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Transatlantic Sessions

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Transatlantic Sessions returns for 2024, exploring and celebrating the rich musical traditions that connect Scotland, Ireland and the US.

Celebrating the rich traditions connecting Scotland, Ireland and the US, and a regular Celtic Connections highlight, our Transatlantic Sessions feature an outstanding line-up of artists, as great guest musicians and a celebrated house band explore shared roots through original material and age-old songs.

For 2024’s unmissable event, we welcome Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Carlene Carter – daughter of music legends June Carter and Carl Smith, and Johnny Cash’s stepdaughter – whose incredible career includes collaborations with artists including Emmylou Harris and Nick Lowe.

Named among NPR’s “12 Best Live Performances” in 2015, and celebrated as a “Can’t Miss Act” at AmericanaFest, Lindsay Lous molasses-sweet voice intertwines bluegrass roots with progressive Americana on new album Queen of Time.

Belfast-based progressive Irish folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside takes influence from alternative electronica and Irish traditional song heritages, evoking lush landscapes, bad dreams and wistful vistas. His debut album Ephrata was awarded the Northern Ireland Music Prize for Best Album.

Previous winner of the Scots Trad Music Awards Gaelic singer of the year, Kim Carnie is known to audiences for her spell binding performances of Gaelic traditional material and her own songs in English, and as lead singer of Mànran and Staran.

Captivating duo Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves return on banjo and fiddle, after winning Instrumental Group of the Year and Traditional Album of the Year at the 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

The house band, led by Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, features renowned Celtic and roots musicians Phil Cunningham, John Doyle, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, Donald Shaw, James Mackintosh and Daniel Kimbro.

Presented by Bristol Beacon

Format: Reserved seating

Age: 14+ (Under 18s accompanied by an adult)


Performance Times

Doors: 19.00
Start Time: 19.30
Interval: 20:45 (20 mins)
Restart: 21:05
End: 22:20

All timings are approximate and subject to change

“Astounding stuff. Thirteen bodies on stage in total brewing up an intoxicating blend of beautifully evocative music.”

Louder Than War

About Beacon Hall

Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon

The venue

Beacon Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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