Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. From 16 January – 2 February 2020, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.
“If there’s one thing that makes wintertime in Glasgow great then it’s Celtic Connections.” – The Guardian
View the Òran Mór line-up…
Band “A.” perform The Affectionate Punch and support
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Associates’ debut album, ‘The Affectionate Punch’, Band “A.” have taken on the gargantuan task of re-imagining the album in this live homage devised especially for Celtic Connections 2020.
Robert Vincent and Amy Papiransky
Robert Vincent is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Liverpool – having received the inaugural Emerging Artist Award from “Whispering” Bob Harris in 2016 and UK Americana Music Association’s UK Album of The Year in 2018.
Jimmie Macgregor at 90 Years Young
Jimmie celebrates his 90th year with special guests and friends including Archie Fisher, Alastair McDonald, Rab Noakes, Innes Watson and Sheena Wellington.
The Wandering Hearts
Delighted to welcome harmony-laden Americana band The Wandering Hearts back to Glasgow after their sold out show at Macintosh Church.
The Paul McKenna Band with The East Pointers
“A band with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for the next twenty years” (Fatea Magazine)
Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan.
J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts and support
Reconnecting the classic sounds of Stax, Atlantic and Motown with their African roots, Burundian-born J.P. Bimeni – now London-based, having fled his homeland as a teenage refugee – released his debut album Free Me in 2018, winning comparisons with Otis Redding for both his voice and impassioned lyrics. His band The Black Belts features six seasoned Spanish veterans, on trumpet, sax, keys, guitar, bass and drums.
Cafolla and support
CAFOLLA’S debut solo record ‘Cowboys & Africans’, focuses on lyrics & song. The concept behind ‘Cowboys & Africans’ is that all humans originate from Africa (at one point in history) so as laymen, we are all ‘Africans’. The ‘Cowboys’ reference is to the people in positions of power, who take advantage of the everyday person (or those they have power over). The songs challenge how we see ourselves in today’s society. The message is quite simple – be proud of who you are, your friends, family and fellow humans. Stand up for what you believe in and have the confidence not to be bullied by peer pressure or general opinion. The album was recorded throughout 2018 and completed January 2019.
The Langan Band and support
Unhinged and musically extravagant, The Langan Band have become famous for performing an invigorating yet tight and precisely executed show. With a sense of abandonment for spontaneity and surprise, they always keep their audience on their toes.
Ciaran Ryan Band
Ciaran Ryan is a multi-instrumentalist from the North-East of Scotland now based in Edinburgh. He is a co-founder of Irish-Eastern European Worldfolk band “Dallahan” and has recently released his debut solo album “Banjaxed”. The tenor banjo and fiddle player is bringing his album to the stage the with all new “Ciaran Ryan Band”, compromising of Chris Waite on guitar, Sam Mabbett on button accordion, Bev Morris on Bass and Donald Hay on Percussion. Expect an electrifying high energy mix of self penned Irish trad style tunes with elements of bluegrass and swamp-trad.
Chris Gray’s debut album is brimming with hugely energised and creative compositions rooted in the tradition of folk music. Chris’ album features all original tracks arranged for an ensemble featuring highland pipes, whistle, piano, fiddle, guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, concertina and cello. The music exhales Chris’ strong upbringing in folk music as well as various other influences and styles including his love of jazz and classical music.
Please note this event has changed venue from Tramway to Òran Mór.
An artist of myriad musical passions and polymath virtuosity, Scottish-born guitarist, composer, improviser and ensemble leader Simon Thacker believes that, “Ancient classical, folk and spiritual forms. . . inspire as examples of how musical ideas and genres gestate, mutate and gain layers of cultural wealth.” Here, he explores and reimagines north Indian folk-song traditions with young Punjabi/Sufi/Bollywood star Afsana Khan, Grammy-winning tabla master Sukhvinder Singh “Pinky” and violinist Jackie Shave, leader of the Britten Sinfonia.
Shovels & Rope and support
Fuelled by their intense musical and personal rapport, centred on a shared love of folk, blues, gospel and Southern rock tradition, the raw, punkish sound of US husband/wife duo Shovels & Rope – aka Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst – stepped up another few gears with 2019’s visceral, cinematic fourth album By Blood. “Bursting with ingenuity and the joy of creation” (Charleston City Paper)
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