major line-up announcement for Celtic Connections Festival

Laura Marling, Martha Wainwright, Olivia Newton-John, Fairport Convention, & many more

By Scott Williams | Published: Thu 27th Oct 2016

Laura Marling

Thursday 19th January to Sunday 5th February 2017
various venues, Glasgow, City of Glasgow, G2 3NY, Scotland MAP
various - from FREE to around £35
Daily capacity: 25,000
Last updated: Thu 27th Oct 2016

Laura Marling, Martha Wainwright, Olivia Newton-John, Fairport Convention, St Paul and The Broken Bones, Orchestra Baobab, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Sharon Shannon, and The Eskies lead the plethora of acts announced for Celtic Connections happening in numerous venues around Glasgow from Thursday 19th January until Sunday 5th February 2017.

Also added to the extensive bill are Karine Polwart, Steve Tilston, Jez Lowe, Ed Harcourt, Calexico, Manran, Seth Lakeman, Shirley Collins, King Creosote, Treacherous Orchestra, Charlie Cunningham, Atlantic Arc Orchestra, Wildwood Kin, The White Buffalo, Pictish Trail, Fat Suit, Federation of The Disco Pimp, Lewis & Leigh, Bella and the Bear, Aziza Brahim, Dervish, Breabach, Anna Meredith, Beoga, Night Moves, Blazin' Fiddles, Broken Witt Rebels, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Amy Sky, John McCusker Band, Four Men & A Dog, Imar, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Shooglenifty, Suns of Arqa, Bemis, Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, Margo Price, The Anchoress, Feis Rois, Heidi Talbot, John Smith, Lauren MacColl, Mexrrissey, Los Pacaminos, C Duncan, Man of Moon, Tryst, Connla, Aaron Watson, Siobhan Miller, and Cherish The Ladies.

The line-up will also include Le Vent du Nord, Damien Dempsey, Hermitage Green, De Temps, Fara, Ezza, Basco, Talisk, Tom Russell, Cera Impala, Pierce Turner and Charly Houston, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Rayon, Gaelic Psalm Singers, The Glad Community Choir, Sarah Jarosz, La Banda Europa, Blue Rose Code, Fiona Hunter, Rod Paterson, Claire Hastings, Ross Kennedy, John Morran, Wendy Weatherby, Brian O'hEadhra, Gaels Le Cheile, Balkanopolis, Aidan O'Rourke, Alasdair Roberts, Alex Neilson, Stephanie Hladowksi, Koshka, Lula Pena, A Night for Angus, RANT: 4/4 - A Project For Projection, Ivan Drever's Orkney Gathering, Louise Bichan, Compton & Newberry, Sean Gray, NeWt Trio, Phil Cunningham, Aidan Moffat, Derek Gripper, Tom Paxton, The Elephant Sessions, Dosca, Darlingside, Adam Holmes and the Embers, Cathy & Marcy, Robyn Stapleton, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Galen Fraser, Baby do Brasil, Far Flung Corners, Fuaran, Angus Nicolson Trio, Calum Alex Macmillan, Modern Studies, Tisso Lake, Nae Plans , Jeremy Kittel, Slobodan Trkulja, Roberta Sa, Gillian Frame, Trilok Gurtu, Evelyn Glennie, Dallahan, Vishten, and Jarlath Henderson.

Also heading for Scotland for the festival will be Anna Lindblad Trio, Starless, Inveraray and District Pipe Band, Bagad Kemper: Melezour, Duncan Chisholm, Renata Rose, Ginkgoa, Scottish Clarinet Quintet, Ros Dunlop, World Beat Bothy, Niteworks, Inyal, Hamilton de Holanda, Hannah Fisher, Xabier Diaz, Mark O'Connor, Graham Mackenzie, Auld Hat New Heids, George Monbiot, Ewan McLennan, Stand and Stare, Shovels & Rope, Dirk Powell & Jon Cleary, The Lions of Lisbon, The Special Consensus, Quick, The Macmath Collective, John Paul White, Callaghan, Budapest Bar, Liz Lochhead, The Hazey Janes, Steve Kettley, Karan Casey, Rab Noakes, Tartine de Clous, Alasdair Roberts, Neil McDermott, James McMurtry, Nathan Bell, Alice Drinks the Kookaid, Rachel Walker, FLIT, Craig Armstrong, Calum Martin, The Pipes, The Pipes, Issho Drummers, Alice Marra, The Gaels Blue Orchestra, 3hattrio, Lizabett Russo, Strathspey, Surreal Society, Russell deCarle, Denis Keldie & Steve Briggs, David Francey, and Fraya Thomsen.

The first acts confirmed were Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Felice Brothers, Tommy Emmanuel, and Billy Bragg and Joe Henry.

For a breakdown of the acts confirmed, click here.

Each January more than 2000 musicians from across the world take part in more than 300 events in venues across the city as Glasgow hosts the UK’s leading celebration of Gaelic music. There were more than 120,000 attendances at last year’s festival – while nearly 10,000 school children attended free morning concerts as part of the festival's Education Programme.

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Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, said, "A breath-taking range of styles and traditions radiates throughout Celtic Connections 2017. Artists who have shaped the present day and artists who are re-defining music for the future will take to the stage. Artists whose lives and cultures could not be more different will come together to share their stories, passion and skill.

"At the heart of it all is the simple life-affirming experience of being at a live music performance during a world leading festival. We can’t wait for Celtic Connections 2017 to begin."

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