Monday, May 06, 2013

Celtic Connections 2013: Images

Celtic Connections, which takes place each January in Glasgow, in Scotland, is an experience like no other. In the snow and sleet and wind of Scottish winter, musicians and listeners gather in venues ranging from a hotel conference room to a historic church to a lively pub to a grand concert hall to, at times, stairwells and concert hall steps to share the bonds of music which connect across time and space and place. The Celtic and the Connection are equally strong elements of the festival, which this past January marked twenty years.

Artists and listeners came from across the word, from Mali and Senegal, from Mongolia and Portugal, from all across the United States, from Canada, from Ireland, and from every part of Scotland as well, rising artists and established stars, sharing their songs and stories in one of the world’s most vibrant music cities.

I’ve been fortunate to attend Celtic Connections through many of the years of its two decade history. The Ireland and Scotland strands of music are those I most often follow. What’s above is a bit of what that looked like this year. If I’ve done my job well, you will hear a bit of the music through the silence of these images.

These photographs were made with permission of the the festival, the artists, and the venues involved. They are copyrighted, and I thank you for respecting that. The artists shown here include Mick McAuley, Cara Dillon, Zoe Conway. Mike McGoldrick, Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh, Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill, Karen Matheson, Tim Edey, and Cyril MacPhee..

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Savannah Music Festival begins




Savannah, Georgia, is a port city, a place where old south meets new, where world cultures converge and intertwine. The Savannah Music Festival both celebrates the world of Savannah and its connections to places and music around the world, with more than one hundred concerts across the city. The events begin on 18 March and continue through 3 April. If you’re not able to make it in person, the festival’s web site offers access to some events through web radio broadcast.

Artists you’ve met before along the music road will be there. along with many others. Mark O’Connor, whose eclectic background in country, classical, and jazz makes him a perfect fit of the festival’s focus, will bring his Hot Swing Trio to town. Joe Craven will teach in the education program that open doors to the arts to hundreds of area schoolchildren. Kathy Mattea will offer her folk inspired country and the flavor of her West Virginia heritage, on a double bill with another outstanding singer who grew up in the southern mountains, Patty Loveless. Lang Lang, who has been engaging classical audiences around the world, will appear in a program with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. There will be a concert of ‘Forbidden Music’ featuring pre holocaust compositions, staged in Temple Mickve Israel, Georgia’s oldest temple, with players including festival associate artistic director Daniel Hope, Jeffrey Kahane, and others. Ruthie Foster will bring her Texas based brand of blues, funk, and soul to town, in a bill with Savannah blues singer Kristina Train. Marcus Roberts, also an associate artistic director of the festival, will helm jazz programs featuring concert on the Riverfront and presentations from some of the country’s finest jazz educators, and will appear himself in a piano showdown with Henry Butler and others. There will be a double bill with Bill Frisell and Bassekou Kouyate, while up and comers Canadian Sierra Noble and Texan Sarah Jarosz hold up the bluegrass side of things, along with veteran Del McCoury.

There’s quite a bit more: school programs, a competition with singers choosing classic American songs, a New orleans Blues party, a gospel workshop, one off events and continuing collaborations. There’s more about it all at the festival’s web site.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Celtic Connections 2009: images


A zillion different musical ideas flying about the city -- that's Glasgow during Celtic Connection, which continues through the first of February. Musicians from Senegal to Norway, from Shetland to the Borders, from West Virginia to Cape Breton to Donegal, gather for what is one of Europe's, if not the world's, premiere winter music fetivals. It's a festival which allows room for the singer songwriter and the big band, the songs of Robert Burns and the songs of Billy Edd Wheeler -- which may not be so different when you come to think about it. If you're not there in person, you may listen over the radio and internet, and in the UK and Ireland, see television programs about the festival. To find out more about that, and about tickets and schedules, visit the Celtic Connections website. Here's a bit of the atmosphere though images:


















Musicians shown here include Margaret MacLeod, Kathy Mattea, Sarah-Jane Summers, Julie Fowlis, Salsa Celtica, Charlie McKerron, Emily Smith, Jamie MacClennan, and Corrina Hewat.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

coming attractions: The Celtic Colours Festival





The Celtic Colours festival is coming up, and tickets are already on sale. This fesitval of Cape Breton and music from other Celtic lands takes place from 5 through 13 October this year, with appearances from the Chieftains, Dougie MacLean, Buddy MacMaster, Fiona and Ciaran MacGillvray, and loads more fine musicians in venues across Cape Breton. Cape Breton music is a style rooted in Scotland and shaped by Atlantic Canada. It's a festival, and a place, well worth visitng for the warmth of the people and the music -- though not always, in October, the weather! more at the festival's website, including ticket sales, transport information, and artist schedules

photos above: Greg Anderson, Cathie Ryan, and Hanneke Cassel play the festival club in St. Anne's, Kathryn Tickell and Julian Sutton at the Marine Terminal, Sydney

in this video, Scots musician Karine Polwart and others talk about the character of the festival

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