One of the undoubted highlights of 2006 was the festival's return to The Old Fruitmarket. Blazin' Fiddles were the last band to play in the venue before it closed for renovation at the end of the 2002 festival and Lunasa launched its return to the heart of Glasgow's music scene. With its lofty vaulted roof, cobbled walkways, cast iron columns and balcony, the Old Fruitmarket is one of the city's most loved performance spaces.
The Renaud Garcia Fons Trio
Savourna Stevenson's "Persian Knights Celtic Dawn"
Speak to musicians from all over the world and of myriad musical persuasions, and they know about this massive music festival. In 13 years, that's an impressive achievement and there's much of which Celtic Connections should be proud. The Herald
One of the biggest music festivals in the world, Celtic Connections has a globally established reputation for new talent The Evening Times
The Old Fruitmarket wasn't the only new festival venue in 2006. The intimate Universal Folk Club brought together the great tradition bearers of Scottish Song, with each evening throughout the Festival dedicated to the unique musical characteristics of each region of Scotland.
The first concert was an unlucky 13 for Celtic Connections. La Fura del Baus (who were due to perform with Galician piper Carlos Nunez) had to pull out because of technical difficulties. The first official concert in 2006 was a school concert which saw 2000 school children enjoy Quebecois sensations – Le Vent du Nord.
A massive choice was on offer on the last day of the festival in 2006 including early morning gospel music with Hans Theessink, high energy funksters Croft No 5, Juliet Turner, Cliar and Session A9.