Celtic Connections – Glasgow’s internationally renowned folk, roots and world music festival – today (Thursday, 8th December 2011) unveils plans to stage a first-of-its-kind, two-night music event on the Isle of Skye in Spring 2012 as a finale to the Year of Scotland’s Islands.
Celtic Connections will leave its city home for the first time in 19 years to bring Celtic Connections Big Top to Skye, featuring a top, two-day line-up of traditional music, show-stopping arts experiences and action-packed workshops on a local and international scale, showcasing local talent alongside top international artists.
Celtic Connections Big Top will showcase the sounds of Nashville, Tennessee, with Grammy Award winner Rosanne Cash and The Civil Wars. Rosanne, daughter of Johnny Cash, will deliver a selection of her biggest hits, including some of her 11 number one singles from her 30-year career. The Civil Wars – a folk-country-Americana duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White - will be performing songs from their Grammy nominated debut album Barton Hollow which debuted at number one in the Billboard Digital Albums chart.
Up to 4,000 residents and visitors are expected to flood into the Big Top to see local performers sharing the spotlight with artists from across the globe. There will also be the chance to get a snapshot of Island life with local stalls celebrating the produce and textiles of the island.
Tickets go on sale from Friday 9th December and are available online at www.celticconnections.com/bigtop or 0141 353 8000. A full access, weekend ticket is priced at £40 or day tickets are available at £25.
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