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Celtic Connections 2014 - Roaming Roots Revue presents California Dreaming: Dawes + Lindi Ortega + Cory Chisel + The Webb Sisters + Roddy Woomble + Siobhan Wilson + Lau + Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire
Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. Between 16th January – 2nd February 2014, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.
Celtic Connections is programmed by Artistic Director (and founding member of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie) Donald Shaw, and features over 300 events across multiple genres of music.
The festival is renowned for its strong spirit of collaboration, bringing together one-off line-ups for very special one night only collaborative shows. The camaraderie between musicians continues into the wee small hours at the late-night Festival Club – home of legendary musical collaborations and spontaneous sessions.
Visit www.celticconnections.com for further information and tickets.
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Brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, along with Wylie Gelber and Tay Strathairn are a rock band from L.A., and part of the 'Laurel Canyon sound', with influences including Crosby, Stills & Nash and Neil Young, amongst others. Dawes' debut album, 'North Hills', was recorded in Laurel Canyon in a live setting to analog tape, resulting in a sound that Rolling Stone magazine called "authentically vintage".
Dawes are capitalising on the tremendous reaction to their first UK visit by supporting Mumford & Sons on their sold out tour, which will take them the length and breadth of the country, including some massive stadia.
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The Canadian singer-songwriter has a distinctive blend of America and alt-country folk, and was hand-picked by Brandon Flowers for her pitch perfect voice to join him on his tour as his lead back up vocalist.
Lindi Ortega tour dates
Raised on hymns and Johnny Cash, this amazing singer-songwriter brings us his own mix of rock-and-roll and blues.
Cory Chisel tour dates
The Webb Sisters singing and playing (harp, guitar, mandolin and more) draw from the folk and pop traditions of Britain and the United States. Among their multitude of achievements, The Webb Sisters represented the UK at America's 400th Anniversary celebrations, contributed songs to several major TV shows, recorded alongside the likes of Dolly Parton and Rufus Wainwright for a Judy Collins tribute album and have performed on major concert tours with artists such as Leonard Cohen, Jamie Cullum, James Morrison and Jason Mraz.
The Webb Sisters tour dates
The lead singer from Scottish rock band Idlewild breaking out on his own. A multi-faceted singer and songwriter, Roddy has a broad palate of styles and influences and his solo materials moves through folk rock to country to upbeat horn-led pop to indie rock to dark jazz elements, all held together by his soft Scottish baritone and thoughtful, often mysterious lyrics.
Roddy Woomble's naturally poetic writing and consistent touring have won him many thousands of fans all over the world and he is widely regarded as one of Scotland 's finest songwriters.
Roddy Woomble tour dates
Glasgow based Siobhan Wilson describes her richly textured sound as heavily influenced by artists such as Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and Nina Simone, as well as contemporary artists Regina Spektor and Madeline Peyroux. She creates stunningly beautiful songs dealing with heartache, art and religious faith delivered with dreamlike vocals and simple arrangements. A well-travelled artist, her interest in jazz was piqued in France and her first album was recorded in America’s iconic Woodstock.
Siobhan Wilson tour dates
Widely regarded as this generation's most inventive folk band, Lau have been crowned Best Folk Group at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards three years on the trot.
Kris Drever (vocals/guitar) from the Orkney Islands, Martin Green
(accordion) from East Anglia and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) from Oban are a phenomenally talented trio of musicians and their cutting edge sound and charismatic flair have earned them an unrivalled reputation at national and international venues and festivals.
Lau is a formidable union of three of the finest and most innovative exponents of modern traditional music in Scotland today.
‘Lau has injected a freshness, vitality, vigour into the UK folk scene’ (BBC)
'Astonishing walls of sound, truly magnificent' (The Scotsman)
'Unconventional and intricate, Lau are far from traditional' (NME)
'Lau are so special' (The Guardian)
'One of the most exciting live acts in any genre, Lau are to be cherished' (The Arts DEsk)
'... a symbol of musical innovation – a blaze of white hot sparks' (MUSICOMH)
'Amazing, our most favourite band in the world' (Holy Moly).
Lau tour dates
Glaswegian singer-songwriter fusing traditional folk and modern pop to create a haunting and melancholy sound. Often compared to Wille Nelson and Teddy Thompson, Roddy Hart injects a youthful and honest energy into a well-tested formula. 'Great lyrics, great voice, great songs. This young man deserves to be a star' - The Daily Record
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