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Following on from yesterday’s blog, here are some more Celtic Connections recommendations for the latter half of the festival.
The Angolan-Portuguese DJ Pedro Coquenão, aka Batida (pictured left, photo by Manuel Lino), released his debut album on the hip Soundway label (a Top of the World in #84) and he’ll be supporting French Gypsy-swingers Caravan Palace (January 24, O2 ABC).
The premiere of a sea-themed collaboration, Dán, by some top-notch Celtic and Breton musicians including band members from Kan and Guidewires and Gaelic singer Alyth McCormack (January 24, Old Fruitmarket).
Burns Night sees a specially-commissioned evening of music, courtesy of Scots Trad Music Award-winners Breabach and Kathleen MacInnes, together with Blazin’ Fiddles and Dougie MacLean (January 25, Concert Hall).
If anyone has mastered the art of cloning, it’ll come in very handy for the night of January 26 when there are no less than 13 artists who I’d go and see without any hesitation. They include: Sarah Jarosz, Baloji, Katy Carr, The Be Good Tanyas, The Halton Quartet, Mike McGoldrick’s band and Duncan Chisholm (whose latest release Affric was one of my favourite albums of 2012) (Various venues).
Last issue’s cover star Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni ba team up with fellow Malians Sidi Touré and Tamikrest for Sahara Soul (January 27, Concert Hall).
The Radio 2 Folk Awards will be broadcast live from Glasgow for the first time, hosted by Julie Fowlis and Mark Radcliffe, plus performances by some of the winners (January 30, Concert Hall).
Songlines faves Anda Union are bound to go down a treat in Glasgow. They’re on the same billing as the equally impressive Frigg who have a Top of the World review in the next issue, #90 (January 30, Old Fruitmarket).
The highly-acclaimed Scottish singer Karine Polwart and US stars Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer (also with a Top of the World in #90) (February 2, City Halls).
The final day sees singer-songwriter and guitarist Sorren Maclean from Mull take part in the New Voices initiative that showcases new talent (February 3, Mitchell Theatre).
On top of all that, there are workshops galore, an open stage and a late-night festival club – so many reasons why I wouldn’t want to be heading anywhere else this month. Now, how quickly can I get myself up to Glasgow…
Amongst the winners were Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes [pictured] who won Album of the Year for Cille Bhrìde (reviewed in the current issue, #89) and Duncan Chisholm who won Instrumentalist of the Year (his latest album Affric is a Top of the World and Best Album of 2012 in the current issue). Live Act of the Year winners were Session A9, with Breabach winning Scottish Folk Band of the Year. Julie Fowlis also won an award for Trad Music in the Media for her contribution to the Pixar animated film Brave.
The full list of all the winners can be found at: www.scottishcultureonline.com
The three-week festival boasts truly Olympic proportions – 2011 saw a record-breaking 2,542 different shows, staging 41,689 performances in 258 venues by 21,192 performers.
This year looks like another mind-boggling affair, so here’s a selection of some of the musical highlights the Songlines team would be making a beeline to (if we weren’t all holed up in London, putting the next issue together):
Only two days till we head up the M5 to Shrewsbury for their annual Folk shindig. We’re all busy doing sun dances here at Songlines HQ, and praying for fine weather, but sadly the forecast doesn’t look too bright. Never mind, at least there’s plenty of wonderful music on over the weekend to keep us smiling even if we do get rained on.
Here are just a few things I’m particularly looking forward to seeing:
Cecil Sharp Project – saw this at Cecil Sharp House back in March and the album has been a constant on the Songlines office stereo, so I can’t wait to see them again. I’m also looking forward to all of the Project’s members’ individual sets, so Steve Knightley with Show of Hands, Caroline Herring (the lady has a voice that is guaranteed to warm up a chilly Shropshire evening), Kathryn with her husband Sean Lakeman; Patsy with Breabach; Andy who’s playing with Chris Wood; Leonard with his new Duhks offshoot band, the Turtle Duhks and last but not least, siblings Jim Moray and Jackie Oates. You can read all about the Project in the current issue and hear a track on the covermount CD.
Bellowhead – well, it’s no secret that the Songlines team are all Bellowhead groupies, especially after their fabulous opening gig at WOMAD. I hope they’ll be bringing along their Songlines award along as a mascot (or maybe Pete Flood has incorporated it into his percussion kit!).
17 Hippies – my favourite German big band.
Walsh & Pound – we featured them in Songlines a couple of issues back (#76) and I’m rather partial to a bit of harmonica and banjo, so keen to check these guys out.
Lots more great stuff to check out. If you’re going, then come along to the CD Artists signing tent, where you’ll find some of the Songlines crew (Jo, Alex, Sophie and Chris).
Right, now where are my wellies…?