Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in January 2018, Celtic Connections is the leading annual festival of world, folk and roots music that lightens up the Scottish winter every January. The festival welcomes over 2000 artists and musicians to the city from all over the world including some of the most prominent names in roots and world music. Artists who have appeared at the festival include Bobby Womack, The Chieftains, Bob Geldof, Capercaillie, James Taylor, Sinead O’Connor, Billy Bragg, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Laura Marling and many more.
From its humble beginnings in 1994, the festival has grown from a single venue show to an 18 day long festival that stages over 300 events, celebrating the rich traditional culture of Scotland and attracting an audience in excess of 100,000. Over 14 concerts can take place on one evening, from small intimate venues with a capacity of 80 to large scale events in the Main Auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The festival also promotes workshops, talks, debates and art exhibitions.
As well as concentrating on traditional music, Celtic Connections focuses strongly embracing different cultures and musical styles from around the world allowing new collaborations and commissions to be premiered at the festival.
Image credit: Celtic Connections at The Old Fruitmarket