Celtic Connections 2017 programme announced
Laura Marling, Billy Bragg, Olivia Newton John, Beth Neilson Chapman and Karine Polwart on the bill
2100 musicians, 300 events over 18 days, and one pretty impressive programme: the stats for Celtic Connections 2017 are coming in strong, alright.
This year, the festival of world, folk and roots music is celebrating inspiring women, and that means an opening concert from none other than Laura Marling. She'll be performing the world premiere of orchestrations of her songs by Kate St. John with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, along with a host of special guests.
Marling's not the only lady in the spotlight, though. Karine Polwart is reviving her Fringe hit Wind Resistance at the festival, Brazilian singer Roberta Sá will be performing live, and Olivia Newton John will be performing with Beth Neilson Chapman (no requests for Summer Lovin', you lot).
The event will also mark the 150th anniversary of Canada to Glasgow, with shows by leading Canadian artists such as Martha Wainwright, Le Vent Du Nord, De Temps Antan and Russell deCarle.
Of course, folk and roots remains at the heart of the festival, and as such the likes of La Banda Europa led by Jim Sutherland, Unusual Suspects, Session A9, Dallahan, Tryst and Manran are all on the bill, along with festival favourites C Duncan, Pictish Trail, Fairport Convention, Liz Lochhead, Aidan Moffat, Seth Lakeman, Tom Paxton, King Creosote, Siobhan Miller, Orchestra Baobab, Robyn Stapleton, and SAY Award-winner Anna Meredith.
Celtic Connections is one of the biggest events in the cold, bleak Scottish winter, so naturally this is just a fraction of what's to come. There's also a wide range of ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, free events and late night sessions.
Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, said: 'A breath-taking range of styles and traditions radiates throughout Celtic Connections 2017. Artists who have shaped the present day and artists who are re-defining music for the future will take to the stage. Artists whose lives and cultures could not be more different will come together to share their stories, passion and skill.
'At the heart of it all is the simple life-affirming experience of being at a live music performance during a world leading festival. We can't wait for Celtic Connections 2017 to begin.'
Celtic Connections is on Thu 19 Jan–Sat 5 Feb and tickets are available now.