Celtic Connections 2005 had an international flavour. We launched the festival at the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton in October of the previous year. We also had artists from over a dozen different countries perform and 20% of our audiences travelled from outside of Scotland to visit the festival.
Huun Huur Tu
Strings Attached (Blazin Fiddles, Justin Currie, Colin MacIntyre and Eddi Reader)
Mary McPartlan and John Spillane
Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir
Eleanor McEvoy and Juliet Turner
Celtic Connections is a truly unique combination of practical musical workshops and performances from the best musicians in their fields. The Independent
Celtic Connections through the years had proactively promoted artistic links across countries and cultural exchange between festivals. To celebrate these links two concerts were created to recognise the relationships with fellow music festivals including Tonder (Denmark) and Celtic Colours (Canada).
Our worldly connections were very apparent with musicians coming from all corners of the globe including Africa, America, Asia, Canada, Denmark, England, Holland, France, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Scandinavia and Spain.
Our opening concert premiered a brand new piece of music by one of the greatest Scottish pipers alive, Fred Morrison. Paracas – Rhapsody of the Gael was orchestrated and conducted by Mark Sheridan for traditional ensemble, symphony orchestra and chorus with the piece taking it’s inspiration from the history of Gaeldom. There really was no more fitting opening to our 12th festival than both commemorating the suffering of our ancestors while celebrating the cultural legacy they fought to leave behind, and which flourishes not only here in Scotland, but in regions all over the world.
The Main Auditorium not only opened with a brand new commission in 2005 – we closed with one too. Dougie MacLean’s Rural Image
revealed a new dimension to one of Scotland’s most famous and respected singer-songwriter. He composed his own symphony in four
movements incorporating original music and song.