Celtic Connections - 5 Eclectic Celtic Connections

Youssou N’Dour

Youssou N’Dour

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.

Blazin' Fiddles

Contemporary fiddle band from the Highlands and Islands who've been called 'the Led Zeppelin of the folk world' and 'the U2 of their genre'.

Baptist Church, Emsworth

Thu 5 Mar

£22 / 01750 725480

Youssou N'Dour and Old Blind Dogs

A pivotal figure in Africa's music scene, Senegal native Youssou is joined on stage by Scottish folk veterans Old Blind Dogs. 'Part of Celtic Connections'.

Jamaican Burns Night with Sly&Robbie, Edward and Future Pilot Dub Arkestra

Scottish and reggae sounds collide is this wonderful celebration of Burns Night. Guests include Edwyn Collins. 'Part of Celtic Connections'.

La Bottine Souriante with Julie Fowlis

Exuberant Quebecois ten-piece fusing world rhythms and featuring foot percussionist Michel Bordeleau. Gaelic Ambassador of the Year, Julie Fowlis, supports.'Part of Celtic Connections'.

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