Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections

The musical heritage of the Celtic tradition is managed and renewed stylishly and emotionally.

Celtic Connections was a Gothenburg-based folk and world music group that was active between 1990 and 1995. The group's repertoire had its roots in folk music from the Celtic nations - Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia - which they mixed with a large number of other styles and traditions, including flamenco, jazz, African rhythms and Nordic tones. Led by the charismatic and visionary Irish singer and bodhrán player Jonathan McCullough (1961-1999), Celtic Connections experienced great success. Among other things, the group performed at several of Scandinavia's largest music festivals and toured Ireland for two years in a row.

The Gothenburg Irish Festival - an annual Irish cultural festival that ran from 1995 to 1998 and was at one time the largest of its kind in Scandinavia - began as a side project to Celtic Connections.

In 1995, Celtic Connections recorded a full-length album entitled Spindrift. Shortly afterwards, the group disbanded due to lack of time, and the record project ran out of sand. After more than twenty years, the album has now finally been released - the album release was celebrated with a beautiful and emotional release concert in Gothenburg Cathedral in October 2018, in front of an audience of about 250 people. With this, Celtic Connections was reunited and the group has now resumed its operations! Spindrift has been played on radio in both Sweden and North America and has received good reviews in both Swedish and foreign music press.

Band members:

Jonas Liljeström: violin, vocals

Emil Pernblad: guitar, Irish bouzouki

Gregory McDermott: piano, guitar, vocals

Kristin Lidell: trumpet, accordion, vocals, rhythm instrument

Tore Levenstam: tin whistle, low whistle, traverse flute