Arran musician to light up Celtic Connections 2020

Arran singer Gillian Frame.

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A musician from Arran is set to light up Europe’s largest winter music festival when she takes to the Celtic Connections stage later this month.

Fiddler Gillian Frame will join musicians from across the world taking part in over 300 events in venues throughout Glasgow from Thursday 16 January to Sunday 2 February 2020.

The 18 days of entertainment will brighten up the dark, wet January nights with a mixture of concerts that include a host of one-off musical collaborations alongside talks, workshops, film screenings, theatre productions, ceilidhs, exhibitions, free events and late-night sessions.

This year’s programme promises a dazzling array of traditional folk, roots, Americana, jazz, soul and world music – and Gillian will be right at the heart of it.

Performing four times across the festival, Gillian will be part of ‘Coastal Connections’ – a spectacular a one-off festival within a festival on Saturday January 18 – celebrating some of Scotland’s greatest ‘coastal’ acts.

Gillian will also help pay tribute to three finest and influential voices from the traditional music community at TMSA ‘Floo’ers O’ The Fairest’ on Sunday January 26.

In the second week of the festival, Gillian will play as part of The Ledger, a new collaboration between Gillian, husband Findlay Napier and Mike Vass and join her fellow winners of the BBC Radio Scotland young traditional musician of the year in a special 20th celebration.

Donald Shaw, creative producer of Celtic Connections, said: ‘Celtic Connections will once again put on a diverse and expansive programme of events, welcoming musicians and visitors from near and far to Glasgow for this iconic winter festival.

‘Home-grown talent continues to be at the heart of Celtic Connections and we’re looking forward to welcoming Arran’s own Gillian Frame to entertain the crowds on this international stage.’

Renowned as a musical cure for the wintertime blues, Celtic Connections 2020 will be the 27th incarnation of a festival that began in 1994, when it offered 66 events at one venue. Since then it’s grown more adventurous, experimental and diverse each year and now offers thousands of events in locations across Glasgow.

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