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Written by on 01/02/2015

Sunday 1st February Danny Kyle Open Stage Finalists Concert 5-7pm live from Celtic Connections

Sunday 1st February  Danny Kyle Open Stage Finalists Concert  5-7pm live from Celtic Connections 

Danny Kyle Open Stage
In the  Exhibition Hall – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
5 – 7 pm Sunday 1st February 2015

(Not in running order)




May I take this opportunity to thank all artists who applied and who performed on the Danny Kyle Open Stage.

You are ALL Winners!  It’s just that we only have 6 places.  Thank you once again and catch you along the ways, Liz.

Shelagh McKay Jones – Greenock Shelagh-mckay-jones-150x150
Folk singer/songwriter sings a mix of traditional and modern folk songs including her own material. Sings locally and took part in the Inverclyde Folk & Roots Festival.  She supported the Gaberlunzie.  Shelagh is currently working on a new CD of songs relating to the history of the people who came to live and work in Greenock in the late 1800 and 1900’s including some songs based on the poems written by Shelagh’s great –great grandfather.


granny greenGranny Green    – Glasgow 
Based in Glasgow, Granny Green has all the ingredients to become one of the most exciting and diverse new ensembles in Scotland. The trio of friends, who met whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, are some of the most versatile young musicians of this generation. With the core instrumentation of the group being trumpet, accordion and tuba, this group has a brand new and quirky sound which naturally brings a contemporary feel to World folk music.
Holly Boddice/ Lizy Stirrat / Rachel Brown



Talisk Music  – GlasgowTalisk
Formed in 2014, Talisk consist of Mohsen Amini on concertina, Hayley Keenan on fiddle and Craig Irving on guitar.  They have extensively toured Europe and played at the likes of the Royal Albert Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Hebridean Celtic Festival and Speyfest. They plan record their debut album in early 2015.

Moshen Amini / Craig Irvine / Hayley Keenan

pons aeliusPons Aelius  – Newcastle
Pons Aelius are a Newcastle-based, contemporary instrumental folk sextet performing music largely taken from and influenced by the traditional repertoires of Britain and Ireland. Combining flute, whistles, mandolin, banjo, double bass, bodhrán, guitar, bouzouki, piano and the great highland bagpipes, this ensemble offers a refreshing, youthful and vibrant attitude towards repertoire, arrangement and performance.  Since forming in mid 2014, the band has performed in many different venues around the NorthEast of England.
Alasdair Paul- guitar/bouzouki; Bevan Morris – Double bass; Callum Younger –Bodhran; Jordan Aikin – pipes/whistle; Sam Partridge – flute; Tom Kimber – mandolin/banjo/piano

Gnoss – OrkneyGnoss
From Orkney. Graham was a student of Douglas Montgomery and Aidan is a self-taught guitarist and Scots singer. First year students on the Scottish Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Both played as part of Orcadian band Broken Strings and recently  been performing with various acts at home in Orkney, including alongside the singer Jo Philby as her band, but recently gigged as a duo. 

Graham Rorie / Aidan Moodie

four windsFourWinds – Ireland   

Deeply rooted in the tradition, FourWinds produce an exciting landscape of tunes and lyrics that present Irish traditional music in a modern and creative context. Their influences include Begley and Cooney, The Bothy Band, Planxty, Brady and Irvine, Moving Hearts, Pink Floyd and even Elvis. This energetic quartet delivers a truly unique musical experience. The band has performed as FourWinds since 2013, individual members having all Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil, individual recordings and a debut EP in the box.
Daoiri Farrell /Tom Delany /Robbie Walsh / Caroline Keane

As well as the 73 Winners and 6 Finalists – Highly Recommended:

Bobby Nicholson

Daddy Naggins

Falkirk Youth Trad Band  

Gary Anderson 

Have Mercy Las Vegas

Holidy on Io 

Indigo Cell 

Iona Grace Fyfe

Jimmy Wolfe 

Katee Kross 

Keith Meiser  

Lauren Collier&  Calum Muir

Michael Edgar

North East Folk Collective 

Papa Shandy & The Drams

Ross Hull and Cameron Grant

Ruby Darbyshire

Sam Gillespie & Backa Wolf

Sophie Rogers  

Stephanie Manns

The Gordon Duncan Experience 

Thank you once again to all who took to the stage.
Any enquires please direct them to me, Liz Clark