Celtic Connections bring the Transatlantic Sessions UK tour to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall with a programme including Sierra Hull, Tommy Emmanuel and more.

The eight date tour reaches Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall with a fresh cross-generational array of Scottish, Irish and North American-based special guests joining the regular all-star instrumental line-up.

The tour comes 25 years on from the original Transatlantic Sessions TV series, with the 17th live edition highlighting the format’s fruitfulness.

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Set to perform on the Transatlantic Sessions tour date at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall are Sierra Hull, Tommy Emmanuel, Cathy Jordan (from Dervish), Rachel Sermanni, Cahalen Morrison, Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas plus other musicians from the UK, Ireland & the USA.

A former child prodigy mentored by Alison Krauss, Tennessee native Sierra Hull is a three-time (and first-ever female) winner of the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Award, and a member of the super-group First Ladies of Bluegrass. Her 2016 album Weighted Mind introduced her as a singer and songwriter of matching calibre and her new album 25 Trips will be released in late February.

Transatlantic goes trans-Pacific with the appearance of Australian-born guitar deity Tommy Emmanuel (long based out of Nashville), whose dazzlingly multilayered fingerstyle prowess earned him the title of Certified Guitar Player from the late Chet Atkins, drawing masterfully from across the realms of folk, blues, bluegrass, jazz and rock.

From Ireland, Dervish’s dynamic frontwoman Cathy Jordan has previously explored transatlantic connections with Seamie O’Dowd and Rick Epping in side-project The Unwanted, as well as releasing an acclaimed solo album, All the Way Home, in 2012.

Having first wowed Americana fans in his mesmerising duo with Eli West, US singer and multi-instrumentalist Cahalen Morrison now features in the acclaimed Western swing/honky-tonk supergroup Western Centuries.

Scottish ‘folk noir’ singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni continued to build her increasingly stellar reputation with 2019’s third studio album As It Turns, inspired by both a sojourn at a Buddhist monastery and current social and political concerns.

Under the annual musical direction of Shetland fiddler Aly Bain and multi-Grammy-winning dobro maestro Jerry Douglas, the accompanying instrumental dream-team once again features Russ Barenberg, Phil Cunningham, John Doyle , Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, Donald Shaw, Daniel Kimbro and James Mackintosh.

When does the Transatlantic Sessions UK tour 2020 come to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall?

The Transatlantic Sessions UK tour 2020 come to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 5 February 2020.