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The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3NY Glasgow, United Kingdom
Even as unprecedented thousands flocked to the very first Celtic Connections, back in 1994, no-one could have foreseen the festival it is today. Its development since then has paralleled Scotland’s extraordinary musical flowering over the past quarter-century, with both becoming a magnet for musicians the world over.
Tonight’s opening gala celebrates that history with a panoply of artists who’ve featured prominently over the years, reflecting such Celtic Connections hallmarks as its multi-generational breadth, its internationalism and its collaborative, cross-genre spirit. With pianist David Milligan – one of 1994’s original performers – as musical director, expect plenty of mixing and matching among the cast, creating a wealth of fresh connections as well as aptly session-style festivity.
This once-in-a-lifetime line-up includes: Cherish the Ladies, Sharon Shannon, String Sisters, Eddi Reader, Kris Drever, Tryst, Michael McGoldrick Trio, Maya Youssef, Ian McCalman, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton, Louis Abbott, Sharat Chandra Srivastava, Gyan Singh, Siobhan Miller, Saltfishforty and yet more surprise guests.