In its 16th year, Showcase Scotland introduced international and worldwide audiences to new Celtic, folk, world and roots music.
Wales Arts International supported four music organisations and promoters to attend Showcase Scotland 2015, part of the annual Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, which celebrates folk, world and roots music in all its glory with over 2,000 musicians from across the globe. Showcase Scotland, now in its 16th year, also curated a ‘Spotlight’ partner nation programme which invited traditional folk artists from New Zealand to perform, many of whom collaborated with local Scottish musicians.
Invited to join the Welsh delegation at Showcase Scotland were Faye Gibson, a Programming Officer at the Wales Millennium Centre; Mari Emlyn, Artistic Director at Galeri Caernarfon; Deborah Keyser, Director of Creu Cymru; and John Eeles, Manager and Agent for Welsh band Jamie Smith’s Mabon, who performed at Celtic Connections on the 24 January. Joining a global delegation of music industry experts hosted at Showcase Scotland this year, it was an important opportunity for our party to represent Welsh music and build collaborations through networking, while enjoying the experience through live music.
Three welsh artists were selected to perform at Celtic Connections this year, prior to the Showcase Scotland week. Angharad Jenkins, Patrick Rimes and Gwenan Gibbard were hand-picked to perform with world renowned Carlos Núñez, and associates to reflect the subsequent leaps and bounds Celtic music has made in its evolution, "…splicing traditional and original material, from Galicia, Ireland and Brittany."
Other Welsh artists who performed at Celtic Connections 2015 include:
Horizons and Support feat. Al Lewis and Alex Leigh, Old Fruitmarket
Julie Murphy and Diane Cannon, Pipling Centre
ALAW, St Andrew’s In The Square
Sweet Baboo, Art Club
Jamie Smith’s Mabon and Moxie, Oran Mor
JD McPhersona and Shake Shake Go, 02 ABC
Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita and Cruinn, Mitchell Theatre
Showcase Scotland invites musicians, artistic directors, promoters, agents and festival directors to maximise the potential of securing international bookings for Scottish artists.
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