Celtic Connections Announces Latest Acts


With only one week to go until the 25th edition of Celtic Connections there has been a flurry of new names added to the ambitious and eclectic line-up of musicians already announced.


Beth Orton

The festival will run from Thursday 18 January to Sunday 4 February 2018. The 18 days of entertainment will brighten up this dark, cold month with a mixture of concerts that will include a host of one-off musical collaborations alongside talks, workshops, film screenings, ceilidhs, art exhibitions, free events and late night sessions.

Throughout its 25 years, Celtic Connections festival has not only grown in terms of events, stages and visitors’ attending but it has also grown significantly in terms of the music that it showcases, the genres it embraces and the international artists it welcomes. Celtic Connections 2018 will embrace music from the past to music of the present and will look ahead to the future of an increasingly experimental and exciting music scene.

With this year’s line-up and one-off collaborations the festival will show how much Scotland’s music scene has changed over the last 25 festivals, with ever increasing musical styles and cross genre fusions of jazz, classical, folk, world and electronica.

Exciting additions to the line-up

To mark 50 years, almost to the day, since Johnny Cash’s fabled gig at California’s Folsom Prison, Dale Watson & His Lone Stars will play the Main Auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with additional guests Rab Noakes, Aaron Lee Tasjan and James Grant just announced.

Shawn Colvin, Paul Buchanan (The Blue Nile) and Karen Matheson have been added as special guests to The Music of Laura Nyro feat. Diane Garisto show at the Old Fruitmarket. Hosted by former Nyro backing singer Diane Garisto, this celebratory tribute will also feature a band of top-notch Big Apple session players and singers.

Following its debut at the opening concert of Celtic Connections 2015, the GRIT Orchestra will perform another world première at The SSE Hydro during this year’s festival - a grand-scale live version of Bothy Culture, the late Martyn Bennett’s second album that is celebrating its 20th release date. Alongside the hugely talented line-up that is the Grit Orchestra, this night of entertainment will feature Scotland’s finest fiddlers including Duncan Chisholm, Aidan O’Rourke, Chris Stout, Megan Henderson, Sarah Jane Summers, Charlie McKerron, Eilidh Shaw and Laura Wilkie. The show will also feature a special appearance by Scottish stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill whose performance will be inspired by his 2014 film The Ridge (which has been viewed 55 million times on YouTube) and sound tracked by Bennett’s track ‘Blackbird’.

Standing as a shining example of the fully established Celtic Connections ‘hands-across-the-genres’ ethos, electro/acoustic composer, pianist, producer and remixer Max Richter will perform his Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works which will be further brought to life by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.


Following their new duo album Bare Knuckle, Shetland fiddler Chris Stout and harp trailblazer Catriona McKay will host an unprecedented meeting of disparate musical worlds, highlighting their myriad of musical adventures over the past 7 years. As a duo Chris and Catriona consistently challenge what traditional music is and their performances and collaborations take the music to a whole new level. At this special Celtic Connections concert the duo will perform with King Creosote, the Scottish Ensemble and Irish accordion genius Mairtin O’Conner.

With her solo show at the festival now sold out, Cara Dillon will join guitarist, singer and songwriter John Smith in his Mitchell Theatre gig. Cara will be in illustrious company with Smith’s sidemen credits over his 11 year career including David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Joe Henry and Joan Baez.

Joining a line-up at St Andrew’s in the Square that already features some of the best young Irish fiddlers, legendary duos Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, and trio Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle will help celebrate the Baltimore Fiddle Fair, the remarkable little festival with the big reputation from beautiful west Cork.

The much coveted Saturday afternoon Pipe Band concert, that this year will welcome Johnstone Pipe Band to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall stage, will also showcase the talents of Angus MacColl Jnr, Finlay MacDonald and Jarlath Henderson.


Returning as part of Celtic Connections 2018, the second annual National Whisky Festival of Scotland will once again descend on SWG3 for seven hours of whisky wonderland: masterclasses, food, talks and live music from some of Celtic Connections’ finest – Scott Hutchison, Croft No. 5, Siobhan Miller, Talisk and The Friel Sisters, whose Celtic Connections show has now sold out.

Not to be missed


One of the world’s greatest female singers, Malian diva Oumou Sangaré returned last year from an eight year recording break with Mogoya, making a brave step forward on her celebrated musical journey. Featuring French production trip A.l.b.e.r.t and iconic Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, this Glasgow Royal Concert Hall show is set to be an unmissable night.

A show that spans rock, folk, country, soul and jazz – with sizzling raw-edged spontaneity is surely a show not to be missed? This is just what Joe Henry’s concert in The Mackintosh Church will most definitely deliver. The veteran US singer-songwriter and Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry released his 14th solo album Thrum in October last year. Recorded live in four days, it combines Henry’s richly literate wordcraft and signature breadth of influence.

Singer-songwriter Beth Orton will return to this year’s Celtic Connections with her ‘folktronica’ sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica. She will be supported by Blue Rose Code who’s new album The Water of Leith celebrates main man Ross Wilson’s move home to Scotland after long years down south, enriching his heartfelt blend of folk, soul, pop and jazz.

At 26, Arizona-born Courtney Marie Andrews is already a ten year veteran of the road, after coast-to-coast busking saw her recruited as backing singer and guitarist for the likes of Damien Jurado and Belgian star Milow. Her own breakthrough release Honest Life, combined coming of age themes wisdom beyond her years. Supported tonight by Adam Holmes & the Embers, whose third album Midnight Milk is an assured, expansive blend of folk, soul, gospel, reggae and hip-hop flavours, united behind Holmes’ distinguishably burnished voice and resonant songcraft.

25 years of Celtic Connections would not be complete without one of the festival’s now-fabled late-night ceilidhs in the Main Auditorium of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. With music provided by veteran dancefloor supremos The Occasionals (Freeland Barbour, Kevin Macleod, Neil MacMillan, Gus Millar and Alison Smith – also joined for one night only by special guests Duncan MacGillivray and Angie MacEachern) makes this a late night party not to be missed!

BEMIS celebrates Burns will be the grand-scale multicultural finale to what has been a programme of events honouring Scotland’s national bard’s transcendent beliefs in human equality, kinship and conviviality. Since July 2017 there have been 76 community led events across Scotland with over 15,000 attendees. The finale ceilidh will take place at this year’s festival with BEMIS Celebrates Burns’ final night embodying the ideals of human equality, kinship and conviviality in its performers and audience. The special guests performing on the night have been confirmed as Dallahan, Eddi Reader and Lorcán Mac Mathúna. Among the audience will be members of groups funded by BEMIS, Scotland’s national umbrella body supporting development of the ethnic minority voluntary sector, who have come from communities whose countries of origin or descent include Congo, Nepal, Iran, Japan, India, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, China, Azerbaijan and many more – and who also contribute to the goal of a modern, inclusive Scotland.

Incredible demand

With tickets selling faster for the 25th anniversary festival than ever before, demand is incredibly high so audiences are encouraged to get their hands on tickets as soon as possible.

Due to such high demand two shows that were originally programmed to take place in The Hug and Pint - Start to End: Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark on Monday 22nd January and Start to End: John Martyn – Solid Air on Tuesday 23rd January will now be performed in Oran Mor.

2018 Programme Line-Up

Celtic Connections 25th Anniversary Concert

Thursday 18 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £22

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Broken Records and Special Guests

Thursday 18 January

8pm

Tickets from £11

The Hug & Pint

Merchant City Trad Trail

Friday 19 January

11am, 2pm

Tickets from £17

Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Danny Kyle Open Stage

Friday 19 January

5pm

FREE

Exhibition Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Chris Stout & Catriona McKay with King Creosote, Scottish Ensemble and special guests

Friday 19 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £21

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

This is the Kit with Last Horizons

Friday 19 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £16

O2 ABC

To Kill A King

Friday 19 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £12.50

Drygate

Ricky Ross and Roseanne Reid

Friday 19 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £25

Mackintosh Church

Saltfishforty and Red Tail Ring

Friday 19 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Mitchell Theatre

Iain MacFarlane Trio and Kim Carnie

Friday 19 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

St Andrews in the Square

The One Ensemble and support

Friday 19 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The Glad Café

David Ramirez

Friday 19 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £11

Broadcast

The Secret North and Navá

Friday 19 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Jim Malcolm and Avocet

Friday 19 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Tron Theatre

Drever McCusker Woomble and Emily Baker

Friday 19 January

9.30pm

Tickets from £16

Old Fruitmarket

Celtic Connections Festival Club

Friday 19 January

10:30pm

Tickets from £10

The Art School

Late Night Sessions

Friday 19 January

11pm

Tickets from £7.50

Drygate

House of Song

Friday 19 January

11pm

FREE

Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland

Corelo’s Interactive Workshop for the Under 5’s

Saturday 20 January

9.30am

Tickets from £4

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Come&Try Irish Sean-nós with Aneta Dortová

Saturday 20 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Caledonian University

Come&Try Ukelele with Finlay Allison

Saturday 20 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Come&Try Accordion with John Somerville

Saturday 20 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Come&Try Bodhran with Cormac Byrne

Saturday 20 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Singin’ on yer Mammy’s Knee with Christina Stewart

Saturday 20 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

Merchant City Trad Trail

Saturday 20 January

11am, 2pm

Tickets from £17

The Scottish Music Centre

The National Whisky Festival

Saturday 20 January

12pm/4.15pm

Tickets from £41

SWG3

Johnstone Pipe Band & Special Guests

Saturday 20 January

12.30pm

Tickets from £15

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Come&Try Step Dance with Sophie Stephenson

Saturday 20 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

Caledonian University

Big Slow Session with Nigel Gatherer

Saturday 20 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Beginners Accordion with John Somerville

Saturday 20 January

1.30pm

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Bodhran for Improvers/Players with Cormac Byrne

Saturday 20 January

1.30pm

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Playsongs for Bigger Bairns with Christina Stewart

Saturday 20 January

1.30pm

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Saturday 20 January

2pm

Tickets from £12.50

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

musicALL: The Fridays

Saturday 20 January

3pm

Tickets from £5

City Halls, Recital Room

Dove Tales, the Association of Scottish Artists for Peace, presents a discussion about The Human Cost of War

Saturday 20 January

4.30pm

Tickets from £5

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage

Saturday 20 January

5pm

FREE

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Centre

String Sisters and ‘Scotland’s Wild Heart’

Saturday 20 January

7:30pm

Tickets from £20

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

The Lone Bellow with Deer Tick

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £17

O2 ABC

Ross Ainslie & The Sanctuary Band and Brighde Chaimbeul

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Mitchell Theatre

Skerryvore and We Banjo 3

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £22

Barrowland Ballroom

The Friel Sisters & Special Guests

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

St Andrews in the Square

Alasdair Roberts in collaboration with Joashino

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £12.50

Platform

Croft No. 5 and Dosca

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £16

Saint Luke’s

Jupiter & Okwess and Les Triaboliques

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £16

Drygate

Gaels Le Chèile @ Ceòl's Craic

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £14.50

CCA

Lankum with Stick in the Wheel

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

Oran Mor

Findlay Napier’s Glasgow

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Mackintosh Church

Brian Ó hEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie with Hecla

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The National Piping Centre

Brownbear

Saturday 20 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £8

Broadcast

The Glad Café Community Choir and friends

Saturday 20 Janaury

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The Glad Café

The Tannahill Weavers – Golden Anniversary

Saturday 20 January

8pm

Tickets from £15

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Julie Fowlis and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

Saturday 20 January

8pm

Tickets from £18

City Halls

The Music of Laura Nyro featuring Diane Garisto & Guests

Saturday 20 January

Tickets from £18

Old Fruitmarket

Swarb! It Suits Him Well featuring The Jason Wilson Band, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick & Simon Swarbrick

Saturday 20 January

8pm

Tickets from £16

Tron Theatre

Trembling Bells and Special Guests

Saturday 20 January

8pm

Tickets from £13

The Hug & Pint

Celtic Connections Ceilidh Dances: Ceòlas/Beinn Lee Ceilidh Band

Saturday 20 January

8pm

Tickets from £12

Partick Burgh Halls

25th Anniversary Ceilidh featuring The Occassionals & Guests

Saturday 20 January

10.30pm

Tickets from £13

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Celtic Connections Festival Club

Saturday 20 January

10:30pm

Tickets from £10

The Art School

Late Night Sessions

Saturday 20 January

11pm

Tickets from £7.50

Drygate

Sean Nós dancing for Beginners with Aneta Dortová

Sunday 21 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Caledonian University

Come&Try Fiddle with Daniel Thorpe

Sunday 21 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Rock that Uke with Finlay Allison

Sunday 21 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Come&Try Mandolin with Lanarkshire Guitar & Mandolin Association

Sunday 21 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Come&Try Whistle with Steven Blake

Sunday 21 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

Women’s Samba with Big Groove

Sunday 21 January

11am

Tickets from £7

City Halls Studio 1

Bodhran for Ensemble with Cormac Byrne

Sunday 21 January

11am

Tickets from £7

City Halls Studio 2

Come&Try Clarsach with Heather Yule

Sunday 21 January

11am

Tickets from £7

City Halls Recital Room

New Voices: Innes White

Sunday 21 January

1pm

Tickets from £12

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Step Dance for Beginners with Sophie Stephenson

Sunday 21 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

Caledonian University

Fiddle for Beginners with Daniel Thorpe

Sunday 21 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Song Arranging on Ukulele (Tips & Tricks) with Finlay Allison

Sunday 21 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Come&Try Mandolin with Lanarkshire Guitar & Mandolin Association

Sunday 21 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Clyde Foyer

Whistle for Beginners with Steven Blake

Sunday 21 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Lomond Foyer

Spoons for All with Cormac Byrne

Sunday 21 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

City Halls Studio 2

Clarsach for Beginners with Heather Yule

Sunday 21 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

City Halls Recital Room

Come&Try Djembe with Allan Hughes

Sunday 21 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

City Halls Club Room

Kids Come&Try Samba Drumming (4-7 years) with Big Groove

Sunday 21 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £4

City Halls Studio 1

Merchant City Trad Trail

Sunday 21 January

2pm

Tickets from £17

Scottish Music Centre

Hazy Recollections

Sunday 21 January

2.30pm

Tickets from £12.50

O2 ABC2

Kids Come&Try Samba Drumming (8-12 years) with Big Groove

Sunday 21 January

2.30pm

Tickets from £4

City Halls Studio 1

All Age Samba Band (ages 8-adult) with Big Groove

Sunday 21 January

3.30pm

Tickets from £7

City Halls Studio 1

Innovation & Tradition: The Future of Piping

Sunday 21 January

4.30pm

Tickets from £5

City of Music Studio, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage

Sunday 21 January

5pm

Tickets from £15

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Shawn Colvin and Her Band – A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour with special guests Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Sunday 21 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £28

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Ladies of Soul

Sunday 21 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Oran Mor

KGB (Keenan Gavin Byrne) and Lahira

Sunday 21 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

City Halls

Jean-Michel Veillon & Yvon Riou and The LIT Trio

Sunday 21 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

St Andrews in the Square

Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock and Fergus McCreadie Trio

Sunday 21 January

8pm

Tickets from £16

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Boo Hewerdine and Marianne McGregor

Sunday 21 January

8pm

Tickets from £16

Tron Theatre

Brian Kennedy and support

Sunday 21 January

8pm

Tickets from £18

Old Fruitmarket

Accordionesse

Sunday 21 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

SOUNDING: Modern Studies & Lomond Campbell with The Pumpkinseeds Chamber Orchestra

Sunday 21 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Saint Luke’s

Doghouse Roses, John Alexander and Mandula & Hephziba

Sunday 21 January

8pm

Tickets from £11

The Hug & Pint

Celtic Connections Festival Club

Sunday 21 January

10:30pm

Tickets from £5

The Art School

Late Night Sessions

Sunday 21 January

11pm

Tickets from £7.50

Drygate

Celtic Connections on Campus

Monday 22 January

12.30pm

FREE

Glasgow Caledonian University

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage

Monday 22 January

5pm

FREE

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Juan de Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars and support

Monday 22 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £23

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Start to End: Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark

Monday 22 January

8.30pm

Tickets from £11

Oran Mor

Celtic Connections on Campus

Tuesday 23 January

12.30pm

FREE

Glasgow Caledonian University

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage

Tuesday 23 January

5pm

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Lee Fields & the Expressions and Lights Out by Nine

Tuesday 23 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £16.50

Oran Mor

Max Richter Ensemble: Woolf Works

Tuesday 23 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £24

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

The Youth and Young

Tuesday 23 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £6

Broadcast

Liz Carroll with Séan Óg Graham & Trevor Hutchinson and Niamh Dunne

Tuesday 23 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Frank Turner and support

Tuesday 23 January

8pm

Tickets from £26

Old Fruitmarket

Start to End: John Martyn – Solid Air

Tuesday 23 January

6pm, 8.30pm

Tickets from £11

Oran Mor

Celtic Connections on Campus

Wednesday 24 January

12.30pm

FREE

Glasgow Caledonian University

Danny Kyle Open Stage

Wednesday 24 January

5pm

FREE

Exhibition Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Dougie MacLean and Yvonne Lyon

Wednesday 24 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £22

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Le Vent du Nord with Apiary

Wednesday 24 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £18

O2 ABC

The Deslondes with Underhill Rose

Wednesday 24 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Oran Mor

Mandolin Orange and support

Wednesday 24 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Mackintosh Church

Bright Phoebus Revisited

Wednesday 24 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

Mitchell Theatre

Scott Matthews and Gwyneth Glyn

Wednesday 24 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

St Andrews in the Square

BEMIS celebrates Burns

Wednesday 24 January

8pm

Tickets from £22

Old Fruitmarket

Cathal McConnell and Hannah Rarity

Wednesday 24 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Alessi’s Ark and Special Guest

Wednesday 24 January

8pm

Tickets from £11

The Hug & Pint

Greater Belfast

Wednesday 24 January

8pm

Tickets from £18

Tron Theatre

Celtic Connections on Campus

Thursday 25 January

12.30pm

FREE

Glasgow Caledonian University

Merchant City Trad Trail

Thursday 25 January

2pm

Tickets from £17

Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Danny Kyle’s Open Stage

Thursday 25 January

5pm

FREE

Exhibition Centre, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Fiddler’s Bid with Frigg

Thursday 25 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

James Grant and Yola Carter

Thursday 25 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

O2 ABC

The Fretless with Ewan Robertson

Thursday 25 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

St Andrew’s in the Square

John Smith & Friends and support

Thursday 25 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Mitchell Theatre

Teddy Thompson with Lera Lynn

Thursday 25 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £18

The Mackintosh Church

Bridget Marsden Leif Ottosson with Alastair Savage

Thursday 25 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The National Piping Centre

An Evening with LAU

Thursday 25 January

8pm

Tickets from £18

City Halls

Band of Burns

Thursday 25 January

8pm

Tickets from £16

Old Fruitmarket

Binneas nam Ban

Thursday 25 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Last Night from Glasgow: Carla Easton, The Gracious Losers and The Miss’s

Thursday 25 January

8pm

Tickets from £11

The Hug & Pint

Greater Belfast

Thursday 25 January

8pm

Tickets from £18

Tron Theatre

Celtic Connections Festival Club

Thursday 25 January

10:30pm

Tickets from £10

The Art School

Late Night Sessions

Thursday 25 January

11pm

Tickets from £7.50

Drygate

Merchant City Trad Trail

Friday 26 January

11am, 2pm

Tickets from £17

Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Celtic Connections on Campus

Friday 26 January

12.30pm

FREE

Glasgow Caledonian University

Danny Kyle Open Stage

Friday 26 January

5pm

FREE

Exhibition Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Òrain nan Gàidheal: Songs of the Gael featuring the BBC SSO & Special Guests

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £22

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Session A9 and Paul McKenna Band

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Tickets from £15

Sierra Hull with Jarlath Henderson

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Mitchell Theatre

Väsen and Aizle

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £16

Mackintosh Church

Lúnasa & Special Guests

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £18

City Halls

Big Country 25th Anniversary and support

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £21

O2 ABC

Hayes Carll and Corb Lund

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Saint Luke’s

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro and support

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Drygate

John Coletta & The HUMPFF FAMILY Revival and support

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Oran Mor

The Glad Community Choir and Friends

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The Glad Café

Phamie Gow with The Routes Quartet

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

St Andrews in the Square

Matthew Tighe and An Dhá

Friday 26 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The National Piping Centre

Greater Belfast

Friday 26 January

8pm

Tickets from £18

Tron Theatre

Peatbog Faeries with special guest Vieux Farka Touré

Friday 26 January

8pm

Tickets from £18

Old Fruitmarket

Finlay MacDonald & Torupilli Jussi Trio with James Duncan MacKenzie

Friday 26 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Charlie Straw & special guests

Friday 26 January

8pm

Tickets from £11

The Hug & Pint

Celtic Connections Festival Club

Friday 26 January

10:30pm

Tickets from £10

The Art School

Late Night Sessions

Friday 26 January

11pm

Tickets from £7.50

Drygate

Corelo’s Interactive Workshop for the Under 5’s

Saturday 27 January

9.30am

Tickets from £4

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Fiddle Village with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January

Start at 10am

Tickets from £60 (for 2 day workshop)

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall

Ukulele School with Finlay Allison

Saturday 27 January and Sunday 28 January

Start at 10am

Tickets from £60 (for 2 day workshop)

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City of Music Studio

Come&Try Stepdance with Kae Sakurai

Saturday 27 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Caledonian University

Merchant City Trad Trail

Saturday 27 January

11am, 2pm

Tickets from £17

Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Stepdance, Jigs and Slipjigs for Beginners with Kae Sakurai

Saturday 27 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

Caledonian University

Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail with KIN and the Community

Saturday 27 January

2pm

Tickets from £12.50

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Greater Belfast

Saturday 27 January

2pm

Tickets from £18

Tron Theatre

Danny Kyle Open Stage

Saturday 27 January

5pm

FREE

Exhibition Centre, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Roaming Roots Revue: The Wild One, Forever – A Tribute To Tom Petty

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £18

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer and Teddy Thompson

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £23

City Halls

Lord Huron and The Weather Station and Flyte

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £16

O2 ABC

The 4 of Us and Lizabett Russo

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Oran Mor

Sean McKeown & Liam O’Connor with Smok

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The National Piping Centre

A New International

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The Glad Café

Cara Dillon and The Fretless

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Chris Wood and Me for Queen

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £14.50

St Andrew’s in the Square

Bothy Culture & Beyond and Niteworks

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £39.75

The SSE Hydro

Molly Tuttle and support

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Mitchell Theatre

Fuaigh

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

Saint Luke’s

Louise Jordan – No Petticoats Here

Saturday 27 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

Recital Room, City Halls

Hannah Peel – Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia & Tubular Brass – Tubular Bells

Saturday 27 January

8pm

Tickets from £16

Old Fruitmarket

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters with Salt House

Saturday 27 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Marnie and Special Guests

Saturday 27 January

8pm

Tickets from £11

The Hug & Pint

Greater Belfast

Saturday 27 January

8pm

Tickets from £18

Tron Theatre

Celtic Connections Ceilidh Dances: Scott Harvey Ceilidh Band

Saturday 27 January

8pm

Tickets from £12

Partick Burgh Hall

Celtic Connections Festival Club

Saturday 27 January

10:30pm

Tickets from £10

The Art School

Late Night Sessions

Saturday 27 January

11pm

Tickets from £7.50

Drygate

Stepdance for All with Kae Sakurai and Sophie Stephenson

Sunday 28 January

10.30am

Tickets from £7

Caledonian University

New Voices: Sarah-Jane Summers

Sunday 28 January

1pm

Tickets from £12

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Stepdance for All with Kae Sakurai and Sophie Stephenson

Sunday 28 January

1.30pm

Tickets from £7

Caledonian University

Merchant City Trad Trail

Sunday 28 January

2pm

Tickets from £17

Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs

Hazy Recollections

Sunday 28 January

2.30pm

Tickets from £12.50

O2 ABC2

The Groove is Not Trivial with Q&A (screening)

Sunday 28 January

3.45pm

Tickets from £9.50

GFT

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Final 2018

Sunday 28 January

5pm

Tickets from £15

City Halls

Danny Kyle Open Stage

Sunday 28 January

5pm

FREE

Exhibition Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Northern Star – Scotland Sings Canada

Sunday 28 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

I’m With Her and Rory Butler

Sunday 28 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Isle of Eigg 20th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday 28 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Drygate

Alela Diane and Mick Flannery

Sunday 28 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £16

Mackintosh Church

The Barr Brothers with The Oh Hellos

Sunday 28 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £16

Saint Luke’s

Maid of the Loch ‘The Heart of Loch Lomond’

Sunday 28 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £16

Mitchell Theatre

The Americans and support

Sunday 28 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Oran Mor

Richard Dawson and support

Sunday 28 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £12.50

Platform

Alkinoos Ioannidis and support

Sunday 28 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

St Andrew’s in the Square

David Foley & Jack Smedley with Heather Downie

Sunday 28 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The National Piping Centre

Songwriters Circle: Mick Hargan, Katee Kross and Panic Anchor

Sunday 28 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £6

Broadcast

Northern Celtic Routes and Estbel

Sunday 28 January

8pm

Tickets from £16

Old Fruitmarket

Adam Sutherland, Mairearad Green, Anna Massie & Hamish Napier with Andreas Tophøj & Rune Barslund

Sunday 28 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Last Night from Glasgow: Sister John, Annie Booth and Andrew Nicol

Sunday 28 January

8pm

Tickets from £11

The Hug & Pint

Northern Flyway

Sunday 28 January

8pm

Tickets from £16

Tron Theatre

Celtic Connections Festival Club

Sunday 28 January

10:30pm

Tickets from £5

The Art School

Danny Kyle Open Stage

Monday 29 January

5pm

FREE

Exhibition Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Dale Watson & His Lone Stars and special guests

Monday 29 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £22

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Martin Simpson with Tony McManus

Monday 29 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines) and Special Guests

Monday 29 January

8pm

Tickets from £13

The Hug & Pint

Northern Flyway

Monday 29 January

8pm

Tickets from £16

Tron Theatre

Danny Kyle Open Stage

Tuesday 30 January

5pm

FREE

Exhibition Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Oumou Sangaré and Solo & Indrė

Tuesday 30 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

James Yorkston and Sarah Hayes & Sara Kazmi

Tuesday 30 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The Glad Café

Dick Gaughan Benefit Concert with Special Guests

Tuesday 30 January

8pm

Tickets from £20

Old Fruitmarket

The Railsplitters and Iona Fyfe: Away From My Window

Tuesday 30 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Fiskur and Friends

Tuesday 30 January

8.30pm

Tickets from £13

The Hug & Pint

Kate Rusby & Friends and Aoife Scott

Wednesday 31 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £22

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Shake the Chains

Wednesday 31 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Mitchell Theatre

Words and Music by Willy Vlautin

Wednesday 31 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Mackintosh Church

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle and Snuffbox

Wednesday 31 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Drygate

A.Savage and Jack Cooper

Wednesday 31 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £10.50

Broadcast

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards and WHYTE

Wednesday 31 January

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

St Andrew’s in the Square

Martin Hayes Quartet and Brothers of the Free Reed

Wednesday 31 January

8pm

Tickets from £20

Glasgow Royal Concert, Main Auditorium

Ímar and Kaia Kater

Wednesday 31 January

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Mary Ann Kennedy and Luar na Lubre

Wednesday 31 January

8pm

Tickets from £16

Old Fruitmarket

Blazin’ Fiddles 20th and Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

Thursday 1 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Fiddle Fair at Celtic Connections

Thursday 1 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

St Andrew’s in the Square

Declan O’Rourke and Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente

Thursday 1 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £18

Mitchell Theatre

Hayseed Dixie and Emma McGrath

Thursday 1 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £18.50

O2 ABC

Arrest This Moment: Celebrating the Life of Michael Marra in Words and Music

Thursday 1 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

Pavilion Theatre

Ryan Young with Andrew Finn Magill

Thursday 1 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The National Piping Centre

C.Macleod and Wallis Bird

Thursday 1 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Saint Luke’s

The Poozies and support

Thursday 1 February

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

The Gallant Sixteen and Twine it Weel

Thursday 1 February

8pm

Tickets from £15

Tron Theatre

Declan Welsh and Friends

Thursday 1 February

8pm

Tickets from £11

The Hug & Pint

Levellers Acoustic and The Brother Brothers

Thursday 1 February

9.30pm

Tickets from £22

Old Fruitmarket

Celtic Connections Festival Club

Thursday 1 February

10:30pm

Tickets from £10

The Art School

Late Night Sessions

Thursday 1 February

11pm

Tickets from £7.50

Drygate

Transatlantic Sessions

Friday 2 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £28

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Adam Sutherland Band with Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola

Friday 2 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Skipinnish and Special Guests

Friday 2 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £24

Pavilion Theatre

The Bow Brothers and Calum Stewart

Friday 2 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £18

Mitchell Theatre

Out Lines and Hamish Hawk

Friday 2 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Saint Luke’s

101 Scottish Songs – The Wee Red Book

Friday 2 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

St Andrew’s in the Square

Dean Owens and Jenny Sturgeon Trio

Friday 2 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Drygate

Sound of Yell, IIk and Aby Vulliamy

Friday 2 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The Glad Café

Rura and Kinnaris Quintet

Friday 2 February

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Peter Broderick and Jamie Sutherland (Broken Records)

Friday 2 February

8pm

Tickets from £13

The Hug & Pint

Lorcán Mac Mathúna with Cassie & Maggie

Friday 2 February

8pm

Tickets from £15

Tron Theatre

Elephant Sessions and Notify

Friday 2 February

9.30pm

Tickets from £16

Old Fruitmarket

Celtic Connections Festival Club

Friday 2 February

10:30pm

Tickets from £10

The Art School

Late Night Sessions

Friday 2 February

11pm

Tickets from £7.50

Drygate

Lau-Land: Fiddle Workshop – Aidan O’Rourke

Saturday 3 February

10.30am

Tickets from £10

CCA

Lau-Land: Guitar Workshop – Accompanying Traditional Music – Kris Drever

Saturday 3 February

10.30am

Tickets from £10

CCA

Lau-Land: Workshop – Arranging Trad Tunes (any instrument)

Saturday 3 February

10.30am

Tickets from £10

CCA

Lau-Land: Karine Polwart “Insight into the Making of Wind Resistance”

Saturday 3 February

12.30

Tickets from £10

CCA

Lau-Land: Fiddle Cormac Begley – Finding Your Own Musical Voice

Saturday 3 February

12.30

Tickets from £10

CCA

TMSA Young Trad Tour

Saturday 3 February

2pm

Tickets from £12.50

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Lau-Land: Dialectics – A Celebration of Regional Voices

Saturday 3 February

3pm

Tickets from £10

CCA

Lau-Land: Panel Discussion “Progression in Traditional Music”

Saturday 3 February

4pm

Free but ticketed

CCA

Michael McGoldrick Band and Talisk

Saturday 3 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £16

O2 ABC

Alex Rex and Radie Peat

Saturday 3 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £13

The Glad Café

Fara and Low Lily

Saturday 3 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

St Andrew’s in the Square

Blasta and Xabi Aburruzaga

Saturday 3 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Mitchell Theatre

Fergie MacDonald: The Ceilidh King

Saturday 3 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £22

Pavilion Theatre

Siobhan Wilson Band with the Demi Octet and Jamie Sutherland

Saturday 3 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Mackintosh Church

TootArd with Trio Tekke

Saturday 3 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

Drygate

Old Blind Dogs

Saturday 3 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £15

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Tide Lines and support

Saturday 3 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £14

Saint Luke’s

Sam Outlaw and support

Saturday 3 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £16

Oran Mor

Colter Wall and Tyler Childers

Saturday 3 February

8pm

Tickets from £15

Tron Theatre

Daoiri Farrell

Saturday 3 February

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Jaye Bartell and Special Guests

Saturday 3 February

8pm

Tickets from £11

The Hug & Pint

Celtic Connections Ceilidh Dances: RSCDS Ceilidh: The Clappy Doo Ceilidh Band

Saturday 3 February

8pm

Tickets from £12

Partick Burgh Hall

Lau-Land: Lau 10th Birthday Party

Saturday 3 February

9pm

Tickets from £14

CCA

Celtic Connections Festival Club

Saturday 3 February

10:30pm

Tickets from £10

The Art School

Late Night Sessions

Saturday 3 February

11pm

Tickets from £7.50

Drygate

New Voices: Ailie Robertson

Sunday 4 February

1pm

Tickets from £12

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

Hazy Recollections

Sunday 4 February

2.30pm

Tickets from £12.50

O2 ABC2

Duncan Chisholm presents Sandwood and support

Sunday 4 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £20

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium

Celtic Connections Closing Party - Mànran & special guests and The Young Folk

Sunday 4 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £18

O2 ABC

Transatlantic Sessions

Sunday 4 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £28

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Sam Baker and support

Sunday 4 February

7.30pm

Tickets from £16

Mackintosh Church

Matthew Logan Vasquez (The Delta Spirit) and Special Guests

Sunday 4 February

8pm

Tickets from £11

The Hug & Pint

Sultans of String and Maeve Mackinnon

Sunday 4 February

8pm

Tickets from £14

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

The Mavericks and support

Sunday 4 February

8pm

Tickets from £26

Old Fruitmarket

Celtic Connections Festival Club

Sunday 4 February

10:30pm

Tickets from £5

The Art School

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