Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys bring their acclaimed second album, The Wishing Tree, to Celtic Connections 2023. Expect to hear uplifting melodies, soaring harmonies, high-octane instrumentals and stunning vocals – all laced with cheeky humour. Formed in 2016 by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Sam Kelly, The Lost Boys are among the most exciting bands on the contemporary UK folk scene. Boasting a virtuosic line-up including Jamie Francis (banjo), Archie Moss (melodeon) and Evan Carson (drums), they perform innovative reworkings of traditional songs from England, Scotland, Ireland and America, alongside stunning original tunes.
“Amazing, thrilling music” (Mark Radcliffe, broadcaster)
Mix Heather Small with Julie Fowlis and you’ve got singer songwriter Ainsley Hamill. One of the UK’s leading and most diverse singers, Ainsley has a long list of nods including the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist and Gaelic Singer of the Year Finalist at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. She represented Scotland at Eurovision in Gothenburg and has appeared at folk festivals the world over. See Ainsley perform a mixture of songs from both her solo releases in both English and Gaelic alongside her full line-up. RnR Magazine say she's “one of the best of her generation.”