Celtic Connections 2016

Celtic Connections 2016

Revival FM is pleased to tell listeners that the programme for Celtic Connections 2016 was announced by Artistic Director, Donald Shaw on Tuesday 20 October, 2015.

From Thursday 14 January to Sunday 31 January 2016, 2,500 musicians from around the world will gather in Glasgow for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, free events, late night sessions and a host of special one-off musical collaborations.

Stars of world, folk and roots music, who will perform on 26 stages at venues across the city, include Rickie Lee Jones, The Chieftains, Lau, The Unthanks, Béla Fleck, Moving Hearts, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Admiral Fallow, Toumani Diabaté, Karine Polwart, Boys of the Lough, and Larry Carlton.

With artists from Inner Mongolia to Armagh, Senegal to Italy, and Brittany to the Outer Hebrides to Southern Manitoba performing at the festival in 2016, Celtic Connections remains a hotbed of musical talent from cultures and countries from across the globe.

The Opening Concert will be celebrating 50 years of the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland with musical director Siobhan Miller at the helm.

Family Ties will also be at the fore of this years’ festival, through shows including concerts by The Wainwright Sisters, and They Might be Giants performing a special matinee performance for children.

Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and John Grant are among the stars of New Americana who will take to the stage during the festival.

Pilgrimer will be explored through a series of performances, including the reimagining of Joni Mitchell’s 1976 album Hejira – which explores themes of the constant journey we are all on in life – by James Robertson.

It’s premièred here by a stellar cast including Dick Gaughan, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis and Annie Grace, plusLary Carlton cc2016 Grammy-winning US guitarist Larry Carlton (pictured), who played on Hejira itself, and rising-star bassist Felix Pastorius, whose dad Jaco did.

While Drift is inspired by the true story of Betty Mouat, a crofter from Shetland, who spent eight days drifting alone in the North Sea.

Celtic Connections 2016 takes pride in looking to the future as well as celebrating the past.  Matthew Welch’s Blarvuster, the Aidan O’Rourke Trio and Soumik Datta & Bernhard Schimpelsberger: Circle of Sound are among those who will step into the spotlight at a new venue for the festival, Drygate Brewery off Duke Street, Glasgow to represent a new strand, The Shape of Folk to Come. 

A series of major anniversaries will be marked, with celebrations of Aly Bain at 70 in a show entitled Le GrandCC2016 Anniversaire where he will be joined by his long standing cohort Phil Cunningham to celebrate 30 years of performing together.

Bwani Junction will be performing Graceland 30 years after Paul Simon’s classic album was released. Four of the original members of the recording will be performing on this very special occasion.

The Auld Alliance between Scotland and France will be centre stage at this year’s Showcase Scotland as the festival celebrates France as the partner country for 2016 and the 10th anniversary of the twinning of Glasgow and Marseille.

At the core of the festival is the award winning Education Programme, which sees thousands of children attend free morning concerts, experiencing live music from Scotland and further afield. Up to 11,400 children will take part in Celtic Connections Education Programme for schools during the 2016 festival, with opportunities including five free morning concerts.

100.8 Revival FM will be bringing further news and information for listeners on Europe’s biggest winter music festival and it’s held in Glasgow from Thursday 14 January 2016 for 18 days until Sunday 31 January 2016.

Celtic Fusion, 100.8 Revival FM, Tuesdays 8.00-10.00pm and Folkal Point, 100.8 Revival FM, Fridays 9.00-11.00pm.

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