Danny Kyle was a passionate supporter of traditional music and a constant campaigner for its revival in Scotland. In previous years, the Open Stage would take place each night of the festival in the Exhibition Hall at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. New musical talent given the chance to shine under the Celtic Connections spotlight and the six best acts win through to the final night showcase concert. With a support slot at next year’s festival up for grabs, it’s a hard fought competition.
Produced and presented by Danny’s close friend Liz Clark, it has been the launch pad for many now familiar names such as Karine Polwart, RURA and The Chair.
Because of the current Covid-19 restrictions the format for the 2021 Open Stage will be completely different. With Liz at the helm, Celtic Music Radio will broadcast the show between 5pm and 7pm over the course of the festival, playing three recordings from each act. As in previous years, judges will choose 6 acts to go through to the final.
Tune in at www.celticmusicradio.net, or 95fm and DAB in the Glasgow area, every evening between 5pm and 7pm from 15 - 31 January. The finals will take place on Sunday 31 January.