“A phenomenal group of musicians. . . The synchronicity and tightness of the band was
incredible. . . an evening of spectacular traditional music-making from both sides of the great
ocean.” (The Arts Desk)
One of Celtic Connections’ most enduring and beloved institutions, Transatlantic Sessions
celebrates its 20th edition, once again drawing deep on the kindred traditions of Scotland,
Ireland and the US, while continuing to break new ground. First-time guest singers line up
alongside returning favourites; centuries-old songs and tunes interweave with original
material, and the time-honoured session-style format consistently delivers fresh collaborative
Among the vocal cast, Martha Wainwright puts a unique, fearlessly cathartic stamp on her
family’s tradition of chronicling life through song. 2021’s fifth album, Love Will Be Reborn,
eloquently charts her journey through loss and divorce towards hope and healing.
“What an extraordinary artist Martha Wainwright is.” (Independent)
With a new solo LP reportedly in the works, Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam Ó Maonlai is
one of Irish music’s most compelling performers, channelling influences from sean nós to
Revered Capercaillie vocalist Karen Matheson followed up 2015’s all-Gaelic release Urram
with Still Life in 2021, an exquisite collection of traditional and contemporary songs in Scots
Following huge acclaim for Amythyst Kiah’s 2021 sophomore release Wary + Strange,
2022 saw her opening for The Who on their North American tour. “A masterful blend of
lonesome folk and neo-blues” (Rolling Stone)
As ever, the show’s über-seasoned house band – most of them Transatlantic Sessions
stalwarts, helmed by joint masters of ceremonies Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas - is a crème-
de-la-crème selection of Celtic and Americana roots talent, including Phil Cunningham,
John Doyle, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, Donald Shaw,
James Mackintosh and Daniel Kimbro.
John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’.
Henry is a writer, poet, TV & Film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Literature festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival.
Brian Bilston has been described as the Banksy of poetry and Twitter’s unofficial Poet Laureate; with over 200,000 followers on social media, Brian has become truly beloved by the online community.
Whether he’s opening for the Libertines or reciting Georgian ballads down your local, Luke Wright is adept at taking poetry places it doesn’t normally go.
Toria Garbutt is a spoken word artist from Knottingley - a former mining town in West Yorkshire
Mike Garry was a librarian for 15 years before becoming a poet.
Clare is an award winning performance poet, comedienne sculptor and singer who's first spoken word show "California Scheming" toured the UK to rave reviews.
For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville's most beloved and respected artists.