Glasgow’s Gaelic heritage is celebrated every year as part of the Celtic Connections festival. This year, there was also the Glaschu festival in August, with Gaelic poetry in Queens Park and a Ceilidh on Glasgow Green. Every year, the city is filled with the spirit of Scots Gaelic heritage, as tourists and Glaswegians unite for a celebration of Scottish tradition.
With song and dance at the heart of Gaelic culture, it is no wonder that it continues to fascinate the world. Recent books and television series have prompted a surge in interest in the Gaelic language, while Betfair hosts a slot game called Gaelic Luck. The University of Glasgow has been teaching Gaelic to undergrads for 50 years, and a recent literary festival and ad hoc lessons in Gaelic have responded to a surge in interest.
If you want to explore Scottish traditions, here’s our pick of Celtic Connections events.
Ludwig Mòr nan Òran – Gaelic songs for Beethoven
3 February 2019 7:30PM The Mackintosh Church
After the sell-out success of previous years, Glasgow Music City Tours are back with more entertaining walking tours designed especially for Celtic Connections.
The two hour Merchant City Trad Trail traces the story of Glasgow’s folk and roots scene, from legendary sessions in long-standing bars to today’s Celtic Connections headliners. Walking some of Glasgow’s oldest streets, our expert guides share tales of the songwriters and storytellers who have shaped the city’s vibrant folk culture.
The tour will feature several indoor stops and the opportunity to warm your hands with a cup of coffee, or something stronger. Please note, this tour has one venue which is not wheelchair accessible.
All tours start from Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs, G1 1NQ
Tours last approx 2 hours.
Brighde Chaimbeul & Special Guests
18 January 2019 7:30PM St Andrew’s in the Square
Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye musician and piper Brighde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars.A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland.
Recent performance highlights include appearances at major festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Piping Live and Wickham Festival, as well as featuring on various TV programmes, series Port, Seirm, Trad ar Fad and the BBC Alba Hogmanay show.
Carmichael’s Ceilidh: The Life of a Legend20 January 2019 7:30PM Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
John Carmichael is one of the Scottish Dance Band world’s greatest characters. Having won the All-Scotland Accordion Championships in 1964, he went on to play with Andrew Rankine and Bobby MacLeod, tour with Jimmy Shand and Andy Stewart, become musical director for Kenneth MacKellar and Jim MacLeod, and appear on television’s White Heather Club, Round at Calum’s, with Calum Kennedy, and Thingummyjig. And that’s without detailing his international gigging, copious recordings and TV and radio production achievements.
Joining John and his band in his 80th birthday year are long-time associates, fellow box players Fergie MacDonald and Gary Innes, singer Alasdair Gillies, banjo player Celine Donoghue and multi-instrumentalist Katherine Macleod.