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Danny Kyle Open Stage line-up for Celtic Connections is revealed

Coordinator Liz Clark reveals details of the soloists and bands competing at the showcase over the course of 12 days at Adelaides.

Oxjam evening: Singer songwriters including Rory Butler will be performing at the Glad Cafe.
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"Hearing the artists of tomorrow, today" is how Liz Clark describes the Danny Kyle Open Stage.

And it’s an attitude that certainly rings true. The stage has provided a launch pad for participants including Karine Polwart, The Chair, Breabach and Dochas during its time at the Celtic Connections festival.

With the first showcase kicking off on Saturday, January 19, 150 entries have now been narrowed down to 60 spots, with soloists and groups set to take to the stage over 12 days at Adelaides.

This year the renovation of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall has forced the stage to move elsewhere and in turn reduced the number of opportunities for performers, but Liz says it has also made the competition even tougher.

She explained: "The wealth of talent entering the competition from all over the world is extraordinary. We’ve actually had people travelling over to compete from Australia and someone travelling over from America with a giant harp

"For a lot of people this could be their first time performing on a full stage with a sound system. Quite often it’s the biggest audience they’ve played to.

"We’ve had to cut the numbers down by 15 this year so that makes a spot even more precious."

Named after the legendary Paisley folk musician the stage continues to celebrate Danny’s ethos, of finding new talent.

The sessions will run between 4pm and 6pm each day, with the music streaming out live each day on Celtic Music Radio.

The 12 days of performances will culminate in a concert on Saturday, February 2 where the final six will battle it out to be crowned the overall Danny Kyle winner.

Liz said: "It’s thanks to the support of Danny’s children that we’re able to continue the event in his name.

"He hated competition so the way we do it is to emphasise that everyone that makes it on to the stage is a winner.

"The six finalists get supporting slots at the festival the next year. It’s lovely when you see people like Rory Butler, who won the Danny Kyle stage last year, go from strength to strength."

The line-up

The Danny Kyle Open Stage kicks off on January 19 with the Amy Papiransky Group, Orkney duo Halina and Aidan, The Deadly Winters, Amy Baillie and Matt Tighe.

On Monday, January 21 Glasgow four-piece Neusa, The Ubiquitous Air Band, Graham Fleming, Sweet Spot and Martin Jones will take to the stage.

Alan Frew, the Taylor and Leigh duo, Gria, Reverieme and Have Mercy Las Vegas will appear on Tuesday, January 22.

The five acts on Wednesday, January 23 are David MacDonald, The Big Noweher, Jack Badock and Ciaran Ryan, The Jellyman’s Daughter and Kat Healy.

East Kilbride singer Little Ash, the David Latto Band, the Mhairi Marwick Band, The Condition and Charlie Grey and Pablo Lafuente are on the line-up for Thursday, January 24.

The Danny Kyle Open Stage continues on Friday, January 25 with the Culloden Ceilidh Band, The Camans, Malcolm Bushby, Askolenn and Shona Brown.

The first full week of the competition draws to a close on Saturday, January 26 with the Cairngorm Ceilidh Trail, Gwendolen Chatfield, MULK, Blue Ejder and Inveroran.

On January 28 pop down to Adelaides to see Amy Henderson, Tom Gibbs and Iain Thomson, Lionsdaigh Mitchell, Reely Jiggered and Witches Brew.

Up and coming musicians on January 29 include Anna Sweeney, Elliott Morris, Kate Young and Raphael Decoster, [The Scott Wood Trio](http://www.facebook.com/The ScottWoodTrio) and Tornish.

Catherine O’Halloran, Effra, Caroline Gilmour, Genessee and Heart of the Run appear on January 30.

The penultimate day will include performances from Mano, The Janzens, Hannah Graham and Josh McGregor, Jon Budworth and the Linzi Murphy Band.

The final five acts on the stage on Friday, February 1 are Graham and Jack Low, Zoe Bestel, Olwen Goulding, Red Hook Rapids and Viara Ivanova.

The six winners will perform in ticketed showcase concert on Saturday, February 2. For more information go to the Celtic Connections website.

Check out all of STV’s Celtic Connections coverage.

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