Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at one of the world's biggest winter music festivals, with special late-night performances from the CCA, the BBC's hub on Sauchiehall Street.
Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over two thousand musicians from 26 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. In recent years the Festival 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.
This is the second of two live late-night sessions from Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts, each featuring four of the best acts from the Festival. Tonight's line-up includes Breton veterans Barzaz; the Raghu Dixit Project from India; rising star of Scots folk Fiona Hunter; and South Africa's mighty Mahotella Queens.