In 2019, the Danny Kyle Open Stage returned to the home of the Celtic Connections festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in the Exhibition Hall. The Danny Kyle awards are named after the late great Danny Kyle, who was well known for championing fresh and emerging young talent.
The late Danny Kyle was a passionate supporter of traditional music and a constant campaigner for its revival in Scotland. He ran an Open Stage for over 30 years at various festivals throughout Scotland, where he invited anyone who wanted to perform for a short slot. If they were ready to perform on a ‘full slot’, he would recommend them to other festivals, folk clubs and event organisers.
Danny only ran it once at Celtic Connections in the year of his passing in 1998. The festival afterwards requested Danny’s close friend Liz Clark to run the Danny Kyle Open Stage in his memory.
Each night 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 Liz Clark, it has been the launch pad for many now familiar names including: Karine Polwart (with Malinky in 1999), Rura, The Chair , Julie Fowlis, Breabach, Phamie Gow, Pons Aelius, Hò Rò, Talisk, Dochas, GiveWay, Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal, to name just a few.
Photo Credits: (1) Celtic Connections, (3) Talisk, (5) Rura, (7) Breabach, (8) Eilidh Steel & Mark Neal, (9) Phamie Gow, (10) Karine Polwart (unknown/website); (2),(11) Danny Kyle (by The Mollis); (4) The Chair, (6) Julie Fowlis (by Walkin' Tom).