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The organisers of Celtic Connections, one of the largest celebrations of Celtic culture in the world, have confirmed that some of the programme is to move online in the face of continuing uncertainty during the pandemic.

In an update published on Friday (14 January) organisers said: “Celtic Connections 2022 will now include a digital programme, with more than 12 hours of unique filmed live performances available for audiences to enjoy online around the world.

“Launching on Wednesday 26th January, the online programme will run for three weeks and showcase performances from some of the most exciting acts spanning traditional folk, roots, Americana, jazz, soul and world music.

“The opening week of the festival will also now see a series of new live filmed sessions hosted at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. A full programme including artist line up and ticketing information for these new elements of the festival will be shared next week.”

Some shows in the festival, which begins on Thursday (20 January) have already been cancelled due to seating limitations imposed by distancing requirements.

Cancelled artists include Lewis band Astrid (Willie Campbell and Charlie Clark) who launch a critically-acclaimed new single this coming Friday.

Still programmed to take place live, albeit with limited capacity, is a collaboration between Sandwick singer Mischa Macpherson and Ankna Arocklam from Hyderabad, performing their Scottish/Indian work Naad-hara, which explores their respective traditions, on Saturday 22 January.

The Celtic Connections statement said: “We are continuing to engage with the Scottish Government regarding in-person shows due to take place from 24th January onwards and will be able to confirm our approach in line with any ongoing restrictions following the First Minister’s update next week.”

Full details of the programme and changes when confirmed come from