Mull musicians light up wintry Celtic Connections

The opening of Celtic Connections is one of many things to look forward to in the new year in Glasgow.

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Artists from Mull are set to light up Europe’s largest winter music festival when they take to the Celtic Connections stage later this month.

Alasdair C. Whyte, Hannah Fisher and Sorren Maclean will join musicians from across the world taking part in more than 300 events in venues throughout Glasgow from Thursday January 16 to Sunday February 2.

The 18 days of entertainment will brighten up the dark, wet January nights with a mixture of concerts that include a host of one-off musical collaborations alongside talks, workshops, film screenings, theatre productions, ceilidhs, exhibitions, free events and late-night sessions, says Donald Shaw, Creative Producer of Celtic Connections.

This year’s programme promises a dazzling array of traditional folk, roots, Americana, jazz, soul and world music – and Alasdair, Hannah and Sorren will be right at the heart of it.

One half of Gaelictronica duo WHYTE, Alasdair C. Whyte will perform tracks from the highly-praised new release Tairm, as part of Gaels Le Chèile @ Ceòl ’s Craic at the CCA.

Hannah Fisher and Sorren Maclean will perform songs from their back catalogue as well as debuting new music from their forthcoming album at The Mackintosh Church on Thursday January 30.

Mr Shaw said: ‘Celtic Connections will once again put on a diverse and expansive programme of events, welcoming musicians and visitors from near and far to Glasgow for this iconic winter festival.

‘Home-grown talent continues to be at the heart of Celtic Connections and we’re looking forward to welcoming Alasdair, Hannah and Sorren from Mull to entertain the crowds on this international stage.’

Renowned as a musical cure for the wintertime blues, Celtic Connections 2020 will be the 27th incarnation of a festival that began in 1994, when it offered 66 events at one venue. Since then it has grown more adventurous, experimental and diverse each year and now offers thousands of events in locations across Glasgow, added Mr Shaw.