With attendances reaching well over 100,000 for the eighth year in a row and gross ticket sales of over £1.1million Celtic Connections has now ended for another year.
Over 2000 of the best known artists in traditional and roots music, world, indie, jazz, folk, soul and Americana descended on Glasgow from all corners of the globe for a fantastic 18 days of world-class music.
One of the highlights of Celtic Connections 2015 as reported on the Celtic Connections web site was the outstanding, sold-out opening concert of the live world première of Martyn Bennett’s final masterpiece Grit. The fantastic performance, of an almost entirely studio-created album, was lovingly reconstructed by violinist and composer Greg Lawson for a custom-designed orchestra of folk, jazz and classical players.
It was an opening night to remember with five star reviews and people, who attended or watched the BBC Scotland recording of it a week later, raving about it on social media with fans describing it as “beyond beautiful” and “stunning, joyful, emotional, amazing” and saying they had “cried tears of sheer joy” at the orchestration of the fearless album.
Other festival highlights of Celtic Connections 2015 included: Van Morrison, Fairport Convention, Calexico, Craig Armstrong with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Shooglenifty, Tweedy, Eddi Reader, Treacherous Orchestra, Lambchop, Carlos Núñez, Danú, King Creosote performing ‘From Scotland With Love’, Angélique Kidjo with the RSNO, Punch Brothers, Dick Gaughan, Le Vent Du Nord, Blazin’ Fiddles, Tommy Emmanuel, Hudson Taylor, The Pierces and Taraf de Haidouks, The Mischa Macpherson Trio, Tony Allen, Skerryvore, Manran and off course The Danny Kyle Open Stage.
The Danny Kyle Open Stage which is supported by the Evening Times and broadcast every night live on Celtic Music Radio 95FM and also on Dunoon Community Radio 97.4FM.
Celtic Music Radio have announced that they have broken its audience record for this year’s Celtic Connections with over 115,976 listeners tuned in either on 95FM across Glasgow or via its website
Its 30-strong team of volunteers, with technical support from Glasgow Caledonian University Audio Technology students, broadcast live for 116 hours and this included live sets from 80 musicians and groups from Scotland and other parts of the UK and overseas.
Music fans attended approximately 300 concerts, ceilidhs, free events, late night sessions and workshops, which took place in over 20 venues across Glasgow over 18 days.
Celtic Connections continues to……………