Olivia Newton-John and Billy Bragg

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Olivia Newton-John and Billy Bragg might be taking part in on the 18-day occasion

Grease star Olivia Newton-John and singer-songwriter Billy Bragg are among the many artists who will carry out at subsequent 12 months’s Celtic Connections pageant.

The programme for the 2017 occasion in Glasgow will characteristic about 2,100 musicians from world wide.

Newton-John will seem as a part of the pageant’s inspiring girls artists theme.

The 18-day occasion will start on Thursday 19 January.

Billy Bragg will be part of Joe Henry to showcase railroad songs from their Shine A Gentle album.

Shirley Collins, Martha Wainwright, Evelyn Glennie, Fairport Conference and King Creosote are additionally on the invoice.

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King Creosote are additionally on the invoice

Award-winning folks singer-songwriter Laura Marling will carry out the world premiere of orchestrations of her songs by Kate St John with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Live shows, ceilidhs, talks and artwork exhibitions will even be held, together with late-night periods and a number of one-off musical collaborations throughout 300 occasions at venues all through the town.

Creative director Donald Shaw stated: “A wide ranging vary of kinds and traditions radiates all through Celtic Connections 2017.

“Artists who’ve formed the current day and artists who’re redefining music for the long run will take to the stage. Artists whose lives and cultures couldn’t be extra totally different will come collectively to share their tales, ardour and ability.

“On the coronary heart of all of it is the straightforward life-affirming expertise of being at a live-music efficiency throughout a world-leading pageant.”

In addition to feminine performers, organisers say the pageant has a give attention to supporting artists who’ve lived via private hardships and an schooling programme which can see greater than 11,000 youngsters throughout Scotland attend free morning workshops led by Celtic musicians.

Glasgow metropolis councillor Archie Graham added: “Annually Celtic Connections creates unbelievable alternatives for hundreds of schoolchildren all through the town and throughout Scotland to attend free concert events by world-leading Celtic musicians, and to study Celtic music of their school rooms.

“This work to complement the lives of younger folks is a crucial a part of a pageant which celebrates and shares a lot fantastic music annually.”