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Prospect recommends: Celtic Connections

By Kate Mossman  

Celtic Connections Glasgow, 19th January-5th February

It’s an intrepid soul that heads to Glasgow for two weeks in January, but the festival Celtic Connections, now in its 19th year, pulls an audience of over 120,000 to 14 venues around the city. Though the name suggests Scottish and Irish fare, the pipes and the penny whistle, it also attracts the cream of American roots and bluegrass musicians, many of whom consider it their most important European date and rarely turn up elsewhere in Britain. American roots music has always embraced its Celtic ancestry and the whirlwind jazz/bluegrass hybrid of bands…

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