Celtic Connections, Sync of the Times review and photographs, Pauline Keightley

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Opening Concert Celtic Connections 2019 Syne of the Times 

The Celtic Connections opening night Sync of the Times was a rousing concert with over a hundred young musicians on stage in celebration of the passing of traditions between the generations. They enjoyed a memorable experience performing f Gaelic music alongside some of Scotland’s most celebrated folk musicians.

sync of the times

Sync of the Times

This concert began with a moving film by a young musician, from the Isle of Grimsay,  about his grandfather and his hope that the traditions would be passed on through the generations by preserving and celebrating  heritage and culture through Gaelic music.

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Son De Seu

We were then treated to music by the Celtic Galician folk orchestra Son De Seu. This year Celtic Connections festival is paired with the small Celtic country of Galicia. Also performing were the Orkney youth musicians, HadHirgaan and the young musicians from the 5 Feisean, (Fèisean nan Gàidhealthe supports the development of community-based Gaelic arts tuition festivals throughout Scotland).

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5 Feisean

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The evening’s entertainment was led by musical director and fiddler Duncan Chisholm. Also appearing were Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, fiddler Lauren MacColl, folk band Daimh, fiddler Aiden O”Rourke, piper Brighde Chaumbeu, and Donald Shaw (festival director) and his ‘Harvest’ music

Aiden O”Rourke, Lauren MacColl, Duncan Chisholm

.What a first class experience for the young musician – I hope they were inspired by performing at Celtic Connections 2019 memorable opening concert

Review and Photos by Pauline Keightley – https://pkimage.co.uk

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