Celtic Connections gigs for £12 and under
Featuring King Ayisoba, Wounded Knee, Jo Mango, RM Hubbert and The Festival Club
Glasgow’s annual festival Celtic Connections, a celebration of folk, roots, indie, world and traditional music, is a welcome respite from dreich January. With Christmas just behind us purse strings may be a little tight but luckily there are plenty of gigs with tickets at £12 and under so you get your fix of ukulele, kologo and fiddle on a budget.
Daniel Padden & King Ayisoba and Sound of Yell – The pair present a song cycle celebrating the seasons and inspired by Edinburgh and the Pentland Hills. The musicians draw on diverse influences including African guitar minimalism, cosmic jazz and folk traditions. Also on the bill is Steve Jones performing eccentric acoustic music as Sound of Yell.
Glad Cafe, Sat 16 Jan, 8pm, £12.
New Voices – A series of events with singers performing new compositions. Highland-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Hamish Napier (Sun 17 Jan) showcases The River, inspired by a mile long stretch of the Spey and accompanied by sonic images. Breabach singer and guitarist Ewan Robertson (Sun 24 Jan) performs Transitions, a sequence of songs and tunes inspired by his experiences of the Celtman extreme triathlon and Scottish fiddler, singer and composer Kate Young (Sun 31 Jan) presents a new collection of songs partly influenced by the lost lore of plant's healing power.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite, Sun 17, 24 & 31 Jan, 1pm, £12.
Fields of Green: Songwriter's Circle – Scottish songwriters Rachel Sermanni, RM Hubbert, Louis Abbott of Admiral Fallow, The Pictish Trail and Jo Mango premiere a series of brand new songs inspired by their life on the road as musicians. In addition to performing their songs they use a classic songwriter’s circle forum to discuss their writing process.
Platform, Thu 21 Jan, 7.30pm, £12.
This is Kologo Power! – A triple bill with Ghanaian trailblazer King Ayisoba mising kologo music with the energy and flavour of the modern Ghanaian dance scene, soulful kologo player Ayuune Sule and Zea, the alter-ego of Arnold de Boer, who deploys guitar and sampler for crazily high energy songs.
Platform, Sat 23 Jan, 7.30pm, £12.
Hazy Recollections – A mix of indie, roots, folk and country for a Sunday afternoon. Sun 17 Jan includes Scottish folk trio Something Someone and Teen Canteen, who played the T Break Stage at T in the Park. Sun 24 Jan features the inaugural winner of the Gerry Rafferty Songwriting Award Michael Cassidy and purveyors of rowdy folk blues Have Mercy Las Vegas. The final session on Sun 31 Jan sees Scottish duo and winners of the Calmac Culture competition Bella & the Bear and Glasgow singer-songwriter Donna Maciocia, who layers vocals, piano and beatboxing with a side of kazoo and ukulele.
O2 ABC, Sun 17, 24 & 31 Jan, 2.30pm, £12.
Danny Kyle's Open Stage Finalists – Between 200 and 300 acts apply, 80 are selected to perform during the festival and only the six best are invited to compete in this final. The Danny Kyle Open Stage has previously seen performances from Malinky, Karine Polwart and Breabach so get in there to see the next big thing before they're headlining the fest.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall, Sat 31 Jan, 5pm, £5.
The Festival Club – When all the gigs are done the Festival Club opens in The Art School to keep the tunes going until the early hours. The only guarantee of the evening is host Kevin Macleod, with the line-up never announced before the night. Expect plenty of jamming.
The Art School, Fri, Sat & Sun throughout the festival; also Thu 21 & 28 Jan, 10.30pm–late, £9 Thu, Fri & Sat; £5 Sun.
Late Night Sessions – A more chilled out version of The Festival Club hosted by Findlay Napier and with an equally mysterious lineup. If you can't decide who to see this allows you a taste of several acts in one show.
Drygate Brewery, Fri & Sat throughout the festival; also Sun 24 Jan, 10.30pm–late, £5.
Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Thu 14–Sun 31 Jan.