Celtic Con­nec­tions lives up to name

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Ir­ish mini-fes­ti­val Sligo Live is to cu­rate its own night at the an­nual Celtic Con­nec­tions event, which is cur­rently tak­ing place in Glas­gow.

Young trad band Téada, who have al­ready head­lined sev­eral world-mu­sic fes­ti­vals, will be joined by Sligo trad-fu­sion act Tú­can and rock trio The Un­wanted.

“We thought it would be ap­pro­pri­ate to show­case on our first out­ing some su­perb tal­ent that is based right here in Sligo, which is a town that is alive with mu­sic,” said fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Shane Mitchell.

A large num­ber of Ir­ish artists – in­clud­ing Andy Irvine, Horslips, Gemma Hayes and Imelda May – are among the mu­si­cians lined up to play the Scot­tish fes­ti­val, which runs from Jan­uary 13th to 30th and cel­e­brates all things Celtic and cul­tural. Other non-Ir­ish acts on the bill in­clude John Grant, Mavis Sta­ples and Richard Thomp­son.

This year’s Sligo Live fes­ti­val will take place from Oc­to­ber 27th to the 31st, and it will re­turn the favour by fea­tur­ing mu­sic from Celtic Con­nec­tions for the first time. sligo­live.ie

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