By Mandy Thomson
Scottish winter music festival Celtic Connections kicked off this morning with a performance from some of its favourite musicians on the steps of the Royal Concert Hall, for all of Buchanan Street to enjoy.
Between 17th January and 3rd February 2100 musicians from Glasgow and around the world take part in exhibitions, concerts, talks, workshops and other free events.
Vicente Amigo, the great flamenco guitar player, opened the performance today, with a solo. He held his guitar in his arms, and posed for photographs on the steps on the concert hall.
Amigo was then joined by fiddle player John McCusker and flute player Michael McGoldrick. The three happy musicians played a couple of short pieces to impress the flock of photographers and passing shoppers.
The three will be joined by musician Ewen Vernal during the festival, for Vincent Amigo’s concert, named Tierra, after his recent album.
This year the festival celebrates its 20th year running, showcasing the best in folk, roots, world, traditional, indie, blues and jazz.
The performances take place over 18 days in different venues across the city centre.
The festival gives Glasgow the opportunity to brighten up the cold and miserable mood of the city in January, with all different kinds of music coming, from all over the world.
For more information on the festival, and for the full line up, visit http://www.celticconnections.com