Zoë Bestel at Celtic Connections

Zoe Bestel
Zoe Bestel

WIGTOWN singer/songwriter Zoë Bestel has a lot to celebrate and the year has only just begun.

For the 15 year-old award winning musician has won a place on the Danny Kyle Open Stage at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival.

This is the 20th anniversary of Celtic Connections and over 100,000 visitors are expected during the 18 days of music. The Danny Kyle Open Stage celebrates and showcases new talent and some of the acts who’ve previously played it have gone on to enjoy great success.

Zoë says: “After winning the D&G Life Magazine People of the Year Award in 2012 I didn’t think things could get any better and then we got the call from Celtic Connections. I’d hoped and wished for this opportunity but am still over the moon to be chosen. Winning a ‘Danny’ is the folk music equivalent of an ‘Oscar’ so I’m going to do my best and hopefully make everyone in D&G proud.”

Each night the Open Stage gives new musical talent the chance to shine under the Celtic Connections spotlight and the six best acts win through to the showcase concert on the final night. It’s a hard fought competition with a support slot at next year’s festival up for grabs.

Adelaides on Bath Street is the brand new venue for the Open Stage this year with music starting from 4pm – 6pm each day apart from Sunday, admission is free. The six winners will perform in a ticketed showcase concert on Saturday 2nd February.

If you fancy popping along to catch Zoë, her set is on Friday 1st Feb.

You can also catch her in Dumfries at the Big Burns Supper on Friday 25th Jan at 11am in the Spiegletent where she will be holding ‘The Little Ukulele Ceilidh’, an opportunity for uke players new and old to get together for some fun. Zoë explains

“Don’t worry if you haven’t got a uke, just come along and listen or bring some percussion or just bang on the seat in front. It’s very informal and a lovely way to bring people together with music.”

She will be repeating the event on a smaller scale on Sat 26th January at 6.30pm in Kings Coffee shop.