Jan 20   Calexico, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Jan 20   Tom Russell, St Andrews In The Square, Glasgow
Jan 21   Roddy Hart, Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
Jan 22   Amanda Rheaume, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Jan 22   Sarah Jarosz /Blue Rose Code , City Halls, Glasgow
Jan 24   Margo Price, Oran Mor, Glasgow
Jan 25   Aaron Watson, Oran Mor, Glasgow
Jan 25   Tom Paxton, Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow
Jan 26   Cathy Fink/Marcy Marxer, Piping Centre, Glasgow
Jan 27   LIV-ON (Olivia Newton John/Beth Neilsen Chapman/Amy Sky), Glasgow RCH
Jan 27   Ennis Sisters, Piping Centre, Glasgow
Jan 27   Ian Bruce, Meeting Place, Rutherglen
Jan 28   Roddy Hart , Glasgow RCH
Jan 29   Mark O’Connor, City Halls, Glasgow
Jan 30   Mary Chapin Carpenter, Glasgow RCH
Jan 30   Special Consensus, Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow RCH
Feb 1    John Paul White/Callaghan, Mackintosh Church, Glasgow
Feb 2    James McMurtry/Nathan Bell, Oran Mor, Glasgow
Feb 3    Old Roots/New Shoots, Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow RCH
Feb 3/5  Tift Merrit/Jerry Douglas (Transatlantic Sessions) , Glasgow RCH
Feb 4    Russell DeCarle Trio, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Feb 4    Kevin McGuire, Broadcast, Glasgow
Feb 4    Johnny Cash Forever Words, City of Music Studio, Glasgow RCH
Feb 4    3Hat Trio, Mackintosh Church, Glasgow
Feb 8    High Valley, Broadcast, Glasgow
Feb 15  Chuck Prophet, ABC, Glasgow
Feb 18  Brandon McPhee, Eden Court, Inverness
Feb 19  Brian Hughes, Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow
Feb 22  Leann Rimes, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Feb 23  Handsome Family,   St Lukes, Glasgow
Feb 24  Tia McGraff, Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Feb 24  Handsome Family, The Caves, Edinburgh
Feb 25 Geordie Jack, Eden Court, Inverness
Mar 1-5 Belfast-Nashville Songwriters Festival, Belfast
Mar 1    Robert Mizzell, Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Mar 3    Robert Mizzell, Webster Theatre, Arbroath
Mar 4    Robert Mizzell, Falkirk Town Hall
Mar 5    Robert Mizzell, Whitehall Theatre, Dundee
Mar 10-12   c2c Festival, Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Mar 15  Lisa McHugh, The Albany, Greenock
Mar 16  Lisa McHugh, Corran Halls, Oban
Mar 17  Lisa McHugh, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie
Mar 18  Lisa McHugh, Webster Theatre, Arbroath
Mar 22   Ben Glover, Admiral Bar, Glasgow
Mar 23   Foster & Allen, Maltings, Berwick
Mar 24   Foster & Allen, Motherwell Concert Hall
Mar 24   Brigitte DeMeyer/Will Kimbrough, Woodend Bowling Club, Glasgow
Mar 25   Foster & Allen, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
Mar 26   Foster & Allen, Paisley Town Hall
Mar 30   Mike Denver, Ryan Centre, Stranraer
Mar 31-Apr 2 Paul Claffey Tours Irish Country Weekend, Raddison Blu, Glasgow
Apr 1     Foster & Allen, Webster Theatre, Arbroath
Apr 2     Foster & Allen, Livingston
Apr 4     Foster & Allen, Aberdeen
Apr 5     Foster & Allen, Perth Theatre
Apr 6     Foster & Allen, Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock
Apr 7     Foster & Allen, Falkirk Town Hall
Apr 8     Foster & Allen, Ayr
Apr 8     Dexeter , 13th Note, Glasgow
Apr 9     Foster & Allen, Eden Court, Inverness
Apr 12   Boo Hewerdine, Admiral Bar, Glasgow
Apr 19   Nathan Carter, Concert Hall, Motherwell
Apr 20   Nathan Carter, Perth Concert Hall
Apr 19   The Shires, Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
Apr 20   The Shires, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Apr 22   Oh Susannah, Admiral Bar, Glasgow
Apr 30   Ward Thomas, Queens Hall, Edinburgh
May 2    Daniel O’Donnell, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
May 12  Derek Ryan, Gaeity Theatre, Ayr
May 13  Derek Ryan, Corran Halls, Oban
May 14  Derek Ryan, Whitehall Theatre, Dundee
May 16  Derek Ryan, Town Hall, Paisley
May 17  Tim O’Brien, StAndrews In The Square, Glasgow
May 22  Jimmy Buckley, Buccleugh Centre, Langholm
May 23  Jimmy Buckley, Webster Theatre, Arbroath
May 24  Jimmy Buckley, Eden Court, Inverness
May 26  Jimmy Buckley, Assembly Rooms, Wick
May 27  Ward Thomas, Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
May 27  Jimmy Buckley, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
May 28  Jimmy Buckley, Falkirk Town Hall
Jun 21    The Danberrys, Admiral Bar, Glasgow
Aug 21  Miranda Lambert, Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow

The 2017 Celtic Connections Festival has a varied selection of events that will be of interest to readers. Glasgow’s annual winter festival runs from Jan 19-Feb 5 at various venues across the city, and offers a wide variety of loosely connected Celtic influenced events from traditional folk music to progressive music from all over the world.  Amongst its’ 300 + events are several Americana artists appearing.
This year, they’ve even got Olivia Newton John ! The English born Country sweetheart of the 70’s, went on to even greater fame as Sandy in “Grease”.
Her award of the ACM’s Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year and a Grammy for Top Country Female caused a bit of controversy from the Nashville fraternity, although she did gain support from Stella Parton, who wrote and recorded “Ode To Olivia” in her defence.
Olivia has fought a long battle with cancer, and has used her celebrity status to promote, campaign and support those affected by the illness.
She has her own clinic in Melbourne, Australia.
Her latest project is a vocal collaboration with Nashville singer songwriter Beth Neilson Chapman and Canadian Amy Sky. It’s called “Liv-On”.
Beth is a regular visitor to Celtic Connections, and the trio are brining “Liv On” to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on January 27th, which will be one of the festival’s main events.
Other Country & Americana visitors to Celtic Connections 2017, include Jim Lauderdale & Tift Merritt, who are both part of “Transatlantic Sessions”, the annual multi-performer concert which grew out of the popular Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham TV series. Transatlantic Sessions is held over two nights, Friday 3rd & Sunday 5th February, at The Royal Concert Hall.
Canadian Russell De Carle returns after his first Scottish tour last Spring. The voice of the iconic Prairie Oyster group, will, once again, be joined by Denis Keldie and Steve Briggs, when they play The Tron Theatre on February 4th.
Ace fiddle player Mark O’Connor plays The City Halls on January 29th.
Mark has played on many Country stars’ records, and has made several albums of his own including his “Nashville Cats” CD, and the rip roaring “Devil Went Back To Georgia”, which followed up on the earlier Charlie Daniels hit.
Another regular Celtic Connections visitor is Tom Russell. The master songwriter who has no less than 35 albums to his credit plays The McIntosh Church on January 20th.