Today, Friday 16 January see the start of Celtic Music Radio 95 FM broadcasts from The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections 2015.
The first programme will be live from the Buchanan Suite within the Concert Hall presented by Ross Macfadyen.
Celtic Connections is the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music with 2,100 artists, 300 events at 20 venues which means 1 brilliant festival! And it all starts officially on Thursday 15 January 2014 with the Opening Concert in the Main Auditorium of The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at 7.30pm.
Celtic Music Radio returns to The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for live broadcasts since the building works in the Hall resulted in a ‘flit’ to Adelaides in Bath Street in Glasgow city centre the past two years.
There will be guests and performers appearing at the festival doing interviews and sessions live from the Buchanan Suite (pictured right earlier this week when setting-up) in the Concert Hall building from 11.00am each weekday and from 12 noon at weekends. There will be technical support from Audio Technology students at Glasgow Caledonian University who will be running the outside broadcast equipment for Celtic Music Radio broadcasting live from Celtic Connections 2015.
And exclusively every night in the Exhibition Hall within the Concert Hall building at 5.00pm The Danny Kyle Open Stage.
Last year’s (2014) Danny Kyle Open Stage Finalists The Chaplins (pictured), Austen George, Mischa Macpherson, Hò-Rò Arthur Nicolson and Griogair Morrison, open this year’s competition before enjoying support slots during this year’s Celtic Connections.
Paisley Buddie Danny Kyle was a passionate supporter of traditional music and a constant campaigner for its revival in Scotland. Each night on the Open Stage, new musical talent is given the chance to shine under the Celtic Connections spotlight and the six best acts win through to the final night showcase concert. With a support slot at next year’s festival up for grabs, it’s a hard fought competition.
Compered by Danny’s close friend Liz Clark, it has been the launch pad for many now familiar names such as Karine Polwart, Rura and The Chair. The six 2015 winners will perform in a showcase concert on Sunday 1 February which will be broadcast live on Celtic Music Radio 95 FM and online.
Entrance is free and do get in the queue early as demand can very high. The Danny Kyle Open Stage is in partnership with the Evening Times.