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Anni Donaldson: Bothy Culture and Beyond - pure Circque d'Ecosse
CommonSpace columnist Anni Donaldson reviews Bothy Culture and Beyond from this year's Celtic Connections festival
MARTYN BENNETT’S second studio album, Bothy Culture, was given the full orchestral treatment on Saturday 27 January in Glasgow’s Hydro arena – mid-point highlight of this year’s sell-out Celtic Connections 25th anniversary festival.
Anni Donaldson: A century apart – the art of Margaret Barry and Karine Polwart
Our Celtic Connections columnist Anni Donaldson reviews one show looking at the life and music of Margaret Barry
THE gulf separating the lived experience of singers Margaret Barry and Karine Polwart could hardly be wider.
Margaret, born into a family of street musicians in Cork in 1917, and Karine, a 40-something from Edinburgh, show the distance women have travelled in the world of traditional music and song.
Anni Donaldson: James Kelman on the Dirt Road to Lafayette
Our Celtic Connections columnist Anni Donaldson goes on a musical journey with Dirt Road author James Kelman
JAMES KELMAN in conversation with Alan Bisset at a packed 'meet the author' session at this year’s Celtic Connections festival was full of surprises.
The 'connection' celtic-wise between Kelman’s latest novel, Dirt Road, and Glasgow’s annual music festival is stronger than you might expect from Scotland’s renowned Booker prize winner, known mainly for his dark and gritty urban tales.
Anni Donaldson: Is it time Scotland paid a new piper?
Our Celtic Connections columnist, Anni Donaldson, explores the politics of gender in Scottish traditional music
WITH the chants of a women’s anti-Trump demonstration booming outside Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, it was an auspicious moment to start a new conversation about gender and Scottish traditional music.
Anni Donaldson: "Gonnae no’ dae that!" How students are learning about sexual consent
Anni Donaldson, journalist and Equally Safe in Higher Education (Eshe) project lead at University of Strathclyde, examines how a series of campaigns are aiming to get this year's freshers thinking about consent
SOME new lessons are on the cards for the droves of freshers arriving at many of Scotland’s universities this month - sex without consent is rape.
Jackie Kay: Scotland's new Makar - standing up for poetry
Jackie Kay spoke at the Aye Write Festival on the day she was named Makar, writes Anni Donaldson
JACKIE KAY'S appearance at Aye Write on the day she was named as Scotland's new Makar was a double treat for those in the packed main hall of Glasgow's Mitchell Theatre - "a big audience for a Tuesday night!"
Anni Donaldson: Understanding coercive control and domestic abuse
Amid a storyline on The Archers radio programme, writer Anni Donaldson explains coercive control in abusive relationships and how people can seek help
THE ARCHERS' Helen Titchener really could use an independent domestic abuse advocate (IDA) right now.
Celtic Connections review: Songs of Separation
Writer Anni Donaldson reviews Celtic Connections' Songs of Separation
THE sight of 10 women - some of the UK's most creative and uniquely versatile traditional musicians - walking on stage at the Mitchell Theatre on Sunday 24 January for Songs of Separation as part of Celtic Connections had quite an impact.
Review: Celtic Connections gets off to a thundering start with The Carrying Stream
Writer Anni Donaldson reviews the opening gig of this year's Celtic Connections festival
"GIVE us a song!" Growing up in Glasgow in a large extended family of first and second generation Irish immigrants - all good singers - this was an order, not a request.