Five picks from Celtic Connections 2012

Five picks from the Celtic Connections programme

Vieux Farka Touré

Featuring Zoe Muth, Jack Bruce, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins, World Turned Upside Down and Vieux Farka Touré

Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers

The year in Americana 2011 belongs to Gillian Welch and the release of her album The Harrow & the Harvest, but amongst a promising field of young female country singers, Zoe Muth stands out. With her ear for an instant melody and fondness for a bleak lyric, the Seattle native – aided by her trusty quartet The Lost High Rollers – is a natural successor to the likes of Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn and Welch.
The Arches, Glasgow, Sat 21 Jan.

Jack Bruce with Lau and Special Guests

The Cream legend teams up with arguably Britain’s most innovative contemporary folk band Lau, percussionist Jim Sutherland, keyboardist Andy May, guitarist Taj Wyzgowski, drummer Chris Peacock, bassist Nico Bruce and Mr McFall’s Chamber, for a mouthwatering evening of music unlikely to be heard again. Alas.
Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Wed 25 Jan.

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins

One of the albums of the year, the duo’s Mercury-nominated Diamond Mine already stands out as one of the most important collaborative albums of recent years. The pairing of Fence Records boss Kenny Anderson and electronica artist Hopkins has left fans desperately wanting more, which makes this one of the hottest tickets of the festival.
O2 ABC, Glasgow, Thu 26 Jan.

World Turned Upside Down

Taking its name from an English Civil War ballad, World Turned Upside Down is an exploration of the relationship between folk music and protest song, from its beginnings to the role of folk musicians in more recent events such as the Arab Spring. Justin Currie and Karine Polwart are joined by Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran, Native American songwriters and activists Pura Fé and John Trudell and English folk singer Chris Wood.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Wed 1 Feb.

Vieux Farka Touré

One of Africa’s biggest music stars and son of the late Malian guitar legend Ali Farka Touré, Vieux Farka Touré continues to break new ground in African guitar music with his third album ‘The Secret’. Recorded in Bamako and New York, and deeply rooted in the traditions of his homeland, it’s an intense and innovative blend of blues, rock and jazz.
The Arches, Glasgow, Sun 5 Feb.

Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers - 'You Only Believe Me When I'm Lying'

Jack Bruce - Hit and Run (Live)

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Bubble

"Ana" Music Video - Vieux Farka Toure

Celtic Connections

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots, indie, world and traditional music festival celebrating the links between Celtic music and cultures across the globe. An international cast of over 2000 artists descend upon Glasgow, to create over 300 events. These include ceilidhs, workshops, talks, dancing, art exhibitions and free events.

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 18 Jan 2018

Times to be confirmed / prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Fri 19 Jan 2018

Times to be confirmed / prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Sat 20 Jan 2018

Times to be confirmed / prices vary / 0141 353 8000

…and 15 more dates until 4 Feb 2018

Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers

Young Americana singer-songwriter who's been likened to Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn.

World Turned Upside Down

A distillation of protest song from around the world, as performed by Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran, Native American singer/songwriter activists Pura Fe and John Trudell, Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie, Karine Polwart and Chris Wood, winner of the Folk Singer of the Year accolade at the 2011 BBC Folk Awards. Part…

Jack Bruce with Lau & friends and Domini Magic

The legendary Cream bassist (and childhood Glasgow Mod winner) joins forces with folk trio Lau and Mr McFall's Chamber for one of Celtic Connections' most intriguing team-ups. Catalan quartet Domini Magic supply the support. Part of Celtic Connections.

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