Music fans can’t wait to make the Celtic Connection...

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MUSIC fans are tuning up to sweep away the January blues when the 20th anniversary Celtic Connections Festival kicks off next week.

Since it was launched in 1994 the festival has become one of the major music events not only in Scotland, but across Europe and beyond.

Held in venues throughout the city, including Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, O2 ABC, The Old Fruit Market, The Arches, The Barrowland Ballroom, Oran Mor, The City Halls, The Mitchell Theatre and St Andrew’s in the Square, this year’s festival line-up of acts is possibly one of the best yet.

Among the artists set to appear are The Mavericks, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kate Rusby, Dougie MacLean, Roddy Hart, Bellowhead, Aimee Mann, Paul Brady, Eric Bibb, Heidi Talbot and Fiddlers Bid – to name just a few.

One of the highlights will be the opening concert on Thursday, January 17 in the Royal Concert Hall.

It will feature a host of artists who have performed at the festival over the years, including Julie Fowlis, Eddi Reader, Capercaillie and Dick Gaughan.

The Transatlantic Sessions are always popular with Celtic Connections audiences and this year will be no exception with musical directors Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain taking the helm in an all-star band of musicians.

Another highlight of this year’s festival is sure to be Irish songbird Cara Dillon’s concert with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Celtic Connections runs from January 17 -February 3. For more information and ticket details visit www.celticconnections.com or call 0141 353 8000.

Pictured above – musician Eric Bibb is just one of the top performers appearing at Celtic Connections 2013. Photo by Patricia de Gorostarzu

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