Full-capacity shows will be staged across 14 days in venues around the city after the Scottish Government confirmed the easing of measures introduced on Boxing to try to halt the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid.
Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Kathryn Joseph, Iona Fyfe, Rachel Newton, Bruce MacGregor, Ross Couper, Karen Matheson and Dean Owens are among the leading Scottish musicians due to appear before live audiences.
However full shows will be able to go ahead at the Royal Concert Hall, the Old Fruitmarket, the Mackintosh Church, the Tramway, Saint Luke’s, The Hug and Pint, King Tut’s and The Glad Cafe from Monday night.
Highlights of the planned programme which have been salvaged include a tribute concert to the late Nanci Griffith, a celebration of the work of Orcadian writer George MacKay Brown and a performance of the late Ravi Shankar’s music.
An official announcement from Celtic Connections on the shows going ahead was issued hours after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the lifting of the Omicron restrictions on Monday.
The festival said: “We warmly welcome confirmation that live indoor performances can proceed without the capacity limits in Scotland from 24 January.
"We have more than 60 shows still programmed between then and 6 February which we cannot wait to stage.
“These exciting and eclectic performances are going to be truly unforgettable and are made all the more special given the recent uncertainty.
“Tickets for these in-person shows are on sale now and we would encourage everyone who is able to support the festival to join us over the next three weeks for some magical live music once again.
"The safety of audiences, artists and suppliers is central to all of our plans and we are continually working with the Scottish Government and venues to ensure we put all necessary public health measures in place.
“We also look forward to staging the first of our live filmed sessions at Glasgow’s RoyalConcert Hall this Thursday as our opening night concert, ‘Neath the Gloamin’ Star, comes to life in front of an intimate audience of 200 people.”
CELTIC CONNECTIONS GIGS GOING AHEAD FROM 24 JANUARY
Monday 24th January
Johanna Warren and support – The Hug and Pint, 19.30 - £11.00