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Written by on 02/02/2011

Celtic Connections has celebrated a bumper 18th year in 2011 following the final concerts on Sunday night 30th  January 2011. Dunoon Community Radio through our good friends at Celtic Music Radio also celebrated an outstanding Celtic Connections listened to by our biggest audience to date .

 For the fourth year running, attendances reached approximately 100,000 and gross ticket sales topped £1 million, as the festival scored major coups with a programme which featured Sir Tom Jones, The Waterboys, Mavis Staples and a one night only Love and Money reunion show. Music fans attended approximately 300 concerts, ceilidhs, talks, free events, late night sessions and workshops, which took place in 20 venues across Glasgow over 18 days in January. We hope all our listeners enjoyed the Celtic Connections 2011 broadcast which with big thanks to our friends at Celtic Music Radio we were able to broadcast each day from Glasgow. Many of the Concerts and events will feature in forthcoming programmes to be broadcast by Celtic Music Radio and we shall of course keep you informed. To thank every one at Celtic Music Radio and all across the water who assisted us over the 18 days would be an impossible task but you all know who you are and from everyone here at Dunoon Community Radio we extend our heart warming thanks to you and best wishes and we look forward to joining you all again Thursday 20th January to Sunday 6th February  in Glasgow for Celtic Connections 2012

To view an excellent collection of photographs from Celtic Connection 2011 curtsey of CMR


DANNY KYLE OPEN STAGE 2011 A diverse panel of judges – from industry stalwarts to members of the general public – picked six winners from the eighty acts which took part. The Danny Kyle Open Stage 2011 winners – all of whom will perform a support slot at next year’s festival – are                                                                                                                                           Iona Marshall, Yuptae, Broken Strings, Tensheds, The JPTrio and RURA.