GCU hosts Celtic Connections on Campus

15 January 2016

GCU students will showcase their skills at Celtic Connections on Campus, a new free concert series running at the University from January 19 to 22.

BSc Audio Technology and BSc Audio Systems Engineering students will support live sets on campus, as well as Celtic Connections performances at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, in partnership with Celtic Music Radio.

The series of concerts will feature up-and-coming talent behind the scenes and in front of the mic, drawn from Scotland’s universities, colleges and schools.

Lecturer Patrick Quinn is leading the project. He said: “GCU’s students have been part of Celtic Connections for the past four years. Last year they provided audio support for 73 acts and around 80 hours of music broadcast all over the world.

“This new strand of concerts will offer them exciting opportunities to develop their creative and technical skills in a real-world environment, as well as bring a vibrant group of emerging music talent to the campus.”

Throughout the four-day series, GCU’s audio students will support live performances by Iona Fyfe Band, Sam Begbie, and Katie Doyle (Tuesday); Liam Ross, Harry and the Hendersons and Glasgow University Celtic Group (Wednesday); Ross Hull, Cameron Grant and Kaitlin Ross, Wilson Noble, and Christy Ringrose (Thursday) and Nicky Murray, Craicte Leis from Glasgow Gaelic School and Edinburgh College Traditional Music Band (Friday).

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.

Celtic Connections on Campus will take place in the Bistro in GCU Students’ Association building at 12.30pm from Tuesday January 19 to Friday January 22.