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Celtic Connections Kicks off


By Courtney Cameron

A Spanish Artist and his band launched the 20th anniversary of the Celtic Connections music festival at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall this morning.

The event officially kicks off tonight with a celebration concert and will run through to the 3rd February with artists from different music genres performing at a variety of venues.

Vicente Amigo, the Spanish flamenco guitarist and his band gave a memorable performance on the steps of the Royal Concert Hall as spectators gathered to watch.

Spanish artist kicks off the festival

Spanish artist kicks off the festival

Some well-known acts performing this year are Eddi Reader, Julie Fowlis and the Scottish Power Pipe Band.  The festival broadens its reach to new types of music every year and brings together unique one off performances.

Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections said: “This January Celtic Connections turns 20 and we’ve got a superb line-up of musicians to help us celebrate the occasion.

“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.”This year, 2,100 artists will perform from all around the globe.”


However, the festival is not just 18 days of music, there is also a variety of ceilidhs, talks and art exhibitions.

Information on Celtic Connections performances can be found at

Celtic Connections Festival Bus

Festival Bus on Buchanan Stree


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