The festival even already at this young age was starting to gain important recognition.
The inaugural festival had received a Scottish Thistle Award in the Low Season Development Category.
In 1995 the festival expanded with workshops in the Strathclyde Suite. The Grand Ballroom of The Hospitality
Inn was the very first external venue to host Celtic Connections events including Wolfstone (unplugged) and an
All Day Cajun Festival. Late night Ceilidhs were organised in the Exhibition Hall of The Glasgow Royal Concert
Hall for those who wanted to dance the night away.
Cherish the Ladies
The workshops were a huge success. One day I couldn’t get out of the lift for hordes of people learning to play the spoons. Scotland on Sunday, 29th January 1995
The Celtic Heart melts when it comes to traditional music and the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow has, for two highly successful weeks, tapped into an audience ravenously hungry for every aspect of music and muse. Even in the gale-driven sleet of January, they came in droves, every part of The Royal Concert Hall utilised for a near round the clock two week cycle of Celtic arts. Celtic Connections is not only big, it is smart and hip with a predominantly young audience testifying to the new popularity of the music. The Guardian 11th January 1995
In 1995 you could have purchased a Celtic Connections sweatshirt (in either navy or black), a T-shirt, brooch or even a Celtic Connections tie. If anyone has any of these items, hang onto them, they are sure to become collector's items.
Breton harpist Alan Stivell and his band played the first concert of the 1995 festival. There was a standing arena for this concert and ticket prices were £8.50, £7.50 and £6.50.
Irish traditional band Devish closed the second Celtic Connections with a concert in The Strathclyde Suite. They were supported by Edinburgh based Tannas.