Celtic Connections has just announced its schedule for the 2009 festival!
Glasgow is THE place to be in the last two weeks of January. Sure, the weather’s terrible – but it’s not all that great here on the Mendocino Coast, either! And for once the 8-hour time differential works in our favor. A typical Celtic Connections day begins around 10 AM, when we arise for coffee and porridge. Walk around town, or take a train ride (Stirling, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond are all less than an hour by train), enjoy the world-class museums (the weather’s fine indoors) and the world-class food (seriously!). In the afternoon when you begin to drag a bit, pop into a pub (smoke-free!) and enjoy a dram of magnificent Scottish whisky. Then plan where you’ll enjoy supper before heading off to a show. The hardest part is selecting which one – there are sometimes six or seven events going on at once! And after the concert ends, the fun is just getting started. Refresh yourself with more whisky and maybe another bite of food, then head over to the Central Hotel for the Festival Club, where the music carries on until the wee hours of the morning. (This is where the jet lag helps – you’ll be wide-awake at midnight anyway!) Stagger back to your room and catch a few hours of sleep, then repeat the whole procedure.
That’s how we did it in 2007, anyway. Nearly three weeks of the greatest music, the friendliest people, the best food, great scenery, great museums… we loved almost every minute. I hope we can go again – and I hope some other Oak & Thorn listeners can, too!