Showcase Scotland is a week of live performances highlighting some of Scotland's best and emerging talent as part of the Celtic Connections Festival. The annual folk, world and roots music festival takes place in Glasgow, Scotland and includes some 2,000 musicians from across the globe.
As part of the overall festival, Showcase Scotland brings musicians, artistic directors, promoters, agents and festival directors together to enjoy a dedicated programme that stretches across various venues in Glasgow to showcase the latest talent and help to maxmise the potential of international bookings for Scottish artists. Now in its 16th year, Showcase Scotland also curate a "Spotlight" nation programme that invites traditional folk artists from a market focus country, often collaborating with local musicians and presented as part of the Celtic Connections line up. For 2015, New Zealand will feature as the Spotlight nation.
Have a listen to some of the featured artists at this year's festival:
The British Council's Music team and Scotland team are working together to bring an international delegation to Showcase Scotland. Delegates that will be supported by the British Council, include:
ARGENTINA: Fer Isella, Producer/Creative Director - MICA
ARGENTINA: Jorge Telerman, President - Institute of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires
BRAZIL: Falvio de Abreu, Director - Scubidu Music
BRAZIL: André Oliveira, Artistic Director - MIMO Festival
BRAZIL: LU Araujo, Director - MIMO Festival
COLOMBIA: Javier Alberto Pinzon, Director/Radio Producer - La Mágica Música Celta
COLOMBIA: Juan Luis Restrepo, Project Manager - Bogotá UNESCO City of Music (Bogotá Secretary of Culture)
INDIA: Kaushik Dutta, Artistic Director - Kolkata International Music Festival
INDIA: Rudolph David, Creative Head - Music and Events - Windmills Craftworks, Bangalore
PAKISTAN: Usman Fazal, Director Operations/Artistic Director - US Entertainment
SOUTH KOREA: Min Kim, Director - Sonic Islands
URUGUAY: Leonard Mattioli, DJ/Music Producer - Latejapride/Department of Cultural Industries of Uruguay (Ministry of Education and Culture)
VIETNAM: Quoc Trung, Director - Monsoon Music Festival
VIETNAM: Duy Linh, Manager of Performing Arts Department - Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra
Spotlight New Zealand
Working in partnership with Tihi Ltd (representing Sounds Aotearoa and Womad NZ), Creative New Zealand, Dunedin City Council and the New Zealand Music Commission, the British Council's New Zealand team will be supporting artists to be showcased as part of the week's programme. These artists include:
Traditional Maori Taonga Puoro (indigenous instrument) player Horomona Horo and New Zealand ensemble/band, Waiora, fuse the ancient kingdom and modern world using traditional Maori instruments with contemporary styles and the idiomatic sounds of classical guitar.
Maisey Rika is a multi-award winning Maori singer-songwriter hailing from the golden shores of the East Coast of Aotearoa. From golden shores comes a golden voice that has the power to silence any audience and coming from such a majestic place it’s no surprise Maisey’s music has moulded to bring such elegance that resonates beauty.
From the tail of the fish to the tip, Aotearoa was swept up in the music of TrinityRoots, a boil-up of ingredients that seemed to embody the very essence of our home, land and sea, and serve as an invocation to that same environment.
Lyrically ambiguous and poignant, Tiny Ruins roughly follow in the traditions of folk and blues, engaging moods both hopeful and world-weary.
Renowned for equal parts uplifting / tear inducing live shows, Bakers achingly raw lyrics intertwined with mesmerizing melodies and an emotive vocal tone that produces shades of Motown-era soul, it leaves no question as to why international media have touted this native New Zealand singer / songwriter as one to watch.
Thomas Oliver is internationally recognised as one of the leading players of the Weissenborn lap-steel guitar and a multi-talented guitarist, song writer and singer