Danny Kyle was a passionate supporter of traditional music
and a constant campaigner for its revival in Scotland. Each night on the Open
Stage, new musical talent is given the chance to shine under the Celtic
Connections spotlight and the six best acts win through to the final night
showcase concert. With a support slot at next year’s festival up for grabs,
it’s a hard fought competition.
Compered by Danny’s close friend Liz Clark, it
has been the launch pad for many now familiar names such as Karine Polwart,
RURA and The Chair. This year the Open
Stage returns to the home of the festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in
the Exhibition Hall and will be at its original start time of 5pm. The six winners will perform in a showcase
concert on Sunday 2nd February.