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Written by on 04/02/2014

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 Celtic Connections have announced that they are celebrating the most successful year to date, with attendances reaching over 110,000 as gross ticket sales topped£1.15million, Celtic Connections 2014 really was the biggest and best yet.

Every year at Celtic Connections the cream of new musical talent perform at the Danny Kyle Open Stage. After 12 fantastic days of the Danny Kyle Open Stage broadcast live from Adelaides in Bath Street Glasgow by our colleagues at Celtic Music Radio and heard here on DCR97.4fm this year’s Danny’s choosen by a diverse panel of judges – from industry stalwarts to members of the general public – they picked six winners from the eighty acts which took part. The Danny Kyle Open Stage 2014 winners were and all of whom will perform a support slot at next year’s festival – Hò Rò, Griogair Morrison, The Mischa Macpherson trio, The Chaplins, Arthur Nicholson and Austen George.

Donald Shaw, Celtic Connections Artistic Director, said: “Celtic Connections 2014 really has been the biggest and best yet. It was really exciting to showcase the festival at the SSE Hydro and attendances have once again been fantastic, topping 110,000 for the first year ever. I would like to say a special thanks to the amazing artists who travelled all the way from Australia and India to be part of the festival – they definitely added an extra special element this year.

“Each January we endeavour to bring exciting new sounds to Glasgow and we’ve seen some world class performances over the past 18 days. As well as featuring an array of international acts we’ve celebrated the vibrancy of the Scottish folk scene, which still remains the driving force behind the festival.”

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We hope our listeners here at DCR97.4fm have enjoyed the broadcast from Celtic Connections broadcast live from Adelaides in Bath Street Glasgow by our colleagues at Celtic Music Radio especially the excellent Danny Kyle Open Stage broadcast.

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We must say on behalf of all the DCR97.4fm volunteers and listeners a big thank you to everyone at Celtic Music Radio , too many to mention here who all contributed to the broadcast.

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We mustn’t forget the students and their tutor Patrick Quinn from Glasgow Caledonian University  who  were once again working in partnership with Celtic Music Radio to broadcast live from Celtic Connections 2014.

Following on from a very successful collaboration in 2013, Audio Technology students were  manning the outside broadcast facilities at Adelaide’s church which allow Celtic Music Radio to broadcast interviews, live sessions and the famous Danny Kyle Open Stage over the two weeks of the festival.



Celtic Music Radio also recorded several concerts from Celtic Connections including New Voices  Concerts from Lorne MacDougall which shall be broadcast in the very near future. Of course listeners will know Lorne from his Planet Pipe programme on CMR and DCR97.4fm

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Born and raised in the Kintyre piping stronghold of Carradale, Lorne MacDougall has played in Grade 1 bands from an early age, combining this elite technical discipline with wide-ranging creative imagination, as both a musician and a composer. After glowing reviews for his 2010 debut album Hello World, recent career highlights include soloing at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Programme and guesting on Susan Boyle’s latest album.

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His première of Collisions sees him playing six different varieties of bagpipe, accompanied by guitars (Sorren Maclean), strings, bass, percussion and vocals, ( Darren MacLean & Julie Fowlis ) exploring and reconfiguring his instrument’s diverse stylistic guises from Gaelic song to gothic rock, solo competition to contemporary folk.


Another concert to look forward to is New Voices Rachel Newton,  A founder member of The Shee and one-third of the Emily Portman Trio, singer, harpist and fiddler Rachel Newton won ………………………………………..

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