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Jan

Celtic rejections

The rewards that come with running The Pop Cop are not financial. They’re certainly not sexual (if only those hours of lost opportunities for heavy petting could be recouped…). The biggest perks, in fact, take the form of occasional invites to parties and complimentary tickets to write about events such as T in the ParkHydro Connect and, of course, Latvia’s International Competition Of Young Singers Of Popular Music.

The people who are lucky enough to get paid to work in this business are almost always accommodating to our quirky ways when they realise we’re just like them – we love music, we have dubious morals. We say ‘almost’ because when we politely asked the organisers of CELTIC CONNECTIONS if we could review one of their shows last year they basically told us The Pop Cop wasn’t a worthy enough cause.

But you know what? We don’t bear a grudge. And to prove it we’re going to encourage you to check out some of what’s on at Celtic Connections 2009, the Glasgow music festival for broadsheet readers.

If you want some Scottish folk music there’s Roddy Woomble and friends, other indie bands gone solo include Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci’s Euros Childs and Catatonia’s Cerys Matthews, the sound of Ireland is well represented by Sharon Shannon, Mundy and Cara Dillon, one-hit wonders The Bluebells reunite, Youssou N’Dour adds an international flavour, Martha Wainwright and James Yorkston bring in the cool crowd, and you can find out why buxom English girl Clare Maguire is being hyped up as the new Adele, i.e. she’s got talent but she’s not actually that good.

b The Burns Unit (inc King Creosote and Emma Pollock); Kris Drever, John McCusker, Roddy Woomble, January 16, ABC (tickets)
4 Kris Drever, John McCusker, Roddy WoombleInto The Blue

b Sharon Shannon Big Band (inc Mundy); Cara Dillon, January 16, Royal Concert Hall (tickets)
4 Mundy feat Sharon ShannonGalway Girl (live)

b Attic Lights; Norman Blake & Euros Childs; BMX Bandits, January 17, ABC (tickets)
4 Gorky’s Zygotic MynciLet Those Blue Skies

b Edwyn Collins; The Bluebells, January 23, ABC (tickets)
4 The BluebellsYoung At Heart

b Clare Maguire, January 23, The Classic Grand (tickets)
4 Clare MaguireStrangest Thing

b Youssou N’Dour, January 23, Royal Concert Hall (tickets)
4 Youssou N’DourC’est L’amour

b Cerys Matthews, January 25, ABC (tickets)
4 CatatoniaStrange Glue

b Martha Wainwright, January 27, Old Fruitmarket (tickets)
4 Martha WainwrightBleeding All Over You

b James Yorkston, January 31, The Classic Grand (tickets)
4 James Yorkston and The AthletesSurf Song

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