The Festival had made it through to the year 2000 and was growing significantly. In 1994 we used The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as our only venue and in 1999 we had made it to six.
Thanks to sponsorship from the Bristol based finance company, Clerical Medical, in 2000 we doubled the venues we used to a staggering twelve.
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
The Old Fruitmarket
The Tron Theatre
The Quality Central Hotel (Festival Club)
The Piping Centre
St Mary's Episcopal Church
St Aloysius Church
Boys of the Lough
De Dannan with Kepa Junkera
Xose Manuel Budino
Beth Nielson Chapman with Dave Gibb
Seamus Heaney and Liam O’Flynn
Dougie Mclean with the BT Ensemble
John Prine and Iris DeMent
Alasdair Fraser’s Skyedance
Horse and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Lovers of Traditional / Roots / Folk music expect it to be marginalised. They do not expect to find this music in a Royal Concert Hall. They do not expect to find a folk festival which is managed with such professionalism, which has its own T-shirts, its own shop and a press room with hot coffee on tap. The Irish Times
…20 days and nights of relentless good times. The Scotsman
Anúna were one of the major creative forces behind the original Riverdance performance at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, which some believe changed the image of Irish music overnight. In 2000 the young Irish Choir performed their blend of haunting melodies accompanied by a specially created string quartet and six Irish dancers. The concert opened with Savourna Stevenson's string quartet which included Mairi Campbell (viola), Amy Geddes (fiddle), Anna-Wendy Stevenson (fiddle) and Wendy Wetherby (cellist)
The final day of the millennium Celtic Connections had a deliberately retrospective feel taking audiences back to the opening night of the very first festival in January 1994, with all five acts – Wolfstone, Dick Gaughan, Sileas, Gino Lupari and Dhais – returning to perform at the festival.