NZ @ Showcase Scotland, at Celtic Connections Glasgow 2015

January 21st 2015
Showcase Scotland's NZ focus at Celtic Connections runs from Jan 18-26 2015 in Glasgow.

Glasgow's annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. From 15 January - 1 February 2015, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.

Showcase Scotland, at Celtic Connections, is the largest gathering of the international music community in the Scottish calendar. A chance for promoters, record labels, agents and festival organisers to meet both the Scottish industry and each other. A chance to see, first hand, a vast array of performances from the cream of Scottish talent all of whom perform as part of the world's largest Celtic music festival. Six days, 12 venues, over 60 artists and bands, seminars, trade talks and networking with delegates from over 40 countries.

This year New Zealand is the country in focus for Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections January 2015. Selected NZ bands willbe showcasing and playing events during the event, these include Tiny Ruins, Trinity Roots, Thomas Oliver, Louis Baker, Maisey Rika, and Waiora featuring Horomona Horo.

Further to this line-up is also a folk club gig to celebrate the special sister city relationship bewteen Dunedin and Edinburgh to take place at Glasgow Art club, and featuring 2014 Commonwealth Baton songwriting competiton winner Jake Cropley.

Showcase Scotland's NZ focus at Celtic Connections runs from Jan 18-26 2015 in Glasgow.


Spotlight New Zealand

Working in partnership with Tihi Ltd (representing Sounds Aotearoa and Womad NZ), Creative New Zealand, Dunedin City Council and the New Zealand Music Commission, British Council New Zealand will be supporting six artists to be showcased as part of the week's programme. These artists will include:

Horomona Horo / Waiora
Traditional Maori Taonga Puoro (indigenous instrument) player Horomona Horo and New Zealand ensemble/band, Waiora, fuse the ancient kingdom and modern world using traditional Maori instruments with contemporary styles and the idiomatic sounds of classical guitar.

Maisey Rika
Maisey Rika is a multi-award winning Maori singer-songwriter hailing from the golden shores of the East Coast of Aotearoa. From golden shores comes a golden voice that has the power to silence any audience and coming from such a majestic place it's no surprise Maisey's music has moulded to bring such elegance that resonates beauty.

Trinity Roots
From the tail of the fish to the tip, Aotearoa was swept up in the music of TrinityRoots, a boil-up of ingredients that seemed to embody the very essence of our home, land and sea, and serve as an invocation to that same environment.

Tiny Ruins
Lyrically ambiguous and poignant, Tiny Ruins roughly follow in the traditions of folk and blues, engaging moods both hopeful and world-weary.

Louis Baker
Renowned for equal parts uplifting / tear inducing live shows, Bakers achingly raw lyrics intertwined with mesmerizing melodies and an emotive vocal tone that produces shades of Motown-era soul, it leaves no question as to why international media have touted this native New Zealand singer / songwriter as one to watch.

Thomas Oliver
Thomas Oliver is internationally recognised as one of the leading players of the Weissenborn lap-steel guitar and a multi-talented guitarist, song writer and singer

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