Dates and times
There have been many hotly anticipated shows at Celtic Connections over the years, but few have exceeded the advance excitement surrounding the launch of Michael McGoldrick’s second solo album, Fused, also at the Old Fruitmarket, back in January 2000. Following his exhilarating trad-based 1996 debut, Morning Rory, Fused marked McGoldrick’s great creative leap forward, an indivisible alloy of traditional-style tunes and instrumentation with funk, jazz, trance, ambient and world music, plus guest vocals from Karan Casey and Karen Matheson. The same concert also marked the launch of McGoldrick’s big-band line-up, which reconvenes here to celebrate 20 years since that seminal recording.
Redoubling the night’s reunion element, award-winning Scottish band Dòchas play their first gig in at least a decade (both acts were also billed together at Celtic Connections 2005, before a Scottish tour). Featuring Julie Fowlis, Jenna Reid, Kathleen Boyle, Carol-Anne Mackay, Eilidh MacLeod and Martin O’Neill, they revisit their intoxicating blend of powerhouse instrumentals and bewitching Gaelic song.