In 2007, Celtic Connections entered into a new era as it welcomed on board a new Artistic Director Donald Shaw, a new principal sponsor ScottishPower and new venues the Classic Grand, CCA and ABC.
The festival broadened its horizons with a line-up that featured more international artists than ever before. The theme of the programme was 'Embracing Musical Roots', and we honoured musical genres and cultures from across the globe with concerts like Real World and the Burns Mela, as well as celebrating homegrown talent.
The connections between Celtic and American musical traditions were a strong theme of the 2007 festival. The Americana strand of the programme saw stars such as Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Darrell Scott jet in to Glasgow in January.
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It is difficult to imagine the post-Hogmanay hangover month of January without Celtic Connections... a festival confidently stepping into a new era. The Independent
Celtic Connections has benefited the image of our country immeasurably... It inhabits the city in a way all festivals dream of, but few achieve. The Herald
The standard of musicianship at this year's Celtic Connections festival has been nothing short of magnificent. Outstanding musicians from all over the world descended on Glasgow. The Daily Record
Celtic Connections 2007 was book-ended by concerts celebrating transatlantic musical connections. We launched in style with the very special Hands Across the Water concert - the first and only live realisation of the 2004 Tsunami benefit album of the same name. The CD was initially inspired by the famed collaborative spirit of our very own Festival Club, and a host of Celtic and Americana stars teamed up on stage in The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to recreate the album.
The fourteenth festival concluded with Transatlantic Sessions - a night of one-off international collaborations from a glittering array of talent. Hosted by Shetland fiddler Aly Bain and US dobro maestro Jerry Douglas, artists appearing included Rosanne Cash, Russ Barenburg, Bruce Molsky, The Wailin' Jennys, Phil Cunningham and Michael McGoldrick.