Justin Townes Earle and Marty Stuart announced for Celtic Connections 2011
A back-from-rehab Justin Townes Earle, country music legend Marty Stuart and former Mavericks frontman Raul Malo are among the artists announced today for Glasgow’s midwinter music festival, Celtic Connections.
Earle, who recently cancelled next month’s UK tour in order to go into rehab, will be taking part in a tribute to Bob Dylan in the year of his 70th birthday. The event is scheduled for January 24 – 40 years to the day since Dylan arrived in New York City aiming to become a singer. The cast also includes fiddle player Tim O’Brien, as well as the founder of Del Amitri, Justin Currie, and singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore.
Four-time Grammy winner Stuart will be performing at the festival with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, and then continues his tour with four dates in England. Other bands booked for Glasgow include western swing outfit The Quebe Sisters; roots band The Wilders; a pair of interlinked Boston-based bluegrass bands – Joy Kills Sorrow and Crooked Still; fast-paced West Virginia band The Fox Hunt; and folk-influenced Virginia band Furnace Mountain.
Solo artists playing include East Nashville stalwart Elizabeth Cook, Americana legend Ray Wylie Hubbard and music professor Tim Eriksen, an expert in old-time music best known for the soundtrack to the film “Cold Mountain”.
Vermont singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell is bringing her folk opera Hadestown to Celtic Connections, with a cast that includes Ani DiFranco, Martin Carthy and Iain Morrison. The show is based on the myth of Orpheus and is set in a post-apocalyptic America.
Dobro player Jerry Douglas is once again joint artistic director of the famed Transatlantic Sessions, in which Tim O'Brien is a regular. This year it includes Alison Moorer, back on the road nine months after she and husband Steve Earle welcomed their son John Henry.
High-flying Canadian singer-songwriter Amelia Curran appears as part of a spotlight on Nova Scotia. Juno Award-winner Curran was last seen in the UK supporting Justin Rutledge, and is back later this month for a series of shows in her own right across both parts of Ireland. Another Juno winner, banjo player Old Man Luedecke, is also appearing.
Celtic Connections runs January 13-30 with some 1,500 artists peforming in 14 venues across Glasgow. Headliners this year include Richard Thompson, The Waterboys, Blind Boys of Alabama and Grant Lee Buffalo.
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