“A phenomenal group of musicians. . . The synchronicity and tightness of the band was incredible. . . an evening of spectacular traditional music-making from both sides of the great ocean.” (The Arts Desk)
One of Celtic Connections’ most enduring and beloved institutions, Transatlantic Sessions celebrates its 20th edition, once again drawing deep on the kindred traditions of Scotland, Ireland and the US, while continuing to break new ground. First-time guest singers line up alongside returning favourites; centuries-old songs and tunes interweave with original material, and the time-honoured session-style format consistently delivers fresh collaborative magic.
Among the vocal cast, Martha Wainwright puts a unique, fearlessly cathartic stamp on her family’s tradition of chronicling life through song. 2021’s fifth album, Love Will Be Reborn, eloquently charts her journey through loss and divorce towards hope and healing. “What an extraordinary artist Martha Wainwright is.” (Independent)
With a new solo LP reportedly in the works, Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam Ó Maonlai is one of Irish music’s most compelling performers, channelling influences from sean nós to classic soul.
Revered Capercaillie vocalist Karen Matheson followed up 2015’s all-Gaelic release Urram with Still Life in 2021, an exquisite collection of traditional and contemporary songs in Scots and English.
Following huge acclaim for Amythyst Kiah’s 2021 sophomore release Wary + Strange, 2022 saw her opening for The Who on their North American tour. “A masterful blend of lonesome folk and neo-blues” (Rolling Stone)
As ever, the show’s über-seasoned house band – most of them Transatlantic Sessions stalwarts, helmed by joint masters of ceremonies Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas – is a crème-de-la-crème selection of Celtic and Americana roots talent, including Phil Cunningham, John Doyle, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, Donald Shaw, James Mackintosh and Daniel Kimbro.