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Celtic Connections festival celebrates Easter Rising

Issue No. 2486

There’s a fascinating line-up to look forward to at this year’s Celtic Connections, an annual music festival held in Glasgow.

This year marks 100 years since the Easter Rising in Dublin, a revolt against British imperial rule in Ireland.

Celtic Connections have teamed up with Aye Wight, Glasgow’s book festival, to mark the anniversary.

On Friday of this week, authors Willy Maley, Kevin McKenna and Maria Dick will look at the significance of the rising for Scotland.

Among others their work looks at the socialist James Connolly, one of the leaders of 1916, who was born in Edinburgh.

On the same night the Irish folk band The Chieftains will headline a gig celebrating the rising.

And they’ll be joined on stage by former Dubliners fiddler John Sheahan and balladeer Declan O’Rourke.

There are plenty of performances for a range of music fans—from Afro Celt Sound System’s electronic hip hop fusion to folk and blues.

Thanks to Jimmy Ross

Celtic Connections Festivals - multiple venues throughout Glasgow until 31 January. Go to

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Tue 12 Jan 2016, 16:46 GMT
Issue No. 2486
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