BRINGING SPAIN TO GLASGOW: CELTIC CONNECTIONS FESTIVAL KICKS OFF WITH FLAMENCO
by Rebecca Root
The Celtic Connections winter festival made a return this morning with an impromptu performance outside the main venue Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Vicente Amigo, a spanish guitarist, provided a sample of the flamenco music expected in his performance on Friday.
The festival is celebrating its 20th year, with well-known folk artists such as The Mavericks, Danny Kyle and Dougie Mclean performing over the next 18 days.The annual event brings together a variety of musicians from across the globe to honour Glasgow’s folk roots and Celtic traditions.
The festival will also be honouring the late Michael Marra, a legendary folk musician. He lost his battle with cancer just before Christmas so as part of the festival a special tribute concert will be held later in the week.
Donald Shaw, the artistic director of Celtic Connections said: “”Every year we explore the connections between Celtic music and other musical genres, as well as with cultures across the globe. This year, the programme is the most diverse yet.”
The first concert, held in 1993, was a way of filling up the venue’s brochure; however the success has led to the continuation of the event as one of the largest winter festivals worldwide.
The Celtic Connections 20th celebration concert is the first offical event beginning tonight at 7.30pm.