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Celtic Connections 2014 - Transatlantic Sessions: Shawn Colvin + Sarah Jarosz + Darrell Scott + Tim O'Brien + Bruce Molsky + Julie Fowlis + Kris Drever + Danny Thompson + Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham + Jerry Douglas + Russ Barenberg + Mike McGoldrick + John Doyle + John McCusker + James Mackintosh + Donald Shaw
After another excursionary triumph as a centrepiece of 2013’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Derry, during its reign as European City of Culture, and yet more rave reviews for the TV version’s recent sixth series, The Transatlantic Sessions returns once again to its live performance home, with another mouth-watering cast of Scottish, Irish and US roots music maestros settling into the customary onstage ‘green room’.
Shawn Colvin's career began in Texas in the 1970s. She has gone on to win three Grammy Awards, including two for the hit single 'Sunny Came Home', and has been nominated for another seven. Over the course of her career, she has released 10 albums, maintained a non-stop touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures and created a remarkable canon of work. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners.
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Sarah Jarosz emerged on the acoustic music scene as a mandolin wunderkind in her young teens. Jamming onstage with bluegrass icons David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs, she played with a sure touch and real joy that belied her years. She quickly picked up the guitar and banjo. While her instrumental talents are formidable, Sarah is an equally gifted vocalist and songwriter, talents which led then-16-year-old Jarosz to a record deal with legendary roots label Sugar Hill Records and a major in contemporary improvisation in voice at the prestigious New England Conservatory.
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Hugely successful songwriter with hits for many major acts. He remains a totally individual and creative artist.
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American folk and roots singer/songwriter Bruce Molsky is one of the most influential, exciting and revered fiddlers on the worldwide folk scene. He also happens to be a remarkable and hugely entertaining guitarist, banjoist and singer.
Bruce takes the traditional mountain sounds of Appalachia, adds a bit of blues 'welly' and a taste of traditional African music to make something totally his own and very, very exciting. He's been called 'old-time music's answer to Ry Cooder' and 'The Rembrandt of Appalachian Fiddling'.
'When Molsky plays, you can practically hear the floorboards and rocking chair creak on the back porch' (Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine).
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Since being presented with BBC Radio 2's Folk Singer of the Year award in 2008, the Daily Telegraph's prediction that "Fowlis could be the first Scottish Gaelic crossover star in the making" has seemed increasingly prescient. Julie tours with a top-class band including Éamon Doorley on bouzouki, Dubliner guitarist Tony Byrne, highland fiddler Duncan Chisholm and bodhrán champion Martin O'Neill.
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One of Scotland's finest singer / guitarists and via his work with Kate Rusby, Karine Polwart, John McCusker and Eddie Reader e has already impressed audiences across the world!
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A magnificent bass player and founder member of the legendary Pentangle.
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Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have become a national institution with their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion, bringing excellence in traditional music to venues across the country. Individually they pursue other ventures in performance, television and education but it is when they tour together that they truly shine with over quarter of a century of well honed skills and hilarious banter delighting audiences everywhere.
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Winner of multiple Grammy awards and feature player in the Alison Krauss band, 'Dobro's matchless contemporary master' is a fantastically versatile and inventive instrumentalist, his unique bluegrass style securing his status as an American musician. Although famed for his part in numerous different acts, it is as a soloist that he stands out as a true visionary.
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Flautist, tin whistle player and Uillean piper who was All-Ireland Champion by the age of 15.
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John Doyle’s gifts as guitarist, songwriter and vocalist have played an essential role in the ongoing renaissance of Irish traditional music. Now living in the states, John was the recent musical director for Joan Baez and toured with her for 2 years. One half of the stellar duo Liz Carroll and John Doyle, he is also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Irish group Solas.
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John McCusker is one of Scotland's foremost traditional musicians; winner of the BBC Radio Folk Musician of the Year in 2003. John McCusker started playing the fiddle at the age of seven, joined The Battlefield Band at 17, and has also worked as a producer for Eliza Carthy and Kate Rusby.
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