Celtic Connections Education Concerts
Thursday 29th January 2009, 11.00am

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Auditorium

It’s sure to be an uproarious welcome back to Celtic Connections for Québec’s outstanding musical ambassadors, the unstoppable 10-piece party machine that is La Bottine Souriante, last seen at the festival back in 2004.

Formed in 1976 in the music-rich Francophone region of Lanaudière, La Bottine have earned their reputation as “the best band in the world” – according to US folk bible Dirty Linen – by cooking up traditional dance tunes and chorus songs with jazz, salsa and funk flavours, courtesy of a sizzling-hot brass section.

The concert will also feature songs and clarsach from Scottish duet The Duplets.

La Bottine Souriante with Julie Fowlis
Thursday 29th January 2009, 7.30pm

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Auditorium

Gaelic song phenomenon Julie Fowlis won yet more new fans in 2008 with her translated version of the Beatles’ Blackbird, as featured on November’s enhanced reissue of her award-winning second album Cuilidh. Recently named as the Scottish Executive’s inaugural Gaelic Ambassador of the Year, she appears with regular accompanists Éamon Doorley, Duncan Chisholm, Tony Byrne and Martin O’Neill.

Check the list of artists participating! Many talents such as Les Chauffeurs à Pieds, Lúnasa, Genticorum, Yves Lambert & The Bebert Orchestra, Le Vent du Nord, Tony McManus, and many more. I think the Quebecois presence will be well registered! And for those who don't know yet, Benoit Bourque will be there with La Bottine Souriante. By their list, you can see this is a very traditional event and will be a great festival!


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