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Glasgow Walking Tours Blog: Anais Mitchell at Celtic Connections

At the age of 38, Anais Mitchell is something of a Celtic Connections veteran, having performed her Child Ballads album at the 2013 festival with fellow singer/guitarist Jefferson Hamer and an early concert version of her folk opera Hadestown at the Old Fruitmarket in 2011. Nine years later, Hadestown is a multiple Tony Award-winning toast-of-Broadway…

Glasgow Walking Tours Blog: Return to Y’Hup Tribute to Ivor Cutler at Celtic Connections

There is nobody quite – or even remotely – like Ivor Cutler, the great Glaswegian sage, storyteller and songwriter who starred as lugubrious bus conductor Buster Bloodvessel in The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour movie, recorded more John Peel sessions than any other act (apart from The Fall) and could often be seen on late night…

Glasgow Walking Tours Blog: Peggy Seeger at Celtic Connections

Here at Glasgow Music City Tours, we love our legends – be that the tall tales we tell on our tours or the legendary performers who have visited our city over the years. As we prepare to launch our latest round of Celtic Connections tours, we look forward to this year’s sterling festival programme and,…

Trad Trail at Celtic Connections 2020

Our Trad Trail tours return for Celtic Connections in 2020. From Friday 17th January, our two hour, folk-themed walking tours will run every weekend of the festival. They are one of our most successful tours and tickets tend to sell out. If you want to make sure you can come on tour on a date…

Everything Flows and Celtic Connections present 25 Years of Creeping Bent: Things Are Tough, We Can Still Picnic

THE CREEPING BENT ORGANISATION launched 25 years ago with a maximedia show (A Leap Into The Void) at Glasgow’s Tramway. Everything Flows and Celtic Connections present ‘Things Are Tough, We Can Still Picnic’ at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) on Friday 1st Feb. The show will be unique on many levels, and will feature…

Karine Polwart’s love affair with Scottish pop

We are huge fans of the award-winning singer Karine Polwart here at Glasgow Music City Tours and still go a bit fluttery at the memory of her Celtic Connections concert where she, her brother Steven and writer James Robertson performed a tribute to Joni Mitchell’s Hejira album. This year she joins Kris Drever and the…

Frederick Douglass’s Celtic Connections: Guest blog by Alasdair Pettinger

On our Trad Trail Tour for Celtic Connections we mention Frederick Douglass, a fugitive from American slavery who became a leader of the abolitionist movement, and the time he spent in Glasgow. We’re delighted that Alasdair Pettinger, Information Manager at the Scottish Music Centre has written about Frederick Douglass’s Celtic Connections for us. Alasdair’s new…

Everything Flows in association with Celtic Connections

EVERYTHING FLOWS is a new cultural events organisation, and to highlight their inauguration they are producing two shows for Celtic Connections. Esteemed independent labels Marina Records and The Creeping Bent Organisation celebrate being operational for 25 years, therefore it seems prescient for both labels to have shows as part of Celtic Connections. The first show…

Trad Trail Tours 2019: Scotia Folk Club Newsletters 1970s

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In anticipation of our forthcoming Trad Trail Tours for Celtic Connections, we wanted to share an extract from one of our favourite blogs from our very first year. We couldn’t help but notice that a guest on our tour, Joan Brown, really knew her stuff, and in a cosy nook in the Scotia Bar she produced…

Dean Owens: The Magic of Celtic Connections

In anticipation of his Celtic Connections gig, we’re delighted to have a guest blog from Dean Owens, one of Scotland’s finest singer songwriters. His fans include Irvine Welsh who called Dean “Scotland’s most engaging and haunting singer songwriter”. Legendary BBC broadcaster “Whispering” Bob Harris reckons that Dean is “Scotland’s best troubadour”.