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Orkney At The Heart Of Celtic Connections

Catriona Price, Kris Drever, and Eric Linklater, Saltfishforty, Gnoss and Fara will join more than 1,000 fellow musicians from across the world taking part in the 18-day Celtic Connections.

The festival runs from Thursday 19 January to Sunday 5 February 2023.

Tickets for Celtic Connections 2023 are available from www.celticconnections.com.

Celtic Connections 2023 will be the 30th edition of the world-famous festival, and will recognise the advancements and achievements of the last 30 years and all that organisers have overcome to bring people together in a defining cultural celebration. It will also acknowledge and celebrate the resilience of the Scottish music scene, and the live entertainment industry, in the face of adversity. 

The Orkney stars will be right at the heart of the action, joining international sensations, rising stars and homegrown talent alike in entertaining loyal audiences flocking to Glasgow for the annual event.

Talented fiddler and composer Catriona Price will perform as part of folk duo Twelfth Day at Drygate Brewery on Wednesday 25th January, as well as with Orkney’s four-piece group Fara at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 26th January. Catriona will also perform her beautiful debut solo album Hert, a folk and jazz-influenced multi-instrumental suite inspired by the poetry of Orkney, at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Strathclyde Suite on Friday 27th January.

Multi award-winning folk singer and guitarist Kris Drever is set to perform alongside John McCusker and an array of other talented musicians at City Halls on Sunday 22nd January. He will also be presenting a solo show with his full band plus special guests at Glasgow Concert Hall’s New Auditorium on Friday 27th January. 

Kirkwall-born Eric Linklater recorded his debut album at age 17, which was celebrated for its range of influence, spanning material from the US, Scandinavia, Ireland and Shetland, as well as original tunes and others from his native isles. Eric will perform a set of new original compositions inspired by Orkney landscapes, seascapes, people and traditions at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Strathclyde Suite on Sunday 5th February.

Celtic Connections favourites Saltfishforty – aka dynamic duo Douglas Montgomery on fiddle and viola, and Brian Cromarty on vocals, guitar and mandola – have thrilled audiences worldwide in their 20-year history. They will make a welcome return to the festival with some very special guests at The Mackintosh Church on Saturday 21st January.

Acclaimed four-piece group Gnoss combine outstanding musicianship, deep traditional roots and contemporary compositional flair to create songs and tunes brimming with character. They will share the stage at Saint Luke’s with celebrated Scottish folk singer and songwriter Siobhan Miller on Thursday 26th January. 

Donald Shaw, Creative Producer for Celtic Connections, said:

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming audiences from near and far to the 30th edition of Celtic Connections in Glasgow – it’s set to be a really special start to the new year.

“We’re always thrilled to be able to showcase brilliant Scottish artists from across the country and we’re looking forward to seeing them entertain crowds on this international stage this January.”