Van Morrison leads the latest additions to the Celtic Connections programme of folk, roots, world, traditional, indie, blues & jazz for the forthcoming festival that happens in numerous venues around Glasgow from Thursday 15th January until Sunday 1st February 2015.
Also confirmed are Karine Polwart, Kate Rusby, Damien O'Kane, Al Lewis, Alva Leigh, Declan O'Rourke, Tony Allen, Ibibio Sound Machine, Band of Friends, Andy Fairweather-Low, The Pictish Trail, Sweet Baboo, Jamie Smith's Mabon, Kathryn Roberts And Sean Lakeman, Konono No1, Bombino, The Chaplins, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson, Siobhan Miller, Tommy Emmanuel, Chico Cesar, Andy White, Little Rach, Adam Sutherland, Moxie, Jimmie Macgregor, Blue Rose Code, Merrymouth, Southern Tenant Folk Union, Criolo, Withered Hand, The Lost Brothers, Field Report, The Mountain Firework Company, Federation of The Disco Pimp, Dumb Instrument, New Road, and Erlend Viken Trio.
Other acts revealed include Lindsey Black, Chastity Brown, Dean Owens, The Whisky Hearts, Michelle Burke, Coco Mbassi, Shake Shake Go, Mary Hampton, Mike Heron with Georgia Seddon, Louis Baker, Thomas Oliver, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Complete, Pauline Alexander & Edwin Gallacher, The Second Coming , Mike Whellans & Fraser Nimmo, Mairi Smith, Sarah-Jane Summers, Juhani Silvola, World Beat Bothy, Corrina Hewat, Alison Burns, Muldoon's Picnic, Usher's Island , Slainte Mhath, Ewan McLennan, Darren Maclean, Christine Kydd, Mick West Band, Hootenanny wi' Joyce and Annie, Ganesh Kumaresh, Trio AAB, Patsy Reid, Julie Murphy, Bonnie Dobson, Gerda Stevenson, Diane Cannon, Graham Mackenzie, and The WIll Pound Band.
Also announced today are Hazy Recollections, Wayfaring Strangers, Mairearad Green and Anna Massie, Miorbhail nam Beann, Preston Reed, Shine, Gaels Le Cheile, Maisey Rika, Usman Riaz, The Gospel According to Mr Niz, Adam Holmes and the Ember, Wingin' It, Corran Raa, Taraf De Haidouks, Fraser Anderson, Griogair Morrison, Drew Holcomb, Amy Speace, Thomas Oliver, In the Round, Rachel Newton, Adam Cohen, Sarah Hayes, Waiora, Allison Moorer, Arthur Nicolson, Finlay MacDonald, and Ross Couper & Tom Oakes.
Completing the acts announced are Christine Hanson, Mairi Campbell, Mary Bergin & Kevin Conneff, Grainne Brady & Tina Jordan Rees, St Roch's Senior Ceili Band, Gabriel Kelley, Chris Stout, Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard, Barluath, Fiona MacAskill, Innovation featuring Alistair McCulloch, Sarah Hayes, The Games, Dunedin tae Auld Reekie, Melody Lab, Diana Jones, Mark Harrison, Dan Owen, Mairi MacInnes, Niteworks, Macanta, Malinky, Jenna Reid, The Idiot at the Wall, Adrian Crowley, James Blackshaw, Peter Carberry & Padraig McGovern, Gavin Pennycook, The Cask Strength Ceilidh Band, Finlay Allison, Big Groove, Harriet Buchan, Eddie Scott, Daniel Thorpe, Cormac Byrne, Ross Ainslie, Lorne MacDougall, and Allan Hughes.
The acts previously confirmed include Frances Black, and Kieran Goss reuntied for the first time in more than two decades, Eddi Reader, Kris Drever, Fairport Convention, Angelique Kidjo, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, King Creosote, Tiny Ruins, Treacherous Orchestra, Michael McGoldrick, Francois & The Atlas Mountains, Lambchop, Ella the Bird, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, and Calexico.
Plus Leo Blanco, Maggie Bjorklund, Ian Carr & The Various Artists, Manran, Hudson Taylor, Arthur Johnstone, Bronwynne Brent, Hayseed Dixie, Kathryn Tickell & The Side, Jeffrey Foucault and Amelia Curran, Chris Jarrett & Luca Ciarla, The Bruce 700 - Allan MacDonald, Watkins, Jarosz & O'Donovan, World Party, Horse, Songhoy Blues, and Tweedy featuring the Wilco frontman and his son.
Other acts revealed include Kevin Dempsey & Rosie Carson, Qristina & Quinn Bachand, The Rambling Boys of Pleasure, The Pearlfishers, Sam Sweeney, World Beat Bothy, Justin Townes Earle, The Rails, Mike Vass, Shooglenifty, Motu : Oileain, Dhol Drummers of Rajasthan, Findlay Napier, Ruth Moody, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Bella Hardy, Jim Moray, John Smith, Hannah James, Rachel Newton, and Emily Askew.
Completing the acts announced are Carlos Nunez, RuRa, Dick Gaughan, Lynched, Luka Bloom, Angus Nicolson Trio, Karine Polwart, Sam Amidon, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Oh Susanna, Dennis Ellsworth, Trio Konogan, New Road, Erlend Viken Trio, The Sea Road Sessions, Mr McFalls Chamber, Punch Brothers, Inge Thomson, Maisey Rika, Californian Feetwarmers, Orlando Julius and The Heliocentrics, Trinity Roots, Llan de Cubel, JD McPherson, The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Dallaghan, The Barr Brothers, Fish & Bird, Sorren Maclean, Calum and Neill MacColl, Lahore Ceol Mor, Songhoy Blues, ALDOC, Nathaniel Rateliff, Louis Baker Le Vent du Nord, Wayfaring Strangers, Breabach, The Alan Kelly Gang , Horomona Horo, Nils Lofgren, The Chair, Fara, The McCrary Sisters, The Campbell Brothers, Danu, Skerryvore, and A Stor Mo Chroi.
For an easy-to-read breakdown of the acts confirmed, click here.
Ticket prices vary from FREE to around £35.
Celtic Connections 2015 has an adventurous programme embracing Celtic music's connections with musical genres and cultural traditions from across the globe. The festival brings more than 2100 artists to Glasgow to perform to more than 100,000 concertgoers over 18 days at 300 events in over 20 venues. Plus the nightly Celtic Connections Festival Club, and Late Night Sessions at The Concert Hall.
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