Dates and times
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, Drever McCusker Woomble, Tryst, Michael McGoldrick Trio, Maya Youssef, Ian McCalman, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton, Louis Abbott, Sharat Chandra Srivastava, Gyan Singh, Siobhan Miller, Saltfishforty and yet more surprise guests.