Thursday, 13 January 2011

Celtic Connections Gets Under Way with Torchlight Procession

Scotland's biggest winter music festival, Celtic Connections, gets under way later with a torchlight procession through Glasgow.

Pipe bands will lead hundreds of people in the torchlight procession from George Square at 1645 GMT to the main venue at the Royal Concert Hall.

Now in its 18th year, the annual winter music festival will include a line-up of some of the world’s finest folk, roots, world, traditional, indie and jazz performers.

About 1,500 artists are expected to perform in more than 300 events across 14 venues between 13 and 30 January.

The festival also features a 70th birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, who has long acknowledged his debt to Scottish folk music.

The American singer-songwriter has been invited to attend the event at the Royal Concert Hall on 24 January.

The winter festival has grown dramatically since it first began as a way of filling the Royal Concert Hall's January schedule.

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