Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival. The first of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.

Celtic Connections is held in 14 venues over 18 days, with between 7 and 25 concerts and other events each day, involving 1500 artists from over 30 countries. Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe , and in recent years has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia. The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.

For the past two years, World on 3 has hosted some of the Festival's Late Night Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. These start late, and finish early, usually well into the next day. Bands often come straight from a concert in a main venue to play at the Sessions. World on 3 hosts the Late Night Sessions for four nights during the final week of the Festival, from Tuesday 25th until Friday 28th January.

Artist line-up:
Furnace Mountain - Appalachian mountain music from Virginia USA
Rosanne Cash - Grammy Award-winning daughter of the great Johnny Cash
Laura Cantrell - Country singer from Nashville, Tennessee
Lorne MacDougall - brilliant young piper from Argyll, Scotland

With highlights from the main-stage concert by Senegalese star Cheikh Lo.

Release date:

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Tue 25 Jan 2011 23:15

WOMAD – a beginners' guide

WOMAD – a beginners' guide

Everything you need to know about the festival

World Music chart-toppers...

When World Music topped the charts...

From Ravi Shankar and The Beatles, to Youssou N'Dour - World Music's breakthrough moments

BBC Introducing on World on 3

BBC Introducing

World on 3 is now playing tracks from BBC Introducing, upload your tracks here