Posted: 30-Jan-2011 14:38
Celtic Connections announces
The winners of this year’s Open Stage, which is supported by the Evening Times, will perform in the finale concert this evening (Sunday 30th January) at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, before being presented with their awards.
The level of talent on show at the fifteen concerts, which were held in the Exhibition Hall of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, was extremely high. The six winners of the Danny Kyle Open Stage 2011 are:
The multi-instrumental Orkney group – comprising fiddle, mandolin, banjo, accordion, piano, guitar and cajon – are all S3 students at Kirkwall Grammar School. Broken Strings have already achieved success in winning the Orkney Folk Festival Open Stage, and their sound is rooted in the traditional music of their homeland.
The JPTrio are an inventive and fresh new Irish trio. Heavily influenced by jazz along with traditional Irish music, the group fuses both genres to create a brand new sound. The JPTrio comprises Jos Kelly (button accordion and piano), Paddy Hazleton (percussion) and Ted Kelly (banjo and tenor guitar).
RURA combines the passions and influences of some of Scotland’s most exciting young musicians. Featuring two BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalists and an All Ireland Bodhran champion, RURA’s powerful sound comprises Highland pipes, whistles, fiddle, guitar and bodhrán to create a fierce and versatile sound.
Posted: 30-Jan-2011 15:24
Congratulations to all of the finalists (I thought we didn't call them "winners" :-) ) and indeed to all who took part.
All of the performances from the last fortnight are now on (or will soon be on) the Celtic Music Radio "listen again" site, http://www.canstream.co.uk/celticmusic/ - thanks to Sandy Semeonoff and his team of volunteers/conscripts for editing and uploading these.
And of course you can hear the entire "finalists concert" live from the Strathclyde Suite on Celtic Music Radio today from 5pm. Ken's just been on the phone - we've shifted our kit upstairs to the new venue,and it's ready to go! We've also done some work on our web streaming , bringing another server online, temporarily doubling the capacity.
Posted: 31-Jan-2011 13:38
Here are some photos of the winners on The Herald website
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