Friday, January 07, 2011

Celtic Connections coming up

The haunting sound of bagpipes, the flickering light of torches, and the anticipation and joy of the people: all of these will form part of the evening as Celtic Connections begins its eighteenth year of bringing music to the heart of Glasgow in the heart of winter.

Large concerts, intimate songwriter sessions, high energy evenings and evenings filled with quiet listening: all of these are part of the festival as well. This year, a collaboration among artist from India, Ireland, and Scotland kicks off things that first night as the parade ends, in a concert called Pulse of the World, featuring tabla master Zakir Hussain. Across eighteen days artists including legendary songwriter Richard Thompson, gospel singer Mavis Stapes, folk big band The Unusual Suspects, Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, fiddler Bonnie Rideout, banjo player Alison Brown, guitarist John Doyle, singing group The Cornish Fishermen, country star Marty Stuart, and pop icon Sir Tom Jones are but a few of the musicians who will appear. There will be workshops, concerts for school children, and open stage competitions as well, along with the always well enjoyed after hours sessions and festival club, where playing, singing, and craic go on through the night and into the morning hours after the formal concerts are done.

john doyle and lizcaroll copyrigh kerry dexter
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eamonn coyne copyright kerry dexter

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Anonymous wandering educators said...

what an incredible musical opportunity! and glasgow - what fun! thanks for sharing.

5:59 PM  

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