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Artist Profiles: Wolfstone

Wolfstone

Fiddler Duncan Chisholm and guitarist Stuart Eaglesham first met in the late 1980s at a pub session in Inverness, Scotland and formed a band for ceilidhs (Scottish dances). In 1989 they performed at the Highland Traditional Music Festival in Dingwall fusing drums and bass with keyboards, pipes, guitar and fiddle. The combination was a hit. They were soon offered local gigs that expanded into tours up and down the length and breadth of the Highlands and the Islands.

Within two years Wolfstone recorded its first album Unleashed, produced by Silly Wizard accordion virtuoso Phil Cunningham. During this time the band was offered a support slot for the popular Scottish crossover group Runrig at Loch Lomond, near Glasgow. The exposure and experience playing for such a large audience catapulted them into a new circuit. They began playing larger venues and festivals not only in the UK, but also increasingly in Europe, the United States and Canada.

The follow-up album, The Chase, built upon their success and brought new members to their line-up. In 1992 drummer Mop Youngson, from Aberdeen and bassist Wayne Mackenzie, from Inverness joined the pack. The thrill of the Highland bagpipes was added with piper Alan Wilson, later succeeded by the talented Stevie Saint from Pitlochry. In the meantime Unleashed and The Chase went silver and gold respectively in Scotland.

In 1993 Wolfstone signed with Green Linnet Records and released Year of the Dog marking their third collaboration with Phil Cunningham. They began a hectic touring schedule on both sides of the Atlantic thrilling crowds at festivals and concert halls with their high-energy performances. Highlights included appearances at major American festivals like Telluride, Strawberry, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Milwaukee Irish Festival and in Europe at Tonder (Denmark) L’orient (France) and Cambridge (England).

Wolfstone

As their recognition increased so did the demand for their presence until they spent more time on the road than they did at home. After recording The Half Tail in 1995, keyboardist Stuart Eaglesham departed the band for a quieter life and Youngson followed suit. The remaining Wolfstone members took this opportunity to limit their appearances to festivals and take a new direction with their music. In the meantime a best-selling compilation, Pick of Litter was released in 1997.

In early 1998 Green Linnet released This Strange Place, an album featuring the accomplished acoustic guitar work and introspective songs of Ivan Drever. Co-produced by Drever and Wayne Mackenzie, the recording represented a departure from their previous work and offered proof of the band’s versatility.

Since then keyboardist Andy Simmers and drummer Tony Soave have stepped in and Ivan Drever has moved on to pursue other projects. Stuart Eaglesham now leads the pack as vocalist as well as penning four cuts on the group’s Seven. A diverse mix of Celtic pop and folk with a touch of rock, the album marked new territory for the band.

Discography

Unleashed (Iona Records/Green Linnet GLCD388 1991)
The Chase (Iona Records/Green Linnet GLCD393 1992)
Year of the Dog (Green Linnet GLCD1145 1994)
The Half Tail (Green Linnet GLCD1172 1996)
Pick of Litter (Iona Records/Green Linnet GLCD118 1997)
This Strange Place (Green Linnet GLCD1188 1998)
Seven (Green Linnet GLCD1198 1999)
Live – Not Enough Shouting (Once Bitten Records 2000)
Almost an Island (Once Bitten Records 2002)
Terra Firma (Once Bitten Records 2007)

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Artist Profiles: William Jackson

William Jackson, of Glasgow has been at the forefront of Scottish traditional music for more than three decades. One of the leading harpers and multi-instrumentalists in Scotland, William has also gained an international reputation as a composer. William was a founding member and primary composer of Ossian, one of Scotland’s best-loved traditional bands and an influence on a generation of musicians. In addition to harp he also plays tin whistle and bouzouki.

As a composer William has steadily combined Celtic influences with classical instrumentation in a style uniquely his own. He has an impressive list of commissioned works and subsequent recordings. He has released many CDs featuring his own compositions as well as traditional pieces, and composed and performed music for film and television.

Discography:

Contraband (1974)
Ossian (1977)
St. Kilda Wedding with Ossian (1978)
Seal Song, with Ossian (198)
Dove Across the Water, with Ossian (1981)
Borders, with Ossian (1983)
The Wellpark Suite (1985)
Light on a Distant Shore, with Ossian (1986)
Heart Music (1987)
St Mungo: A Celtic Suite For Glasgow (1990)
Celtic Tranquility (1992)
The Best of Ossian, with Ossian (1993)
Inchcolm (1995)
The Ancient Harp of Scotland (1998)
A Scottish Island (1998)
Celtic Experience vol. 1: Haunting Themes From Scotland and Ireland (1997)
The Carrying Stream, with Ossian (1997)
Celtic Experience vol. 2: Haunting Themes From Scotland and Ireland (1998)
Celtic Experience vol. 3: Haunting Themes From Scotland and Ireland (1999)
Celtic Experience: Haunting Themes From Scotland and Ireland (2) (box set of the Celtic Experience albums)
The Celtic Suites (1999)
Land of Light (1999)
Notes From A Hebridean Island (2001)
Duan Albanach (2003)
The New Harp (2008)
Music from Ireland and Scotland with Grainne Hambly (2009)

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Artist Profiles: The Whistlebinkies

The Whistlebinkies

Formed during the great surge of interest in traditional and Celtic music and song in the late 1960’s The Whistlebinkies quickly evolved into a major force in this field.

The band led the revival in the use of bellows-blown bagpipes in Scotland and were the first to combine the three national instruments: fiddle, bagpipes and clarsach (small Scottish harp) in regular performance. Only authentic traditional instruments are used and where possible the group prefers to play in an acoustic setting. The repertoire is drawn from all periods of Scottish music and from all regions of the country.

Members contribute new compositions within the tradition and the group is always ready to explore connections with other cultures. The Whistlebinkies have toured extensively taking Scottish music to France, Germany, Italy, Finland, Iceland, Taiwan, Estonia and all the Celtic countries and regions.

In 1991 they were the first Scottish music group to tour The Peoples Republic of China.

The Whistlebinkies have also contributed much music to feature and documentary film television radio and stage drama productions.

Albannach (Greentrax CDTRAX 288, 2006) was recorded in 2005 and early 2006 and a lot of love and care went into its preparation both by the band and engineer Robin Rankin resulting in an album which the band consider to be their best effort to date.

The members of The Whistlebinkies in 2006 were Annaliese Dagg (fiddle and viola), Rhona MacKay (clarsach and vocals), Peter Anderson (bodhran Scottish side drum & percussion), Stuart Eydmann (concertina & fiddle), Mark Hayward (fiddle) & lain Crawford (double bass). Rab Wallace (pipes) Eddie McGuire (flute).

Discography

The Whistlebinkies (Deacon DEA 1053, 1971)
Various: The Streets of Glasgow (Topic 12TS226, 1973)
The Whistlebinkies and Ted McKenna (Amiga 8 45 127, n.d. – c.1975/6)
The Whistlebinkies (Claddagh Records CC22, 1977)
The Whistlebinkies 2 (Claddagh Records CC31, 1980)
The Whistlebinkies 3 (Claddagh Records CC34, 1981)
The Whistlebinkies 4 (Claddagh Records CC43, 1985)
The Whistlebinkies 5 (Claddagh Records CC50, 1988)
The King Has Landed
Albannach (Greentrax CDTRAX 288 2006)

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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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Artist Profiles: Finlay MacDonald

Finlay MacDonald

Finlay MacDonald was born in 1978. He is a Scottish bagiper and composer.

Finlay MacDonald started learning the highland bagpipe at the age of ten with his father, Pipe Major Iain MacDonald and later from Duncan Johnstone and Pipe Major Angus MacDonald.. Finlay was one of the first bagpipe players to receive a BA in Scottish music and piping from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

He formed The Finlay MacDonald Band, where he played bagpipes and whistles along with Chris Stout on fiddle, Kevin Mackenzie on guitar, John Spiers on bass and Fergus MacKenzie on drums.
He has worked with many leading artists in the traditional music scene including Fred Morrison, The Unusual Suspects, La Banda Europa, Old Blind Dogs and Chris Stout.

Discography:

Pressed for Time (Foot Stompin’ Records, 2003)
First O’ the Darkenin (2004)
Reecho (Greentrax, 2007)
The Cauld Wind (2013)
Finlay Macdonald (2014)

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Artist Profiles: Tannas

Tannas was formed in 1993 by five Scottish musicians who met while playing in Edinburgh’s thriving session scene. They had a passion for Gaelic music and song. Tannas’ repertoire incorporated all forms of Gaelic Music from traditional melodic laments and strong rhythmic mouth music to contemporary compositions including its own distinctive compositions. The group’s music delivers air-filled vocal textures intensified by guitars, percussion, keyboard and fiddle.

Tannas have played in Spain, Austria, France and Great Britain and tour regularly in Italy where they enjoy a very strong following. In addition Tannas won the Folk Group championship held at the Lorient Interceltic Festival in Brittany.

Musicians: Sandra MacKay on vocals; Doreen MacKay on vocals; Julia Legge on fiddle, backing vocals; Malcolm Stitt on guitar, bouzouki, Highland, pipes, whistles; Steve Lawrence on percussion;
Jason Dove on keyboards; James MacIntosh on shaker; Chris Stitt on bass.

Discography:

Oighreachd – Heritage (KRL, 1995)

Suilean Dubh – Dark Eyes (KRL, 1999)

Ru-Ra (KRL, 2000)

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Artist profiles: Silly Wizard

Silly Wizard in 1983

Silly Wizard was one of the most phenomenal Scottish bands. It played the essence of Scottish music throughout Europe and North America for over two decades.

Silly Wizard was formed by some of the best musicians/composers in modern Scottish music: the Cunningham brothers Phil Cunningham and Johnny Cunningham, singer-songwriter Andy Stewart and one the best rhythm sections in the British folk world, Gordon Jones and Martin Hadden.

Scottish musician Dougie MacClean joined the band from 1979 to 1980 after Johnny Cunningham left.

The band split in 1988 after recording a farewell album Glint of Silver and an extensive final tour.

Most of the musicians moved on to pursue solo careers. Gordon Jones and Bob Thomas run Harbourtown Records.

Discography:

Silly Wizard (Transatlantic/Xtra, 1976)
Caledonia’s Hardy Sons (1978)
So Many Partings (Highway, 1979)
Wild & Beautiful (Highway, 1981)
Kiss the Tears Away (Highway, 1983)
Live in America (1985)
The Best of Silly Wizard (1985)
Glint of Silver (Green Linnet Records, 1986)
Live Wizardry (Green Linnet Records, 1988)
Live Again (2012), recorded in 1983

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Artist profiles: Shooglenifty

Shooglenifty

Shooglenifty is one of Scotland’s most unique exports. This six-piece band is credited for being the originators of ‘acid-croft,’ a fiery and infectious blend of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves that band members describe as “hypno-folkadelic ambient trad.” While their mainly instrumental sound is difficult to put into words audiences from around the world have fallen under their musical spell.

Many people think the name Shooglenifty has deep Scottish meaning but it was in fact a flash of inspiration that guitarist Malcolm Crosbie had in a Madrid tapas bar during one of the band’s early busking periods. Shoogle is a Scottish word for shake agitate move around and ‘nifty’ means dextrous.

Shooglenifty released their first album Venus in Tweeds in 1994. Since then the band has gone from strength to strength breaking down musical boundaries between the mainstream and folk music.
The band’s past recording credits include three highly acclaimed albums including a live record released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World label. They have also been joined onstage by Prime Minister Tony Blair who was seen in a photo in papers around the world holding up the Shoogles studio release A Whisky Kiss and delightedly proclaiming “Buy this CD!” They’ve performed in front of the Prince of Wales who was seen clapping along to their infectious beat alongside Robin Cook and Nelson Mandela. The band also appeared at The Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, USA in 1997, as part of a line up that included Cornershop and Beck.

Solar Shears was Shooglenifty’s first U.S. release (Compass Records). Featured on the album are Angus Grant on fiddle” Garry Finlayson on banjo Conrad Ivitsky on bass Iain McCleod on mandolin, James MackIntosh on drums/percussion and Malcolm Crosbie on guitar. On Solar Shears” the band makes liberal use of distortion pedals and effects boxes in addition to pillaging DJ’s techniques working in all types of looped beats scratching, electro-atmospherics and sampled ‘discovered sounds’ from industrial clanks and rumbles to snatches of telephone conversation and recorded pelican-crossing announcements.

Bassist Conrad Ivitsky describes the recording process for Solar Shears. “The album was produced by Jim Sutherland” like our last two albums in his studio above Edinburgh’s Bongo Club which is great because that’s where we rehearse and do occasional gigs. Jim is a total audio pervert: if he can fry a sound he will. He goes through every single plug processor and file available and spends hours trying different permutations. You’ve got those thousands of dollars worth of equipment but Jim is very into unorthodox approaches to get whatever sound he is looking for.

He has a whole array of toys and he tends to play with all of them. His favorite things at the moment are a small Tandy mike worth very little and a little cheap plastic red speaker. On the track Igor he recorded all the drums through it and then used various compressors processors and equalizers to get a fat juicy sound.

As far as the recording process itself we came in with our live arrangements and Jim ripped them apart. They get multi-tracked then deconstructed and shredded down. The album is typical of Sutherland touches notably lots of sampled ‘found sounds’ such as The Shipol Airport and Berne Railway Station which are dropped into the mix.”

The Arms Dealer’s Daughter was released in 2003. The CD Radical Mestizo was recorded live at the band’s concerts at the Teatro de la Ciudad de Mexico and Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
Shooglenifty’s sixth studio album is Troots released in 26. Recorded between tours of Australia Europe and the US the new album features several new unique compositions plus the extraordinary vocals of North American Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq Gillis.In 2007 the band included Tasmania’s Luke Plumb (mandolin/banjo) and bassist Quee Macarthur alongside original members Angus Grant (fiddle) Garry Finlayson (banjo/banjax) Malcolm Crosbie (guitars) and James Mackintosh (percussion).

The Untied Knot was released in July 2015 on Shoogle Records. The recording features Gaelic vocalist Kaela Rowan and new mandolinist Ewan MacPherson along with connections with the music of Rajasthan (India).

Angus R Grant, one of the founders of Shooglenifty died in 2016. He was 49.

Discography

Venus in Tweeds (Greentrax, 1994)
A Whisky Kiss (Greentrax, 1996)
Live at Selwyn Hall (WOMAD, 1996)
Solar Shears (Compass Records, 2001)
The Arms Dealer’s Daughter (Compass Records, 2003)
Radical Mestizo (Compass Records, 2005)
Troots (Shoogle, 2007)
Murmichan (Shoogle, 2009)
The Untied Knot (Shoogle, 2015)

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Artist profiles: Savourna Stevenson

Savourna Stevenson

Savourna Stevenson has been a leading figure in the renaissance of the Celtic harp in Scotland. An outstanding virtuoso and inspiring performer, she has pushed the boundaries of the harp. In her music she identifies strongly with her Scottish roots while breaking through stylistic barriers between world music, traditional, jazz and classical. Her prolific output shows versatility writing for theatre (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh Dundee Repertory Manchester Library Theatre) for film TV and dance.

Savourna has several CDs.Touch Me Like the Sun includes her acclaimed harp quintet (premiered at Celtic Connections Millenium Festival) and licensed for use in the popular American TV series Sex and the City. As a songwriter, she has collaborated with lyric writers including Liz Lochhead and Michael Marra writing songs for artists including Eddi Reader and June Tabor.

Stevenson is also becoming a rising star in the Scottish contemporary classical music world since the resounding success of her symphonic premiere Misterstourworm & The Kelpie’s Gift for Children’s Classic Concerts in 2003. This exciting orchestral tale for children based on Scottish myth and legend was the result of a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award in 2001 which not only honored her inspired project but acknowledged her already outstanding contribution to Scottish music.

Her CD Persian Knight Celtic Dawn unites many facets of Savourna’s remarkable career in collaboration with Iranian percussion ensemble The Chemiranis. It features her striking new settings of texts by the Lebanese-born poet and artist Kahil Gibran author of The Prophet and a leading figure in New York’s 1920s avant-garde.

Discography:

Tweed Journey (1989)
Tusitala Teller of Tales (1996)
Cutting the Chord (1996)
Calman the Dove (2000)
Celtic Harp (2000)
Touch Me Like the Sun (2000)
Persian Knight Celtic Dawn (2006)

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Artist Profiles: Salsa Celtica

Salsa Celtica

Salsa Celtica’s remarkable success story began in 1995 in the bars and clubs of Scotland’s Edinburgh and Glasgow. In 1997 Salsa Celtica honed their salsa skills with a visit to Cuba to study with the masters and absorb the musical culture and influences. Inspired by Cuba Salsa Celtica released their debut albumMonstruos y Demonios – Angels and Love.

They made a sensational breakthrough in 2003 when their album El Agua De La Vida reached number 5 on the World Music Chart of Europe reached number 2004 in the end of year round-up 2003 World Music Chart for Europe and was their first album released in the US on Compass Records. In 2004 the band took their unique fusion of Latin and Celtic sounds on tour in England for the first time.

In support of their 2004 tour, during which the band played a sold-out show at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Salsa Celtica re-released the album El Agua De La Vida.

The tour was followed in the summer by a series of high profile festival dates including Edinburgh Jazz Festival Dublin’s Temple Bar Festival Gent’s (Belgium) Pole Pole Festival Northern Ireland’s Celtic Fusion Festival and the National Theatre’s Watch This Space Festival on London’s South Bank.

In 2005 the band went back into the studio to record a new album after a three year break bringing in Calum Malcolm as producer and including a collaboration with folk diva Eliza Carthy.

After releasing their fourth album El Camino (The Road), Salsa Celtica spent much of 2006 on the road with an extensive UK tour followed by numerous major festival appearances rounded off with a prestigious official showcase slot at WOMEX in Seville.

Discography

Monstruos y Demonios, Angels and Lovers (Eclectic Records, 1997)
The Great Scottish Latin Adventure (Greentrax Recordings, 2000)
El Agua de la Vida (Greentrax Recordings, 2003)
El Camino (Discos León, 2006)
En Vivo en el Norte – In Concert (Discos León, 2010)
The Tall Islands (Discos León, 2014)

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