MUSICIANS from Northern Ireland and music lovers are being called across the Irish Sea by our Celtic cousins this January to experience Scotland’s top Gaelic festival.
Celtic Connections, which sees more than 20 venues hosting more than 300 events, is set to be the biggest yet in 2015. The festival runs from 15 January – 1 February.
The legendary Belfast-born Van Morrison will be performing in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on the 26th January. Alongside him, a range of Northern Irish artists will be joining over two thousand performers at the event.
Headliners include Eddi Reader, Blazin’ Fiddles and New York-based Punch Brothers. Up-and-comer Damien O’Kane, from Coleraine, will also be performing.
His earthy sound recently awarded him the Spiral Earth Award for ‘Best Instrumental Album 2012’.
The world-renowned Scottish festival also offers visitors the chance to create Brilliant Moments to remember by attending a multitude of workshops.
There are plenty of interactive activities to delight Celtic music enthusiasts. Festival-goers of all ages can learn how to sing in Gaelic, try their hand at playing the fiddle or show off their moves at a Ceilidh.
This lyrical Celtic experience is only a short flight away – flights to Glasgow leave several times a day from George Best Belfast City Airport, Belfast International Airport and City of Derry Airport Northern Ireland.
Additional easy access routes from Northern Ireland to Scotland include short ferry trips from Belfast to Cairnryan and Larne to Troon and Cairnryan. For more information, go to www.visitscotland.com.