Originally brought together by the Blas festival in 2016, to celebrate the work of female bards, Sian comprises three of today’s most exquisitely gifted young Gaelic singers - Ceitlin Lilidh, Eilidh Cormack and Ellen MacDonald – accompanied by in-demand multi-instrumentalist (and fellow Gaelic speaker) Innes White. With direct connections among the singers to Lewis, Skye and North Uist, their arrangements match deep feeling for tradition with stunning, boldly imaginative harmony work, which has seen them likened to The Staves and even Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Their self-titled debut album, produced by Donald Shaw, was released in 2020. “At once both ancient and modern, and never less than remarkable” (The National) (110). Tonight they are joined by Donald Shaw, Signy Jakobsdottir, Fiona Macaskill and Euan Burton.
Having featured in myriad illustrious line-ups and numerous headline shows, flute, whistle and uilleann pipes maestro Michael McGoldrick needs little introduction at Celtic Connections. His latest all-star line-up teams two of his oldest and closest musical pals – fiddler Dezi Donnelly and guitarist Ed Boyd – with two new collaborators, harpist Seana Davey and saxophonist Graeme Blevins.