GCU hosts Celtic Connections on Campus

09 November 2015

Celtic Connections on Campus, a new free concert series in January 2016, will be hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in association with Celtic Music Radio to showcase performers and talented students from across Scotland’s colleges and universities.

Celtic Connections is the world’s largest Celtic music festival and an established part of Scotland’s cultural scene. In 2015, attendances reached over 100,000 for the eighth year in a row and grossed ticket sales that topped £1million. Music fans attended approximately 300 concerts, ceilidhs, free events, late night sessions and workshops, which took place in over 20 venues across Glasgow.

During the Celtic Connections 2016 festival, GCU is inviting fans to its central Glasgow campus to four lunchtime concerts – Celtic Connections on Campus - which will showcase some of the brightest up-and-coming talent both in front of the mic and behind the scenes. Audio students will support live performances, for what promises to be a unique look into the vibrancy of Scotland's current music education scene. 

Senior Lecturer Patrick Quinn says: “It's a wonderful opportunity for our students to be part of the world's largest Celtic music festival. Bringing the real world into their studies in such a way gives them experiences that they will build their future careers on.” 

GCU first collaborated with Celtic Music Radio at Celtic Connections in 2013, with live broadcasting involving audio students mixing the performances of musical artists from all over the world throughout the two-week festival. Celtic Music Radio has since moved its studios onto the GCU campus to work more closely with the University.

Celtic Connections on Campus will take place in the Bistro in GCU Students Association building from Tuesday January 19 to Friday January 22.