Celtic Connections success for UWS student bands

bella2Two UWS bands, Bella & The Bear and Quick, were among the six winners of this year’s Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Open Stage at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Monday 1 February.

The Dannys are named after the folk legend who was renowned for championing emerging talent. Bella & the Bear and Quick, which between them comprise five current and former UWS MA Songwriting and BA (Hons) Commercial Music students, will now be invited back to perform at next year’s festival.

David Scott, MA in Songwriting & Performance Programme Leader, said: “The ‘Dannys’ are now an important part of Celtic Connections giving a first festival slot to many and, more importantly, a platform to develop more broadly. This is a great achievement for our students.”

Alex Hynes of Quick, BA Commercial Music graduate, was surprised by the three-piece’s success, as it was their very first gig.

Alex said: “We’re all beyond excited. We’ve only been a band since October, so it was literally our first gig at the open stage, and luckily we got a fantastic response.

“Something just clicked when we started writing songs and we’ve been going since. We were just really happy to be involved in the Dannys, but never thought we’d actually win.

“We didn’t even realise that you get to come back next year too, so there were plenty of surprises. The Dannys are just a great thing.”

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