Celtic Connections 2016: launch today

Celtic Connections 2016: launch today

The Celtic Connections 2016 festival kicks off today, Thursday 14 January 2016 by celebrating the 50th anniversary of Scotland’s Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA).

Celtic Connections 2016 opens with its grandest ever singaround. A once-in-a-lifetime Scottish vocal line-up includes Arthur Johnstone, Sheena Wellington,  Jimmy Hutchison, Barbara Dickson, Shepheard, Spiers & Watson, Kris Drever, Adam McNaughton, Mischa Macpherson and Malinky, with international guests Sam Lee, Thomas McCarthy and Rayna Gellert.

Tonight’s musical director, the young Scots singer-songwriter Siobhan Miller (pictured), has sought to reflect the inspirational variety of Siobhan Millersounds she first experienced at TMSA festivals as a teenager, encompassing multiple generations, diverse source traditions, and repertoire ranging from ancient muckle sangs to 21st-century originals.

The show’s beautifully bespoke house band comprises Euan Burton, Anna Massie, Aaron Jones, Tom Gibbs, John Blease and Megan Henderson.  The opening concert for Celtic Connections 2016 will take place in the Main Auditorium of The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

There are also the last few additions to the line-up to tempt your mind away from post festive season holidays and into a wintery Glasgow January.

To start things off and get you in the mood, there is a special link to a video on the 2016 festival to let you see the experience that awaits you this month.

Also, if you’ve yet to peruse Celtic Connections 2016 brochure, set yourself up with a nice hot cup of tea (or coffee!) and download your copy here.

Celtic Connections 2016 have announced the addition of some big names to their Ballads of Child Migration concert on Tuesday 19 January 2016.

Joining a stellar line-up that already includes John McCusker, Jez Lowe, Boo Hewerdine and Chris While & Julie Matthews will be Eddi Reader, Kris Drever and O’Hooley & Tidow.

Originally commissioned to accompany an exhibition at the V&A to commemorate the experiences of the victims of this chapter of our history, the new songs and music have received superb reviews, and the organisers are excited to include these leading musicians in the live premiere which will be hosted by Barbara Dickson.

Also announced this week is the glittering cast for the second half of Pilgrimer: A re-imagining of Joni Mitchell’s Hejira.

CC2016 newsletter1Performing Joni Mitchell’s greatest hits will be Karine Polwart, SAY Winner Kathryn Joseph, Rod Paterson, Annie Grace and Julie Fowlis.

Curated by the show’s musical directors Karine and Steven Polwart, the performance will also feature specially commissioned string arrangements from award-winning composer Pippa Murphy.

Celtic Fusion on Revival FM, Tuesdays 8.00-10.00pm on 100.8 Revival FM and Catch Up anytime.

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