Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections was a folk/world music group based in Gothenburg, Sweden, which was active between the years 1990 and 1995. Their repertoire was rooted in folk music from the Celtic nations – Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia – which they combined with many other styles and traditions including flamenco, jazz, African rhythms and Scandinavian folk music.

Under the leadership of the charismatic and visionary Irish vocalist and bodhrán player Jonathan McCullough (1961-1999), Celtic Connections came to enjoy great success. Among other achievements, the group performed at several of Scandinavia's leading music festivals at the time and also toured in Ireland two years in a row.

In 1995, Celtic Connections recorded a full length album entitled Spindrift. Shortly thereafter the group was dissolved due to time constraints, and the album project was shelved. Now, after more than twenty years, Spindrift has finally been released – this was celebrated with a highly successful concert in Gothenburg Cathedral on October 6 2018 which drew an audience of more than 250 people . This also marked the reunion of Celtic Connections! The album is available for purchase from Bengans webshop and can be ordered here (international orders available). It can also be streamed from Apple Music and Spotify, and can be downloaded from iTunes Store and various other digital music services.

A couple of video clips from Celtic Connections' release concert can be found here.

Below, you'll find more information about Celtic Connections, a teaser from Spindrift, as well as Celtic Connections' first album – an eponymous EP released in 1993 – downloadable for free.

How did Celtic Connections begin?

How Spindrift was born, lost and recovered.

Teaser from Spindrift

"Miner's Minor / Kid on the Mountain"
David Stiernholm / Trad Irish. Arr: Celtic Connections
"Talking Me Talking Free"
Jonathan McCullough. Arr: Celtic Connections
"Oh! If I Knew but Her Name"
Trad Irish. Arr: Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections E.P. (Free!)

Instruction: The way to download any track is to left-click the three vertical dots in the right hand corner of the playback panel, and then selecting the option "Ladda ner". Having done this, the download should begin immediately. Note that each track has to be downloaded individually.

Step it out Mary / June Apple
Trad Irish / Trad Scottish

"Eunyssagh Vona / Fermoy Lassies / Engelska från Munkedal"
Trad manx / Trad Irish / Trad Swedish-English. Arr: Celtic Connections

"Small Coals for Nailers / Apples in Winter"
Trad Scottish / Trad Irish. Arr: Celtic Connections

"Boffyflow and Spike / Tabloid / Jaousté ar C'heisté"
Van Morrison / Greg McDermott / Trad Breton. Arr: Celtic Connections