Celtic Connections & Creative Scotland
SLIGO LIVE, Ireland’s fastest growing music festival has a Scottish partner - Glasgow’s massive Celtic Connections Festival, the world’s largest roots music Winter Festival. The alliance sees the festivals cooperating on programming and marketing.
Celtic Connections host a Sligo Live night each year and Celtic Connections present a Scottish Programme at Sligo Live Festival which started in 2011 and highlights the strong cultural links and kinship between Scotland and Ireland. This partnership has significant cultural value not just for Sligo but for Ireland, and is an opportunity to promote Irish Artists and Scottish Artists to an international audience. This is the first time the 18 day event, which is held in January each year, has partnered any overseas event.
Sligo Live's partnership with Celtic Connections and investment from Creative Scotland (Scotland's Arts Council) brought artists from Scotland's hotbed of emerging talent to Ireland last year. Artists including Rachel Sermanni, Admiral Fallow, The Dirty Beggars, Rura and The Friels performed in Sligo.
The very first Sligo Live @ Celtic Connections featured Téada, The Unwanted and Túcan in 2011.
In January 2012 Sligo Live again curated a sold-out a triple bill in 2012 at St Andrews in the Square. The sold-out show happened at St Andrews On The
Square. The 18th Century former church is considered one of the finest
neo-classical churches in Britain, and now Glasgow's Centre for Scottish
Culture, promoting Scottish music, song and dance.
Audiences arrived for the nights headliners accordionist Máirtín O’Connor with guitarist, singer and fiddler Seamie O’Dowd. Individually both are rightly famous for their musical prowess. Combined their performance ran a gauntlet of emotions from the subtle yet inventive arrangements of slower numbers to blistering jigs and reels.
Radio WGBH (Boston USA) was in attendance and most impressed by Sligo outfit The JPTrio later posting...
“Great instrumentalists with a lot of innovation and terrific
percussion. But the singer is what caught my attention. Singers are rare
jewels and when they are this good they catch my attention. Niamh
Farrell, totally new to me, sang sean-nos (old) style and also did a
great version of Wade in the Water. Versatile and one to watch for. I
certainly will be.”
The Gorgeous Colours caught the attention of BBC Scotland who featured 4 live tracks from the band on Mary Ann Kennedy’s Global Gathering. And you can now watch them in action on BBC Celtic Connections video highlights of the 2012 festival.
As its name suggests this Scottish festival is all about the connections – “celebrating them, creating them, discovering them, reviving them”. An ethos shared by Sligo Live who has been actively talent spotting Scottish Acts at Celtic Connections for the upcoming autumn bank holiday festival.
Sligo Live Producer, Rory O’Connor “The Scottish strand of our 2011 programme, made possible by Creative Scotland, was a huge success; really adding to the vibrancy of Sligo Live in 2011 and introduced a raft of superb Scottish acts to a new audience.” Expect no less in Sligo in 2012.
To learn more about Celtic Connections Music Festival click here
Video - Mary Ann Kennedy Global Gathering BBC Scotland