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Celtic Connections 2008 - 16th Jan - 3rd Feb 2008: Venues Listings
Elizabeth.
Posts: 7970
Posted: 05-Dec-2007 15:51
Celtic Connections Torchlight Parade with ScottishPower Pipe Band and The Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Pipe Band
Wed 16 January, 5pm
Free
George Square

Every year, Celtic Connections launches in spectacular style with a torchlight procession through Glasgow city centre.

The ScottishPower Pipe Band and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Pipe Band lead a mass of blazing torches from George Square to the Concert Hall steps, as Glasgow lights up for the first day of the festival.

Celebrations commence inside the Hall, as torch-bearers are invited to the Lord Provost's Drinks Reception, and the festival is pronounced officially open!

If you'd like to take part in the opening torchlight parade please download the online application form at http://www.celticconnections.com

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Celtic Connections Opening Concert "Common Ground"
Wed 16 January, 7:30pm
£20, £18
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

The 15th Celtic Connections festival kicks off with an opening-night birthday party to remember, featuring an all-star line-up of artists for whom Glasgow in January has become a home from home.

Among the Scots stars are vocalists Karine Polwart, Kris Drever, Mike Scott from The Waterboys and Julie Fowlis with top instrumentalists Aidan O'Rourke, Iain MacDonald and Lauren MacColl, James Mackintosh and Ewen Vernal.

Steve Earle with special guest Allison Moorer
Thu 17 January, 7:30pm
£22, £20
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Widely regarded as one of America's greatest living songwriters, Steve Earle recently celebrated his move from to Nashville to New York with his latest studio release Washington Square Serenade.

Cherish the Ladies with Lazy Boy Chair
Fri 18 January, 7:30pm
£20, £18
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

A riotous welcome is assured for the Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, a firm Celtic Connections favourite ever since the very first festival back in 1994.
Bringing together eight of the best and busiest players on the Orkney music scene, Lazy Boy Chair won a Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2007, after inciting unprecedented dancefloor mayhem with their triumphant Open Stage performance.

Celtic Connections Festival Orchestra with special guests
Sat 19 January, 12:30pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Diversity is the watchword for the debut performance by this large-scale ensemble of Scottish folk and classical talent, directed by Glasgow-based composer Mark Sheridan. Tributes to musical greats and absent friends form one strand within the programme, among them violinist Greg Lawson's arrangements of tracks from Martin Bennett's classic Grit album, settings of Burns songs by Kevin McCrae, featuring Eddi Reader and orchestrated tunes with Ireland's accordion genius Sharon Shannon, and a piece inspired by the 18th-century Irish harper O'Carolan, with Rachel Hair on harp and Jarlath Henderson on uilleann pipes.

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Elizabeth.
Posts: 7970
Posted: 05-Dec-2007 16:00
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Shetland Night with Fiddlers' Bid
Sat 19 January, 7:30pm
£18, £16
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Shetland's "national" instrument, the fiddle, rightly takes pride of place in a packed programme...Four of them are wielded by Fiddlers' Bid alone, as the seven-piece instrumental powerhouse take a break from recording their fifth album to raise the Concert Hall roof. Also featured are three of Shetland fiddle music's finest individual exponents, including the leading figure in its modern-day revival, Aly Bain, together with renowned pianist Violet Tulloch and Chris Stout.

Altan & The Brendan Voyage featuring Liam O'Flynn with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera conducted by David Brophy
Sun 20 January, 7:30pm
£20, £18
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
The first major work to integrate traditional music with classical orchestra, Shaun Davey's The Brendan Voyage (1980) receives its long-awaited Celtic Connections premiere, featuring its distinguished original soloist, Liam O'Flynn, on uilleann pipes, with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and will be conducted by David Brophy...The 50-member orchestra returns in the second half to accompany Ireland's top traditional band, Altan.

Baaba Maal with the Jenna Cumming Trio
Mon 21 January, 7:30pm
£22, £20
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Continuing this year's celebration of great international voices, Celtic Connections 2008 presents one of world music's most transcendent stars, Senegalese singer-guitarist Baaba Maal....Inverness-born Jenna Cumming is one of Scotland's most highly regarded young Gaelic singers.

The Unusual Suspects featuring Corrina Hewat & David Milligan with Alyth McCormack
Tue 22 January, 7:30pm
£18, £16
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Returning in triumph once again to the festival that launched their career in 2004 - a debut recently named by The Scotsman among the Top 20 Scottish gigs of all time - Scotland's unofficial 'national folk orchestra', The Unusual Suspects continue to leave audiences gasping in delight wherever they play.

Bert Jansch & Espers with Eliza Carthy
Wed 23 January, 7:30pm
£18, £16
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
An icon of the 60s and 70s, cited as a key inspiration by some of today's hippest musical talents, Scottish-born singer, songwriter and guitarist Bert Jansch has been enjoying a remarkable creative renaissance in recent years....Describing herself simply as a 'modern British musician', the twice-nominated mercury award singer and fiddler Eliza Carthy unveils the latest stage of her singular musical journey.

Moving Hearts with Bodega
Thu 24 January, 7:30pm
£20, £18
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Seismic, seminal, visionary, defining - Moving Hearts' impact on contemporary Celtic music can hardly be overstated. Originally blazing their brief but brilliant trail from 1981-84, they were the first to open up traditional Irish sounds to the bracing influences of rock, funk and jazz, paving the way for such subsequent fusioneers as Capercaillie, Sharon Shannon and Mike McGoldrick....
The Highland five-piece Bodega - winners of the BBC Young Folk Award 2005/6 - are one of Scotland's most exciting traditional bands.

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Elizabeth.
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Posted: 05-Dec-2007 16:05
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Blazin' Fiddles Aged 10 Years
Fri 25 January, 7:30pm
£18, £16
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
2008 marks Blazin' Fiddles' 10th anniversary - a milestone little envisaged when they embarked on a 'one-off' tour of the 1998 Highland Festival. The instant chemistry between them, however, proved as incendiary as their name, and thus a band - not to say a legend - was born.

The Annual Piping Concert with The Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band & The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland
Sat 26 January, 12:30pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
A key fixture of every Celtic Connections festival since 1994, today's Piping Concert presents the customary diverse and distinguished line-up

La Banda Europa
Sat 26 January, 8pm
£18, £16
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
, La Banda Europa is a 35-strong pan-European ensemble, created by the renowned Scottish producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jim Sutherland, forging brand-new music from a panoply of different instruments and traditions.

Bagad Kemper D'Ecosse en Cornouaille
Sun 27 January, 8pm
£18, £16
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Brittany's leading pipe band, renowned for their innovative large-scale productions, Bagad Kemper have amazed and delighted Celtic Connections audiences on each of their regular visits since 1994. D'Ecosse En Cornouaille (From Scotland To Brittany), receives its international première tonight.

Donnie Munro with GiveWay
Mon 28 January, 7:30pm
£18, £16
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Following on from his latest critically-acclaimed album Heart of America (Album of the Year at the 2006 Scots Trad Music Awards), former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro continues to address the themes which have always been close to his heart. GiveWay GiveWay are now making their name simply as one of Scotland's most accomplished and dynamic young bands, who recently won a host of new fans on their debut US tour.

k.d. lang with support
Tue 29 January, 7:30pm
£30
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
As Celtic Connections 2008 celebrates the glories of the human voice, there could be no better artist to embody this theme than multi-Grammy-winner k.d. lang. "My favourite singer," declared Tony Bennett, following their hit duet album A Wonderful World (2002), likening to her to the late great Judy Garland.

Classic Album: Andy Irvine & Paul Brady
Wed 30 January, 7:30pm
£24, £22
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Continuing the Classic Album strand of concerts launched at Celtic Connections last year, we are proud to revisit a true landmark in Irish music, the self-titled duo recording released by Andy Irvine and Paul Brady in 1976.

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Elizabeth.
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Posted: 05-Dec-2007 16:12
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Voices of the World
Thu 31 January, 7:30pm
£18, £16
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
In recognition of the power of world voices, Celtic Connections brings together two fabled female choirs from Italy and Bulgaria with one of Scotland's longest-established Gaelic choirs, in a massed celebration of song that promises a truly unforgettable night.

Transatlantic Sessions
Fri 1 February and Sun 3 February, 7:30pm
£24, £22
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Following the acclaim heaped on BBC Scotland's third series of The Transatlantic Sessions, broadcast in autumn 2007, Celtic Connections presents another glittering line-up of Celtic and American stars, all of whom were featured in the recent programmes...includes Joan Osborne, Tim O'Brien, Mindy Smith, Darrell Scott, Eddi Reader, Karen Matheson, Russ Barenberg, John Doyle, Garry West, Alison Brown.

Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings with support
Sat 2 February, 7:30pm
£24, £22
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
After 30 iconic years as half of "the straightest rhythm section in rock", former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has been letting the good times roll in company with the Rhythm Kings, the moveable all-star feast of vintage virtuosos he formed in 1997, to play the kind of classic rhythm and blues that first inspired him to pick up the guitar as a teenager.

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Elizabeth.
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Posted: 05-Dec-2007 16:24
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Luke Daniels & Donald Grant's Islands with The Shee
Thu 17 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
A new suite of music by award-winning accordionist/composer Luke Daniels and Highland fiddler Donald Grant, Islands explores the distinctive voices and common threads among the musical traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Shetland and Northumberland. The piece will be performed by a 10-piece ensemble including uilleann piper Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Shetland fiddler Jenna Reid, pianist John Paul Gandy and a string quartet...
BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2006, Borders fiddler Shona Mooney appears tonight with her new six-woman band The Shee.

Lewis & Harris Night
Fri 18 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
From the neighbouring Gaelic strongholds of Lewis and Harris, in the Western Isles, a nine-strong, cross-generational gathering of vocal and instrumental talent host a Hebridean cèilidh to remember. Four of the featured singers - Margaret Stewart, Christine Primrose, Donnie Murdo MacLeod and Jenna Cumming - are past Mod medallists.

Lau with Uiscedwr
Sat 19 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Lau (Accordionist Martin Green, fiddler Aidan O'Rourke and guitarist Kris Drever) create music of thrilling intensity and audacity, interspersed with Drever's vibrantly expressive vocals. Opening the show will be the debut of Uiscedwr's new big-band line-up, with Anna Esslemont (fiddle/vocals) and Cormac Byrne (bodhran/percussion) joined by guests.

New Voices: Gavin Marwick
Sun 20 January, 1pm
£10.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Few fiddlers can have had their fingers in more musical pies than Edinburgh-born Gavin Marwick. A past or present member of Iron Horse, Burach, Cantrip, Ceilidh Minogue, the Unusual Suspects and Bellevue Rendezvous, among others, he has also worked extensively in theatre and broadcasting.

Harp Heaven
Sun 20 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Almost certainly the first time that twelve top Celtic harpists have shared the same stage. The harp is currently enjoying a particularly exciting renaissance in Scotland, as reflected here in the diverse styles of Corrina Hewat, Mary MacMaster, Patsy Seddon, Catriona McKay, Maeve Gilchrist, Ailie Robertson, Fraya Thomsen, Gillian Fleetwood and Rachel Hair. Joining them from Ireland are Cormac De Barra and Laoise Kelly, with Germany's Jochen Vogel completing the line-up, for a programme that will range from solo spots to the full dozen-strong ensemble.

Accordion Hell
Mon 21 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
A diabolically talented line-up of accordion virtuosos from Scotland, Ireland, England and the US, between them covering a rich panoply of styles and traditions, includes Karen Tweed (the Poozies/Swäp), Phil Cunningham, Sandy Brechin, Angus Lyon, Dermot Byrne (Altan), Andy Cutting (Kate Rusby Band) and Mick McAuley (Solas). With all the participants having contributed material to the set-list, the programme will focus on newly-arranged collaborations.

A' Adam's Bairns
Tue 22 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
A launch concert masterminded by musical arranger and producer Dr Fred Freeman, A' Adam's Bairns draws on his collaborative education project with National Library of Scotland, commemorating 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade. A star-studded line-up of singers includes Rod Paterson, Tich Frier, Nick Keir, Steve Byrne, John Morran, Ross Kennedy, Dave Taylor, Emily Smith, Wendy Weatherby and Gillian Mcdonald accompanied by Sandy Brechin, Aaron Jones, Frank McLaughlin, Stevie Lawrence, Shona Mooney, Richard Werner and Chris Agnew. Commentary by Fred Freeman.

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Elizabeth.
Posts: 7970
Posted: 05-Dec-2007 16:37
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BBC Radio 2 with Mike Harding featuring Martin Simpson
Wed 23 January, 7pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Twice named as Musician of the Year at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, English guitarist and singer Martin Simpson has won almost universal admiration over the course of his 30-year career.

Fred Morrison with Djärv
Thu 24 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Today's supreme heir to the Gaelic piping tradition of his South Uist home, Fred Morrison is also a thoroughly 21st-century musician. One of the few pipers successfully to straddle the formal competition circuit and the contemporary folk scene. Djärv are a new Swedish folk/jazz five-piece whose influences include Väsen, Ale Möller, Groupa, Pat Metheny and Jan Garbarek, with a line-up of fiddle, flute, soprano sax, guitar, nyckelharpa, bass, percussion and vocals.

Grace, Hewat & Polwart - in harmony with the Maria Dunn Trio
Fri 25 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Building on their previous collaborations in the Unusual Suspects and the Scottish Women project, three of Scotland's finest singers and harmonists - Annie Grace, Corrina Hewat and Karine Polwart - join forces for a show of bewitching vocal artistry. Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Maria Dunn describes herself as a storyteller in song, often drawing inspiration from the history and folklore of her native western Canada..

Ceol Mor and The Young Tradition
Sat 26 January, 1pm
£10.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Best likened to a youth version of the Unusual Suspects, Ceol Mor is a grand-scale gathering of traditional musicians aged 16-25, comprising players from Scotland, the US and Canada. Their programme will feature new compositions by Corrina Hewat, David Milligan and Aidan O'Rourke, as well as arrangements by musical director Harris Playfair.

Väsen with Jenna Reid
Sat 26 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Flying the Swedish flag tonight, the brilliant quartet Väsen combine acoustic instrumentation - nyckelharpa, viola, guitar and percussion - with breathtaking virtuosity and freewheeling inventiveness. They will be joined on-stage by award-winning Shetland fiddler Jenna Reid whose profile has been rapidly on the rise in recent years, an ascent doubtless set to continue with tonight's launch of her hotly-anticipated second album, The Laughing Girl..

New Voices: Catriona McKay
Sun 27 January, 1pm
£10.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
A member of the leading Shetland band Fiddlers' Bid, Catriona McKay is a fearless contemporary explorer on the Scottish harp, having collaborated with a wide array of folk, jazz, classical and experimental artists..with Chris Stout (fiddle), electro-acoustic composer Alistair MacDonald (live electronics), Salsa Celtica's Phil Alexander (piano/accordion) and Väsen co-founder Olov Johansson (nyckelharpa).

Chris Stout Quintet with Emily Smith
Sun 27 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
A member of Fiddlers' Bid and Salsa Celtica his free-ranging musical vision reaches new heights of expression on his latest album Devil's Advocate, featuring tonight's line-up of Fraser Fifield (saxophone), Catriona McKay (clarsach/piano), Malcolm Stitt (guitar) and Neil Harland (double bass). The exquisite voice and interpretative gifts that saw Emily Smith named BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2002 are nowadays increasingly aligned with her own award-winning compositions. Accompanied here by her regular band on fiddle, guitar, banjo and bass, she'll be previewing tracks form her upcoming third album.

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Elizabeth.
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Posted: 05-Dec-2007 16:46
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Brian Finnegan - The Singing Tree with The Rooney Family
Tue 29 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Conceived and devised by the brilliant Armagh flute and whistle player Brian Finnegan, co-founder of the legendary Flook, The Singing Tree is a brand new performance in words, music and dance celebrating the rich musical traditions of the north of Ireland, and the social and cultural changes currently taking place there. Alongside Finnegan, a 13-strong line-up of top talent from the region includes acclaimed singer Cara Dillon and the multi-award-winning Belfast poet Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, with Jarlath Henderson (uilleann pipes/whistles), Damien O'Kane (banjo/guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Méabh O'Hare (fiddle/viola) and Eamon Murray (bodhrán). Winners of a Danny Kyle Award in 2007, the six young Irish siblings making up the Rooneys display their remarkably seasoned musicianship in a blend of traditional and original material.

June Tabor with Harriet Earis
Wed 30 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
According to her All Music Guide biographer, June Tabor is 'probably the finest female traditional British folk singer of the late 20th century - if not the best British folk singer of her time, period.' ..Harpist Harriet Earis won a Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2007, and recently released her second album From the Crooked Tree.

Fiddle Rendezvous
Thu 31 January, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Fiddle Rendezvous features three top fiddlers covering a diverse array of international styles, each performing with their own duo partner and collaborating in brand-new combinations. Appalachian and old-time maestro Bruce Molsky teams up with Gaelic singer and clarsach player Mary Ann Kennedy, ex Lá Lugh frontman Gerry O'Connor with Breton guitarist Gilles Le Bigot, and Scotland's Mike Vass with sister Ali on piano and vocals.

Classic Album: Jock Tamson's Bairns - The Lasses' Fashion
Fri 1 February, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Jock Tamson's Bairns second album The Lasses' Fashion, released in 1982 (and listed among Richard Thompson's all-time Top 10 for Q magazine), remains a landmark in the contemporary revival of Scottish music, its marvellously fresh yet sensitive arrangements of Scottish traditional material having arrived on a scene still dominated by post-Corries ballads and Chieftains tunes. It's performed tonight by the original personnel of Rod Paterson, Norman Chalmers, John Croall, Derek Hoy, Iain Hardie and Jack Evans. The concert's other half will feature fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson among the Bairns' current line-up, with special guests including the superb young Scots singer Siobhan Miller, and veteran bothy balladeer Jock Duncan.

Fraser Fifield Band with the Nedyalko Nedyalkov Quartet & Cora Smyth
Sat 2 February, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
The latest in western and eastern folk/fusion comes together in this collaborative encounter between Scotland's Fraser Fifield Band, led by its eponymous, consistently inventive saxophonist, piper and whistle player, and Bulgaria's foremost contemporary folk ensemble, Nedyalko Nedyalkov Quartet, combining an array of traditional instrumentation with the stunning vocals of Stoimenka Nedyalkov. A featured soloist in Michael Flatley's hit show Lord of the Dance, Mayo-born fiddler Cora Smyth also guested on the Chieftains' Grammy-nominated album Water From the Well, before releasing an acclaimed duo CD with her whistle-playing sister, Breda, in 2005.
New Voices: Patsy Reid
Sun 3 February, 1pm
£10.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
Two-times Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion, aged just 15 and 16, Perthshire-born fiddler Patsy Reid released her debut album, With Complements, in 2004, and plays with the Danny Award-winning Breabach

Elizabeth.
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Posted: 05-Dec-2007 16:58
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Mary Ann Kennedy & Na Seòid
Sun 3 February, 8pm
£12.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Premiered at the 2007 Blas festival, Na Seòid (The Heroes) is Mary Ann Kennedy's gathering of a seven-strong ensemble showcasing today's finest young male Gaelic talent.
Alongside 2004's BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, James Graham, a dream-team vocal cast includes three Mod medallists - Calum Alex MacMillan (Daimh), Tormod MacArthur (Meantime) and Gillebrìde MacMillan - plus Norrie MacIver, of Young Folk Award winners Bodega. The instrumental talents of Griogair Lawrie (bagpipes) and Angus MacPhail (bagpipes/accordion) round out an awesomely powerful line-up.

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Danny Kyle's Open Stage hosted by Gibb Todd
Opening Night showcasing Danny Kyle's Open Stage Winners 2007
Thu 17 January, 5pm
Free
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Hosted by Danny Kyle's good friends Gibb Todd and Liz Clark, the Open Stage is a chance to see new musical talent as they try to win a coveted support slot at next year's festival - and all absolutely free! The first Open Stage concert features last year’s winners The Rooney Family,
Lazy Boy Chair, TNT - The New Tradition, Harriet Earis, Ryan Young and Wingin' It.


Danny Kyle's Open Stage hosted by Gibb Todd
Fri 18 January – Sunday 3 February, 5pm
Free
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Hosted by Danny Kyle's good friends Gibb Todd and Liz Clark, the Open Stage is a chance to see new musical talent as they try to win a coveted support slot at next year's festival - and all.

Celtic Connections Festival Ceilidhs
Fri 18 January, 10pm
£8
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Enjoy the perfect post-concert fling, or pre-festival club warm-up with one of Scotland’s top cèilidh bands, The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience led by Sandy Brechin.

Public Workshops
Kids Percussion Workshop for Wee Ones
Sat 19 January, 11am
£4
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Big Groove will lead a workshop for children aged 4-6 years. This is a terrific introduction to wee ones to enjoy their natural sense of rhythm. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all drums are provided.

Public Workshops
Kids Percussion Workshop
Sat 19 January, 12pm
£4
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
This workshop is for children aged 7-10 years and Big Groove will lead them through simple and fun rhythms with samba instruments. Children must be accompanied by an adult and numbers are

Public Workshops
Percussion Workshop
Sat 19 January, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Big Groove will continue their day of percussion with a workshop aimed at adults and older children to explore the fascinating rhythms of samba. This is guaranteed to be a fun packed workshop to get your juices flowing

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Elizabeth.
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Posted: 05-Dec-2007 17:03
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Celtic Connections Festival Ceilidhs
Sat 19 January, 10pm
£8
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Enjoy the perfect post-concert fling, or pre-festival club warm-up with one of Scotland’s top cèilidh bands, The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience led by Sandy Brechin.

Public Workshops
Women's Samba
Sun 20 January, 11am
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
This is definitely the way to start a Sunday morning-a wonderful, releasing, therapeutic class of samba drumming. Big Groove will lead a workshop especially for women to build confidence and have fun exploring samba rhythms.

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Mandolin
Sun 20 January, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
The Lanarkshire Guitar and Mandolin Association are on a mission to get everyone in Scotland to play the mandolin. They will bring loads of instruments and boundless energy and enthusiasm -it's absolutely infectious..

Iain Anderson In Conversation
Donald Smith & Anne Lorne Gillies
Mon 21 January, 12:30pm
£3.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson hosts an eclectic mix of local figures as well as musicians performing at the festival for a lunch time blether, weekdays in the Exhibition Hall.

Iain Anderson In Conversation
Alastair Moffat & Fred Freeman
Tue 22 January, 12:30pm

Iain Anderson In Conversation
Aonghas MacNeacail & Chris Stout
Wed 23 January, 12:30pm

Iain Anderson In Conversation
George Parsonage & Alex Gray and John MacKay
Thu 24 January, 12:30pm

Iain Anderson In Conversation
Elizabeth Cumming & Jim Sutherland
Fri 25 January, 12:30pm

Celtic Connections Festival Ceilidhs
Fri 25 January, 10pm
£8
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Enjoy the perfect post-concert fling, or pre-festival club warm-up with one of Scotland’s top cèilidh bands, Alasdair MacCuish and the Black Rose Ceilidh Band.

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Elizabeth.
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Posted: 05-Dec-2007 17:08
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Stepdancing
Sat 26 January, 11am
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Here's a reel traditional fun way of keeping fit! All you need for this lively and spirited workshop are 2 feet (yours if possible), hard shoes and a sense of rhythm! Sandra Robertson, from the excellent dance group, Dannsa will teach a variety of strathspey and reel steps.

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Shape Note Singing
Sat 26 January, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
This gutsy American folk hymn style is accessible to all and a lot of fun to sing.
Ability to read music is not essential, nor is a "good" voice, just a positive enthusiastic curiosity about this style of group singing.

Celtic Connections Festival Ceilidhs
Sat 26 January, 10pm
£8
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Enjoy the perfect post-concert fling, or pre-festival club warm-up with one of Scotland’s top cèilidh bands, Alasdair MacCuish and the Black Rose Ceilidh Band.

Iain Anderson In Conversation
Brian Osborne, Ronnie Armstrong & Phil Cunningham
Mon 28 January, 12:30pm
£3.50
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Iain Anderson In Conversation
Lesley Riddoch & Roger Hutchinson
Tue 29 January, 12:30pm

Iain Anderson In Conversation
Timothy Neat & Alison McMorland
Wed 30 January, 12:30pm

Iain Anderson In Conversation
Ewan McVicar & Tom Dalzell
Thu 31 January, 12:30pm

Iain Anderson In Conversation
Keith McGinn & Mark Sheridan
Fri 1 February, 12:30pm

Celtic Connections Festival Ceilidhs
Fri 1 February, 10pm
£8
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Enjoy the perfect post-concert fling, or pre-festival club warm-up with one of Scotland’s top cèilidh bands, the Scott Harvey Ceilidh Band.

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Elizabeth.
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Posted: 05-Dec-2007 17:14
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Gospel
Sat 2 February, 11am
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Feel the freedom and experience the excitement of Gospel Style singing in this fun packed session led by Eddie Binnie. This workshop will include warm ups, harmony and the possibility of solo voice improvisation. Complete beginners are very welcome as well as those with more singing experience.

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Harmony
Sat 2 February, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Discover the intensity of singing and blending voices in a large group.
An opportunity to learn some great harmonies with one of Scotland's most dynamic singers, Corrina Hewat. Use your ear to navigate a song and develop your confidence and ability to find harmony in 2, 3 and 4 parts with some of Corrina's most favourite songs.
This workshop is for people who have always wanted to try harmony singing but have little or no

Celtic Connections Festival Ceilidhs
Sat 2 February, 10pm
£8
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Enjoy the perfect post-concert fling, or pre-festival club warm-up with one of Scotland’s top cèilidh bands, the Scott Harvey Ceilidh Band.

come&try
Irish Dance
Sun 3 February, 11am
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
Riverdance continues to inspire people to try out the Irish form of step dance so here's your chance! This workshop will be led by Louise and Mary Hunter who will teach basic steps and rhythms to get you started.

Public Workshops
Djembe
Sun 3 February, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall
The djembe, although originating in West Africa, has been growing in popularity as an accompanying instrument in Celtic music over the last few years. Allan Hughes will show you how to get the most out of your drum, learning specific rhythms and developing hand co-ordination. Some drums are provided.

Danny Kyle's Open Stage hosted by Gibb Todd
Finale showcasing Danny Kyle's Open Stage Winners 2007
Sun 3 February, 5pm
Free
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Buchanan Suite

Public Workshops
Opening Your Voice
Sun 27 January, 11am
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Buchanan Suite
The supreme Harriet Buchan will lead you on a wonderful journey to release your voice. Find sweet sounds that you never knew you had. This workshop is not about learning songs - more about discovering your potential and releasing your capabilities through relaxation techniques.

Public Workshops
Opening Your Voice 2
Sun 27 January, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Buchanan Suite
This workshop is designed to explore and develop your voice using an array of extraordinary instruments that Harriet Buchan has collected on her international travels. She will teach you methods to improve the quality of your singing voice and enrich your overall sound.

Public Workshops
Learn the Small Pipes in a Day
Sat 2 February, 11am
£30
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Buchanan Suite
This workshop covers use of bellows, blowing and fingering techniques and tuning of drones. During the day, Dave Shaw will teach you a relatively simple tune, generally a jig or Northumbrian reel. Numbers are strictly limited and pipes are provided. Over 14s and complete beginners only please.

Public Workshops
Learn the Irish Pipes in a Day
Sun 3 February, 11am
£30
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Buchanan Suite
This instrument has a reputation for being difficult to learn but in the skilled hands of Dave Shaw, piper and pipe-maker from North Durham, you will find that you can learn this sweet instrument in just one day. Over 14s and complete beginners please.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Lomond and Clyde Foyers
come&try
Ukulele
Sun 27 January, 11am
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer
Here is an opportunity to learn the arguably cutest of all stringed instruments.
Lots of ukes will be provided but if you found one in your Christmas stocking, bring it along and discover its delights! Graham Gass is a tutor with Glasgow Fiddle Workshop and he will take you through the basics of this fine wee instrument.

Public Workshops
Whistle for Players
Sun 27 January, 11am
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer
Mark Dunlop from Malinky will teach players of the whistle how to extend their range of techniques and repertoire focussing on Scottish tunes. Low whistle players are also welcome to this workshop

come&try
Moothie
Sun 27 January, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer
According to the poet, Gerry Cambridge, the moothie remains one of the most perversely annoying and fascinating instruments around. In this workshop, he will take his students on a voyage of discovery on the diatonic harmonica, ideal for playing the blues. If you have your own instrument in the key of D, you will learn the basics of note bending and other moothie delights. Some moothies will be available for sale

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Posted: 05-Dec-2007 17:43
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Lomond and Clyde Foyers
come&try
Moothie
Sun 27 January, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer
According to the poet, Gerry Cambridge, the moothie remains one of the most perversely annoying and fascinating instruments around. In this workshop, he will take his students on a voyage of discovery on the diatonic harmonica, ideal for playing the blues. If you have your own instrument in the key of D, you will learn the basics of note bending and other moothie delights. Some moothies will be available for sale.

come&try
Puirt
Sun 27 January, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer
Alpin Stewart will take his students through the multitude of rhythmic Gaelic songs which are ideal for step dancing or just simply showing off. If you're looking for a party piece, this is the workshop for you. Come and learn some simple puirt a'bheul and be the envy of all your friends. No knowledge of Gaelic is necessary and lots of fun guaranteed.

Mandolin for Beginners
Sat 2 February, 11am
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer
The Lanarkshire Guitar and Mandolin Association will introduce basic techniques of the mandolin, including playing melodies and chords. The general introduction to music includes looking at a variety of styles, the basics of reading music and music theory. This is a good introduction to the mandolin for players of other fretted instruments

Bodhran for Beginners
Sat 2 February, 11am
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer
This workshop is for people who have started learning the instrument. Please bring your own bodhran and Mark Dunlop will take you to another level of playing. Learn about the subtleties of this fine accompanying instrument and you will be warmly welcomed at every session- you and your goat!

Bodhran for Players
Sat 2 February, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer
Mark Dunlop will show you how to expand your repertoire of rhythms and make real progress with your playing. This workshop is for players who can play jigs and reels at real reel time and want to develop their own individual style. Please bring your own bodhran

Clarsach for Beginners
Sun 3 February, 11am
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer
If you've ever wanted to try your hand on Scotland's most beautiful of instruments, here's your chance. You will learn the basics with some simple tunes and melodies. Please book early to avoid disappointment as numbers of harps are very limited

Bodhran & Spoons
Sun 3 February, 11am
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer
The workshop programme wouldn't be complete without the cutlery cacophony of Eddie Scott. Norman Chalmers will lead the bodhran players and the space will reverberate with the clattering rhythmic sounds. Some spoons will be provided but if you have a favourite set, bring them along. GFW will provide the tunes

Already Harmony
Sun 3 February, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer
Do you already love singing in harmony? Would you like to expand your creativity and technique, while learning a new song? Corrina Hewat has designed this workshop specifically for singers who want to improve and develop their range of harmonies and take their harmony singing to another level

Mandolin for Players
Sun 3 February, 1:30pm
£6
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer
This workshop with the Lanarkshire Guitar and Mandolin Association will develop your skills on the mandolin. Further plectrum techniques are introduced and the possibilities of musical interpretation are explored. Pieces are taken from a variety of styles including folk, classical and popular music

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The Tron
The Tron

Angus Lyon & Ruaridh Campbell with Haugaard & Høirup
Wed 23 January, 8pm
£12.50
The Tron Theatre
Accordionist Angus Lyon and fiddler Ruaridh Campbell breathe newly inventive life into this classic Scottish instrumental partnership. "...full of invention, energy, musicality, subtlety, great ideas and the sheer joy of making music" (The Herald).
The Danish fiddle/guitar duo of Harald Haugaard and Morten Alfred Høirup create some of the most exciting sounds on the folk scene today, in a virtuoso blend of traditional and original material.

Kaplin, Kane & Welch with Lissa Schneckenburger
Thu 24 January, 8pm
£12.50
The Tron Theatre
Americana singer-songwriters Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch formed their trio with renowned multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin in 2003 to create an Americana super-group that makes music with roots parameters, but in the spontaneity and vibe of a jazz recording.Tonight they are joined by Kane's son Lucas on drums adding further rhythmic sinew to their gutsy yet lyrical sound
Maine-born Lissa Schneckenburger's dulcet voice and vibrant, dance-driven fiddle work have made her a leading exponent of her native New England traditions.

Ùrachadh
Fri 25 January, 8pm
£12.50
The Tron Theatre
Commemorating and celebrating the history and heritage of the north, Ùrachadh weaves together Gaelic music and song, narration and poetry, archive recordings and visual projections. Renowned performers James Graham, James Ross, Carol-Anne Mackay, Catriona MacLeod and Rhona Sutherland - all native to the region - end the show on an apt note of renewal with a selection of newly-composed pieces.


Griogair with Calum Stewart 3
Sat 26 January, 8pm
£12.50
The Tron Theatre
Continuing a long family tradition of singing and piping, rising Gaelic star Griogair Labhruidh is also a gifted guitarist and songwriter, who released his debut album Dail-riata in 2007. Griogair appears tonight with Iain MacDonald (wooden flute), Allan MacDonald (jaws harp, whistles, vocals), Allan Henderson (fiddle, vocals) and Síle Denvir (clarsach, vocals).
Wooden flute player Calum Stewart, a Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist in 2007, appears with Lauren MacColl (fiddle) and Andy May (piano) marking the release of his much-anticipated debut album.


Maggie MacInnes with Hemållt
Sun 27 January, 8pm
£12.50
The Tron Theatre
Award-winning Gaelic singer and clarsach player Maggie MacInnes returns to the festival with her haunting, expressive songs from the island of Barra and beyond.
With a richly textured, snugly configured sound combining fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, mandola, mandolin, melodeon, guitar and vocals, Swedish trio Hemållt interweave elements from both Nordic and Celtic traditions.

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Quality Hotel

Celtic Connections Festival Club hosted by Gibb Todd
Opening Night
Thu 17 January, 10:30pm
£3.50
Quality Hotel
Get ready for some late night music! Our late night club ensures there is even more music to enjoy after all the gigs are over. Join local and international artists as they make special unbilled appearances or join in one of many sessions happening in the bars.
With food and drink in plentiful supply you can happily keep going into the early hours of the morning whilst witnessing some of the best musical collaborations of the festival.
Master of ceremonies, Gibb Todd returns to present each act on stage and Doris Rougvie hosts The House of Song in a peaceful oasis away from the main stage.

Friday Night Blues: Josh White, Jr & Spencer Bohren
Fri 18 January, 7:30pm
£10
Quality Hotel
US national treasure Josh White, Jr, the son of black music pioneer Josh White, continues to build on his father's vast cultural and humanitarian legacy, and has played the blues for presidents, royalty and even the Pope.

Celtic Connections Festival Club hosted by Gibb Todd
Fri 18 January – Sunday 3rd February, 10:30pm
£3.50 - £7.50
Quality Hotel
Master of ceremonies, Gibb Todd returns to present each act on stage and Doris Rougvie hosts The House of Song in a peaceful oasis away from the main stage.

Masterclass of Breton Pipe Music with Jakez Pincet and Pierre Gallais
Fri 25 January, 1pm
£6
Quality Hotel
Learn from the experts! Due to popular demand at last year’s festival, the Breton judges of the Solo Piping Competition will show you exactly how it’s done. Played with wonderful skill and passion, this makes for glorious music.

BBC Radio Scotland Live Radio Broadcasts
Take the Floor
Sat 26 January, 7pm
Free but ticketed
Quality Hotel
The longest running radio show in Scotland visits the festival once again with presenter Robbie

Gordon Duncan Memorial Solo Piping Competition
Sun 27 January, 1pm
£8
Quality Hotel
The Perthshire piper Gordon Duncan, who died in December 2005, had a seminal impact on Scottish music and this afternoon's special piping event has been organised in his honour. Scottish pipers include Roddy MacLeod, Simon McKerrell and Willie McCallum with judges including Ian Duncan and Ian McLellan. Breton pipers include Xavier Boderiou, Sylvain Hamon and Alexis Meunier with the Breton judging being undertaken by Jakez Pincet and Pierre Galais. Representing Ireland are Ryan Canning, Alen Tully and Andrew Carlisle with judging from Harry Stevenson and Kenny Stewart.
MC for the afternoon will be John Wilson and prizes will be presented by Jock Duncan, Gordon's father.
The Gordon Duncan Trophy has been donated by McCallum Bagpipes, Kilmarnock.

Friday Night Blues: William Lee Ellis & Guy Davis
Fri 1 February, 7:30pm
£10
Quality Hotel
Singer and guitarist Guy Davis is perhaps today's consummate exponent of acoustic, old-time and country blues, having reinvigorated the field with a string of critically-acclaimed albums since the mid-1990s. Named for his godfather, bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, roots'n'blues guitarist William Lee Ellis combines his Tennessee roots with a longtime love for pre-war blues artists, creating his own unique Americana blend.
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Elizabeth.
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BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay

BBC Radio Scotland Live Radio Broadcasts
Global Gathering
Tue 22 and Tue 29 January, 8pm
Free but ticketed
BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay
Mary Ann Kennedy presents the show live from BBC Scotland's new home, featuring a pick of the


BBC Radio Scotland Live Radio Broadcasts
Iain Anderson
Wed 23, Fri 25, Wed 30 January and Fri 1 February 10:30pm
Free but ticketed
BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay
The perfect after gig nightcap - Iain Anderson serves up his choice blend of the festival's singers and songs in the beautiful new Pacific Quay building, BBC Scotland's new home by the river. Live on


BBC Radio Scotland Live Radio Broadcasts
Travelling Folk
Thu 24 and Thu 31 January, 8pm
Free but ticketed
BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay
Archie Fisher introduces a varied selection of some of the finest acts appearing at the festival, in a special show live from Pacific Quay.

The Tall Ship

Boston Tea Party
Alastair Moock, Kris Delmhorst, Tim Gearan and Rose Polenzani
Tue 22 – Thursday 24 January, 8pm
£12.50
The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour
Alastair Moock, Kris Delmhorst, Tim Gearan and Rose Polenzani present a programme that will show why leading radio presenters both here are in USA are describing them as "wonderful", "outstanding" and "must-see", performing together over three nights in-the-round, sharing stories and collaborating on some of the finest music of our times

ABC
Please note all concerts at ABC are over 14s only.

Flook & friends with Damien Dempsey
Thu 17 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
No strangers to Celtic Connections, the brilliant Anglo/Irish four-piece Flook pull out all the stops for this year’s return visit, with the first ever performance of the Flook Big Band.

Bellowhead with Lisa Knapp
Fri 18 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
Bellowhead have carried all before them, picking up three Radio 2 Folk Awards en route, and earning a live reputation as the most dynamic and innovative outfit to hit the English scene in decades.

Kevin McDermott with Colin Hay
Sat 19 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
Glasgow singer-songwriter Kevin McDermott launches his brand-new solo album. Those of a certain age will best remember Scottish born Colin Hay as the frontman with 1980's Australian band Men At Work.

Julie Fowlis with Chris Wood
Sun 20 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
A double-bill encounter between two outstanding contemporary exponents of their respective traditions, both credited with reinterpreting this heritage for a new generation to discover. The release of Julie Fowlis's second album Cuilidh, in March 2007, was an early high point in a whirlwind year for the North Uist-born singer, gaining unprecedented media attention for a Gaelic artist. Singer, fiddler and guitarist Chris Wood creates masterly new versions of venerable English songs alongside his own, equally eloquent compositions, often earning comparisons to Richard Thompson.

Teddy Thompson with Support
Mon 21 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
After winning widespread praise in both the folk and mainstream media for the evocative, insightful songwriting featured on his first two albums, 2000's self-titled debut and its 2006 follow-up, Separate Ways, Teddy Thompson - son of folk-rock legends Richard and Linda - recently revisited the music that first inspired him..

Steve Forbert & the Soundbenders with Jim Lauderdale
Tue 22 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
Bringing together two veteran stalwarts of leftfield US roots music, tonight finds both in the prime of their powers, each having released some of their finest work to date during 2007.

Balkan Night featuring Balkanopolis & Kries
Wed 23 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
A three-band bill of cutting-edge roots music, with each act taking off from a different European tradition, to explore the outer reaches of cross-genre fusion.

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ABC continued...

Showcase Special with Shooglenifty, Dàimh, Stereocanto, Anna Massie Band & Emily Smith
Thu 24 January, 7:30pm
£15
A bumper-explosive night of top-Scottish talent, featuring four contrasting acts at the forefront of the current Celtic scene. Shooglenifty lead the folk-fusion pack, cooking up tunes borrowed from a wide swathe of world traditions with influences as diverse as prog rock and urban breakbeats.

King Creosote with James Yorkston
Fri 25 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
The wider world continues to wake up to the homespun maverick genius of King Creosote, aka Kenny Anderson, currently Fife's favourite son, and the founder of Anstruther-based musical community the Fence Collective. James Yorkston interweaves haunting interpretations of traditional ballads among his own stirringly evocative compositions.

Peatbog Faeries with Breabach
Sat 26 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
Long renowned as an awesome live act, the Peatbogs' core line-up of Peter Morrison (pipes/whistles), Adam Sutherland (fiddle), Tom Salter (guitar), Graeme Stafford (keyboards), Innes Hutton (bass) and Iain Copeland (drums), is nowadays boosted further by the Wayward Boys, a three-piece brass section led by trombonist Rick Taylor. Hotly-tipped traditional five-piece Breabach launched their debut release last summer, The Big Spree, with a powerhouse performance at the Cambridge Folk Festival.

Camera Obscura with The Twilight Sad & Shutter
Sun 27 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
The last few years have seen Glasgow six-piece Camera Obscura perfecting their own distinctive brand of vintage pop sparkle, offset by darker, moodier undercurrents.

Suzy Bogguss with Wingin' It
Tue 29 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
As well as calling Suzy Bogguss a 'singers' singer,' Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson - who produced Bogguss's 2005 album Swing - describes her as 'one of the few singers who connects with audiences in the country, folk, pop, and jazz worlds easily and successfully.'

Michelle Shocked with Darrell Scott
Wed 30 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
When Mercury Records, back in the early 1990s, refused to release Michelle Shocked's fourth album on the grounds of 'stylistic inconsistency', they paradoxically highlighted what's become the central strength of a famously independent career. Besides penning hits for the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless and Travis Tritt, the Kentucky-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott has meanwhile pursued his own performing career on the rootsier side of the Americana fence.

The Duhks with Tim O'Brien
Thu 31 January, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
After winning a rapturous reception on their debut Celtic Connections visit in 2007, the determinedly unclassifiable Canadian five-piece The Duhks return to Glasgow with more joyfully genre spanning music. Tim O'Brien's foremost gifts are as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a master at interpreting and reinvigorating the canon of US roots music, from Celtic-derived fiddle tunes to Bob Dylan songs.

Session A9 with Michael Marra Quintet
Fri 1 February, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
Having hit the ground at a gallop with their superb debut release What Road? in 2003, the Highland fiddle-led supergroup, helmed by Capercaillie's Charlie McKerron, fast established themselves as a world-class live act, both in their formidable collective firepower and their elegantly orchestrated arrangements. Long since elevated to the status of national treasure - an accolade he'd more than likely hate - Dundonian songsmith Michael Marra splices whimsy with bleakness, poignancy with humour and profound compassion with occasional vitriol.

Alison Brown Quartet with special guests Joe Craven & John Doyle with The Greencards
Sat 2 February, 7:30pm
£15
ABC
Grammy-winning banjoist Alison Brown makes a welcome return to the Celtic Connections stage

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The National Piping Centre

Margaret Stewart with Róisín Elsafty
Thu 24 January, 8pm
£12
The National Piping Centre
From Lewis comes the exceptional sean-nós Gaelic singer, Margaret Stewart, who tonight will launch her new CD alongside special guests. Opening the evening will be Connemara's Róisín Elsafty, also renowned for performing in the ancient melismatic style.

Sylvia Barnes with Nordik Tree
Sat 26 January, 8pm
£12
The National Piping Centre
Ex-Kentigern/Battlefield Band vocalist Sylvia Barnes, Scots Singer of the Year at the 2006 Scots Trad Music Awards, shares tonight's bill with the inventive Swedish/Finnish instrumental trio Nordik Tree.

La Banda Europa Pipers
Sun 27 January, 8pm
£12
The National Piping Centre
A feast of international piping featuring seven top exponents from Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Galicia and Asturias, originally brought together by Jim Sutherland's La Banda Europa project.

Findlay Napier & The Bar Room Mountaineers
Mon 28 January, 8pm
£12
The National Piping Centre
Playing songs written by Back of the Moon star Findlay Napier and traditional Scottish material, The Bar Room Mountaineers have a rich, rootsy progressive sound, drawing influences from genres including blues, Americana, folk, funk and country.

Rod Paterson with Ross Kennedy
Tue 29 January, 8pm
£12
The National Piping Centre
A double bill featuring two of Scotland's best loved folk singers. Rod Paterson's repertoire ranges

St Andrew’s in the Square

While & Matthews with Edwina Hayes
Thu 17 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
The internationally acclaimed vocal/songwriting partnership of Chris While and Julie Matthews recently celebrated fourteen years as a duo with their latest CD, Stage 2. Up-and-coming Irish-born singer-songwriter Edwina Hayes opens the show.

Classic Albums: Lauren MacColl "When Leaves Fall" with Maeve Mackinnon "Don't Sing Lovesongs"
Fri 18 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
An exciting Classic Album double bill featuring two of Scotland's brightest young talents in a celebration of fiddle music and song, offering a fresh contemporary take on the rich traditions from which they draw. Both highly acclaimed debut albums prove the performers to be rich beyond their years.

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St Andrew's in the Square continued

Travellers' Day Out
Sat 19 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
Come and share in the rich traditions of song and storytelling preserved by Scotland's travelling people, with a line-up featuring Sheila Stewart, Stanley Robertson, Elizabeth Stewart, Jess Smith and Jimmy Williamson.

Tayside Tae Tennessee
Sun 20 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
Singer-songwriter and fiddler Laura McGhee is joined by US roots and blues stars Jim Lauderdale, Kevin Welch, Fats Kaplin and Josh White, Jr to explore the links between Scottish and Americana music.

Russell’s House
Tue 22 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew’s in the Square
Russell’s House reconvenes the much-loved late-1990s line-up of Russell Hunter, Sandy Wright, Éamonn Coyne and Simon Bradley, well known for their enigmatic and endearing mixture of Scots, Irish, American and Bluesy tracks, vocals, banjo, fiddle, piano and guitar.

Heidi Talbot with Lissa Schneckenburger
Wed 23 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
Tonight's show marks the launch of In Love and Light, the second solo album from Cherish the Ladies vocalist Heidi Talbot. Support comes from New England fiddler/singer Lissa Schneckenburger. She appears tonight with her band: Keith Murphy (guitar), Corey DiMario (double bass) and Stefan Amidon (percussion).

Duncan Chisholm's Kin with Lori Watson & Rule of Three
Thu 24 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
Premiered at the 2007 Blas festival, Kin is a multi-media meditation on family, landscape and culture, created by fiddler Duncan Chisholm. Borders singer/fiddler Lori Watson leads her talented young trio, also featuring Innes Watson and Fiona Young.

Merry Muses
Fri 25 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
Not for the easily offended, this adults-only Burns Night show highlights the bawdiest gems of our national bard's oeuvre, performed by Burns 'n' Blue members - Wendy Weatherby, John Morran, Fred Freeman, Sandy Brechin, Angus Lyon and Marc Duff.

Island Tapes with Comas
Sun 27 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
Premiered at Celtic Connections 2006, The Island Tapes is an unforgettable multi-media experience masterminded by the innovative Scottish guitarist David Allison, marrying vintage films of Scottish island life with potently atmospheric live soundscapes. .
The Irish/Breton/Belgian quartet Comas are hot favourites around the European festival circuit and feature the awesome talents of Sylvain Barou (flutes, pipes), Aidan Burke (fiddle), Philip Masure (guitar) and Jackie Moran (percussion).

Waltz With Me
Mon 28 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
A new project premiered to great acclaim at Norway's Telemark Festival last summer, this strings-based quartet unites the talents of Annbjørg Lien (Norway), Christine Hanson (Canada/Scotland), Mikke Marin (Sweden) and Bruce Molsky (USA).

Skipinnish Showcase
Wed 30 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
A night of fantastic Highland music and song from a selection of acts on the Skipinnish Records label. Joining Skipinnish will be fiddle virtuoso Archie MacAlister, multi-award winning Gaelic singers James Graham, Rachel Walker and Calum Alex MacMillan, and the tremendous, wild, talented and powerful young band - Skerryvore.

Allan MacDonald & friends
Thu 31 January, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
One of the great piping fraternity from Glenuig in Lochaber, twice winner of the Inverness Clasp, Allan MacDonald is especially renowned for his exploration of the relationship between piobaireachd and Gaelic song. He will be joined on stage this evening by some surprise special guests.

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St Andrew's in the Square continued..

The Irish Tradition with Zoë Conway & Cran
Fri 1 February, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
Uniting the revered talents of flautist Desi Wilkinson, singer/bouzouki player Seán Corcoran and piper/flautist Ronan Browne, Cran are one of Ireland's top traditional acts.
The brilliant Dundalk-born fiddler Zoë Conway draws skilfully on both folk and classical influences.

Guitar Summit with Russ Barenberg & Bryan Sutton
Sat 2 February, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
A dream-team pairing of two breathtaking US guitar virtuosos, who between them have worked with Dolly Parton, Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Tim O'Brien, the Dixie Chicks, Béla Fleck, Ricky Skaggs and many, many more.


The Music & Song of the North East of Scotland with Paul Anderson & Shona Donaldson
Sun 3 February, 8pm
£12.50
St Andrew's in the Square
The musical riches of the region that Francis J. Childe called 'the singing land', also home to a world-renowned fiddle tradition, are explored by two of Aberdeenshire's leading cultural ambassadors, fiddler Paul Anderson and singer Shona Donaldson


The Universal

Over the last two years the Songs of Scotland series has looked at different regions of Scotland and the songs that have emerged from these areas. For the 2008 festival the series looks at different themes that occur in Scots song, mixing Gaelic and Scots, and how they have inspired songwriters and singers throughout generations.
Each of the eleven themes will showcase a selection of songs, so each night will see the audience taken on a journey of discovery through different languages, dialects and stories, all linked with one common theme.

Songs of Scotland
Political Songs hosted by Doris Rougvie
Sun 20 January, 8pm
£8.50
Universal
Featuring Alistair Hulett, Brian McNeill and Anne Lorne Gillies.

Songs of Scotland
A Celebration of Norman Buchan's "The Wee Red Book" hosted by Doris Rougvie
Mon 21 January, 8pm
£8.50
Universal
Featuring Finlay Allison, Gordeanna McCulloch, Adam McNaughton and Anne Neilson.

Songs of Scotland
Songs of the Sea hosted by Doris Rougvie
Tue 22 January, 8pm
£8.50
Universal
Featuring Tom Spiers, Griogair Labhruidh and Maeve Mackinnon.

Songs of Scotland
Jacobite Songs hosted by Doris Rougvie
Wed 23 January, 8pm
£8.50
Universal
Featuring Aileen Carr, Gillebride MacMillan, Jim Malcolm and Margaret Stewart.

Songs of Scotland
Heroes and Heroines hosted by Doris Rougvie
Thu 24 January, 8pm
£8.50
Universal
Featuring Geordie McIntyre, Alison MacMorland and Margaret Bennett.

Songs of Scotland
From a Woman's Point of View hosted by Ishbel MacAskill
Sun 27 January, 8pm
£8.50
Universal
Featuring Chris Miles, Siobhan Miller and Maggie MacDonald.

Songs of Scotland
Immigrants and Exiles hosted by Ishbel MacAskill
Mon 28 January, 8pm
£8.50
Universal
Featuring Mick West, James Graham and Mary Ann Kennedy.

Songs of Scotland
Songs of the Land hosted by Ishbel MacAskill
Tue 29 January, 8pm
£8.50
Universal
Featuring Jock Duncan, Duncan McNab and Kenna Campbell.

Songs of Scotland
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Featuring Adam McNaughton, Ewan McVicar and Maeve MacKinnon.

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