off with the return of folk veteran Eric Bogle. Due to overwhelming demand following his sold-out show at the Old Fruitmarket in June, Eric and the guitar and mandolin player John Munro will play a second date in Glasgow as part of their final tour of Scotland.

On Saturday 5th September, an all-star cast will unite for a one-off Celtic Music Radio Fundraiser Concert. The show will be headlined by the acclaimed musician and singer Eliza Carthy, and will feature performances by Irish singer-songwriter Ciaran Dorris, Scottish harp duo The Duplets, and Scottish singer-songwriters Kim Edgar, Dean Owens, Craig Jeffrey and John Malcolm.

Fiddlers’ Bid will demonstrate why they are internationally respected as the leading exponents of Shetland’s musical heritage on 11th September. The band combines a dynamic four fiddle front line with a powerhouse of piano, bass, guitar and Scottish harp to create a display of stunning virtuosity.

Scots fiddle master Alasdair Fraser and American cellist Natalie Haas return to Glasgow on 16th September following their sell-out show at Celtic Connections 2008, which was acclaimed as a “feast for the ears” by The Herald. Their resurrection of the classic musical marriage between big and small fiddles – a familiar feature of Scottish music in the 18th century – results in a fascinating combination that occasionally sounds like a baroque duo. Support comes from Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winners Pipedown.

The inimitable fiddle and accordion duo Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham arrive at the Fruitmarket on September 19th. Having toured together since 1988, they have a reputation for an irrepressible sense of fun and quick-witted storytelling as well as delivering virtuoso performances.

On 1st October, a dream team of musicians unite to take part in Music like a Vitamin, which launches the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Retaining the home-grown, intimate feel of last year’s show, this year’s Music Like A Vitamin is curated by two of Scotland’s best loved singer-songwriters and guitarists, Karine Polwart and Emma Pollock, both performing on the night alongside Alasdair Roberts and James Yorkston. Dublin’s Adrian Crowley will join James on stage to sing the songs of Daniel Johnston.

Boston-based alternative bluegrass band Crooked Still perform on 20th October. With a fearsome live reputation, they are known for their high energy, technical skill, unique instrumentation and innovative acoustic style. Scottish chanteuse Emily Smith opens the evening.

Ground-breaking Scottish mavericks Shooglenifty push the word “traditional” to its limits with their blend of dance vibes and roots music. One of the best live bands on the Scottish scene, their genre defying sound has been described as everything from “acid croft” to “hypnofolkadelia,” and they bring the Fruitmarket Folk season to a close on 11th November.

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Transatlantic Sessions, Breton Night and Friday Night Blues February 1st at Celtic Connections 2008

The international focus of Celtic Connections 2008 continues February 1st with the Transatlantic Sessions, Breton Night, Friday Night Blues, Fiona Mackenzie & Friends, Catherine Feeny with Kaela Rowan, Session A9, Box Club (accordion group) with Fribo, a tribute to the Classic Album: Jock Tamson’s Bairns – The Lasses’ Fashion, The Irish Tradition with Zoë Conway & Cran, and much more.

Complete schedule:

Iain Anderson In Conversation
Keith McGinn & Mark Sheridan
Fri 1 February, 12:30pm
£3.50
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
Fri 1 February, 5pm
Free
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

Fiona Mackenzie & Friends
Fri 1 February, 6pm
£10
City Halls, Recital Room

Through her work with Seelyhoo, Anam and the Mackenzie trio, Lewis-born Fiona Mackenzie has won rapturous praise for her exquisitely emotive singing, in both Gaelic and English, with tonight’s show launching her first solo album, Elevate.

Transatlantic Sessions
Fri 1 February, 7:30pm
£24, £22
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Following the acclaim heaped on BBC Scotland’s third series of Transatlantic Sessions, broadcast in autumn 2007, Celtic Connections presents another glittering line-up of Celtic and American stars, all of whom were featured in the recent programs.

Since their inception, these concerts have consistently ranked among the festival’s fastest-selling tickets, hence the decision this time to stage the show twice, with the same line-up of artists on both nights, although – given the proceedings’ traditional element of spontaneity – the set-list may well vary between the two.

Heading a truly stellar cast of singers, soul/country diva Joan Osborne makes her Celtic Connections debut. Finding inspiration in sources as diverse as blues, gospel and Indian devotional music, Osborne has collaborated with the Dixie Chicks, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and Taj Mahal, combining her arrestingly sensuous voice with direct, emotive songwriting. Also from Stateside comes a phalanx of top roots vocalists, including Tim O’Brien, Mindy Smith and Darrell Scott, with the Scottish team featuring Eddi Reader and Karen Matheson.

Also assembled for this year’s ‘ultimate back-porch session’ are a mouthwatering dream team of renowned instrumentalists, with Shetland fiddler Aly Bain and dobro king Jerry Douglas (CMA Musician Of The Year 2007) once again acting as musical directors.

Among the remaining US visitors are guitarists Russ Barenberg and John Doyle, bassist Garry West and banjo ace Alison Brown, while accordionist Phil Cunningham, percussionist James Mackintosh, Donald Shaw on piano and accordion and Michael McGoldrick on flutes and whistles complete the Celtic contingent, for what promises to be two very special concerts.
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Friday Night Blues
William Lee Ellis & Guy Davis
Fri 1 February, 7:30pm
£10
Central Hotel

Born in New York of rural Deep South descent, singer and guitarist Guy Davis is perhaps today’s consummate exponent of acoustic, old-time and country blues, having reinvigorated the field with a string of critically-acclaimed albums since the mid-1990s.

Named for his godfather, bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, roots’n’blues guitarist William Lee Ellis combines his Tennessee roots with a longtime love for pre-war blues artists, creating his own unique Americana blend.

Catherine Feeny with Kaela Rowan
Fri 1 February, 7:30pm
£12.50
Òran Mór

With a voice and songwriting style that’s already earned comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Edie Brickell and Tracy Chapman, as well as support slots with Suzanne Vega and Martha Wainwright, Philadelphia-born Catherine Feeny seems poised for major success, following rave reviews and heavy rotation for her second album Hurricane Glass, a radiantly melodic mix of folk, pop, country and blues.

Former lead singer with such groundbreaking outfits as Mouth Music and Solas, the singularly gifted Scottish vocalist Kaela Rowan returns with a new collection of her own songs, accompanied by Shooglenifty’s James Mackintosh, Quee MacArthur and Luke Plumb, plus fellow singers Gina Rae and Heather Macleod.

Session A9
Fri 1 February, 7:30pm
£15
ABC

We may still be waiting for their long-anticipated second album, but Session A9 have only themselves to blame for our impatience, given that they set the bar so high to begin with.

Having hit the ground at a gallop with their superb debut release What Road? in 2003, the Highland fiddle-led supergroup, helmed by Capercaillie’s Charlie McKerron, fast established themselves as a world-class live act, both in their formidable collective firepower and their elegantly orchestrated arrangements, with the subsequent addition of Peatbog Faeries drummer Iain Copeland raising the rhythmic stakes still further.

Box Club with Fribo
Fri 1 February, 7:30pm
£12.50
The Classic Grand

Currently hard at work on their hotly-anticipated debut album, the young accordion supergroup Box Club return after last year’s Celtic Connections debut with a fistful of new tunes, featuring the formidable squeezebox frontline of Gary Innes, John Somerville, Mairearad Green and Angus Lyon, with guitarist Mike Bryan, bassist Duncan Lyall and percussionist Martin O’Neill.

Bringing together the talents of Norwegian singer Anne Sofie Linge Valdal, Scottish fiddler Sarah-Jane Summers and Englishman Ewan MacPherson on guitar and mandola, Fribo are one of the freshest and most inventive acts on the emerging ‘nu-Nordic’ scene, exploring and creating links between British and Scandinavian traditions, with a deft peppering of wider contemporary influences.

Classic Album: Jock Tamson’s Bairns – The Lasses’ Fashion
Fri 1 February, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Jock Tamson’s Bairns’ second album ‘The Lasses’ Fashion’, released in 1982 (and listed among Richard Thompson’s all-time Top 10 for Q magazine), remains a landmark in the contemporary revival of Scottish music, its marvelously fresh yet sensitive arrangements of Scottish traditional material having arrived on a scene still dominated by post-Corries ballads and Chieftains tunes.

It’s performed tonight by the original personnel of Rod Paterson, Norman Chalmers, John Croall, Derek Hoy, Iain Hardie and Jack Evans. The concert’s other half will feature fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson among the Bairns’ current line-up, with special guests including the superb young Scots singer Siobhan Miller, and veteran bothy balladeer Jock Duncan.
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The Irish Tradition with Zoë Conway & Cran
Fri 1 February, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew’s in the Square

Uniting the revered talents of flautist Desi Wilkinson, singer/bouzouki player Seán Corcoran and piper/flautist Ronan Browne, Cran are one of Ireland’s top traditional acts.

The brilliant Dundalk-born fiddler Zoe Conway draws skillfully on both folk and classical influences.

Breton Night featuring Stok an Dañs, Empreintes & the Hamon Martin Quintet
Fri 1 February, 9:30pm
£16
Old Fruitmarket

Filling the Old Fruitmarket with the authentic flavors and atmosphere of a typical Breton ‘Fest Noz’ (night festival), tonight’s bill of fare will include traditional food and drink from the region, alongside a mouth-watering musical menu.

Led by percussionists Dominique Molard and Jacques Moreau, Stok an Dañs perform hypnotic rhythm-driven arrangements of dance tunes old and new, interwoven with African grooves.

Guitarist Gilles Le Bigot’s six-piece band Empreintes, named for his jazz-inflected 2002 album of that name, features several fellow luminaries of the contemporary Breton scene, including legendary flautist Jean-Michel Veillon, saxophonist Bernard Le Dréau, and Ronan Pellen on cistre, the Breton cittern.

Pellen is also among the line-up of the Hamon-Martin Quintet, one of Brittany’s hottest young traditional bands, alongside Mathieu Hamon (vocals), Stevan Vincendeau (accordion), Erwan Volant (bass) and Erwan Hamon (bombarde).

Celtic Connections Festival Ceilidhs
Fri 1 February, 10pm
£8
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Get your dancing shoes on! Enjoy the perfect post-concert fling or pre-festival warm up, with the brilliant Scott Harvey Ceilidh Band.

Celtic Connections Festival Club hosted by Gibb Todd
Fri 1 February, 10:30pm
£7.50
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.

BBC Radio Scotland 92-95FM & 810MW Live Radio Broadcasts
Iain Anderson
Fri 1 February, 10:30pm
Free but ticketed
BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay

Bring your festival to a perfect end in the company of Iain Anderson, as he invites some of the best local and international song-writing talent to join him at BBC Scotland’s new home at Pacific Quay. Live on BBC Radio Scotland.

 

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
Candleriggs
Glasgow, G1 1NQ
By phone 0141 353 8000
Online www.celticconnections.com

For further information  check www.celticconnections.com.

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