Martha Wainwright, Altan and Hothouse Flowers added to Celtic Connections

Martha Wainwright added to Celtic Connections 2013 line-up.
Celtic Connections: Martha Wainwright added to 2013 line-up.Billy Farrell Agency/Rex Features

The line-up for next year's Celtic Connections festival has been extended with Martha Wainwright, Altan and Hothouse Flowers all due to perform.

The festival kicks off on January 17, with Old Crow Medicine Show, The Mavericks, Cara Dillon and Kate Rusby already announced.

Martha Wainwright joins the line-up as a representative of the first family of folk-rock. Her old brother is Rufus Wainwright and she is the daughter of the late Kate McGarrigle.

Her Celtic Connections show will see her perform tracks from her latest studio album, Come Home to Mama, written following the death of her mother and the birth of her first child. The song Proserpina was written by her mother.

Irish folk group Altan also join the festival following the release of their new studio album Gleann Nimhe/The Poison Glen.

Special guests Paddy Glackin, Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, The Friel Sisters and The Henry Girls will join them on stage after over 25 years of the band performing together.

They will play Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday, January 23.

Hothouse Flowers will take over the Old Fruitmarket on January 31, having made the transition from buskers in Dublin to street-theatre duo and finally a three-piece musical fusion group.

With hints of folk, soul, rock, blues and gospel, this musical blend ensures that no two shows are ever the same.

Finally, the Roaming Roots Revue will feature Amy Helm and Beth Orton as an indie version of Transatlantic Sessions paying tribute to The Band co-founder Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles.

Curated by Roddy Hart, the event will see Levon's daughter Amy joined by a host of stars to perform their own hits as well as Levon favourites. Beth Orton, Lau and Rachel Sermanni will all be taking part.

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