Make sure you connect with Celtic song fest

The Big Breakthrough credit Queen's Hall.

The Big Breakthrough credit Queen's Hall.

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GLASGOW’S popular annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections, runs from Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, February 15.

The festival celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe with 2,100 musicians from around the world coming to Glasgow - bringing the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.

Celtic Connections is programmed by artistic director, founding member of Capercaillie, Donald Shaw, and features over 300 events across multiple genres of music.

Renowned for its strong spirit of collaboration, Celtic Connections brings together one-off line-ups for very special one night only collaborative shows.

The camaraderie continues into the wee small hours at the late-night Festival Club – home of legendary musical collaborations and spontaneous sessions.

We have teamed up with the organisers to offer two pairs of tickets for ‘The Big Breakthrough’ on Monday, January 23 at the Mitchell Theatre at 7pm.

Welcoming, in the UK’s Olympic year, this celebration of Olympic and Paralympic values - features children and young people from The BIG Project in Broomhouse, several choirs and 10 leading professional musicians, including Karine Polwart, in an interactive singalong show.

The centrepiece is a newly-commissioned work by singer-songwriter and pianist Kim Edgar. Entry is free for under 14s.

See this week’s Herald for competition entry details.