Wintertime is the period of the Celtic Connections music festival! For the 23rd edition, 2,100 musicians from all over the world will perform more than 300 events joining together in a great festival of folk, roots and world music.
From Thursday 19 January to Sunday 5 February – 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, art exhibitions, talks, free events and late night sessions will take place at 25 different venues throughout Glasgow. There is space for the youngest too: the Celtic Connections Education Programme will bring thousands of children to be part of concerts and music workshops led by the festival guest musicians. More than 300 events will make the city vibrant and multicoloured, more than the usual.
THE CONNECTIONS WITH CELTIC TRADITIONS AND WORLDWIDE CULTURES
Not only numbers: the festival is a top quality music event due to its purpose and the wide range of artists. The concept of ‘connection and convergence’ leads to a heterogeneous artistic selection that well expresses its meaning. It goes around the Celtic tradition and moves from Americas to Asia.
We are Folk
One of the central ideas is to show and celebrate the traditional music culture and make a combination with the musical narration that belongs to the other countries, cultures and times. The Celtic tradition can be found in the Northern Europe and in the Northern America as well. The Celtic roots will be celebrated by Mànran, Blazin’ with Fiddles, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys tied in an eclectic and traditional band (Borrowland – 20 January). Phil Cunningham will combine folk and orchestral music (Royal Concert Hall – Sunday 22 January). Connection means fusion and La Banda Europa makes an extraordinary ensemble featuring 36 musicians from 15 countries who play together European and ethnic indigenous instruments from their own countries of origin (Royal Concert Hall – Sunday 29 January).
Anniversaries connections: 150th Canadian independence and 70th Indian independence and the founding of Pakistan
Celtic Connections creates numbers of external links with numerous realities around the globe. For the next edition, Glasgow will be tied with Canada, India and Pakistan to celebrate relevant anniversaries. Melt in music.
In occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Canada will be presented an exciting range of Canadian musicians such as Martha Wainwright (O2 ABC – 3 February) and the Québécois four-piece Le Vent du Nord with the power-trio De Temps Antan (Royal Concert Hall – 27 January).
For the 70th Anniversary of Indian Independence and the Founding of Pakistan, Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh will feature Mark O’ Connor and Yamandu Costa performing in the “Strings of the World” concert. They will show up at the Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church (27 January) and will be possible to appreciate the music surrounded by the amazing Mackintosh’s architecture. Finally, the Pakistan singer Sanam Marvi will combine Sufi and Sindhi folk traditions at the Old Fruitmarket on Wednesday the 25th of January.
In addition, the Indian Independence will be marked with a Celtic Connections premiere and commission, produced in India by Indianuance, for leading world percussionists Trilok Gurtu & Evelyn Glennie featuring classical Indian violinist Kumaresh Rajagopalan and top classical pianist Philip Smith from the UK (Royal Concert Hall – 1 February).
Celtic Connections 2017 gives a wide space to show women artists’ productions. Local and global.
To mention two international virtuous artists: Aziza Brahim infuses influences of Western Sahara roots and European music. She grew up in the Saharawi refugee camps then she moved to live in Barcelona. Her music is the perfect matching between two cultures and music traditions. She will play at the Drygate on the 20th of January.
Another remarkable artist is Anne Meredith: British composer and performer of electronic and acoustic music released her first LP “Varmints” and her music had been used for BBC concerts, movie soundtracks and art performances. She will play at the CCA on the 4th of February.
International bridge with Brazil
The festival has different topics for each edition. One of these is the selection of a twin country. The 2017 edition of Celtic Connections ties Scotland with Brazil and the music of Renata Rosa: the multi-instrumental and vocalist brings together indigenous Brazilian influences, African and Portuguese elements for a rich and unique sound (City Hall – 28 January).
Check the complete programme here.
Glasgow, 19 January – 05 February 2017
Celtic Connections 2017 is a music festival held in Glasgow from the 19th of January to the 5th of February. Hundreds of concerts, art performances, talks and workshops will run in 25 different venues throughout the city of Glasgow. The festival aims to create junctions among the worldwide music cultures stating the value of traditional folk Celtic music and linking it with external music traditions and art expressions from all over the world.