Celtic Con­nec­tions

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

Glas­gow’s pre­mier folk fes­ti­val re­turns very soon with a crack­ing line-up of gigs this year.

I pre­vi­ously wrote a brief pre­view of the open­ing evening and, over the com­ing weeks, I would like to pre­view a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent con­certs which I think will be of in­ter­est to Oban Times read­ers.

This week my fo­cus is on a con­cert called Tiree: A Toast to Ten Years of Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which will take place on Fri­day Jan­uary 18 at 9.30pm in the Old Fruit­mar­ket.

I think I have man­aged to make it to seven out of the nine Tiree Fes­ti­vals over the past 10 years, so I cer­tainly won’t be miss­ing this cel­e­bra­tion of the fes­ti­val’s an­niver­sary.

From the first fes­ti­val in July 2010, at­tended by a 600-strong crowd, the event has since flour­ished to be­come one of the most an­tic­i­pated events in the High­land (or even the Scot­tish) mu­sic cal­en­dar – nowa­days rou­tinely sell­ing out its cur­rent ca­pac­ity of 2,000.

There are a num­ber of sur­prises be­ing kept for the lineup of this gig but rest as­sured there will be a whole host of acts who have per­formed at the fes­ti­val over the years join­ing Sk­er­ryvore on­stage for a party.

Tiree Fes­ti­val will be cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary this year, start­ing with a con­cert at Celtic Con­nec­tions.

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