Transatlantic Sessions returns for 2024, exploring and celebrating the rich musical traditions that connect Scotland, Ireland and the US. An annual focal point of Celtic Connections, the exclusive line-up combines guest singers and the celebrated house band, inviting them to interweave original material with age-old tunes and songs as they explore shared roots and find new common ground.
We are delighted to welcome Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Carlene Carter as a very special guest for the 2024 tour. Daughter of country music legends June Carter and Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, and granddaughter of 'Mother' Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family, Carlene has more than lived up to the tag of 'country music royalty' through her incredible career of album hits and classic songs written with artists like Emmylou Harris and Nick Lowe.
Named among NPR’s '12 Best Live Performances' in 2015, and celebrated as a 'Can’t Miss Act' at AmericanaFest, Lindsay Lou’s molasses-sweet voice intertwines bluegrass roots with progressive Americana on new album Queen of Time.
Belfast-based progressive Irish folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside takes influence from alternative electronica and Irish traditional song heritages, evoking lush landscapes, bad dreams and wistful vistas. His debut album Ephrata was awarded Northern Ireland Music prize for best album.
Previous winner of the Scots Trad Music Awards Gaelic Singer of the Year, Kim Carnie is known to audiences for her spell binding performances of Gaelic traditional material and her own songs in English, and as lead singer of Mànran and Staran.
Captivating duo Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves return on banjo and fiddle, after winning Instrumental Group of the Year and Traditional Album of the Year at the 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The show's seasoned house band, guided as ever by Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, features renowned Celtic and Americana roots musicians Phil Cunningham, John Doyle, Michael McGoldrick, Tatiana Hargreaves & Allison de Groot, John McCusker, Donald Shaw, James Mackintosh and Daniel Kimbro.
'A phenomenal group of musicians. . . The synchronicity and tightness of the band was incredible. . .' The Arts Desk
'US and UK folk traditions pooled their talents.. and alternated between the spine-tingling and the rollicking.' The Guardian