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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…

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Dean Owens: The Magic of Celtic Connections

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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”. Read More »

Trad Trail Tour for Celtic Connections 2019

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In between raiding the mince pies and making inroads on the whisky, Glasgow Music City Tours will spend much of the festive period polishing our stories for our Trad Trail Walking Tour for Celtic Connections 2019. The tours have sold out for the past 3 years so if you’d like to get your hands on…

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Celtic Connection’s Lesley Shaw: Guest blog Pt 2

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Here’s Part 2 of our Guest Blog by Lesley Shaw, Producer at Celtic Connections, one of the busiest women in the business, it’s a great read. Thanks Lesley, we don’t know how you found the time!

Lesley after a couple of drams and a hoolie

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Celtic Connection’s Lesley Shaw: Guest blog

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We’re hugely grateful to Lesley Shaw, Producer at Celtic Connections, one of the busiest women in the business, for writing a guest blog for us. Here’s Part 1 — it’s a great read. Thanks Lesley, we don’t know how you found the time! Lesley…

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The Grit Orchestra: Bothy Culture and Beyond

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We often say on our music tours that Celtic Connections is as much about the connections part of its name as it is about Celtic music, and there can be no better example of this than the Grit Orchestra, a 75-piece beast of a group comprising musicians from Scotland’s classical, jazz and folk fraternities. The orchestra was…

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Celtic Connections: Trad Trail Tours

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It’s our third year at Celtic Connections, and we’re very proud to run our Merchant City Trad Trail tours again. The tours have sold out for the last two years and we’re expecting to do so again in 2018. Places on the tours are limited, but there are still some tickets available here. Read More »

Shirley Collins at Celtic Connections

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This weekend, folk legend Shirley Collins will make her Celtic Connections debut. A lot of people are very excited about welcoming this esteemed singer to the festival for her first Scottish show in decades. Emerging from the British folk boom of the 1950s and 60s, Shirley has released some of the most influential albums in…

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Alice Marra at Celtic Connections

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Like many musicians, Alice Marra is braced for a busy Celtic Connections. Firstly, she will be playing with her band, rootsy pop combo The Hazey Janes, in collaboration with the writer Liz Lochhead and saxophonist Steve Kettley. Their sold out show, The Light Comes Back, like their album of the same name, is a mix of spoken word and atmospheric, jazzy…

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Rab Noakes 70/50 in 2017

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The redoubtable Rab Noakes, our favourite stylish veteran troubadour from the Kingdom of Fife, has already kindly blogged for us about his early gig-going experiences in Glasgow, and his stories were so good that we incorporated them in our Glasgow’s Music Mile tour (paying full credit to Rab, naturally). But as he prepares to celebrate his 70th birthday and fifty years…

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