Celtic Connections: Who to see

Celtic Connections, Scotland’s annual festival of folk, roots, indie, world and traditional music, is once again ready to storm the streets of Glasgow. The popular music festival, which runs from the 19th January to the 2nd February, celebrates the links between Celtic music and cultures across the globe. An international cast of over 2,000 artists will descend upon Glasgow, creating over 300 events, including ceilidhs, art exhibitions and live music.
While the opening night starring Laura Marling may already be sold out, there are literally thousands of other artists performing at various venues across the city, and these are the up-and-coming musicians to try and get tickets for!

Seth Lakeman

The English folk singer is an established member of the roots community, with eight albums already under his belt. His newest release “Ballads of the Broken Few” is stripped down and spiritual, a mix of folk and bluesy Americana touches. Lakeman plays at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on the 22nd of January with accompaniment from Wildwood Kin. Tickets priced at £18

Margo Price

Having scooped Nashville Scene’s Best Country Record title with her first album, “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” Price is an act not to miss. Her compelling music is full of hardship, heartache and survival, winning her comparisons with superstars like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. Price plays at the Oran Mor on the 24th of January with an opener from Aaron Lee Tasjan. Tickets priced at £16.

Broken Records


Hailing from Edinburgh, the band use their different musical backgrounds and a wide variety of instrumentation to create an eclectic sound. The band plays at “The Hug and Pint” on the 20th of January with  Olympic Swimmers as the opening act. Earlybird tickets are £10 or otherwise £12 entry on the night.

Joanne Taylor Shaw


Drawing inspiration from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix, Joanne Taylor Shaw stormed into the UK Top 20 in 2016 with her latest album, “Wild.” Her performance is sure to be one of phenomenal guitar chops, dynamic song writing and expressive vocals – check out her performance on Jools Holland’s Later as proof! Broken Witt Rebels open the show, held at the O2 ABC Glasgow on the 20th of January. Tickets are priced at £17.50.

Hurray for the Riff Raff


Hurray for the Riff Raff was inspired by the riot grrl movement and ever since, she has rejected mainstream US culture and given voice to fellow rebels. She deploys diverse Americana styles to frame upfront contemporary lyrics, and is soon to release her third album: “The Navigator”. Hurray for the Riff Raff is opened by BBC Young Folk Award nominee Roseanne Reid at the Drygate Brewery on the 20th of January. Tickets are priced at £15.

Twelfth Day


The Scottish duo have released an eclectic mix of recordings since forming a decade ago, from contemporary poetry settings to covers of Blondie, Twin Atlantic and Kanye West. Ever eager to push beyond expected musical limitations, they will be previewing material from forthcoming album “Cracks In The Room”. The opening act will be Glasgow-based trio Wildings at St Andrew’s in the Square on the 22nd of January. Tickets are priced at £14.

For more information go to http://www.celticconnections.com.



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