the years traditions change – some die out and others begin. One such new
tradition is the annual Celtic connections Festival in Glasgow which does
much to brighten up the dark days in January and early February with a feast
of music and song. Under Director Donald Shaw, the 15th Celtic
Connections will run from Wednesday 16 January to Sunday 3 February 2008
over 14 venues in Glasgow. This year there is a massive Gaelic contribution
to Celtic Connections 2008 as reflected in The Scotsman heading of 24
November 2007 – ‘Gŕelic gu leňr aig Celtic Connections’. A galaxy of Gaelic
singers and musicians, including Julie Fowlis, Donnie Munro Christine
Primrose, will add much to the 19 days entertainment. One of the main ‘hits’
Festival will surely be a performance by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
and a chorus assembled by Scottish Opera of ‘Praise of Ben Dorain’ by
composer Ronald Stevenson. There will also be an opportunity to try Gaelic
song on 20 January. Visit
www.celticconnections,com for full details of an outstanding
programme of events to suit all musical tastes. You can toast the success of
Celtic Connections 2008 with this week’s recipe – Apple Jack.
50ml Whisky; apple juice
Pour the Whisky into a glass with ice cubes and add apple juice to taste.
Garnish with a slice of apple. Tak aff yir dram!