Celtic Connections Showcasing at the Ryder Cup in Chicago
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Celtic Connections Showcasing at the Ryder Cup in Chicago

Scotland’s famous Celtic Connections festival is programming an array of musical riches to be performed at the Ryder Cup. The annual traditional, folk, indie and world music festival has been given the opportunity to showcase at one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar.
Celtic Connections is programming various musical performances throughout the Ryder Cup, including the Closing ceremony along with a number of other hospitality events.  Throughout this week there will an array of performers from Scotland and America, who will celebrating the collaboration and long term partnerships that have developed over the festival’s history, in many performances in and around the Ryder Cup events programme. Celtic Connections is programming two main concerts; Transatlantic Sessions premiere performance in the US and a one-off show celebrating the cream of Scottish musical talent.
Donald Shaw, Artistic Director for Celtic Connections, said: "We're really excited that Creative Scotland has given us this fantastic opportunity to bring a taste of our festival to Chicago and promote Celtic music on an international level. The Ryder Cup is the ideal platform for the festival's first overseas performance and this presents an unrivalled opportunity for new audiences to experience the best of what the Celtic Connections festival has to offer."
Councillor Archie Graham, the Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Celtic Connections started in 1994, with just 70 performances. Now, some 19 years later, the brand is truly global, with record-breaking audiences of more than 100,000 enjoying some of the world’s greatest artists, with over 2000 performances across 20 venues.
“I’m delighted that Chicago will be able to enjoy some of the legendary Celtic Connections passion and energy – and I’m sure this showcase will help bring new audiences to Glasgow next January, for what promises to be an outstanding 20th celebration of traditional, folk, indie and world music.”
Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, said: "Celtic Connections is not only a key highlight in Scotland's year-round calendar of festivals, it's also an important showcase for Scotland's traditional musicians and the strength of the traditional music scene. As part of the Year of Creative Scotland, we are delighted to support Celtic Connections on their journey to Chicago in September. It's a great opportunity to promote and celebrate the festival and our musicians on an international stage."
Transatlantic Sessions will be showcasing at the Ryder Cup in Chicago in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park. As the jewel in the crown of Scotland’s Celtic Connections’ festival Transatlantic Sessions will serve up ultra-classy accompaniment and awesome instrumentals by the crème de la crème of US and Celtic talent. An array of world-class musicians will be under the musical direction of Shetland fiddle maestro Aly Bain and dobro legend Jerry Douglas (currently touring as special guest with Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello and Paul Simon) Performances will also come from the much loved Dan Tyminski – familiar to many as a linchpin of Alison Krauss’ Union Station and as the voice of George Clooney in the Coen brother’s film, ‘O Brother, where art thou?’ Also appearing is grammy award winning Tim O’Brien, whose songs have been covered by the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks and Nickel Creek. Founder of the Louisiana Cajun group Balfa Toujours, Dirk Powell, will also be performing. One of America’s greatest old time musicians Bruce Molsky will be gracing the Transatlantic Sessions stage alongside the exquisite Gaelic voices of Kathleen MacInnes and Karen Matheson. Others confirmed to appear in this US premiere include accordion ace Phil Cunningham, Capercaillie’s Donald Shaw on piano, English folk legend Danny Thompson on bass, Irish piper Jarlath Henderson on Uillean Pipes, guitarist Russ Barenberg, ex-Solas guitarist John Doyle and drummer James Mackintosh (Shooglenifty)
The second performance being programmed by Celtic Connections is a mesmerising showcase of Scottish musical talent at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Acclaimed Scottish folk singer Julie Fowlis will be appearing fresh from performing on the soundtrack for Disney Pixar’s new animated 3D blockbuster Brave. Julie is currently one of the hottest musical tickets in Scotland; she represents the vibrant and iconic face of modern folk and acoustic roots music.
Scottish super group Session A9 will be amazing international audiences with music that is as exquisitely accomplished as it is viscerally exciting. The seasoned strength and brilliant ensemble finesse of Session A9’s line up was clearly evident on their 2010 critically-acclaimed live album One for the Road. Since then the band’s extensive touring has enriched their sound and reputation.
Glaswegian folk pop band Admiral Fallow will also be performing. This five-piece group shot to fame when their song Squealing Pigs which was used in NBC’s Chuck and featured in the General Electric Super Bowl commercial. Matching vividly literate, keenly observed lyrics with big uplifting melodies and highly sophisticated musicianship, tonight kick starts Admiral Fallow’s first North American tour.
The sublime Gaelic songstress Kathleen MacInnes, who appeared on the soundtrack to the Ridley Scott film Robin Hood, will be delighting audiences with her beautiful vocals. Young Highland hotshots RURA will also join this impressive line-up. RURA were recently awarded the ‘Best Up and Coming Act’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and released their debut album Break it Up in March of this year.


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