Dec 2 Dean Owens, Tolbooth, Stirling
Dec 3 Dean Owens, The Weem, Aberfeldy
Dec 7 Ashton Lane, Classic Grand, Glasgow
Dec 7 The Shires, ABC Glasgow
Dec 8 Ags Connolly, Celtic Music Radio, Glasgow
Dec 9 Ags Connolly, Green Room, Perth
Dec 10 Ags Connolly, Green Hotel, Kinross
Dec 11 Ags Connolly, Clarks On Lindsay St, Dundee
Dec 12 Dean Owens, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Dec 30 Various Artists Acoustic Night , Meeting Place, Rutherglen
Jan 20 Calexico, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Jan 20 Tom Russell, MacIntosh Church, 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 Tom Paxton, Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow
Jan 27 LIV-ON (Olivia Newton John/Beth Neilsen Chapman/Amy Sky), Glasgow RCH
Jan 27 Ian Bruce, Meeting Place, Rutherglen
Jan 29 Mark O’Connor, City Halls, Glasgow
Jan 30 Special Consensus, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Feb 2 James McMurtry/Nathan Bell, Oran Mor, Glasgow
Feb 3/5 Tift Merrit/Jim Lauderdale (Transatlantic Sessions) , Glasgow RCH
Feb 4 Russell DeCarle Trio, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Feb 4 3Hat Trio, Mackintosh Church, Glasgow
Feb 22 Leann Rimes, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Feb 24 Tia McGraff, Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Mar 10-12 c2c Festival, Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Aug 21 Miranda Lambert, Clyde Auditorium
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.
But the one I’d be really excited about is Margo Price, a very traditional sounding Country girl, originally from Illinois. Her biggest influence is Loretta Lynn. You can hear it in her songs, and her album title, “Midwest Farmers Daughter” has more than a similarity with Loretta’s Coal Miners Daughter label.
After dropping out of college at the age of 20 she headed for Nashville, working various jobs, and formed a band called Margo and The Pricetags. Both Sturgill Simpson and Kenny Vaughn (from Marty Stuart’s band) played in the band for a time.
She has already appeared on “Later With Jools Holland”, and was named Female Honky Tonk Singer at this years’ Ameripolitan Awards,
Margo brings her unique modern honky tonk sound to Glasgow’s Oran Mor on January 24th.
Full details of all Celtic Connections events are available at www.celticconnections.com