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Celtic Connections 2017

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Thursday 19 January to Sunday 5 February, 2017

One of the world’s leading festivals of world, folk and roots music.

Celtic Connections 2017 will welcome 2,100 musicians from across the globe, taking part in 300 events at venues throughout Glasgow

Celtic Connections: Transatlantic Sessions 2017 review by Pauline Keightley

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An electrifying and enriching concert to warm those cold winter blues!  The Transatlantic Sessions concert is Celtic Connections grand finale every year. As the lights flickered on stage we were treated to a concert of welcome variety – of energetic Scottish jigs and reels, flamboyant country airs, foot-stomping thrills and fine musicianship.   The Ttransatlantic […]

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Rab Noakes, The Old Fruitmarket, Celtic Connections 2017

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An evening of song and stories with Rab Noakes.   Rab looked smart in a black and grey stripped suit. He kicked off the show with ‘Let The Show Begin’.   The Fruitmarket was full of  Noakes’ dedicated, appreciative and respectful fans.. He introduced his band – Innes Watson (fiddle), Una MacGlone (double bass), Stuart […]

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Mary Chapin Carpenter at Celtic Connections 2017 review and photographs by Pauline Keightley

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Mary Chapin Carpenter, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 30 January, 2017 This was a concert in three sets. First we treated to the beautiful voice of Julie Fowlis. She sang several Gaelic songs and the Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ – her set was far too short!  Next was the accomplished, fun, folk band Altan from Donegal, who played […]

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King Creosote, Old Fruitmarket, Celtic Connections 2017 review by Pauline Keightley

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King Creosote, aka Kenny Anderson, from Fife and his nine piece band brightened up the Old Fruitmarket stage on Friday, 27 January, 2017.   The top quality band, who were made up with sparkly space age gear, included harp, cello, bass, keys, drums, violin, pipes and guitars – with Lomond Campbell (Ziggy) on vocals, Peter […]

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LIV On in Concert with Olivia-Newton John, Beth Nielsen-Chapman and Amy Sky, Celtic Connections 2017 review by Pauline Keightley

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LIV ON in Concert Celtic Connections 2017 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 24 January – review by Pauline Keightley A hopeful and life-embracing evening of song to lift the spirits.  Australian, American and Canadian, singer songwriters Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky shared their personal journeys of grief in song from their collaborative LIV […]

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Celtic Connections Opening Concert with Laura Marling – review by Pauline Keightley

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  I arrived early while people were setting up their stalls of accordions, pipes and folk CDs. Someone was playing piano and preparations were being made for the open mic. And so #ccfest begins for another year celebrating live music, special collaborations, brilliant musicianship and perfect singers performing songs of quality. Celtic Connections sometimes offers […]

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Celtic Connections Hazy Recollections 5 February, 2017

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Celtic Connections Hazy Recollections 5 February, 2017 – 2.00p.m. – 6.00 p.m. O2ABC Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow Once again, for your Sunday afternoon listening pleasure, Findlay Napier curates three fabulously disparate five-act bills, collectively occupying the fruitfully blurry territory between folk, indie and indie-folk. Over its nine-year existence, Hazy has hosted nearly 100 different artists, including […]

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The Bevvy Sisters with The Jerry Cans at Celtic Connections, St Luke’s, 27 January, 2017

  Despite their timeless vocal magic, 2016 marks a decade since Edinburgh harmony combo The Bevvy Sisters first joined forces, and they celebrate tonight in suitably sumptuous style. Back in St Luke’s, the very same venue that hosted their debut, and uniting all six lead singers who’ve graced the line-up, this one-off collaboration sees founding […]

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OranMor, Celtic Connections Listings 2017

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Celtic Connections is the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music.  A major musical event with 2,100 artists • 300 events • 20 venues • 1 brilliant festival  From 19 January – 5 February 2017 “If there’s one thing that makes wintertime in Glasgow great then […]

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Celtic Connections: The Transports, Royal Concert Hall, 25 January, 2017

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Some of the UK’s finest folk stars are uniting in a 40th anniversary revival of Peter Bellamy’s most revered work, The Transports this month, which includes a performance at the UK’s biggest winter music festival-Glasgow’s Celtic Connections-on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. The Young’uns, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Group (2016 and 2015) will join […]

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Celtic Connections: Danny Boyle: ‘Combined by our Humanity – Enhanced by our Diversity’ – Why an Inclusive National Identity Matters 22 January, 2017

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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3 NY Danny Boyle of BEMIS Scotland explores the unique local expressions of Scottish cultural heritage and their global connections, simultaneously universal and particular in character. Scotland has been shaped by millennia of global influence, and part of Scotland has always been – and will be – […]

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Celtic Connections: Kirsty Law Young Night Thought, Part 1 – 31 January, 2017

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  Celtic Connections  Strathclyde Suite, Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, G2 31 January, 2017 – 8pm This show invites the audience to come and witness the opening chapter of Kirsty Law’s exploration of the concept of the ‘inner child’ through folklore, song and film. Working with filmmaker Daniel Warren, producer Ben Seal and painter […]

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The Lions of Lisbon, The Tron, 29 January, 2017

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Tron Theatre Ltd., 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB Celebrating 50 years since Celtic’s immortal victory that saw them become the first British team to win the European Cup. Willy Maley and Ian Auld’s hit play The Lions of Lisbon is revived here as a rehearsed reading with music, directed by Martin McCardie and ex-Wildcat mainstay […]

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The National History Festival, Celtic Connections 2017

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The National Festival of Scotland 2017 SATURDAY 28TH JANUARY 2017   SWG3, 100 Eastvale Pl, Glasgow G3 8QG 12pm / 4.00pm On sale Friday 23rd September, 10am Session 1 12pm – 3:30pm Session 2 4.00pm – 7.30pm As part of Celtic Connections 2017, the first annual National Whisky Festival of Scotland will be the place […]

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Celtic Connections 2017 – Tickets now on Sale (27 October, 2016)

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  The programme for Celtic Connections 2017 has now been revealed! View the line-up & buy tickets at: www.celticconnections.com Eighteen days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, free events, late night sessions and a host of special one-off musical collaborations will once again light up the Scottish winter when Celtic Connections returns on 19 […]

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