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

I Maire Brennan Band & Kepa Junkera Main Auditorium. 7.30pm.

£1 1.50. £13.50. Clannad‘s veteran singer has placed her re-established faith in the Irish Christian tradition at the centre of her recent musical expression. A national hero in the Basque Country. button- accordionist Junkera has collaborated with the world's greatest squeeze box players and musicians including Phil Cunningham and Mairtin O Connor. Liam O Flynn and Bella Fleck. He‘s here in a five-piece band.

I Michael Marra & MacKenzie Sunday Times Suite. 8pm. £10. The warm and witty Dundee songsmith - and pianist. and guitarist. and actor -- has other strings to his bow. He‘s produced the first album of MacKenzie: three singing sisters from Lewis harmonising in Gaelic.

I Brendan Power and Andy White Piping Centre. 8pm. £7 (£5). The celebrated mouth organ virtuoso. rooted in the blues. but famous for his take on Irish music. here with old pal and fellow New Zealander. Andy White. a truly excellent acoustic guitarist.

I Balfa Toujours 8: Cajun Zydeco Kings Old Fruitmarket. 9pm. £10. With Willis Prudhomme. A major evening of Louisiana French (Acadien —- Cajun) squeeze box. fiddle and hollerin' song. See preview.

I Festival Club Quality Central Hotel.

1 lpm. £1.50.


I Danny Kyle's Open Stage Exhibition Hall. 5pm. Free. With (iibb Todd.

I John Cale Maiti Auditorium. 7,30pm. £1 1.50. £13.50. Velvet fans get connected. Support from brilliant yottng Belfast fingerpicking guitarist Colin Reid.

I Waterson: Carthy Sunday Tunes Suite. 8pm. £10. Support from Kate Rusby with John McCUsker and Andy Cutting. Waterson: Carthy are actually three -- the Queen. King and Princess (fiddler and singer liliza is their daughter) of English folk. with liliza‘s prominent pals: Poozies singer Rusby. Battlefield fiddler McCusker and ace accordion and melodeon player Cutting.

I Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill Piping Centre. 8pm. £7 (£5). Tradition

Bearer: Brian Miller. Seattle-based Hayes. and his superglued accompanist perform traditional music on fiddle and guitar. Attenuated. introspective noodling for some. but engrossing explorations of the potential of the Irish fiddle tradition for others. Miller is a great singer of Scots song. and no slouch on the guitar and mandolin.

I Old Blind Dogs 8t Kepa Junkera Old Fruitmarket. 9pm. £10. From the North East. the Dogs serve up their Scots music and song spiced with drums. sax and sustained energy. Star liuropean button- accordionist Kepa Junkera moves from the litnpid Basque tradition. tojazzy rhythm and harmony in his five-piece band.

I Festival Club Quality Central Hotel. llpm. £1.50.


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

I Alasdair Fraser's Skyedance Main Auditorium. 7.30pm. £8.50. £10.50. Support from Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. The Califomia-domiciled Scots fiddler‘s American band is a favourite over here. a laid—back vision of ‘Celtic’ music frotn top instrumentalists. The revered. Seattle-based Hayes explores his lrish fiddle traditions. shadowed by Cahill‘s guitar.

I Traditional Music Concert Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Renfrew Street. 7.30pm. Tickets free at RSAMD box office 332 5057. Ten of the final year students on the BA Scottish Music course on flute. fiddle. accordion. pipes. whistle. piano. clarsach and guitar. with son ,s in Scots and Gaelic.

I Pearl ishers & Great Big Sea Sunday Times Suite. 8pm. £10. Pop/folk entertainment from Scotland and Newfoundland.

I Jim Reid 8: Jim Malcolm Piping Centre. 8pm. £6 (£4). The lims. rotiin and smooth: Reid is a great. couthy. warm singer and songwriter specialising in local songs frotn Angus. Dundee and thereabouts: Malcolm‘s remarkable voice has a crooner’s edge while his songs move in and out of Scottish idioms. Both play guitar and moothie.

I Celtic Connections Ceilidh Dance Riverside Club. 8pm. £6. The lnishowen Ceilidh Band.

I Festival Club Quality Central Hotel. llpm. £1.50.

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JOHN CALE TRIO: Long before The Stereophonics put Cwmamman on the town's earlier sons was polishing its credentials.

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John Cale has been pushing the envelope of what constitutes music since the 605, from co-founding The Velvet Underground with Lou Reed to his orchestration of Dylan Thomas poetry for Words For The Dyin . He once cut up a chicken on stage prompting the rest of his band mem ers to

walk off, so heckling's not wise.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall: Main Auditorium, Tue 19 Jan, 7.30pm.




I Danny Kyle's Open Stage lixhibition Hall. 5pm. Free. With (iibb Todd.

I Donal Lunny Band Main Auditorium. 7.30pm. £10.50. £12.50. Support from Bachue. The Quincy Jones of Irish Music. prime mover in l’lanxty. the Bothy Band and .\lo\ ing llearts. here with his top-drawer new band. and guest singers. Support from accomplished litlinburgh-based folk/jaz/ers (‘orrina llewat. harp and vocals. and Dave Milligan. piano. Dropping the ‘Cafe' from their name. Bachuc's new album is imminent. See prex iew.

I Kepa Junkera & Bumblebees Sunday Times Suite. 8pm. £10. l-‘rom the Basque country. one of liurope's most atlventtit‘otts button accordion players with his eclectic band. Stinging support from four thoughtful. higth accomplished and w ale women musicians from Ireland. on fiddle. harp. accordion and (Sharon Shannon's sister) mandolin. Sec .‘\1on lh‘ for Kepa Junkera. I Fred Morrison and Ross Martin Piping Centre. 8pm. £6 (£4 ). Tradition Bearer: l-lamish Henderson. liiery Scots piping/guitar duo with support from the veteran songwriter. collector and academic.

I Shane McGowan & Great Big Sea ()ld l-"ruitmarket. 9pm. £15. The brash. puggled Pogue with his latest line up. and Newfoundlantfs cheerful. glossy pubfolk band. No brain needed.

I Festival Club Quality Central Hotel.

1 1pm. £1.50.

FRED MORRISON Fred's flying fingers flay the chanter as he fronts his new six-strong band Ceolas and puts a late-90$ spin on Gaelic musical traditions, but it's not just the astonishing digital dexterity in the instrumental music Alasdair Cadona’s voice could melt icebergs. (NC)


Baltic Connections

continues until Sun 31 Jan. The next issue of The List, out on Thu 21 Jan. contains full listings and previews of the rest of Celtic Connections. For other folk and world music events in

Glasgow and Edinburgh this fortnight. see Folk Listings on page 50.



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