A night with Skye-based band Peatbog Faeries is what Celtic Connections is all about. Twice named Live Band of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards, their bagpipe, fiddle and whistle-based tunes are infused with electronica, jazz and rock influences, to raucous effect. One critic likened the six-strong line-up’s gigs to “a party”, though ceilidh might be a better word. However you describe their intoxicating performance-style, we challenge anyone to sit still during what promises to be an unforgettable night spent away with the Faeries at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket.
The Poozies are credited with helping to revolutionise Scottish folk music during the 1990s. The line-up has since evolved and now comprises fiddlers Sarah McFadyen and Tia Files along with Eilidh Shaw and long-standing member, harpist Mary Macmaster. Featuring Gaelic vocals and Eastern European influences, it fizzes with vim, verve and pizzazz, according to Folk Radio.