So some of you may already know our vocal tutor Marianne took part in the Dany Kyle Open-stage at Celtic Connections for the first time this year.
For Marianne it was a new challenge, singing and playing guitar rather than piano - her weapon of choice - and would you believe she went through six stages and eventually took first prize! Safe to say we're proud as punch!
Danny Kyle was a passionate supporter of traditional music and a constant campaigner for its revival in Scotland. Each night on the Open Stage, new musical talent is given the chance to shine under the Celtic Connections spotlight and the six best acts win through to the final night showcase concert. With a support slot at next year’s festival up for grabs, it’s a hard fought competition.
Compered by Danny’s close friend Liz Clark, it has been the launch pad for many now familiar names such as Karine Polwart, Rura and The Chair.