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Celtic Connections Celebrates its 20th Birthday

By Hayley Parr

ImageThe 2013 Celtic Connections Festival started Thursday morning with a performance from flamenco guitar player Vincente Amigo and his band on the steps of Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

Celebrating its 20th year, the music festival offers a range of performances in genres of folk, roots, world, traditional, indie, blues and jazz.

Around 2,100 acts will perform at this year’s festival bringing it far from its first festival in 1993 which was put on to fill the Royal Concert Hall’s schedule.

Over 18 days, and in numerous venues across Glasgow, the festival which is renowned for Celtic collaborations from around the world will bring audiences a mix up of cultures.

David Shaw, artistic director of Celtic Connections, said: “This year the programme is the most diverse yet. As always we’re delighted to be bringing some astounding world music acts to Glasgow.”

Later Thursday evening the 20th Celebration will take place at the Royal Concert Hall with traditional sounding performances from the likes of Sheena Wellington, Eddi Reader, Julie Fowlis and Cara Dillon.

In previous years the festival has been a huge hit in the city of Glasgow, with stars like Tom Jones flocking to the city.

Shaw continues: “This Janurary Celtic Connections turns 20 and we’ve got a superb line-up of musicians to help us celebrate the occasion. Many artists performing over the next eighteen days have been involved in the festival for a number of years but there is also an array of fresh new talent being showcased.”

The festivals main focus is to plat form under the radar acts, collaborating artists from different countries and shaping a new view of ‘traditional’ Scottish music.

Here is a video from last years Celtic Connections:

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