With only one week to go until Celtic Connections 25th Anniversary, there has been a flurry of new names added to the line-up! If you haven’t already, put your feet up, scroll through the website and plan your festival.





Dale Watson & His Lone Stars with special guests: 50 Years of ‘Folsom Prison Blues’


Dale Watson & His Lone Stars will play the Main Auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with additional guests Rab Noakes, Aaron Lee Tasjan and James Grant just announced.


The Music of Laura Nyro feat. Diane Garisto & Guests


Shawn Colvin and Karen Matheson have been added as special guests to The Music of Laura Nyro feat. Diane Garisto show at the Old Fruitmarket. Hosted by former Nyro backing singer Diane Garisto, this celebratory tribute will also feature a band of top-notch Big Apple session players and singers.


Bothy Culture & Beyond


The GRIT Orchestra will perform a world première at The SSE Hydro - a grand-scale live version of Bothy Culture, the late Martyn Bennett’s second album. The show will also feature a special appearance by Scottish stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill whose performance will be inspired by his 2014 film The Ridge (which has been viewed 55 million times on YouTube) and sound tracked by Bennett’s track ‘Blackbird’.


This night of entertainment will feature Scotland’s finest fiddlers including Duncan Chisholm, Aidan O’Rourke, Chris Stout, Megan Henderson, Sarah Jane Summers, Charlie McKerron, Eilidh Shaw and Laura Wilkie.


Max Richter - Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works featuring Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Electro/acoustic composer, pianist, producer and remixer Max Richter will perform his Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works which will be further brought to life by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Following their new duo album Bare Knuckle, Shetland fiddler Chris Stout and harp trailblazer Catriona McKay will host an unprecedented meeting of disparate musical worlds with King Creosote, the Scottish Ensemble and Irish accordion genius Mairtin O’Conner.



Pipe Band Concert

This year’s afternoon Pipe Band concert will welcome Johnstone Pipe Band to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall stage and will also showcase the talents of Angus MacColl Jnr, Finlay MacDonald and Jarlath Henderson.


National Whisky Festival of Scotland


The second annual National Whisky Festival of Scotland will once again descend on SWG3 for seven hours of masterclasses, food, talks and live music from some of Celtic Connections’ finest – Scott Hutchison, Croft No. 5, Siobhan Miller, Talisk and The Friel Sisters, whose Celtic Connections show has now sold out. 


Baltimore Fiddle Fair at Celtic Connections


Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, and trio Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle will help celebrate the Baltimore Fiddle Fair, the remarkable little festival with the big reputation from beautiful west Cork.