Celtic Connections 2018 ushers in Hazy Recollections’ tenth anniversary year, as a much-loved platform for artists who dwell where folk, pop and indie overlap. Having previously spotlit such then-rising stars as Blue Rose Code, Admiral Fallow, Rachel Sermanni, Adam Holmes and Siobhan Wilson, Glasgow’s own Findlay Napier curates and hosts another three five-act bills for your Sunday afternoon delectation, each including a surprise choice from the wider festival programme by artistic director Donald Shaw.
Among the opening bill of fare, young Fife-born guitarist/singer Reece Hillis crafts original soul/blues music from classic influences, on 2016’s self-penned debut album Eclectic Soul. Local open-mic veteran (and qualified dentist) Chrissy Barnacle – of ‘DIY bubblegum punk’ outfit Joyce Delaney – delivers a “gleefully twisted take on traditional balladeering” (Louder Than War), while ex-Velveteen Saints bassist Mark W Georgsson’s solo songwriting mingles folk, country and Nordic elements. Purveyors of politically-edged, jazz-infused pop, the newly-formed Josephine Sillars + The Manic Pixie Dreams are already shaping up as firm festival favourites.