Celtic Connections - 5 Eclectic Celtic Connections
1 Youssou N’Dour and Old Blind Dogs Fancy an African music superstar? Check. Fancy some of Scotland’s finest contemporary folk? Check. Fancy both? Here you go, then, enjoy.
2 Jamaican Burns Night What better way to celebrate Scotland’s national poet than with a night of quality reggae and dub? Erm, quite. Burns apparently almost immigrated to the Caribbean, which is reason enough to invite legends Sly & Robbie to perform with guests Edwyn Collins and Karine Polwart, with Future Pilot AKA doing dub versions of Orange Juice songs to boot. Now that’s eclectic.
3 Shooglenifty with Ensemble Kaboul and Baskery Edinburgh acid-folk mayhem performing with Afghanistan’s most successful folk outfit after they met in Borneo last year. Really. Throw in a punk-flecked all-girl Swedish country band in Baskery and bob’s yer uncle for a diverse night of revelry.
4 La Bottine Souriante with Julie Fowlis Award-winning Gaelic folk singer (and inaugural Gaelic Ambassador, no less) Fowlis delivers the poignancy while the ten-piece Quebecois party machine blast out their jazzy salsa-funk with ridiculous abandon. Oh yes.
5 Blazing Fiddles and Galant, tu perds ton temps The latter translates as ‘Lover-boy, you’re wasting your time’, and is an all-female five-piece Canadian band delivering traditional Quebecois a capella folk songs. Should go down nicely with ‘the Led Zep of the folk world’ Blazin’ Fiddles and their high-octane romp through the Scottish songbook.