“If there’s one thing that makes wintertime in Glasgow great then it’s Celtic Connections.”The Guardian
Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival celebrates its connections to cultures across the globe. From 20 January – 6 February 2022, over 2,100 musicians from around the world bring the city to life for 18 days. During that time, there are concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.
Rarely has the sorrow of parting sounded so sweet as on Teddy Thompson’s latest solo album, 2020’s Heartbreaker Please.
Uniting the riches of Irish ballad tradition with the subversive irreverence of punk, Dundalk-based trio The Mary Wallopers built a devoted home following with their rambunctious lockdown livestreams, and arrive in Glasgow fresh from headlining Dublin’s Vicar Street.
By the time John Spiers & Jon Boden had hung up their highly regarded hats as the Spiers & Boden duo in 2014, they had earned a place in the hearts of the folk audience that few could rival.
Ten years after his death, Jackie’s partner Deborah Greenwood and friend and colleague Ian Rankin lead friends and admirers including Boo Hewerdine, Rab Noakes, Jinder, Michael Weston King, Malcolm Lindsay, Doghouse Roses and Dumb Instrument through a selection from his extensive song catalogue.
Following his mammoth year-long re-release project Distortion: 1989-2019 – totalling 24 CDs and 32 vinyl LPs – alt-rock elder statesman Bob Mould brings his solo electric tour to Glasgow.
Australian indie-folk outfit Sons of the East perform music from their debut album. Loved for their motley acoustic-electronic sound, Dan Wallage, Nic Johnston and Jack Rollins have garnered a worldwide following, achieving 150 million streams and over 30 million YouTube views.
The pyrotechnic music of trailblazing Canadian trio The East Pointers has made them firm festival favourites across Europe, Australia, the US and Japan, connecting today’s global village with their deep traditional roots in Prince Edward Island.
Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire.
Tickets for all Celtic Connections shows are on sale now at Celtic Connections