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Roots/Folk Music 8/1/10

By Damien Murray

With two albums on current release, Tommy Fleming’s annual concerts in Belfast and Londonderry are proving to be big New Year attractions.

Having just returned from a massive Australian tour, Fleming visits the Ulster Hall on January 16, before heading to Derry’s Millennium Forum on January 30.

Meanwhile, boasting 1,500 artists from the worlds of folk, roots, world, traditional and classical music, Glasgow’s annual Celtic Connections Festival — running from January 14-31 — highlights the influence of Celtic music on cultures around the world. The line-up for the 17th festival includes The Chieftains, Ry Cooder, Tom Paxton, Dervish and Kate Rusby.

Tributes to folk music icons, are planned by Danny Thompson, Eddi Reader, Luka Bloom and Tim O’Brien, while Americana, country, rockabilly and bluegrass are represented by Beth Nielsen Chapman, Holly Williams (grand-daughter of Hank), Raul Malo (The Mavericks), and Tom Russell.

Full details at www.celticconnections.com.

damien.murray@hotmail.co.uk

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