If you're not quite ready to say goodbye to the winter months yet, then get yourself along to Celtic Connections in Glasgow! The largest annual winter music festival of its kind, Celtic Connections boasts an impressive celebration of Celtic music and its connections across the world. From the 19th of January to the 5th of February, musicians from around the globe travel in their thousands to descend on the city of Glasgow. Whether you're interested in taking part in a celtic-inspired art classes, learning some history at a scheduled talk, or simply observing Celtic musicians at their peak, Celtic connections offers something for everyone.
What is so unique about this annual event is its strong spirit of collaboration. The festival is designed to bring together one-off line-ups for special one-night-only collaborative shows, and many musicians continue into the wee hours in the spirit of camaraderie. Attending Celtic Connections, you are guaranteed to experience something truly unique and special, with many collaborations only happening as a one-off event at this festival.
History of the Festival...
The first Celtic Connections festival was held in 1994 in Glasgow. It was funded by Colin Hynd to fill a scheduling gap in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's normally quiet post-Christmas period. 32,000 people attended the concert.
Since its beginning it has become an annual event, occurring every January. The festival features over 300 concerts, ceilidhs, talks, free events, late night sessions and workshops. The focus of the festival is on Celtic music and its roots and connections with music from around the world. Concerts during the festival feature a range of artists from international folk and indie, to Scottish music and world music arts.
In 2004, the festival was presented with The Good Tradition Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in recognition of it's exceptional contribution to traditional music and culture.
In 2008 Celtic Connections celebrated its 15 birthday, with 120,000 attendees.
In the past huge artists such as Sinead O'connor and Runrig have graced the Celtic Connections concert, with hundreds more.
If you're looking for a truly unique experience in Scotland, this winter, head across to Glasgow for the Celtic Connections festival. You won't be disappointed!