AMONG the celebrated musicians who have appeared at Celtic Connections since its launch in 1994 are Branford Marsalis, Joan Baez, Bobby Womack, Van Morrison, Steve Earle, Kathryn Williams, Tom Paxton, Tommy Emmanuel and Richard Thompson.
The 2003 edition starred The Waterboys, Sinead O’Connor, Bob Geldof, Evelyn Glennie, Billy Bragg, Laura Cantrell, and Eddi Reader with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Among the big names who appeared in 2009 were Nanci Griffith, Edwyn Collins, Kate Rusby, Cerys Matthews, Teddy Thompson, Youssou N’Dour, and Sly and Robbie.
Tom Jones sang at the 2011 Celtic Connections, a distinction he shared with Glasgow favourites Love And Money (making a one-off reunion after 16 years), John Grant, Rosanne Cash, Justin Currie and Bettye LaVette.
The 1994 festival featured Sharon Shannon, Dick Gaughan, The Chieftains, Dougie MacLean, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Wolfstone, and Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham.