Celtic Connections



Celtic Connections runs until

Sun 1 Feb

Unless otherwise stated. all concerts are at venues within the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. Other events take place at: The Pmlng Centre. 30 McPhater Street, Cowcaddens;

The Tron, 63 Tron ate;

The Riverside Ciu . 222 Clyde Street; Old Fruitmarket. Albion Street; Festival Club, 10.30pm~3am at the Quality Central Hotel. Gordon Street. Free live music is presented every night at Molly Malone’s. 224 Hope Street. There are exhibitions of painting and photography. record and merchandise stalls and live radio broadcasts from the GRCH. See the Celtic Connections official programme for a full list of workshops, masterclasses, the Film Series at the Glasgow Film Theatre. and the Literary Series at Waterstone‘s Book Shop.

Tickets and Information I Information line 0141 353 4137.

I Tickets from the GRCH Box Office. I Credit card booking and tickets also available from the Ticket Centre. Candleriggs, 0141 287 5511.

I Special access information on the Accessibility Hot-line 0141 353 4137.

I Masterclass Clyde l-‘oyer. l2.3()pm. Free. Dougie ‘Caledonia' Maclean on songwriting.

I Mr Anderson's Fine Tunes Exhibition Hall. 2pm. Free. Live BBC Radio Scotland broadcast.

I Danny Kyle's Open Stage Exhibition Hall. 5pm. Free.

I Conversation Clyde Foyer. bpm. Free. BBC Scotland's lain Anderson talks to veteran folk song collector. writer and song composer Hamish Henderson.

I Hothouse Flowers and Peatbog Faeries Main Auditorium. 7.30pm. £l5. £12.50. The once hugely popular Dublin rock outfit with more of their roots showing. and the Skye raggle taggle ceilidh band moving ever further into

deep tech celtic rock grooves.

I Tannahill Weavers and Coila Strathclyde Suite. 8pm. £9.50. The longest-lasting Scots folk band on the planet. home for a rare Scots gig. are supported by a relatively recent arrival from Ayrshire and the South West. here augmented by piper Dougie Pincock. See preview.

I Ceilidh Dance Riverside Club. 8pm. £5. Tapsalteerie.

I Piping Concert Piping Centre. 8pm. £5. Gordon Duncan introduces three of the Highland piping new wave Chris Armstrong (who releases his astonishing album oforiginal compositions ‘Notes in Ma Heid' ). Stewart Cassells and Gordon MacLean.

I N-17 Molly Malone's. 9pm. Free. Irish

theme pub.

I Luka Bloom and bluehouse ()ltl Fruitmarket. 9.30pm. £l 1.50. Back in lreland after years in New York. the younger sibling of Christy Moore is a cult songwriter. Support from the small- case bluehouse. Edinburgh Festival darlings of fringe cabaret and vocal harmon .

I Festival Club Quality Central Hotel. I lptn. £2.50 with concert ticket. Limited number of tickets for non- concert goers on sale each day from l0am. £5.


I Peatbog Faeries and Anne Martin and Co Strathclyde Suite. lptn. £6. Skye double bill mixing bagpipe and rock roots with singer Martin‘s more traditional ~ but not too traditional approach.

I Camhanach Molly Malone‘s. lptn. Free. lrish bar.

I Danny Kyle’s Open Stage Exhibition

Hall. 5pm. Free.

I Dougie MacLean Main Auditorium. 7.30pm. £ l0.50. £8.50. Building an ever- bigger audience at home and abroad. the Dunkeld troubador presents a solo show. Support to be confirmed.

I Ceilidh Dance Riverside Club. 8pm. £5. Music from Tapsalteerie.

I Na Keen Affair Strathclyde Suite. 8pm. £9.50. Revered American-resident uillean piper from the Bothy Band brings a folk supergroup. See photo caption. Support from cit-Capercaillie piper Fred Morrison.

I Simon Thoumire Trio Piping Centre. 8pm. £5. Unique jazz/folk from eclectic Scots concertina wizz. accompanied by

Sparks will fly.


top uality guitar and bass.

I A tan, Maria Kalaniemi and Aldargaz ()ld Fruitmarket. 9pm. £1 l.50. Superb bands from lreland and Finland both led by virtuoso women. Donegal's Altan are one of the very best examples of the lrish instrumental and song tradition. The huge musical talent of Helsinki-based Kalaniemi will change your opinion of the accordion. See

whistle playing or skill on the fiddle! The Piping Centre, Mon 26, 8pm, £5.


T THE 1131’ 23 Jan—S Feb 1998

TABACHE Competitions are often seen as no good thing in traditional Circles, but the music of these two trophy bearers obviously hasn't suffered. National award winner Aidan O’ Rourke's deft, ener etically assertive fiddle style owes as much to his lrish background as is West Hi bland u bringing, while Newcastle's Claire Mann has twice taken the AI Ireland lute title. That’s not to mention her expressive singing,



I The Dockers Molly h'lalonc's. 9pm. Free.

I Festival Club Quality Central Hotel.

I lptn. £2.50 with concert ticket. Limited number of tickets for non-concert goers on sale each day from l0am. £5.

I New Voices Strathclyde Suite. lptu. £6. Concertinist (and piper) Simon Thoumire‘s three-piece Celtic Connections Suite gets another airing this year. played by a nine-piece band of folk and jazz players.

I Bothy Ballads Piping Centre. 2pm. £5. The veteran. authentic style of hits! singer lock Duncan leads Joe Aitken and Scott Gardiner in an always-entertaining stravaig through the rural parishes of Scotland's North East.

I Camhanach Molly Malone's. 2pm. Free. lrish theme pub.

I Danny Kyle's Open Stage Exhibition Hall. Split. Free.

I Atlantic Telecom Burns Supper Kelvingrove Art Gallery. 7.30pm. £35. An extravaganza of pipes. drinks. haggis. Chantan and tnembers of Capercaillie followed by the Portobello Ceilidh Band. I Horse and BT Scottish Ensemble Main Auditorium. 7.30pm. £l2.50. £10.50 (£8.50). The songwriter returns to CC with a new string to her bow - well. a siexteen-strong string ensemble in settings of her latest creations.

I Karen Tweed and Andy Cutting Piping Centre. 8pm. £5. Two stars of the piano and button accordion tmelodeolll

in a spirited account oi lrish. anlisli.

PADDY KEENAN An erratic genius is Paddy Keenan, the stuff of myth. The wild uillean piper with the masterly Bothy Band is a traveller, culturally and by inclination. Now resident(ish) in the US, he brings a hand-picked Irish team including barefoot maestro of the guitar Steve Cooney, and Four Men And A Dog’s astonishing fiddler, Cathal Hayden.

Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 24 Jan, 8pm, £9.50.


Scots. Breton. Scandinavian and French squeeze box music.

I Robert Mathieson’s Big Birl and Chris Armstrong Strathclyde Suite. Spin. £9.50. Piping stylists setting new standards of performance. Mathieson mixes ‘stt'aight' pipe band work. with regular experimental albums of l‘olk/ja/z/classical crossover. Armstrong is a massively accomplished young piper. I Carlos Nunez Band and Varttina ()ltl Ftuitmarket. 9pm. £9.50, Quality entertainment trom the young (ialician piper and recorder master. and the world- stortning ten-strong Helsinki-based roots/rock outlit which includes strong harmony vocals and the kantele. the small Finnish harp-zither.

I Festival Club Quality Central Hotel. l0.3()pm. £1.50 with concert ticket. Limited number of tickets for non- concert goers on sale each day from l0am. £5.


I Danny Kyle's Open Stage Exhibition Hall. 5pm. Free.

I James Taylor Main Auditorium. 7.30pm. £22.50. £l9.50, Rare visit from the internationally renowned US songwriter. See photo caption.

I Tabache Piping Centre. 8pm. £5. Scots fiddler Aidan (l' Rourke and flute player Claire Mann are two of the strongest young performers in the Scots and lrish instrumental traditions. See photo caption.

I Varttina, Maria Kalaniemi and Aldargaz Strathclyde Suite. 8pm. £9.50. Some of the best contemporary Finnish milsic. strongly rooted in the national idiom. but wholly original. ()ne of the festival highlights. See preview.

I Fin McChUIII Molly Malone‘s. 9pm. Free. lrish theme pub.

I Festival Club Quality Central Hotel. I lptu. £ l .50 with concert ticket. Limited number of tickets for non-concert goers on sale each day from l0am. £5.