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Celtic Connections festival experiments with tradition

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Scotland was the guest of honour at the 47th edition of the Festival interceltique in Lorient, western France, in 2017, represented here by the Methil Pipe Band.
Scotland was the guest of honour at the 47th edition of the Festival interceltique in Lorient, western France, in 2017, represented here by the Methil Pipe Band. Fred TANNEAU / AFP

Every January for the past 27 years, Glasgow brims with Celtic music from Scotland, Ireland, but also traditional music from all the continents with Celtic Connections, one of the biggest music festivals in the UK.

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Celtic Connections offers more than just good tunes: it’s also a forum to experiment with tradition and debate why it’s still relevant today.  

Correspondent Assa Samake-Roman attended the festival and sent this report.

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