Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Celtic Connections 2010 on the way

Celtic Connections has begun announcing its lineup today. The festival itself, a gathering which takes place 14 to 31 January in Glasgow, is a premiere event not to be missed. Scottish Power returns as a major supporter of the festival this year, and artistic director Donald Shaw says the musical events will have the theme of celebrating Celtic influence across the world.

That said, some of the concerts I’m looking forward to feature
the festival’s celebration of the Gaelic language. There will be Jewels of the Ocean, featuring Capercaillie, Arthur Cormack, Na Seòid, Ishbel MacAskill, Seumas Begley and Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, top Gaelic singer Karen Matheson will appear with The Scottish Ensemble and Aly Bain. Other Gaelic acts performing in Glasgow this January include Alyth, The Poozies, Kathleen MacInnes, Katie Mackenzie, Rona Lightfoot, Kenna Campbell, Mary Ann and Wilma Kennedy, James Graham Trio, The Shee, Maggie MacInnes, Iain Morrison, Rachel Walker, Griogair Labhruidh and a Skipinnish 10th Anniversary show. The CCA will host a celebration of Gaelic arts over three days in association with Ceol ’s Craic, which if you’re around Glasgow at all has films, concerts, and talks well worth checking out.

One-off ensemble shows are also a big part of the festival each year. The schedule for this winter includes Indian percussion virtuoso Trilok Gurtu, joined by Scottish trio Lau, the acclaimed Norwegian jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek and Shankar Mahadevan – the legendary Indian singer and composer, and one-third of the acclaimed Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio (whose music can be heard in major Bollywood productions as well as in Slumdog Millionaire) – for a show in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The Concert Hall will also host Fiddle Summit featuring an international cast; US star Darol Anger will appear in his longtime duo with multi-instrumentalist Mike Marshall, with Alasdair Fraser, Chris Stout, Natalie Haas and groundbreaking harpist Catriona McKay, Swedish trio Väsen, Martin Hayes accompanied by guitarist Dennis Cahill, and Liz Carroll and John Doyle.

There will be more to come here along the Music Road about the 2010 Celtic Connections Festival... stay tuned.

you may also want to see

the festival’s website

Music Road: Celtic Connections 2009 on the way
Celtic Connections 2009: images, continued
Songs of Homecoming, to Scotland and other places

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like a hoot - are you going in person or just in spirit?

12:03 AM  
Blogger kerry dexter said...

working on going in person -- I've been many times before and it's always more than worth it.

so if any commissioning editors are reading, or people who have suggestions on where to pitch stories, please be in touch...

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to be there, although Glagow wasn't a very inspiring city when we drove through it. The music would be amazing though.

4:56 PM  

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