Celtic Connections celebrates its 30th anniversary with a star-studded cast of internationally renowned artists in association with the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, where Celtic Odyssée premiered to full houses in summer of 2022. The aim of this collaborative show is to foster new inter-Celtic encounters between artists from the eight European Celtic nations. Musical Director for the night is Breton virtuoso piper Ronan Le Bars who leads his all Breton band of Liam Roudil on guitar, Pierrick Tardivel on double bass, Aymeric Le Martelot on keyboards, and Thomas Bessé on drums along with 18 artists on stage: Denez Prigent (Brittany), Karen Matheson (Scotland), Karan Casey (Ireland), Cerys Hafana (Wales), Fransy Gonzàlez (Galicia), Sylvia Quesada (Asturias) and Lauren Chandler (Cornwall) on vocals; Donal O'Connor (Ireland) on fiddle, José Manuel Tejedor (Asturias) on pipes, Tom Callister (Isle of Man) on fiddle, Adam Rhodes (Isle of Man) on bouzouki, and Niall Vallely (Ireland) on the concertina.
Fusing the talents of three fine Orcadian fiddlers and vocalists - Jeana Leslie, Catriona Price and Kristan Harvey - alongside stand-out Highland pianist and newest member Rory Matheson, FARA have firmly secured their foothold at the forefront of the Scottish folk scene since taking 2014’s Orkney Folk Festival by storm. Their unique mix of spell-binding vocals, intricately woven fiddle harmonies and energetic closers, combined with an obvious kinship born in childhood, is sure to delight and entertain audiences wherever they go.
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