The Celtic Connections festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018 with a line-up that links the past, present and future of Scotland’s music scene with musicians from all over the world.
The festival will run from Thursday 18 January to Sunday 4 February 2018 in venues across Glasgow and will feature a mixture of intimate gigs, large shows and one-off musical collaborations alongside talks, workshops, film screenings, ceilidhs, art exhibitions, free events and late night sessions.
This isn’t just about folk music either – the full festival programme really does offer something for everyone. Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, said:
“Since the inception of Celtic Connections in 1994, the Scottish music scene has developed and diversified hugely. When the festival began there was still significant compartmentalisation of genres, which although has its place at times, has become less prevalent over the years. The influence and inspiration that the traditional music scene has had across the whole musical landscape in Scotland and worldwide has helped to make the journey of Celtic Connections all the more adventurous and exciting.
“As an internationally renowned festival we continually strive for better and the 25th edition is no exception. Audiences will be treated to performances from some of the best artists from across the world and an array of unique collaborations and an eclectic mix of world music.”
An obvious highlight in the 18 days of entertainment will be the return of the Roaming Roots Revue, which will pay tribute to one single artist for the first time in its 6 year history. In 2018 this cross-collaborative concert will celebrate the timeless music of Tom Petty. Roddy Hart curates an all-star transatlantic cast that includes Natalie Prass, Nerina Pallot, Susanne Sundfør, Joel Plaskett, Lera Lynn, Leeroy Stagger, Sierra Hull, Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae, Pictish Trail and Alela Diane. I also recommend taking the opportunity to see the infectious electro-pop of Marnie in the intimate surroundings of The Hug and Pint, the spellbinding songwriting talent of Siobhan Wilson in the stunning Mackintosh Church and the unique collaboration that is Out Lines perform in Saint Luke’s.
No matter how gloomy the winter weather is during the festival, Celtic Connections will ensure that Glasgow shines brightly as a destination for performers and music lovers from all over the world.