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In April 2017, the Transatlantic Sessions crew foregathered across the Pond for their very first US tour, a total sellout including a headline slot at MerleFest. Country Standard Time reported what Celtic Connections audiences have long since known, extolling the show as “a sterling, invigorating and immensely satisfying night of music” before concluding: “It doesn't get much better than this.”
Helmed as ever by its seasoned US and Scottish musical directors, 14-time Grammy-winning dobro master Jerry Douglas and iconic Shetland fiddler Aly Bain.
Guest Artists include:
Suzy Bogguss, longtime country queen who recently celebrated 25 years since her platinum-selling breakthrough album Aces, re-recording it as Aces Redux.
The Secret Sisters, aka Lydia and Laura Rogers, triumphantly overcame record-label tribulations with 2017’s Brandi Carlile-produced You Don't Own Me Anymore, showcasing their sublime, alchemical harmonies amid strains of Southern gospel, bluegrass and swing.
Shawn Camp, the Arkansas-born multi-instrumentalist and producer is revered for his work with Loretta Lynn, John Prine and Guy Clark alongside his solo output, also features with Douglas in the Flatt & Scruggs-inspired supergroup Earls of Leicester , which Acoustic Guitar magazine called “as perfect as bluegrass gets.”
Daoirí Farrell, the multi-award-winning Dubliner has been hailed by Dónal Lunny as “one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade”.
Julie Fowlis, a North Uist native whose stunning new album alterum sees the groundbreaking Gaelic singer forging her own transatlantic connections, with its guests including Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Providing the singers with ultimate dream-team accompaniment, together with resplendent instrumental sets, are regular house-band luminaries Phil Cunningham, John Doyle, Danny Thompson, Michael McGoldrick, Russ Barenberg, John McCusker, Donald Shaw and James Mackintosh.
Also on the evening we welcome The Lemon Sisters, Bryony, Gracie and Louise, to perform a session in the Corn Exchange Foyer before and after the main gig. The Lemon Sisters were born and raised in the Cambridge folk scene, attending Cambridge Folk Festival every year as well as playing at festivals and sessions across the UK and Ireland. The sisters also bring with them an aray of talented musicians to perform: Annie McNally (Concertina), Paul McMahon (Fiddle), Niamh Gallagher (Fiddle), Stephen Greenwood (Fiddle), Debbie Paterson Jones (Bodhran & vocals), Lucy Delap (Fiddle), Davide Caldo (Guitar) Ethna Prosol (Melodeon), James Gavin, Paddi, Joe Bardwell, Orlaith McAuliffe. These musicians regularly attend the Folk Festival and are active members of the session scenes in both London and Cambridge.