STORM FORCE Celtic Connections – Coasts and Waters 2020

STORM, a 10 meter high sea goddess arose from the River Clyde last Saturday morning 18 January 2020 in the calmer wake of her big brother Brendan who had battered these shore a few days previously.  Made entirely of recycled and natural materials, STORM is said to be the largest puppet in the UK. With …

Bothy Culture & Beyond – pure Cirque d’Ecosse @ccfest #ccfest18

Martyn Bennett’s second studio album Bothy Culture was given the full orchestral treatment on Saturday 27 January in Glasgow’s Hydro arena – mid-point highlight of this year’s sell-out Celtic Connections 25th  Anniversary Festival.  Building on the success of Greg Lawson’s arrangement of his friend Bennett’s album Grit – Nae Regrets – premiered at Celtic Connections …

A century apart – the art of Margaret Barry and Karine Polwart

Celtic Connections columnist Anni Donaldson reviews one show looking at the life and music of Margaret Barry This article first appeared in Common Space https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10265/anni-donaldson-century-apart-art-margaret-barry-and-karine-polwart THE gulf separating the lived experience of singers Margaret Barry and Karine Polwart could hardly be wider.  Margaret, born into a family of street musicians in Cork in 1917, and Karine, …